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  1. Does anyone know the difference between the workbook and the textbook of the Amsco book, Vocabulary for the College-Bound Student? I can't seem to find out how the two differ. Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer.
  2. Did you ever report how your geometry study went? I'd love to hear.
  3. ...that is humorous out of the ones that I have read (I've read all but Same Kind of Different) is The Help, but it might appeal more to feminine tastes since all the well-developed characters are female. If he wants humor, though, The Help would have to be the one. It's light, easy reading, hilarious in points, and it captures a bit of the South as it was in the 1950s and 1960s. Leif Enger's book is good. In contrast to The Help, it is filled with male characters. Although the author is from Minnesota, the work has a slight resemblance to works by the Southern "grotesque" authors like Flannery O'Connor, but it's also been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird with a young boy as protagonist. If your son isn't convinced that he needs to read something humorous, I'd recommend he choose Peace Like a River. It's a significant book, easy to read, redemptive, and he'll remember it. Night is good, but so dark and depressing, even though it does show the resilience of the human soul. I don't think The Color of Water is as enduring a work of literature/autobiography as Enger's book will prove to be. Can he sit by the pool and read as if he were reading for the sheer pleasure of doing it?
  4. don't like to award aid for room and board expenses is that that money is then taxable for the student. So, if you were to receive a scholarship that covered the room and board costs, the federal (and state) government can each take a bite out of your income, and the college is just giving away money to the government. In the end, you're still left with a bill for room and board. When you think about it, it's reasonable that a person provides for his own room and board. The Financial Aid office may be open to a hardship waiver if you can find housing for a lot less by living off campus. I would advise working as many hours as you can this summer to help pay for your room and board in the year to come. Often you can work part time during school, too. I know students working three part-time jobs in the summer to try to avoid taking on those huge debt loads. It's worth pounding the pavement in earnest to avoid debt, and the more you work in the summer, the less distraction you'll have by having to work during the school year, though many students also have to do that, too. Blessings to you as you try to figure out how to make this all work. It's incredibly challenging. From the IRS publication for students at http://www.irs.gov/individuals/students/article/0,,id=96674,00.html Taxable Scholarships and Fellowships If you received a scholarship or fellowship, all or part of it may be taxable, even if you did not receive a Form W-2. Generally, the entire amount is taxable if you are not a candidate for a degree. If you are a candidate for a degree, you generally can exclude from income that part of the grant used for: Tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance, or Fees, books, supplies, and equipment required for your courses. You cannot exclude from income any part of the grant used for other purposes, such as room and board.
  5. ...in reading this article about the very young Portland Trail Blazers interim coach and his path to this position. He's done some pretty great things already with the team which had been losing consistently. He says that his path to becoming interim head coach was through videography. http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2012/03/kaleb_canales_takes_charge_of_trail_blazers.html
  6. ...the application forms seem to require graduation from the local high school. Many years ago when oldest dd was a senior, she contacted the sponsors of some of those local scholarships to ask if she could submit an application since she was graduating from our homeschool, a legal alternative form of education in our state. All the agencies she contacted said yes, and she won two of those local scholarships. The rest of my children have all won at least two local scholarships during their senior year of high school. Our community is very supportive of education, and they recognize the achievements of homeschooled students as well as private- and public-schooled students. And, yes, Lisa, homeschooled students qualify for excellent scholarships from colleges as well as from local sponsors. I don't think there is any disadvantage in competing for scholarships for well-qualified (good test scores, extra-curricular achievements, and active community service) homeschooled students.
  7. ...I would try another approach. One of the ways that schools evaluate credits is by the textbook used. If a publisher considers its textbook to be a full-year high school course, the college will usually accept the publisher's evaluation of the text. You might ask if the admissions folks need documentation from the publisher that each text is a full-year course. Accrediting agents like NARHS accept a course as a one-credit course if the student has completed a textbook the publisher considers to be a one-school-year high school course. Hth
  8. ...about how you transfer an inherited IRA. If it is not done exactly right, you can find yourself owing taxes on the entire amount rather than being able to take distributions over your own life expectancy.
  9. ...has two courses that work well for appreciation/history rather than performance courses in musical theatre and opera. My children enjoyed these. Great American Music: Broadway Musicals and How to Listen to and Understand Opera Attending some live performances and adding written assignments makes these courses worth ½ credit each. We also have enjoyed the History of European Art course from Teaching Company. Add visits to museums to see the works in person, written work, and you would have a good art history/appreciation course. I have a student who loves architecture, and though he is a little younger, we are working through The Annotated Arch by Carol Strickland (ISBN 0740710249). With the addition of some written assignments and observations of local architecture, that book would also make a fine art course for a non-artsy student. Hth
  10. ...is that we finally broke down and added a texting plan to our cell phones. Being able to text his siblings who are away at college helps them all to remain close despite the great distance. They text short messages almost every day and usually multiple times, and he does the same. They are just as close now as they were when they were all at home. We also enrolled him in a single class at the local private school where he also plays a varsity sport, and he has developed lots of friends among the students there. These two things have helped ease the pain of missing his siblings. There was a period of transition, but things are great for my youngest now at the end of the second year of being the one left at home. Hth
  11. ...on a transcript, I suggest defining what makes an Honors course clearly on your child's transcript. A clear definition removes questions about the Honors designation. I defined Honors courses as courses that met several different standards I thought were reasonable (college textbooks, more than 1,000 pages of reading, cumulative final exams, etc.), and I clearly listed those standards on my dc's transcripts. When we define our terms, college admissions personnel or scholarship committees can accurately evaluate our children's work. If their definition of an Honors course differs from ours, they can remove the Honors designation in their own assessment of the student, and if they agree that our definition is a reasonable one, our children will gain the credit for the Honors course that they might have missed if we had not defined the term Honors. It's a no-risk solution to a potential problem.
