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  1. This has been a stressful season for you--I'm so sorry! Given the difficulties you mentioned with the school during application season, I can certainly see why you'd be hesitant to take a gap year and apply again next year--having to deal with those kinds of problems again would worry me, too. I wonder how your son would feel about narrowing it down to the two schools (Austin and Trinity) that are affordable even without the scholarship, and where you know you can bring the scholarship in, and then choose one of them. I know nothing about either school, but had a quick peek around their websites, and they both look like nice places--small, nurturing, good quality--maybe a really good atmosphere for someone who is still finding out who they are and what they want (which is totally normal for a teen!!). Then if you do get the scholarship people sorted out, that money is gravy on top of an already affordable school. He can save the extra for accumulating some certifications, or getting a start on grad school, or something else. It's just an idea--but I do think narrowing it down to two of the options that are already on the table might possibly remove some of the stress from the decision. It would for me, anyway--any time I can get a decision down to two choices, it seems much easier to me. Good luck! We're rooting for you!
  2. I got the Tanton geometry books on Lulu years ago--maybe look there, if you haven't already? Those were fun books, as I recall. (I have math book's the one thing I really, really, really didn't want to mess up when I first started homeschooling!) Oops, edit--I see that it's the Thinking Mathematics that you can't currently find--sorry! His site links to Lulu for those books, too, though:
  3. Well, I have a sort of peculiar idea...what about some cool problem-solving? My mathiest kid loved this book: (If that link doesn't work--it's Bonnie Averbach and Orin Chein, Problem Solving through Recreational Mathematics, published by Dover.) There is a lot of advanced math in it--I think it would likely keep him busy, progressing, and having fun, too. Anyway, that might be too odd, but I thought it was worth mentioning--hope it helps!
  4. I'm wondering if you might possibly prefer a German for Reading Knowledge textbook--these are usually designed for graduate students who need to pass language exams, so they are oriented toward learning to read academic articles. The only one of these I have ever used was the Jannach book, but that was 35 years ago. Here is a newer iteration of that book (first edition was by Jannach, later editions were Jannach & Korb, this one is just Korb): for reading knowledge&f=false ETA: Here's another, from a UK publisher: for reading knowledge&f=false As an alternative, here is a well-reviewed open source text: Hope that helps!
  5. I found the thread I was thinking of--I hope there's something in there that might help!
  6. We use that same book, Emily. I like it. What we use for supplementary problems are the old Addison-Wesley books by Johnson/Lendsey/Slesnick/Bates (Alg2/Trig) and by Shanks/Brumfiel/Eicholz/Fleenor (PreCalc). Those are really excellent books.
  7. I think I've read that the old Physics B test is the closest. The Kid used the multiple choice questions from those old tests (still up on the College Board site) as extra prep for the SAT. Kathy at one point recommended the website of an AP physics teacher with lots of good materials, which the Kid also used. (I think her name was Doris or Dolores or something like that...I'll see if I can turn it up for you.)
  8. Maybe she could start up her own little choral group as a student society, Clear Creek? My choir-loving kid wound up at a university with no music program and started a glee club with some other students who wanted to sing--he made a lot of friends that way in the first month of school. I know it wouldn't be the same as that awesome St Olaf choir, but some kind of singing club might still be fun for her. I hope it all works out in whatever way would be best for her. Good luck with the scholarship!
  9. All of my kids liked the Chakerian/Crabill/Stein Algebra 2 and Trigonometry (out of print, sadly, but a used one shows up once in a while). One of mine also used the old Addison/Wesley Algebra & Trigonometry book by Johnson/Lendsey/Slesnick/Bates for some extra problems or alternative explanations for some topics--it's an excellent book, as is the precalculus book that follows it (by Shanks, Eicholz, Brumfiel, and Fleenor).
  10. So very happy to hear your update, Halcyon! And congratulations on the wonderful news! And good luck with the remaining decisions!
  11. One of my kids has been learning Japanese and is doing well. He has textbooks and workbooks that he likes reasonably well. Because his text has accompanying audio but no video, he has been supplementing his written work with the Irasshai videos, as he learns well that way (we didn't find out about Irasshai until we'd already gotten a certain way through the other books, and he decided to just keep going with those, rather than switch over to the Irasshai companion textbook/workbook). He's all done the Irasshai videos now, and would love to start another series of videos (preferably picking up more or less where Irasshai leaves off, if possible). Does anybody have any suggestions? (I know a live teacher would be even better at this point, but we just can't add anything else to the schedule this year.) Free is good, but is not necessary if there is something good quality and at an appropriate level. Thanks so much for the help!
  12. I have a dear friend whose daughter is going to the University of Arizona in the fall, and she is so excited!! Congratulations to your son!
  13. Does UIC have computer science, beckyjo? And would the free tuition deal apply there, too?
  14. I thought of two more possibilities (around the same price as the first group I posted): 1. University of Prince Edward Island (just shy of 5000 students) in Charlottetown, PEI (population 35,000). There is an airport, but you would have to connect from a larger centre (probably Halifax). There is bowling! I'm not sure how homeschool-friendly they are, but he could look into it, if the city is big enough for him. Charlottetown is cute, and one can easily walk downtown from the campus. 2. St Thomas University (about 2000 students) in Fredericton, NB (population about 60,000). There is an airport, but again, you'd be connecting from Halifax or Toronto, most likely. STU students are welcome to take courses at the adjacent University of New Brunswick (about 8000 students at the Fredericton campus, which is the oldest English-language university in Canada; there's a second campus in Saint John). Fredericton is very tidy, walkable, and rather genteel, I think; it's also home to the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which is excellent and might be of interest to him. (And there are two bowling alleys in town.) UNB (the Fredericton campus) itself might be worth some thought, though it's larger than he wants. There's a school-within-a-school there called the Renaissance College ( ) that looks interesting--it's a select small cohort that stays together throughout their degree, and there are two required internships (one domestic and one international). Here's a nice video: (I'm not trying to talk you into Canada, I promise! Just tossing out suggestions in case they might be useful, and maybe ease your stress somewhat.)
  15. I'm sorry, but I don't know about 529 funds--the schools would undoubtedly have some answers for you, though. Here's one site I found that might help:
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