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  1. Great advice offered above. To start transitioning your daughter to more classic works of literature (not that there is anything wrong with HP or PJ books— they’re entertaining and help establish her as a reader), I recommend downloading free audiobooks via your public library and getting her into the habit of listening to them for an hour a day or more. Just in the last month or two, my 5th grade DD has listened to A Cricket in Times Square, The One and Only Ivan, Treasure Island, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Railway Children, and she’s in the middle of another E. Nesbit book that is a collection of fairy tales/stories, entitled The Magic World. She listens while building with LEGO, playing with slime, sketching/coloring, etc. We generally treat listening to audiobooks as a reward for finishing her written schoolwork, so she looks upon it favorably. It does wonders for their vocabulary, attention, and ability to follow longer, more complex sentences. My 5th grader is the youngest of four and the audiobook habit has stuck with all the older girls, too. They burn through books while driving, doing housework, gardening, etc. It’s a good life habit to develop!
  2. I still don’t have any feedback to offer, but I ended up enrolling my DD in AP English Language with Lili Serbicki for the ‘19-‘20 school year. It was a perfect fit and I’m so glad I didn’t do another year of a pre-AP/honors class. She was definitely prepared. If you’re unsure whether your student is ready for AP English, Mrs. Serbicki offers a summer class through Aim Academy entitled Intro to AP Essay Writing. It seems like a good way to test the waters without making a year-long commitment. Here’s a link:
  3. My DD was able to upload her AP Art History exam questions with no problem, thankfully. She is worried that AP English Lang next Wednesday will be more difficult since so many more students sit that exam. It seems like the problem isn’t the outdated browsers, but the volume of test takers crushing the CB site.
  4. Each of my older DDs received $500 from the CARES funding through their college. I was shocked as we don’t complete FAFSA/take any financial aid. (That’s not to say they/we don’t need the money! Both will have difficulty finding work this summer and oldest is facing a long wait until hospitals begin hiring new nurses again.)
  5. I really understood fractions after working through (with my DD) this out-of-print book: Everything's Coming Up Fractions with Cuisenaire Rods by John Bradford. I bought another used copy when my youngest was a toddler just to have around for future use. That future is now! She just finished 5th grade, so she knows how to handle fractions procedurally, but this will help her see/understand what they really mean. She’s a kid who needs things to be done in that order— learn to do it first and understand it later. I think her anxiety/ADHD contribute to this. She’s stressed out by having to ‘discover’ anything or intuit via models.
  6. What do you/DD Think if her course? I would also be interested in knowing where she’ll be teaching next year, if anywhere.
  7. PA Homeschoolers is offering summer classes for the first time for the exact reason you’ve mentioned. I’m not sure of the format as they are all offered by different teachers. There are some very interesting topics and none would qualify as a core class, if I remember correctly. My DD is taking the two Art courses offered by Ms. Kane.
  8. Updating my own post to say that I just discovered Dr. Kanner is now teaching science courses through Debra Bell’s Aim Academy, including Bio, Honors/Pre-AP Bio, and A&P. I think that’s a new development, but it could just be news to me. I’d still love someone with recent experience in one of her classes to chime in with a review.
  9. Updating my own post to say that I just discovered Dr. Kanner is now teaching science courses through Debra Bell’s Aim Academy, including Bio, Honors/Pre-AP Bio, and A&P. I think that’s a new development, but it could just be news to me. I’d still love someone with recent experience in one of her classes to chime in with a review.
  10. My 15 year old DD has taken 4+ online classes each of her years in high school. This year, she had 2 classes with Wilson Hill that each had 2x per week 90-minute live classes. She also had 3 asynchronous, but not self-paced classes, and one asynchronous/self-paced course. In addition, she dances 3-5 hours daily. It was a heavy, but manageable workload *FOR HER*. The key is that you need to know thy child and not give them more than they can handle. My DD could not have handled any more live lectures and still gotten everything done. My DD has decided she dislikes most live classes, because they move too slowly for her. She often multi-tasks during her live classes (Alg 2 and Latin 2) by drilling flash cards for another subject, updating her planner, doing chem homework, etc. She’s just a very fast processor and doesn’t need as much time/repetition that most teachers include in their live lectures. Live classes can be very good for a student who needs the connection with a teacher or the social aspect of chatting in real time with other students. Having all his classes with one provider and having them all be live, online might give him the community he’s missing out on by leaving his private school. It will just require that he has very good executive function skills and a strong work ethic. Good luck with your decision.
  11. Can anyone offer a review of AP Bio with Dr. Kanner? I saw a couple from 2015, but would love more recent info. I’m sure her teaching and the class structure has changed/evolved over the years.
  12. We’ve emailed ours and received no response. But! That is no different than usual, so it can’t be blamed solely upon the pandemic! Glad you were able to reach your contact.
  13. That’s exactly what I’m thinking of doing. If we continue with half days while we’re still effectively locked down at home, we’ll take time off later when things open up again, even if it’s after our new year typically begins by late-August. Of course, by ‘we’ I really mean just my 5th grade DD (who is turning 11 and moving into 6th grade) and me. My 15 year old is busy with her pre-pro ballet classes at home via zoom + her online courses. After AP exams and finals in the next 2-3 weeks, she’ll move right into her summer work which includes ACT prep, Thinkwell Econ, and two mini art courses through PA Homeschoolers. She is scheduled to take a couple weeks off in August before her 2020-21 year begins.
  14. We typically take the summer off (tracking the local schools, roughly), but since everything has been cancelled for the summer (camps, softball league, swim team, etc), we will continue to school 9a-12n daily. Afternoons will be free for whatever, but I think we’d all go crazy with no structure and zero outside activities.
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