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Kris in Wis

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  1. I've been a member of this community for many years, but have been "away" for awhile. Previously, I posted fairly frequently, especially on the high school board. I want to post to the "For Sale" board, but it won't let me. :confused1: I tried contacting the webmaster but have gotten no reply. Can anyone advise? Many thanks!
  2. Been away from the boards for awhile, and with little time to search, was just wondering about Teaching Textbooks Pre-Calc. Anyone used it? Wondering if it would work for my student, who is good at math but not terribly fond of it. He just finished Saxon Algebra II, but doesn't want any more Saxon. Would love to hear from users, both positive and negative impressions of the program. Thanks!
  3. Yes, you CAN get merit aid with no AP. My oldest three had pretty good merit scholarships, the first child was a National Merit winner. Test scores DO matter (unfortunately, for children who don't test extremely well). The kids are paying back their own loans. With refinancing post-college, you can get lower rates than you start with. Still, I don't like the kids taking out loans for college, and would be thrilled with a full-ride scholarship from any school. Maybe those are more likely with AP behind the student . . . ? In any case, thank you all for posting. It helps to hear fro
  4. You are right about that! The "center" used to be considered somehow less than college caliber, but no longer. Some of the advantages of this route are smaller, more personal classes, the same academic standards (or higher) as the 4-yr. state Universities. They have to be, in order to be sufficient for the many students who transfer from the 2-year to 4-year campuses. She won't have any problem transferring to a private Christian college. But make sure you check if that college will accept all her credits. The private schools my 3 oldest went to took all the credits they earned from t
  5. You have to have your course approved before taking the test? You can't just teach whatever you want and then just sign up for the test? Not clear what you mean by "Getting a course approve".
  6. I would like to get some input from moms whose homeschooled children want to go to college, but do not aspire to "top tier" colleges and universities. Especially those who choose to go the high school route WITHOUT AP exams. I've already learned about the advantages of prepping for and taking AP tests, but what about CLEP instead? Or, what about those who homeschool and maybe have their students take a college course (dual credit) or two during their high school home school? Or, homeschooling with a rigorous and challenging curriculum, being involved extracurricularly and with the
  7. When I said my children did CC classes which transferred, I should have clarified. We do NOT have community colleges in our region. Our children took courses at the local branch of our state university. There was no doubt whatsoever that these were challenging college courses. The credits transferred, and, in addition, my children were all able to test out (for credit!) of the next level in several disciplines. Also, both my college graduates finished their degrees in 4 years, with no summer school. One child was a double major; the other majored and minored. While they may not have attend
  8. Thanks for your words of counsel! I'm torn, because I truly believe that an education should be more than just about "getting a job." Yet that is a very important consideration! There is no doubt in my mind that my daughter is learning and being enriched by her college experience, and it was her choice to pursue her education there. It's just that I see so many kids these days graduating and then having nowhere to go, ending up with a bunch of loans to pay off and working a minimum wage job somewhere. They have the abilities to do more, but the work just isn't out there in this econom
  9. There is much talk of AP courses on this board, and it sounds like many people are having their students take them. My question is, is it possible to do AP level courses at home, and subsequently test? If so, how does one go about that? In our previous experience, none of my older children enrolled in public high school AP classes, but did take courses at our local CC, which then transferred credits to their colleges. Not only that, but the content of many of their homeschool courses, history and literature especially, were of the caliber of many college courses. I wonder why the emph
  10. I'm logically challenged, but would you say "symbolic" logic is sort of math-oriented, while "linguistic" logic would be for more language/communication oriented people? Thanks for the help!
  11. My son has done Fallacy Detective and Thinking Toolbox. I want to give him something to build on that. Oldest son did Introductory and Intermediate Logic and actually liked them. Two middle children (girls) could not get either Intro. or Tradit., so I just dropped them with the girls. Last child needs SOMEthing, I think, and since I own both the above-mentioned curricula, I thought I'd do one of those. But I have read of other, newer programs out there that might be a better fit. Can anyone advise? FWIW, this child is totally different than son #1. High energy, verbal, but not very
  12. Good advice, Gwen. She is doing just that - she is in her 2nd year serving as a Christian camp counselor over the summer. Her last year of high school she team-taught martial arts to children ages 6-12. During the school year she will be a French tutor on campus. I'm getting the feeling she's leaning toward some kind of ministry/mission work. All of the things you mention she (and my other children) have done, but somehow things have not worked out the way they planned. We spent a great deal of time in high school discussing and working on career planning, goal-setting and practical l
  13. Hi, DD will be a college sophomore at a private liberal arts college. She began with interests in animal science, languages, and religion, but hasn't chosen her major yet. DH and I want to encourage her, but after experience with our older children choosing a few not-too-practical majors (and having difficulty finding satisfying work), we want to try to help her focus on something that she will not only enjoy, but that will also enable her to earn a living. How do you encourage a young person without coming across as critical or interfering? How do you get them to think practical
  14. Thanks Lori! Your answer was just what I was looking for. Would you say the text is sufficient as a high school level "spine" book? We do a LOT of reading from other sources, so I'm really only in need of a basic spine. Thanks again for your thorough analysis! I will check out the samples today.
  15. My son is considering some CLEP tests over the next couple years (he's 15 now). He LOVES history and that is one subject he would like to CLEP. Can anyone recommend something comprehensive and CLEP-appropriate to read and/or study from? Also, English and/or Writing. He'd like to avoid Freshman English at college, like my daughter did. Thanks!
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