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  1. sonlight seems to have them on their site
  2. I got one as well. But it was in connection with a magazine I used to subscribe and am still on their list. what is that, third party ads? At first it looks like from calvert directly but it wasn't. Not saying that was the case for you. Saying that was the case for me.
  3. adding to what a few others said: Calvert business was sold. Divisions were spun off. Homeschool division for grades 3-12 no longer have an in house made "calvert", but instead are using the alpha omega product called Monarch (or ignitia when used by a school) or as the secular version which is called odyseyware). doesn't really compare/contrast the content like the other people have already done, but wanted to mention again the business side of the change in case that was missed way back in the thread. But if you're interested in what the content in the new is like, check out samples of monarch from alpha omega. it's all made and published by glynlyon. calvert just uses the secular edition. very different product now. imagine the difference from a restaurant that made its own bread fresh daily stopping that and now sells some other bakery's loaves that aren't.
  4. I'm different poster, obviously, but wanted to add our experience on college alg: my oldest did saxon alg 1, jacobs geo, then saxon alg 2. On the Dive into Math saxon alg 2 cd, there was test prep for the clep college algebra exam. It covered material from 20 specific lessons in saxon advanced book (aka pre calc). She did the prep lessons and easily passed the clep college alg. middle gal for sociology: that was an older version of modern states class that was the free version of the arizona state university "global freshman academy". and plenty of REA and PEterson's practices after finishing that course. never did soc in high school stuff. other stuff as listed in another post. but sociology was not the same thing it is now on modern states and the whole ASU thing changed too. but test was taken fall 2017.
  5. My middle gal is a fan. She completed 9 clep exams and received 37 credits toward her associates at the community college. This is most likely her final degree for many years due to work plans and all of that. The college will accept transfer (including credit by exam options such as clep) for up to 75% of the degree (although one part of the website says only 2/3 of degree). In any case, she took and passed those 9 clep and then needed 8 classes to finish. Very doable for her abilities and challenges to take part time load. clep exams taken and passed: sociology, psychology, US history 1, US history 2, am. gov, biology, humanities, english lit, pre calc (yes!) she took those in her "gap year" (year after high school completion and start of community college). Some people tell me I should of/could of had her in a 5th year of high school and listed those as honors. She would have been eligible for a state grant for free community college. I counter that with the grant needed full time enrollment at CC, and she could not do that with her challenges, and it all worked out for us especially since the clep exams were free via vouchers from modernstates. stuff studied for prep: in high school, using MFW's sequence helped a lot (even with math sequence doing Saxon through advanced book.) Then in the gap year, she took the self paced courses on Modern States dot org. And got vouchers for the exams to be free and test center reimbursed. So those 37 credits were no final cost to us . After the courses and before the test date, she did practice exams via the resources at our library to access the Peterson's CLEP prep (see if your library system has them. something in the "gale testing resources". ask at reference desk for that stuff in your system). So she had 3 practice exams at cost of library card (free). And some of the tests we did an extra practice with REA guides. bought used to keep cost down, and/or just the online access to the practice exam. For humanities and Eng Lit, I used "instacert" website for flash card studies. I guess I should amend my statement the credits were no final cost. I spent under 100 for all of it from 2 months of instacert and a couple of REA guides. I didn't track the total cost, but you get the point it was super low cost. I recommend and suggest looking at a site that covers a lot of "resourceful planning via clep (and other tests and methods)" called Homeschooling for College Credit HS4CC good site for lots of information for clep exams, etc. CLEP worked great for my middle daughter. It would not have worked as well for my oldest who was a triple STEM major, although she took Analyzing and Inter Lit to fulfill her gen ed requirement at her college. She also took college alg clep after completing saxon alg 2 just because I thought it was good thing to do at the time.
  6. If it would help with ideas: with youngest (severe language disorder expressive and receptive, definitely "below level reading" ) we'd preview classics using the edcon guides. Then listen to audio version (with the book in front of her) to the full version of book. Can't remember if I ordered from Rainbow Resource, or from Wieser Education. But here's link to rainbow's catalog for the product I used as preview of the plot also one year we did anthology text (AGS brand) instead novels.
