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  1. There is a Precalculus book in the same series. Advanced Mathematics: Precalculus with Discrete Mathematics and Data Analysis by Richard Brown ISBN: 0395551897 We own the 1992 edition. Brown is one of the co-authors of the "Dolciani" Algebra 1 and 2 books and of the "Jurgensen" Geometry book.
  2. Halycon-I have really enjoyed Duolingo Spanish for myself and my 11 yo. What do you mean by "make it more formal"? Time spent? Number of exercises? Also, I have been trying to find some easy first readers. Which are you using? Thanks, happydays
  3. Math – Dolciani Algebra 2 English - Literature – Hewitt Homeschooling Syllabus for Best ___ Books Grammar – CLE Language Arts 6/7 Composition – Write@Home Classes Vocabulary – Analogies 1 History - History Odyssey L2 Middle Ages Science – Biology Matters, with local science center’s lab classes Foreign Language – Breaking the Spanish Barrier 1 Electives – The Story of Inventions, Maps Charts & Graphs G, CLE Latin America course PE – Swimming, soccer
  4. It's not a hardware problem. We are a Mac only family and have no problem with Khan on our 3 computers. Are you using Safari? Have you updated it? We use Safari 5.0.5. HTH, Sarah
  5. I have reviewed with the county for 5 years. They have all been good experiences. Our county homeschool coordinator is wonderful. He runs early reviews in October-November for new homeschoolers to answer questions. Otherwise you review in Jan/Feb and again in May/June. The basic deal is show at your local library at a time you chose. A handful of reviewers will be at desks and will take families individually. You show/tell them what you have been doing in the standard areas: Math, LA, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, PE. They have check boxes for Schedule, Computer, media/Library, and Field trips. They aren't essential, but I like to bring a page from our schedule, a list of current computer educational computer games/sites they are using, a library receipt, and a list of field trips just to get them checked. For PE they like pictures. I just list my kids activities and print a few photos of them playing soccer, swimming, etc. The main thing to remember is are you showing "evidence of regular, thorough instruction." That only takes a list of what you covered or the name of the program and a few samples of work from the semester. If you have any specific question feel free to PM me. Sarah
  6. My son took the Stanford in 2nd through the opt-in testing with the PS in our state. He had the same results as your daughter. He got a perfect score on the math sections and his percentiles were in the 80s and 90s. He missed 3 of 30 in the word study section and got a 57%. (I never taught him the terms like digraph, constant blend, and dipthong.) The rest of the reading sections he had perfect scores and percentiles in the 70s and low 80s. The Stanford is clearly designed to catch those falling behind grade levels requirements, but it tells nothing about those who meet or exceed grade level. After that experience, I decided it was not worth the time wasted during testing. Also he was yelled at for not holding still enough while everyone else finished. HTH!
  7. My books arrived this afternoon. They are amazing!!! The books have beautiful hardcover books with great pictures. I was amazed at how thick they all are. The guides are extensive. The workbooks look great. I look forward to using them and hearing how others use them. Sarah
  8. How do you know whether to use "ex" or "ab" in a sentence like "They hurried out of the town"? Thank you. Our latin program explains it this way: a or ab means away from (distant from), while e or ex means out from (departing from). agricola longe ab oppido abest The farmer is far away from the town. puer epistulam ex oppido portabat The boy carried the letter out from the town. So, in your sentence ex would be used as they are hurrying out from the town they are not already away from it. HTH Sarah
  9. To answer your questions- I got the textbook, teacher's edition, and workbook. I didn't feel the need for the solution manual. The workbook has tests. Since my ds is young and is in no rush, his schedule looks like this so far: Text Chap. 1 Text Chap. 2 Workbook Chap. 1 Workbook Chap. 2 Workbook Test on 1-2 Text Chap. 3 Text Chap. 4 Workbook Chap. 3 Workbook Chap. 4 Workbook Test Chap. 3-4 Text Revisions 1, Mis. Problems 1, Investigations 1 Text Chap. 5 I do the tests to make sure he is hitting the >80% grade A status. I have him do all the problems and I like alternating the Text and Workbook chapters to give a bit of review. The first 4 chapters are definitely a lot of work and now he is really enjoying "real" algebra in chapter 5. It does seem quite easy after those first 4. HTH! happydays
  10. The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer are great. They are a good lead in to reading the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. HTH!
  11. My best recs from personal use: Earobics 1 and 2 http://www.superduperinc.com/products/view.aspx?stid=99 This was great for my son who had no phomenic awareness and was the only thing that taught him to rhyme. Literacy Leaders by EPS http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/Literacy+Leaders%3A+10+Minute+Lessons+for+Phonological+Awareness/044988/1252550095-225231 I would set the timer for 10 minutes and work from this book. No matter how badly he did at first, I could be positive and patient for 10 minutes. And when things started to click for him, it was very obvious and rewarding. I hope this helps. happydays ds 9 ds 7 <- graduate of Earobics 1 and struggling through 2 dd 3 dd 1
  12. I had an Encyclopedia Brown fan too and thought 2 Minute Mysterie would be great. WRONG!!! There's murder, attempted murder, ex-girlfriends, suicides... Check out the Amazon Look Inside feature to preread 3 of the mysteries. Another mystery series my son liked was Saxby Smart by Simon Chesire. Otherwise your list looks great. Hope this helps, Sarah
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