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  1. teachermom2834

    Rhetoric versus Lit based writing class

    If I wanted my child to take a semester of rhetoric and a semester of Shakespeare I would have them do that. Then I would grant one English credit and call it “English 10” or “”English 11” or whatever. If course descriptions were requested I would explain what made up the English credit. My kids apply to state universities where the admissions staff is glancing at a transcript and ticking off four years of English. I’m not going to give someone (possibly a work study level assistant) the task of deciphering what my rhetoric credit is. If my kids were applying to highly competitive schools and their transcripts were getting an intense examination I might want to make them look more interesting by listing the specific courses but for simplicity sake our kids have pretty generic looking transcripts as far as the core requirements go. If something extra is on there as an elective I name it more specifically but I want to make sure the four years of English get ticked off correctly. I do tend to err on the side of simplicity, I admit. That and doing exactly what I think is best for my dc and fitting it to the transcript however necessary.
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    There are plenty of schools still accepting applications and some even still accepting scholarship applications. Sure, some have passed but certainly not all. The local Christian U in my town takes applications and awards automatic merit aid right up until classes start. So start checking around places that might work. Definitely limited options but he can still go to a four year school.
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    College Application Services

    In the case of my friend who hired the consultant it really wasn’t a financial status symbol to have hired a consultant but more a situation of thinking the child was so very deserving of the Ivy League and would be miserable if she could not attend such a school with other students of her caliber. So it was that kind of pride, not really wanting everyone to know they could afford a consultant but really thinking her child needed to attend such a school and anything less would be a disaster. That sounds dramatic but some people do get swept up that way. The consultant definitely didn’t understand or acknowledge financial constraints. The “safety” schools were admissions safeties but not good financial deals. So this girl got into some very expensive safety schools she was not even excited about. I guess the main clientele for a consultant doesn’t have such a budget but being able to pay a couple thousand on a consultant does not mean one can pay $50,000/yr for college.
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    Student loans and mandatory wage garnishment

    My mom worked in student loan collections for about 15 years. She would tell you that the people they worked with were not generally the baristas with the $100,000 in debt for a sociology degree from a fancy liberal arts college. She was primarily working with high income wage earners that just simply did not pay. These people were such that when offered a settlement they would pony up cash to pay off the entire principal and the deal would be to wipe out the collection fees, late fees, and interest. So it was people just avoiding paying while they were amassing assets and building their careers and then when a lien on their house was threatened they would pay it off. Not sure what the answer to that is but when the defaulted student loan debt problem is discussed it is not just a bunch of suckers who were stupid and made bad decisions. Those people are the ones who probably ultimately pay even if it makes it so they can't own a house or have kids, because those people can't just pony up five or six figures to make a settlement and wipe out the interest and fees. Because being poor is expensive.
  5. You are most likely correct that your student will not get big scholarships BUT hardly any students really do. We all hear about "full rides" and going for next to nothing, etc. but those cases are rare (and some are fish stories...I know for a fact several families that have oversold just how much aid their children get). One of my kids looked great on paper with a long list of activities and awards. The next had many sections left blank on applications because all the great stuff about him just didn't translate to paper. The one that looked great didn't snag a boatload more scholarship money. Find a school that your student fits at stats wise and that you can afford. Most schools are not difficult to get into and as long as the test scores fit the profile he will be admitted. And college costs alot of money for almost everyone. So your ds is just fine and will likely be in the same boat as almost everyone.
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    College Application Services

    We also narrow down the college choices by budget first and honestly, there aren't many choices left after that for us. We start with test scores and see what schools offer significant automatic merit aid at the student's expected score. For my kids that has been the regional state universities (and the flagship depending on how high the ACT score is. We couldn't have afforded the flagship for our second ds) and possibly an out of state public or private that happens to have good aid. My kids have also wanted to stay fairly close to home (though one did end up going 8 hours away) so that limited the search as well. For us there just isn't a finding a perfect fit college. It is more of finding a handful of schools that will work and finding the best fit from that handful. It just isn't financially feasible to do it any other way. I know that sounds sad to many people but honestly it is very freeing to know you aren't going to end up way over your head financially and it takes the pressure off of finding that perfect fit. My 10th grade ds will likely be my highest scorer and could potentially be admitted to more competitive schools but we aren't even looking at that. We are absolutely unable (unwilling?) to pay our EFC so any schools that focus on need based aid are just not even on the table. He will also focus on the automatic merit aid schools and choose from there. And I know someone is going to come right along here and say ds should apply anywhere he wants because you never know how the aid will work out. But we have been down this road twice now and I feel I have a very good idea how aid will work out for us. If ds wants to apply to some dreamy school he can, AFTER he has all his ducks in a row for applications and scholarships at the schools he can actually afford. I do have a ds at an out of state private and one at an out of state public so I do know that can sometimes work out. Okay- that was off topic but I sometimes I feel the need to share that cost is absolutely our major factor in narrowing down the list and I make no apologies about it 🙂
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    College Application Services