  7. For my oldest: was allowed to record lectures. And she took her phone and took picture of anything on the board. asked for pdfs to be emailed, but then most of the classes had a website where prof put the pdf anyway. (for context, she graduated in 2018, stem major, autism (HF), adhd, dysgraphia (suspected), but very strong auditory memory skills. If it would help any, here's a link to her alma mater and their disabilities accommodations info webage to get an idea of the kinds of papertrail needed at college level in US and what can be expected at places following the disability laws at college level. Basically
  8. Yep . He's still around. This was Mongo's year in the mayoral elections. He came in 4th out of 11 candidates on the ballot. and he was featured on an episode of American Pickers a few years ago. here's that promo clip. you'll get a "blessing" watching. LOL
  9. late to this discussion. But wow. uhm, at least for grades 3-12,I was looking at the scope/sequence and saw the copyright info. It is Glynlyon software which is AOP's Monarch, and the secular Odysseyware. not really anything to say with that. just confirming that there's a reason it looks like secular lifepacs and other AOP products and secular counterpart. It is the same thing. (eta: oh wow. a little more research and not only was the homeschool division of calvert sold (to glynlyon and whatever company owns glynlyon these days), but the school division was sold to edmentum. Now I really feel like a Betamax with my style of homeschooling teaching from lesson plans and books, and crafts at the kitchen table, science labs in the kitchen. didn't do tutorials, etc)
  10. I was curious too. and looked it up. I don't think you're missing something on that. That's how I read it too. On the FAQ for online program on the question "can I just take one course" it says "Yes, it is possible to take just one course. Students who are fully enrolled in one of our Off-Campus Program or Campus School options can take individual courses for an additional fee. Please contact our Enrollment Associate for details about individual course enrollment" (and they give contact info there) If you and I are reading it the same way, yes you can register for a single course, but you have to be a fully enrolled student and pay registration , high school per student fee, and individual course fee. Probably more than you want to spend for one semester. hope you find something that works for you.
  11. skimomma, I did a few minutes to open up the course on modernstates and look again. The text is from OpenStax. each chapter in text has review questions (answers to the odd numbers are provided in appendix of the full text), and thinking questions. 17 chapters total. plenty of reading from text.
  12. Low number of hours question: I know it doesn't count the text reading time. But it's important to remember this in calling a class a semester or year. Counting clock hours is only one way to think about high school credit. Textbook courses with lecture can still have "credit" even if you have a fast learner who does the whole book in under 180 days at one hour a day. With that said, I think the course is a legit semester of regular high school level course. For some students it might be thought of as a "block style" or "summer school style" with lots covered in shorter time. It is not remedial in nature. Class format: watch the video summary. Read the textbook (which is included online, one of those open stax things. about 700 pages total. specific chapters are assigned with each module). Then there are "homework" problems in each section to check that you read. Those are multiple choice. For those who are using Modern States to get the free clep test voucher, you have to pass those homework questions as they are called in the course with a certain average (70% I think) and complete all sections. There is a "final test" which is designed as a practice clep test without the time pressure. Text is included in the course and is online. as mentioned, about 700 pages. certain chapters are assigned to match the topics in the module. You can sign up for free and see more of it. I know middle gal used it about 2 years after a very basic government course (using a middle school text that is not secular or I'd mention it), and having done US history. She used modern states to review, learn other stuff, prep for test. We added test prep and took and passed clep exam and was given college credit for that at her school. So, I'd be comfortable using the course for regular high school level semester. I wouldn't worry about clock hours for a textbook based course like this. You might watch the videos several times. The videos are just summary. and I have to log off. But I can double check the text if there are extra questions and answers for those to make it more of a paper trail course if needed. but I just saw the time.
  13. has one. My middle daughter used it with her clep prep.
  14. Usually an occupational therapist is the one to diagnose sensory issues (at least in pediatric). However, you might need a team effort with the OT and a psychologist report to get what the college disabilities services needs for official paperwork. Have your child check into that directly for what is needed. (or see if college website has that answer). When my oldest daughter was in college she got her adhd diagnosis through a psychologist. The report included housing accommodations for single room for some reason or other. She elected not to get the single room until junior year however.
  15. One idea: use the Biology clep prep course for free on then do your SAT subject test prep book. add in what you need to make it a lab. My middle daughter only needed biology for non majors in college sequence. And she did apologia biology in grade 9 and then a few years later did the modernstates course (along with clep practice tests from petersons and rea) and passed the clep and got credit at her college. (If she had still needed high school credits I would have no issue granting high school year credit from that no matter what the clock hours say.) maybe an adaptation of that path could work in your case with just different test prep materials. definitely doable in a semester time at your own pace. included videos and an online text in the course. (make sure to read the text too) you can add labs as you want for high school. and test prep. edit to add link to the course
  16. DD 1: Jacobs Geometry was in 9th. Listed as Geometry. 10th was Saxon Algebra 2 (and listed as Algebra 2). any geometry was review and I didn't worry on titles. 11th was Saxon Advanced for book, and she did that in one year so it was Pre Calc. 12th was not using saxon, but did calc. and this is caused no issues with college admission. she has bachelors in math (and ele engineering and comp sci). In other words, option 1 on your list. dd2. jacobs was in 10th, Geometry. Saxon alg 2 was in 11th. (listed as Alg 2). grade 12: Saxon advanced book and listed as Pre Calc. got done what we got done. not a stem major. took clep exam for college credit after saxon advanced and got her math class out of the way for her major. In other words, option 1. and when/if they did some geometry in saxon after jacobs, I didn't worry about the review or putting it as part of titles. enjoy the options
  17. I used to be confused on that too. Shadow means sunshine, so it should be good weather. But then, one day long ago while watching Little Bear (on Nick jr), Little Bear and Duck explained it all to me. Little Bear took a lamp and cast Cat's shadow on the wall, therefore giving Duck a little startle. Little Bear turned off the lamp and duck felt better. " Shadow Bad. No Shadow Good". I'm sure somewhere in internet video land, is the lIttle bear episode with that segment called, Search For Spring... where it all makes sense now. (it was one of my favorite episodes when the kids were young. especially the segment before it with the raccoon ghosts LOL) I mean it was my oldest child's favorite. yeah that's it.
