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  1. With RC, students do not write a paper a day. They are required to write at least 1 page per day. They can write more if they want. The topic and format are the student's choice. The paper is put in the parent's inbox. The parent writes suggestions on the paper & the student corrects. So, writing for the day includes the one page & corrections on a piece of writing. This work is elementary to late middle school. By high RC students are working on APs.
  2. We're using Mr. Q and like it a lot. I am not a science teacher, so I can't compare it with other chem courses, but it has been easy to teach, and dd enjoys it. We do chemistry three school days and the kitchen labs on Saturday. Mr. Q has been a good fit for us, and it isn't expensive. No special lab materials needed.
  3. DOMA - This test is required from our home school cover until the student has a high enough ACT score. It is good and thorough. DOMA does a good job pinpointing weak areas. ALEKS - Dd tried ALEKS pre-calculus this year, so she did an assessment to determine which parts of the course she already knew. It did a fairly good job of that, but I wouldn't use it as an assessment tool for Algebra I.
  4. CA, You are welcome. I also want to add this. It's a good idea to teach the 5-paragraph paper in junior high and use that format to write many, many short papers across the curriculum, Sit with your student and model/work though the process as long as necessary. Some students need lots of practice developing a thesis, writing intros and conclusions, paraphrasing, transitions, etc. etc. -- all the skills needed to write a paper with outside sources. Turning out a polished, 2-3 page, college-level paper in a week is a hustle when the student has exams in other classes and possibly other papers. 1togo
  5. Make sure your high school student can write various 2-3 page papers using multiple sources (text, videos, and fiction/non-fiction) under a tight deadline; i.e. 1-2 weeks. The papers need to have proper citations within the paper and Works Cited/Bibliography. Practice using MLA and APA. That.is.all.
  6. We're like most of the other posters. We've educated dc on the pros/cons of various career paths, but we are not discouraging dc from pursuing any degree. With that said, the back-up plan is a second major in a practical degree. Dc is working toward making this possible through Early Enrollment, summer school prior to freshman year, and CLEP. We will not take any loans, and dc will live at home and take only minimum loans. The overall plan includes summer jobs along with summer school. Adding this. My parents did not encourage me to pursue my dream in college. Even so, I ended up in NYC working in my dream field even though I didn't have training or experience. I would have done a lot better in the field if I had training.
  7. Adding this. Dd has decided to attend University of Mobile. She has academic and music scholarships. She is taking Early Enrollment classes there, and it is a good fit for her.
  8. You mentioned Robinson, and I wanted to say that we used this when we first began home schooling, and it was a life saver. We didn't have money for lots of materials, and our children were all over the map in terms of needs - one learning to read and two home from p.s. (8th & 11th) with weak core skills. We did the following: Math - first subject of the day, Saxon, one lesson per day, 5 lessons per week, test on Saturday, year round Reading - RC books, 30 minutes to start, 1 hour when ready, 2nd reading time with other books when ready Composition - 1/2 page to 1 page of copy work, then reading journals (written form of narration) when copy work was good, then essay instruction when ready Vocabulary - RC sets, definition + spelling + sentence, began with 3 words & added words each day until entire set completed Grammar - RC Handwriting - RC All of this took until lunch time or after when we added a second reading time. We followed the above routine for many, many months. In the afternoons/evenings, we did household work, read the Bible, and did lots of reading aloud. When everyone was working smoothly with the above, I taught the older children to take notes using Cornell method. They practiced by taking sermon notes. Since I was taking the same notes, it was easy for me to check their progress. When they were good at taking notes, we added Apologia science. When they were doing well with that, we added a foreign language. When they were doing well with that, we added a BJU textbook course, so they could get familiar with textbooks for college. We also added ACT prep. All of this took years, but it worked well. We did not follow this approach with youngest dc, and I regret it. Taking the time to master 3R skills and gradually learning discipline made independent work possible and successful. I want to add that checking work is time consuming for Mom, so focusing on 3R basics was enough for me. I checked their copy work, sentences, math, grammar, and quizzed them on vocabulary. I wrote suggestions, and they corrected their work. Fwiw, I would definitely add oral narration to the mix, and I would do the written narrations a bit differently. Also, while the older children were doing their work around the kitchen table, youngest dc worked on math flash cards and then reading with me. We also did lots of reading aloud. P.S. Forgot to add that I taught the older children to outline about the same time as I taught them Cornell notes.
  9. We have been working with Mr. Zimmerman for two years, and it has been a wonderful experience. The materials, the tutoring, and the service have all been exceptional. We are finishing our last months of home schooling, and TC is on my top five favorite list.
  10. Just a bit of advice. The issue with writing instruction isn't curriculum. There are many, many free or inexpensive options for curriculum. For writing to improve, the student needs good feedback. If you can do that, then you don't need much in the way of curriculum. For example, we used Robinson Curriculum for years, and Dr. R never taught writing forms to his children. They wrote every day, and he provided feedback. Many of us can't do that, so we head down the curriculum path. I have only been able to help our children with their writing after I learned something about giving feedback. "The Lively Art of Writing" is an inexpensive guide to essay writing (about $9) if you don't need help with feedback.
