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  1. This would be my daughter's first time sitting for an AP exam and we were going to try US Gov. The couple of schools I called today usually allow homeschool kids but told me that they aren't doing so this year. I was hoping to sign her up for the PSAT as well, but that is a bust so far as well. 😞
  2. My daughter did half of AoPS Intro to Algebra before we decided it wasn't for us. We got in touch with Derek Owens and explained the situation. I sent them a copy of the TOC from our AoPS textbook and they let me know what chapters of the Derek Owens material that they thought she needed to cover. She just took the tests for some of the chapters after skimming through the material. If she wasn't sure she understood a topic, she watched the videos and took the test. When we finally got to material she didn't know, she began to do the full program. They awarded a grade based solely on the work s
  3. We have a great Windows desktop computer and a Chromebook. My daughter prefers m Chromebook for pretty much everything (except playing Minecraft) and I got tired of her taking it from me so I bought her one for her birthday. She'll use it to write a book she's working on and do online classes. She has an iPad that she prefers to use for digital art creation. We may have too many electronics. I think a Chromebook is great, so long as you go in with eyes wide open for what it will do and won't do.
  4. 7th already? NO!!!! Math: Continue AoPS Prealgebra Science: Continue Exporation Education Advanced Physical Science Language Arts: Lightning Literature 7 (My daughter is dyslexic and we've never used this before so I'm curious to see how much support she's going to need.) Social Studies: Tagging along with big sister for US Gov. and Economics (and frankly, she'll probably be more interested than her older sister). Spanish: We are going to dabble with this. She wants desperately to learn Spanish. She's played around with Spanish a bit in the past and done fine, but we'v
  5. Shortly after this question actually. 😂 It's like she's a mind reader.
  6. I posted this on January 30 and now that feels like an eternity ago! I'm tired of grading English compositions and she hates writing them. I need to her not to argue with me about them so I'm outsourcing. So now: Math: D.O. Algebra 2 English: WTMA Preparation for Rhetoric Writing Science: Clover Valley Honors Chemistry Foreign Language: WTMA French III Social Studies: 1/2 Government, 1/2 Economics Elective: ? She wants to do some creative writing. (Which she loves. Report writing is like pulling teeth.) So, anyone have any great secular government
  7. Hi there. I need math advice. 🙂 I have an 11 YO who is almost finished with BA5 and I'm trying to decide where to go next. I have the AoPS prealgebra text and have worked through it with my oldest child. I love the method and the instruction is excellent. My youngest is a great math student (maybe better than the oldest) but is dyslexic. She's reads well now, but slowly and while her comprehension is good reading literature and she has no problem reading and understanding BA, I'm not sure how her comprehension would be working through the AoPS text. That said, I expect I would sit with her a
  8. There is a schedule though. It's broken into 36 lessons with each lesson designed to last a week. We tried it this year and my daughter did not enjoy it. It required a lot of writing and paired with Oak Meadow's Freshman Lit class, she was writing almost all the time. She's dysgraphic and writing is a real challenge for her. We decided to focus on the writing assignments in the English curriculum and really work on quality over sheer quantity. She's improved a lot over the course of the year. In general, we like the Oak Meadow courses, but the World History just wasn't for us.
  9. I still feel like I'm figuring out 9th grade (even though we are better than halfway through). Math: D.O. Algebra 2 Science: Honors Chemistry outsourced to someone English Lit/Comp.: Oak Meadow Literature and Composition 2 Foreign Language: French 3 (WTMA) I think we will tackle a semester of government in the summer/early fall. Election season seems like an interesting time to do that. After that, economics I guess, maybe incorporating some of this: https://www.core-econ.org/ Electives: ? That's up for discussion. And she'll continue dancing, dancing, danc
  10. I'm planning to outsource chemistry next year and these are the two providers I'm most interested in. We are looking at Honors Chemistry for a 10th grader. Anyone have any ideas why one might be a better choice than the other? Thanks!
  11. Originally we were working about 45 minutes to an hour a day, 5 days a week on Barton. We don't take summers off. Lately we've moved to 30 minutes or so and about 4 days a week (though the goal is always 5 but stuff keeps happening). We haven't done any RAN/RAS work, but she was evaluated by a vision therapist when we began looking into her reading difficulties. They told me she wasn't dyslexic, so I've not got a lot of faith in much of what they said after that. We've moved to a new area and it might be time to look for someone. She's not extremely slow, just slow enough that you notice that
  12. This is an update and a thank you to quite a few of you (not just those in this particular post) who assisted me on my journey. I can't figure out how to add the word update to the topic, but... We are just a few months shy of three years of Barton and my daughter is mid level 8. She's become a successful reader. She's a great decoder even if she reads rather slowly. Her spelling is much improved but still obviously dyslexic. This may always be the case, but she's becoming proficient with technology, so that's a big help. I can't find the posts I made prior to this, when you fabulous peo
  13. I can't offer any input, buy I'm impressed with what you have so far and can't wait to hear what others say. I've got a subscription to Great Courses Plus and so far we are only using it for one course, so I'd really like to utilize it more.
  14. My daughter is 14 and this is her Freshman year. My first homeschool high schooler! 🤪 We outsourced foreign language (Well Trained Mind Academy) and math (Derek Owens Algebra) last year for 8th and I really felt that helped her understand that the expectations were changing and not just on my part. For those classes she really stepped up her effort. Her desire to do well for other teachers somehow seemed to transfer to other schoolwork. I also really tried to get her buy in this year. We talked about what colleges expect and then I let her choose an elective in addition to the pretty standard
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