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Everything posted by dmmetler

  1. We bought a simulator for DD because she needed to get past the "this is it, I'm going to die" stage and total panic before getting behind the wheel of the car. It was a few hundred dollars for the software and the steering wheel/pedals (purchased used on Ebay). She had memorized all the routes and obstacles of the thing before she was ready to start driving, and I do think it helped with the anxiety. There is special Ed driver's Ed training here, but it is extremely pricey and hard to get a place in. I would suggest, if you haven't done so, contact DRS and find out who they use.
  2. She is already doing several Spanish sessions a week with her HSA tutor. She is past their top level and just working on conversation, and I think they spent all summer bemoaning being unable to get in the field (her usual tutor is a grad student who works with sea turtles-and lost her summer field season) . She plays piano and is lukewarmly working on her senior recital, but is not confident that she can have it with an audience in person. She did an ensemble last year (after losing cheer due to an injury), but that isn't happening this year.
  3. I rather wish she hadn't already done the vast majority of her general Ed credits. The big problem is that what motivates DD is stuff that isn't possible due to COVID. She can't do fieldwork until Spring, and it is likely that labs will still need to limit people. She can't work in the lab because right now, even grad students are lucky to get the access they need. She can't do outreach and tabling-the events have been cancelled. She can't easily teach an in person class-social distancing is a concern. She already is teaching two classes online, and I think that will be the limit o
  4. It really is. I had expected it to just be too big for DD (and the football stadium is intimidating. I don't think DD will be going out for mascot if she ends up there!) but because of the way it is laid out, it doesn't feel nearly as large as it is. And Columbia is just plain a nice size college town. Big enough to have a lot there, but not huge.
  5. I got a 0 because I wouldn't consider any of those things worth the risk. We have done three college visit tours, with masks, distancing, and small groups (2 families for a departmental visit and one tour, just our family for the other two campuses). We get takeout or delivery fairly often, but I have been in a store only a handful of times since March. I do teach in person, with masks, a face shield, social distancing, and HEPA/UVC air purifiers. We have seen friends socially outside only.
  6. DD15 is graduating in May. She could easily have graduated last year, but due to housing requirements (or, at least, strong recommendations) and the unsaid hesitation of admissions officers, she wanted to graduate at 16 so she had more college options. This year was supposed to be heavy DE, getting lots of lab sciences and interesting classes that may not be offered in other parts of the country. Except that COVID happened. Interesting lab science classes and discussion based humanities are a lot less attractive online. We front loaded her high school schedule with the core classe
  7. We just did this for a college visit trip last week. We checked in Friday, the prior person had checked out Monday, and the house had been cleaned on Weds.
  8. Yang the Youngest and his terrible ear might work (youngest child in a musical, immigrant family, discovers that he really, really likes, and is talented at baseball. His best friend, who's father is the coach, discovers he likes violin. And both boys discover a lot of cultural differences and similarities). Sibling relationships are pretty positive. Also, About the B'nai Bagels is good -mom takes over as coach of the child's little league team (he is also working on his Bar Mitzvah). He's the younger sibling of a young adult brother, who helps with coaching.
  9. I have a high school senior. I really, really hope she will be able to reasonably go to college next fall. She is so ready emotionally and educationally for that step, and online from home is a step back. I think I could handle teaching with masks/socially distanced/online indefinitely, but she can't handle putting her life on hold for several more years.
  10. I have a high school senior. I really, really hope she will be able to reasonably go to college next fall. She is so ready emotionally and educationally for that step, and online from home is a step back. I think I could handle teaching with masks/socially distanced/online indefinitely, but she can't handle putting her life on hold for several more years.
  11. As often as needed for home classes. I kind of wish I had version tracking on the course description database our cover school uses, because the plan of study I put in at the beginning of the semester rarely even came close to matching the one at the end, especially those first few years (For example, we had quite a few years where I started out listing "Singapore Math 3A-B with IP and CWP" and ended up sounding like I was trying to create a new version of the 12 days of Christmas or something because I had so many books and levels listed in the effort to stay one step ahead (AoPS finally got
  12. We had "development names" for both our pregnancies that went past the first couple of weeks. I think it came from DH's software engineering background, where it is common for a project to have a name that is used in-house separate from the name that marketing will actually release it under. One of my co-workers actually thought we planned to name the baby the development name (For DD, it was "Cuddles") and was very relieved to discover that the name on the birth certificate was something totally different, and much more normal :).
  13. It's pretty well known that if you have autoimmune disorders, vaccines can trigger a flare. However, my specialist feels that it is worth the risk for me to stay up to date, do a flu shot yearly, etc-because illness will ALSO trigger autoimmune reactions, and at least when we do a vaccine, it is when everything else is stable, so I'm not dealing with a flare on top of a really bad flu or something like that.
