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  1. I've talked to her in the past about how much I wish I had taken a statistics course, because I think it's so much more useful for the average person than trig or calculus (which I did take and never used). So this is a great suggestion.
  2. This was my thinking as well. If something completely unexpected happens and she does decide on a STEM career later, then she will probably be better equipped at *that* time to take higher math than she is right now. A teen who cries over algebra just isn't ready for calculus. But when she's a bit older, maybe her brain will be ready for calculus. I think that by virtue of the fact that I've been the one homeschooling her all these years and I've seen first hand on a daily basis just how differently she thinks compared to how he or I think, it's been easier for me to accept that she's not going to follow in anyone's footsteps, but forge her own path. He's been very supportive of her doing art, but I think he's always thought of it as a hobby, while she thinks of it as her life! He's also very practical and grounded by nature, so he is worried about gainful employment with an art degree. But she would be miserable in a STEM field. If art doesn't work out, she has other options that don't involve STEM. But I think she has a real shot at making some sort of career for herself in art, whatever form it might take. I do think that he needs a reality check with regard to certain things. By the time I was her age, I was choosing my own high school courses without input from my parents, and I sure as all heck would not have listened to anyone telling me what I "must" major in in college. So, yeah, I need to have this talk with him, so that he doesn't inadvertently damage their relationship. I know that's not his intention. But it will be the result if he pushes this too hard. He wants her to at least try one programming course at the CC to see if she likes it. That's not unreasonable, and she said that would be fine, though she said it with the same enthusiasm she would have had if he'd said "go scrub the toilet". :lol: But I also appreciate everyone in this thread giving ME the reality check with regard to a fourth math in high school!
  3. I do honestly worry about this. Today's algebra lesson reduced her to tears, and she's going to have a heavier course load next year with more classes at the CC (she's only taking one class there right now). She's quite sensitive, and she takes it hard when she feels like she's not on top of something. I cut out that snippet of your post to respond to it, but I appreciate everything you said!
  4. Thank you all so much for the replies! A lot of food for thought here, especially the points about a fourth year of math being required by some colleges. I'm going to look more closely at the schools she's interested in and find out for sure. But I definitely don't want to close any doors for her, so this is probably something we should just go ahead and plan to do. Man, she's going to be upset at having to do more math. :sad: I always thought we could do a short course on trig and pre-calc to get her ready for the ACT, but I'm not sure if that's the best strategy. Actually, she's hoping to avoid having to rely heavily on ACT scores (and possibly avoid taking the ACT altogether) by getting enough credits at the CC that she can apply to uni as a transfer rather than a freshman. She is that phobic about tests. I think the CC is a good choice for her for other reasons, so I'm ok with that . . . IF it works. Makes me a little nervous, though. It's kind of funny, I got a full scholarship based on my ACT scores, and my daughter is planning her education around avoiding the ACT. Amazing how different parents and kids can be! She tests better than she gives herself credit for, but standardized tests have always been a big traumatic frustrating ordeal for her. She gets so nervous and anxious that she makes mistakes that she wouldn't make under calmer circumstances. So I really don't think, as bright and talented as she is, that she would get scholarships based on her ACT score. Yes, if she felt like there was a purpose to math that would help her with art, that would probably change her perspective considerably! She wasn't really interested in biology until she realized that an anatomy class would help her draw the human figure more accurately, and now she's excited about it. There is a "Geometry for Design" course that is a requirement for the Associate's of Fine Arts degree at our CC. And if she did it this coming year then we could put it on her Kolbe diploma for high school credit as well. Do you think that would work?
  5. New Mexico 2) Do dual enrollment students pay tuition in your area? At the community college, no. They do have to pay fees (but they aren't much) and purchase textbooks, but tuition is covered. If they wish to take DE courses at the big state university, though, then they do pay tuition. 3) Can dual enrollment students count their courses towards their HS diploma? Yes 4) How many credits can a dual enrollment student take? 5) Are there limits on the DE classes a student can take? I'm not aware of any limits, but I also can't say with 100% certainty that there aren't any. When we enrolled my daughter at our local community college, no one mentioned any limits. I didn't think to ask.
