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SanDiegoMom in VA

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    Managing three kids with a husband in the military
    Running, swimming, biking and playing the piano when I have a chance!

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  1. SanDiegoMom in VA

    What kind of drop off parent are you?

    We brought our dd the first year, flying across the country, staying two nights, and shopping for dorm needs and textbooks. This year she's flying out alone. Hoping that next year we will be living in the same state and can do the big drop off that all the in state parents do, though by then she probably won't care anymore!
  2. SanDiegoMom in VA

    Grammar woes

    We've done the island and town levels, parts of voyage and now plan to do just the grammar of the level four, with the Caesar's English from the Voyage that we didn't do. So I plan to buy just the grammar book and practice books for this year. A little bit less than a 200 dollar investment!
  3. I haven't read the replies but my dd exclusively used Khan. She just practiced whenever she felt like it... she did take the test three times - twice as a junior and once as a senior and raised her score from low 1400's to 1540. She tried other practice books and hated them compared to Khan Academy.
  4. I have listed for next year a book called the Children who built Victorian London. For Lit you could do A Christmas Carol. I will look more at my list tomorrow and see if anything else stands out. We are covering it briefly next year in Modern History.
  5. SanDiegoMom in VA

    Issues with getting roommate assignment for freshman year

    Sounds great! The texting issues seem common - my daughter doesn't get texts responding to her questions sometimes weeks after she's asked them. And these are friends! She's not the best herself either...
  6. SanDiegoMom in VA

    AoPS Online Classes -- Homework Question

    My son never did the problems in the book. He spent long enough on the challenge problems as it was, I couldn't imagine him doing the problems as well. The Alcumus topics usually took a day or two, depending on how many topics there were, and then the first five- ish out of eight challenge problems were easy enough to solve quickly, then the next few were like one per day. Then the writing problem often took two days- one day to solve and one to write up. This was his Intro to Alg B and Geometry experience. We used the Pre-A book only. When I googled some of the challenge problems to find ways to give him hints to help him, I often found them in various high school math competitions and college math forums (such as the annual MIT Harvard Math competition for high schoolers). We definitely found them challenging enough.
  7. SanDiegoMom in VA

    What are your favorite YouTube exercise videos?

    Seconding Yoga with Adrienne. I got my husband and daughter both hooked on yoga with her videos. All different levels.
  8. SanDiegoMom in VA

    Discovering Literature Series - Hobbit

    And... I have one that I'm trying to sell, lol. Pm me if you're interested! I've given up trying to sell things on the classifieds board.
  9. SanDiegoMom in VA

    AOPS Geometry- class with AOPS or WTM Academy

    My son just finished the Aops Geo class. He breezed through the other ones (in a manner of speaking - usually 1 1/2 hours of work a day with one day that stood out as very challenging). He got an A+ in Alg B and will probably get an A+, or possibly an A in Geo as well... however the amount of time and frustration DEFINITELY was so much higher. However he grew so much, and learned how to give up on things when he literally couldn't solve it, how to write a partial proof on one writing problem (that almost killed him) and he feels a lot stronger emotionally than when he started. And he's looking forward to the next class so that's a win!
  10. SanDiegoMom in VA

    All of AoPS?

    My suggestion would be to do the Intro to Alg B before Geometry. That is the suggested sequence... and it is basically an Alg 2 class so she wouldn't be stagnating. It was challenging but Geometry was a definite step up in difficulty from it. My son did the books on his own for PA and Alg A, online class for Alg and Geo. Geometry averaged 99 minutes a day with a long day for hard problems stretching to four hours. There were some REALLY tricky problems requiring a lot of out of the box thinking, and If he had to learn the Aops way of problem solving, plus latex plus how to write a solution to a writing problem - it might have scared him off!
  11. SanDiegoMom in VA

    Our cell phone bill keep going up! Any advice???

    We switched to T mobile after major rate creep from At and T. We went from 230 a month for five people unlimited (they would choke the bandwith after 22Gb however) to 130 (with Military discount) for 5 people. The service isn't quite as good -- we have more dead spots and our mobile minecraft playing has suffered:) But it was worth 100 dollar savings a month!
  12. SanDiegoMom in VA

    Insurance Roofing Repair?

    The first roofing company we had look at our roof knew the estimate and he charged us a higher price than the second, who didn't see any estimate first. Not sure if it would have been any different if we had not told the first company that insurance was paying for half the roof, but we are glad we didn't tell the second one until AFTER they gave us the quote.
  13. SanDiegoMom in VA

    Florida Stand Your Ground Shooting

    This was a very good article referencing the Stand Your Ground Law in FL and the NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer.
  14. SanDiegoMom in VA

    Need some of advice -- math and science related

    Just as a word of warning from OUR experience... AOPS Geometry is SO challenging! My son has done the books through Intro to ALG A, then the online class for Alg B and is finishing up geometry. He has always gotten almost everything right previously, nearly perfect grades in the Alg B class, and geometry proved SO much harder for him. He has spent more hours on it, and has had to give up on challenge problems (which he had never done before) and some problems have take him 5 hours to finish. The 3d stuff in particular is HARD, and just the general more out of the box thinking required brought the math to a whole new level. However with that said, with a whole year, and with teachers on site, you might have an easier time. 24 weeks has made it a blazingly fast pace, and since very few students have posted on the message board, my son has been avoiding posting for help himself. He is so glad this is the last week of class.
  15. SanDiegoMom in VA

    the non-self-motivated tween

    This was my 12 year old -- so many great ideas and so little ability to follow through on her own -- Executive functioning is HARD and so many of the larger projects really assume some mentor or parent or coach guiding the student through. My daughter is now 18 and still lags behind her peers in executive functioning but is catching up, and I'm glad she hasn't lost her confidence in herself to DO major projects. She just has gotten more discerning about choosing first instead of getting excited by everything and trying to do everything. (For instance, she's not very athletic, and while she really wanted to ride her bike across all of California, she has now decided to sign up for a four mile run instead:) She's gotten a little more realistic with age) . So if I could go back in time if I couldn't help my dd with projects and she was not meeting her goals, I would provide tons of emotional support (I'm so proud of you for attempting this! You have such awesome ideas! it looks like it didn't work this time but look at how many things you LEARNED and can use next time!) That way she would not take away only negative messages from the experience and lose confidence in herself. Also rule out ADHD if it's on your radar. My daughter at 18 is seeking a diagnosis and I do wish we had figured it out earlier. It would have helped to reframe our thinking at the very least.
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