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  1. iTunes has the books for $10.99 which is cheaper than an Audible monthly membership.
  2. I have also looked at the Apologia videos. I think these would be great - except I think that they are not quite as engaging as they could be and for that much money, I think I'll stick with the you tube videos we find to correspond to the lessons. :) Still, the new videos may fill a need that a lot of families have. :)
  3. We used RWT live for a year. Mr. Rosenoff is a bit abrasive with students (and parents). I would not ever do another live class with him. I also toyed with the idea of getting the flash drive through Rainbow Resource at a discounted price (now no longer available) for two reasons only: 1 - the fill-in the blank notes 2 - the help with writing a formal lab report I am not sure Mr. Rosenoff's instruction is as wonderful as some others make it out to be, which is why I would only buy the flash drive at a deep discount. Don't know if that helps at all. If you follow his company page on facebook, you'll get a good feel for who he is. I stopped following a few months ago if that tells you anything. Seeing his back and forth rants with customers on his page turned me off. I think that he is not a well man. That said, he may be a genius with science. I don't know. But I do know that I would rather have a teacher who is only "so-so" with science but who has a teaching heart and strong moral character over a man who is brilliant with science but demeans those who disagree with him. Anyway... ;)
  4. Which social forums do you see discussion of his product? He seems to follow one and talked about it, but I don't know where it is. :confused1: Also, he and Dr. Wile have parted ways! Dr. Wile still says that Mr. R is a "master teacher," but that's as far as he goes. They had a very heated email exchange and that led to a separation. :hurray:
  5. Conceptual Chemistry looks like an amazing book and class videos are available for almost every unit! www.conceptualacademy.com offers access to these videos for only $30. It's a great academy. We are using them for Conceptual physics. Love it.
  6. We used DIVE for biology. Not a good fit for us - at all. The lectures were sort of dull. Not engaging for my son at all. I understand that not all college professors will be engaging, but I feel like while my kids are learning at home, we should look for the materials that will capture and keep their attention. DIVE didn't do that for us.
  7. And I have heard that the videos are dull and boring. Not so? We were toying with the idea of purchasing Red Wagon Tutorials flash drive for biology. Can you talk me into the Apologia DVDs?
  8. I HIGHLY recommend Tyler DeWitt's videos on YouTube. He explains a lot of Chemistry concepts, but some of it can roll over into physics. He's pretty awesome!
  9. BYU-Provo offers University courses at something like $547 per class...something like that. plus the cost of books. Their course offerings are amazing, though and makes BYU-I's concurrent enrollment course list pale in comparison. But, at $30 a credit hour for the CE courses with BYU-I, it's a steal of a deal. :) A note about books: We were able to find our son's book at a used book site: www.betterworldbooks.com for $30. Not to shabby.
  10. Nope! A student WILL need to speak with an LDS ecclesiastical leader in his/her area for a "recommendation." What that basically entails is a run down of the honor code: No cheating, turn work in on time, do your own work, etc. The leader just makes sure that the student understands that since the coursework is done outside of school, the standards for being honest are the same as if the student were sitting in a classroom. I asked my son what else our local leader spoke to him about, but that was all he could remember, so that may be it. BYU-I can help you find a local leader to do that part of the endorsement. Enrollment is a fairly straight forward process and I love it because no test scores are required for admittance. Also, so far, each college we have looked at locally will accept BYU-I's classes as transfer credits, so that's a plus. :) If you opt for this route, I'd love to hear about your experience. With Psych, my son has had weekly field experiments - those have been the most fun because he gets to play with his family with psych tests. :)
