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  1. Wow! That's a good amount. My son (at Western Carolina) has received Heerf funds over the course of several semesters -- I think he got three $500 distributions. And his summer school tuition was also reimbursed with HEERF funds. That was about $700, so I guess he has gotten $2200 total. I am very grateful for it!
  2. I think there's a whole lotta truth in this.
  3. In NC, every single dual-enrollment credit that my boys took counts towards their degree at a state school, but they both took/are taking courses dedicated specifically for college transfer, and the universities are not allowed to say they don't count. Furthermore in NC, if a student takes certain outside classes and/or CLEPS that the community college accepts as part of an Associate Degree, then the university also has to except those credits if they are part of the Associates Degree package, even if they wouldn't normally accept them. All in all, dual-enrollment credits have help/will help both of my boys save thousands and thousands of dollars they would have paid for college classes. The only drawback is that since many of the DE credits are general electives and/or beginning sequence courses (sciences, math, etc), often a transfer student starts at a 4 year school with a very difficult schedule since there are no "easy" classes left. This was very difficult for my older son, who started at University with Organic Chem, Genetics, and Physics, all with lab, as well as a required research course. It made the transfer process a little more difficult and is something worth considering.
  4. I did the same as the local schools. Community college classes are weighted on the same scale as AP's, and I give a full high school credit for a community college course of a semester. It would be just wrong to count a semester long community college Calculus 1 class as only a 1/2 high school credit, for instance.
  5. When I lived in Spain, you could get a tapa of pretty much anything that was on the dinner menu -- many items came in 3 sizes -- tapa, racion, and plato. So you could get an entree of paella, for example, but you could also choose a tapa size, or a racion size of paella. Racion is a size between tapa and plato.
  6. This is what I always ask about myself when I want to talk to my husband about his issues. And when I ask myself this question, it almost always helps me to keep my mouth shut.
  7. For High School Spanish 1, I would begin with Getting Started with Spanish, doing 2, maybe 3 lessons a day, at least in the beginning. (The lessons are very short and easy in the beginning). I would then move on to Lifepacs, trying to get through 2 - 3 of the Spanish 1 Lifepacs, and I would feel good about giving a Spanish 1 credit for that. I agonized about Spanish with my older son, and whether or not he learned enough to succeed at college Spanish. In his Spanish 1 class at college, it was half cultural studies/half introductory Spanish, and it was soooo easy for him after Lifepacs. Way less was covered in his college Spanish 1 class than what we covered in our homeschool Spanish 1 with the Spanish 1 Lifepac program. He made near 100% in his college class, and IMO he was not a good Spanish student, lol. For college Spanish 2, it got a bit harder and more intense, but it still didn't cover much more than what is covered in the entire series of 10 Spanish Lifepacs for High School Spanish 1. The Spanish 1 Lifepac series covers a LOT of Spanish, way more than most high school students can comfortably learn well in a year. The only thing that I wish was included in the Spanish 1 series is the preterite. Instead of covering preterite, the Lifepac series spends a lot of time in the last few Lifepacs on object pronouns -- direct object, indirect object, preposition, and then the dreaded double object pronouns. I think some of that time would have been better spent on introducing the preterite, which Lifepacs don't cover till the Spanish 2 series. FWIW, my older son only went as far as the 6th booklet in the Spanish 1 Lifepac series, and I gave him high school credit for both Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 because he put the time in. He didn't care for Spanish and wasn't a good student, lol, and the grades I gave him were B and C. In college, he was required to take college Spanish 1 & 2, and he made an A and a B in those courses -- I feel his high school Spanish adequately prepared him for college Spanish.
  8. I am sorry for your grandson and hope he will be feeling better soon. I appreciate this information -- it is good to know.
  9. This has been our reality as well.
  10. Hah! I didn't even realize it had reading requirements other than the Prisoner of Zenda. My son mostly did the program on his own, and I reviewed it with him from time to time, and I never saw these other book requirements. I bought the program about 5 years ago, so maybe it changed? Or maybe my son didn't tell me about them? At any rate I didn't see the books as a requirement in the grading portion. So maybe they are just suggestions? Back to the program. We were trying to do the Four Year Adventure Novel 😀, and dividing it over many years was a mistake. We did this to try to fit it into a very busy schedule, but instead, it dragged too much this way, and by the 4th year, when my son would have finished his novel, he lost interest. I blame myself for this because of the way we scheduled it, and then I didn't check often enough that he was following through. I was going to require him to finish to graduate homeschool, but as he told me, "Creative writing is not something that can be forced." So I let it go, although I was not happy about it. He loved it at first as a 9th grader, but as time went on it had to compete time-wise with other things, so that is why I don't recommend dividing it up over years like we did. Still, I think my son learned a lot. He analyzes literature based on the things he learned in this program, and his standards for quality are way higher than mine!
  11. In my area, the public schools are on the block system, so 4 classes each semester for a total of 8 classes a year. (Potential for 32 credits in high school.) Kids who are in band are required to take it both semesters, so they earn 2 band credits a year, for a total of 8 credit hours over the course of their high school career if they take it each semester. That's 25% of high school credits for band! This information really helped me to decide not to short-change my son and to give credit for some of the less rigorous electives.
