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Virginia Heather

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  1. Oh, that's too funny!! And I think you're right! I think the powers-that-be attempted to do something clever and perhaps depended on the wrong resource! Still, thanks for your help!
  2. The following is printed on the back of my sons' new swim team t-shirts: Qui would vulnero servo facio nos validus. What does it mean? I know it's something along these lines-- those who try to attack us only make us stronger, but I'd love to know for sure (and I'm thinking "would" is a misprint-- possibly a word in the english translation that missed the final edit?). Any ideas?
  3. The following is printed on the back of my sons' new swim team t-shirts: Qui would vulnero servo facio nos validus. What does it mean? I know it's something along these lines-- those who try to attack us only make us stronger, but I'd love to know for sure (and I'm thinking "would" is a misprint-- possibly a word in the english translation that missed the final edit?). Any ideas?
  4. I keep reading rave reviews but am left wondering... how do you use it on a regular basis? Do you simply read-aloud the text portions to your kiddos? Is there any writing involved? Do you create games or exercises on your own, or is everything needed for maximum gain contained w/in the text itself? I love the idea of learning roots & word origins (as opposed to simply memorizing lists), but please tell--- day in and day out, how do you use it??
  5. Oh gosh... no worries whatsoever! It was good for me, quite actually, to skim through those excerpts-- that's some serious, serious algebra!! A tad bit intimidating, truth be told, but solid and good nonetheless!! Thanks so much for the suggestions-- I have much to consider in the weeks to come!
  6. Wow! I just looked through the samples to the AoPS Intro to Algebra text, and it looks great! I *love* the thorough explanations-- we just might have to snag a copy and work our way through, just to be sure we've covered everything thoroughly. Thanks so much for that suggestion!
  7. A thousand thanks-- you've all given me MUCH food for thought!!
  8. Hmmmmm, that really does make sense! So "if math skills are not a constraint"... what math skills are necessary to succeed? Is algebra 1 enough? I'm just wondering if this progression might be a wise choice for ds, who will complete algebra in 8th (with a solid understanding, I hope!) & then begin (and hopefully make a solid dent in) geometry before the year's end. In your opinion, with that amount a math under his belt, would he be able to handle a decent physics program in 9th (as he continues to work through geometry)? And if so, do you have a favorite course?
  9. Regentrude (or others!)-- I've never considered swapping Bio w/ physics (to thus follow your physics in 9th/chem in 10th/bio in 11th grade plan). Will you please explain why this sequence might be advantageous? Way back in the day when I was in high school, I followed the "traditional" trajectory-- Bio, chem, physics. I just assumed everybody did it that way! Why the switch? Ds will finish algebra next year (8th) and start geometry-- he does well in math, but he's definitely not math-gifted (I think he's more a humanities guy). Is your plan more advantageous for the math-science types or
  10. Here's why I ask-- ds (14 in October) will be in 8th grade next year. We've never really DONE science in a serious sort of way-- in early elementary, we watched videos, read books, studied astronomy---> gentle, interest-led exposure. In 5th/6th/half of 7th, he took science through our co-op (basic bio/chem type stuff)--->*nothing* rigorous, but mildly decent exposure there as well. Jump ahead to high school-- I want him to take bio/chem/physics in 9th/10th/11th w/ a more advanced science in 12th *if* he so desires (though I don't think he will). So... for 8th grade-- in order
  11. Do any of you have any experience with this course (either w/ the text alone OR with the distance option/dvds)? It looks like it might be a solid study in literary analysis (which we have fairly neglected thus far) with many excellent works included... just thinking/planning ahead and hoping for some positive feedback! Thanks!
  12. Wow, these are excellent ideas!! Thank you so much for sharing!!
  13. We're in the process of adopting a little girl from China, so this summer I'd like to teach my crew a bit more about Chinese culture/geography/history/etc... and I'd like to make it as fun as possible! Any ideas/resources/links/what-nots you might pass along??
  14. I chose LfC B at the end of last year, and it turned out to be a good fit for ds (10/11, 5th grade). A bit of review via level A wouldn't have hurt (we had taken several months off between LL1 & LfC), but quite frankly, I didn't want to spend the $$ on another entire level, so we just plunged in to B. No regrets whatsoever w/ that choice. I still need to purchase level C for the fall, but based on the material covered in B, skipping from LL1 to LfC C would have been a nightmare!
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