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  1. Hi Game Lovers! In another thread, the site Board Game Arena was mentioned. Does anyone have experience with it? I know that it is overloaded now (Saturday afternoon on the East Coast). But does it normally work? Is the membership worth it? Any comments at all? Thanks in advance. Also, if anyone can link to that thread, I would appreciate it.
  2. I do not know her personally, but she used to live here in my town. People loved her and when she stopped teaching here in person, they drove to her new location, and then followed her online. I have only heard fabulous things about her. Since that was many years ago, I am sure that she has continued to improve.
  3. I just looked at my copy of the workbook. The first six pages are just the title page and introductory stuff. Page seven has some simple activities about angles. There is some really good stuff on page eight, which gives you instructions for the puzzles on page 9. If you need a copy of that one page, reply here and then PM me and I will send you a scan of it.
  4. My son does not live on campus, but we did get an email anyway. All kids are supposed to come back and get their stuff out of the dorms ASAP. They are offering refunds for room and board. The billing department asked for patience, since their employees are all working remotely. And they said that since there are so many different room arrangements and meal plans, it is complicated to process.
  5. I have no opinion or experience with UVA, other than some visits for events during the high school years. However, we live in Fredericksburg, and my son attends Mary Washington. We love it! If you have questions about UMW, please ask. I will continue to tell you how great it is!
  6. @MorningGlory / Jetta - Can you explain what you liked / didn't like about Big Blue Button in Canvas? I use Canvas for my coop classes. Right now, it is primarily an easy way to disseminate files. And I also use the gradebook, and occasionally the online quizzes. But if class is canceled for more than one week, the time will be lost. I am determined to find a solution this week and be prepared for some virtual class sessions.
  7. I was a public school math teacher (before kids). Since starting a family I have tutored and taught homeschool classes, and spent lots of time analyzing the standards, at least for Virginia. What you are describing is not the way it works anymore. In my home state, kids are getting credit for a variety of math classes. It is not just lockstep Algebra I - Geometry - Algebra II - Trig - PreCalc the way it was when we were in school. The course catalogue for my county has fifteen math courses possible for typical high school credit. (Only Algebra Readiness, Algebra I, part 2 and Geometry, part 2 are counted as elective credits.) That does not include AP courses, DE course, IB courses, special honors courses at the Governor's School, or the Computer Science course that can count as a math credit. I counted a total of 32 different courses that could be taken in high school. The traditional progression is one way that teens can complete their high school courses, but it is not the only way. Homeschool families who use the often-recommended texts here (Dolciani, Foerester, Art of Problem Solving) are doing so much more than a typical public school course. It is realistic to grant more credit when students have gone both deeper and wider than the current standards. OP - if you are still trying to decide, maybe let us know the textbook that your teen used (at school and at home) and maybe we can give you more opinions. A difference of opinions is one thing that you can count on here in the forums!
  8. It might be a lot of money to spend, but check Teachers Pay Teachers. I have purchased so much stuff from "All Things Algebra". Her worksheets are well organized, and there is plenty of room to show the work. I use her curriculum in the classes that I teach at a homeschool coop and with my own kids. I think that the material is similarly rigorous to Dolciani. The worksheets do not offer as explanation (like a textbook), because a teacher would be using it. But still, her materials are very good.