  11. This may not be new to some, but it's new to me. :) Chalk Dust videos are now available for online streaming to computers and mobile devices. www.coolmathguy.com The price for streaming for the year is $150. If 10 or more homeschool moms want to purchase the same level, they can do so for $50 each student. This video instruction is, hands down, the best we have seen over the years. The length of each video lesson can seem overwhelming, but if it's broken down into viewing times, it's more manageable, especially for the younger students. Anyway, I'm excited about this as I think we will use the one month access for the ACT/SAT prep course. :) The textbooks will need to be purchased separately and that info can be found here: Basic Math Basic College Mathematics, 9th edition (Aufmann and Lockwood) Textbook ISBN-13: 978-1-4390-4696-8 ISBN-10: 1-4390-4696-4 Student Solutions Manual ISBN-13: 978-0-538-49386-4 ISBN-10: 0-538-49386-0 Prealgebra Prealgebra, 5th edition(Aufmann, Barker, Lockwood) Textbook ISBN: 0-618-95688-3 Solutions Guide ISBN: 0-618-99673-0 Algebra I Elementary Algebra, 5th edition (Larson) Textbook ISBN 13: 978-0-547-10227-6 ISBN 10: 0-547-10227-5 Solutions Guide ISBN 13: 978-0-547-14011-7 ISBN 10: 0-547-14011-8 Geometry Elementary Geometry for College Students, 5th edition (Alexander and Koeberlein) Textbook ISBN 13: 978-1-439-047903 Complete Solutions Guide ISBN 13: 978-0-538-737692 Algebra II Intermediate Algebra, 5th edition (Larson) Textbook ISBN 13: 978-0-547-10217-7 ISBN 10: 0-547-10217-8 Solutions Guide ISBN 10: 0-547-14019-3 Precalculus Precalculus With Limits, A Graphing Approach, 5rd edition (Larson, Hostetler, Edwards) Textbook ISBN 10: 0-618-85150-X ISBN 13: 978-0-618-85150-8 Solutions Guide ISBN 13: 978-0-618-85187-4 Statistics Understanding Basic Statistics, 5th edition (Brase and Brase) Textbook ISBN 10: 0547132492 ISBN 13: 9780547132495 College Algebra College Algebra, A Graphing Approach, 5th edition (Larson, Hostetler, Edwards) Textbook ISBN 10: 0-618-85188-7 ISBN 13: 978-0-618-85188-1 Solutions Guide ISBN 10: 0-618-99003-8 Trigonometry Trigonometry, 7th edition (Larson and Hostetler) Textbook ISBN 10: 0-618-64332-X ISBN 13: 978-0-618-64332-5 Solutions Guide ISBN 13: 978-0-618-64335-6 Calculus Calculus of a Single Variable, 9th edition (Larson, Hostetler, Edwards) Textbook ISBN 10: 0-547-20998-3 Solutions Guide ISBN 10: 0-547-21298-4
  12. Dr. Wile authors great books, but his chemistry course is math-heavy. Conceptual Chemisty by John Suchocki seems to be a great book with free online videos to support the lessons. http://conceptualchemistry.com/offers the free videos if you sign up as a homeschooling parent. He has also launched a new website that offers the same videos but has built in grading on quizzes for $30 a year: www.conceptualacademy.com Good luck!
  13. Our state also offers free college tuition for highschoolers, but I will mention that Brigham Young-Idaho offers a limited number of classes for $30 a credit hour! http://www.byui.edu/concurrent-enrollment Click on the "Application Checklist" to see current classes. At a glance, here they are: B 101 - Introduction to Business (3 credits) FDAMF 101 - American Foundations (3 credits) FDENG 101 - Writing and Reasoning Foundations (3 credits) FDMAT 108 - Math for the Real World (3 credits) FDSCI 101 - Science Foundations (2 credits) FDSCI 201 - Natural Disasters (3 credits) HS 280 - Medical terminology (2 credits) PSYCH 111 - General Psychology (3 credits) PSYCH 112 - Career Development in Psychology (1 credit) ART107- Design and Color (3 credits) COMM 125 - Visual Fundamentals(3 credits) ECEN 150 - Electric Circurt Analysis I (3 credits) CS 124 - Introduction to Software Development (3 credits) My son is taking Psychology right now and has really, really enjoyed his class.The professor is polite and quite helpful if there are ever any questions. Even with my state offering free tuition, I do wish that BYU-I offered more classes because I would probably just stay with them. :)
  14. We also tried DIVE to make it work with Apologia. Pros 1 - the labs are done for student and are presented with photos (though this is also a con if you want your child to learn on their own). The photos and explanations are clear. 2 - as far as I can tell, the labs coincide with the AP biology exam 3 - the student notebook is well done 4 - the fee is just right for homeshooling families 1 - my son didn't like the voice over slide show presentations 2 - i didn't like that DIVE's labs didn't coincide with Apologia's labs 3 - the labs are done for the students (which is also a pro if you don't have the right lab equipment) 4 - the lectures don't necessarily coincide with what was read in the Apologia book. What I mean is, while the lecture may cover the same topic, it didn't go into depth with the Apologia book's readings. I guess we were hoping for a professor to delve into the Apologia topics as they were presented. That wasn't the case and so we were a bit disappointed. It isn't a bad course, but it wasn't a fit for us.
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