  18. PS: with all I said above, I want to make the case for "yes you can do that". If you decide to use training time as part of clock hours toward PE credit, there are resources available for fitness for hunters. more than likely you would list the course as Physical Education and not "hunting for PE credit". When it came time to the course description, I'd keep it simple for this course since it is PE: I'd describe the course and not list the author of the resources used (simple example "This course provides an overview of fitness concepts, the effects of exercise on an individual and explores training programs specific to achieving optimal physical and mental health." ) but take some time to look for "hunting physical fitness" in internet search and see if there are any programs or videos (free or pay) to help your son get in the best shape for the season and year round too. It is possible to earn a PE credit over several academic years. It's non uncommon where I live for homeschoolers to give 0.25 credit each year, or 0.5 credit over 2 years. So yes, if specific sport training is done to get ready for season, yes it can count. The hours of sitting -probably not. I still would list it as PE and not more specific than that on transcript unless there was some specific scholarship needed.
  19. I live in a state where our state constitution gives us a right to "hunting and fishing." However, I wouldn't count the time toward PE credit even if I listed the course only as PE and the college would never know how those clock hours were spent earning the course. I do know some people who have incorporated aspects of their huntin' and fishin' time into hands on science class (such as dissections) and even with some other hands on learning in combination of unit study approach. I think I heard the mom say they used resources on US fish and wildlife services website. I don't remember those details though. And I heard of one student who really wanted to work professionally in fishing and it was part of career elective, and the student learned bunches of stuff, and they got creative and it worked out with calculating tides, and all kinds of things. can't remember if he ended up at one of the more agriculture style state colleges or not. so yes, there are ways to incorporate the learning into a course if you want, but PE is probably not the best fit course to work all of that into. You might consider one unit on the PE credit to be about health/wellness/fitness needed to do well in the field. I know my oldest daughter's archery class has a nutrition report one year as part of prep for a tournament.
  20. 1. "not successful" could make an interesting essay too. The day I failed and what I learned from it. wait. isn't that supposed to be one the common application essay options? it shows up on searches as though it is. but we never did common app so I don't know. 2. with the cover school that you and I use, you can talk with the guidance counselor and really let her get to know your child. Besides, I'm pretty sure it's the case the cover school asks you to write about your student and then they put things in "counselor-ease" and sign it. edit to add: ps, I'm sending a PM with link to the info about rec letter at the cover school. It says stuff that might help you get perspective about that.
  21. When I used Friendly Chemistry with youngest, we added in about 10 of the 15 labs in a book called Gourmet Lab : principles behind your favorite foods. available amazon or here We also tried to use the labs in this archived course on edX with food based chemistry. This one has more math and science words in it with the labs. You don't have to upload your stuff to the course if you don't want. and it's currently "archived" but you can still enoll in it as archived. just one way to approach it.
  22. The cover school I use says 1 high school credit for a semester college course. If your cover school says differently, follow that and find out any other rules they have with DE. If you are independent (file with local district), you could use same guidelines as my cover school if you want: 3 or 4 college credit = 1 hs credit, and a 1 or 2 college credit = 0.5 high school credit
  23. In my part of TN at the community college If they are 4 credits, then they have a lab with them. So if they have a lab in college, sure, it's good for that tn 3rd science especially since it's DE course and is on the TN transfer pathway for ag degrees. I'm with teachermom2834 on it. The only potential pitfall I can see is that some of the Tn cc lists 3 credits for the intro to animal science, and intro to plant, while listed soil as 4, and yet other campuses list all three courses with 4 credits. So, double check it's 4 credits (which you probably did already) and call it high school with lab.
  24. it wasn't the right explanation though. LOL. wink. There are so many right ways to count and evaluate. It's very individualized.
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