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  1. You don't need a diploma for every grade. A diploma is issued at the end of 12th grade when graduating from high school. Prior to that, students need a transcript of courses taken each yr. If a student is going to homeschool through 12th grade, parents, depending on the state, can issue the diploma themselves and generate their students' transcripts. I have graduated 5 students from our homeschool, our 6th is a 12th grader, and all have received a diploma printed off our home computer. I create their transcript. They have not taken accredited classes. They have been accepted to universities without any problems. Where things get muddy is for students who want to attend high school midstream. It is much easier to start in 9th grade than in 10th bc public schools may not give credit for courses not completed in a traditional brick and mortar setting. (They may not even accep accredited online courses.)
  2. Are you homeschooling now? If so, what are you currently using? If not and you're going to be new to homeschooling, the first step is to understand your home state's laws. Every state has their own laws that need to be followed. (None require accreditation.) Since you don't need an accredited program, your list of options is much larger than Connections Academy. You can also use multiple providers and not just one. For example, you could look into Derek Owens for just math.
  3. 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.
  4. 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"interest led learning"&page=1&search_and_or=or&sortby=relevancy
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.)
  12. @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.
  13. 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.)
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Have you searched through Lots of youth and adult titles.
  17. 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. 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.
  18. Kolbe Academy, Mother of Divine Grace, Angelicum Academy have a few resources that I have used with different kids over the yrs. I also like the Didache series,The History of the Church, text. History of the Church We use the Living my Religion catechism books from Our Lady of Victory. I really like Louis deWohl's saint biographies. Louis de Wohl But for the most part, I incorporate Catholic resources I find in our studies. For example, Claire Asquith's Shadowplay or Thomas Woods's How the Catholic Church Saved Western Civilization etc. Bethlehem Books has a lot of great titles for younger kids like your ds. My kids don't do religious ed at our parish. We do religious studies every single day and my kids just don't get anything out of CCD. (For example, one yr I tried to put my 6th grader in hoping for some Catholic socialization. The class was discussing "what are the 7 sacraments" and the kids in the class couldn't name them. At home we were studying how the Apostles' Creed represents the Trinity with the 3 different parts of the prayer. Just completely different levels.
  19. My dd got up and started school at 5 am. She worked non-stop until 12. She would work again after we got home or on the weekends to catch up on anything not finished. Early morning start times is the only way my kids have kept up with school and ECs.
  20. My dd spent 20+ hrs/week when factoring both on and off ice training. In addition to the time commitment, the more advanced she became, the greater our costs. She absolutely loves figure skating and she still skates with pure joy. But, it took her getting really sick for us to really see just how much her life was out of balance for her long term goals. She ended up giving up her training to just skate for pleasure. For her it was the right decision. She ended up having more time to spend on Russian and that is when she completed her Russian fairy tale translation project. Long term, that impacted her more than she ever though possible bc it has really influenced her choices as potential careers. So hind sight being 20-20, she is happy with how life directed her. But, back when she had to cut back on skating, it was a devastating blow to her b/c she loved it so much. Not easy decisions, for sure.
  21. Hi Taryn. I see you deleted your post, but I did read it last night. I respect that that is your experience. We all share based on what we know from our own real life and what my dh and ds have experienced in their careers at the 4 chemical companies they have experience with is contrary to what you have seen at the companies you have worked for. OP, I would recommend looking at published data to help your ds sort through his decisions. Many schools do publish data on their grads. Here are 2 fairly diverse examples: Auburn and MIT. On page 6 of this pdf you can see Auburn's engineering schools grad avgs Note that CS majors at Auburn avg is only $56K with a range of $54,000 - $115,000 and their chemE's avg is $81K with a range of $67,000 - $105,000. On page 26 of this pdf you can see that MIT CS grads had an avg pay of $110K with a range of $70,000-260,000. Pg 27 shows an avg chemE pay of $71K, a median of $72K, and a range of $30,000-99,000. Tech definitely skews significantly higher from MIT and that $50,000+ delta is very real. In terms of civil engineering, Auburn's published data is mean of $54,700 with a range of $42,000 to $68,000. MiT's published data is a mean of $87,667 with a median of $80,000 (no published range). So there is a larger differential in civil engineering pay than chemical. You can have your ds research the specific schools he is considering and explore their career center data if this information is important to him. It may not be. Our 12th grader is considering CS as a major and post grad pay is the last thing on her mind. She wants to live near family, commute to college, and just getting a job that allows her to stay near family is all that she cares about. If it means making 1/2 the income of another school's grad, she would say, "whatever." $$ is not what motivates her. With your ds's primary interest in music, he may have the same sort of mentality. Good luck to him in making his decisions.
  22. @Liza Q I can share our kids' experiences. Our oldest is a chemE. He did on campus research with a professor and was pd. He also co-oped with a top chemical company. That company offered him scholarship $$ every semester after co-OP until graduation and full benefits. (This was back in the day before kids could stay on parents health insurance. The benefits allowed him to get married as an UG.) He had no obligation to work for that company upon graduation and he accepted an offer from a different company. His experience, as well as my dh's who is also a chemE, is contrary to what TarynB shared. It may come down to field and career-type (finance vs industry) but the chemical companies they work for have well-established pay scales based on title. So if you know someone's title, you automatically know their general salary. Within the title, there is a salary range based on performance 80/90%-110/120%, depends on the corporation, and that rating also impacts bonus %. But, those aspects are based on performance reviews and new grad hires pay is pretty stagnate vs fluid. There is no huge differential in pay based on school or students they "really want." They only hire students they believe will succeed and that is based on GPA, experience (no experience means you won't receive offers), and recommendations. That $50,000 delta (missed the delta in my original reading) mentioned is not a real life representation of what you see in manufacturing environments. That sounds more like tech start-ups, finance, etc. If you look at MIT's posted salaries for chemEs, for example, their avg starting salary is not much different than what we have experience with. Their high ranges are most likely students who did not go into manufacturing. In terms of physics, our ds did on campus research for no pay. Summer research, REUs, typically pay $5000 with room and board provided. He is pursuing a PhD and that was always his goal. So no info about other paths.
  23. We have never encountered any asking for labs.
  24. In terms of simple concrete "do's", we go to daily Mass on First Friday's and on days when we can make the available Mass times work. It is looking like Tuesday's at 615 am is going to work the yr. We try to go to Adoration when we can. My kids write JMJ and AMDG on the top of their papers. In terms of curriculum, even though we are devout Catholics, I tend to avoid Catholic homeschool providers' curriculum. We have been happy with a very tiny handful of Catholic curriculum over the yrs, but by far I am much happier designing our own courses and using resources I have researched on my own .(which means incorporating Catholic resources in the way that I want to.
  25. @SilverMoon I laughed out loud when ai read the description of your daughter. Oh my. I have one just like her. She is our #6 and is now a sr in high school. Still as stubborn as a mule. Horizons combined with MiF was my approach with her back in the day for the exact same reasons.
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