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    REA Chemistry SAT Subject Test Crash Course and Study Guide, book wtih unused online key.


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    The complete 3rd edition of "Economics" from the Great Courses on DVD. This is a 6 DVD set with 36 video lectures by Prof. Timothy Taylor. Great preparation for the AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics exams. This is what Mr. Richman from AP Homeschooler's uses for his AP Macro class. Great set of lectures, very engaging. DVDs are in excellent condition.


  3. For Algebra II, Trig, PreCalc? Specifically to prep for the math portion of the SAT (trying to get a score from the high 600s/low 700s to something better), but also to help in preparing for AP Calc this fall? I've been teaching her (I have a math background), but at this point I really think she would benefit from someone other than me - a different perspective, a different way of thinking or approaching the problems, whatever. Does anyone have an online tutor that they've used that they would recommend? Any suggestions greatly appreciated!
  4. I think AP CSP fills a useful niche as either an intro to computer science for non-majors, or a general survey course for future CS majors. As a gen ed requirement for non majors, yes, I would say it is college level. As an intro course for future CS majors, no, I would not expect it to get credit within the CS major - but I think it has value anyway to at least some future CS majors, just because it is a very broad survey class that covers not just programming but also networks, operating systems, information security, history of computer science, and much more. I would see a future CS major taking it as an AP maybe in 9th or 10th grade, followed by AP CS A - Java, which is rigorous but specifically focused on programming. As you know, there is more to computer science than just programming. So yes, I would agree with how your kid's college gave credit for it - but I don't see that as a flaw, or as invalidating the AP. After all, many colleges do something similar with AP Biology or Chemistry - they give credit for it as a science elective, or as "Biology for non majors", but they won't give credit for it as a General Biology class for Biology majors. Which is reasonable, IMO. Things I liked about AP CSP: - a broad survey of all aspects of computer science, not just programming - includes two hands on projects: a programming project, that can be done in any programming language, and a research project, in addition to the usual AP exam - the programming project I thought was a great addition to the class - a good class for kids who might be interested in CS (as a major or a minor) but who aren't already super passionate and knowledgable about it Thinks I did not like: -the research project felt very "high school" and did not add much value, in my opinion - tho my kids did enjoy doing it -from an administrative standpoint, navigating the interface to submit things, and understanding what CB wanted to see, was quite a pain and not very easy to work with - maybe that will get better, since this was their first year doing it As to my kids, and what they got out of it: - My then-14year old 9th grader took it (got a 4) - she wants to be an accountant. She enjoyed it, and I think it opened her eyes to how computers work, and how they can best be used as tools that add value to other tasks, what their strengths and weaknesses are. She won't major in CS, but she liked it enough based on this intro that she may consider some future classes as electives, or maybe a minor in CS. - My then-16 year old 10th grader also took it (got a 5). She wants to be a web designer / graphic artist. She was already pretty computer literate and had some programming experience (python) in addition to a bit of basic web design (html/css), but she found the class useful in filling in gaps in her knowledge - for example, she learned a lot about cryptography, and did her research project on new developments in natural language translation software. For her programming project she programmed a basic art program, sort of like a super-simple version of Adobe Illustrator. She plans to take AP Computer Science A - Java this coming year, and expects to study a lot more computer science. - Next year, my going to be 17 year old 11th grader plans to take it. He has no real idea what he wants to major in, and is taking this as an elective and to learn more about computer science. Plus he saw how much the girls enjoyed it. :) Should a kid who is already an uber-geek super programmer take this? No! But for kids who aren't sure what they want, or aren't going to major in CS but want to better understand computers, or are going to major in CS but just want a good broad introduction, I think this is a great class. Lastly, I would add one side note that I think gets lost sometimes - we expect kids to learn biology, or chemistry, or civics, because those are important foundational things to know in our world, whether they will major in them or not. But we aren't always systematically teaching them about computers at the high school or intro college level, even tho computers are now ubiquitous and have become foundational to many things. I think this class has value as a general ed class similar to AP Comparative Government or AP Psychology or AP Biology - as a way for kids to learn things that are important to our world, regardless of their future path. I think that to judge AP CSP by how well it serves only future CS majors is to miss a lot of the point. I'm not saying it can't be useful for future CS majors - but we don't expect only future English majors to take AP English Lit, or only future Poli Sci majors to take AP Comparative Government... so why would we judge AP CSP primarily on how it serves future Comp Sci majors? (I'm not saying that is your argument, just something I hear a lot). /end soapbox Anyway, I hope that helps. Thanks for the detailed and thoughtful questions.
