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  1. ah. I see you changed mind on excel. Take a look on Teachers Pay Teachers. prices vary, but some are just a dollar or two for the template. you can preview to see what it has. But yes, agreeing with the others that you want to find out what the tech program is looking for in a "report card". Do they need to see attendance reports? daily grades? tests grades to understand how the semester and final grades were calculated? I noticed those were things on various reports for middle and high school ranges on TPT. But I have no idea what they want to see from a homeschooled student with report card that isn't transcript. card template
  2. TPR = total physical response. A method of teaching language or vocabulary concepts by using physical movement to react to verbal input. I first heard about it with some videos to learn Spanish. educacion espanol (excuse my spellings please). video teacher would tell the classroom teachers in the notes about the TPR activities. I didn't have a clue and had to learn it too. But on the video the students were playing a game similar to Simon Says. Teacher would call out the new vocab word such as standing, and the students had to stand. then "turn around", "jump". etc. here's a quick link for basics
  3. Where Home LIfe's main office is located (in the state of Tennessee), it means a few little things practically that weren't already mentioned. In TN, if a homeschooler uses a cover school that is not accredited then there is a different box to check to receive state paid college scholarships to state schools, and maybe something with high school sports teams (I'm still not sure how that works and the laws changed recently), and of course the transfer during high school years and placement tests which was already mentioned. It's not been an issue for TN people to get jobs, and admitted to colleges etc. At college level of course is where accreditation is the biggest concern, but that's not the topic. If it would help to understand HLA better, I wanted to share a link to HomeLife's section about why they do not seek accreditation also, homelife has an international dept as well. From their site, look for the "enroll now" button and open up the info box on international. Home Life does have some online class options for various needs. I'm not sure about all of those. But look under Archway info buttons on website.
  4. for some context and variety: Where I live 150 hours of documented physical activity is a 1 credit PE (1 credit = 1 year) and you don't have to do reports for that credit either. So 180 hours plus stuff still says more than 1 credit. If you really feel that for some reason health is too lite (I don't), then add in something doable like bystander CPR and let the rest be from skills learned in life along the way (such as dental health, etc). credit by assessment instead of by coursework.
  5. In the high school where we are zoned, there is a course of study option where Physical Education is the elective focus. They list PE 1 and 2 of course. But then also Fitness and Conditioning 1 and 2 as the grade 11 and 12 classes for those in that elective field. One university catalog that I'm looking at online has a course for student athletes called " Athletic Training Education". Maybe that title would fit since you said she is a pretty serious athlete. I don't think I did that much school work to earn my group fitness instructor certificate. (just being silly with you). now off to read the replies that came in while I was typing. edit to add: agreeing with Lori that if it were me in my decisions, the clock hours would be PE for year. The academic stuff you listed would be Health for semester. Where I live that's what we break it down like. But if you want fancier titles, I gave my opinion.
  6. My oldest declined honors program at her college. She was electrical engineering, comp sci (and math too). She graduated summa cum laude by the way and still had plenty of opportunities. Her reasons for not going in the honors program was all about having to do a few extra liberal arts classes in topics that did not interest her. It was a small enough college and engineering program that registration early was not an issue for anyone. The housing should have been incentive and one year she was on the honors floor due to other reasons (she was supposed to be on the STEM floor, but there wasn't space at freshman year assignments. Then she wanted a single in the older yuckier dorm all to herself with no suitemates. (weird, I know. I know). All of the engineering students had research opportunities and could attend the professional conferences. Many of them got published in journals. They had all senior seminar to do. The "honors" students just had to do an extra paper or something. No extra scholarship money in it. She had a social life and access to events. With that said, if she had gone to the state university instead of the private, she might have had to do honors to be with others engaged in learning. It just wasn't needed at the smaller place. I don't think she has regretted her decision. It was individual needs and what the program involved and did and did not offer Her name was still featured a lot in the graduation ceremonies and special awards without it. I think she once told me that many start that program, but most drop out of it.
  7. sharing my oldest dd's experience on that. She was electrical engineering (and comp sci and math). probably the biggest collaboration things involved getting to the annual professional meetings and getting entries in the student competitions.
  8. We didn't "need" that for college admissions. No one asked on that. And even though we did just labs and such at home, my daughter was the one in college classes who was ready for group work. She had the expectation that you were supposed to do your share of the work by golly gum drop. And it seemed that some of the lab partners missed that while in brick and mortar schools. Thinking back though? Oldest was involved in youth group at church and volunteered for committees and group service projects. Maybe that was enough to get her ready. (ps. she graduated last year and did very well in college. ) and for jobs? Well, that's what the college's role is in the big picture. and guess what? my oldest never did any AP or dual enrollment. no co-op classes for academics. and yet was admitted to first choice college with scholarships based on ACT scores. She was triple STEM major. No, it wasn't MIT. But yes, it was proper accredited and her top choice. and when she was going into grade 9, none of that was in our top thoughts. I was too scared about teaching composition. She got it figured out by college on that. I never did. warm friendly thoughts and wishes for whichever paths you end up taking.
