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  1. Which sub-part are you having trouble with (c?)? Can you post a picture of your work so we can see what you are doing?
  2. @katilac I think her son is a rising senior, so he doesn't have an aid offer yet. She's planning ahead. @Miguelsmom Are his five classes next year all DE? Or a mix of home/ online/ DE?
  3. In online English classes, my eldest has done everything from 3 3-5 pg papers in a year long class labelled honors by the provider to 5 3-5 pg papers of various styles plus one research (6-8 pg?) paper in a one semester (not labeled honors) course. In home grown classes, she mostly wrote summaries, short responses, and "five paragraph" (type) papers. I outsourced her English after Freshman year. Senior year, she took a 400-level literature class at the local college. They wrote one essay as part of the midterm, one for the final exam, and one due at the end of the course. There were weekly discussion board posts and short answer test questions, but only the three papers. She also wrote a few one page papers in her foreign language class. She has no love for writing.
  4. I think she meant 2 classes a year, not per semester. But, I could be wrong. My DD#2 might live at home & drive the 30 minutes each way to classes. She wants to live at home. My dd#1 took a couple of classes at the same college during high school and found the library a good place to hang out when it made more sense to stay on campus. She had a morning science class on Monday & Wednesdays that had an associated lab on Wed afternoon. She stayed on campus on Wednesdays, ate lunch, and got homework done. She found she was more productive there than at home.
  5. I think my kid's orientation fee was $125. One breakfast, two lunches & a dinner. Plus one overnight in the dorms (towels & linens provided). Includes two guests (meals but no lodging) for the same fee. (Extra guests are $50 each.) I don't mind them charging for orientation because the school hires students as orientation leaders and they have to get money from somewhere to pay them. I assume any leftover goes for the kids who give tours during the school year as part time employees of the admissions dept.
  6. I love dreaming of my dad when I remember (in the dream) that he is dead. I appreciate the dream so much more and take lots of time to hug him and spend time talking to him. I don't dream of him nearly as much as I used to. My brother died two years ago and I haven't yet had a dream with him in it. My aunt just died last year and I haven't dreamt of her yet, either. I don't really know what that means, but I think I miss my dad most of them all.
  7. I'm glad you finally posted about it. I think it might help you process it a little more when there are others, even though we are on the internet and not in person, who are sad with you and trying to offer you comfort. I am very sorry your family (mom/sister) don't understand your grief. (My mother would not understand either. Only imperfect, weak women have issues according to her. She once told my sister that my sister wouldn't have any childbirth issues because my mom never had them. That was after I'd already had a miscarriage. Grrr!) I understand. Many hugs. I would say there is sadness at every anniversary (of when she would have been born, of when you almost died, of that ultrasound, etc.). Certainly, seeing your baby makes it more real. I think that is one of the many reasons doctors want you to have the d&c - so you don't have the same level of trauma & also connection. Many, many hugs.
  8. I used to be the only one able to hang a kitchen hand towel up after using it, but my ds#1 acquired the magical ability this week and proudly calls my attention to it everytine he performs this special feat now. One of my kids got very exasperated at repeated empty rolls of toilet paper greeting her in the bathroom when there was a fresh roll just sitting there next to it. (My kids were trained repeatedly at young ages to make sure there is always more rolls of TP in the bathroom.) So, she conducted a special training session with all the other kids showing them how to change the roll. Then, she made them demonstrate their ability to perform this task before letting them leave the bathroom. Genius!
  9. I didn't quote all the suggestions but the sheer breadth of the creative ideas here is staggering. I have a plan for the rest of the day. I'm going to drink some water and take my antidepressant, then I'm heading to my backyard to practice some nude yoga. Later, I'll relax with a low carb pot brownie and a good book on meditation. My kids won't recognize my sunburnt chill self when they get home. 👍
  10. Fall: College Algebra (1 cr @ CC) Psychology (1 cr @ CC) French (1/2 cr) Literature (1/2 cr) Gov (1/4 credit) Econ (1/4 credit) Art portfolio Spring: Finite (1 cr @ CC) Speech (1 cr @ CC) French (1/2 cr) Literature (1/2 cr) Gov (1/4 credit) Econ (1/4 credit) Art portfolio I would personally just concentrate on one at a time & get Econ done in a semester & then Government (or vice versa). Some Econ & Govt courses are a full year, though, so I wouldn't feel bad giving a full credit if she puts the time in. I have no idea on the portfolio.
  11. We finally had a week of sun (with some scattered thunderstorms here & there). It was glorious and let some of the farmers get crops in. Now, it is raining again. I really hope the water level doesn't rise again because some of the major roads just opened back up which makes our lives safer. (When the major roads are closed, the traffic reroutes through our small town. We've had multiple fatal car accidents due to the people driving through here thinking they can speed & pass like they are on the interstate.) Although, I'm still not sure how to get to the airport next week with all the bridges still closed and the one route I know now closed for construction.
