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  1. Even though I am not a certified teacher, I consider myself an educator. I typed in the number of years I had been homeschooling my kids when answering that question. Good luck!
  2. Our goal when we began homeschooling was to raise happy kids who would develop a life-long love of learning. My kids have all graduated from homeschooling. If I had it all to do again, I wouldn't change a thing in our approach. All three our kids are grateful that they were homeschooled and have many happy memories. I read The Well Trained Mind years ago when the kids were small. That approach would not have been a good fit for my kids. Our philosophy leaned more towards Holt and Montessori. We gave the kids a lot of freedom in regards to what they studied. My only requirements in the elementary years were that they studied grammar, math, and read for at least one hour every day; every other area of study depended on their interests. We had a no electronics rule from 8 am - 2:30 pm during the week. If the kids finished their assignments for the day before 2:30 pm, they spent their time on things that I considered educational - reading, playing board games, arts and crafts, baking, etc. After 2:30 pm, they participated in a lot of activities offered through our community education services - pottery classes, theatre, scouts, etc. Many years, they were at the public school three times a week participating in these after-school activities. As they got older, their interests became more time consuming and intense and many of the activities that they did in the younger years fell off. When they entered high school, I did require them to study some topics that they would not have chosen if given the choice. Foreign language was the only requirement that I had that was unanimously despised by all three and considered a colossal waste of time. I made them study it solely because many colleges required it. In the high school years, my kids would typically have one or two outsourced classes per year. The rest of the their courses were "home-brewed" based on their interests. One year, I created a literature class based on Harry Potter that was fun for all of us. My kids had a lot of down time each day, even in the high school years. They were all very well prepared for the rigors of college.
  3. I agree. The vast majority of my time spent in my high school classes was not productive, so I agree when people say that so much time is wasted in school. However, I usually had hours of homework in every class each night that I had to complete when I arrived home from school. I don't think these people are remembering to factor in the homework time when they are determining how many hours of homeschooling is equivalent to the hours of traditional schooling.
  4. 95%. Putting a name to the face is not as easy for me as recognizing the face.
  5. The bolded could be mistakes, but they could also be due to not understanding the concept. For example, forgetting a negative sign could be a careless mistake, but it could also be the result of not correctly establishing which direction is negative when setting up the problem.
  6. Is there a particular concept that your son is having difficulty with? Many of the kids I tutor in physics c have a particular concept that they struggle with, and once that concept is mastered, the course is much easier for them. For example, some of the kids I work with have a really difficult time drawing the free body diagrams. For other kids, they can easily draw the free body diagrams, but struggle with writing and solving the simultaneous equations. You might want to get a test prep book. Some of these books may summarize the concepts in a way that is easier to understand when compared to reading the textbook. A few that I think are good are "5 Steps to a 5", "The AP Physics C Companion, and "APadvantage Physics C" Good luck.
  7. I wonder if they will also award merit aid to offset the increase in tuition? The increase in tuition may be a marketing move. If you lower tuition, some may think the school is not as good as the schools that charge 70K+ per year. But if you raise tuition prices, while at the same time offer merit aid, some may feel that the net price is a good deal.
  8. Just to offer some reassurance: I developed pre-eclampsia at 25 weeks - monster headache, blood pressure 160/120, protein in urine. With bed rest, I made it to the 36 week mark before they induced me. My son was under 6 pounds, but perfectly healthy in every way. We went home from the hospital two days after his birth. He is now a 6 ft 23 year old. Hugs and prayers for you and your baby.
  9. When the ultrasound revealed that we were having a boy, I told my husband then that there would be no football or hockey. Growing up, my oldest asked more than once to play football, but that was the only sport he asked to play that we said he couldn't. (He ended up playing IM flag football in college and still plays today, though.) Ironically, my boys have both required major surgeries due to injuries sustained from "safer" sports - baseball and tennis.
  10. You could probably also skip the workout with the battle ropes. Stay warm
  11. At least this move forces the NCAA's hand. I have read reports that college sports generated over 14 billion dollars last year, with March Madness alone generating $900 million last year for the NCAA. It is ridiculous, imo, that the athletes don't get a share of this profit. (I don't buy into the NCAA claims that these student athletes are getting a college degree in exchange for their play because most of them are not) At least now the NCAA is saying that "changes are needed". Changes have been needed for decades. It is unfortunate that the state and federal governments needed to get involved in order for these kids to be treated fairly...
  12. I doubt that the Varsity Blues Scandal is even on the NCAA's radar, especially now that California's Fair Pay to Play bill was recently signed into law. (It is about time. Hopefully other states will quickly enact similar laws.)
  13. College is a big adjustment for many kids, even those who grew up with tons of formal classroom test experiences. This is why some colleges don't even award grades the first semester - they want to give the students time to adjust. Your daughter should definitely go speak with her professor as soon as possible. Good luck and hugs to both of you.
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