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  1. Our piano instructor introduced us to KITS, Keynote Independent Theory Services, and we have been really pleased.  It's rigorous, and you move at your own pace.  www.keynotetheory.com  The website is underwhelming, but the program is thorough preparation for college level music theory.

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  2. I love this thread! We are looking for a very similar place as you minus the seasons :) and it needs to be within a 2 days drive of Indianapolis. Right now we are traveling and visiting as many places as possible so far we've narrowed it down to Austin (I won't miss seasons), Nashville, or someplace in Colorado (CO Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins...are those all considered front range?) We are spending the winter in CO to see how we like the seasons.



    Yes, everything one the east side of the Rocky Mountains, but not further than about 20 miles east of the foothills is considered the Front Range. There's a huge variety along it...Ft Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs and everything in between. I don't live there, but really like the Castle Rock/Franktown/Elizabeth/Monument area. More rural, but very easy to get everywhere. Castle Rock would put them closer to multiple educational options.

  3. I've used both CC and CCM for a few years each now, so I think I can answer those questions.


    The CCM songs are memorable, but not unique and as professional as CC's. We still sing and use them, even if some of them are awkward and tricky to sing. The point is that they are memorable! The timeline song is new to CC, with the publication of the CC timeline this year. CCM does not have a timeline song on their audio cds, but if you look on YouTube you should be able to find where at least one co-op is setting it to music by week. On the CCM audio cds, the history, Latin and math (skip counting) is set to a tune.


    Memorization-wise, CCM is just as rigorous as CC. Slight variation in subject matter. For example, there is no English Grammar component to CCM. There is, however, a religion/catechism component. In CCM's Latin, you are memorizing Latin hymns and prayers, versus CC's is Latin grammar and vocabulary. CCM is 18 weeks over 4 cycles. CC is 24 weeks over 3 cycles. The amount of material covered is the same.


    The BIG difference is that each CCM co-op is just that: a cooperative among like-minded families. It is not a tuition-based program with a national organization of communities (as is CC). If you want a community with trained/paid leaders, CC is the way to go. With CCM, you are on your own unless you luck into (or start yourself) a co-op with experienced families. If you're comfortable with doing the memory work on your own, then this won't be an issue.


    Also, the CCM books suggest things to use for the fine arts component, but there is no official fine arts component. Most co-ops I know of do music and/or art in addition to the CCM memory work.


    I love the science in CCM, as the science experiment/projects are laid out in an easy to use way, multiple suggestions are given (different complexity levels) and always directly correlate to the science memory work for that week. I much prefer the whole science component of CCM (having done CC's for all three cycles). CC's science memory work is fine, but the experiments/projects rarely line up and are more of a "scatter shot" approach covering various the various branches.


    Hope that helps.

  4. I just had the conversation last night with some others and yes, you can send an NOI to any CO district you want, not just the one you live in. The options program is run by the public school district and they do get money for your student. You are considered part time public schoolers, but under the homeschool laws. Many options programs have the benefit of providing curriculum in addition to the extracurriculars and days "at school."


    I use an umbrella that does not require testing, it sounds like most others do. Your sister could easily find a testing site for her third grader or pay for an evaluation if she wants to just send in an NOI and meet the days/hours/subjects req by keeping a record of it herself.

  5. I just read about CHESS. She'll have to submit a proposed calendar showing 4 hours a day for 172 days (I'm guessing they'll prorate the days at this point), along with immunization records/exemption letter. At the end of the year she'll submit an actual calendar showing completion of the 4 hrs/# days. It's $75 to enroll.


    I can't find where it says when testing is required for CHESS, though, other than they offer it each year. dhudson, can you tell her?


    CHESS might be a good thing for her being new to homeschooling, it would be local (counselors and other families to meet) and they have an enrichment element where the kids can get involved in various activities and take classes.


    The CHEC website doesn't have the list I was looking for, I guess they're promoting their own independent school to the exclusion of others.

  6. We chose lower mortgage, higher taxes. Our city is very new and the projections are actually that property taxes will go down over time. I know, yeah right! Either way, when we did the math on the extra mortgage and interest, the higher taxes each year were actually cheaper (ESP if you are talking a $100k price difference). So, I suggest doing the math, assuming that other factors like location/neighborhood style/amount of property are about equal.

  7. The linked website only talks about sending in a notice of intent to a CO school district. A notice of intent is just one of your options. You can also enroll with an umbrella school. If you do, you follow their rules for reporting and records. The umbrella school we use (HomeLife Academy) requires only grades twice a year for classes/subjects I choose. No testing, no portfolio. Colorado doesn't know my kids exist, as a matter of fact. If you want to use the popular Options program or any public school services, then the NOI is the way to go.

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