  12. Yep, @Corraleno. My DD had her 4-and-a-half-yr plan, an alternate one if she doesn't do study abroad at a specific time, and a third option if she chooses to do a foreign language certificate in one of her languages instead of another minor. No one looked at them since DD was already registered. I feel like the other parents who had read the website probably weren't at orientation. I did have a few questions to ask that I could not find the answers to online, although I admit to asking one I did know the answer to just so I could follow up with a request for them to consider offering what they don't currently do (ability to receive allergy shots at the campus health center). I was completely disappointed with that response. One of DD's professors was manning the undergraduate research/REU display at the information fair, so she's already met one professor she'll have this fall.
  13. English or Reading? Check out Erica Meltzer's Complete Guide to ACT English for English-specific help. The English section has a lot of punctuation-related grammar stuff.
  14. Well, I offered that in addition to the 'physical activities' so there was more interaction other than her being in her room on her device. If that is important, then I guess there would need to be a concerted effort to spend time with her. (I used to help my dad fix stuff - mostly at other people's houses. We mostly didn't talk, but I would hand him tools or hold the light for him if he was under a sink. I remember those times fondly. But I was the only kid willing to do that.) When my DH was studying for a work certification, I sat at the table & studied something myself. We were together but working on separate things. Maybe you can work on your graduate studies while she studies for a CLEP exam. Just trying to offer some ideas. This parenting gig isn't easy & there sure isn't an answer key we can use to get 100% on it.
  15. Send her to a foreign country for awhile? Military camp? Boarding school? (I made my DD read the first three posts. Her reply? "Sounds like me." Okay, not the money-making & not the fast food. But a passing resemblance.) I agree that senior year is the time to mostly go hands-off, but some kids need more time under heavy-handed supervision. I'd maybe suggest that her electronics live under your watch and she earns time on them with physical activity or certain family activities.
  16. Yes. Yes. My DD often took an online foreign language class and supplemented with up to another credit of the same language with another online provider/tutor. I only listed one credit. Do what you will.
  17. No way. I would have turned them down immediately and not mentioned it to my kids. If they would have made the offer years ago, I would have let the kids make the decision (although I know what most of them would say already). This late in the game? When the ground rules are already in play? Not even worth considering. What kind of power play are they going for? Ugh! Not my type of people, that's for sure. (My mom tried to make conditions for my wedding. I politely told her that it was my wedding that DH & I were paying for so she didn't get a say in it. Everytime she's tried to put her conditions on something, I've been able to decline because I could. Thankfully.)
  18. I think orientation for parents is meant to help them feel (more) comfortable sending their child(ren) there. I agree that kids can attend themselves as I sure did back in the day. My kid could have if she would have set up rides to/from the airport and had a place to stay overnight the first night (since her orientation started at 8:30 am). This is my eldest, so I wanted to go. There was information about specific programs (pre-professional, honors, majors & classes within your residential college), Financial Aid sessions, and small group meetings with a Housing employee to ask questions. The Dean of Students talked about activities/groups available on campus, the Campus Police talked about campus safety & precautions, and Career Services gave a presentation about all they offer . There was a parent dinner with different faculty present, too. None of the speeches were fantastic. I did learn one or two new things, but I admit skipping some of the combined parent/student sessions. DD already had her classes scheduled but was required to get the schedule checked by both her major and the honors college advisor before she checked out. I also think the colleges invite the parents so they sell more swag.
  19. 😂 I have one of these. So many days I threatened to send the child to a brick & mortar school! I suggest that you start your day with him but make it clear that if he fights you, you will give him more (independent) work. If he resists, melts, rages, or even whines (IMO), you hand him a grade level-appropriate workbook and keep him at the table while you move onto a sibling's work. He stays there working on the workbook (or just quietly sitting) until lunch. Do NOT engage him. Just calmly hand him the workbook. If he has done the workbook or sat quietly (once he calms himself down), I'd try his work again immediately after lunch. (Hopefully you've gained yourself some wiggle room by moving up work with his siblings. If not, do the absolute minimum you can that day & try again the next day.) If he is disruptive during his workbook time or he fights you again after lunch, give him the workbook again, keep him at the table, and restrict his favorite activities (but not his physical activity - in fact, you might have to send him to run or jump rope or something with a responsible older sibling to keep him safe. I often had kids doing jumping jacks or running around the block when they wouldn't settle down). The benefit for him is that if he doesn't fight you, he gets done quickly & is free until the afternoon read aloud. If you are very consistent in *not* engaging him when he throws a fit, he will eventually realize his free time is being sacrificed. He needs to feel the pain of fighting you. I don't have a magic bullet for how drained you feel after teaching him math other than say if the above doesn't help, I'd consider a different math that required less (not none, just less) hands-on work from you. I found with some of my kids, this was a phase they outgrew. With others, it was just *them* and they performed better for an outside teacher. (I ended up outsourcing some starting in 8th grade for the one I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Still had to nag to get the home stuff done, but the outside (live) classes went much better than what that child would ever done for me.)
