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  1. I thought that CLE did a better job of breaking instruction on new concepts down into smaller steps. I also really appreciated having a solutions manual with fully worked solutions. It was much easier to find where my son went wrong in a problem when I could compare the answers to each worked out step in the book instead of having to work the problem myself until I saw where the problem was (which I had to do when my oldest did algebra with Jacobs). I also felt that there were a lot more word problems in CLE.
  2. Send the recommender requests before submitting the application. After the application is submitted the recommender can still upload the recommendation, but I am not sure the student can make changes to the application like adding new recommenders - the student is only supposed to submit a completed application since it immediately goes to the schools. Also, you want to give recommenders as much time as possible - no matter how much they promise to get it done in a timely manner, they often leave it until the deadline is quite near.
  3. My son has listened to many of the books on audio, and apparently it's all wrong hearing someone other than John R. Erickson be the voice of Hank. So the podcast didn't last ten seconds before it was shut off.
  4. My oldest used Jacobs Elementary Algebra and did well with it. My youngest preferred the looks of CLE Algebra (the new textbook) so that is what I used with him. Both are very good programs, though after teaching both I can say that I prefer CLE. My middle has struggled with math, but she is finding success with Teaching Textbooks algebra.
  5. For the sake of brevity on the transcript, I just listed the course as Honors English 11. On the course description I put the full title of Honors English 11: American Literature and Composition.
  6. First, throw away the donut shop blend. Donut shop coffee isn't meant to taste like donuts or even anything good; it is meant to taste like the burned, bitter, watery brew that is served in donut shops. It could have just as easily been called skuzzy gas station blend. Buy a breakfast blend or anything that says light roast. If you are worried about getting the measurements right, start by using k-cups until you know you have a brand that you like and then you can use a drip coffee maker. The brand matters, as well - unless you live in Texas and can buy the HEB brand coffee, stay away fro
  7. The school report is just the section of the common app that you are on that covers info about the school. It is not a separate thing that you have to write up yourself like the transcript and school profile. You are verifying that you understand that you have to upload a transcript for the student as well, that you aren't just going to send info about the school and call it good.
  8. No ideas for managing it, but I want to thank you for putting a name to the disorder. My husband has had it for as long as we have been married, but I didn't know it was anything more than extreme sleepwalking. It has increased this year from several times a month to several times a week, so I am off to the store to buy some melatonin to see if that helps him. He and I could both use a good night's sleep, lol.
  9. I am also in Texas, and my local high school is refusing to allow homeschoolers to take AP tests at their school this year. Which, according to the same education code, they can't legally do. But they are. So I would recommend people double-check that the school they thought their kid was taking an AP test at will still let them. Any homeschoolers with plans to take an AP test in my district will have a fight on their hands this fall; thankfully no one in my family has any plans to take one.
  10. The 2-layer cotton masks at Swaddle Designs have an elastic that goes around the head (the 3-layer do not). I have a couple, and the ear loops are not tight on the ears; the elastic that goes around the head is what holds it in place.
  11. Google says no. Cuban oregano is supposed to have a menthol flavor (it is also called Mexican mint), while Mexican oregano is in the verbena family. I think it is funny that they are both called oregano when neither is in the oregano family, lol.
  12. We have not used it, but GPB has a free chemistry course that is video-based.
  13. The oregano in a Mexican seasoning recipe is not regular oregano but Mexican oregano. It has a completely different flavor than the regular stuff since it belongs to a different plant family. You can use the regular oregano in place of the Mexican oregano, but it will not have the intended flavor.
  14. Regarding the bolded, I don't think that is true at all. How is an employer to know that the degree was completed online if the diploma and transcripts do not mention it? A degree from a reputable college is equal to others, no matter the format of the coursework. I got my BA online in 2011 from a college that has been around for 169 years, and my degree is as authentic as every single degree awarded on campus during that entire time. My online coursework was equal in rigor and content to what was taught in-person on campus, and I earned the same degree. Degrees earned online from established
  15. I have used both. Grammar Revolution includes short instructional videos and Analytical Grammar has DVD's available (though I did not get them when I used it). Both have very similar instructional notes at the beginning of each week's topic for the student to read. Grammar Revolution then follows it with one sentence each day to diagram and parse; Analytical Grammar has 10 sentences each day to diagram and parse. Unless your student hasn't had any grammar instruction or exposure whatsoever beforehand, 10 sentences/day is very much overkill. My daughter had used R&S for years, so we tossed
  16. For my family, it has been the book The Latin-Centered Curriculum. It lays out reasonably rigorous expectations that I adjust for each child. I don't follow it to the letter, but I use it as a guideline for my expectations - both to stretch my kids and to reign in my sometimes overzealous plans. Whenever I am planning a new school year and begin to feel unmoored, I reread the sections for the grades or subjects I am struggling with and it is very grounding. For those that haven't read it, it is very similar to TWTM in the elementary years, if a bit less structured. Lots of reading, nature
  17. I kind of think this is a myth perpetuated by...someone, I am not sure who. My Mom began homeschooling me 40 years ago, and she went with Abeka (she later switched to Calvert). So they sold to homeschoolers. And many of the other homeschoolers in the homeschool group we belonged to used purchased homeschool curriculum. So I am not sure who came up with this idea, but it wasn't someone who was actually there. We had curriculum options in 1980. Not a lot, but some.
  18. Just for informational purposes, Memoria Press has a secular charter store with non-religious versions of their curriculum, Bookshark is the secular version of Sonlight, and there is a great secular literature-based curriculum called Build Your Library that has been around for a number of years. There are also the big names that sell full curriculum packages that have been around for years and years like Calvert and Oak Meadow. If you want secular online classes, there is the WTMA, Next Level Homeschool Classes, Blue Tent, Athena's Academy, FundaFunda Academy, PA Homeschool AP courses,
  19. Definitely the Nora Gaydos books. They can be found on Amazon, but here is a good description of the series and what each level covers.
  20. We used to have that one. First, clear the lines by putting a mug under the spout and holding the brew button down for as long as it takes to completely empty the water line. Then you can brew as much coffee as you would like by only filling the top to the marker of the size you want (6, 8, or 10 oz.).
  21. It is just a high school level course, so colleges won't award any college credit for it.
  22. I would not recommend them. My daughter just finished French 2 there and will be redoing it elsewhere. The teacher gave up partway through the school year and left the majority of the second semester's work ungraded (along with some items from the first semester). The teacher has some pretty serious executive function issues, and it impeded her ability to run her classes this year. She is trying to take on additional classes this upcoming school year, so I expect she will have even more trouble keeping up with grading, posting assignments, etc.
  23. My daughter heard from the last two schools this week - she was waitlisted at Whitman (not a big deal, it wasn't high on her list) and she was accepted at St. Olaf and awarded the Dean's scholarship, which was a nice surprise. St. Olaf was at the top of her list, but she has recently narrowed down her desired major to one they don't have, so I am not sure it is at the top of her list any more. She is still waiting on the financial aid package from Texas State and one major scholarship (Terry Foundation) before she makes her decision. If she doesn't get the (highly competitive) Terry Found
  24. I'm a bit late to the conversation, but yes, my middle child is in her second year of French with Global Goose. I would definitely recommend it; both high school courses that my daughter has taken have been solid courses. There is plenty of homework each week - enough to keep the student busy until the next class. The assignments are all varied, and if the student has any trouble the teacher is willing to help out in any way. Pros - the instructor is willing to work with students who have learning disorders or executive function issues (accepts late work with no penalty, allows a student
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