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  1. This is a very good point. In the end, you are selling your student. There are many ways you can create your paperwork, so choose the one that highlights what you want to highlight.
  2. Yes, we had to get the local uni to send a transcript (boy was THAT a pain to get done internationally!) We chose to highlight AoPS because it is well respected and recognized by universities. I don't know if any of the examples you gave are equivalently well respected in their areas. The goal of my transcript was to translate our somewhat unschooling approach into a traditional educational form. In the course descriptions, I described briefly when we used an external provider as a part of the content and mixed it with an unschooling approach. I felt the need to make sure that none of my mommy grades were questioned, so I was careful and clear.
  3. I also used superscripts. I included Local university and 2 outside providers because they would be recognized. ABRSM for Music and AoPS for Math. Because ds took 6 AoPS classes, I did get a transcript from them and attached it with my packet.
  4. My dh is currently reading Infinite Jest by Wallace outloud to my 19 and 16 year old sons. This was my 19yo's request because he is back from MIT and remembers so fondly his dad reading to him. The book he chose, however, is quite a doozy! So last night dh read for 2 hours while my older constructed a very complex origami bird and my younger practiced sword fighting with a 2 meter long fabric tube! He only hit the hanging light twice, which was pretty good for 2 hours of movement!
  5. My sister is an engineering prof at a CC in Virginia. And she has worked very hard to get her department aligned to the UVA's engineering school so that all of her department's engineering courses are directly transferable to UVA
  6. We opened back up 2 weeks ago with a max group size of ten and 1 meter social distancing still required. (Bars had an additional restriction that all patrons must be seated.) We open up to groups of 100 starting Friday midday which will now allow religious groups to meet. What I have found so far is that even in a safe place (3 new cases in 14 days, 97% of all cases recovered), people are only slowly coming back to the city (we live in a downtown neighborhood). It is taking people some time to remember what they used to do and to start doing it again. No masks here as the Director General of Health has not recommended them for NZ, but people are still walking a meter apart. I've seen people in restaurants and nightlife did start up again just a bit last weekend. I have also definitely noticed a huge reduction in the number of people using our local park during the day as they are now at work and their kids at school. Also, public transit is running at only 40% so there are still people working from home, which also reduces the number in the city obviously. Trains were completely down yesterday due to the earthquake (Did you guys see the Jacinda on live TV? -- seems to be all over the world news haha. Our building is concrete, so we did not even feel it, but she was in a building with base isolators which allow for LOTS of movement).
  7. Short stories by Borges (Argentina) are excellent, and some of my older boy's all time favorites. He also LOVED Crime and Punishment, and it is not as long as other Russian classic works. We have never read Camus (France) but he was next on our list. If you've got the time The Luminaries (NZ) is outstanding and a great yarn. They are currently making the miniseries. But it is long!
  8. We had lots of colors of construction paper to chose from, and each time he wanted to add a link, he had to pick the color, cut it out, and stand on a chair to staple it on. So the effort to add the link (way more than just a sticker), reinforced the effort it took for him to earned it. And strangely, standing on the chair to reach the chain was quite symbolic because he was reaching up. Also, the planning of *how* to make the chain go around the room, from bookshelf, to art, to curtain, etc, was also symbolic of planning how to achieve his goals. And while he was planning the chain's future location and color, he would simultaneously plan how to earn more links. There was a reason why he kept adding to the chain for so over a year. And even after he quit adding to it, it stayed up for at least a year longer. ETA: I just talked to younger ds, and he remembers the paper chain quite fondly a decade later. 🙂
  9. When my kids were younger, I focused on self-assessment. We created a paper chain that stretched around the family room ceiling, very publicly displayed. My son (age 6-8) could add a new link whenever he felt he had achieved a goal. It was a goal of his making (and obviously some influence by me as the parent, but he always considered it *his* goal). Each link was worth about 10 minutes of effort. Although we never made that rule, it just became the norm. When people would come into the family room, they would ask about the chain, and he could talk about how he had earned every link, and how he planned to make it grow longer. He was *very* proud of this chain, and he kept adding to it for over a year. Most days he judged himself worthy of 2 to 6 links. It was the best approach I ever found to deeply instill the desire to be the person he wanted to be, and to rely on his own judgement for a job well done rather than seek external reinforcement.
  10. Haha. Not an official stand. One kid attaches his phone to a desk lamp. One has it cantilevered on top of a large vitamin bottle. Another has put it on top of a cereal box. It takes them about 5 minutes to come up with something, and I advise them on lowering/raising it or changing the direction because of shadowing etc. It has been pretty funny how unique each setup is. I did say *low* tech and cheap! 🙂
  11. I tutor kids one on one. They only have a phone and a laptop. I simply have them design/construct a stand that can hold their phone about 8 inches away from their paper and point their camera down. Then, I can then see what they are writing while they are writing and give feedback. If I need to show them something, I point the camera to my paper rather than my face. Low tech, cheap option if all they have is a phone.
  12. This is exactly why I have found the best connections and advice have come from the learning disabilities crowd in our homeschooling community. They have had to adapt all curriculum to the needs of the child, and they have had many false starts and U turns. They are very open about difficulties with homeschooling, both emotional and academic. They have offered me very nuanced advice for both of my children, even though both are highly gifted. What binds us together is struggle,and the desire to do right by our children who are quirky and don't fit tidily into little boxes.
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