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post #21 of 29

Oh man.  KayleeZoo, is that when we have to buy graphing calculators?  8th grade?  Crap.  My daughter is going into 8th this year.  That's gonna hurt to have to buy a $100 calculator.  *sigh*  Better start putting aside a few bucks now.

post #22 of 29

So, what are all the fundraisers for then? At the first school I taught at, the student population was so poor, there was No such thing as a school supply list.......if I didn't buy it out of pocket, it didn't exist.  Moms, take the time to contact the manufacturer directly......ask them if the school buys in bulk, if they can cut you a break.............there may be a company willing to do that......

post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by justmama View Post

Oh man.  KayleeZoo, is that when we have to buy graphing calculators?  8th grade?  Crap.  My daughter is going into 8th this year.  That's gonna hurt to have to buy a $100 calculator.  *sigh*  Better start putting aside a few bucks now.

 

Most kids don't *need* them in 8th grade.  My daughter is going into Math Analysis this year (normally called pre-calc) and she didn't need it until Geometry and then for only specific units.  She needed one in 6th grade for math competitions.

post #24 of 29

justmama, YMMV. My DD needed it last year in 7th but she was in a 10th grade math class, so most people probably didn't have to buy it as early as I did. And she told me the *2 days before* the deadline that the teacher had set for them to have the calculator by- so I had to pay full price and couldn't shop around so it cost me the full $150 irked.gif

post #25 of 29
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Most kids don't *need* them in 8th grade.  My daughter is going into Math Analysis this year (normally called pre-calc) and she didn't need it until Geometry and then for only specific units.  She needed one in 6th grade for math competitions.

My DS needed his for Honors Geometry last year, it was 'recommended' for Honors Algebra.  Since I knew this was coming, I watched for sales and coupons and snagged a deal at Staples.

Keep in mind the graphing calculator is also sold on amazon and other websites.

post #26 of 29

That's strange because my daughter was in an accelerated program this year for math.  I'll have to see what they ask for on the first day of school this year.

post #27 of 29

Our school has those $200 calculators available for check out; we also have school supplies, uniforms, and a fund to pay fees for those who cannot affors it. It is not advertised, but it is there. We have a very diverse socio-economic population. I have also seen our principal personally pay for students to go on field trips.

post #28 of 29

I would not buy the TI-84 unless I had really good assurance that this model would still be acceptable in high school - just because that's what they're using now doesn't mean it will be in a few years - and I was reasonably sure my kid would be attending the high school in question.

 

I'm finding them used on amazon, ebay, and craigslist in the $50-90 range. Which is still a lot, but better than new.

post #29 of 29

Just to throw it out there - I got my son a TI-84 plus on Craigslist for $30.  Works perfectly and is exactly what the teacher wanted.  No way could we shell out $150 for  a new one.

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