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  1. This fall I will be teaching Chemistry at our co-op. In the past we have used Apologia sciences for high school, but we are making the switch to BJU Chemistry this fall. In an effort to keeps costs from being astronomical (due to the books AND the additional lab supplies we would need), I looked at using the 2nd edition. The labs in the 2nd edition are pretty intense, and on one hand that really excites me. I would love for the kids to have an in-depth lab experience. On the other hand, the list of materials is immense. I think I read somewhere that the 3rd edition labs are more "homeschool friendly", but I'm wondering what that means? Easier to access materials? Decreased rigor? Both? Neither? I have researched many of the "compatible" lab kits out there, but most of them feel like convenience is traded for rigor (please correct me if I'm wrong!). I'm ok with a balance of both, but I would like opportunities for the kids to be challenged and grow in their lab skills. I'd appreciate any feedback you can offer. Do you have a preference between 2nd and 3rd editions? Could I use the 3rd ed lab book with the 2nd ed books? I'm willing to be creative to create a great lab experience for the kids and not break their parents' banks!! :001_smile:
  2. DD is starting dual enrollment classes this fall at a local community college. The tuition is waived but we'll need to cover books, fees and incidentals. Can we claim these under The Lifetime Learning Credit? Also, does anyone know if high school students are allowed to get a campus job through the Federal Work Study program? Thanks!
  3. Has anyone here done research on how Common Core has changed the ACT/SAT? In no way do I want or plan to change my dd's curriculum to meet CC "standards", but we are concerned about how it will change testing for college entrance ( she will finish in 2016). I'm wondering if doing lots of ACT prep will ensure a high enough score. And then there's this: https://www.act.org/certificate/earn.html Thanks, Desiree
  4. I am curious what people think of the new high school guide coming out? All the different subjects are listed here: http://www.heartofdakota.com/board3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=14776 I am especially curious what people's thoughts are on the literature? They include: Ben Hur Julius Caesar Pearl Maiden King Arthur and His Knights A Man for All Seasons The Scarlet Pimpernal The Count of Monte Cristo Les Miserables Animal Farm The Celestial Railroad I also have a list of books that will be used in their "living literature" portion of the program. This is in addition to the regular lit. I would love honest thoughts and such on all this. Here are the extra lit books: The Hero Schliemann - The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy Cyrus the Persian A Sparrow Alone The Silas Diary Spring Tide The Lantern Bearers Son of Charlemagne The Kings Shadow The Magna Charta Joan of Arc Luther the Leader Caught in the Web Johannes Kepler Stronger Than the Sword In Search of Honor Patriots Daughter John Newton Audio Drama Lillian Trasher Between the Sword and the Wall - A Novel of WWI Bonhoeffer - The Cost of Freedom Audio Drama Basher Five-Two - The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O'Grady It looks like if you go with the whole program, it would be around $1500.
  5. My 6th grader is finishing up Jacobs' Algebra this year, so we want him to move ahead with Geometry next year. I'm considering the Duke TIP course, and I'd like to know if anyone has used it. I bought Jacobs' Geometry AND the Jurgensen text the TIP course uses. The TIP course is appealing, because I'd like to have a little more interaction with him on the topics. When I tried working through the Jacobs lessons with him, it was just kind of annoying and slowed him down, but now we have very little interaction, except for corrections, so our interactions are frustrating. Basically, I'm leaning toward TIP/Jurgensen, but I'd love to hear other options. He needs something that is challenging and proof-intensive. He doesn't have trouble grasping math concepts at all. Thanks!
  6. I am looking for a nutrition textbook that gives all the information (big words, definitions, processes) on an easier than college reading level. I haven't found a text that goes in depth enough (many are just too light for high school), or they're a college text. Suggestions?
  7. Would love to hear from any Florida residents who have students who have taken the online AP courses via FLVS. Specifically, did they prepare your child well? Were they very challenging? Moderately challenging? Did you feel they were useful, or could you have done the prep work on your own? What about comparisons to PA Homeschoolers (if you've done courses with them)? Thanks you!
