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  1. I have the same problem. I have found orange oil / industrial vinegar mixture to be a wonderful herbicide. I live in the gulf coast and we have a long growing season. A gallon of 30-40 percent industrial vinegar mixed with about 4-5 oz of orange oil (not orange cleaner) and 3 ounces of dawn dishwashing liquid will kill it all. Amazon has a weed sprayer for large area, (and even seed for Bermuda as well as the other ingredients). If you are subtropic like me, a bonus is that the fire ants hate it. Thanks for the tips for youtube videos above, I can kill them, but don't know what to do next. edit: I haven't done research to make sure that this mixture is completely safe.
  2. I am sorry, I was trying to only quote Traveling Chris and I really shouldn't have done that. I try to leave stuff alone, because I really am not a great online communicator.
  3. We are a very risk vs. reward family in regards to vaccinations. All medicines/vaccine have benefits and risks. The sheer number of additional vaccinations recommended for my younger vs. older child had me scratching my head. My kids were vaccinated for all of the things I was, and a few more that we felt they were more in the at-risk population. The flu vaccine is something one of my adult kids and husband get, but the rest of us tend to get ill when we get the vaccine. Nonetheless, I am thankful to have vaccines.
  4. I am very sad that you think this is a charitable way to address your brothers and sisters in Christ. Maybe it is coming across wrong?
  5. My youngest will be in ninth grade. I think I am still processing this. Updating as we have a possible move and not sure about in person classes in general due to the virus. Math. Derek Owens Precalculus...Geometry is going very slowly. Proofs are the worst! He is sticking with DO, but I will be sitting with him to increase focus and time spent working. Goal is to begin precalc in the spring. Science. Chemistry using Appologia at the co op , probably Spectrum Chemistry summer before and after. Online Chemistry through Excelsior classes. His sister had taken that teacher, so I am pretty sure this will be an excellent course. History. Not sure, probably American History using Homeschool Connections, and adding ..something... Summer" American History 1/4-1/2 credit using Homeschool Connection and Catholic Textbook Project. Fall/Spring: Church history which usually will fit under Western Civ. Religion. Studying Early church, catechism . I'm excited about the Church History class offered by English. Continue to work on reading list, with discussion. Easy Grammar and Rod and Staff we really need to make a last pass or two though grammar. Writing through an IEW like program. Summer: grammar review using Roy Speed books. Fall/Spring: Logical Communication online class. We are both Reading Center4Lit selections with recorded discussion , or other selections as interests dictate. Computer Coding. He absolutely loves this. Python? Any suggestions would be great. He has lost interest in this and is focusing on science. He can hit this again later. I think it is valuable , but no longer an interest. Foreign Language. Maybe Latin? Homeschool Spanish Academy? Can I say that this is my least favorite subject? Hopefully he can take in person classes in 10th grade.
  6. Hugs OP. I personally haven't had this happen , but I have a friend who is currently working through this with her dog. She has an outdoor dog and was concerned that one of the treatments for heartworm- like the one you were told- would be too stressful for the dog. Her dog is a working cattle dog, bonded with her cattle as her pack, and used to roaming around pretty freely . Their vet gave them another option of just giving the regular heartworm pill exactly every 28 days for two years and that should clear it up. You may want to ask if that is an option. It seems like it would be less invasive if the vet ok's it.
  7. My daughter reacted to some gluten that was in her hair products. I am not sure if it was shampoo, conditioner, or one of her many other products right now. My DD started investigating and found gluten in a surprising number of products.
  8. I have a daughter with some similar challenges. We tried to look at what she was good at/ interested in/ as well as meeting the high school curriculum we wanted. It may depend on your state as ours is pretty hands off. Our electives were designed around something she was interested in but in the back of my head I was thinking ..could this be something she might like to do for a career? For example for our daughter, she was pretty good with spatial skills and is a creative thinker. She took animation and art and thought she might be headed to a career in animation, visual effects, visual design or something. If she liked video games, I might look into spatial science (GIS) with drone flying, or something to do with the construction of video games (coding, ect). Instead she is focusing on wanting to spend her day with people , not computers, and is using her visual spatial skills in anatomy. So for academics, Math is kind of a sticky point for us as well. Maybe when your son is ready he can try Algebra through ALEKS? Our severely dyslexic daughter daughter is 17 ( Bartons completed through level 8 , whew) , and she is working her way slowly through College Algebra in ALEKS. it is a course through Arizona State University earned admission . Essentially you pay $25 for a year of ALEKS and when the student completes it with the grade you want , you accept the credit and pay $400 for a 3 credit college Algebra class. We are not at the end of this course yet, but she can reenroll if it takes more than a year, so this could be a two year course . This might be a good option if math ends up being the biggest obstacle to a four year school as some regional schools only require college algebra. There are other courses as well, but math is something we hope to have done before graduation. These courses have no downside really. I am also in the camp of giving 1 high school credit if a class earns 3 credit college credit so that rounds off the high school transcript nicely. We also liked video /project based classes. Science for her was Earth Science, Biology (Fundafunda), Human Anatomy and Physiology and will do CC Human Anatomy and Physiology. Biology was just better for her as she could visualize and found it interesting. Sign language worked great for a foreign language and she quite enjoys it as the grammar is different/ makes more sense to her. Videos work well for history ect, but she gets a little passive. If he ends up interested in something that requires a four year degree, then I think transferring can work really well if he wants to avoid ACT/SAT. Some of our regional schools only require 12 credits after high school to transfer. Even our flagships require 24-30 and are pretty clear on what classes they want to see. Colleges I have looked at don't seem to care as much about the high school transcript when they are transfer students. HTH
  9. I am not sure . There is prayer at the begining of the class ( she is Catholic) and a devotional about the topic. There isn't a lot of specific religious content but if the student isn't Christian they might not feel comfortable . If you contact them , I wonder if they might have a recorded class to get an idea of suitability.
