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  1. Here is the language about Admission by Exam. The phrasing would line up with UC Admissions advice I mentioned above because public school students do have access to meet the regular subject requirements because they are in a public school. Hopefully, this makes more sense because they will look like they did not utliize the resources they had available to them. Homeschooled students generally would not have access to these same resources. Though generally speaking, homeschoolers aiming at UC admissions are usually getting the similar type of courses that they are looking for broadly speaking like English, math, science, foreign language, etc. How they are doing it is where the path diverges from the public school path and that's where things could get very interesting and unique to the student. Students who don't meet the minimum requirements may be considered for admission to UC on the strength of their test scores as part of the comprehensive review process. In general, this method of consideration is designed for students who, through no fault of their own, have been unable to meet the regular subject requirements and/or earn a high school diploma.
  2. @Mabelen I think you may confusing admission by exam and satisfying a-g requirements via exam (subject SAT or AP score). Those are two completely separate things for UC. Admission by exam is a completely separate process from a-g. This is the public school student option. This is not at all the Admission by Exam process that we are talking about for homeschoolers. This is what the UCOOP offered clarity on that homeschoolers did not have to go through this process. Center/UC Options for Satisfying A-G Requirements For Freshman.pdf
  3. I don't think exponents is covered from what I remember about SM Standards edition. I didn't do 6A/6B, but exponents isn't covered in the table of contents. I think it shows up in the middle school books. Which version of the placement tests are you doing? I see exponents is introduced in Dimensions 6A. I don't know to what extent they cover it. The third question does involve order of operations which is covered at the beginning of Dimensions 6A with exponents. Maybe they are trying to suss out if you are testing at too low a level if you can answer that question correctly.
  4. I think the charter school folks confuse the information that is out there because they think they are classified as homeschooled. If your child is using a charter, you are considered a public school student and are subject to a-g requirements. When people ask this question, it's important to know what their status is. I do remember that people who attended some UC admissions workshops said that you should not attempt to do admission by exam or exception if you are a public school student. Somewhere on here at some point, I had posted text from a letter from the UC Office of the President that Laura (one of the mods at CA Homeschool College Seekers) got which explicitly stated that homeschoolers (PSA/PSP) do not have to adhere to a-g requirements with a-g approved courses. Of course, the expectation is that your coursework should reflect your interests and a rigorous course of study. Ideally, a direction in your studies & activities that shows how you took advantage of being homeschooled to pursue XXX (insert whatever that student's interests ar
  5. You might want to look into putting together a Jr. First Lego League team for her. I coached a team for 3 years for my son, and it was a truly rewarding experience for him.
  6. Each CWP is about 200 pages long. So literally 100s of problems in those books. I don't think you will feel as if you will run out of problems. Each topic has two sections. One is on level with the level it corresponds to in SM and the second section is much more challenging. The word problems that show up in SM's TB/WB are too easy IMO. The CWP book makes you have to think and work harder at it. There are a couple of worked examples before each section. Other than that, there is no instruction in the CWP book. Fan Math is good if you need explicit instruction on the problem solving strategies being used. It's not necessary if you can figure it out from the examples and teach your child from that.
  7. I haven't seen the Fan Math word problems, but I would imagine that it does not get as challenging as the CWP book does. I have the other Fan Math Express Math books and they seem to stay on grade level. The CWP book has no instruction in it just a couple of worked out examples for each section. It's just a book filled with word problems by topic. For each topic, there are two sets of problems. The first set is at grade level of the textbook. The second set gets pretty challenging. For IP, the problems start off at the same level as the SM textbook and then they get harder and harder as you go along in the topic. I didn't have a problem with teaching my son how to use bar modeling techniques to solve the problems in CWP. However, that is not true for everyone. So, I would say it would depend on how you think you would do (and how he would do with you teaching him) without the explicit teaching of strategies for approaching word problems. The CWP books are filled with lots of word problems as they are about 200 pages. The IP books are a mix of problems and word problems.
