It's a two in one educational post: These are questions I could post elsewhere, but I don't wanna. And they're not pressing - I'm just avoiding household chores. (But you already knew that, right?)
Question 1) Any of you guys with highschoolers - (Or Slache, or anyone else who is well read on the boards ). Did you have your kids prep for the PSAT? What do you think is the most time-efficient way to study for the PSAT. I'm looking at it like this: child in question is good student in all subjects, but perhaps not a speed reader. I suspect student will do well on the math. I'm all for giving this student a chance for qualifying, but I don't know how likely that is, nor do I want the student spending gobs of time getting ready for it.
Question 2) Regarding a different student. This other student has some weaknesses (math) and does not love science. Student is taking Apologia Physical at co-op this year with labs as an 8th grader. I know (and agree) that science is not typically a course that is awarded high school credit for a class taken in 8th. On the other hand, co-op alternates class every other year, so this was the year she had to take it if we were going to do it at co-op (and trust me, outsourcing science is a very good idea as it's not a favorite of mine either). So, anyway, my delimma is whether to give her high school credit for this course (which is billed as an 8th or 9th grade text). One thought I had was extending it a bit into the 1st semester of 9th grade with an extra resource to assuage my conscience that the credit truly was completed 9th grade year. Thoughts? (And if I did that, what resource would be worth using without killing us or repeating what she did her 8th grade year - I don't want a whole other year of physical - she would kill me, lol. I was thinking maybe Tiner's Exploring the World of Chemistry because there's not a whole lot of chemistry info in the Apologia Physical book......)
1. Go through the PSAT practice booklet. Take the PSAT in 10th grade and 11th grade, and 9th grade if it is allowed.
2. Our umbrella program allows for 2 high school credits taken in 8th grade for lab science (physical, bio, chem, or physics), math (algebra 1 or higher) or a high school level language. If you don't think an 8th grade credit will be allowed, then I'd wait and list the class and award the credit when they are in 9th grade. I definitely would not make them take it over again if they have indeed done the high school level work. Dd14 is taking physical science with lab for credit in 8th grade. Her tutorial also offers some advanced science courses, so I think they start a bit early in case students want to take advanced bio or chem or anatomy or something.
3. You should make brownies and bring them over so we can eat them and watch something on Netflix. I will provide the vanilla ice cream and will make popcorn in case we need a change of pace.
Edited by Susan in TN, Yesterday, 08:42 PM.