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  1. AS a Baylor grad and former music major, I want to put in a plug for Baylor. The music program is awesome and so is engineering. My son is going to a weekend for engineering/computer science next weekend. They also have a summer camp for engineer/cs kids the summer before their senior year. He might go to that. The weather is great. Although, one spring break the campus was snowed in while I was there. Rare, but it does happen. Here is the link: uggh. my computer is crashing.. Google Baylor ECS . It is nationally ranked. The camp is called Innovate. I'm hoping that this weekend will talk him into going.
  2. Ok, now for my middle one in 10th grade. He does best with firm teachers with high expectations but that are really sweet and encouraging ( His piano and Spanish teacher!!) We had been planning on going back through TOG next year with year 1. ( He did dialectic level 5 years ago.) However, his friend really wants him to do a classical type co-op with him that he has been doing next year. It would be 1850-present, covering his favorite time period: The Civil War. He visited yesterday. It meets from 10:30-4 at the woman's house. They are currently studying the American Revolution. The students had memorized part of Common Sense, were reading Yankee Doodle Boy, as well as selections on Lafayette, Benedict ARnold, Locke etc I'm not sure what the spine is she is using this year. They are working on a research paper as well. My son said that although it was long, he was never bored. They took breaks. I think during lunch, they watched the beginning of The Patriot. He was in heaven. It will be strange for me not to do history with him, but the opportunity to have a class with a different instructor and 10 kids or so would be ideal. Her standards are high as well. His friends are all taking College Algebra next fall. His THEA score from 8th grade was close, but not close enough. He is studying right now to try and pass the accuplacer so he can take it. He does NOT want to be in the cc College Algebra class all by himself... But I have concerns... So, if he takes College Algebra in the fall and Trig in the spring as a 10th grader, that would be good for the PSAT. His friends would be there to help him along. I DONT HAVE TO ARGUE WITH HIM. He will sink or swim on his own, and doing something for someone else seems to motivate him. He doesn't want to embarrass himself. That said, if he takes those classes next year, then what does he take for math his junior and senior year. His friend is like my oldest and will go on to precalc, cal I, II and III. The girl will probably do like her sister and will graduate early with an AA degree and transfer. I doubt she will go past trig. So... 1850- Classical co-op which will count for history and literature. I hear she also does grammar and vocabulary. College Algebra and Trig Spanish 3 and 4 if it makes Apologia Chemistry Possibly speech or music appreciation in the fall if Spanish doesn't make... Now there is a co-op that meets Wednesday morning. He is doing that now for Biology and my literary analysis class. Next year he would do his Chemistry labs there. We would see what else is offered. He could just do study hall the other 2 periods. Here is my big problem... That stupid Spanish 3 and 4 class. First of all, will it make??? It is offered MWF at 9... so he couldn't do the Chemistry lab at the co-op... He is halfway through Spanish, so I hate to drop it.. But it would be easier to do the speech or music or drama apprec at 8-9:20 on Tues and then Algebra 9:30-11. I won't know what the Wednesday co-op is offering until June... I'll be honest, standards for many classes (other than the science) haven't been high.. I have always just treated it as extra.. If however, the co-op accepts my music appreciation class that I offered to teach, then he would take it with me and not at the cc. ( Though he wouldn't get college credit for it!) But registration starts in a week for cc, so I need to register... GRRRRRR..
  3. I have almost figured out next year. We got a big hiccup in our plans when their beloved Spanish teacher at the community college announced she is moving this summer. There is the potential of a former high school Spanish teacher, who has been teaching a Spanish co-op for homeschoolers, offering a class next year. I'm talking to her about preparing them for the CLEP. They are offering Spanish 3 at the cc next year. The teacher is unknown and it will be MWF at 9. It may not make as there are only 5 in Spanish 2 right now. So.... Oldest: 12th grade He will basically not be homeschooled anymore, but completely outsourced. He will be taking 5 classes. He wanted to do the Calculus the PA homeschoolers since he has done so well with classes and is so comfortable with the set-up. We did decide to just do AB instead of BC. We also decided on the noncalculs AP Physics B.. So, although this schedule looks tough, it is not nearly as tough as it could have been: PA HOmeschoolers: AP Economics AP Physics B AP Calc AB Eng I and II at cc He will sign up for Spanish at the cc to see if it will make. We are still working with that teacher. We will also sign up for either Speech or Music Apprec. If a Spanish option works out, then he will drop the Speech or Music apprec class.
  4. OH no. She is homeschooled and will be homeschooled. We don't have to even do it in Texas. It is my choice to see where they are. It will just be hard to tell, I'm afraid. And yes, this is why I do this. So when they take the SAT/ACT it is standard. I just can't believe she did that when she tested in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade with the same type of bubbles. Plus, The other tests the past couple of days had the same bubble sheets... So how in the world did she not do them...
  5. Ok, my daughter is doing standardized testing. She does this every year at this time. She is in 4th grade. This is the 3rd day of testing ( not the first..) So today is math computation and the teacher wanted them to work everything on a separate piece of paper. ( I'm guessing they couldn't write int he book.) So my daughter does that. She gets to the end of the test and realizes that she hasn't bubbled in a single answer... Time is running out and she has a bunch of scribbled work on paper and she is trying to figure out which answer goes with which problem.... :banghead::banghead: Good grief.... This child can be so brilliant and so stupid. I'm guessing her scores won't be the best...