  6. Background: My daughter is 16, in 10th grade, planning to graduate a year early, doing Kolbe Academy for high school, some dual enrollment at the local CC. After graduation, she'll continue at the CC for awhile before applying to a bachelor's degree program. She has always wanted to be an artist, since she was just little. Her determination has increased with age. She does have a lot of natural talent, and she also seems to have the determination to develop the skills. She is not interested in STEM careers in the slightest. But my husband is a physicist. He has bachelor's degrees in both physics and math, and a PhD in physics. He has always equated "education" with "higher math". He wants dd to go into a STEM field, but I just know that's not going to happen. She has wanted to be an artist since she was 5 years old. It's just who she is. Okay, now on to the question... She has already taken Algebra I and Geometry, and will complete Algebra II this year. That's all that is required for her diploma from Kolbe, and she despises math and doesn't want to take any more than she has to. I've looked at BFA degree requirements for several universities, and it looks like there is a minimal math requirement, one class, usually something like "math for non-mathy people" or "geometry for the artist" or something along those lines. So my feeling is, she's done with math for now. She will do just fine in that kind of class when she needs it. Right? I haven't talked to my husband about this yet, because I know he is going to have a fit about her not taking calculus in high school. He thinks calculus is something that *everyone* needs to know. I disagree. But be brutally honest with me: am I missing something? Is there a valid argument to be made that every high school student should take calculus? Will I be putting her at a disadvantage later? (My high school didn't even offer calculus! So perhaps I'm unaware of how wonderful it is to take calculus in high school. I did take in college, and it was fine. I survived not having taken it in high school.) I think his main argument will be that she NEEDS to study computer programming and therefore she needs the logic of math. But she doesn't want to take computer programming. She has less than zero interest in computer programming. I think that it's hard for him to accept that she is just that different from us. Or maybe it's just hard for me to push her to take classes she doesn't want. Am I not seeing the bigger picture here?
  7. I bought a Dave Ramsey bundle for myself and my high school student, and I really liked it. I just checked their website and they don't seem to sell that exact same bundle anymore, but it included the book Complete Guide to Money. I'm also slowly making my way through Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson. It's more comprehensive and detailed than the Dave Ramsey books that I've read.
  8. Which I wouldn't have thought possible, but alas.
  9. Yes, I was thinking about this after I posted. The way he's holding that gun is aggressive, one step short of pointing it at her. This is no good citizen exercising his legal rights. This guy is unhinged.
  10. It doesn't get cold enough either here where I life or in TX where that happened for that to be a factor at all. The guy was clearly wearing the mask to hide his identity and to make himself look scary and intimidating. Maybe the police could do nothing. Probably the police would do nothing. But I'd still call it in, because first of all this kind of harassment and intimidation is ridiculous. And secondly, what if I didn't call it in and he did end up hurting her? I'm NOT about to err on the side of "this guy looks dangerous but he might not be". Call it in and let the police at least be given the chance to do their jobs.
  11. I think I get what you're saying: that we don't know from the mask whether or not he actually intends to fire the gun. (Good enough chance that I'd still call it in, though.) But I would argue that he is in fact using that gun to cause harm: harassment, intimidation, stalking - all harmful. If what he intended to do was morally and legally sound, he'd have no reason to have that mask on.
  12. I live in an open carry state, unfortunately, and I would absolutely call that in. Carrying a gun and wearing a mask absolutely screams intent to do harm. Only people who are up to no good have reason to hide their faces.
  13. I was under the impression that he did come to the US a few months ago for treatment, but I haven't heard anything else. :(
  14. I was pretty sad when Leonard Nimoy died. Star Trek reruns were a huge part of my life when I was growing up. I was raised in this crazy doomsday religion where armageddon was always just around the corner, so I was constantly in fear and dread of the future. Star Trek presented something hopeful about humanity's future, in sharp contrast. It was such a fundamentally optimistic show, and I really needed that. And Spock, of course, was my favorite character (wasn't he everyone's favorite?). Thich Nhat Hahn - I will be very sad when he passes. One of his books healed a wound left by the aforementioned religion of my childhood, and set me on a journey back towards God. It might sound strange to say that I credit a Buddhist monk for my becoming a Christian, but it is absolutely the case.