  8. Were you looking for culinary arts classes in another post? I was trying to remember where that post was. There's this class from Williamsburg Academy which I have heard a few positive reviews about. Not specifically about this course though. I am wondering since it is self-paced, if they would let you see a sample?
  9. With Beast, it's hard to say how a kid will react to it until you actually try it out. That being said, I did not use Beast 2 as it did not exist when we were doing it. Beast 3A, Chapter 1 Geometry is not easy. IME, it's the toughest chapter in Beast 3. In fact on their website, they suggest that if it is too difficult or frustrating to skip it and loop back later. Saxon never appealed to me personally because it is far too spiral for us and moves too incrementally. Singapore Math worked very well for us especially the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems books. Some families choose to only do the TB with the IP and/or CWP. I think that the best part of SM are the word problems. I actually used both SM and BA as I think there are weaknesses and strengths with both programs. DS wrapped up AOPS pre-A which he primarily self-taught himself with the book in about 7 months. Cleo Borac has a series of books called Competitive Math for Gifted Students which is pretty good. I sincerely hope that the revised edition does not have so many solution errors as the first edition. Zaccaro's Challenge Math series is another good resource. Glen Ellison's Hard Math for Elementary for upper elementary students is excellent as well. Borenson's Hands On Equations will be good fit for your son if he responds so well to visual approach to word problems. The HOE book of word problems is really good. We also did a lot of logic type books as well. Maybe consider Math Kangaroo for a low key math competition? He could do it next year.
  10. There are so many Raspberry Pi kits out there now. When we got ours, we got a Canakit one. Usually the reviews of each type of kit on Amazon are fairly detailed. I got the Canakit because it was rated pretty high at the time. Still is according to this: I didn't get something with projects because I just got books about raspberry pi 3 (be sure that is what you are looking at because the other stuff for earlier versions will not be compatible). There are also resources online like this: If you are looking for something with projects/curriculum built around Raspberry Pi, this looked pretty good from Ready Set STEM, but I have no idea when they will be in stock again.
  11. I am a CPA, but unless a student wants to study this field...I don't know how useful it is to learn right now. I would agree with @LucyStoner that studying personal finance or economics would be more useful at this point. Once you have mastered managing your personal finances, accounting makes a lot more sense since that is a tool we use to manage the finances of a business. It's a universal language and standards we use to record information and interpret information about the finances of a business. Anyone who plans to own and operate a business should understand basic accounting IMO. That being said LifePac does have a high school accounting program here: For financial literacy, I do like Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance. He does have a secular version of this that is designed for schools. Another good Christian resource would be Money Matters for Teens There's a Financial Accounting course from Professor in a Box here. It's produced from a professor from Villanova. They suggest pairing with the Money Skills course from Young Biz. Honestly, based on the samples, I prefer Dave Ramsey's stuff for middle schoo for money skillsl. However, I have taught Dave Ramsey courses for adults myself at my church, so I do like his stuff. I don't agree with him on everything though. Economics: You could do do the Bluestocking Economics Guide that goes with the Uncle Eric's What Ever Happened to Penny Candy. There's also this guide called Teaching Economics to Children though Literature that may be worth taking a look at. They use familiar children's stories because they are short and easy to understand for the purpose of learning about economics.
  12. UC Scout is another option. I don't have a comment on the quality.
  13. If you google math circle and probability, a lot of things will pop up as well.
  14. Probability is covered in any of the Zaccaro Challenge books. It's only one chapter though. It's covered in Singapore Math starting in 4B. It comes up as a topic in Glen Ellison's Hard Math for Elementary as well. Julie at Living Math has a list of readers about probability here:
  15. If you truly like Singapore, perhaps you might want to consider their newest offering. Dimensions Math 6A/6B. The teachers' guide for that is available for $29. Here's the sample from the textbook for 6A.
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