    A friend hired one for her dd who graduated a couple years ago. She spent thousands. This girl was a high achiever, NMF, tons of awards, etc. This consultant really encouraged her that she had great chances at some really competitive schools (Columbia, Yale) and also steered her toward public Ivies like Michigan which were not even on the radar. This girl applied to twelve schools I think and ended up with two acceptances both at safety schools. She didn't even get in to others that the coach and parents were considering a safety. Not to mention she couldn't have afforded to go out of state to a school like Michigan even if she had gotten in. It was a pretty miserable application (and rejection) season. So many applications and essays and checks written, Now, the parents surely should have been more informed and I remember asking her why she was spending so much time on a couple applications that didn't really make sense. So, it isn't all the consultants fault but the consultant surely didn't improve the situation any. My friend did say what she paid for the consultant basically taught her what not to do. She did not hire a consultant for her next dd with similar stats and that daughter ended up with much better and more affordable choices. My opinion is that parents don't need to pay for this service but like anything else, just paying for it doesn't mean the parents don't still have to be involved with setting expectations and discussing financial limitations.
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    Online classes for 2019-2020?

    My dd is in a 5th grade (she will be 11 at the end of this school year). We did Fable together at home in 4th following the MP plans and she is in Narrative now. As far as workload it is very manageable and totally consistent and predictable. They spend two weeks on each lesson. The first week they discuss the story they will be writing a paraphrase of and outline the 9 narrative components and turn that in. The following week the final draft of the paraphrase of the story is due. So every second week is heavier as we work on the final draft. At the end of the year she will have turned in 16 writing paraphrases of the stories in the Narrative book. There are other assignments given (such as narrating the story to a parent, looking up vocabulary words) that are not checked or turned in. We do them but they are just a few minutes per day. I do help my dd with this class and I do more often than not type her final draft for her. She is working on typing though and taking on more and more of that herself. I used to type for her during class but she has gotten fast enough to do that herself. It was her first online class so my intent was always to work with her to be successful. My dd’s writing has improved dramatically but she has really grown in all her subjects this year so part of that is surely a leap in maturity. The biggest thing about the class is that she just loves it. It is engaging and fun and she enjoys the opportunities to share her work with the class and read what the other kids write. I think the age range in the class is 8- 13 yo (the kids have chatted about their ages before class) so it obviously is working for a large range of students. I wouldn’t put a child that young in and expect them to be independent. I always sit with my daughter so I can make sure she understands what she needs to do and I work with her on typing, editing her assignments. There is not a ton of specific feedback on the writing. The teacher is mostly checking off a rubric and being encouraging. We are very pleased and it has fit our circumstances perfectly. I never intended my dd to be independent. The class makes the work so much more enjoyable and she certainly gets more understanding of the stories and depth from the discussions than we would do at home. She is motivated to do a good job for her teacher and we stay on task with due dates. However, I am still working with her to fine tune her writing and help prod her along when she gets stuck. All that to say, the course and her instructor are just part of it. My coaching and encouragement and guidance has been a big part of it too. If you have seen the books for the course, the online class follows that format pretty closely spending two weeks per lesson. The class meetings are 2x a week for 45 minutes each (at least her Narrative class this year was). Next year her class will be once a week for 90 minutes.
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    Online classes for 2019-2020?

