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Sherri in MI

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  1. Thank you! Your summary helps so much. I went from Trig to Math Analysis in high school, which only adds to the confusion for me. It's pretty obvious from my original post that I am not a "math person" despite understanding Math Analysis pretty well at the time, though I couldn't even tell you want it is now without looking it up. I just remember liking imaginary numbers. Very helpful, thanks.
  2. DS did Algebra 1 in 9th grade, Geometry in 10th, Algebra 2 in 11th grade. We've been using Teaching Textbooks and next in their sequence would be Pre-Calc. Shouldn't Trig be next? I took Trig in high school but never took pre calc. Is Pre-Calc just another word for Trig, depending on the curriculum provider? Or are they 2 very different subjects with specifics things to be covered? So, am I okay just having him do Pre-Calc next or should I be looking for a high school Trig course? DS is not a huge math fan. He does okay in it, but not a fan. Wouldn't do it if he didn't have to. Wants to major in Biology.
  3. My son is a rising senior and has completed Biology, Chemistry and Advanced Biology (Anatomy and Physiology) and we were considering Physics for next year, because that's the usual path for college bound students. He knows he wants to major in biology leading to an advanced degree and he wants to do some kind of research in biology for a profession, but he doesn't know what yet. He did not take the AP Biology Exam because I was woefully ignorant of the AP Program. I'm reconsidering Physics for next year and thinking instead of Advanced Chemistry or a college Bio course (dual enrollment) or a specialized high school bio course (if I can find one). But I know nothing about it. Not a science person. New to the world of dual enrollment. Didn't go to college the traditional route. Do colleges require high school Physics for admission? What biology classes can a high school student take at a local college without having to have prereqs. Is a college Biology 101 course going to be just a rehash of high school biology? Would greatly appreciate the hive's thoughts, opinions and advice.
  4. My 17 yo son (rising 12th grader) has a part time job since last September. I have such mixed feelings about it and wondered how other families handle it. How do college bound students keep up with their school work, get good grades and do extra-curriculars and prep for ACT/SAT and take dual enrollment courses, and pursue music, sports, etc and stay active at church and spend time with friends and have some fun. So, what about your teen & family. Do they/did they have a job? How did it impact your family? How did you make it work? What things did you or your teen give up? We've been giving up family time together on weeknights and Saturdays. This leads me to another question - do all college students work p/t and how do they pull it off and still keep up with school, extra-curriculars, and personal life? (I never went to college the traditional route).
  5. Congratulations! You did it! I will be in the same boat this time next year. I alternate between grief, dread, panic & joyful anticipation thinking about it. With everything you have happening at the same time, I can understand you feeling emotional!
  6. How are things going with your Mom? I realize this was a few months ago, but it caught my eye when I was doing a search for Alzheimer's. It sounds like some form of dementia, possibly to me. My Mom has Alzheimer's which manifested gradually with different kinds of paranoia over time, then got really bad. There were memory issues as well for my Mom, but she was very intelligent and really good at covering for a long time. She was not normally paranoid. She was only 69, when it became really bad and we noticed. But in retrospect, it had been happening gradually. It could be other things, as others have said, such as a UTI, vitamin deficiency, etc. When we found out, we also found out that my Mom hadn't been to the doctor for a few (3). Prior to that she was really good about going to the doctor and had a good relationship with her. In my opinion, it's important to inform her doctor of your concerns, see if you can get her in just for a "regular checkup", accompany her if you can. It's really important you or your siblings get involved so you know what's going on with her. Has she designated a medical and financial power of attorney? My Mom did not and to this day it is difficult and/or impossible to get her the help that she needs, though we did eventually get a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Early intervention is important, regardless of the cause. But do it gently. It's important to not undermine trust. A direct approach or trying to reason with her most likely will not work because she's not thinking right. Her reasoner is broke, whether it's temporary or not. My Mom went through multiple losses and financial stress before her paranoia (and delusions) got really bad. It didn't cause the dementia, but made it worse and provoked the worsening symptoms. The Alzheimer's Association has been very supportive and helpful. Many of their suggestions didn't work for us because we got involved too late and Mom's paranoia was too far gone. She is still in excellent physical shape and can still do many things on her own, but just doesn't think right, can't plan well, is forgetful and delusional (her former pastor is out to get her). I did notice that her paranoia and delusions have some tie, even if remote to her life history. Her former pastor was not very supportive during a crisis in her life when she went to him for help, now in her mind he is at the center of the conspiracy ring that has taken everything away from her. Best wishes to you and your family.

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    Sonlight Core 3 for Sale - 2006 version - Intro to American History Part 1. This corresponds to the current Core D, but differs in some respects. Includes IG and all books. Asking $250 + shipping.


  8. I had never heard of it until I happened upon it during a Google search. They also had a booth at the Cincinnati Convention, but I did not have the opportunity to visit it to speak with someone. I really wish I had. Here is a link to their webpage:
  9. I had explained to my son, then 4yo that blueberries contain antioxidants that help prevent cancer. Many weeks later he was eating blueberries. he held one up and said, "Look Mom, cancer pills!"
  10. While I wouldn't mind support for the academics, when I consider the CC fees and gas (it's an hour away), I could get academic support online for the same amount. I just thought it might be support for classical homeschooling & for taking academics seriously. Really, I'm not sure our current homeschool group is a good fit for us. There used to be a lot of boys his age, but I don't know what happened. He has moved up to jr high classes & some of his friends haven't. And sometimes his friends schedules outside of co-op don't fit ours with sports & stuff. It is an enrichment co-op, not academic, which is okay. But there is not a culture among the teen boys that encourages academic achievement or being smart. Not that my son is highly motivated or likes academics (tho' he does more than most boys his age I know), but I feel he needs to be in an environment that encourages that mindset, KWIM? I love the moms, I just fear his needs aren't being met, and I don't know where to turn. Ideally, I think my son would have done well in a small, classical private Christian school with small classes and an encouraging and accepting atmosphere with zero tolerance for bullying (social or otherwise). With staff that know & appreciate how special he is! :001_smile: Honestly don't know if such a place exists! We are in a somewhat rural area, which does limit our options. I'm a little discouraged.
  11. I'm sure it's worth it - but the cost is most definitely prohibitive for us! I'm really looking for a more academically oriented support group for my son.
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