  15. I think it depends a lot on the woman and her overall style and approach to life. Some people are "younger" at 70 than others are at 50, you know? I will say that I think some women make the mistake of chosing colors that are too vibrant or too rich, and therefore end up looking unnatural. I have to be aware of this tendency myself: my hair is really dark and I dye it to keep it that way (started going gray in my 30's!), but I know that as I age I'll need to transition to a lighter shade of brown, or it will end up looking very fake. I asked my hairdresser about it recently, and she said the same thing: this shade is fine for now, but she said I'll eventually want to go a shade or two lighter. Maybe that's just me, but I don't think I have *ever* looked at a woman of any age and thought "oh, she shouldn't still be dying her hair!" but I have sometimes thought, "that shade looks fake".
  16. Thank you for this! I got sidetracked this week and didn't read the book as planned. Obviously I need to pick it up again. :)
  17. This is something that I am really struggling with! My closet is about half clothes and shoes, and half stuff that I never touch. The "stuff" is items that were given to me by people that I love, some of whom are no longer living. The items themselves apparently don't mean that much to me, because I have them in bins in my closet and I never deal with them in any way. But the thought of getting rid of that stuff tears me up! The things are so strongly tied to the person. I think I'm going to "practice" KonMari-ing my unemotional things first, ordinary stuff like clothing and kitchen utensils, before I even attempt to ask myself which of those items truly spark joy. Beyond that, I'm honestly not sure what to do, or how to approach it.
  18. I've only read the first little part of the book, so I'm sure others are better able to answer than I am. But already it does strike me as very different from FlyLady and Motivated Moms (both of which I have tried). FL and MM are both built on routines/schedules. KonMari strikes me more like setting up your space in a way that it practically takes care of itself. It seems like it's going to be more about a philosophy of how you view your home and your things, and less about "how to" on a daily basis. I think I'm not explaining this well, but I would encourage you to read the book and see what you think. From what I've seen so far, I think it's quite different.
  19. I received the book and am starting to read it now. I've been keeping up with this thread, too. Very encouraging! I appreciate all of the posts. :)
  20. I've heard a lot about this book. In fact, I think there have been other threads here about it. I really needed to place an Amazon order anyway, and this put me over the $35 for free shipping. ;) So it's on its way! Thanks for reminding me about it! Yes, I totally get this. Not a jumping up and down estatic joy, but some things, even everyday tools, do give me joy. I replaced these cheap plastic mixing bowls that I'd had for ages with pyrex mixing bowls from the 1940's and 50's that I gradually collected at antique and second-hand shops. I don't know why I love them so much, but I adore them! For many years, I put up with this annoying canister vacuum cleaner. I know a lot of people prefer canisters, but I hate them. I have to push one thing in front of me and drag another thing behind me? No thanks. Finally bought a nice, super light-weight upright vacuum, and I love it. That's joy. Even in the mundane. I have this old hand-me-down set of steak knives that are in terrible shape. It would bring me great joy to replace them!
  21. Oh, I am so sorry to hear this. I did not realize that she was ill. How awful for her husband and daughters.
  22. Connie, thanks, I really appreciate you mentioning your concern. College admission requirements are a huge concern for me too! I should have explained my situation in more detail. I'm actually looking to use this with my 8th grader next year, to get her ready for high school level science. We've always done science in a pretty informal, interest-led, topical kind of way. Her Dad and I both have science backgrounds, so it was the one subject where I felt comfortable doing that rather than using something more structured. She loves science and does really well in it. BUT now that we're getting closer to high school, I'm concerned that I may have unintentionally left some gaps. So I thought it would be good to spend 8th grade using a textbook that covers all the bases, so to speak, to make sure she's got the foundational knowledge she needs to do each field of science more in-depth in high school. But when I tried googling for 9th grade level general science texts, all I was finding were things like biology or earth science, rather than one book that would cover all fields, but that we could still manage to get through in one year. I found the text that klmama mentioned at such a fantastic price that I couldn't resist ($8 including shipping from Better World Books). But it might be silly to attempt a college level text with an 8th grader! Once I get it, if it looks like it's too much, then I will order one of the McGraw-Hill texts that you mentioned instead, probably the 9th grade one. That probably would have made more sense, but I had already ordered the other one when I read your reply. I'm not usually a spontaneous shopper when it comes to curriculum. But when I find a used textbook at a fantastic price, I usually jump on it. Many times I've gone back just a day or two later to find that the price has increased by 50 or even 100% -- drives me batty! I appreciate your (and everyone's) help so much!
  23. Thank you, Connie! This has been such a huge help. I was starting to think that what I wanted didn't exist. But you have given me several options. I really appreciate everyone's help!
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