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  1. With Kolbe, if you do the distance learning approach, you can skip all Catholic content if you want to. I did that with one child who was in a very anti-religion phase of her life. The other was fine with online classes.
  2. Second acceptance for our youngest: Concordia University in Montreal, Biology major. no financial incentive, but at 3K a year, they're not needed. ?
  3. We're expecting the same again this time around, as my daughter didn't submit to McGill early enough. At least we know !
  4. How about Lingua Latina, which she could read through (first book would be pretty quick given her current knowledge of Latin, second book is where she would be challenged). The goal of Lingua Latina is to become fluent in reading, without having to translate all the time. This would totally prepare her for AP Latin.
  5. Thanks Ethel! Nice to see you're still around! There are still people here who remember me :)
  6. Also odd is that she was turned down for the French Immersion program due to the lack of French on her transcript. We're native French speakers, doh.
  7. My youngest: U of Ottawa (Canada) Honours Health Sciences, with merit-based scholarship Funny thing, we're French speakers, most of her education has been in French. However transcript came from American school. She had applied to the French Immersion option but was turned down as it was reserved for people with extensive French knowledget already. LOL. She's a native French speaker :) So she has to ask nicely if they would reconsider. All her homeschooling has been done bilingually and she wants to keep doing that.
  8. I haven't posted on this board in ages but I wanted to share that our youngest daughter got her first acceptance letter today: UOttawa, Honours Health Sciences with (unasked for) merit-based scholarship due to her outstanding grades. Also a refusal from UOttawa in nursing due to low grades (honestly they ask for 65%! Her GPA is 3.8/4) We're a bit puzzled by that one. 3 more colleges to come in.
  9. We're also with Kolbe Academy - Online. And my daughter also has Mr. Frey. He's a top notch Biology teacher. Both my kids had him and both praised him highly. Almost all of the Kolbe teaching staff have been fantastic in their own way but it is highly dependent on your kid too. For example both my kids loved Mrs Powers in Geometry but I know other kids who were terrified of her (because she was demanding in her proofs? ) I've been very very pleased with Kolbe Academy. They do teach from a Catholic point of view as is expected of a Catholic school. That means science is in line with what will be found in all major universities. Cleo
  10. I evaluated the course from Berkeley last year as it was offered on EdX platform. (my after-homeschooling life is educating teachers about computational thinking) I found it absolutely fantastic! I did not finish the course myself because you do need to build your portfolio but I was getting nothing myself from those exercises (I have 30+ years of programming and computer science experience) but you still need to do the exercises so at one point I gave up. I did approximately 2/3 of the first semester, enough to see how the course is organised . Unfortunately on EdX, it has been archived and isn't accessible anymore. Cleo
  11. Kolbe never requires a student to be on webcam/video. Audio yes, video never that I've seen. And we've taken many many classes
  12. My eldest graduated from Kolbe not quite 2 years ago, just as the online academy started. My youngest will graduate next year. The courses are all pretty rigorous, lots of work. My youngest can only deal with 4 online classes. At 5 classes she has issues dealing with the workload.But that's her. My eldest was fine with 5 classes. I know kids who handle 7 although I'm not sure how well they're doing. Those online classes are a lot of reading and a lot of work! Eldest did AP Calculus and AP Biology and got 5s on both exams. Youngest is just starting with APs so no result yet. Teachers that we loved: Mrs Powers in Geometry, Dr Trasancos in Chemistry and Physics, Dr Frey in AP Biology. Mr Schultz in Theology. Mr Hasler in Literature. There has been one teacher that eldest child disliked but that teacher is no longer with the online academy. As a classroom teacher she was most likely fine but she didn't adjust well to the online environment. Teachers are readily available by email, and hold regular office hours for extra hand holding. I've had no complaint about any of the teachers regarding their availability.
  13. Kolbe Academy also offers it. It's Catholic and fully in line with mainstream science. You'll have a prayer to start each class, and the rest is pure biology science. http://kolbe.org/courses/online/courses/high-school/online-science-courses/wcs-bio-ap You'll have a book called Chance or Purpose? to read over the Christmas vacation. (my eldest didn't even read it and scored a 5 on the AP exam, and got an A in the class )
  14. https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-computer-science-mitx-6-00-1x-9 This one starts in January. Also get him a Raspberry Pi (cheaper than his own computer, and more forgiving) Linux class here: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-linux-linuxfoundationx-lfs101x-0
  15. Quite a few of you have asked for the info in PM, so I'll post this once here for everyone. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/john-cole/spy-v-spi-robot-missions-code-capture-defend
  16. Nope. Which is why we switched to English. Although I do have Liber Primus and Secundus (and teacher material) here. Otherwise we took the CNED latin classes but there's only 2 years being offered.
  17. I've learned and taught Latin from French books and English books (both American and UK) The two approaches are apples and oranges. Since French has many of the same notions as Latin (gender, adjective-noun agreement, extensive verb conjugation....) the order in which notions are seen are totally different. And as France is a country that was/is heavily influenced by Roman culture, that aspect is in all years of Latin. One example is that the first year of Latin I did with a long distance school from Belgium had us translating The Gaelic Wars. First year. This was aimed at adults though, but the whole year was spent on that book. Knowledge of the tribes and geography was assumed (as if that helped me with the translations.. ah!)
  18. Youngest child took Chemistry this morning. She claimed it went well. We'll have to wait and see, of course, like everyone else. She now has two SAT Subject tests and one AP under her belt. Phew. Let's get 11th grade rolling! After the summer break of course
  19. Hey Laura! I don't come here as often as I used to. There was a time when I thought I would never be able to walk away from these boards. Almost like an addiction. Then Facebook and twitter came about. Oh man... Talk about time wasters. At least here, I used to learn stuff.
  20. There's another approach too. Matelot is an actual grade (or collection of grades) in the Navy, usually lower ranks. Marin is anyone in the Marine (Navy) French Marine has nothing to do with American Marines. It refers to the whole Navy. So if you're talking military, the terms have very fixed meanings. If you're talking civilian life, it's very fluid.
  21. The matelot would be subordinate to the marin. Although both are pretty generic terms. The marin would have more general knowledge about the sea than the matelot who is basically just a helping hand. Now, knowledge is all relative. To a sea expert, I'm a matelot. To my kids, I'm a marin. those terms are definitely not fixed! No exams to pass, and no officially controlled terms.
  22. Hey Nan, I sent you an email about a week ago, (maybe less) and didn't get an answer. Did you change email addresses? As for me, I'm already back in the workplace even though I still have a child at home. She's got 2 more years before she starts uni, but I managed to find a part time job I can do from home, so she can interrupt me any time she wants. I build robots :)
  23. When we did the application process, I purposefully listed that we had avoided any science book that was intermingled with religion. In our case, the university in question is strongly anti-YEC, and assumes all homeschoolers are YEC. While they will admit YEC people in their arts faculty, they do not admit them in the science faculty. So I made a point of distancing ourselves from this image of homeschoolers they had. All our science books were those used by Kolbe Academy. If you're not planning on taking the online classes, then you can have an entirely secular approach to science - the way science should be.
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