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  1. I don’t think young people are more lazy. I just think the overall expectations have been lowered for everyone. Believe me, I was plenty lazy as a teen/young adult. This isn’t a judgment about the kids, but about changes I perceive in the system. And my ds has some lds and I used many different methods to reach him — reading out loud, audiobooks, software to strengthen his vocabulary, etc. He has accommodations at college. And he is now a very strong student. But, had I decided to just let him watch movies because reading was too hard or to skip writing because it was really difficult for him, he would not now be looking around with surprise at how strong of a student he is at his college. I know my niece did have books assigned in early high school. And yet she never read them and still walked away with decent grades because all she had to do was show up at a class she was required to attend anyway. My nephews both have lds. One would greatly benefit from a trade. The other would greatly benefit from an education. I only wish I lived close enough that I could give that gift to him because he’s a really great kid.
  2. It’s located in such a fun area. We’ve done mini vacations to Lancaster over the years and noticed the school on our visits, which is what put it on our radar. I hope it works out for your ds!
  3. I really think what Hadley is talking about is catering to laziness and low expectations. Many kids are now being taught with YouTube clips, not because they aren’t capable of reading, but because they’d rather not. I honestly don’t think my niece or either of my nephews read a single book in high school and, I love them, but it shows. I’m all for using whatever methods are necessary to reach kids and bring them to the next level, but this change is not about that imo.
  4. I think so much authority has been taken from the teachers and given to the admin who just want to keep their clients happy. The bar has been lowered. Cheating is rampant and done right in front of the teachers at the CC my dd has been attending. And there isn’t a darn thing the teacher can do about it without pushback and oversight from the admin.
  5. I totally get what you are saying and cannot understand why we are moving away from using textbooks to random worksheets. Oh, I know. It’s *cheaper* (haha) to use online texts but then no one reads them. But why should they read them when it seems 90% of teachers give a study guide that tells the student exactly what will be on the test. My ds has had that experience in his accounting class this semester and I worry that he isn’t getting the foundational information he needs to be successful in this field. And this is his major. I feel like the “Information Age” has really just led to an “information drain” and no one in any industry is going to know anything that there computer doesn’t tell them.
  6. OP, if you like Dave Ramsey, he has a personal finance course that could done over the summer. I don’t agree with him on everything, but it was good for both of my kids. It got them thinking more long term about investing and saving and they each opened up an investment account while taking the class. It also spurred us on to get “adult” banking accounts for each of them. It made them want to steer clear of debt. I think it’s a subject best taken once your teen has a job and is working. My ds made a budget while we were doing DR and was so aggravated about all his bills, lol. It was so great for him to see how quickly his small income got eaten up with his phone bill, car insurance, etc. We didn’t even really use the workbook other than to use the page that had you make a budget because most of the workbook is simply busywork, but the introduction to some of the basic ideas was great for my two.
  7. We took the quizzes and tests throughout the modules, but that’s it. My dd has worked so hard throughout high school, this was a class I wanted to be light. We certainly could have done some reading of The Federalist Papers and other original documents if we had wanted to beef it up. I likely would have had her use the AC/DC prep for government if she was going to take the exam, but she won’t be able to use the credit at the college she is attending, so we’re just moving on.🙂
  8. One of the reasons we have time to start Econ now is because we used Khan Academy for AP Government and went through the whole thing pretty quickly — started mid to late January and finished last week and we did not do it every day. So, that’s my second summer recommendation. I notice that AC/DC also now offers government class as well, so you could CLEP out of it over the summer. Another plus is that both government and economics are courses that are enjoyable to do along with your student. At least they were for me. And what you would learn in government right now is especially relevant with the upcoming election. Highly interesting and there hasn’t always been as much I can share with my student academically at this point because they’ve both been pretty involved in outside classes in high school.
  9. My dd is doing AC/DC Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and then will take the CLEP tests since the college she’s attending will accept those (many do!). They are both very quick. You could probably do a unit a day (there are 6 for each course) and then spend a few days to a week on practice tests and knock both out in a few weeks, but we’re just spending 30 minutes to an hour a day on this. Even so, she’ll probably be done by the end of March/mid-April and we just started a few days ago. I did the same thing with my ds before he went off to college.
  10. I bumped into an old acquaintance recently and she told me she sent all three of her kids to UAH this last year as freshmen. Two twins and one they graduated a year early. I think one has a full ride as a NM scholar and the other two have full tuition. She confirmed the nerdy vibe and said there are lots of homeschoolers there and that her kids are all super happy with the experience.
  11. I think this one was actually a decent length. My dd actually had to make hers longer because she was initially thinking it was only supposed to be 500 words, I think.
  12. I’ve posted before about this lady, Beth Walker, and her book — Never Pay Retail for College. I’ve spoken with her some and she has really impressed me, to the point where I am going to have her do some financial planning for my family. She also offers college consulting services, which I found out about too late in the process, but her book was very helpful to me. Here is the link to her blog —
  13. I also love to cook and bake but can never eat any of the things I make, so it was really nice to be able to make the brownie cheesecake and have a slice with my dd.
