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  1. 10 points
    With a child who seems completely without motivation, is withdrawing from activities, socially unengaged, and expresses lots of negativity I would worry about mental health. Those are all classic signs of depression.
  2. 7 points
    What makes you think that? And, why would that be relevant? If you think you know personally identifiable information about me, I’d appreciate it if you would keep that to yourself and PM me. It is highly inappropriate to use personal information on a message board. I will say this regarding statistics. Whether or not substance abuse is “lumped in”with mental health disorders doesn’t change the number of people in our area needing access to mental health care, The size of the hospital doesn’t change the number of people in the area needing mental health care. None of these statistics change the fact that mental health care is under funded and that there is a severe shortage of mental health providers & beds. These problems are nationwide. My area is not unique. What is also not unique is the stigma mental illness still carries in our nation. What is not unique is that there are people who would rather lock up people with mental illness than provide appropriate care and integrate them into the community, when appropriate. The primary reasons for this, IMO, are a combination of fear, lack of awareness & appropriate information as well an unwillingness to spend money on meeting the needs of others. Unsinkable, I have no idea why you are fixating so much on the numbers I provided - do you doubt the fact that so many people in one area that need mental health care? That’s the only thing I can think of. If you doubt it, there’s really nothing I can say to change your mind if facts don’t do it. If there’s something else you’d like to discuss, feel free to PM me and I’ll consider it, but I’ve provided all of the numbers I have available to me. Many hospitals, states and advocacy organizations make census statistics & provider information available, feel free to do additional research on your own. Mental health is an area where I have done a reasonable amount of research and have taken care to find out what is happening in my community, state and the nation at large. I advocate, I donate and I am in favor of higher taxes, if necessary, in order to pay for mental health access because I think it’s important.
  3. 6 points
    This very much depends on your gender, the sport, and your talent level. And your decisions in recruiting. Girls in swimming with sectional times and above can find serious money. But they have to look around for it and work for it and make compromises on schools. Major conferences have many people swimming for a pittance or "books" (think under $500)- but they made that trade-off. Of the girls we know personally, scholarships have ranged from 100% to 0% at major conferences, 100% to 40% at mid-major conferences, and 100% to 75% at D2 schools. Academic money goes on top of those percentages if available. We never thought of a return on investment- merely following children's talents and passions. But frankly, it has paid off. One child with a serious scholarship helps everyone in the family. And she is graduating without any debt. The next swimmer coming up has taken note.
  4. 5 points
    Good Morning!!!! COFFEE!!!!~D Good grief, I didn’t even know which day it was for a minute there. Wednesday. Yes!!! Humph Day!!! Kids have Enrichment Academy. Older three are still testing there, Baby just has regular class. Since I got all my errands done, I may find a nice place and do some Latin, read a book and .... oh, I din’t know what else. The wind from yesterday is gone. Tonight is the last Awana. I am glad. I get tired of it after a while.
  5. 4 points
    .... if not the most important thread, clearly the most fun. Your daughter sounds lovely. Welcome!
  6. 4 points
    One more thing and then I will shut up! Have you checked your shoe or your slipper for anything sharp? Even one of those thick clear plastic threads could cause a couple of nasty scratches — it wouldn’t take much of anything to cause those marks on your foot if it was inside a sock or a shoe, because it would keep rubbing against your skin all day. It might not even feel very uncomfortable until it got infected.
  7. 4 points
    I did Jitterbug. Lots of Jitterbug. But I will tell you that my part is a piece of cake compared to what the flutes and clarinets have to play. Oy veh! The violins are struggling with The Cyclone (which is getting better) and Apple Throwing (which is still a disaster). Two performances of The Wizard of Oz today, and then Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
  8. 3 points
    I’m glad you got in so quickly and the doctor put your mind at ease. What a relief!!! My mind always goes to the worst possible scenario, so I can understand why you were worried.