  9. I have spent a significant amount of time researching the standards in our home state of Virginia. They do follow the Common Core, but have their own Standards of Learning (SOLs). Here are the trends that I see... The typical standards from Algebra I (from many years ago) have been pushed down. There are many more algebraic skills taught in middle school (Math 7 / Math 8). Many of the easier procedures (evaluate expressions, multistep equations, graphing and writing linear equations) will be done before kids begin a class called "Algebra". Many counties allow kids to take more time for Algebra I (Algebra I, pt 1 + Algebra 1, pt 2, or even an Algebra Readiness class). Usually they still only earn one credit for Math, and the remaining credits are electives. Some places also do the same thing with Geometry (part 1 + part 2), earning one math credit and one elective credit. There is often a class between Algebra I and Algebra II. That is the mathematical modeling course that you mentioned. Here it is called "Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis". The skills that used to be included in Algebra I, but could be considered problem solving, applications, or statistics were placed into this course. This course makes heavy use of technology - graphing calculators, or similar online programs (like Desmos). This is actually a valuable course for all kids - STEM focused on not. It teaches teens how math is used in the real world. It seems to also function as a preview of Algebra II for most students. Algebra II seems to be the least changed. So a traditional Algebra II textbook that we talk about here (for instance, Dolciani or Foerster) is similar to what you might see in public school. But Trigonometry is usually not a full year course. It is either taught together, as Honors Algebra II with Trig. Or a student would earn 1 credit for Algebra II and a half credit for Trigonometry another year. For kids not taking honors math, after Algebra II, I usually see Algebra III with Trigonometry, or Advanced Algebra with Trigonometry. And then Precalculus... To be more concise, the progression through math courses in not as simple as it used to be. When I was in high school, even kids who went to college would end up in their senior year with just a semester of Trigonometry. It was not a problem to start Pre-Calculus in college, particularly if you were not a STEM major. The expectations for kids is so much higher than it used to be. The solution is to stretch it out so that everyone can be successful in higher-level math. If the comments above were not helpful, here are the math credits that I would give for the student that you have described. 9th = Algebra I 10th = Geometry 11th = Algebra II 12th = Algebra III w/ Trigonometry
  10. I don't know everything about Dots, but here is what I do know. Once you have the Alexa app installed on your computer, you can control the Dots that you have on your account. So you can go into the app, see that it is playing a book and hit stop. But I don't think that you could prevent them from continuing. The kids could just say, "Alexa, resume", and she would continue the story. I can control all the Dots. I just tried it, I told her "Alexa, play (name of my playlist) everywhere". And all the Dots (at least the ones I can hear from my bedroom) are playing the same music. I think that you can set up other groups too. One more thing - when Alexa "reads" an e-book, it really sounds like a computer voice. She has no expression, and no understanding of the intention, some things do not sound right at all. Maybe try a sample or two before you pay the monthly fee. We let Alexa read the books for awhile, that quickly became tiresome, and now we get a few books a month from Audible. Make sure you want to do that before you begin. I have not figured out how to get audiobooks from the library on the Dots.
  11. I agree with EKS above. Slow down enough so that it takes two years. You can call this year something like "Advanced Algebra" or "Algebra III", and then next year "Pre-Calculus". In public schools, the math progression is not as simple as it used to be. There are so many different paths to get from Pre-Algebra to graduation. Or what if you have him study for the College Algebra CLEP? There are lots of books available. And you might even find a MOOC that works, there is one from Udacity, one from edX, and the course from Modern States. I have not used any of them. When I look at the CLEP study book, it seems to be a bit harder than Algebra II, but not as difficult as Pre-Calculus.
  12. You can copy the set - click the icon with two sheets of paper that says "customize" It will then say at the top "create a new study set" Change the name (if you want) and click the green button "Create" When you hover over the picture, you will see a trash can - click it. Then click the red button "remove image". Hope that helps!
  13. I have lived through at least 25 years of kid performances. And either my husband or I did leave a few times when the younger ones were babies and toddlers. But the other one of us stayed for the entire evening. I always told my kids that if they were old enough to be in the show, they were old enough to watch everyone else. To this day, it hurts me when my friends leave after their kids have performed but before mine have had their turn. Each time another showcase comes around, I want to come at intermission, miss the little kids, and just come for the portion that involves my high-school aged kids and their friends. But I don't - because that seems rude, and a bad example for my teenagers. Count me in as one more of the dinosaurs.
  14. It was a club "52 weeks to organized home". But it was closed due to this ... But you can find the original content here.
  15. If he is goes back to school next year, would he be stuck in that sequence no matter what? So if he goes back this spring, it would be Pre-Algebra? And even if he finishes Foerster Algebra I, he would have to repeat that in 8th grade? Is there a Geometry class for him at this school? Would they let you do all other subjects in their typical routine and then do independent study for math? I think that is a bigger question than going out of order in this textbook. There are lots of equally good sequences for Algebra I. The chapters at the end of this list (Ch 5, 6, 9, 10) are generally harder for most kids. If all that is true, I would find something else for him to do this year. It might be counter productive for him to be in a math class so far below his abilities. There are other things that he could do to keep moving forward mathematically.
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