  20. Like 8's family, $$ was our biggest consideration. So, once we figured out what we, as a family, could afford, DD could come up with her list of schools. While there might be some good scholarships locally (regionally, nationally) to apply to for $$, my DD's biggest bang for her buck were all school-specific. It really depends on what type of schools you are looking at and your family's $$ situation. If scholarships are just icing on the cake and you can afford $20,000+/yr up to $80,000/yr schools, going after those $1000+ scholarships might make sense. My DD that is headed to college in a couple of months hated to write essays, so if she had to write one, there better be a big payout. She ended up applying for only one local scholarship (because we made her). She received it - a one-time $500 award. Her school-based scholarships were all much, much larger than that. Some required nothing extra of her because they were based on test scores & GPA. Others required a personal statement or essay. One required an extra trip to the school for interviews. (Other local kids wrote lots of essays & filled out many scholarship applications to get $2,000-$5,000 in local $$.) I think all of her applications were done by November 1st. Scholarship information often followed acceptances so she was writing or interviewing well into February (with one later than that). Senior year is busy & application fatigue is real. She hadn't eliminated any schools off her list by this point last year, but she had by Sept 1st, so definitely have your ds do more research on his school choices over the summer & prioritize applications. By the time they get near the bottom of the list, they are sometimes exhausted mentally &/or run out of time. I'd make sure his first (or second) application is to a safety school that he would be perfectly content to attend and that you guys can afford (maybe with guaranteed/automatic merit). Even if it is a rolling admissions school, I'd get that one in the bag right away. Then, he can focus on matches & reaches (both from an acceptance & financial standpoint). The big question is what you parents will do based on an acceptance to a high $$ school. Some parents agree to take on significant debt if their child gets into their dream school. Others just can't, so it is best to have the kid not apply if you know you can't (or won't) make it work. I read a story of getting into Yale and then finding out it was unaffordable because an outside scholarship the family thought would cover the family's contribution only reduced Yale's contribution. Your job this summer includes coming up with your magic number & running NPCs on your ds's list of schools. Those NPCs are eye-opening. My DH didn't really get it until he saw a college's cost of attendance statement after taking into account my DD's full tuition (but not including fees) scholarship to a local state school. That is your new homework.
  21. My dd#2 watched the HSC recorded classes for the creative writing courses. She disliked the teacher but did learn some things. She went through about 1 1/2 credits worth of classes in approximately 4 months (just over 3?) by watching the doing the week's homework the following day (or 2 if the homework was lengthy), then watching the next video, etc. I have no experience with the regular writing classes.
  22. Part 1, you mean? The Bushy/Cheddar material itself won't be a problem as they are familiar characters in our family. (My dd#2 wrote two fan fiction books involving Bushy & Cheddar. In fact, Bush's older brother, Chuck, is invoked whenever someone is acting in an unfriendly manner to another family member.) They will HATE the copywork itself. We've done some with WWE2, and it is ugly no matter the subject matter.
  23. Stop the presses! Where is the announcement about revised editions of these?!? I always laugh when I see someone say how great a book or curriculum was for a certain kid & then read someone else point out what a disaster it was for their kid. If you don't have multiple kids or you've never seen this with your own eyes, it isn't as believable (or humorous). For example, History Odyssey Level 2 listed as sooo boring. My dd#3 puffy heart loves HO L2. She finds it fascinating and learns/retains a ton. My dd#2 didn't enjoy it as much, but she didn't find it boring. My dd#1 hated it with a deep, fiery passion because she hates to write. I don't think she found it boring, just tedious in terms of all the required writing. (Now, I should also say that I tweak everything so none of my kids have done HO exactly as written. Each one had the plans personalized for them by me. I'm tweaking Modern for dd#3 for next school year & will likely cut out the year-long research project & modify a few other assignments. She has a full English credit outside HO so I don't need HO to cover so much lit & writing.) I'm looking forward to using Treasured Conversations with my boys in the fall, but I already know it'll be much less popular in the first section than it was for my girls & section 2 & 3 will be more popular with the boys. Different kids, different interests, different strengths & challenges. I love how people are explaining why something didn't work because that might be absolutely something that does work for their kid. Or, it warns them away before they make the mistake of buying it. Know Thy Child!
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