  12. Since we did cost-plus, we were responsible for any cost over-runs, plus the builder's percent of those overruns. Every cost increase for us was, in effect, a profit increase for the builder. So there was no incentive to control costs, and our builder used the cost-plus terms to take advantage of us. We thought we could trust him because he was the president of a home-builder's association in a large city, but it turns out that he was not cost-conscious at all because he knew we had to pay -- cost plus. So often things cost more than were in the budget, but that didn't give us more money from the loan. The loan amount was fixed, but unfortunately the building costs weren't fixed due to the cost-plus terms. That is why I wouldn't recommend cost-plus to anyone -- there is no incentive to control costs.
  13. One thing to keep in mind with a construction loan is that the bank will only pay out the money as certain construction milestones are met. The house we built was cost-plus (which I don't recommend to anyone!), and there were a few times when we needed the bank to release money but they wouldn't because certain milestones weren't met yet. Then we had to find a way to pay the builder or construction on the house construction wouldn't continue. We had a few tight moments due to this problem. But then, our builder wasn't the most ethical person around, either.
  14. When my boys had their recent annual exam, I really pushed them to go in on their own. One would have done it, the other was adamant that I go in with them. They are both at ages where they really should go in on their own, especially my older son (let's just say he's almost aged out of the pediatrician). But he has ADHD, and he didn't want to, so I agreed to go one more time. While my boys went with the nurse to get their hearing checked, I quickly stepped into the docs office and explained that I really tried NOT to go with them this year, but that there were protests. Their doc, who has been their doc since they were infants, told me not to worry, that many kids still want their parents to go in with them well beyond age 18. He said there is nothing wrong with it, and it's not unusual. So I just thought I'd share that. I was kind of feeling embarrassed about the situation.
  15. On activity nights we tended to eat early and then have a dessert when we came home.
  16. I think I'm seeing a lot of this in my mother. She's 83, though.
  17. I met my husband through a dating service. This was before internet dating. I felt it was fairly safe because all participants were screened by the agency. He was my third person (date) in the program, and I was his first. ❤️ He was so perfect for me that I couldn't have dreamed him up. That was over 25 years ago so it worked out pretty well.
  18. I read it the summer after 6th grade. My mom read it, too, and we had all kinds of inside jokes from that book. I have not read it since, but it's on my shelf, and maybe this is the summer to re-read it.
  19. I would like to recommend the book, The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan. I have not read the whole thread, so if someone has already mentioned this book, I'm sorry for being repetitive. https://www.amazon.com/Lemon-Tree-Arab-Heart-Middle/dp/1596913436/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Lemon+Tree&qid=1621653711&sr=8-1 I'm going to copy one of the Amazon reviews here, as I feel this review very accurately portrays the book. I learned so much from reading it! "Except for the fact that I became depressed in the second half of the book, this is just about a perfect non-fiction book about the Palestinian-Israeli differences and all the historical deceptions and betrayals that have led them to their current, apparently insolvable differences. I read it in the context of an Interfaith book group. We have, collectively, had trouble finding books that are even-handed in their coverage of religious differences. We find books good from one point of view or another and learn from each, but rarely have we found such a just and comprehensive book as this. Tolan uses the lemon tree and the specific focus on one Palestinian and one Israeli to open up the entire history, but the focus allows us to read it almost as a novel. The book includes many things that we did not know, such as the story of the Jews in Bulgaria and the Bulgarians non-compliance with their Third Reich ally--very thorough historically, well-researched.The depression I referred to is about any hope for resolution. The absolute intransigence of one side or another, all the lies told, the holding on to resentment from one generation to another, all seem to mitigate against any solution. We need to know all about this and try to understand as a first step. Almost as much harm seems to have been caused by outsiders thinking they can force a resolution upon the parties involved as by any stubbornness from the parties themselves. I highly recommend this book, as a way to learn an understand, as a very readable first step."
  20. Whatever happened to Tapestry of Grace? That was much talked about back in the day. I got a sample of it once, and while it looked like a good program, it was too intimidating for me. You don't hear much about WinterPromise anymore, either. I liked several of their programs when my boys were young -- "Animals and Their Worlds" and "Sea & Sky". One of my favorite homeschooling years was WinterPromise "Quest for the Ancients." I stopped using WinterPromise when they switched to mostly digital products. They used to have such issues with supply, and I guess going digital for the IGs and having customers source out the books themselves was their answer. I didn't want to have to do that, so that was about the end of my relationship with WinterPromise.
  21. According to WRAL, nearly 60 percent of gas stations in Raleigh are out of gas. My husband was in Durham this morning, and at that time there was still gas available there, but lines everywhere. https://www.wral.com/panic-buying-after-pipeline-hack-leads-to-long-lines-little-fuel-at-triangle-gas-stations/19672116/ I have a 10 hour round trip drive on Friday to pick up my son from Western, and I'm worried about finding enough gas to do that.
  22. Really, all I want is a day of rest, but I'm probably not going to get it. I have so many things I need to do. My younger son has a Calculus 2 exam tomorrow, my older son is 5 hours a way in the midst of exams, so there won't be a lot of mom-spoiling going on today. But I'm OK with that, although I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the days when my two little boys joyfully celebrated Mother's Day with me.
  23. I understand. I feel the same. I hate leaving messages and waiting for people to call back! Stresses me out tremendously. I feel like I have to constantly carry my phone around, and I'm not good at that.
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