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  1. I bought a cheaper pair off Amazon- Bambody? I like them better than Thinx.
  2. My ds is in 11th grade. Hits- -Dual enrollment at the local private university (College Writing, Spanish I, Earth and Space Science). Older boys did plenty of de here so we knew what to expect. They had told him how much he would love going to college (and how much easier it would be) and they were right. He loves the independence and the classes are not difficult. He is in an actual lab class for the first time and he loves that. He is more academic than his older brothers so he comes home excited to tell me about classes so that is fun. He will do primarily de from here on out and hopefully the classes will become a bit more challenging. -Statistics with WTMA. This is just a one semester class and he will take stats de probably in the spring. This kid makes spreadsheets and crunches sports numbers for fun so this is right up his alley. He is interested in pursuing stats, data analytics, or something similar in college so it is a nice intro. Just fine, no complaints- -PreCal with WTMA. This is absolutely fine. No complaints but ds doesn't LOVE it. However, it is by far his most demanding class so I wouldn't expect to hear him raving about it. He has done a ton of online classes since 7th grade and the taste of de definitely has him ready to move on from them. But no complaints at all. We'll see- SAT prep with Khan Academy. He is putting in about 4-5 hours a week here because his other classes haven't been too demanding. He likes the format and says it helps. I like being ablel to log in and easily see his progress and what he has done. We'll see if it translates when he takes the test (Nov ?)
  3. My college ds was awarded a scholarship from his employer. He works for a minor league baseball team. The GM of his team chose him to apply and then the scholarship came from the league. He is going to write thank you notes to the GM and the league but I'm not sure what accepted practice is. Is this a hand written note card kind of thing or a professional letter (typed and in a business size envelope)? Seems like the personal notecard is too informal. Is it okay to write a typewritten letter and handle it as more of a professional correspondence? Thank you for your help. I feel like it is a dumb question but we are very etiquette challenged around here. Ds plans to continue his employment in the field after graduation so these are professional contacts that likely will come into play in the future.
  4. My dd is in a section of MS Science 1 and also loved it. I think you made a great choice for an intro to MPOA. 🙂
  5. As always there are a variety of opinions. The overwhelming regional preference where I am is one semester de = 1 credit. One of my boys is in college in GA and the other in FL and it seemed to be the accepted practice. Honestly, in no way is the College Writing class my 16 yo in worth a full credit in my opinion. I will require him to take another English in the spring. But it will be 2 credits because I follow regional custom. It’s just easier. My ds has three de courses at the local U and WTMA Pre Cal (AOPS). No doubt the WTMA is is hardest class yet it will be worth half the credit and won’t get weighted like his de classes. So, I can’t say it really is an accurate reflection of work done but as far as box checking and creating a transcript I stick with 1 semester de = 1 high school credit. My kids end up with a lot of credits because of this.
  6. I am in TN. If he has biology and chemistry I see no problem whatsoever with the de courses you mentioned. One of mine had physical science, biology, and chem and it never came up as an issue. De surely is better than a 9th grade physical science class. I am on my third ds through high school and moving to de and having some choice in coursework was huge in finishing off our homeschool years. I say go for it. (Standard disclaimer that my kids attend schools that are not super competitive. -Like top 50 public U and a regional LAC. So if you are thinking of the super competitive schools the answer might be different. I’m sure someone else will chime in.)
  7. Honestly, I have no one I could sell something like that to. I would speak with whoever is in charge and find out how much is expected in donation or how else I could contribute. But I simply couldn't sell those. If there was a minimum I had to sell I would buy them and give them away. That said, I also never wanted my kids selling any of that other stuff you mentioned so we just don't really do fundraisers -so I am likely coming at this for a different place. When my kids had a fundraiser it was primarily dh and I buying out the minimum. Sometimes we could ask one grandparent depending on the fundraiser. Pretty much for us, fundraisers were just an added expense that we had to figure in.
