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  1. 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
  2. Helen Cooper: https://helencooperbooks.co.uk/ Mary Azarian: https://www.maryazarian.com/lightbox2.04/books.html Beth Krommes: http://www.bethkrommes.com/illustration David Frampton: https://www.google.ca/search?tbo=p&tbm=bks&q=inauthor:"David+Frampton" Janet Ahlberg: https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/children/2018/where-to-start-with-janet-and-allan-ahlberg-s-books/ Raymond Briggs: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=raymond+briggs+books&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAONgFuLUz9U3MMrLSc9TQjC1pLKTrfST8vOz9RNLSzLyi6xA7GKF_LycykWsIkWJlbn5eSkKSUWZ6enFCmC
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. A couple of textbook ideas, the first one quite new, the second a vintage text: http://precalculus.axler.net/ https://www.amazon.com/Pre-Calculus-Mathematics-Merrill-Shanks/dp/0201076845/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=merrill+shanks+precalculus&qid=1594950062&s=books&sr=1-1 We ended up using the Shanks vintage book and really liking it (there were lots of nice hard problems!); we thought long and hard, though, about doing the Axler book instead--I loved the very readable prose.
  7. I poked around a little online, and saw that 93% of Austin College students graduate in four years, that 94% of their graduates are either employed or in graduate school within a year of finishing, and that their students receive more Fulbright scholarships per capita than any other school in Texas. Now, I might be wrong and I don't know the school at all--but that group of stats says to me that they are doing a really good job there, working with the students they have, developing potential, growing successes--the vibe of those statistics suggests to me that the teaching is excellent and that
  8. 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 w
  9. 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 addiction....it'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: http://www.jamestanton.com/?page_id=20
  10. Well, I have a sort of peculiar idea...what about some cool problem-solving? My mathiest kid loved this book: https://store.doverpublications.com/0486409171.html (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!
  11. 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): https://books.google.ca/books?id=7HluCgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=german+for+reading+knowledge&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjY
  12. I found the thread I was thinking of--I hope there's something in there that might help!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.)
  15. 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!
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