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    Ok, this is going to sound totally stupid, but is there any chance that you could have gotten a little sharp splinter stuck in your sock and it cut you and the little holes got infected? I’m sorry. I’m just desperately trying to think of a reason for those marks that don’t include the words “possible rabies.” Definitely go to the doctor today. This isn’t something you can take a chance on. And think of what a nervous wreck you will be if it looks worse tomorrow and you can’t get out of the house to a doctor.
  11. 3 points
    Stop prioritizing the homework over her mental and physical needs. You’re sending the message to her that she needs to do this pointless homework and wasting both your time. I feel like a lot of people in a previous thread about this - once we realized how young she is - urged you to stop doing it at all. If you cannot bring yourself to, then, yes, I’d pull her now.
  12. 3 points
    My ds plays baseball at a D3 school. Growing up on the travel ball circuit we knew most of the best players in the area and followed where they went to school. One thing we noticed over and over was kids and their families going anywhere they could play ball without looking at the rest of the school. Having a conversation with one mom was mind blowing to me. She was telling me excitedly how her graduating senior was going to play baseball at a good D2 school in our state. No scholarship but a roster spot had been offered. He had accepted and they were all thrilled. I congratulated her and was making chit chat and asking her about the school. She knew nothing about the school- including where it was located! She did not even know what part of the state the school was in. I am not kidding. Another mom had a kid get a D1 spot 10 hours from home and he didn’t like the school. She said they had no idea until he got there but it turns out it is a liberal arts school and he hates writing and reading. But he stayed because it was D1. And he did not even have a sizable scholarship and the family was well off. But it was D1! So many stories. Party kids who have no religious inclination at all going to conservative Christian schools. Kids going to schools that don’t have their major. Etc etc. And of course kids going to expensive schools they wouldn’t otherwise have chosen. In full disclosure, my ds was never good enough to play D1 in the south and he didn’t want to go far or go north where he would have been more competitive. His peers who were at his level of play did go to D2 schools but the D2 schools in our region just made zero sense for him academically or otherwise. He has loved his college baseball experience but he is truly a student first. He missed a whole off season to take an internship he was interested in. He lost playing time but he was comfortable with that choice. A couple times he did not travel midweek because of academic demands. He has always had an understanding with his coaches that he is committed to ball but he is a student first. They would love him to be 100% baseball committed but they all understand his career will end at graduation and he is trying to set up his real life. But even at the D3 level- when these kids are not going to go pro- so many athletes and their parents are so focused on the sport. After ds joined his team the kid that hosted him on his visit told him he was the strangest visit he ever hosted. It was because he asked all about academics and internships and job placement. Haha. So many players come to his school that are terrible fits. The school is tiny and the academics are harder than people expect because it isn’t that hard to get admitted. And it is super expensive without scholarships. I think there were 20 kids come in with his freshman class and I think there are six or seven left two years later. That is typical. It’s pretty wild. I used to love sports but I’ve soured on it after so many years and so many misplaced priorities. I’m glad my two still left at home have different interests.
  13. 3 points
    The CDC tracks measles outbreaks and their origins, which tend to be places large numbers of American citizens travel to and which happen to be experiencing a major outbreak themselves at the time. Scary places like France (2011). So far no outbreak has been associated with illegal immigrants. https://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html I worry about reflexive fear of "south of the border" people.
  14. 3 points
    I've lived in Guatemala, I can vouch that measles is not secretly rampant there. And have no reason to doubt that high vaccination rates contributed to eradicating it in that country. They are, rightfully, concerned about travelers from the U.S. reintroducing it...
