tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7285684972061828388.post5430190669654387939..comments2018-08-18T08:51:52.278-05:00Comments on Unexpected Homeschool: Our 10th Grade Plans (Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018 - Week 3)Christy Schaeferhttps://plus.google.com/114996363133148305964noreply@blogger.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7285684972061828388.post-9998489065101424702018-01-23T23:52:29.371-06:002018-01-23T23:52:29.371-06:00I lean toward English subjects too, so she's a...I lean toward English subjects too, so she's a girl after my own heart! My kids are not in high school yet, but I love seeing how others create a course of study based around unique needs and interests! It gives me inspiration and hope that I can do it too!Brittney Mom's Hearthttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09503081219405919035noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7285684972061828388.post-88976156011588756122018-01-22T21:47:10.095-06:002018-01-22T21:47:10.095-06:00Thanks for responding to my comment, Christy. Goo...Thanks for responding to my comment, Christy. Good luck with the independent studies. I am amazed at the amount of high-level work you and Amber are able to accomplish. If you ever want to email me, it's fitzgewj at jmu.edu . Jeanne Fitzgeraldhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10460670113094621799noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7285684972061828388.post-52857034957127679382018-01-21T20:40:09.493-06:002018-01-21T20:40:09.493-06:00Actually, the more I think about it and look at th...Actually, the more I think about it and look at those books on Amazon, the more I think this might actually work for Amber. I'll need to work out the specifics this summer, but I think she can just do independent studies in math and we will document specifically what topics she covers. Thank you!Christy Schaeferhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00844686023573051133noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7285684972061828388.post-25295905574554001032018-01-21T20:06:07.061-06:002018-01-21T20:06:07.061-06:00Thanks for your suggestion, I did look into it pre...Thanks for your suggestion, I did look into it previously. Neither the local community college or the university where she wants to attend has a math course anything like you described. The classes are all either courses getting you ready for college algebra, or require college algebra as a prereq. Excepting the consumer math course at her desired university, which is what she plans to take as her one required math class. <br /><br />We also are not going to have her do any college work before she graduates. There are exams required of high school students for admittance that she is not going to take. She has an extensive list of accommodations too. It's really more than we can handle at the moment.<br /><br />I will take a look at those books and maybe see if I can put together something for her from that. It's a great idea!! Thanks. We've tried computers several times, since her dad and I have computer science degrees. She wants nothing to do with it. She's barely computer literate. <br /><br />The science we are planning to do includes a book on mathematics. I haven't been able to go through the set yet, but I might be able to use it as part of a math course and just have her do the chemistry and physics for science. <br /><br />All good ideas you have and I thank you for the input. I really just need to get her that credit for her transcript, and then her accommodations will help with the single required math class (consumer math).<br />Christy Schaeferhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00844686023573051133noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7285684972061828388.post-66841444482136378692018-01-21T18:37:25.841-06:002018-01-21T18:37:25.841-06:00Hi Christy,
This might not work for Amber, but le...Hi Christy,<br /><br />This might not work for Amber, but learning a little about mathematical/computational linguistics might appeal to her as a mathematics course. She would bring her passion and ability at languages to it, and that might give her the impetus to learn a bit about computer programming, and I believe you said once that both you and your husband are good with computers, so you could assist.<br /><br />I mentioned this once before in a comment, but for people like Amber I highly recommend the course given at almost all universities, called something like "Math for Poets" or "Math for Liberal Arts" or "Mathematical Ideas". This course (when taught correctly and compassionately) removes the fear of mathematics and allows the students to use their strong verbal abilities to understand and appreciate some interesting mathematical ideas. The level of actual computations used and expected in this course is usually only at the elementary school level, but students should be able to reason logically. Amber seems very bright, and at 10th grade or certainly by 11th grade she should be eligible to take a freshman-level class at a college. If you talk with the math department chairperson, I think you will find him or her sympathetic and helpful. Certainly a college math course would count towards high school graduation. The book "Mathematics: a Human Endeavor" by Harold R. Jacobs is a typical textbook for a course like this. This is the book that changed me from someone who hated math (I was majoring in German) to someone who eventually earned a Ph.D. in math.<br /><br />Also, take a look at the book "The Number Devil" by Hans Magnus Enzenberger to see how some important mathematical ideas can be expressed in a story. Also, the math portion of "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster does something similar. Amber might like doing a project, like writing a paper, on a selection of books like these. I would count such a project as an independent study in mathematics.<br /><br />Best wishes to you as you help such a bright, creative young woman grow up and meet her goals!<br /><br />Jeanne Fitzgerald <br />Retired math professor<br /><br />Jeanne Fitzgeraldhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10460670113094621799noreply@blogger.com