  8. My 11th grader is adjusting to the changes but it isn't necessarily more rigor. 9th and 10th grade he had 6-7 live online classes and attended a co-op. This year he has two online and three dual enrollment. The three de are not nearly as challenging as what he has done at home. He has Comp 1, Spanish 1, and Earth and Space Science with a lab. He is driving to the private university ten minutes away every morning for his 9:00 am classes. He is learning the college ropes administratively and how to deal with the requirements of the individual teachers as they vary and he is having his first experience with a lab class. He loves it but it isn't hard. In future semesters he can amp up the challenge level. He does have more unstructured time than he did in the past so he is studying for the PSAT and then will spend significant time in prep for the ACT in the spring. He has his eye on just two colleges and should be accepted and unless things change dramatically in automatic aid he should be able to afford. Knowing where he would like to go and having already secured a strong ACT in 10th grade have really taken the pressure off. He is a very good student and we could have chosen an AP path for him that would have been more intense but for various reasons it just didn't make sense for him or appeal to any of us.
  9. Ugh. It is hard getting a hold on the time management with outside classes for sure. My dd with MPOA is my baby (two off at college and an 11th grader in dual enrollment). I have said many times her schedule only works because she is an effectively an “only”. It is harder with more in the mix for sure. I hope you get settled in soon.
  10. My dd is in 6th grade and has been in a MP Core since K. I kind of remember mammals. We have never utilized all the quizzes, tests, etc. Most of it we did orally. Even in 6th grade she doesn't always do all the comprehension questions and we haven't done any quizzes yet this year. I also tend to let her take the tests open book as a review if we do them at all. So I am positive back when we did Mammals she did not do the book work as assigned. I have always been flexible with the MP science. We've enjoyed it and learned plenty but you don't need to be doing all the book work with it. My kids have done very little formal science before high school and then did fine with high school and whatever gen ed science courses they needed in college. I have no doubt they could have pursued higher level sciences if the interest was there.
  11. In the 1990s in Western NY we still had the Catholic schools dismissing early on Wednesdays so the public school kids could come to the school for CCD (religious education classes). I think the public schools let the Catholic kids out early but the rest of the school was in session. (Totally off topic- to this day I don't know of much that causes as much conflict in parishes with schools as when the public school kids use the Catholic school classrooms for CCD. I taught CCD in our last parish (although now it is in the evening) and we used the school classrooms. We were constantly accused of theft and destruction. Sometimes it even happened that we would be accused of things that happened in the classroom when we hadn't even met a particular week. Nothing brings out the Christian charity like letting those rotten public school kids use the desks that belonged to the tuition paying kids. LOL. I remember it when I was a kid and it is still a thing.)
  12. My ds had Material Logic/Rhetoric and Chemistry last year. Chemistry was tough but he enjoyed it and learned a lot. He is taking Earth and Space Science de this semester and the first part has been all chemistry and he has aced it thanks to his MPOA chem class. I have looked at the diploma program and am keeping that in mind for my dd in a couple years. I’m interested but not sure of the advantage. The cost seems similar to registering with the early discount. We have an umbrella school (which keeps us legal in our state) that keeps records and generates transcripts.
  13. My 6th grade dd is taking five classes this year (First Form, Chreia/Maxim, MS Science 1, 6th Grade Math, and Middle School Lit 1). She started with two last year and loved it. I hemmed and hawed thinking five was crazy for an 11 yo but that is what we ended up with. She has had all her classes now and is so excited about them. I was anxious to see how the homework load would be and how due dates, etc. would work out within the week but I think it is all going to work out nicely. I know the workload will ramp up but this week we were able to get everything done for those classes plus the rest of the six grade core we are doing on our own. We don't have outside activities during the school day so we are able to fit it all in nicely. She is so happy with all her classes and I am happy it doesn't seem like it will be too overwhelming. It is great to see her so enthusiastic about everything. Hopefully that will stick (she never did tire of the classes last year and even cried on the last day.) The only downside is that I miss her. LOL. We are used to being together all the time and doing all her school together. I guess I would really miss her if she went to school.
  14. We are a college football family so Saturdays in fall that is always part of the conversation. We manage pretty well not up let it take away from more important activities but it is always part of the weekend planning conversation and if we have no other obligations the TV will be on football from the morning pregame show until I am in bed and the guys are watching late games from the west coast. I like college football so I am down with football Saturdays. What I am not cool with it that college football is no longer limited to Saturdays. With all the cable channels broadcasting games the college football weekend starts on Thursday now. If dh was also into NFL that would be too much for me.
  15. My most responsible kid has an issue with leaving the stove/toaster oven/whatever on after he cooks. My other kids didn’t have this issue. I would worry about the house burning down. You aren’t nuts if you do it but 14 yos still have brains that don’t always fire correctly and can do dumb or thoughtless stuff. I imagine mine would make questionable decisions about scenarios I can’t even think up to teach them about.