  10. My family would highly recommend Excelsior classes, Ann LaBlanc's class. It was one of the best government classes I have seen. There were no glitches/technical difficulties in the class my daughter took. The only political discussion was urging those who were 18 and over to vote. The class empahsized the Federalist and Antifederalist papers ,Constitution,and how our government works in current day because of the foundations. Mrs. LaBlanc is a practicing attorney and stresses critical thinking. If she is giving her own opinion ( not on current day politics, but she has opinions on the Federalist papers) , she will preface it with saying that it is her opinion. She welcomes other opinions, but wants people to back up their arguments, and be respectful to each other and the instructor. It is a live class with both the powerpoints and recording of the class available after the class. The class meets once weekly so is a little long, with a 3-5 minute break halfway through. I think there were 3 tests, and a long paper. She really wants the students to succeed. There is a dual credit option through LeTourneau for an additional fee . The dual credit students folllowed the same syllabus. My daughter had no interest in government or current events and really enjoyed this class, and now reads media articles critically. Excelsior is a Christian provider.
  11. Sorry for the confusion. In your previous posts , you referred to Blinn kids taking space in dorms and saving dorm space for community college students. Yes, Blinn team is a co-enrollment program. Those Blinn team students are required to take classes at both TAMU and Blinn and are officially enrolled at each school . After successful completion of a certain number of TAMU and Blinn credits, they have full TAMU admsission. They are Aggies due to the fact they have been accepted to TAMU under this freshman admission program.
  12. A few years ago , TAMU did change to freshman priority housing. I have to disagree with TAMU ever letting Blinn students live in TAMU residence hall or apartments. There is no way that could happen. The process for applying for housing is through the Website (Howdy Portal)can only be accessed by admitted students with university assigned id numbers (UID). Random people not attending TAMU cannot even apply to live in the dorms, much less fill out the residential contract or live there. Blinn team students ( special freshman admission program) are enrolled at both insitutions ( and have UID assigned) and therefore can live in the dorms, but Blinn students cannot. This has been the case for many years. Maybe whoever you were talking to , didn't understand the distinction between Blinn team and Blinn students. Hope that clears it up!
  13. Congrats Lanny, UNC is a great school! In case this helps anyone, just wanted to add that Texas A& M does have freshman priority housing. Both of my older kids attend there, so I am pretty familiar with the programs. Freshmen typically put housing deposits down as soon as admitted, and as a rolling admission school, the people accepted first do get priority in housing choices. For instance,If my son isn't an RA this year, he will get to choose a room in June or July from what is left after all of the freshman choose in May/June . Not sure what Blinn-in is, (Blinn team-is that what you meant?) but Blinn team students do not have specific dorm space reserved for them, but as freshman do get a spot on campus. Blinn team students are considered Texas A&M students because they attend both schools under this special freshman admission program and can live on campus. Students regularly enrolled at Blinn college do not live in Texas A &M dorms. For financial/ college considerations, I guess I would be super practical and work backward. What career can he/you envision being a good fit? Do any of the colleges on his list have any type of success coaching for life skills/ academics, or ASD living learning groups and would he be willing to use the services? If he isn't sure what he would like to do, could you look into setting up some volunteering/shadowing experiences while living at home this year? He could study and take some free CLEP tests, to maintain his freshman status, but pick up some credits. It is getting more common at the bigger Texas schools to be unable to switch majors after 60'credits, however , CLEp and AP credits do not have to be applied right away, leaving the option of switching open longer. I am not sure if this is the same at the smaller schools . Hopefully, he could narrow down some career interests , so he would have specific goal to work toward when he does attend. Best wishes.
  14. Sorry, I misread the reason the other allied health careers wouldn't work.
  15. We did this exact testing my my DD2 after her ninth grade ( she was 16- so a bit older than usual). I think the aptitude portion of the test is useful now as well as the assesment of how the student solves problems. I didn't find the interest surveys to be that helpful as imo they depend on mood and what kind of day they are having, ect. Was it helpful? Yes - the aptitude ruled out a career field she was considering( JO didn't rule it out, my DD2 did) In general, we already knew she was gifted in certain ( and extremely weak in other) areas, and that did reinforce the belief. If your son has any learning difficulites, those will not be taken into consideration, and the recommendations may be way off. I do think it helps kids to take ownership of their future. If you do decide to do it this year, you can come back within the year to discuss more and it is included in the price. If it were my son, I might wait a year and try to get him volunteering in different things he might be interested in currently. Life experience will definitely him him decide what he doesn't want to do.
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