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  1. Agh. This makes our lives so much harder. There is not one school anywhere around us that will allow homeschoolers to write AP exams. The community colleges here will not allow dual enrollment. SAT subject tests were our nice easy solution. Back to the drawing board...
  2. Oh! How could I have forgotten Murderous Maths?? Here's the trig book: http://www.murderousmaths.co.uk/books/bkmm10.htm
  3. There are some interesting books published by Dover; here's Mathographics by Robert Dixon: https://store.doverpublications.com/0486266397.html And here are some Lewis Carroll mathematical puzzles (I had these when I was a teen--much fun!!): https://store.doverpublications.com/0486204936.html Or maybe some spherical trig? This book is one I've browsed quite a bit--one of my teens will be reading it after Christmas: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691148922/heavenly-mathematics Hope you find the perfect gift!
  4. Thackeray's Christmas pantos: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2731/2731-h/2731-h.htm (We've only read The Rose and the Ring--but we used to read that one every single year--lots of fun.) Edit: Found a link that includes the illustrations! https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=loc.ark:/13960/t3tt56q1m&view=1up&seq=7
  5. Would this be any good to you? https://learn.utoronto.ca/programs-courses/languages-and-translation/language-learning/russian (Note tuition is in CDN dollars--our dollar is worth 76 US cents at the moment.)
  6. Sorry...me again! The blacksmith I know has done some collaborations with people in this program: https://cola.siu.edu/artanddesign/about-us/specializations/metalsmithing.php He studied here: https://www.hca.ac.uk/course/artist-blacksmithing So degrees in this area are certainly possible (I realise that these are not Lutheran schools--but maybe there would be enough of a community of churchgoers on campus that he would be comfortable).
  7. Oh! One more idea, slightly different--what about orthotics/prosthetics? My kids and I visited a university lab where the students were developing a process for 3D-printing prostheses for amputees in poor countries--really life-changing work! My mum needed orthotics in her later years, and I was impressed with the orthotist--he did a lot of work tweaking things so she could be comfortable. This is also a more people-oriented creative/problem-solving/working with hands job--one thing I see with making a life in craft is that a person potentially spends most of the day alone, which might no
  8. Brainstorming...creative, likes to work with hands, good problem-solver... Technical theatre? Film? Green building? Maker of high-end custom bicycles? (Or knives, which you've already mentioned, or maybe scissors--a few months ago, I saw a super-interesting short documentary about custom scissors-makers in the UK--who knew?) Holloware? I think there could be a decent living in craft, but it might help to identify a very specialised niche--I have a friend who sells hand-bound period books to re-enactors, for instance. I do know an artisan blacksmith who makes a good living making comm
  9. Someone above mentioned cooking, which I think is an excellent idea! Maybe she'd like to learn how to do really fancy pastries or something like that? The Great Courses actually has a few good cooking classes--or you could just get some good cookbooks that teach technique and go for it. Is she crafty at all? Would she like to learn to make a quilt for her dorm bed for next year, and weave or braid a rug to match her quilt? Or maybe she'd like to learn to knit socks? (or sweaters/scarves/lace shawls, whatever...) Maybe she'd like sewing--she could make herself a cool vest with lots of
  10. A couple of ideas: Gone-Away Lake and Return to Gone-Away, by Elizabeth Enright The Mad Scientists' Club (and sequels) by Bertrand R. Brinley It has been a decade or more since I read these aloud, but my memory is that they are engaging stories without being too stressful. ETA: If it weren't for the talking animals thing, I'd have recommended the Esther Averill series about Jenny the Cat. If he ever changes his mind, you might try those--they were favourites here!
  11. A few funny books/stories my teens enjoyed (some of these have some coarse language--we don't care, but you might): Essay collections by David Sedaris, AJ Jacobs, David Foster Wallace, David Rakoff, Fran Lebowitz, Sloane Crosley. William Bowman, The Ascent of Rum Doodle. (Everyone should read this book!) Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm. Oliver Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield. (Hilarious.) Addison and Steele, Selections from the Tatler and the Spectator. All of Jane Austen! Roddy Doyle, The Commitments. Jerome K Jerome, Three Men in a Boat; Three Men
  12. In Canada, at least in the provinces with whose homeschool policies I am familiar, there is no such thing as a high school diploma issued from your homeschool--high school diplomas are issued by the provincial governments, not by individual schools. Therefore, any "diploma" you issue will not be viewed as legitimate in any way. To make life simpler, we found that it helps to give post-secondary institutions some kind of numbers to work with. Connie's daughter had the SAT and 6 APs, Colleen's eldest had the SAT and three SAT subject tests, my eldest had 5 SAT subject tests, a local friend's chi
  13. How about Alan Cumyn's Owen Skye series: http://alancumyn.com/wp/novels-for-children/ John Fardell's Seven Professors series: https://www.faber.co.uk/tutors/john-fardell/ Howard Whitehouse: The Strictest School in the World, The Faceless Fiend, The Island of Mad Scientists (out of print, but so very worth tracking down) Tim Wynne-Jones: The Rex Zero series (scroll down about halfway: http://www.timwynne-jones.com/pages/novels.html ) Elizabeth Enright: The Melendy Quartet https://us.macmillan.com/series/melendyquartet/ Philip Reeve: Larklight series https://www.amazon.c
  14. Re: grammar: my eldest used this book at about the age your child is now (he loved it--drawing syntax trees appealed to his orderly mind!): https://www.amazon.ca/Beginning-Syntax-Linda-Thomas/dp/0631188266 My youngers used this one, which they liked a lot: https://www.amazon.ca/Discover-Grammar-David-Crystal/dp/0582294355 I like language books written by linguists!
  15. Would she be interested in a big project of some sort? Like, I don't know, building a boat or a guitar? Writing a novel? Learning to spin, dye, weave, sew? Or building a chair or learning to weld? Participating in a citizen science project? Restoring antique furniture? Is there something she's super-interested in that could turn into a big goal-oriented project? Mostly thinking aloud here...but if there's any chance she is a "maker" kid, a big project might be a good way to spend a gap year!
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