  15. 3 points
  16. 2 points
    Happy Wednesday. I can't believe I actually had to read two pages to catch up. It's been a while since that happened. I slept in this morning, until 8:30am. I went by the science center to do some cleaning and reorganizing and meet up with a couple of new students/new parent, then we had a game day that nobody but us and the family hosting showed up for. It was a very nice Spring day so maybe everyone just wanted to be outside. Tomorrow I'm hosting a curriculum show/sale/swap at the science center so I have to get up a little earlier but it should be a fairly easy day. Nothing Friday until D&D at 2pm but then I have a possible Kids night out event from 6pm to 9pm. Not sure anyone will show, nobody is registered right now but I have a few that drop-in regularly. I really need to be working on classes for next session. Get a jump on them so I'm not finalizing the night before like I usually do. I'd like to at least have things done a week ahead. I have an outline for classes but I like to go through finalizing closer so I can adjust based on the class size, any quirks of the kids, etc. Some classes I plan activities based on weather and what I have available but those are mostly classes I don't need to do presentations for.
  17. 2 points
    My child really enjoyed Mr. Leven. He is very direct, but we never had a problem with that. The assignments were interesting and my student’s Spanish blossomed, in particular the writing skills (others as well).
  18. 2 points
    This is dd12's year to get a set of the Chronicles of Narnia. My favorite set to give is the hardcover, MacMillan 1988, but the cheapest set I can find right now is over $500! Uff da. I have to keep searching... Ds14 will get a set of LoTR and Hobbit. I love the newer pleather deluxe "pocket" set, and also the set illustrated by Alan Lee. I think he'd like the illustrated set best. Have to check prices on abebooks. Also a nice book of Sherlock Holmes that I got last year but forgot to give him. I think I'll get dd10 a set of Anne of Green Gables and maybe also Redwall. Dd16 gets the Oxford Complete Shakespeare, Portable Romantic Poets, The Hawk and The Dove trilogy, and Pride and Prejudice. Not sure about dd20. Maybe a book of George Herbert. She doesn't have Where The Wild Things Are or The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh yet. I was trying to give someone a copy of The Power and the Glory last year, but couldn't find a nice copy. I wonder who it was supposed to be for...
  19. 2 points
    Yes, that is confusing on that page, I think it's probably a typo and meant to say "7 days after". Ignore that page and look for the same information elsewhere. It's presented multiple times in the document, stated in the correct way. That document is 138 pages long, so I know it can seem intimidating. But much of it is repetitive, so it's not really 138 pages of information. I would find it hard to read that much information on a phone; if you can do it on a computer, you might find it easier to understand. It's good to have an official document like that. It's actually a more thorough document than what I have found on my own state website. But it is going to take some time for you to read through it and absorb the information. It helps me to have a notepad and take notes. I can write down the page number, so that I can go back and look at the original whenever needed. But sometimes I just need to make some notes for myself that have the information in a more concise way. Sorry if I made you feel stressed when I asked if you looked at the document. That was not my intent. I just wanted to know, since you had not responded to my posts about it. It can be really hard to do, but if you can educate yourself on the laws, you will be able to talk to your school with authority. I think most parents do not do this. From what our special education case manager has said, most parents just come to the IEP meetings and ask few questions and just leave everything up to the school, and we live in a good school district with a relatively high income level for residents. When you live in an area of poverty, and where parents are likely to be less educated and less likely to research the laws for themselves, the school is probably even more used to doing things their own way and not being questioned by parents. So you are unusual to them. I mean that in a good way! But they may find it intimidating or annoying to have a parent question their ways. Whenever you say that you think something should be done differently, or that you know that your rights, be ready to back that up with proof from the law. And the law is laid out there in that document and elsewhere on the department of ed website. This knowledge gives you POWER to advocate. I want to empower you, not discourage you. You can do it!!!!
  20. 2 points
    That is AMAZING!!!!!!!! Woo hoo, celebration time!!!!!!!!
  21. 2 points
    I have always wondered if the enhanced evaporation of clay pots doesn't greatly advantage them (assuming plenty of water) in out hot climates due to the cooling effect of evaporation. I'm more careful to keep plants in plastic pots in a greater degree of shade for fear of overheating the roots. Bill
  22. 2 points
    This is a good article about why we procrastinate and effective ways of reducing procrastination: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/smarter-living/why-you-procrastinate-it-has-nothing-to-do-with-self-control.html
  23. 2 points
    People are not taking this thread seriously!