  5. Ahh, I understand better now... I always submit the syllabus and get College Board approved for any AP class my kids will do that is not fully outsourced (like to AP Homeschoolers). I find the access to practice tests, etc, to be very valuable. So I didn't even think about that as being an added burden, but I suppose if you often have your kids just study and then take the AP test, it would be an extra hoop to jump thru.
  6. Yes, the digital portfolio requires a school... but our homeschool is considered a school by their software. No external school is required, assuming you get your homeschool class college board approved. We did this course in our homeschool last year. I completely agree that it is confusing and misleading - it took me several hours of poking around on their web site and two phone calls to College Board - but I can definitely state that you do NOT need an external school to do this class. You as the homeschool teacher can (and must!) submit the Performance tasks for your students. I did it, and it worked. :)
  7. What Edhesive says is not accurate - either they are confused, or the rules changed after they posted that. This past school year two of my kids took AP Computer Science Principles. I had previously registered a syllabus thru the usual College Board process, and was approved to teach AP CSP in my homeschool. (I have a professional computer science background.) I was able to have my kids to do the Performance tasks at home, and I was able to submit them myself thru the College Board portal, with no involvement from a school. The only school involvement was the usual having them take the actual exam at a local high school, which we had no problem doing. My 2 kids got a 4 and a 5 respectively. I'm not sure why this AP class is getting so much negativity from parts of the homeschool community - it's too bad, because it's actually a great fit for homeschooling. I enjoyed teaching it, and my kids enjoyed learning. They did not have any issues doing it without school involvement except for the administration of the AP exam at the end - and of course you have that will all APs.
  8. What are your recommendations for comprehensive/cumulative math review of high school math? One of my kids is quite good at learning math, but quick to forget any parts he does not use regularly. He would like a math program that gives him a wide range of types of problems, so he can review/ keep things fresh. We've used Khan Academy mastery challenges, but the problem is that once the program thinks he has mastered something the topic rarely shows up again, and because we used Khan extensively during his earlier years, most of the stuff shows up as mastered. I've heard some things about ALEKS - would that be a possibility? Online and adaptive would be ideal, but workbook based would be ok too. We'd like it to include Algebra I and II, Geometry, and PreCalculus, and to sort of "mix it up" - something like 10 problems a day where each problem was a different kind of math would be ideal (like 1 linear equation, 1 fractional exponent problem, 1 quadratic, 1 circle problem, 1 trig identity, you get the idea...) Anyone have similar needs? What has worked for your kids? Thanks!!
  9. Two DDs took AP Computer Science Principles - one 5, and one 4. They used CodeHS and self-study.
  10. Thanks - good to know! She was just watching the recording, maybe she can get it from that? And agreed, I wish those things would be put on the class page.
  11. While we are talking about Latin 3 - my daughter can't seem to find the handout for this week's translation homework. Can anyone point us in the right direction? Thanks!!
  12. Haven't quit AoPS yet, but we are seriously considering moving to Derek Owens for my oldest DD. She likes AoPS - they all do - but it's the pace. She's at the point where she's becoming much more tactical about math - she wants to cover what she needs for the SAT and get on to Calculus in time to do the Calc AP and maybe Calculus based physics. AoPS is still working well for my younger ones, but it is such a very, very time consuming program. There are days when we only get through one problem, or maybe two. I think it works best when you start it early - but some kids can handle starting it early and some can't.