  9. If it makes you feel any better, I've graduated two from homeschool high school and that motherload is too much for me to follow. My oldest has graduated college. When she was about grade 7 ish, this version of the forum wasn't around. I used a simpler resource and learned stuff as I went along. If I tried to do that thread, I'd feel overwhelmed. and that's from someone who has finished with 2 and only has a year left with youngest who is special ed track.
  10. Oldest started MFW in her 2nd grade year which is when I found it. She used it until high school graduation. The exceptions in their program that she didn't use: change spelling programs for her after 5 years of trying spelling power, we did a fine arts class instead of "build a credit of fine arts appreciation by logging hours" (mfw suggestion). and grade 12 science was advanced physics instead of advanced biology. and grade 12 calculus was not with saxon. and we added some high school electives that mfw didn't do that were for my dd's interests. but yeah, we used their recommendations for math, science, etc. it was good enough. stuff got done. Middle did MFW from preschool years (the old bare bones mfw preschool) until grade 12. another spelling power drop out. grade 12 science was marine biology instead of advanced biology. fine arts was through performance. and of course electives to fit. (edit: and did not use rosetta stone in high school) I was glad I found it. Stuck with it with only minor variations. I don't like to shop so it was nice to be done with shopping. happy long term with results. oldest did very well in college so it all worked out. middle is doing fine too. The only thing I wish I had dropped sooner was spelling power. youngest: I wish I didn't have to shop. but autism, special ed, you know.
  11. Modern States worked for my daughter as brush up from high school curriculum and for new material (such as psych and soc). I'd suggest also doing practice tests either with REA (can access online with small fee) or Peterson's tests. Some libraries have Peterson's tests available to patrons for free. Another site for some limited free practice exams is My dd was well prepared for all of her clep exams with those resources. (And from solid high school at home resources. ) You probably know this, but others may be just learning so I'll share. With Modern States, if you do their review course and follow the procedures, you can get voucher for the clep test. and they'll reimburse test center fee too after you take exam. been a very good experience for us.
  12. oh I forgot to talk a little on that part of it. My middle daughter is earning associates via online options in our state community college systems. In her case and for her interests in and abilities, that's where she'll end school. She took 9 CLEP exams (and got those paid for with vouchers from modernstates) and the college counts that toward general education credits. I don't know how it will or will not transfer if she changes her mind "someday" down the road. Can't predict for 5-10 years away. That leaves her classes to take (and she's done 2 so far with her part time schedule). Both of those were online and had the normal experience of online classes where some people don't seem to participate in the required discussions. Asynchronous with dead lines. As far as we know, only one will require a proctored exam. That can be done on campus or if someone doesn't live near a community college in the system there are other ways to get a proctor. Word of wisdom: make a technology back up plan if your laptop is down, or your wifi is out at your place. Know what time zone assignments are due. Participate in the discussion board as required. If college offers tutoring online, use it if needed. Even if you don't have to log in at a certain time to take class, make sure you have your own schedule to follow to do your studies. read the syllabus, etc. Make sure you know what you need to do to graduate on time. If home campus has online advising you can do that if going in person doesn't work. Mileage will vary on how it is done. Take time to get to know the online platform system and where due dates are shown for class and where you click that you finished an assignment to measure class progress, etc. Use proper manners. In my dd's case, we're not concerned about it being an online degree because it's done through community college that has a real campus. Transcript will not show it was "online degree" and it's just more of an online way to earn the same degree as if she were on campus. The program is fully online. But the university is not. That's an important difference to recognize in the discussion. in other people's lives, the leaders of our homeschool support group received their degrees via online options. Those were religious based Bible leadership courses. They did that as adults in their 30s and 40s and within the last couple of years (ok, one of them just got his BA last month). To get done all they do (work, kids, run homeschool stuff in this city), having fully online was the way to go. and for the degree, it was good.
  13. agreeing. noting: For the link I shared (with TN state system) the home university does not distinguish on transcript (or diploma for that matter) if classes were completed on campus or online. But good thing to mindful of.
  14. From my limited understanding from Becky at dual credit at home, those credit hours can be from credit by exam options such as CLEP. That's how she did it with her children at COSC. in TN, there are fully online options through some of the state universities. One enrolls at a home institution. Then takes courses online. (My middle daughter is using this option along with credit by CLEP accepted at the institution) On this link one can learn more about which degrees and at which levels including bachelors.
  15. My youngest was part of the beta test group with levels 2-6. She was older than the suggested age but working at those levels due to special education needs. Books 2 and 3 are based heavily on Emma Serl's Primary Language Lessons. Book 4 was based heavily on Serl's Intermediate Lang. Lessons. books 5 and 6 were based on different public domain book that I don't remember right now. 4, 5,6 of mfw books begin gentle intro into parts of speech. I noticed that was something different from when my older girls used Serl's Intermediate language (which began definitions of parts of speech in the 6th grade section.) I liked how mfw encourage student to make flash cards with parts of speech and maybe some rules of commas along the way. I thought the mfw books were good CM approach. lessons were intentionally short (ala CM) for each day. included memory work, art appreciation, etc. not workbooks. not sure what else you'd like to know. It's been a few years since we did those. But if you're familiar with the style of Serl books (with modern updates for how we address letters, and little thing like that), then you have a good handle on mfw books 2, 3,4. And 5 and 6 weren't all that different in approach.
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