  24. 2 points
    My dd is doing DE combined with Memoria Press Online Academy's diploma program. She's only planning to take the AP class and exam that they require. However, she is planning to stay in TX for university. I don't think there are any major drawbacks for a homeschooler to DE and then take the AP. If your son is attending a public school, however, it is essential that he not take any DE that would count into his high school GPA before the cut date for the top 6%/top 10% rankings. The public school will pull the DE A in as a 95 and you might lose your automatic admit with that kind of a ding. Spring semester classes here (Lone Star College CC District) end in early May so it would be just in time for the AP test, but if you do Summer I or II or Fall you'll have to set aside a sizable amount of time to refresh the material.
  25. 2 points
    I realize this might be difficult to implement, but I think you need to split the kids into two groups. Perhaps 2-5 and 6 and up. I think some of the problems you are having are just developmental; the younger kids are not ready for a structured program. They need to have play time and a few preschool Bible songs and a little lesson, maybe with Bible felt. They won't be able to attend to the lesson you describe. Can you take the older kids to the location you already have, since it is such a long walk, and then find a closer location for the wee ones? This is not likely to be popular, but you could ask the church to require parents to volunteer when they have a child in the children's program. Those volunteers could be the ones who play with the little ones. You would need two each week; one adult should not be alone with the children. If you have several families, and there are two parents per family, each person would only have to serve perhaps once a month. Or you could pair one parent with one teen volunteer. It would need to be required, though. The church that I attended when my kids were tiny did require parents to be on the nursery team. If you cannot change the location, I would ask the church to buy one of those preschool ropes, where the younger kids can each hold a loop on the rope and all walk together, to prevent them from running. You have to find some way to provide a boundary and enforce it while they are walking; I agree that I also would not like to have them scatter and run through the halls like that, and it is a valid concern.
  26. 1 point
    Casillero Del Diablo cabernet. It's not crazy expensive (about $15-20), but it's one of our favorites. Our other favorite is a small reserve that won the Venetian wine festival a few years back. That's about $300 if you get it shipped. 😄 Very good, but it would make more sense for me to give you directions to the winery after you flew over.
  27. 1 point
    I think the lace blobs were supposed to resemble flowers-- they were similar lace to what is on bodice-- sort of like they took a 3 inch circle of lace--then pinched/pleated it off center and tacked it on the dress randomly. There was another dress in a larger size at the store (Dillards) that was in better shape-- but the blobs still looked like blobs trying to be flowers. They were all over front and back of bodice with a few on the skirt and on shoulder straps. They were bulky/heavy looking compared to the tulle...The lace from bodice was extended onto the tulle skirt a few inches-- that part was a pretty effect (all the way around waistline) I cut the blobs all off (dress was actually OK then ) but dd wanted the texture so we shopped for something to replace them with-- the flowers with ribbon 'leaves' worked the best. I think the white of our flowers helped to lighten the bodice-- and I agree that the asymmetrical placement is what made it work!
  28. 1 point
    I would lose my mind if a clay pot only lasted 2 or 3 seasons. I get upset if one breaks after a decade or two. But you would laugh at our "winters." Have you ever tried a milk paint type paint on a pot. I have not, but I bet a flat rustic paint (even irregularly applied) could give a new pot a nice "aged" look. Bill
  29. 1 point
    PS: from your description I would absolutely, categorically NOT financial assist someone with the internet business you describe.
  30. 1 point
    Or maybe it’s not a bite at all and you just scraped your foot on something. The red margins are a bit concerning.
