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  1. Lori D. - a little rabbit trail - Your comments on your DS #2 are so encouraging. In many ways sounds like my DS #1. I have been thinking about Algebra 2 and wondering how this child will ever do it. And then was thinking about Consumer Math as well. I think I have decided to go ahead with Derek Owens Algebra 2 and if it takes us 2 years so be it. But maybe the way to do it is weave in Consumer Math?! What did you use for Consumer Math? Lori D - I really appreciate your insight and depth of replies!! Thanks!
  2. So I also wanted to ask about this! I have been reading Launch by Jeannie Burlouski (great book!) and she recommends aptitude testing using the following: "Strong Profile, College Edition and Strong and MBTI Career Report." (page 141 in her book) I think that is a combination of three tests: The Meyers Briggs, Strong Interest Inventory and Strength Finder 2.0. So my question is that I too had found the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation and was wondering what would be better. They each cost enough money that I think we would only do one. Opinions on which aptitude tests to take?
  3. Thanks so much to everyone for their advice! I also did not know that the pass might be commuted to a C! And I appreciate the vote of confidence that the work is worth the A. You ladies are great. : )
  4. Do you give a letter grade for PE or just a pass/fail? For PE in 9th grade he ran winter track at the local high school (worked hard, learned hurdle and high jump) and then we hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. So 9th grade would be: PE:Track and Hiking 10th grade he has been going to the YMCA in the morning and working out, learned about all the machines. So 10th grade would be: PE: Fitness and Weightlifting If I were to give him a letter grade he has worked hard and I would give him an "A." He is a soccer guy - that A would be his only A for 9th grade. It would be a true reflection of the year! Great in sports, not so great academically! I was thinking I would do a year of PE for 9th and 10th and then .5 for 11th and 12th even though he would be probably doing more than 1/2 a credit of work. So for the purposes of the GPA what are most doing? Letter grade or Pass/Fail? Thanks!
  5. We have used a few: 7th grade son watched most of the Daily life in the Ancient World. These were good! 9th grade son watched Great American Bestsellers: The books that shaped america. We liked the profs presentation. We also started The Life and Work of Mark Twain. We did not like Railton's presenting. Lastly, I am doing a little physics class for mostly 8th graders and as part of that class we are watching Understanding the Word's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity. Very good. Some of it goes over their head but I think they are all learning at ton. Professor Ressler is a great presenter and there are great demonstrations. As a homeschool mom I love the mix of history in there as well!
  6. Glad you found that out! : ) I had emailed him as well and gotten a response that said he had worked out solutions.
  7. Thanks for the feedback on the physics book. Answers without them worked out could be a deal breaker so thanks so much for giving me the heads up!! I will ask the publisher - if/when I get an answer I will post back. ; )
  8. I don't have a biology text book for you - but I would love to ask about the Centripetal Press "Introductory Principles in Physics." My sophomore age son is doing Derek Owen's physics - I think it a very solid course but he is buried by the homework problems. After seeing your post I am wondering about switching over to your text. I asked the publisher if they would send me a sample of their mathiest homework page and a test. Any additional thoughts you have on Centripetal's book would be super helpful.
  9. So after all this great conversation about what writing a kid needs, if you want to buy an on line class what would you recommend!?? My sophomore son is taking an English class at HSLDA - it is good for him at this point. But I would like him to do more writing in the 2nd half of high school than he is currently doing. Or is the way to go a private tutor and just hand them this thread?! And of course cost is a factor too. sigh.
  10. Anyone know of a high school on line class for Portuguese?
  11. Sorry, yes, I wanted to know what percentage of a grade should go toward class participation - you answered my question: 15%. Thanks!
  12. What percentage would you give for class participation for a 9th grade history class? I paid someone to come and talk about that weeks history. Thanks in advance!
  13. Interested in Funda Funda's ( US History course. I have not found any reviews... anyone used it? Thanks!
  14. Thanks Ladies! Thanks for taking the time to help me in my thinking process. : )
  15. The Potter School is offering a US Military History class. It of course appeals to my son. Do you think this could count as the traditional US History class - or must I add something to it and then what to add? The class is using a book called, "For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607-2012." Your thoughts would be appreciated! Shelley in MA
  16. Thanks so much for taking the time to write all that up - I am getting the feel for it. Need to add some things into this 9th grade year so that I can do what you are saying but I think that is OK. It is all hair raising and crazy when you don't really know that you will need it in the end! Again thanks so so much for writing that up! Happy New Year!
  17. I would love to hear about how you fill in NCAA records for a non traditional Spanish class or a Derek Owens class. I don't really know if my son will play Div 1 or 2 soccer but feel like I need to have my ducks in a row in case he could. Crazy.
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