  11. Not free, but very reasonable for the content. Look at Fortuigence full semester course which offers prompt & helpful feedback and clear lessons. Very good. After Fortuigence, practice the essay types & add complexity.
  12. animal shelters Dd fostered and rehabbed dogs and puppies. It was a great experience. The shelter gave us all the supplies. Dd fed, walked, and played with animals. Lots of hours. Lots of fun.
  13. Robinson curriculum with Saxon a library card Latin ideas from WTM
  14. Since Bio isn't a math science, it's a read, study, etc. subject. We did not do Bio early because dd struggled with math, and I was worried she wouldn't be ready for the math in Chem. What we should have done was Bio and then Advanced Bio and then Marine Bio or another science if she wasn't ready for Chem. I would go ahead with high school Bio for a student headed into the sciences. Fwiw, passion and interest should help through any rough patches.
  15. I would do Bio as soon as the student is ready. We waited and regret it.
  16. Spring Hill College - merit scholarship, placed in honors University of Mobile - merit & music scholarships University of South Alabama - merit scholarship
  17. Does anyone have advice for on-campus interviews and scholarship competitions? Dd has an on-campus scholarship competition at the end of the month. Five students will be awarded full tuition. She may also be interviewing this month for the honors program at another university. We don't know what to expect. Thanks!
  18. Congratulations to your daughter and you! I am there with you. Dd has acceptances and scholarships, but there are more scholarship competitions to go, and she found out Friday that she can't audition at one school until mid-March. I am so ready to knit, sew, work out regularly, de-junk the house... Wah!!!! I have no wise advice. Dd is going to crunch when she can on the weekends to finish a batch of 1/2 credits for our cover, and we went shopping together at Fresh Market and Whole Foods last night. We haven't done that in months, and it's fun for us. Tea this morning, and we're back at it. Only about 14 weeks to go.
  19. J-rap, And that is exactly why the Jesuit, liberal arts college is such a strong contender. In the end, the back up plan will probably be the career, and she doesn't want to regret her college choice and miss out on a great opportunity. Dd is not at the tippy top in terms of academics and is definitely a late bloomer. I think a liberal arts education would be perfect for her. I just wish they had music. We're going to meet soon with the priest who heads the theater dept.
  20. Umm...opera singing, blogging, neuropsychologist. Now that might work.
  21. Yes, she knows what she would like to be; i.e. a performer. However, the odds are against that, so she has to have a back up plan and double major. When she realized that she would never play in an orchestra, everything changed for her. She switched to theater which has been more rewarding. I wish she wanted to be something more...straightforward?easier?surer?
  22. Youngest ds tried to use this when we were using RC, but he didn't do well with it. I suspect it was his focus rather than the curriculum. Mechanical Universe does not teach calculus along with physics. Calculus first is Dr. R's suggestion. His children worked through all the Saxon books, then Mechanical Universe, then a chemistry book that is part of the curriculum, and a set of challenging, college-level physics problems. They passed many, many, many AP tests. The last three are working on doctorates in nuclear engineering. Note: I hope this doesn't begin a RC kerfuffle. Just posting the facts as I know them.
  23. Dd was accepted to all target schools, and at this point, they are all about the same in terms of expense. She has an audition and two scholarship competitions still to go but is trying to think through her options. First of all, she is a musician and actor. She plays violin but has moved into vocal this year and has an exquisite voice. However, she also loves writing and history and languages and... She has many interests and hasn't decided on a major but will probably double major. So the three unis look like this: Small, private Christian university with excellent performing arts. Many, many ensembles and lots of stage time. The rest of of the departments are good not great. Small, Jesuit college with great ranking. 90% med school acceptance and feeder school for law school, graduate schools, etc. The college has theater but no music, so her only music option would be to continue private lessons and work with local groups.. She would go here for the liberal arts education. Already placed in their honors program and will be competing for full-ride later this month. Large, state uni with med school. Not top ranked but has well-respected music dept. with strong vocal profs; i.e. former Met, etc. Strong business and engineering as well. Waiting to hear if she has made the cut for an honors scholarship competition. Music audition will be in February. She loves, loves, loves theater and voice but knows career options are limited. She also wants to develop her writing and loves literature. Thank you!!
  24. Thanks all. I realize that I wrote "right before Christmas," but it was the first week or so of December. Thirty days is January 1. Dd didn't even think to check her account for a scholarship offer because she was just accepted to the university the week prior. We have read every piece of fine print and can't find anything that mentions accepting the scholarship means making a commitment to the school. I am going to advise her to accept, complete all components of the acceptance documentation, and then call on January 4 to clarify. I also thought May 1 was the deadline. Thanks again.
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