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  1. I'll ask if he has done that. Thanks! I think he was thinking he would need to finish more actual engineering classes first. I'll ask if he knew that he could start looking for opportunities as a freshman. He has looked at the tutoring and TA opportunities. I think he wants to work in the programming classes but I make sure he knows that he won't be shut out as a Freshman for research.
  2. In other thoughts, I'm wondering, RootAnn, if the honors college is worth applying to.
  3. Nevermind. I misunderstood something. Sometimes I wonder if he should have went to MS&T but he didn't want a bunch of debt which is smart. I do wonder if it would have been more challenging though.
  4. Honestly, I feel like I live on a different planet than even people on this board. Our culture is simply different up here in Alaska. I am often interested in what the rest of the world looks like but that is the problem with big Federal programs, they affect different regions in different ways, some positive and some negative. To give grants so that locals can structure things in a way that makes sense for their area is one thing but depending on how specific the proposal is and what hoops are needed to get the grant can make a huge difference on how it affects communities. Bottom up solutions (sometimes with Federal funds and sometimes not) are usually better. I guess I need to go actually read the proposal now.
  5. It does seem like UAH is easier then we expected. The price was right though. I was super surprised that they didn't have to do real lab reports. DS got well over 100% because he answered the honors college questions on the lab report form before he paid attention to the fact he didn't need to do them. He later did an extra lab with a report that wasn't required because the Physics teacher was going to use that to narrow down the pool of applicants for a tutor for future classes. He has an interview tomorrow. I reminded him that he needs to not get lazy doing Calc homework on the computer because it lets him redo the problem if he makes a mistake. Something he couldn't do when he took Calc 2 here last year. Everything was a paper quiz. It was so hard to train him to be careful and not make silly mistakes back in Algebra. He understood concepts fast but made silly mistakes so I provided incentives to make him pay attention. I hope he doesn't get lazy. I reminded him to try not to lose the skills he does have. Hopefully, things will ramp up soon. Your daughter is in honors so that is probably harder but I think my son's classes at his really low ranked school here in Alaska were actually harder so I'm not going to jump to conclusions. It depends on the teacher more than anything. Well, and if you are prepared for the specific class.
  6. Maybe, but they have the same issue with pay as the 9-5 people. My husband and I chose to work opposing shifts because once you have a few kids the cost of childcare can take most of a pay check so if we are only worried about making life easier on working parents financially than the vouchers make more sense. Although, I can see using your voucher at the school. In the pro side since, it is an optional grant, I can see school districts getting enough money to help maintain the building relieving pressure on local districts partially in one area. Helping the local school budget can be a good thing. The kids will just have to pay for it as adults since everything our gov't does is with debt.
  7. So are the ones that work odd hours. When my DH made a poverty level wage, I worked the closing shift at a restaurant since he had a day job. Many single moms worked that shift with me and having their children stay longer in school wouldn't help at all. Considering the number of retail jobs that pay low wages it seems that the majoority of really low wage workers wouldn't benefit. Restaurant, retail workers, fast food, any entertainment type jobs all require more workers on evenings and weekends. I'm not sure what I think of it still but it does seem like it would help a very narrow set of familys.
  8. Here I am thinking people without children should have way more time to cook! I know it's not always true but certainly more so than the reverse!
  9. This was me. I don't know how much of it was I was an introvert and how much of it was I was an outcast with no friends. Sitting alone at home is less humiliating than sitting in a crowded school alone. I also have difficulty concentrating with noise so I wouldn't even be able to read. It would be like extending torture that many more hours. I have a son though that would be super happy to have kids to play tag with for hours after school. He would love it. I also know that there are kids out there where every minute away from home is a good thing and it has nothing to do with money. I don't know what I think of this bill. I believe some families could use help but normalizing kids being gone from home so long is sad. I also would rather see families not stretched so thin and part of that would be fixing the health care system and providing a reasonably affordable public university education.
  10. My 12 year old wants to learn German. He has been working away at Duolingo but I'm looking for someone fluent to teach him actual conversation, etc. I will not be learning with him as I do not know the language at all, would probably mess him up, and definitly slow him down. Grammar excercises are easy enough to do out of a book. What I want is more tutoring especially for speaking. Has anyone used Berlitz before as an online program? I see past threads about books and such but I'm more interested in tutoring or an online program he can work on without me.
  11. Yes son did both Western Civ tests, macroecon, biology, and he decided to do Chem too to save time after getting to his school. The Western Civ courses required an essay test administered by the history department at his school for credit. They were just essay response type questions. Prep- his regular high school education and classes were plenty to get his scores.
