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  1. My own lack of knowledge about classics is showing here, but if my kid wants to read about Camelot, King Arthur, Lancelot, etc, what book(s) am I looking for? Searches turn up so many things. ETA: 9 years old, but has comfortably read/listened to books intended for adult audiences, though not dense classics. As long as there’s nothing explicitly sexual or sexual violence, it’s probably fair game.
  2. My daughter did the Algebra A class, but hates the format of the online classes, so she’ll continue self-directed. (Not self-directed online classes, just self-directed fully independent.) I am strong in math and can help her, but the AOPS solutions manuals are beyond fabulous. Just like the solutions in BA, every single problem has a complete explanation fully written out. When we have gotten stuck, the solutions manual has been wonderfully useful.
  3. We moved directly from Beast to Intro to Algebra. When DD was finishing Beast, I looked at the Pre-A book and found that while the topics do go a bit deeper than Beast, there was very little new. I saw on one Facebook post that someone from AOPS said that one reason why they wouldn’t consider doing a version of Pre-A with the Beasts is that there was so much overlap already between BA and PreA. DD is halfway through the Intro to Algebra book, and has had no notable problems with the material.
  4. DD just turned 9, and we’re wrapping up our year with a road trip as we move across the country. This past year, she flew through a few years worth of math, ending with AOPS Algebra A, all so she could meet the math requirement for Epsilon Camp. She also stuck to wrestling with the Epsilon application (which was seriously more work than my college applications!). She’ll be off to camp in July! Her Destination Imagination team earned a perfect score at their regional competition, and came in third place at their state competition, so they were able to make their first trip to Global Finals. She’s already made me promise to do everything reasonably within my power to form a new team when we get to Virginia. She won her school spelling bee, against the 12-14 year olds. She wasn’t allowed to advance to the county bee because our county sponsor won’t allow elementary students, and she handled that disappointment well. She handled the news that we were moving across the country with a maturity I hadn’t expected. She really didn’t want to move, and I had expected the news to be taken much more... well, worse than it was. She had decided she wanted grade skipped by her homeschool charter, which generally refuses to even consider skips. She listened to all the hoops they set out, and was meticulous about jumping every single hoop. She learned how to write essays to meet the required state standard, presented in meetings with adults who were not particularly friendly with her, and asked what her options were when met with fierce resistance. Again, showing more maturity than I had previously seen in her. (She was eventually granted a single skip, not the double skip she wanted, and the skip turned out to be useless once we knew we were moving, but seeing her go through the process was impressive.)
  5. We had one, but it barely got used. I think DD was 5 when we bought it, and 8 when I sold it. It wasn’t glitchy; it simply wasn’t very fun. The Newton and Masterpiece apps were good for a short while, and she liked the tangrams app even though it was really finicky, but the other apps held no real interest for her. We definitely didn’t get $100 worth of benefit out of it.
  6. Hits: Destination Imagination, AOPS book + Alcumus, Great Courses Plus Misses: AOPS online classes Everything else fell somewhere in the middle
  7. The pdf booklets are available if you use Great Courses Plus. Since GCP has no commitment length, you could sign up for a month (or the free trial if you’ve not used it before), download all the guidebooks for every course you want to use, then cancel.
  8. If the state does not require anything, you need not keep anything. If you enroll her in public school again anytime before high school, schools nearly always enroll the child in the grade level that corresponds to their age, without any paperwork needed from you other than the standard enrollment paperwork. I do choose to keep my own records, but that’s because I like having them. I don’t anticipate ever needing to show them to anyone. I have a small day planner, and I write down what we did after we do it. Any paper-based work generated is thrown into a big pile, and every few months we choose a few things from the pile to keep and recycle the rest.
  9. This. We combine this approach with a lot of time in nature, visiting the science and natural history museums, hands-on science kits, and child-designed experiments. But there are a lot of library books involved.
  10. My school used upper levels of Saxon, way back when. I went from a kid who loved math, with it being my favorite subject and competing in MathCounts, to thinking math was a miserable subject that made no sense. Saxon contained almost no “math sense”; it was problem after problem after problem of fill-in-the-blank plugging in of numbers using a prescribed way of doing things. The sheer number of problems meant math homework took longer than all my other subjects combined, even though I still usually intuitively understood the math itself. It was drudgery.
  11. May I ask what program the tutor recommends for your child?
  12. I can not imagine thinking that Saxon didn’t have enough review and repetition. I detest the program, in part because I believe it to have such a ridiculous excess of review and repetition. Has this tutor ever actually used Saxon?
  13. Told my daughter her score and simply “forgot” to remind her that there were medals, since she places little emphasis on such herself and didn’t remember. So, now she’s perfectly happy with her score. 🙂
  14. DD will be mildly disappointed. She missed a medal by a point.
  15. Keeping in mind that I’m not a scrapbooker (the same artsy appeal of it for my daughter keeps me away from it), the basic idea starts with buying a scrapbook, scrapbook paper, and various decorations like stickers from an art supply store like Michaels. Each event/topic gets its own page or a two-page spread. Each page can contain any combination of photos, hand drawn pictures, titles, written descriptions, whatever... the idea is that it can be very open to creative input. My kid has never had much interest in keeping a regular journal, but she loves this. When she started it, she had a few recent things she wanted to include, so she made five or six pages in the first couple weeks. Since then, it’s an occasional project when she has new stuff to include - her season with Destination Imagination, a trip to Harry Potter World, a collection of hiking pictures.
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