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  1. Did anyone recommend Dragon Box? Not as the main teaching resource, but it's great for instilling fluency and can be done during car rides and such when the student wouldn't normally be able to study.
  2. It would be too much to do both. If you think of the OWC quarters as 12 week units and look at how many weeks for the individual lesson plans for the titles you want from MP, I think you could put something together. Of course you could watch all the lectures if you like for the titles you don't necessarily want to have dc read. We did something like that this year with the British Lit in my signature. It was our spine and primary source for readings, but we've done the MP guide for Sir Gawain, full length Beowulf, some great courses here and there, and are using the two released OWC year 4 quarters with the material in the textbook for that time period. Sometimes I use just the tests/ quizzes from MP literature if I'm pulling in other resources. This is my second time through most of the material. We'll do the same next year, starting over with Ancients. It will be a mash-up of EIL, OWC and Great Couses with a college anthology as a spine. There's no way we'll cover it all, so I will pick and choose "units" as we move through sequentially. Hope this helps!
  3. Credentialed librarians do have to have a master's degree, but the graduate school process is not extremely competitive, and the degrees often have lots of specialization opportunity. Unless she really wants an English degree, she could major in one of several areas. Knowing how to use technology is a plus. All of this is to say that she should explore what she is interested in, but don't sweat it.
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    How to proceed with writing?

    Look at the sample for WWS3. ETA- look at the sample for Power also. The writing instruction is good, but it definitely is conservative-leaning. I find it unusable for those who don't identify that way.
  5. We signed up for a couple of months of ALEKS over the summer after geometry to clean up a few of those sorts of things. Dd worked in the geometry course, but really only did units like probability and statistics. ETA: I honestly don't recommend ALEKS, but it worked for that particular time and need.
  6. In our case, I'm looking for something somewhat advanced but not AP, which looks to me might suck the joy out of biology. I'm working more than before, so I think outsourcing a single class next year would be a good idea. ETA- Not necessarily outsource, but I don't want to re-invent anything. I looked over the MIT courses and they would require some juggling because they don't have video lectures in the course I like best.
  7. Link? I don't see it.
  8. Yes. We need Clover-something biology...
  9. Smith (Prentice Hall) Algebra 2. It's easier to learn from than Dolciani, but does have some challenge problems and covers much more than the basics. It has "Try This" problems after each example, so the student can focus on one concept at a time. Memoria Press sells videos and lesson plans for it. Text can be bought second hand. I did buy the solutions manual, too. It is laid out with A, B, and Challenge Problems like Dolciani. We like Dolciani (we have it on the shelf and have used parts of both Algebra 1 & 2), but the layout assumes a teacher is teaching the course. We find things just go more smoothly with Smith. YMMV-my student is on the young side. Larson Precalculus is similarly arranged with a "Try Problem #" after each example. I have an older version, but was able to easily find solutions and to match it up with the free resources at Chalkdust/ Cool Math Guy videos/ assignments line up with this edition. Both are mastery. Neither rely heavily on calculator use (my dd does more in her head than I would prefer). Smith has a bit of review at the end of each lesson. ETA- The Challenge Problems are pretty good, but we use EMF for challenge math.
  10. Maybe choosing one of the Larson books as a second explanation? There is a lot of support material at the site. It's easier to navigate if you have one of the texts because everything is by chapter and section. You would only need to rent the student text ($30ish) to have lots of problems to practice because CalChat has solutions and access to tutoring:
  11. There is some language on the site about having an administrator approve the form. How do you do that? Do I need to sign up as an administrator first?
  12. Thanks for the Preparing book- I hadn't seen that before.
  13. Are any of the Campbell add ons useful? Study guide, workbook or lab manual?
  14. I like to pick up used texts in January and February because the prices tend to be lower. Tentatively we have Campbell's big ol' Bio book for next year and it seems to be the book of choice according to dd. What other resources have you used/ liked for this book? There seems to be plenty of study guides and other extras. What is useful? The MIT OCW doesn't cover enough for the AP or the SAT subject, so we would end up piecing things together. I don't want to re-invent the wheel. I don't think the Thinkwell videos would go over at all here.
  15. Yeah... it would probably be a deal breaker if it was something unreasonable. There are some state EOC exams she would need to take if she graduated from local public high school, but it's easy stuff like algebra. Right now it's a less than 50/50 chance she'd even apply.
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