  12. I'm working on my own abilities as a writing teacher. I outsourced my older child's writing instruction but my daughter struggles even with other teachers. I'm not the best writer but I may be the best option she has currently. I hope that changes if I can help her out this year. My daughter and I were discussing her problem with an upcoming paper when I realized that what she was looking for was a rubric. Duh! She immediately agreed. So as I try to reform myself I thought I'd start a thread on what skills the best writing teachers have. Remind me of those things that a good writing teacher does. These are the things writing teachers need of which I was recently reminded : Clearly stated standards and goals for assignments A focus on the process and how to guide student to accomplish the next step
  13. Honestly, just adding Great Course lectures or just good books will beef things up. You don't have to read all of them nor do you have to always read a narration from him on the book. I've found the cheapest way to get Great Courses is through audible, where I use my audible credit (that I get for paying 14.95 a month) to purchase them. I have also found some at my library. If he has no learning disabilities and seems to do well with academics but you want to get him that Grammar component you can try Analytical Grammar. It starts with naming nouns and articles and moves from there. It was developed by a teacher who taught when schools didn't have grammar as part of their curriculum. The teacher realized she had to teach it all in one year because no one else would. It is written for a high school audience so might be a better match than the 3rd grade curriculum. Some might say it was overkill though but I actually learned a lot from doing it. I went to school in the same state and time period that the teacher devolped the program in. He might be able to do it on his own although cost may be an issue. I haven't looked at it in awhile.
  14. Many times kids don't have direction or know what to do. With my daughter I brainstormed some ideas for her to pursue: a technical class at the nearby tech high school, college class in music, part time job, volunteer work. I made a list of available ideas and told her the only choice she didn't have was nothing. She had to choose something. She was not required to stick with it for life, just to try it. I would probably pursue something similar with your son. They don't have to cost a lot. Learning through volunteer work or a paid job, free online courses or MOOCS, or community events are options. Sometimes other adults are willing to teach skills they know or maybe your husband or another family member would be willing to show him different things. I think it is important for teens to stretch their wings and do things without mom sometimes. This is especially important considering you have your hands full.
  15. Every girl I know would love a nice looking journal or sketchbook and fancy pens. Boys are harder. Other than flashlights (the bendy ones look great) everything I can think costs more. Other than food. My boys get treats in their stockings that I usually won't spend money on but I doubt you are looking for food.
  16. According to the calculator posted my family of 6 needs more here in Alaska than my previous home in the Seattle area. The difference is people in Washington have a variety of in state educational opportunities. I'm not thrilled with our Governor right now who wanted to slash the school budget 41%. I meant to not rant but.....arghhhhh.
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  18. If I remember right your daughter is strong on English to begin with though, correct? My mathy son improved a lot when we went through the English book. We didn't work so much on math other than practice tests to improve speed and accuracy under pressure since he knew the material. My next child is a natural English Child but has to somehow do ok at least on the math, somehow. Fun times. 🙂
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  20. Regarding your linked articles Francis, It is interesting that Linfield's answer to falling enrollment is to raise tuition prices. Usually, you would lower prices to meet demand. Although, some of it is population based so a smaller Gen Z population isn't going to consume as much college regardless. I do think that more people would attend though if it were financially in reach without mortgaging your life away.
  21. Oops, I answered your other question in a way you didn't intend I think. We actually weren't completely full pay so I can't answer where the cut off is. Our EFC was ONLY 20k-30k per year. ROTFL. I guess we are still needy. I think number of dependents and savings affects it also so it isn't as simple as just "income".
  22. My husband and I looked at moving to the South recently to a low cost of living area. We didn't, for one thing we have 6 aging parents and 2 handicapped brothers who will need help in the future among other reasons, but if we did we realized that if we had the exact same income as we do here and lived a similar lifestyle we could put 20% of our income towards a kid's education! We wouldn't be changing vehicles, housing size, entertainment, nothing just moving to a lower cost of living area. There just can't be a fair EFC with such variety in cost of living for one thing. Also, not just the number of kids but how spread out they are. Have 5 kids, one every 4 years and for 20 years you can contribute $0 to your retirement. 20 years is a long time to not contribute to retirement. I think we could pull it off if we lived in the lowest cost of living areas and kept our current EFC and income but anywhere else and it quickly becomes impossible.
  23. Although I can't help but think of the second wedding I went to last summer where the entire second pew had a phone or Ipad up in the air during the ceremony, I don't think this would be you because you seem considerate. I doubt you'd step out in the aisle and block the professional photographer from getting the bride and groom being presented or something like that. It may be your niece or nephew might appreciate your pictures if you are being considerate. If they don't ask you to do otherwise I don't see why you shouldn't bring your camera. You already stated you would follow the request if asked. A lot of rules get made because there are people who just don't seem able to think about how they are affecting others around them or don't care. Phone use during driving, destruction of farmer's fields due to selfie takers, heck I thought I was going to get trampled last times I was in the lower 48 due to a group stopping point blank smack dab in the middle of traffic as a train car emptied. There was no where for traffic to go since the people wanting on were lining the sides, and I was literally being shoved from behind while the phone people had no clue they were affecting 70-80 people. Just clueless that they should step away from the doors and move to a wall before stopping and checking their phone. People who have little self control or thoughtfulness for others inspire other people to want to make rules.
  24. The last few weddings I have been to it was the older generations who couldn't seem to control their phone use.
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