Just another quick post to let you know how I'm doing in Chemistry. I stink! LOL I am having to study like I've never studied before just to grasp the ideas of scientific notation and significant figures - and that's just the beginning unit! Actually, I understand the concepts, but I have trouble remembering all the rules.
Thank you for all your sweet comments on my post about taking this course to help my son. I want you to understand that I am far, far, far from a super homeschooler; in fact, I have been quite lazy for much of my homeschooling time. I start off each year with good intentions, then they fall by the wayside as the year progresses and we end up getting just the bare minimum done. Somehow my children manage to learn, though. Samuel had a great first year of college, and Andrew and Beth's grades are good. This idea of taking the course myself was just a freak thing; I just happened to remember that lady I had met and thought I could do that myself. And here I am.
One thing I am learning is how to better customize the SOS curriculum to my children's needs, and I'm also learning that some of the things they've complained about are valid. For example, many times I hear "but that question wasn't in anything else I learned in that unit!" I was not convinced of that. I thought they were just not being diligent. Well. Yesterday it happened to me! The question on the test was from something that was in the text, but it wasn't emphasized at all on any other quizzes or questions. So I missed it because I didn't think it was important. Now I know to teach them to pay attention even to the pictures included with the text, because you never know where a question is going to come from. I also learned that I can change dates on assignments if they are too long to possibly get done by the due date provided. The programming is not perfect with SOS. It really does need the human touch to make sure that everything works together in such a way as not to frustrate the student. I do love that automated lesson planning, though, even if it does need a tweak every now and then!
In hindsight, it would have done me good to do at least one unit from something in their assignments each year, just to see what they're up against. I also see that I need to pay more attention to the lesson planning aspect instead of trusting the computer program to do it all. A computer just doesn't know all the variables. So taking this course in Chemistry is teaching me more than scientific notation! ;)