  14. DD15 is now working on her applications and essays for competitive scholarships. She has a resume that probably would fit well into applications for research grants and fellowships, but just doesn't fit well into the high school forms. It's frustrating to spend 12 years helping your child follow their dreams outside of a box, only to have to then help them figure out how to fit back into one so that, hopefully, they'll get past the first round and actually get a chance to present themselves.
  15. Almost none, except for E-mail (and part of that is that I've e-mailed pretty much every elected official that is connected to me about something or other in the last few years). My deceased FIL, however, seems to have been on every pro-conservative mailing list, and apparently Florida was a major target, because we are getting at TON of mail addressed to him, even though even if he were still alive, the TN address would indicate that he is probably no longer a Florida voter...
  16. DD's top desired item was available, so that's sorted. I also found a good deal on an air purifier for my bedroom. I really think running one at work is helping my allergies and headaches.
  17. We went back over to campus and the downtown area later that evening. Downtown is very walkable from campus. We also noticed a lot of study groups, or maybe recitation sections, where about 10 students would be in a circle, out on the lawn, with their laptops and masks, doing assignments together. It was just plain nice-and, again, both seemed reasonably COVID safe but still having that group component of college life.
  18. Yes, exactly. @8filltheheartsuggested we might want to look at schools that are part of the STAMPS program. It's a lottery scholarship in a lot of ways, but it's a lottery that seems worth playing, especially since DD's resume is pretty impressive.
  19. We visited Mizzou today, both main campus and CAFNR (college of agriculture, food, and natural resources)-and DD has a new front runner. Mizzou made it on DD's list because they are known for having an excellent program in her area and are reasonably close and not too hard to get home from. Mizzou is a BIG, land grant tier 1 research school, NCAA Division I/SEC school in a relatively small college community. They have a medical school, vet school,and law school, plus a big undergrad campus. Having said that, the main undergrad campus is very contained and relatively easy to maneuv
  20. This year is a little odd because some of the schools that normally require ACT/SAT are allowing students to submit PSAT and PLAN (I think that's what it is called-the ACT equivalent) scores as part of their package. Usually this isn't for automatic scholarships, but to support GPA for admissions/scholarships. Some want an essay or interview beyond the usual requirements. I don't know how many of these changes will extend past the class of 2021, though.
  21. My DD’s school did not go pass/fail, and while professors were encouraged to be flexible, standards really didn’t change. If anything, classes got harder because in class discussions were replaced by essays and papers. DD’s math professor extended the deadlines for the Spring semester without changing content at all , but it definitely made the class harder-DD basically taught herself the content using Khan Academy. This semester, one of DD’s classes did not have access to the software they normally would have, so it has been adapted to be all sketching and drawing, but still demonst
  22. Another option that worked well here for a kid who was dying to do algebra and was completing placement tests and leaving them on my computer to show me she was ready-Keys to Algebra. DD did those at age 7/8 along with Life of Fred Fractions/Decimals/Percents/PreAlgebra I and II before AoPS PA. She had done SM through 5b, Along with HoE and some playing with Algeblocks, but wasn’t quite ready for AoPS as far as formatting, etc went.
  23. The district that is 100% online is still online, and seems to be doing well with it. I suspect the efforts to provide child care support for younger kids helped a lot. Those that tried hybrid are mostly going back, because parents are finding, not surprisingly, that teachers cannot teach in person and online at the same time. A lot of parents have shown up on our homeschool board because either online or in person didn’t work for their child-so far, parents who found the in person inadequate (about half because the social distancing/masks were more than they felt was reasonable, the oth
  24. I’m the highest risk person in my household. I have really good masks, and am careful about hand washing and use air purifiers. I’m also on a ton of supplements and meds to try to keep my immune system as stable as possible (to the point that I am already taking most of what is prescribed for early-stage COVID all the time). It’s worth asking about testing blood levels for some of the more common things for high risk individuals and optimizing. Because of anxiety/depression concerns, DD is now seeing her friends who have parents who are willing to allow get together some in perso
  25. FWIW, when we were in Australia last December, we had a couple of times when people would, after realizing we were American, ask us about American politics. The one that really stands out was a young server in a restaurant who wanted to know what odds we would place on the impeachment because he wanted a leg up on the betting pool he was in with his mates :). The local library DH and I spent a happy morning at while DD played Pokémon with some local folks also had a rather large collection of books on US history and a lot of US periodicals-well exceeding what the US university libraries I have
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