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  1. After what they're putting her through, honestly I can't imagine wanting to return, but I don't come from a military background. I hope she's able to return to good health and channel all her energy and persistence into pursuing her dreams, whatever they may be. The good she's gotten from her military training will be highly valued in the private sector as well. I hope she's able to get some much needed TLC while she's home.
  2. On a more positive note, remember that it's still early in the notification process. If the first schools to accept and provide their financial aid packet don't look promising, it doesn't mean that there won't be others which are affordable. I've also read that some of the early decision schools offer less financial aid to those accepted during the ED round since they know the student has to attend unless it's unaffordable. In other words they don't have to worry about yield from those students and don't have to do what others might with offering good merit aid as an incentive to attend. Also, Nan had started a thread last year about colleges which were still accepting applications. If anyone is concerned about getting affordable options from the ones their students applied to already, it might not hurt to look for colleges which would be affordable and are still accepting applications.
  3. Just want to add that for those who are low income there are some colleges which meet 100% of need and offer no-loan financial aid, but these are highly selective. They may be considered a financial safety but getting in is the hard part, so other true safeties would be needed. While no loans will be included, they will likely expect the student to use summer earnings and factor in work study. Usually when work study is included, it is expected that the student will work, but there's no assurance that a job will be available. Some colleges may offer guaranteed work study jobs, but most do not.
  4. Faith, just a caution about taking any college classes during a gap year is that many or most colleges don't allow that. It's not the college where the courses are taking that doesn't allow it, it's the college the student plans to attend the following year. While college classes taken during high school may be fine for freshman status, many don't allow even one college class after high school graduation. Definitely check with the individual colleges!
  5. Let's have a little fun... What is your high schooler reading right now? The cereal box.
  6. Ruth, thank you for taking the time to explain about the living books approach and your goals for your course. Being able to cater to the student's specific needs is one of the beautiful things about homeschooling. Thank you for the reminder. :001_smile:
  7. My disclaimer is that I've never actually designed a course in such detail with a syllabus and I've never taught physics. So considering that, please feel free to disregard everything in this post. Even in the early years when we schooled eclectically, I wouldn't possibly have known ahead of time how much time would be devoted to any one aspect of a course. I would order books from the library ahead of time, and then we'd work with them letting the time allotted depend upon the material, the interest level, etc.. I'm truly impressed with all the work you've put into planning for the course. I admit that I don't really understand why some try to avoid textbooks, especially when I've read such great reviews from so many about Hewitt's. But as textbooks are out, I'd think that the best way to present a syllabus for others to follow, is to actually implement it with your student first. As nothing is carved in stone with homeschooling, if you get to a book which is just not right, there's no reason it can't be dropped or replaced. But even if a book works well for one student, that doesn't mean that it will click for the next. I think you've come up with an awesome list of resources. Personally, I would just dig in and see where it leads. But I'd also have something like Hewitt's, or even Apologia's, physics text on hand as a resource for the student. These are all just some thoughts off the top of my head without really knowing the resources you've listed.
  8. I've been following this too and praying for you and your family Rose. With this current situation, have you considered contacting the social worker and asking her to stop by to assess the situation? But I would first get legal advice. Praying!
  9. Tina stole 29 cookies from the cookie jar!

    Rules of the game: if you find this (anyone except the cookie thief themselves) then post here to say "I caught the cookie thief! BUT... someone else took two cookies from the cookie jar!" That way we know this player has been caught and we'll look on another profile. Next, copy this entire post and paste it onto someone else's profile (player must have more than 100 posts and must have been active in the last month.) Lastly, change the type in red so that the numbers each increase by one. It will be easier to track that way. Please post your findings in the thread entitled SOMEONE STOLE A COOKIE! Forum Game. Have Fun!

  10. I found the culprit, but two cookies were missing.

  11. I caught the cookie thief, but someone else took two cookies from the cookie jar! : )

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