    I already have my dd who will be in 6th registered for Chreia/Maxim composition with Memoria Press Online Academy. She will take more classes but this was one that had to be registered for right away. It is with a very popular teacher and the class is already full. I'm one who is always on the early side planning and registering but I haven't done anything else yet because the schedule for MPOA is still not 100% set. I'm waiting on a couple more class sections to announce teachers and times before making any more decisions. I am in agreement that it is still really early, particularly for the younger set.
  10. Hmmm...ds is out of town but I will ask him. If this is the case I am seriously selling his efforts short. Ds is a good student and he is not at all a perfectionist so it is possible he works more quickly than an average student. Would like to hear someone else chime in.
  11. My ds has Govt/Econ with WTMA this year and it is one of his easiest classes. The teacher is fun and nice. I believe my ds has a 99.7 or something like that for an average so it certainly isn’t harshly graded. I have seen comments on here about the course being too light so it definitely is not one from WTMA known for being very rigorous. That said, my ds has learned a lot and really enjoyed it.
  12. Most people in my state homeschool under an umbrella school that sets minimum requirements and I think those are good to follow if college is in the plans. The requirements are pretty minimal and no one checks up on how you cover them. So my answer is that we complete the requirements but still do our own thing. There is alot of time in high school. My kids, even with varied levels of motivation, exceeded the requirements. We front load them in 9th and 10th grade and then late in high school they have plenty of options. In our situation it just isn't hard to hit those minimum requirements so I wouldn't skip them, That said, I don't do every subject required for excellence. Our state requires biology. My 10th grader has zero interest and prefers math and physical sciences. He took a biology class at our homeschool co-op that was more like a middle school life science class (by our standards- it used a high school text and was probably equivalent to our local public school) but I'm okay with that. He has and is taking more rigorous courses in the subjects he is interested in. So we checked the biology box but he is still applying himself more to those subjects he is most interested in. Our state requires personal finance but I'm happy to do that informally. Especially for my student that worked alot in high school. It was pretty natural to do taxes together and discuss saving for college. I would explain insurance to him as it came up. He got in a fender bender so he learned some lessons that way. So yes, he had personal finance on his transcript to meet a requirement but we didn't block off any time in the schedule or work through a curriculum. I wouldn't skip the requirements particularly because my kids will have state schools that are used to seeing these requirements as their safety schools. But we still do our own thing in how we cover the subject matter and where we dedicate the most time and resources.
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    2019-2020 11th grade planning

    I already changed my mind from what I said upthread. Lol. Today I registered ds for WTMA Precalculus (AOPS) and Intro to Statistics (Fall semester). He will do the rest of his classes de at the local private Christian U. So he will have: Fall Precalculus (WTMA), Statistics (WTMA), Comp 1, Spanish 1, and Earth and Space Science (all de) Spring Precalculus (WTMA), Comp 2, Spanish 2, Introduction to Statistics (all de), possibly something else light. The reason he is taking both the WTMA stats and de is basically just to have an intro before the college class. Both my older boys had the de stats class and it was a good class but pretty challenging. I feel like this will be a light schedule compared to what ds has this year in 10th grade but he will enjoy the de experience and he can dedicate some time to ACT prep if necessary as well as his extracurriculars or a part time job. This will complete his high school requirements and he’ll really be free to take whatever he is interested in his senior year. I’m content with the situation and interested to see what he ends up doing for 12th grade and beyond. Feels strange to be so close to the end with him.
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    Worst directions you were ever given (just for fun)

    Related- I have a hard time getting service workers out to my home which I know is a problem everywhere but a sticking point seems to be that the workers don’t know me. I have called for service and been asked who lived in my house before. I was asked, by a tree service, who I was kin to. ???? What the heck? When I can’t identify my family or the previous owners of my home apparently I am untrustworthy. To clarify- I live in a neighborhood that used to have a golf course on it and am less than a mile off the interstate and our town is not that small at all (there are three large high schools and all the big box stores, etc). But the growth is relatively recent and I guess people that have lived here forever don’t appreciate newcomers. I don’t know. Could be my Yankee accent too. LOL. Small town life is different for sure.
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    Any Chattanooga TN Restaurant Recommendations?

    I have not been to either but I don't get out much. LOL. My dh works downtown and has been to Public House many times and it is one I hear about often. I have not heard of Easy Bistro but we haven't lived here that long and like I said I don't get out much. If I had to choose one I would choose Public House based on that. 🙂 I am sure you'll get recommendations from people that have actually been but I felt compelled to chime in anyway.
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