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  1. Do you need or do you want a fully accredited program? Most 7th graders do not need an accredited program (most high schoolers don't either.) I suspect that virtual public schools have to accept students yr round for situations like moving into the state, so Connections Academy (not classical) should be an option.
  2. You'd probably benefit from just reading old threads. There are some really great conversations that have taken place on these forums over the yrs. None of us need encouragement to talk about our kids. That is the only reason we are here. We are a gabby bunch. In terms of the italicized, I would suggest reading some of these threads: some of these https://forums.welltrainedmind.com/search/?&q="interest led learning"&page=1&search_and_or=or&sortby=relevancy
  3. I would just like to toss in the thought that there is a difference between being 9 and being intellectually capable of handling high school level classes and being a 9 yr old functioning at a high school age level. They really aren't synonymous. It can really help to think through what your goals are across the multiple aspects of child development and what you hope to achieve .
  4. I have never seen a writing program that I would want to do as written. Take the info you find helpful, adapt it for your child, and ignore the rest.
  5. My ds has a life-threatening allergy to all tree nuts, numerous fruits (basically fruit grown on trees), and shellfish. His allergies are severe enough that even a tiny taste of something he is allergic to will cause his throat to swell, blisters on his tongue, and make breathing difficult. We tried allowing him to live on-campus but it was just too limited making sure he was safe. We ended up having his allergist write a letter to the university stating that his life was being endangered by requiring him to live on campus (his school required 2 yrs of on-campus/dining hall). He ended up being approved for off-campus and we rented him an apt. That approach may not be ideal, but it was the best option for him to lower his stress about eating and gave him the freedom to eat without paying for a meal plan.
  6. This is similar to how I organize our library. I additionally separate out specific series like Landmark books are all together, Scientists in the Field, etc. I can pretty much locate anything I want fairly quickly b/c our shelves are organized pretty much like an actual library except I don't organize fiction by author name but general categories---ancient history, Asian culture, etc or fairy tales, scifi, etc. One time we moved and I let the movers load the boxes and I regretted it so much. THey packed by size and my books were all over the place. It took weeks for me to reorganize my library. 😥(I own thousands of books, though, so this was no small task.) We are in the process of moving again and I packed all my books myself.
  7. How about putting away school type books and focus on just reading type books and writing across curriculum or using a unit study type approach? For example, my 4th grade dd and I are reading the Chronicles of Narnia this yr. We are going to read a chpt/day in whatever book we are on, read the history of England since CS Lewis was English, create writing assignments around the study (write stories connected to the novels that are happening in the periphery.....like a history of Charn from the Magician's Nephew or a story of Narnia between Digory/Polly and the beginning of the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, etc). Science is reading whatever she is interested in. We add in videos/documentaries supplementing the topics in the books. Every 3 weeks or so she will write a report on some topic from science. Similarly, every 3-4 weeks she will write a report on something to do with history/geography of what we are reading. Other than that, her school day consists of a little grammar, spelling, math, and religion.
  8. My dd will be that easy. She hasn't even taken the SAT yet. She is taking it next weekend. Once she gets her score back, she will apply to the one school and be done. That simple.
  9. The gov't won't care. 😥 We consulted multiple accountants trying to understand our tax responsibilities when our ds was awarded full scholarship. Not a single one knew the answer. I ended up getting more reliable information from the FA forum on College Confidential. (Not joking.) OP, CC might be a place to ask your question. THere are several reliable posters on there who do answer complicated FA questions. (At least there used to be before their update. I have been avoiding their forums since the update, but hopefully you will find them still hanging out there.)
  10. @Targhee's advice is spot on. Also, ask yourself what really happens if opportunity X offers aspects that you can't. Are they really that important long term? A 7th grader doing any sort of lab is not a life altering, never to be experienced again experience if the student is interested in the subject. Don't conflate real-life outcomes with different, but age appropriate, opportunities. Prioritize what you want as a family and then seek out what fills those needs. It is a much different philosophy than taking the approach that elsewhere should provide the primary educational needs and you are the secondary provider. (The latter is the predominant philosophy of public education.....they are the ones that can fulfill the needs and parents need to step out of the way. ) If you see yourself as the primary educator and fulfill that role, then your kids will have different educations, but no, it does not necessarily equate to inferior. Just different. There are innumerable paths forward.
  11. IIRC, they are not generous with aid for OOS students and don't offer much in terms of merit $$. (not sure whether that info is helpful or not.)
  12. For a child who is still focusing on learning to read, I would not use any formal writing program. I would pull small selections from her reading that she can read confidently and use them as copywork. Copywork can be used instructionally to teach mechanics (capitalization/punctuation). You can discuss simple grammar concepts like subject, verb, adj, adv. Talk about the sentence(s) and what makes them complete thoughts. Why is the sentence interesting/well-written? I have 3 older dyslexic kids and I never focused on independent writing until their reading didn't take 100% of their focused energy. Copywork revisiting something they have already read frees up mental energy for thinking about new ideas.
  13. I'm not positive, but I think you need to include it. Is this a FAFSA only school? Does it meet need? For most non-meeting need schools, it is unlikely to make a difference. For most meets need schools, you will have to fill out the CSS Profile and it will definitely need to be included.
  14. Have you searched through Formed.org? Lots of youth and adult titles.
  15. Always make an appt with your priest to discuss religious ed and sacraments. Take the materials you will be using with youto share and discuss why you want to teach your child at home. I always approach the subject with a priest who might not be used to having parents do religious ed at home as taking on the responsibility of being my children's primary educator. I take that approach bc that is the teaching of the Church. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/natural-family-planning/catholic-teaching/upload/Rights-and-Duties-of-Parents.pdf I have enrolled my kids in confirmation classes when they have been connected with the youth group they are already part of bc they have wanted to do them. But, different diocese have different confirmation ages. Some of my kids have been confirmed as 11th graders (and they did it in conjunction with the youth group) but others have been confirmed as 6th graders (did it at home). Even for my kids who did confirmation with the parish, we still do religious studies at home.
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