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  1. What are your favorite containers for storing cut vegetables in the fridge? Also, favorite jars for homemade pickles? Thanks!
  2. I lightly edited the longer version of the description from the website. It has pasted a little off - the chapter topics should be in 2 columns in order to keep it all to one page. I also included a table with all my student's homework, test and exam grades. This course will cover the topics normally covered in a second year course in high school algebra. The course was originally based on the book Algebra 2 by Larson, Boswell, Kanold and Stiff, published by McDougal Littell, 2001 edition. The topics covered in this course correspond closely to the topics covered in this book, although the explanations in the lectures are expanded over those in the book, at times significantly. All of the course content comes from the video lectures and the Student Workbook. Assignments will consist of Practice Problems from the workbook, instructional videos online, and written assignments. Homework assignments and tests are printed from the website, completed, and turned in for a grade. One final exam for each semester will be taken in class at the end of each semester. Students will receive a numerical grade for each semester and for the year. The grade is calculated based on tests, graded homework and the final exams. The instructor: Derek Owens graduated from Duke University in 1988 with a degree in mechanical engineering and physics. He taught physics, honors physics, AP Physics, and AP computer science at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA from 1988-2000, and taught physics while heading the Satellite Science Program at Duke. Since 2006, he has been a full-time teacher for homeschoolers in the Atlanta area. (Description source: www.derekowens.com/course_info_algebra2.php) Course Outline These topics comprise the material normally taught in a high school Algebra 2 course. Chapter 1: Equations and Inequalities Chapter 2: Linear Functions and Equations Chapter 3: Systems of Equations Chapter 4: Quadratic Functions Chapter 5: Polynomials and Polynomial Functions Chapter 6: Powers, Roots, and Radicals Chapter 7: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions Chapter 8: Rational Equations and Functions. Chapter 9: Conic Sections Chapter 10: Sequences and Series Chapter 11: Trigonometric Ratios and Functions Chapter 12: Trigonometric Graphs, Identities, and Equations Text: Algebra 2: Student Workbook and Lecture Notes by Derek Owens
  3. Also recommending classicalU.com. It has a series of short courses in classical learning and also in pedagogy. I participated in a 6 week book club with authors Clark and Jain reading their book The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education this summer - most of the other participants were directors of schools - through CAP. Science and math teachers who have changed careers from engineering are valued. Check out the careers of John Mays, author of the Novare Science curriculum at Classical Academic Press, or Derek Owens.
  4. Dd16 does math through Derek Owens - Alg 2 last year and now Precalc. It's working very well for us, and I would definitely recommend it. The 9th grade Physics class in our local school district (which abuts yours) correlates to Derek Owen's Physical Science class rather than his Physics class. I think your 9th grader might struggle in his Physics class since she has not completed Algebra 2. I pm'ed you. 🙂
  5. Bumping to update: SAT test sites are closed here. We will try for March 2021, I think, since fortunately she is a junior. Thinking of parents of seniors! Good luck everyone!
  6. It can be hard to get a good picture of conditions in a distant city in our current news climate. @Lanny this article from AP news https://apnews.com/c6667f34cbafe73c36be32d41a3b8325 may provide a better picture of Portland, OR. I live very close the main protest site downtown. I would not go to the 2 blocks around the Justice Center between the hours of 10pm and 3am unless I wanted to participate in protests, but life here in Portland is normal and not dangerous. @AEC If the spike of violence at the protest activity in Kenosha is driven by non-locals, it may stop quickly. Keep an eye on the news - I see there is an arrest for the shooting - but unless your dc has an interest in participating in the protests, they are easily avoided. In my experience so far this year, the bigger question is how long your student's university will be online only, and if the surrounding community will be very restricted. My dd18 had a mix of in person, online and hybrid classes when she arrived at her college. She just finished her 14 day mandatory quarantine - in time for a stay at home order for her city. All classes had switched to online before they started on August 24th. It is worth talking through with your dc what it might be like to be on a mostly closed campus with all classes online. @Lanny I would love to hear what your daughter says about her experience with this. Would she advise current freshmen to move in their dorms with all online classes and a mostly closed campus?
