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Amy loves Bud

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    I was born in Texas. I'm a mom. I homeschool. The end.
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  1. We are in the process of buying a bass. We are purchasing a 3/4. I thought we would wait longer, but Luke's teacher is pretty adamant that he needs a major jump in quality from what is available as a rental. We are told that the one we are looking at should work well for him through high school, but if he pursues bass studies after high school, he will probably need another jump in quality. $$$$$ The string shop that we rent from takes instruments as trades on new instruments. They are assessed by a luthier, and I would have no issue purchasing a used instrument that they and Luke's teacher recommend, because I have developed a great deal of trust for this business over the last few years. I know we are in Dallas, but you might contact them to see what they have available in cellos. The business is Dallas Strings located in Allen, TX. Ron Gilbert is the owner and I trust him completely. He is overly generous with the orchestra community around here. Good luck! It's a stressful purchase to make!
  2. This, plus I would add that I pay several thousand dollars per year to help them out with that task. :001_smile:
  3. I was just looking at that. I'm wondering if, since it is a formal course as opposed to me teaching, the school would give him credit for algebra based on the instructor's evaluation. Then he could spend the entire summer on it instead of having to test in July. They want him to test in July so they can get the scores back in time. I think that would be an excellent option if they will work with us on it.
  4. His dad and I sat down with him tonight and went over all the options, and he is very excited to try to accelerate. We went through Dolciani together and he got even more excited, because he feels confident that he will be able to master it. So, we are going to go forward as if he is going to take the test and go into Geometry back at his school this fall. If we have to slow down, we will and then he will have to decide if he wants to stay home to achieve this. Tomorrow I am going to talk to his counselor and math teacher about letting him use his math time at school to work on the algebra I give him rather than prealgebra. And then we will start busting out the algebra this weekend!
  5. I'll try to make a long story short. Luke is in 7th grade in PS. He is a stellar math student but fell thru the cracks and didn't get pulled for 7th grade algebra for this year. He has been bored in what was his favorite subject. About a month ago he asked to homeschool, with the main goal of completing algebra and geometry prior to his 9th grade year,and I agreed. Today I got a call from the counselor at his school and in reviewing their records they believe he fell through the cracks and should have been in algebra this year (duh, I told her that in September). They want to accelerate him by having him test out of algebra in late July, then go into Geometry in the fall. She said the district's math specialist looked over his records and feels confident that he can do it. She did say it would be wise to continue to review algebra throughout the year, since he would be goimng through it so quickly to prep for the exam. I concur. She recommended Aleks to prep. I said I would probably prefer to tutor him myself with Dolciani as I had planned, and she didn't really seem to think it mattered to the school district as long as he makes a 90% on the exam. He would like to stay in school rather than homeschool if he could be challenged. He has done well, has lots of friends , is in NJHS and orchestra. But in the end he loves math and wants to pursue amath-oriented career, and if he can't ge the math challenge he needs in school he wants to come home. Would you consider acceleration for CBE in July? Is that too fast?
  6. Here are some good ones from Texas: When two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing, each shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has gone. It is illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing. The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home. In Clarendon It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster. In Dallas It’s illegal to possess realistic d**dos. :001_huh: In Galveston One needs permission from the director of parks and recreation before getting drunk in any city park. In Houston It is illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday!!! In Port Arthur Obnoxious odors may not be emitted while in an elevator. And in Temple, my hometown, Cattle thieves may be hanged on the spot. I am imagining going on a really whacked out crime spree. :)
  7. Please update us on the events of the day. I hope your daughter and friends have a great time. :D
  8. This is very troubling for those of us who use one click. :glare:
  9. I think the ten hours is for both history and great books. I'm guessing for Luke the history reading/summary writing will take 3-4 hours , and the great books portion will occupy the remainder of the time.
  10. I'm not going to say whether Hosseini's books are appropriate or not - I think you should read to decide for your own kids. They are definitely emotionally difficult. That said, if you do decide to go with one, his foundation offers lesson plans. http://www.sos4tkhf.com/ The foundation focuses on building shelter in Afghanistan. You can use the lesson plans without participating in the charity, but who knows, it could inspire a service project.
  11. We are planning to use History of tbe Ancient World in the fall. DS will read 3 chapters per week and complete the recs in rhetoric stage TWTM, creating a page for each chapter with key dates, people and events. I'll have him write an essay on a topic in further depth once per week or so. I don't think it needs to be more complicated than that. I hope it doesn't. :001_smile: We will also be doing great books from the time period according to TWTM.
  12. For math we keep moving forward, but I also require 15-30 minutes of math per day during the summer so we don't regress in that area. For the other subjects we are done when the book is done. :)
  13. Congratulations! I will be watching your school over the next few years.
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