  6. He isn't sure.. His schedule this year is Spanish 1 and 2 at cc. AP Gov and AP Chem through PA Homeschoolers, English with me, Health, Racquetball at cc and Precalc. He is doing AOPS computer programming right now as well. HOnestly, he is through most days by 4 and has no homework on the weekends.. He works pretty quickly. As it turns out, he may not take Spanish at the cc as there may not be a class. The teacher is moving this summer ( only one at cc...she teaches all levels of Spanish). They haven't found a replacement yet.. There are only 5 in Spanish II right now anyway, so I don't know if it will make. We are working on possibility of a former Spanish teacher that currently has a homeschool Spanish class adding them or making a small AP Spanish class for 4 of them ( 4 out of the 5 are homeschooled in the cc class). The other thing I wondered about was possibly just doing one semester of Calc... Right now it is looking like English 9-10 MWF Calc 10-11:20 MWF AP Econ AP Physics B Spanish with other teacher The Econ class only goes from Sept- Feb... I don't know.. That doesn't seem too stressful to me. Plus, he will have to get ready for a STEM type schedule when he goes to college.
  7. I am going to cry. The boys came home from their cc class saying their Spanish teacher is moving to California.... Many, many homeschoolers have taken from her over the years. She is fabulous.. She is a native speaker. She is the only Spanish teacher at the cc... So my boys will be entering Spanish 3 with a brand new teacher if they can find one... Plus it may not even make since there are only 5 of them in Spanish 2... I was going to have her write the recommendation for my oldest as she is the only "real" teacher he has had other than online PA homeschooler teachers and I don't know that they know him well enough..... I guess I can just print off the forms from TCU and Baylor...but they might change.. Should I also have her write another general one, but how would that work.. Don't they normally want them sealed. AACK.. This is totally wrecking my plans. I was counting on my oldest taking all 4 semesters so he wouldn't have to take it at his "real" college... NOOOOOOOOO
  8. Ugh!!! My son and I don't know what to do.. He will be finishing up Precalc in a couple of weeks. So.. this fall what Calculus should he take??? PA Homeschoolers AP Calc (650), Calculus I and/or II at the local cc. ( 90 for each semester) or something else... AOPS??? I REALLY want him to have a REAL teacher who will look and see if he is showing enough work, should or should not be using a calculator, and generally understanding the topic to discuss it with him. I had a long talk with the head of the math department at lour local cc. She was VERY nice and it turns out she is a frequent patient of my husband and her husband is one of the doctors who often refers patients to him!! She told me that he does NOT need to take Calculus at our cc and then enter into the sequence at Baylor. She said he needed to take all three years there and not enter in the middle. So should he just take the AP course and just not take the test for credit?? Should he take Calc at the cc and then just retake it at his university? Should he take a semester of Calc at cc and a semester of something else like speech or Theater apprec. He could then take AOPS probablity course or the second computer programming course.. Or for that matter he could take Calc I and the hard computer programming course at the cc, but then he would need to retake it at Baylor anyway.... UGGG. We just don't know what is best... Here is the rest of his schedule: Eng I and II at cc Spanish 3 and 4 at cc AP Physics B with PA Homeschoolers AP Economics with PA Homeschoolers Then... last course would be calculus of some type.
  9. Sorry, but I have to agree. This paper is boring and gives me no sense of the personality of the student!! Let us take this: Looking at a desk or keyboard, I sometimes find myself visualizing the microscopic realm of molecules, atoms, baryons and quarks forming our immediate universe. This is an example of a world with interior workings so completely at odds with our everyday experiences that the curious mind is at a considerable risk of being boggled. I like the first sentence, but the second sentence sounds so stilted and not like a "real" person. When my friends look at a computer, they see a keyboard. However, I sometimes find myself visualizing the microscopic realm of molecules, atoms, baryons and quarks forming our immediate universe. The endless possiblities are mind boggling! ( I'm not sure if that last sentence will work, because I did not truly understand what he meant by the last sentence in the original. ) The second paragraph is fine. I like this part of the last paragraph: I believe the XYZ summer program provides an opportunity to build upon my present knowledge and interest base. I especially hope to take part in activities or demonstrations of the principles involved. Abstract information about a theory is interesting enough, but a physical illustration of its effects provides a whole new conduit of understanding. Additionally, the summer camp offers the opportunity to experience life on a university campus. I would like to be as prepared as possible before enrolling in college. Having the opportunity in high school to spend a week in a college dorm, immersed in physics, would be an excellent indication of what college might be like. The program will provide a chance to meet students also interested in the field of physics. The rest of it sounds like an obnoxious know-it all. ( Sorry!!)
  10. That is actually what I plan to do. This girl is the same age as my middle son. She was in my children's choir from 1st - 6th grade. She has been in my youth sticks group since she left children's choir. I may open it up to anyone else in the youth group who wants to participate. Her mom has helped me out off and on in the music department with the little kids. I feel for her so much right now.
  11. I do the exercises in the book orally. Then I have her do the worksheets that came with it in the packet.
  12. Sorry, but I am already doing that with Geometry right now. I got lost at the end of Alg. II with my oldest and I do not have time to sit and watch the hour of videos for Pre-calc as well as however many hours it would take me to actually figure out the homework AND teach my 10th grade and remediate my 4th grader. Just can't. So I do the best I can...
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