  8. I'm finishing up my plans for high school for my son. We are in Ontario, Canada. This is the kid who we were told would never graduate, he would age out of high school. He can do the work, he just needs a slower path than most kids, so I've opted to extend highschool an extra year. He is not my college bound kid. He wants to stay home on the farm and farm with Dad. His loves are History and anything hands on tech. He is slow and steady with the Saxon math, so I'll keep going with it. So, knowing all that. Grade 8 Saxon 8/7 IEW Level C IEW - Grammar Fix it! Apologia General Science SOTW 4 Canada, A People's History 3 A Beka World Geography The Fallacy Detective Jan's Computer Basics Grade 9 Algebra 1 American Literature (Stobaugh) Apologia Physical Science History of the Ancient World Canadian Geography Electronics Grade 10 Geometry British Literature Apologia Biology History of the Medieval World Careers (.5 credit) Life Purpose Planning Civics (.5 credit) Civics Channel Electronics Grade 11 Algebra 2 World Literature Apologia Chemistry Canada in the 20th Century History of the Renaissance World Computers Grade 12 Advanced Math IEW - Advanced Communication Canada - A People's History Highschool course Apologia Physics Automotive WORD certification through college Horticulture Grade 13 Welding Diesel Tech U.S. History Exploring Agriscience Consumer Math During Grades 9 to 12 my son will get 1/4 credit each year toward gym and art. We will study art in relation to the history we are studying that year. How does this look? My son has been helping me for weeks pick out possible textbooks, etc. He is excited about high school now and can't wait to start! LOL
  9. I seem to be getting worse at this as I go - and feel like I accomplish less and less. Even if I limit my board time, I'm not seeing huge increases in productivity (on my part)...corrections aren't always done, lesson planning falls by the wayside.... I used to do my best brainstorming at night, when the house was completely quiet. But then I wasn't always the most patient person. And now with early rising for driving, it's pretty impossible - besides wanting to have patience :-). When more kids were at home I did the "Managers of their Homes" type approach - scheduling every 15 min for everyone around me...over time that wore off.... I feel like I'm losing self-control somehow, for doing the most unliked tasks (like correcting geometry proofs)...and just never getting to planning very far.... How do you organize correcting time? planning time? teaching time? studying the subject you need to teach time? So how do you limit yourself - for online or email time? organizing activities for others? helping your neighbors? besides of course - cooking, cleaning, spending time with your spouse? I realize this could probably apply to parents for other ages but I wanted to specifically focus on parenting high school organizational skills... Thanks for any ideas! Joan
  10. I'd love to hear from anyone, especially in California, who has done high school through a public charter. Our first two years (with kids in grades 5-8) worked fine--we got a pretty substantial budget for books and lessons, in exchange for a bit of record-keeping and short monthly meetings with a very nice, very helpful "educational specialist." Now that my oldest ds is in 9th grade, though, there's more hoop-jumping, and I'm finding it kind of tiresome. Have you been there? Did you stay? Thanks!
  11. Normally, I would not post a reference to a story that is in the national news. When I was reading this article, a number of times, I said, out loud, "Oh My God!" I lived in Texas for 28 years and I vote there. There are *many* wonderful reasons for Home Schooling or Distance Education. Sadly, violence in the schools is another reason... http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/04/houston-high-school-student-stabbed-before-classes-begin/?test=latestnews
  12. I'm sorry if I'm posting in the wrong forum. I tried to search before posting but didn't find anything. My eldest is a senior this year and is working on college applications. Since they've done away with the homeschool supplement, I'm not really sure where I fit into the process. Am I her "high school counselor"?? Do I need to create an account at commonapp.org? If so, would I be a "recommender"? Sorry for all the questions but this is our first time through this process and I'm totally intimidated and confused. Thanks so much in advance for any help!! blessings, Martha
  13. I need to pick up a book for this course, but the price of the 5th edition has been slowing me down for months. Can we get by with an earlier edition or ...?
  14. I need to pick up a book for this course by suchoki , but the price of the 5th edition has been slowing me down for months. Can we get by with an earlier edition or ...?
  15. Hi, I want to use computer science as my science for 9th grade and I am looking for a curriculum for my son to use. I am thinking there should be online courses. I would like to count this as a high school credit, so it has to have enough to meet that requirement. Would love to hear from those who have pursued this path before. Thanks!! Ivette
  16. Looking over my Texas high school recommended credit hours, I see that I've forgotten to plan for Health. When my older daughter went through high school, I counted Apologia Human Anatomy as her health credit. She also was a Red Cross certified swim instructor with many CPR classes (even some CPR classes she taught) under her belt, so I felt good about checking Health off our list. However, I'm not sure if this daughter (10th grade) will take Human Anatomy, and she has had only 2 CPR elementary courses. (She is also a Red Cross swim instructor, but has been less involved.) I don't want to wait until her senior year for her to take this credit. My question. . . do you teach a "health" course? Or Is it a credit you blow off? (It's not required for us, but I'd like to have a good answer for why it's not on the transcript if someone, who was so intensely bored with his life, ever asked. :laugh: ) Suggestions?