  31. 1 point
    It sounds like she needed to MOVE after being penned up in that school all day. Is there some reason she can't be allowed to ride her bike when she gets home? Or even stop at a park on the way, buy a cone, run and play. After she moves and runs and gets her joy back, she could eat dinner and then maybe do that homework for 15 minutes. You could set a timer and say we're going to work for 15 minutes and we'll STOP when the timer goes off. Healthy people set boundaries. The last few weeks of school usually get pretty fun with parties and things. Our ps has field days and brings in bounce houses and has parties the last week. I don't see why she should miss the most fun part of the year. You could try some fixes the rest of this week (lots of free play time after school, snacks to recharge her, and very limited homework time) and see how she does. If that corrects it, then she's good to stay in.
  32. 1 point
    Yeah, this was a Texas school, of course. My 4 year-old would've been hysterical if I had brought him...
  33. 1 point
    Agree. Cosigned. This. +1,000,000.
  34. 1 point
    I don't know exactly what a Federal ID is but I'd recommend getting your name changed legally. My mother was born Carolyn and changed the spelling to Caroline when she was a teenager. It's been a problem all her life. Passports, driver's license, airline tickets, social security, health insurance, etc. She was initially denied boarding a return flight from Paris about 15 years ago because something didn't match up. Lapses in health insurance coverage because documents don't match up. So yes, get your name changed legally.
  35. 1 point
    Don't they get terribly hot as soon as one is no longer wet? I can't imagine wearing those in 90+ degree humid heat
  36. 1 point
    I use this company for sun protection after having had a melanoma: https://www.sunprecautions.com/product/26000 I have lost a pair of “swim legs” but never had one wear out. I don’t use them in chlorine pool though. But have swum in them and used them as summer leggings for years.
  37. 1 point
    When it’s time to go home today, try clicking your heels three times! Oh, but, you need your car to come home too....
  38. 1 point
    Still a joke. The limit on practice is "coach run" practices. This does not include "trainer run" session in the weight room, team meetings led by captains, trainers or nutritionists. This also does not count mandatory "fun" like volunteer things, athletic department banquets or recruiting activities. dd1 counted up hours one week last year- 37 hours of team things. On a non-travel week. For a non-revenue sport. Classes are scheduled around team requirements. Period.
  39. 1 point
    It's frustrating to see folks just not be willing to step up for their kids. I about screamed last night when a mom was quite happy to have her son state, "I just don't want to do the work"!!!! Really, you're going to let a 13yo decide he's too lazy???? What ever happened to the kick in the pants that almost all 13yos require???? Arg!
  40. 1 point
    Done. I don't usually participate because I don't want to sign up for something or give out my email address, but it's as simple as clicking on the choices at the bottom.
  41. 1 point
    My brother also had a sports scholarship at a big state U. In addition to the food monitoring, he was required to take the nutritional supplement creatine. I was shocked to see how much muscle mass he added on (and he was pretty big to begin with) when he came home for Thanksgiving his first semester. (I know studies say creatine is safe, but I would still worry about unknown long-term effects and would not be happy with not having a choice on whether or not to take it if one of my kids were in this situation.) My brother definitely felt like the coaches owned him, especially since he was attending on an athletic scholarship. While the NCAA has set a limit on the maximum hours an athlete can spend each week, that regulation (at least when my brother played) is a joke as teams are easily able to get around the limit by holding "voluntary" practices and "voluntary" work-out sessions, etc. The team definitely came before the academics and when there was a conflict between the two, my brother had to miss the class. My middle son went through the recruiting process a few years ago now. In my son's sport, the vast majority of the kids at my son's level play D1. My son determined early on in the recruiting process that even the level of time commitment needed at an Ivy (which is D1, but league restrictions make it less demanding than other D1 programs) was too much for him (Ivy coaches told him to plan on 4 hours a day). His friends (and their parents) were shocked that he elected to play for a D3 school, but it was the best choice for him. His college team spends 10 days in California each spring break, and all of the other matches when school is in session are on the weekends against opponents that are all in the same geographic area. HIs experience hasn't been perfect, though. The facilities at his D3 school pale in comparison to what he would have had at a D1, which has been frustrating for him at times. But, he has time to conduct research with a professor, and next year he will also add being a junior advisor to the mix. Had he chosen D1, he would not have had time to fit these activities in and would not be able to double major in two STEM fields. With a few exceptions, his friends who are playing for D1 teams are also having a great experience. None of them, however, are majoring in STEM fields.
