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  1. Hahaha, no worries. Thank you for responding! My dd is liking the format of Aleks, but I'm also finding it pretty frustrating. To be honest she probably won't even take the exam, so I'm not so worried about that. But I can't even tell if it is supposed to be a full curriculum, or just extra practice, or what?! I guess if they consider themselves a textbook, it would be a full stats curriculum? She is strongly opposed to taking an online class for various reasons, but I need something that will at least give her enough feedback to know that she's mastering the material, as I'm not equipped
  2. I know this thread is old, but I'm resurrecting in order to see if @freesia ever got an answer to her questions, or ended up using Aleks AP Stats? If so, how was it? Considering it for dd but I can't get a read on whether it is enough by itself or not.
  3. We get takeout at least once a week. We try to patronize local restaurants that are struggling after the SAH orders. No worries here at all. I was just at the doctor's office today and my doctor was saying how glad he was to finally get to eat in a restaurant last week after restrictions were lifted here. So that made me feel a lot better about going out more.
  4. You may not want him to spend more time online since he already has some things planned, but Varsity Tutors is offering free virtual summer camps. Maybe one or more of those might appeal to him?
  5. Wow, really?! That's annoying, especially given the price point. And the fact that, as you say, the AP folks have us over a barrel. 😒 Good to hear we could probably get by with the 11th edition at least. Would love to hear about the projects your ds did.
  6. How important is it to have the most recent edition of a text for AP Human Geography? Is the exam highly dependent on the student knowing the most current maps, etc.? I am looking at the James Rubenstein text, and the price differential between the 9th ed. (2007) and the 11th ed. (2013) is significant. And the price for the most recent 13th ed. (2019) is 😱. If we can get by with the 9th, that would be preferable for my pocketbook.
  7. There are some resources for Crash Course on TpT. Not sure if any of those would work for you.
  8. Oh they're already sending pics. But I can't wait to hold her and sniff her new-baby smell! I'm the oldest -- but dh is the youngest. It just hadn't happened. I think we'd have had a niece or nephew before now if my youngest sister hadn't passed away. She and her bf were on the verge of getting engaged when they died, and dd was only 2 then (ds wasn't born). And my other sister married much later than I did -- she and BIL just celebrated their first anniversary and dh and I will have our 20th in June. My mom became an aunt at 9 -- and my grandma had nieces and nephews older than her!
  9. Her name is Lilly Rose and she was born this morning to DBIL and DSIL. 🥰🥰🥰 I know it's not the same as having a baby or a grandbaby, but I've waited 41 years and honestly thought my kiddos might be the only grands on both sides forever. Unfortunately, they will not be taking visitors for some time, which makes me sad, even though I understand. But still... I'M AN AUNT!! Now if we can get my sister and other DBIL in gear... 😄
  10. If your 8yo doesn't have much experience with grammar and especially narration/dictation, I wouldn't start past FLL2 and WWE2. WWE in particular ramps up quick, and level 3 is a pretty big jump from level 2. Level 4 is even bigger -- lots of older kids struggle with it and many families don't do it at all. Levels 1 and 2 of both programs cover basically the same skills, so I personally think you'd probably be fine starting at 2. But you can check out the assessments at the end of level 1 if you're not sure; they should be on the WTM website. I am not that familiar with IEW so I can't say
  11. We have always done school lite in the summers, both for skill maintenance and because we operate so much better with a schedule. Even more so these days, when we aren't going anywhere. We have finished AAR, but when we still used it, I just continued moving through it at a slower pace. We might only cover one or two lessons in a week, max. I read aloud to him frequently. Sometimes he would read to me, sometimes not; I followed his lead. You could put a hold on covering new material in AAR but for us it was just easier to have those lessons to give us the structure. But if you have a kid
  12. Here are two more collections of free lesson plans dealing with primary sources that I found: AP US History Lessons (many would be suitable for a non-AP course) A More Perfect Union Both are from the National Endowment for the Humanities. I really like the look of these, especially since we have used a lot of the RLAH lessons in middle school.
  13. Wondering if someone who has used the Critical Thinking Through US History could compare them to Reading Like a Historian? We have used RLAH often and liked it a lot, and the critical thinking books pretty spendy if you have to buy them all. Are they worth it? @TCB or @JadeOrchidSong?
  14. Well, we literally live in the house I grew up in, so maybe I'm not the best person to ask. But I think it's perfectly fine -- great, even -- to try something new and see how you like it. We came very close to an out-of-state move two years ago when dh was laid off. Only an eleventh-hour job offer that he couldn't pass up stopped us. However, you said that you think your husband will be reluctant to move again if some or all of you are unhappy once you're there. That to me is an issue. I would not agree to move without first having come to an understanding that it is probationary for a se
  15. I would never have voluntarily gotten a gas stove. DH always wanted one, and our current house has one. I like it so much better than I'd ever imagined! It's easy to use and it's great to be able to use the stovetop even without power. We have a dual-fuel range, so the oven is electric.
  16. We block most high school courses, so we complete half in the fall and half in the spring. We aim for roughly 90 minutes/day in those (a bit more for core courses, a bit less for electives). I can usually estimate pretty well how long various assignments should take, but I tend to over-schedule so it's easier to drop assignments here and there if need be.
  17. To me, this depends on whether you anticipate replacing the other appliances anytime soon. If so, I'd go with the updated finish. If not, I'd buy something to match.
  18. Here is the complete paper by Dr. Bartholet, who is quoted in the original article and is organizing the anti-homeschooling conference: Homeschooling: Parent Rights Absolutism Vs. Child Rights to Education and Protection I haven't read it yet, because it's 80 pages (!) but will certainly do so. In between abusing and not educating my children, of course. /sarcasm ETA: From the abstract:
  19. I haven't used Homeschool Printing personally, but I know that during busy seasons it can be as long as six weeks. I would think this time of year generally would not be as busy, although the pandemic may or may not have affected things. They used to have an estimated delivery time on their site (I think on the order page); if not you could email them and ask. We print most things at home. I have an inexpensive Brother workhorse for that purpose. If I need things bound or in color, I have sometimes used the UPS Store. Not the cheapest route, but decent quality and quick turnaround.
  20. Wraps using some leftover chicken dh fried the other night. It was supposed to be last night's dinner but we got take-out from a local joint instead because dd was jonesing for chicken pie.
  21. Anybody notice the misspelled word in the illustration? This article, like the conference that inspired it, is a joke. If this is what passes for research at the Ivies these days, we'll pass. I agree that the homeschool community could use a national advocate that isn't HSLDA. And I say that as a conservative, religious person (who does not homeschool primarily for religious or political reasons). I wish some of our very astute, informed, and capable boardies would head that up. I'd be happy to join in!
  22. Anyone have experience with this class? We are considering it for next year and would appreciate feedback.
  23. DS9 is finally reading fluently and beginning to enjoy it as well. We wrapped up AAR before Christmas and for the remainder of this school year have been taking turns reading aloud to one another as our reading instructional time. He is also reading a lot more on his own, especially since the pandemic has been keeping us cooped up at home. He gravitates towards comic-style books with less text like Big Nate but also has read all of the Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing series in the last couple of weeks. Here's my dilemma: He prefers to read independently rather than aloud to me, but his c
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