  17. Possibly this will be of interest to some High Schoolers. I saw this link in a Reference thread, in the Bilingual Forum. http://ocw.mit.edu/h...school/courses/
  18. I'm trying to finalize a plan for my hs junior for chemistry. The reviews on Spectrum look good, but the lab materials are soooo expensive. It would be more economical for us to wait and do the chem lab with Landry the following year at 1/2 the price. So, here's the question - have any of you used an alternative lab with Spectrum other than the lab they provide and did this work well?
  19. Can we talk about grading? I've never assigned grades before, but I'm reconsidering after having read the 'honors' thread. My dilemma is that we don't always follow curricula in a linear fashion. We go on rabbit trails galore. My dd just discovered Coursera, for example, and has now signed up for Physics, Statistics, Python, and Big Bang. I understand some assign grades based mostly on exams, but what are some other ways you've determined grades? And how do you incorporate rabbit trails in your transcripts? Thank you so much in advance for your response. High school is coming much too quickly for me.
  20. DD is taking a 6th grade Science course (Distance Learning) from TTUISD.. She just ran into an experiment that requires a “stereomicroscope†or a “hand lensâ€. We knew that we would eventually need to buy a microscope for her, and that time may have arrived… I seem to recall seeing 1 or 2 threads on WTM, about Microscopes, in the past. If someone can give me a link, to a recent thread about Microscopes, that will be much appreciated! Also, I seem to recall people here saying they purchased something (in the USA), for about $100 that was OK. Is that price range OK or too low? Also, any comments, on the pros and cons of the different types of Microscopes, Stereo and other, will be greatly appreciated! Recommendations? TIA!
  21. Hi Everybody: I received an email from Calvert with a survey about their new high school program. They're launching 9th grade in 2014, I believe. Lots of questions on what you'd like to see, what you'd value... textbooks (paper), ebooks, stuff loaded on a tablet, etc. Figured you guys might have better input than I did, as we still have 4 years to go until H.S. https://us1.us.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aadll9W7jzAkD89
  22. Are you planning for this fall? Do you have students in 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades? If so, then you need this talk by Susan Wise Bauer: The Well-Prepared Student: How to Get Ready for the High-School Years Susan Wise Bauer gives clear, specific directions for helping a middle school student prepare, academically and practically, for high school. http://www.welltrainedmind.com/store/well-prepared-student.html In this session, learn what and how to teach your child in grades 5 through 8--before that ninth-grade year begins. How can you be sure that you’re handling the transition from elementary learning to more complicated studies properly? What do you do when your child resists? What should you do in the seventh and eighth-grade years to make sure that your student is ready for high school? Includes suggested milestones for each year and subject, as well as practical suggestions for catching up and covering material that may have been missed. MP3 Download, approximately 60 minutes It's going to be $3.99, BUT order before noon Friday, and pay only $2.99.
  23. Our family is considering switching to AoPS as a high school math curriculum next year (my son will be in 8th grade). I am trying to get a handle on what order to do the AoPS curriculum. It seems like there are too many books for the number of years we have left in high school (5 years). The website lists 9 books (8 if we begin with Algebra): Pre-algebra, Intro to Algebra, Counting and Probability, Number Theory, Intro to Geometry, Intermediate Algebra, Intermediate Counting & Probability, Precalculus, Calculus. How many lessons on average are in the books? Are these books designed to take a full year or less (assuming that the student moves at a somewhat steady pace)? Does one do all the books? Please share your experience if you have used this curriculum. Thanks!
  24. I am looking for ideas on what to do with an 11th grader who doesn't understand grammar much at all even after using several different programs. It doesn't seem to stick. Do you know of any remedial-type programs that aren't totally elementary in their presentation? Thank you in advance.
  25. We have an appointment scheduled for our 11th grader with an alumni admissions rep at my alma mater next month. We're asked to bring a "High School Profile" along to the appointment. I'm having trouble figuring out what that is exactly. Has anyone encountered this?
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