  14. Thank you, Kate. That may be a good enough reason to finally get me on Facebook. I tried THM years ago and loved the idea, but was never able to get it to work for me. I started with her mug cake and would eat that for breakfast and then be horribly irritable. I have always struggled with blood sugar issues and keto has been life changing for me. In my early 30s, I realized I *must* have protein at every meal. I still have my THM book, though and always loved the idea of it,
  15. I have had issues in the past when I’ve eaten things I’ve made with swerve. And, honestly, I did have to fight cravings for more cheesecake last night plus I felt a bit edgy, which is rare for me these days. I keep thinking that’s all in my head though. Or at least hoping. Maybe I will have to limit these treats to no more than once every week or two or try having them on special occasions. Do you get major inflammation after eating carbs on the holidays? The joints in my feet get so bad I can hardly walk in the mornings after having sugar for a day or two.
  16. I have been doing keto for about 3.5 years, mostly because I feel so good eating this way. It also helps me maintain my weight without feeling constantly deprived or hungry. I haven’t really made much in the way of desserts in the past, but have found when there is a special occasion and I eat carbs I now tend to go overboard since I so rarely have sweets. I went crazy with the sugar over Christmas, lol. So, I thought if I made a dessert each week, I might not go so crazy on the rare occasion that I do have carbs. Or, better yet, maybe I could just substitute these low carb recipes on special occasions instead of having carbs. The other benefit is that my husband is insulin resistant and he can eat these desserts without me worrying as much about him.
  17. This whole website has so many good recipes. Here’s another I think my whole family would enjoy. I’m planning to try this when my ds is home for spring break.
  18. Next week, I plan to make keto ice cream with this recipe — I was going to make raspberry sauce to go with it, but I think I will be sick of that by next week, so if anyone has any great suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
  19. I made this last night and it was very good. Instead of making the chocolate sauce, I made this raspberry sauce to go with it, but reduced the cornstarch amount and used swerve instead of sugar. I am the only one that eats keto in our house, but this is a dessert we all could enjoy, including my gluten free ds. If anyone else has a favorite keto recipe to share, please do!
  20. Has anyone read Lean Out? We just finished Lean In and my dd found it gave her some interesting new insights. Me too.
  21. I really thought it was unlikely that they could be healthy, if they were even real. And even if they were, I’d be afraid I’d step on the poor thing or sit on it or something. But, they do really look cute.
  22. Can these actually be real or is this some kind of scam? I’ve been looking at this site for two years, just amazed at the cuteness, lol.
  23. Well, my dd is heading to University of Richmond this fall and we are so relieved and happy about it. 🙂 Richmond has given her fantastic financial aid and we’re also hoping for a scholarship that would eliminate the loan part of the aid, but we’ll see. She really wanted a small to medium sized liberal arts school with a strong business and a classics department and that’s what she got. She had also been considering nursing at the beginning of this process and applied to a number of schools to keep that option open. In order for schools to be in our range of affordability, they had to either be in-state public schools (we have a 529 prepaid tuition plan for her) or schools that meet full need AND are generous in their calculation of need. She applied to: College of William & Mary - received a cypher letter (Likely letter) University of Virginia (Nursing) - accepted with fantastic FA Christopher Newport University (Honors College) - accepted with honors scholarship University of Alabama - Huntsville (Honors College/Direct admit Nursing) - Accepted with full tuition scholarship University of Notre Dame - Rejected. This was a heartbreak and tough to handle because she had to wait quite awhile before she had other acceptances that she really wanted and it left us doubting whether she was going to get into any of the private schools she had applied to. College of the Holy Cross - We’ll never know, because we have to withdraw her app, but this was another top contender for her. They have an amazing Classics department and offer a four year full tuition scholarship for a Classics major that she applied for. James Madison University (Honors College/Nursing) - Will withdraw her application Franklin & Marshall - Will withdraw application, but this was another school that was very interesting to her due to it’s cool location in Lancaster and it’s strong classics and business offerings.
  24. We had a similar situation here as my dd applied to colleges this year. I cannot now remember whether it is on the FAFSA or just the CSS profile that you can note things like this. I did go ahead and note our change in income, though I did receive advice not to do that until after my dd was accepted to college since our lower income might impact her admission chances. I was told it might be better to appeal FA after admission. In the end, I chose to just report it and hope that “need blind” schools wouldn’t axe her because of our income. She was accepted to a need blind school and has received fantastic financial aid. We just got her aid package today and were able to go ahead and place her enrollment deposit.
  25. My dd has always just spoken with the teacher, either before or after class, and made arrangements. As long as it is a rare absence, I’m thinking most teachers would be willing to accommodate it.
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