  16. I would leave my super responsible 16 yo but I never would have left my older boys. We have two sets of very involved neighbors and 16 yo does not have a girlfriend. My older boys had more girls in their lives and we didn’t have the “neighborhood watch” as I affectionately call it. I would not even consider it at 14 yo. I don’t know- that is still pretty young to me. Not even one night. For the record I’m a moderate parent on these things. Strict about some but not others. I do leave my younger kids home alone during the day.
  17. My dc apply mostly to schools that use a weighted GPA for automatic scholarships. Some just take whatever weighted GPA you give at face value. Others recalculate a GPA according to their own formula. I used to not want to deal with designating courses Honors or weighting but after going through it twice I am making sure that failing to designate courses or weight grades does not hurt my student with automatic aid. How it is playing out in my house is that I still don't designate Honors. My ds has taken mostly online courses and I'm really not sure how to determine Honors and I'm not that invested in finding out. My dc all have had enough de courses that get weighted to make up for not using an Honors designation. So after two years of courses my 16 yo has a 4.0 GPA. Now that he has started de he will have a higher weighted GPA (assuming good grades). If your dc has a 4.0 it really doesn't matter. I've never seen a scholarship require higher than a 4.0. But there are some scholarships and honors programs that require a 4.0 or very close. My older boys had a sprinkling of Bs on their transcipts so that weighting made up for that. So I've kind of come down in the middle. I don't do Honors because I'm not sure what my ds has done would be considered Honors level and I'm not really interested in trying to prove it is. But there still is weighting because quite a bit of de goes into the equation and that is weighted even more heavily. If my next child does not do de I will probably go to the trouble of designating Honors courses. The large public universities we have had our dc apply to just look at the transcript and apply a formula. They are not digging into it and assessing the level on their own. Maybe they do for the big competitive scholarships but not for admission or automatic merit aid.
  18. This is where I come down on it too. While I totally would be brutally honest about prospects for a degree in history or dance or whatever I would not forbid it or tell my dc that college was useless and not worth it. I believe a degree, any degree, allows you to check a box even if a degree shouldn't be required. Or say the dance major decides she wants to do become a teacher- there are pathways for college graduates to pursue teacher certification without starting from scratch. A history major can go to grad school in a bunch of different things which is easier than starting a four year degree from scratch once you pinpoint exactly what you want to do. My oldest ds applied to college as a history major. By the time he scheduled his first semester classes he had moved to business and is now in accounting. I figured he would find his way and just shutting down his initial interest would have been counterproductive. Sure a straight line from initial interest to career is ideal but a young person not knowing exactly what they want to do isn't a huge problem in my eyes. I'd rather my kids pursue something like accounting than history but if they were set on history I would still support that. The key, for us, is to find an affordable pathway to get the degree. That applies to our family regardless of the degree. I just do not see, in my world, people just killing it in the trades. I do see people stuck at age 35 in jobs they have the skills to progress in but can't check the degree box and don't have it in them to go back. I am seeing a backlash against college and I admit I still am in favor of college for those who are capable and have an interest even if it isn't a clear lucrative path. My dc have been able to do it with minimal debt and I feel it is totally worth it. That would be different if there really were no affordable options but we have been able to find ways for our circumstance. If I had a kid inclined toward the trades I would totally support that by encouraging them to get the best training and education for that path, too. Eyes wide open regardless the path.
  19. Yes. It is much harder for me when the next time I will see them is far away. My 19 yo ds was home at the beginning of August and we won’t see him until Thanksgiving. But then we’ll have him home again for a long time at Christmas so I know it will be easier when he goes back after Thanksgiving. You are definitely not alone in it being harder. The local Christian U here does not give off for Labor Day. My dc have done de there and had professors specifically say it is because they used to have freshman go home for that long weekend and not return. It is hard, for some, to have that break before they have had time to settle in and adjust. Last year we went to see our freshman ds who was is 500 miles away for Labor Day even though we had just dropped him off three weeks before. I just worried he would still be adjusting and that a long weekend on an empty campus might be hard and that we didn’t want to bring him home (in case he didn’t want to return). I will say that in our case it has gotten easier. Still hard when the time frames are long between visits but not like that first year.
