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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 not be what he wants (but might be exactly what he wants, which is OK, too!).
  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 commissioned public art and home decor pieces (stair railings, chandeliers, etc.) for custom homes. He also teaches through a local college, which supplements his income when commissions slow down. So it is possible--but he might have to live in an area where there's a demographic that is willing and able to spend tens of thousands of dollars on custom metalwork in a new house. Another possibility occurs to me--maybe some type of small business/entrepreneurship credential? So he'd have a diploma or degree, but also be setting himself up to make a success of a craft business if that's a direction he decides to go. Good luck! It's tricky, I know!
  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 pockets for field work once that starts up again. Or a nice party dress, or some cool jeans. She's learning to drive, which is great. Maybe she could learn how to change a tire and change the oil? Does she like bicycling? Learning basic bike repair is not hard--she could work on the family bikes, or tune-up friends' bikes. Are there any authors she loves? Could she try her hands at some fan fiction, maybe? Or invent a board game based on characters from the books? Or pick a new author or genre and read, read, read! What about learning how to refinish furniture and do some simple re-upholstery? Maybe she could find a piece she likes at a thrift store and make it her own with a refurbishing project. Any other kind of home improvement skills she'd like to learn? How to change the taps on a sink? How to rewire a lamp? Paint a room? Tile a backsplash? She's musical--has she done any songwriting or sound recording? Maybe she could write and record some original songs and release them on Bandcamp? Or maybe she'd like to learn to build an instrument--ukulele or guitar, or a cajon, or...? I'm not sure if these are the kinds of ideas you're seeking--it seems to me that you could spin some of these hands-on things into something that looked like classes for transcript purposes, but that would get her away from screens and doing something fun. I hope things will improve for all of us soon. Good wishes to you!
  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 on the Bummel. Evelyn Waugh, Scoop; The Loved One. Nikolai Gogol, "The Nose," EF Benson, Lucia books. Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader. Mordecai Richler, Solomon Gursky was Here. Saki (HH Munro), Collected Stories. ETA a couple more ideas suggested by the kids: Sue Townsend, Adrian Mole books Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens
  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 child did enough Athabasca courses in high school to apply as a transfer student--all of our kids had excellent results in application season, but they all applied to universities. Others I know here waited until they were 19, then went to the college for "adult upgrading" to get the adult graduation diploma, and then applied to universities with that. The colleges are actually much fussier than the universities from what I have seen around here--you might well be better off with the GED. I would go ahead and ask the actual colleges he's interested in--there's often a certain amount of flex if you get lucky and wind up in touch with the right person in admissions. I don't think there's any particular stigma to a GED here--it's just a different pathway to get to where you want to go, especially if where you want to go is a trade. In our province, too, the vast majority of homeschoolers just use the provincial online high school (distributed learning), so homeschoolers like us who do our own thing are anomalies that several schools here have not encountered before (we are also in the west). Do feel free to PM!
  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.ca/Larklight-Rousing-Dauntless-Farthest-Reaches/dp/159990145 Frances Hardinge: Mosca series (and all of her other astonishingly fabulous books--she's a treasure): http://www.franceshardinge.com/library/library.html Sally Gardner's historical series (The Silver Blade; The Red Necklace; I,Coriander)--so good, so smart: https://www.sallygardner.co.uk/ Susin Nielsen (not really a series, but there are recurring characters; her books were much loved here): https://susinnielsen.com/books/ Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series (she has another series which my kids didn't like as much, but they loved this one): https://www.michellepaver.com/wolf-brother/ A few ideas, anyway...hope you find something she loves!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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 the students are hard-working. That sounds like a good sort of a place to spend some time, I think. I hope you all can find some peace in these crazy mixed-up times. I think the stress of the pandemic is not helping any of us who have big decisions to make about the future. Don't worry about your extended family's opinions--the school sounds like a good choice, and you know your son better than anyone else. If you and your son and your husband are all happy, then that's all that matters--I hope that the anticipation can just be fun and exciting for you now that you have decided!
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. 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=0ahUKEwjY18Pj4fnoAhWQvp4KHbq8A2kQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=german for reading knowledge&f=false ETA: Here's another, from a UK publisher: https://books.google.ca/books?id=dYWiDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=german+for+reading+knowledge&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjP7MXa4vnoAhVFip4KHXZ2CvIQ6AEISTAE#v=onepage&q=german for reading knowledge&f=false As an alternative, here is a well-reviewed open source text: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/a-foundation-course-in-reading-german Hope that helps!
  21. I found the thread I was thinking of--I hope there's something in there that might help!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.)
  24. 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!
  25. 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).
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