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merylvdm

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    Homeschooled for 11 years. Teacher at homeschool co op. Coach to homeschool academic teams
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    Tennessee
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    Academic team coach, teacher at co op, online teacher at FundaFunda Academy

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    Teaching, reading, traveling! And chocolate.

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  1. The lady who runs it, Lisa Nehring, is in a Facebook Group with me and it looks like their classes are very good. I know they aim at providing quality tuition. But as I haven't had actually used them I don't have personal experience.
  2. I used a number of things - Sister Wendy videos, plus Annotated Mona Lisa (book). And I can't remember what else now. Also look at Take Time for Art videos - I think I may have used those had they been around when my daughter did Art History.
  3. It would probably be overkill to do AP as well, but not all universities accept DE credits. My niece homeschooled and went to Furman and she had had done DE through 2 different 4 year colleges and Furman wouldn't accept any of the credits. On the other hand, my kids did AP instead of DE and they didn't have a problem. If she knows the colleges she wants to apply to and knows they will all take her DE classes, then no point at all. And as for showing her academic ability, that depends on where she is doing the dual enrollment. Our local community college is not great in most departments, and I know the Spanish and English my kids did at our co op and at home was a lot more rigorous. Standards can vary a lot but typically doing DE at a 4 year university would show your student is capable of college work - but 2 year community colleges, not necessarily.
  4. Sorry - should be NCEE - National Council for Economic Education - that was a typo
  5. I teach Economics at co op and online and one of the activities we do is play the Stock Market Game. I play the official student one with them, but if you want a free version you could use How the Market works. Also NEEC has good materials with simulations you can use. I am on the road for the next 2 1/2 weeks but there is a book I use with the sort of activities you are looking for that I bought from them
  6. My oldest daughter did Psychology at college and they used David Myers. I just went and checked (as I know have it) and it was the 8th edition (it wasn't an AP edition). Here is the link https://www.amazon.com/Psychology-David-G-Myers/dp/0716728303 (she graduated a few years ago so there are more recent versions) She really liked it.
  7. Yes you should definitely give it a try! All my kids did it and loved it and I enjoy it so much (even though I am a German / English major) that I have continued coaching even now that my kids are graduated. Students can learn so much science in a "practical" way and medals they might win look good to colleges! Our team (along with a few other homeschool teams) are off to Nationals next week after winning our State championships.
  8. If you have kids who are good at math, the Purple Comet Math contest is still open for registration and participation for a few more days. Kids can work alone or in teams of up to 6. It's free and for middle or high school. https://purplecomet.org/
  9. I use Canvas for my online classes (and my co op classes). It has a lot of functionality but isn't super user-friendly. But if you Google for answers you can usually do what you want to do. It allows rubrics, peer reviews, weighting grades, dropping lowest grades, etc. We also used Engrade but stopped when they started charging. Now the teachers use a mixture of options but about 1/2 of us use Canvas
  10. I teach programming and Scratch is perfect for his age to start on. Because it is drag-and-drop there is no syntax to remember and spelling isn't an issue. He can try playing around with it on his own or you might find local classes. And of course you can find online ones or books. Just make sure they are teaching Scratch 3.0. Scratch just updated and while the functionality is the same, the look is different and screenshots or videos using the old Scratch would be confusing.
  11. I used a variety of math over the years with my kids and eventually ended up with LOF - and from Algebra 1 we used it exclusively for 1 of my kids and partially for 2 more (one started on TT and had to redo lot of it with LOF and the other went to public school after 8th grade - she tested into Algebra 2 after doing LOF Algebra). My kids scored well on standardized tests and used math a lot in the Science Olympiad competition. LOF gives practical applications and they liked that and it worked for them.
  12. I am the head coach of the teams @ClemsonDana is talking about. It is very doable as homeschoolers BUT as has been mentioned Science Olympiad has a rule that you can't have more than 2 counties on a team. We just had our regional competition and in the middle school division homeschool teams finished in the first 4 places. And in first and third in the high school division. A team can be up to 15 students. But you can manage with less. I belong to a homeschool coaches faceboook group and some of the teams have as few as 7 students. Also, we use students as young as 3rd and 4th grade on our middle school team (the little ones all went home with plenty of medals even though the school kids are much older)
  13. Well, I teach an online class, so if that is what you are looking for - I can help. Each module has one main project which I show how to do (recorded videos). If you are looking for free or cheap, Codeacademy has tutorials in Python. And of course, there are many books you can find on Amazon. So if your child doesn't need his work graded and he won't need help as he works through the tutorials, that would be the way to go. My sons taught themselves every language but the first one (I gave them a book which was a course in Visual Basic) - so it is very doable
  14. Definitely - as long as she spent about 65 hours (or whatever your state suggests for the number of hours for a 1/2 credit) on the class, it is definitely credit-worthy and can be used as a Fine Arts elective.
  15. Not really - though I supposed the Year by Year one would be good to get the overview of what happened and then you can get more specific with the Who's Who.
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