  42. 1 point
    Knowing that outside scholarships reduce institutional grant $$ and parent contribution remains fixed should be a given at meets need schools (some will reduce student contribution first). If she didn't listen to you about that (which I know you must have shared), they were approaching this via lala land thinking.
  43. 1 point
    Many college students do not see 9 or 10 am as a decent hour for a test--and they do not view 10pm as not at a decent hour. One reason for the late night/early morning classes and exams is the lack of classroom space. However, there are a number of time slots of classes that are designed to meet the needs of students from different backgrounds. Some students want a class right after work at 5:30pm. Other students want to go home,, have dinner with their kids, get their kids in bed, and then go take a class Each of those time periods in which classes are scheduled must have its own unique final exam time. To get all of those times into a one-week final exam week, early morning and late night times ust be used to gave enough final exam time slots.
  44. 1 point
    I realize that you haven't followed Sacha as much as the others on the AL board, so it might appear that his interests are narrow, but I really don't think that is the case at all. In fact, I usually call him a dabbler or a Renaissance man because his interests are so broad. He loves Mythology, D&D/RPGs, strategy games, video games, he's played soccer in the past (but his team was pushing him to be on the uber competitive travel team, which did not interest him) and still goes to soccer camps for fun, he likes laser tag, he goes to lifeguard camp (and jumped off the pier last summer), he wants to get a black belt, he likes snorkeling with his dad and wants to get his scuba certification this year now that he is old enough, he's been to sailing camp, but finds sailing solo to be too lonely (but he wouldn't mind being part of a larger sailing team), he likes chess and plays with me whenever I'm in the mood, he's been to tennis camps and wants to try out squash, he's been in theatre camps and was one of the few boys in several performances, he's been to surf camp for several summers, he plays dodgeball at our campground several times per week with a group of kids, takes gymnastics, does homeschool PE class, he loves big roller coasters and water slides like his parents (and we have season passes), he wants to learn wilderness survival and get his private pilot's license, he is a voracious reader (mostly fiction), he plays guitar, he makes pottery, clay, and basic woodworking kinds of stuff in his tinkering class, he has built a skittle sorting EV3 robot with his dad, he sings in a choir at his charter school (and has a recital this weekend). I am sure I am forgetting other things. That's just off the top of my head. So, yes, he has a STEM focus, but I actually think he is a very well-rounded kid with a lot of cool interests. Having said that, we live on the beach in San Diego. He isn't going to hunt or just frolic unfettered in acres of woods. We moved to this campground expressly so that the kids could free range. We used to live a few miles up the hill and our area was so urban that the kids couldn't even ride bikes. All the kids in the neighborhood were so structured, the playgrounds were always empty and no one ever just wandered the neighborhood to see if other kids wanted to play. Where we live now is as close to the unstructured and largely unsupervised 70s childhood that I can give my kids in a big city without people calling CPS on me (and yes, that has happened before). Believe me, that last thing I want to do is live in a 5th wheel. But, the kids love it and beg me everyday to stay here because they love the freedom.
  45. 1 point
    Someone else suggested videos. Crash Course American history, what I've watched of it is excellent for brief overview (but with these always screen first...most of their videos are perfectly fine, but now and then they add a joke I wish they hadn't). Extra Credits history, my favorite history YouTube Channel (all of these are on YouTube), unfortunately doesn't have a lot on US History, but it does have a few good things (a series on Hiawatha, and they just added one on the Boston Massacre). TedEd is another one I suggest on Youtube. For your younger kids, Adventure Tales American history (free resource), might work well. It tells the history comic book style, which I think would be helpful for your dyslexic child especially (visuals help a lot), and they actually have audio available for it too, so your children could listen along. I think you can do all of these with all ages, but I agree that your high schooler will need more. I would really try to combine your high schoolers literature reading with the history. Just so much good American writing that speaks to American history you can use (there's lots of lists).
