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  1. FWIW, I have not taught math to any of my homeschoolers past the elementary years and am somewhat surprised (and impressed) to read all these posts from people teaching themselves math. I am good at identifying curriculum and finding additional help if needed (which has only been the case for one daughter so far.) My second daughter graduated with an electrical engineering degree last year and youngest is solid in her precalc as a high school junior. I mean, you can certainly teach yourself math and that it valuable and admirable, but it’s not strictly necessary for homeschooling.
  2. Yeah, if she has not looked at what he did, that’s the first thing I would do.
  3. In that case, I would almost certainly leave the middle school courses off your older son’s transcript 🙂 He has plenty of English credits and listing the others will look like padding (if I am understanding the conversation correctly, which I very well may not! 🙂 )
  4. You've gotten a lot of good advice. I'll add a bit. As far as colleges (generally, not at every school, but certainly at more selective schools), it's important to show increasing difficulty in course content through the years. Your plan to stick with the "8th grade level" course and then test into 10th grade level would likely be fine. It would show progression. Even going into the 9th grade course after that would likely be fine, for most schools. It's important that your son learns to write, so whatever course fits his need is the course I would do. On the other topic, I will agre
  5. Oh! Well, wishing her the best of luck! The Class of '20 got a good bit of attention for the things they missed (and I have a '20 college grad, so totally get it), but I tend to think Class of '21 is getting a worse deal, in most parts of the country anyway. I'm even stressing a bit about my '22 grad, who has a personality that really needs to see places to get her mind wrapped around differences. I guess we may try some summer visits/walkarounds, depending on...various things. EA apps are going to hit fast in the fall, and fall is a terrible time from our location as far as visits.
  6. How did it go? I'm getting here late. My daughter did a few online interviews because of our distance geographically from schools. Never a full scholarship weekend online though! That is next level for sure 🙂
  7. Ah! As far as that sort of thing, my philosophy is to do it if it is affordable and meets a need/desire for the student as far as interests/passions. I would not do it if it's simply to impress a future college admissions panel. It's unlikely to be useful as far as that goes.
  8. Ah, is that the cousin that was creating the math angst recently? SIL sounds like someone you might need to tune out a bit. 🙂 Younger brother does seem to be a curious sort and his love for his brother is super sweet. In that case, I am not sure he really needs a reason why that school would not work out for older brother. It can just come down to a vague, "Brother needs a different kind of school", possibly naming a reason the other school is better for him (sports? better high school prep?) All that to say, I'd tend to simplify the answer and likely not be concerned about providing
  9. Not sure if you mean actual courses or camps. One of mine did a marine biology camp at Texas A&M Galveston. I think it was great, though she was not really in a good headspace for it (boyfriend back home). A&M had a lot of great programs, if I remember correctly. There MAY be high school credit available for some, not sure. Another daughter did an actual summer class at our local university, Calc 2. It was fine, just a faster moving version of a regular semester class.
  10. If it's the schools playing up the academic exclusivity, and the kids were buying into that, I'd probably have a discussion about marketing with them 🙂 It would be useful to look past the hard sell and list out the specific advantages and disadvantages of the schools. I'm not sure we ever specifically discussed intellectual variance here. My daughters participated in a wide variety of activities, and it becomes evident in the course of that that people have different skills/interests/drives. I have one that tends to downplay her intelligence because she does not want increased responsibil
  11. Isn't that so crazy that she would be super-selective STAMPS finalist at Tech and deferred at UGA? Shows you how bizarre this process can be!! Congrats to your girl and good luck on the final outcome of Stamps at Tech. It's an awesome program. My daughter went through the process and was awarded the scholarship a few years ago, though ultimately attended elsewhere.
  12. The more selective schools do this for most. It may or may not mean anything, but is a frequent topic of speculation on College Confidential 🙂
  13. When we lived on the Navajo reservation, “first laugh” parties were a tradition. The person who made the baby laugh the first time was supposed to throw the party. 🙂
  14. That has been my consistent experience with people from Chicago. Not necessarily the lack of curiosity about other places, but certainly the confidence that Chicago is the best place to be. And actually that is something I see in a lot of Minnesotans too, though they do it with more humility 🙂
  15. Thank you. She is doing fantastic now, six years out, but it has been a long road. I will never forget her eyes during that time...they looked dead. I truly did not think she would ultimately survive this. The assistance we received in identifying resources was shockingly minimal, as much as I was searching, reaching out, begging. It became a more than full time job for me, and luckily we had a situation where I could drop most things to fight this battle. Providers are few; excellent research-based practice is the needle in a haystack. It’s a shockingly common problem with few readily availab
  16. Sure, you can try the ER. If you have a person willing to go though, it would be more effective to call to various treatment centers abt beds and go directly. It’s unlikely the ER will be useful (again, unless there has been an actual attempt and a physical medical issue is occurring) and will possibly be traumatizing. But, yes, professionals will always say call 911, primarily for their own liability purposes.
  17. Absolutely, but the truth is that if an actual attempt has not been made, it is highly unlikely they will be held, even if they are personally asking for help, unless by some miracle a bed is open somewhere. It’s more effective to go the voluntary route, but it does not sound like that applies in the OP’s situation. Have sat in the ER more than once with my daughter, and she has gone alone as well, when she was in another city and felt vulnerable. This has been a long road to health. Recently, a friend took her suicidal 13 year old to the ER, and was sent home without even a referr
  18. It sounds to me that they are simply warning that homeschoolers should be following the laws in their individual states.
  19. FWIW, the treatment center that my daughter was at is a well known one in the Chicago area. The bulk of her care occurred in the Seattle area. I talk to people from all of the country and am not aware of a single place where quality psych care is available promptly or where the ER efficiently helps suicidal people.
  20. Had my second Pfizer dose Thursday. No reaction to first dose, super tired and headachy the day after the second dose. I *think it was vax related, but I broke my ankle and had surgery the previous week, so energy levels have gone up and down. Plus visited the dentist and started Invisalign the day of the vax, so headache could have been from moving teeth. Regardless, fine two days later. 🙂 Big bruise on my arm from the vax. The staff giving the injections are not people that normally do this as part of their job, but were trained for this specific situation. She was wiping off something that
  21. My experience is as the parent of someone who spent time on a ventilator and a few months in residential treatment after a suicide attempt (and is doing great now). Spent several years navigating the system through mini and major crises. Unless there's an immediate medical threat, it's really unlikely 911 or even a visit to the ER is going to be useful. There tends to be a lack of open beds even if an immediate psych need is identified, and ERs are rarely helpful as far as identifying ongoing help. Frankly, even inpatient psych units are rarely helpful in identifying specific ongoing reso
  22. I grew up in Atlanta, went to college in Minneapolis, spent several years in New Mexico and on a reservation in Arizona, a couple years in DC, a good bit of time in Mississippi, Washington, Oklahoma, and New Jersey (longer than a vacation), and the last couple decades in the Far North :-) Have traveled to all but 2 states. Interesting to read everyone's perspectives! My impression is that everywhere I go, people are people are people. Some chatty, some not. If you came here (or to Atlanta in the 70s-80s) and ran into my husband out and about, he'd go out of his way to avoid you. If you ra
  23. Investigate functional neurological disorder. It can manifest with multiple physical symptoms, and falling is one. It’s typically diagnosed by ruling everything else out, so you need to get the full Neuro workup. It can be tough to find good treatment, but I have recommendations if this turns out to be your situation.
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