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  1. For what it's worth, AoPS intermediate algebra classes no longer have an Alcumus component. I'm sorry that your son got stuck with that version. Personally, I've worked through both the AoPS Intermediate algebra and the Precalculus texts, and I found the latter to be easier. I used a 1990 version of Dolciani Algebra and Trig with my son, and he enjoyed the occasional coding projects built into the exercises. I don't own Dolciani precalculus, though, so I'm not sure whether the follow up text does the same. I own this version of the Shanks text, and yes, it's *very* cha
  2. Melissa, I am so sorry for your loss and what you're going through. I can relate as I went through my Mom's death during Covid. Never in a million years did I ever think I'd have to issue invitations to her funeral service 😞 It truly sucks!
  3. My kids used a combo of Miquon & Singapore for elementary, Jacobs & Dolciani texts for algebra and geometry, and my old calculus texts. They also took many AoPS classes for extra "fun" math enrichment and contest prep. This was many years ago before AoPS had textbooks for algebra, geometry, etc. I was a Dolciani kid myself, and we all did quite fine. I also have had Foerster on my shelves; he's good, too, just not my personal favorite.
  4. Oh for sure, AoPS solution books are amazing. And yeah, Stark doesn’t have answers (just 2 pages of answers to selected problems). 😔 I’m not familiar with that Roberts text, sorry.
  5. I haven’t heard of any plans for an Intermediate NT book, darn it. The text Stanford uses for its online number theory (Intro to Number Theory by Stark, MIT press) is pretty good for that level, though, if you’re looking for something. The AoPS Intermediate NT class was the 2nd hardest AoPS class my kids took ( 2nd only to Olympiad Geometry) 🙂
  6. I'd also agree that the Intro book is 1/2 credit while the Intermediate book is worth a full credit. I'm working through the latter myself, & it can be challenging!
  7. Murder She Wrote is keeping dh and I busy this summer. Prime has 5 seasons, and they are LONG seasons! It reminds us of when ds was a tot and we'd tuck him in bed & turn on the latest adventure of Jessica Fletcher. Man, those hairstyles and huge glasses crack us up! And I'll admit I'm watching Brady Bunch for kicks, too...
  8. Yep, that's right. Here's a teacher guide with some games.
  9. Since I can't like Rosie's posts, I'm just going to repeat it here with a link. 🙂 The minicomputer (and all there stuff) is quite good and fun for kids! CSMP
  10. This was always a hit when we studied the electromagnetic spectrum: Measuring the speed of light with marshmallows and a microwave
  11. I was going to recommend staying with Crocs for the summer, but Peter Pan beat me to it! I bought this sandal last summer on Amazon and practically lived in them.
  12. It’s been a while, but my Math-loving daughter went into NEM 1 & 2 after finishing Singapore 6a&b. Like Lori said, NEM was kind of dry and a bit tedious after Singapore primary. There were a few challenge problems, but not as fun as the bar diagrams she’d enjoyed in previous years. We eventually bailed half way through NEM 2. Again, like Lori, we moved to Jacobs algebra and geometry, completing both programs in full, and they were big hits here. I would not recommend skipping to algebra 2 directly out of NEM. I compared scope & sequence at the time, and some standard
  13. Wendy - Yes, I get it about the timing. I was an AoPS mom for years on the east coast. My kids didn't start the online classes till age 12, and even then not much. We mainly found them to be in sync with the kids' natural rhythms in high school. And madteaparty is correct; the vast majority of their students are schooled kids who are taking classes at the end of the day. And lots of the teachers have careers & are teaching in their "free" time, too. Right now, though, AoPS is offering a few earlier time slots because of the Covid craziness. Maybe it'll stick? At least they're trying
  14. I just chatted with my insider (my dd who works at AoPS lol). She said that while the self-paced courses were popular, they discovered that they weren't successful in motivating the same proportion of students to complete their courses. So, rather than continuing to develop additional fully self-paced courses, their next big push will be to add new features/ updates to their classic weekly live courses. The aim is to meet the needs of a wider variety of kids while still having enough structure to keep them working & finishing their courses. Stay tuned for more info! 🙂 And sh
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