  13. I'm not sure what the style is, but there are free samples you can download and look at or print out: Sample from Inspirational Quotes Sample from Presidents
  14. You can try these cursive copywork books - they provide passages from classic literature (like Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Charles Dickens), or quotes from historical figures or US Presidents, so they should be interesting to an older student, while still giving them good practice on cursive writing. Great Literature Cursive Copywork Inspirational Quotes Cursive Copywork Presidents of the United States Cursive Copywork
  15. I didn't know Derek Owens had that option. Does it work with the online classes?
  16. Any Arabic curriculum recommendations? We are ideally looking for something that covers the grammar and syntax, not just "Arabic for tourists." Self paced, online and secular would also be awesome. Any info on your experiences, good or bad, would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  17. Yes. But remember, Alcumus is only available for the Intro-level topics - Pre-Algebra, Intro to Algebra, Intro to C&P, Intro to Number Theory, and Intro to Geometry.
  18. How things can change in 6 months... now it looks like: For A, who has now decided she wants an accounting certificate from the CC: AoPS PreCalculus (book only) Spanish I Financial Accounting - from ProfessorinaBox Excel and Access (from the CC) English Literature - great books AP MicroEconomics Ceramics extracurriculars, figure skating, teaching skating, volunteering at the local arts center For D: AoPS Algebra I (book only) English - Creative Writing, from Gotham Writers online Animation Chinese I (Cantonese) Music - Voice Performance Arts - Acting Skilled Trades - Carpentry & woodworking apprenticeship extracurriculars, volunteering for political campaigns (note that she is not college-bound; she is planning a career in the skilled trades)
  19. I would love to help you with this but I'm not sure that I really can. My husband has been working with them on art on and off their whole lives. But as far as I know, he's never used a curriculum or anything like that. He talks to them, shows them things, goes to art museums with them, teaches hands-on skills with pen and ink, watercolor, Adobe Illustrator, etc, discusses technique - and honestly I don't understand most of it. They talk about perspective and light/shadow and use of negative space and composition and how the eye moves over the paper and I am very much not an artist so I just kind of glaze over. :)
  20. Martha, that is helpful, thanks! I'm guessing PA Homeschoolers is approved by the College Board but not a school, just like I am - so if you had to submit through a school for them, then I probably do also. I'll ask my local high school - they are generally very homeschool friendly. And yes, I suppose I could ask the College Board. They just don't seem all that easy to talk to. Thanks!
  21. Does anyone have any experience with doing an AP Studio Art without an outsourced class? I have prepared and submitted the syllabus to the College Board for AP Studio Art: Drawing, and it was approved. My husband is a professional artist and has taught the kids, so that's not an issue. But for all other AP classes we do at home, we then sign up the kid to take the AP test at a local high school. For AP Studio Art, there is no test, but there is a complicated process to submit the artworks and pictures of the artworks, and apparently these materials are provided by the College Board. Does anyone have any idea how we do that as homeschoolers? Do we somehow coordinate with the high school to get the rules and materials and submit the portfolio thru them? Do we get the stuff to submit the portfolio directly from the College Board, since there's no proctoring aspect to the portfolio submission? Anyone know anything? Hoping someone has btdt!
  22. We did it last year - AoPS for both. We did some of both Algebra II and Geometry each day - generally alternating introducing a new concept in one while doing review in the other, and then flipping it, so they didn't feel overwhelmed. Worked out pretty well.
  23. Unless you really need the credit hours, I would not call this a course. I think it would feel like transcript padding, since presumably every college-prep kid spends time these things, but as far as I know most B&M high schools do not treat them as an actual course. However, you could certainly count the time she spends on SAT prep towards her English and Math (presumeably Algebra I / II / Geometry) hours, if you count hours for credits. I have seen transcripts with "Study Skills" as a class, but they seem to only show up on more remedial transcripts, so you may want to think about the message it may send and whether that's what you would intend. Don't get me wrong - I think doing those things are all great. I'm just not sure that bundling them into a class and putting it on her transcript is the best idea.
  24. Try watching the Khan Academy Chemistry videos - my two who are dual enrolled in a CC Chemistry found them very helpful in explaining concepts the professor and/or textbook did not clearly explain, and as good prep before covering similar material in class.
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