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  1. I am looking for recommendations for an online calculus class for my dd. She will be a senior this fall at a very small classical school. She was planning to take Calculus I, but there are only 2 other students who want to take the class, so the school won't offer it. They are open to letting her take an online class and giving credit for that, since they can't offer what she wants. I'm looking for something recorded or on DVD rather than live, because she'll need to access it as her schedule permits. I have several semesters of college calc, but it's been a really long time and I don't t
  2. Yes, I agree that people who aren't experienced with LD's don't often understand what those kids go through. I feel like I am still really learning about what dd needs and appreciating how her dyslexia impacts different areas of her life, especially this year as she's transitioned from homeschool to a bricks & mortar school. I found the same thing when I looked at Hillsdale's website, and it's one of my bigger concerns. A lower student to teacher ratio is a good start, but not the end of the discussion. Well, that's what the visit is for!
  3. I also found this one helpful. http://www.amazon.com/All-American-Colleges-Conservatives-Old-Fashioned-Liberals/dp/1932236880. It's also by ISI.
  4. I'm still really new to the world of accomodations, since we're just now dealing with it with our oldest (dyslexia), so I could be way off-base on this, but the way I read the ADA I'm not sure Hillsdale would be required to accommodate a student since they receive no federal funding. It's one of my big concerns regarding Hillsdale and something we'll be looking into very closely when we visit this summer.
  5. Is the livescribe easy to use? I've been considering something for dd to take to college, but to be honest she's not very good with technology (or very comfortable with it either). But her dyslexia makes listening and taking notes at the same time a challenge, and I think that could be kind of a problem for her in college! :tongue_smilie: I should check to see if they'd let her use something like this next year.
  6. That does help. Baseball season just started, so I'm sure this will intrigue him!
  7. :iagree:I've read LCC, but am more familiar with WTM. We have been dropping/combining subjects from WTM. The Multa idea really strikes a chord with me too.
  8. I've only used grades 3 and 4 (then got dissatisfied, then came back for younger kids). 1) How long generally do you find the lessons take? We do lessons orally, so usually 15-20 minutes. 2) Do you do the lessons 5x per week or less? 3-4 days per week, because I skip most of the writing. 3) Should I buy the worksheets, etc. (I have the TM&student text)? I have the worksheets and use those to replace the written lessons. 4) How do you all "do" the lessons and/or what have you found to work best with your kids? I start with the oral review in the TM, read through the less
  9. What have you used so far? What did you like/not like? I'm not much help here, because I've been all over with science too.
  10. Our oldest daughter is dyslexic, and even though I've been 99% sure of it since she was 7 and accommodating her at home, we recently had her tested, for several reasons. We are trying for SAT accommodations, but we also wanted her to be able to get the extra help she might need at college, so wanted documentation in hand for that. And we felt the documented results would also give her more confidence in advocating for herself. As far as outgrowing disabilities, I think the answer is generally no, the underlying disability is still there. However, with tutoring or training, the student is b
  11. Ugh. This gives me a knot in the stomach. We have saved some for our kids, but the economy did the same number on their 529 plans as it did on our retirement savings. Dd is working, and should qualify for decent merit aid at the schools she's currently considering, but I'm still worried about how the numbers will all come in.
  12. We are Christian, but not Young Earth, and I found Physical Science very difficult to use. I don't think I'd use it again. My oldest used Biology for a while, and while it wasn't nearly as preachy, she had a lot of trouble with the chatty, conversational style. She had trouble sorting out the author's chatty little asides from the important details. She's dyslexic too, which I think didn't help. But bottom line is that she wanted more of a "just the facts" presentation. YMMV, depending on the child's style. Also, I'm not sure that the Biology was terribly rigorous. Admittedly we didn't
  13. I believe scores will be available after April 30th for students who did not take the writing. Add two weeks if you took writing.
  14. I'm still fussing about whether to drop Jacobs Algebra for ds 14. It worked beautifully for dd, but guess what? They're different kids! I've been reading up on old Algebra posts, and have been reminded that Jacobs tends to be more chatty, even described as liberal-artsy, and, because there is less explanation given in the text, expects the student to learn through doing the practice problems. Perfect fit for dd, who is an artsy girl through and through, and learns best in context and by actually working through a problem. Ds on the other hand has been complaining that there's not enough e
  15. FWIW, I had a hard time with The Hobbit the first time I read it. It just seemed endless, and I hated how Tolkein would ramble off and spend a page and ahalf describing a hillside. Then I read LOTR and fell in love. If she's not a fantasy fan though, it's going to be tougher. I agree that the characters in LOTR kind of grab you and pull you in more than those in The Hobbit; they're just more..likeable.. for lack of a better word.
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