  46. 1 point
    Critical Thinking Company sells a book called "Algebra Word Problems" with lessons, examples and 100+ practice problems grouped together by type--it's perfect for kids to get proficient at tackling basic algebraic word problems and learn to set them up, and solve them. I think it's doable for a kid who has done PM1-5 with understanding and has support from a teacher/parent. Additionally, there are Various Math Contest Papers such as Mini Mu, Sunshine Math and Math Stars. which can offer fun/novel problems to mull over. For variety, you can get a used edition of a "math for liberal arts" text book and go through some of the chapters in it. We used Thinking Mathematically (aka The Cow Book) and Mathematics: A Human Endeavor and they were fun diversions. You don't have to do every section, but pick a few chapters that seem doable with your kid. The Number Devil was a repeat-read at our house. One thing that The Boys really enjoyed was doing the math for (imaginary) buildings or construction projects. They were really into that for a while. They'd look up materials, and price lists, etc and make up their own numbers and talk about how much/long/many XYZ project would cost/take etc. Numerical word riddles were one clue at a time is given are a favorite past time. Learning to perform advanced mental calculations was pretty fun if you develop the skill to high levels. If he's already proficient at mental calculations, then as his algebraic skills grow, it can be fun to look up the various number "tricks" and examine them to see how/why they work. The Arithmetic portion of the GRE has some fun brain-teaser type problems that are really accessible to any body who knows their elementary math really well.
  47. 1 point
    bless her heart. maybe she should have quit her job and did more herding her child to make sure he was taking more academic classes, getting better grades and scored higher on standardized admissions tests. I got sick of hearing that sort of thing with my girls too. "oh, they're so smart".... well, I didn't encourage them to play hooky from school so they could go shopping, or skiing, etc. either!
  48. 1 point
    When I was in college, 2 guy friends were saying that the females got all of the internships. Based on when this was, it was entirely possible that we were disproportionately chosen for the spots. In an attempt to commiserate, I asked how many they had applied for...none. All 4 of the female STEMes had applied to 5+ programs, which surely influenced the fact that all 4 of us had summer internships and they didnt...
  49. 1 point
    Can we get this stickyed? This is awesome! Thanks!
  50. 1 point
    Chiming in here quickly. This is on the website: Question: Aren't some of the books too easy for high schoolers? Answer: The spine text A Patriot's History of the United States is a book that is used in some colleges. It is NOT a lower-level book. Using just the spine book, the scheduled videos, and the linked activities covers quite a bit of history. The scheduled books are "frosting on the cake" that help bring topics alive in a way that is engaging and memorable. I do schedule in quite a few graphic novels and some easier fare (amidst some more difficult titles written for adults), but my goal is to get students to not only learn history, but to RETAIN it and LOVE it. I do this using a mix of materials that even adults could learn from. Information is information. It doesn't have to by dry and difficult to get through in order to be valuable (in my opinion). When I was homeschooling, I always used what I believed to be the BEST vehicles for teaching information, no matter what the "level" of those materials. The feedback I've received about this program has been amazing. Students who used to think history was dry and boring have remarked how much they love it after using Guest Hollow's American History Year 1! Question: Aren't some of the books too hard for high schoolers? Answer: I combed AP U.S. History reading lists when researching books for this program. Most high schoolers should be able to handle the reading. There is plenty of "easier fare" to balance things out. Let me know if you have any questions. My curricula isn't a fit for everyone, but the book list isn't 100% representative of the material covered. 😉 There are also tons of YouTube videos scheduled (including Crash Course, etc.). It's really a multi-approach program. You can always ask the parents who are using the program what they think (since I could be considered somewhat biased, lol): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1782356031831333/
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