  20. I followed Denis on FB after it was recommended upthread. He is really good. He got me through this storm as I was watching to see what my college kid on the west coast of FL would be in for. There is another guy I had been following from Tampa Bay (Paul Dellegatto) who had virtually the same message and take as Denis. Denis just posts much more frequently and in more detail. The two of them together were very reassuring. While Tampa was still in the cone they were urging preparation but both said it would likely take the turn it did while the national coverage was so very dire it seemed guaranteed to hit hard. If I had been just watching Weather Channel and national news coverage I would have been much more panicked. I'm 100% for being prepared for the worst but panic doesn't help. It is a really scary storm and those pics form the Bahamas are heartbreaking.
  21. When my ds played travel baseball the only one that made any sense for us was the team garage sale. We had a great location and everyone brought stuff and it was huge. How it worked for us, though, was that although we all came together to create a giant sale and share advertising but it was still an individual fundraiser. So what we sold came off our team fees. So we weren’t really donating anything. Not sure how great of items would come in as donations if individuals weren’t profiting. I still donate to these sorts of sales for charity because I am anti-clutter and give stuff away for my own personal peace (and I hate trying to sell stuff on my own) but I know many people don’t want to give away something they could sell themselves. I like food fundraisers where I am saving myself meal prep another time. Like a takeaway dinner that replaces a family meal is much more interesting to me that say a special or dessert item that I wouldn’t have bought anyway and is a big splurge. I also will buy stuff like a bag of onions. I use them and I would have to buy them anyway. But cookie dough? Nah that is just like asking me for cash. The men’s group at our church sells smoked pork butt twice a year. I pick up that and I have dinner for a couple nights and my money goes to good charities. I don’t do the restaurant fund raisers because my family rarely eats out and the charity would only get a small amount of profit so that is not worth it. I would love to pay someone to rake leaves in fall. Lol. Bake sales at our church make a ridiculous amount of money I think. People love to bake to donate and then people are willing to pay for treats after mass. Maybe because we don’t usually have donuts or anything so it is a treat. At our last church the youth group would do a car wash during mass. People would drop off their keys and parking location on the way in and come out to a clean car. Over the course of a weekend (four masses) they would make a lot.
  22. I have never had to worry about hurricanes before and have learned a lot over the past 48 hours. If the latest tracks hold things look good for my college kid in Tampa. I do understand that can change. I won’t stop watching and worrying until it is clear but I do feel better. It doesn’t feel good to want it to hit anywhere else though. Through this threat I think he is better prepared with supplies and the things he needs to think about when a storm is forecast. Hopefully he’ll keep his supplies and not consume them when he doesn’t want to go to the store...but he is 19 we’ll see. We also now are following the local weather guy mentioned upthread on addition to another one I was already following. So that is helpful too. So at least maybe we are better informed for next time. But now for my other college ds in Atlanta. Never thought about hurricanes when he chose to go to school there but he has been impacted by lengthy power outages from hurricane related weather twice now. He used to live on campus but now lives in a house he rents in a residential neighborhood. He says he has lots of trees. I guess he needs to make sure he has a plan and basic supplies (as he should because tornadoes and severe weather knock out power and cause flooding even independent of hurricanes). Hopefully this storm scoots off and misses everyone and just served as an emergency management tune up for thoughtful people. (Of course irresponsible people will just feel vindicated).
  23. I use it just to pay the guy who mows our yard. It is on an erratic schedule and I don’t keep cash like that on hand. I used to for the mowing but Venmo is certainly easier. I was surprised to see the purposes of everyone’s transactions when I signed up. It’s like a newsfeed of who is paying who for what. I looked for a way to make it private but didn’t find it. I admittedly didn’t look too hard. I don’t trust it enough to use my bank info. I pay the premium to use my credit card which I use anytime I feel any question about security. It’s still worth it to pay the lawn guy but I haven’t used it for anything else and don’t want to. My college kids still have their bank accounts linked up to mine so money can be transferred that way.
  24. I think Irma was two years ago maybe ???? I do know that last year we never had any weather concerns. I had expressed concern about hurricanes to someone from Tampa who told me “Tampa only gets hit about once a decade and they got hit last year so he shouldn’t see one again before he graduates”. My father is actually down there visiting (flies back Sunday) so he is helping make sure ds is ready. He just texted me that he bought him a lantern and batteries. Lots of time to prepare with slow moving storm but right now it feels like lots of time to worry and wait.
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