Monday, May 19, 2014

Amazon Vendors

Where is the place you can shop for cheap school books? Ebay & Amazon vendors, of course. I do not mind buying used books for cheap prices. But getting a book ordered with missing pages is a big "no" for me. Moreover, describing the book in a "very good" condition and receiving them with missing pages is a big "no."

A bunch of liars these vendors are. I can't see what is the name of the store they use on Amazon but the sellers' name is Lhillio. I bought "Exercises in English: Grammar for Life : Level H" as a filler for my soon 8th grader and 20 first pages are missing. I wrote a review but the latest review this seller have was 2011, which are all 5/5. There are no latest review for this seller and I knew why.

I am very happy with the delivery ( I will give them 5/5 on that) but missing pages, I gave them 2/5. The book is in very good condition none the less.

I also ordered K12 Algebra 1 - A Reference Guide and Problem Sets from Tonys Prices on May 7th.  Shipping estimation by Amazon (I think) was May 8 or 9. And the estimated delivery is schedule for May 14 to 30. However, until today the item is NOT mark shipped yet. I think they are waiting until the last minute to mail the darn book. I already received the student pages a week ago and my soon 8th grader already started without the problem book. I'm hoping they are lazy updating the ordered and the book might be already making its way here.

Last year I bought Classic for young readers for my 2nd grader this year, but the seller gave me the wrong grade level. They refunded my money but did not asked for the wrong book to sent back. I lost the shipping cost on that one and have extra book that I don't need.

Around this summer, I will be putting some kinder, 1st & 2nd grader book/curriculum ready for ebay. I think I will sell them by subjects. I don't want to separate the reading books that goes along with the lessons. I will probably not going the get much because they are all used, but the buyers will have to pay for the shipping.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Almost Finish

That is, almost finish with our second year of learning at home. I already gotten a few books for my 8th grader for the next school year. I only have to buy one grade level, because I re-used them all the way to my 2nd going 3rd grader.

If I can afford, I buy a few fillings added to all grade levels (3, 5, & 6 grader). I also started my year end report to be turn in before the end of June. Another affidavit to home school for all four children. Work samples, books log, year end lessons summary (portfolio). And of course, education objectives, attendance statements, immunization exemptions, pictures of their activities, and other things I think will help my children not to be questioned if they are learning proficient according to their grade level.  

I do not submit an evaluation report because it wasn't clear that it is needed. My school district wrote, "portfolio or evaluation letter." "Or" means i have a choice on what to send in, so I chose to only sent my children portfolio. Plus, in the beginning of the school year, they said they needed to take standardized test and they will let me know when and where, however they never sent me any letter when April came for such test. So, if they don't let me know I need to go anywhere, why should I ask. The less requirements the better for me and my children. Just the way I like it. Less government meddling.