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  1. A lot to think about. I appreciate all the replies. He won't blow it out of the water. He has done well enough on the SAT so far...well enough for state schools and some private. Certainly not any of the Ivy League or really competitive schools-we were never planning on that route to begin with. I don't want to make it all about the test...especially since so many schools have now eliminated the SAT/ACT requirement (thanks COVID). I know the PSAT/NMSQT is different as it is your gateway into making National Merit Scholar....but he's just not NMS material. Great student, but not amazing. He's a
  2. I think I've made up my mind on this but thought I'd tap into the wisdom of this group. My son is 11th grade so he is "supposed" to take the PSAT this fall. I've had this on my radar since we started homeschooling so many years ago. However, I'm now thinking it may just not be worth it. He has already taken the SAT twice (once in Dec 2019 and then in Aug 2020) He did OK in December and pretty well in August. Well enough that if he didn't take it again, I'd be fine with that. The odds are very good that he wouldn't be one of the top scores on the PSAT...based on what I've seen on what comes out
  3. My son is registered and as of today the test is still on. We live in Georgia. He will wear a mask (it is required) and they say they will space the kids out. I'm having him take it as I have no confidence in that he will have other options to take it in the fall. I feel like it's just a matter of time until another local shutdown. People are not behaving here.
  4. I'm looking for an online photography class that feature individual feedback. I found a photography class on Funda Funda taught by Piers van Der Merwe. Does anyone have experience with him? Or with Funda Funda...I haven't used any of their offerings. I went looking for an online photography thread here and I found comments from 2018 about John Greengo. Anyone have current feedback on him? Website is a little confusing and I can't tell if he gives individual feedback or not. Any and all suggestions are welcome. This is the last class I need to figure out for my junior. He really wants something
  5. Funny you posted about this as I've wondered the same thing. Same boat here. Son made Eagle last spring and it involved asking for recommendation letters. He also had to ask for letters for applying to DE at local college and letters for a competition he's entering. This has all been in the last few months. I hate asking the same people but they are the ones who know him the best and are reliable to write the letter. He's a sophomore so he'll be doing this all over again in 2 years. I almost thought about asking people to write a generic recommendation so it could be used over and over but I t
  6. Thanks for the great responses! He is planning on attending the IHS meeting this summer (we live in the Atlanta area) and is applying for their Jr. Herp. award. His math skills are still not awesome-I'd say just your average bear. He is currently taking Geometry this year using Teaching Textbooks. He should be finished with that and starting Alg II in March. Since he is the way he is in math, I do want him to take a college algebra class and not CLEP out. If he goes slow and steady in math, he does fine. Unfortunately, it looks like taking that route may bite him in the college sciences in ter
  7. So, I'm trying to be proactive and start my planning for the 2020-21 year. My oldest (16) will be a junior next year. His plan is to be a biology major in college with an emphasis in herpetology. He has already had the following science classes for high school: Honors Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. I'd hoped he would take a DE class in either Biology or Chemistry next year but he needs College Alg as a prereq. He won't take that until at least Spring 2021. So what do we do? We are secular homeschoolers. He'd love to do a deep dive into herpetology (he is already a certified master herpetolog
  8. Just hopped on the board after being absent for a while. My son is currently enrolled in the regular Clover Valley chemistry class. He spends about 1-1/2 hours a day on chemistry if not more. But part of that is the way he rolls.....his favorite animal is a turtle and I swear some days he thinks he is one ;). Great class, so wonderfully organized and detailed. He's enjoyed it and has been sufficiently challenged by it. I almost didn't write anything as I'd like to keep Connie a secret until my youngest has enrolled in her class! But she is so good, I had to say something.
  9. Thanks Farrar! Appreciate the link also. I had not thought about that since the co-op classes are still being offered that they would be described in present tense. So you are saying it's ok for them to be mixed...stuff I've done is in the past (obviously!) but co-op is still going on for other students. I have written all of them up, it's currently a mish mash of stuff. I just want his info to be presented in the most coherent fashion as I know we are overly scrutinized as homeschoolers.
  10. Yes, it is Kennesaw State in Georgia. They want course descriptions as part of the home school portfolio that has to be submitted. I'm glad they do as it does indeed make me get my ducks in a row early. It just also gives me time to overthink it 😉
  11. My son will be applying for dual enrollment at the local university near our home. I'm trying to get all his course descriptions completed now so I'm not losing my mind in January. When you write course descriptions, what tense is preferred? For example, for Honors Biology, do I say: "This course will cover cellular, viral, bacterial and genetics biology...."OR is it"This course covered cellular, viral, bacterial, and genetics biology"??? I realized that for classes he's taken at our co-op, I had just copied the teacher's descriptions without considering tense. Classes I've taught are written
  12. I'm using Build Your Library Level 12 for my 10th grader. I bought it mainly for the US history readings. So far, he's enjoying it as am I. I understand it is somewhat based on Charlotte Mason philosophy, therefore there aren't any tests in the curriculum. I'm having him write a short summary each day of all his readings and we are doing the document based assessment book she has listed. I also plan on using The Critical Thinking Co. US history book as well. Is there any "need" to test him if we are doing all this? I feel like he will have a good understanding of the material if we keep this u
  13. We used TT for the first time this past school year (2018-19). Loved it. I did make my boys (one is high school, one is middle) write out the problems in a separate notebook. There is a thread somewhere on the high school board where I was tearing my hair out because they were NOT writing out the problems. I think that is the downfall of TT, it is so easy for the kids to do the math in their head or guess at it. It is so helpful for so many reasons to have them write it out. If they get a problem wrong, makes it so easy to go back and look at it to see where mistakes were made. Also, it helps
  14. Has anyone used the textbook America: A Narrative History? I did a search in the forum and it didn't pop up anywhere. It looks to be a high school/college textbook. On the publisher's website, they offer many resources in study guides, quizzes, etc. but you have to be part of a school to order. Ugh. Looks like a great American history textbook but I don't think I realistically have time to create study guides, quizzes, discussion questions, etc. Would love, love, love if anyone has recommendations for this book or one like it. I really wish Susan Wise Bauer would write an American history book
  15. Still slowly pulling together course descriptions for my 9th (er, I guess 10th grade now) grader. For his biology class...I am realizing it will probably be overkill to list all the labs he did. But do I put a note in the description "lab list available upon request"? I am seeing based on the comments in the awesome MotherLode #2 pin that a brief succinct summary is preferred to a long winded description. On that same line of thinking...what about book lists for fun and assigned class reading (ie Gilgamesh for ancient world history and gobs of fantasy novels for fun reading). Frankly, I'm hop
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