  7. Hugs! It will be okay. What helped me with the overwhelm of 9th grade - Reading Teaching from Rest and rebooting 9th with a ruthlessly trimmed workload (I love to design courses that have 50 hours reading a week - blush!), deliberately scheduling margin into every day. Recognizing that 9th grade is meant to be a step up from 8th, not a ginormous leap into college level work. Reading the wise words of forum folks whose students aren't radically accelerated. I love that we have a population here whose students are doing amazing things! But I do need to step back sometimes and remind myself that most 9th graders are doing geometry or algebra, not calculus. Spending a half an hour to an hour or so every day just hanging out with each teen. One likes walking or playing together. One likes drinking tea or cooking together.
  8. Back in December I had no idea that driving 7 hours to take a test would be anything but laughable... I guess this could be plan C 😄
  9. Thanks for the suggestion to check with the school about SAT testing. I'll make a note to call them when (if?) they reopen. High schools here close completely over summer, so no-one answers the phone before mid-August. I looked up my nearest CLEP center - Mt Hood Community College. They are mostly online for fall but have a handful of in person classes currently scheduled, so testing might be happening. CLEP hasn't been on my radar, as DD prefers home-designed courses. Maybe CLEP Precalculus could substitute for SAT Math 2?
  10. Math: Derek Owens Precalculus - the only class not taught by me Science: Biology - using Oak Meadow's new high school biology as a spine, tweaked to allow a deep dive into the deep ocean and octopuses English: Finishing Byline (Clearwater Press) for an easy US literature credit. Homemade Chinese literature study of the 4 great novels History: East Asian history using Ebrey and Walthall, East Asia as a spine Foreign Language: Japanese using Genki as a spine, and probably italki for conversation practice Art: Okay I don't teach this either. This is DD's passion - she spends at least 2 hours every day learning, creating, challenging herself
  11. Did you find a tutor? Oak Meadow has a tutoring service you can use while studying their subjects independently: www.oakmeadow.com/support-and-tutoring/
  12. DD16 is registered to take the SAT in September in Hillsboro, OR. The school district has just announced that to comply with our state's guidelines, all schools will be fully online from their delayed start 9/14/20 through the end of the first quarter 11/5/20. Does that mean the SAT won't be administered at the high school before 11/5 at the earliest? All other nearby school districts are also fully online, so location switching is unlikely to help if closed school = closed test site. DD is in 11th grade this year. Her only non-Mom grades are Algebra 2 with Derek Owens and a local physics small group class taught by an ex-teacher. We planned to use the Community College for math and foreign language this year, but DD isn't interested in online, so DE won't happen in fall and I have no idea whether it will be possible in spring. She hasn't finalized a college list, but all four currently on the radar would like the SAT and 2 or 3 subject tests - typically math and foreign language is recommended. Plan A was Math 1 subject test in May 2020 - testing centers were all closed. Plan B is regular SAT in September, Japanese in May 2021, and Math 2 in June 2021. Any advice for Plan C? What are you doing to show outside grade validation for your rising juniors and seniors?
  13. I am sinking in the Slough of Despond. For me still it is the winter of despair. "...like the sole survivor on a lonely shore from the wreck of a great vessel, [I flee] without a thought, without a hope, without a purpose, but to fly somewhere -- anywhere." Dickens, Dombey and Son "[It is] a long and gloomy night that [is] gathered on me, haunted by the ghosts of many hopes, of many dear remembrances, many errors, many unavailing sorrows and regrets." Dickens, David Copperfield (hugs)
  14. Re: church outbreaks - local paper report on an Eastern Oregon outbreak associated with a church La Grande Observer. I wonder if we are not hearing of more outbreaks like this because most asymptomatic/presymptomatic people are not being tested.
  15. There's good advice on output above. For input, for 5th grade ancient history/literature I started with two books on each region - one history (to give me and dd an overview and to identify topics of interest for her to delve into) and one age-appropriate retelling of a story or stories from the period. If I was choosing books for Ancient India now, I would pick something like Daud Ali (2014) Hands-On History! Ancient India (because my dd loves these sorts of projects; this would also be better for a less enthusiastic reader than the other book) or Kenoyer and Heuston (2005) The Ancient South Asian World (for a kid who likes reading nonfiction) and perhaps Arshia Sattar (2018) Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling. We would read these together and discuss them to find areas of further interest, and I would help her track down more resources. My dd was interested in and read more mythology independently, and the written output we eventually agreed on drew on that.
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