  12. ...all the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems books along with 6A and 6B? My student is also a 6th grader, and he has completed all of 5B, 6A, and 6B this year, including all the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems books. The reason I ask is I'm wondering if NEM 1 would still be too hard for him next year in 7th grade, given his mastery of those tough, tough Intensive Practice and CWP books. I don't think he's quite ready for Foerster's Algebra I, which is what I used with all my children for Algebra. I'd rather wait a year until he's in 8th grade to begin that. I could use BJU Pre-algebra, which I think is an excellent textbook, but I really want to keep him thinking mathematically in that wonderful Singapore math way. Any further thoughts or advice? Anyone else?
  13. ...for 7th grade in the Singapore series? I have a student finishing up the sixth grade level of the primary math series, but I'm not sure what to do next.
  14. dc #1 Latin and Greek dc #2 Latin and Greek dc #3 Latin and German dc #4 Latin and Spanish dc #5 Latin and Spanish
  15. ...a cross-town arrangement in which UD students can enroll in ROTC at University of North Texas. One of my former students is in the program now, and he really likes it a lot. http://www.unt.edu/majors/urotc.htm
  16. Tracie, I am she. I'm glad you asked because it gives me the chance to explain what I do for SO. All of my children have taken classes through Scholars Online throughout their high school years to supplement what I was able to teach them myself at home. Four of them went on to college and/or graduate school with excellent scholarships, a circumstance for which I give much credit to the education they received in SO classes. My youngest child is still taking classes as he works his way toward graduation. A few years ago I volunteered to help other parents like myself determine whether a SO class was a good fit for their needs since I was familiar with so many of the courses. I am not an employee or a beneficiary of any kind, but simply a parent who has seen five kids and numerous other friends and acquaintances work their way through a variety of Scholars Online classes and who volunteered to give my time to answer other parents' questions as they make decisions about how to meet their own children's specific needs. I answer emails on my own time and without remuneration. I remember the agonizing decision-making process I went through the summer before my oldest began high school when I had so little time and several younger children to educate, too, and I wanted to be available to help others from my own experience. So, yes, I answer questions by email and phone, but I am merely a very satisfied parent with lots of experience with SO classes who has a little more time to help others now that my own children have almost all graduated from our lifelong home school. Being a nearly-retired homeschool mom, I did not want to retire from the homeschooling community; I believe in what we are doing! (I'm glad you have found my email answers prompt. I try to set aside a time to answer questions once a day. I fit answering mail into my busy life which involves teaching small homeschool classes in my own neighborhood. I'm just as busy now that I'm almost 'retired' as I was when my children were little!)
  17. Tracie, the astronomy labs in the Scholars Online Astronomy class are optional. The student can do them if he or she wants to list the course as a lab course, or not do them if a lab science credit is not necessary. Dr. Christe leaves the due date for labs open through the summer to allow time for the different planets, etc. to become visible. One of the students in my local high school science classes took Dr. Christe's Astronomy class in her senior year and loved it. I can't remember if she did the class as a lab class or not. While my dc have not taken that class (no time in the schedule!), they really learned a lot from Dr. Christe's AP Physics and Chemistry courses. I'm sure Dr. Christe would be willing to answer any specific questions about the labs or the course. The first time I met her was when my then-high-school kids who were taking classes through Scholars Online hosted a gathering of SO students and teachers from around the country at our house. Dr. Christe arrived with a portable telescope strapped over her shoulder which we set up for a private star gazing party just after dusk. The students were entranced by the impromptu lesson!
  18. ...to get a gold medal. I think you can miss three or four questions usually to still earn the gold. So, encourage your dd that the results on those practice tests put her very near if not on the mark. I have a couple of sixth graders taking the Intro test, and I'm nervous for them, too!
  19. is in the time saved going over my children's work. That made it well worth having a TE. I've only used the Solutions Manual when both my dc and I are stuck, and usually one of us has a clue where to go in a problem. If things start to get fuzzy for you at factoring polynomials and quadratic equations, you might consider getting some kind of answer key. Those concepts are covered early in the course: Chapters 5 and 6 out of 14. :001_smile:
  20. ...that though the College Board is advertising to students that you can choose which scores to send to colleges, the colleges may have access to your other scores, too. So, a student can choose which colleges to report scores to after the test date, but he or she may not be able to choose which scores they see, even though the College Board's new "Score Choice" program makes it sound like you can. If the college's admission policy requires access to all scores, they will see all scores. See this article: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/01/07/scorechoice
  21. All of the Foerster's editions are compatible with the exception in early edition(s) of a chapter on Basic computer language. You can make do with mixing editions if you must. Here is the list of the ISBNs I have on file for all of the Foerster's Algebra I editions. If anyone knows the ISBNs of the missing Solutions Manuals, I would appreciate you sharing them. Foerster's Algebra I Teacher's Edition: 1998/9 ("Classic Edition") - 0201324598 1994 - 0201860953 1990 - 0201250748 1984 - 0201202433 Solutions Manual: 1998/9 -0201861003 1994 - 1990 - 1984 - 0201202441 Student Text: 1998/9 - 020132458X 1994 - 0201860945 1990 - 020125073X 1984 - 0201202425 hth
  22. ...for my dd who is a musical theatre/vocal performance major. That field is really competitive, and it's tough to get into a good program, so she applied to seven different schools. The others were pretty sure they would get into the two schools they wanted to attend, so they kept the applications to just those two. Senior year was a lot more stressful for my musical theatre major. With auditions at seven schools plus all those applications (and high school musical theatre performances), that was a very stressful year.
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