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  1. So very happy to hear your update, Halcyon! And congratulations on the wonderful news! And good luck with the remaining decisions!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. Does UIC have computer science, beckyjo? And would the free tuition deal apply there, too?
  5. 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! https://www.upei.ca/future-students 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. https://www.stu.ca/ 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 ( https://www.unb.ca/fredericton/renaissance/ ) 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UypxLSpJiNA (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.)
  6. 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: https://www.savingforcollege.com/eligible_institutions/?federal_school_code=&school=&state=CN&year=2019-2020&order_by=school&go=Submit&mode=search
  7. One more thought...not in the northeast, though: Glendon College: https://www.glendon.yorku.ca/ . It's about 3000 students, and is a part of York University (on a separate campus, but one can take York courses as a Glendon student) in Toronto (easy flights for you). It's a good deal more expensive than the others I listed (tuition, fees, room and board will be around 30-32K), but possibly the ease of transportation would result in some savings on the travel front. It seems to me that he is interested in languages and international studies, is that right? Glendon would be a good place to pursue those kinds of interests. Home-school requirements: https://www.glendon.yorku.ca/futurestudents/apply/admission-requirements/home-school/ US applicants page: https://www.glendon.yorku.ca/futurestudents/apply/international-students/us-applicants/ Hope that helps! ETA: Just had another look at his want list: as far as I can tell, there are bowling alleys in all of the towns! Bishop's and Acadia probably have the most old-school architecture of the kind I think he's looking for. 😊
  8. Halcyon, would he consider Canadian schools? Nearly all of the post-secondary institutions here are public, most have rolling admissions, and nearly all have very simple application processes (it's rare here to be asked for an essay or references or lists of extracurriculars--it's usually a matter of an application form plus a transcript). Application deadlines here tend to be later than there (you'd certainly have at least until February to apply to any of these, and possibly later in some cases). Some of the schools are on the Common App, I think (Bishop's certainly is), so you'd only have to tick off one more box on something you've already done. The exchange rate is very favourable for Americans right now (our dollar is worth about 75 cents, so most of these schools will come in around 20k-22k US per year total for tuition, fees, and room and board; some of them have good scholarships, and he would likely qualify for some--note, though, that a good scholarship in Canadian terms tends to be a few thousand dollars a year). Some US aid (Stafford loans, I know, but I'm not sure what else) is portable to Canadian schools. Small schools (about 2500-4000), near(ish) to big cities in the northeast in Canada: 1. Bishop's University, in a suburb of Sherbrooke, QC (pop. 170,000): https://www.ubishops.ca/future-current-students/students-from-the-usa/ They have rolling admissions, lots of Americans, and the application deadline is March 1 (for scholarship consideration). There is an airport there, though there would be better flights into Montreal (about an hour and a half drive from Sherbrooke). 2. Mount Saint Vincent University, in Halifax (pop. 400,000): https://www.msvu.ca/en/home/default.aspx There's a major airport in Halifax. 3. Acadia University, Wolfville, NS (small town, but an hour from Halifax, and there are shuttles): https://www2.acadiau.ca/home.html 4. Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB (small town, but half an hour from Moncton, pop. 85,000): https://www.mta.ca/Prospective/Default.aspx There's a good airport in Moncton; from the US, you'd probably fly to Halifax or Montreal and then take a short flight to Moncton. There is a shuttle from Moncton to Mt. Allison. There's also St. FX (https://www.stfx.ca/), but it may be too far from a major centre to be convenient for you (it's in Antigonish, NS, which is very small, and is a two-hour drive from Halifax). A little bigger than the others (about 6400 students), but right in the south end of Halifax is Saint Mary's ( https://smu.ca/ ). These are all good schools; all are public. I hope your new year becomes much less stressful very soon! We're all rooting for you!
  9. Hi, FarmingMomma! Several of our resources are specific to our region of Canada, but here are some things of more general interest: Bumblebee Watch: https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/ Queen Quest: https://www.queenquest.org/ Xerces Society (invertebrate conservation): https://xerces.org/bumblebees Honeyland (fantastic film!): https://honeyland.earth/ Dave Goulson's excellent books (A Sting in the Tale, A Buzz in the Meadow, BeeQuest, The Garden Jungle, Bumblebees: Behaviour, Ecology, and Conservation) https://www.google.com/search?q=dave+goulson+books&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiFm5qFrfDlAhUKP30KHWtgAooQ1QIoAHoECA4QAQ&biw=1280&bih=913 Paige Embry: Our Native Bees http://www.paigeembry.com/ Williams, Thorp, et al.: Bumble Bees of North America https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691152226/bumble-bees-of-north-america Wilson & Carril, The Bees in Your Backyard https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691160771/the-bees-in-your-backyard Nice big book list here (mostly UK resources): https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/recommended-reading/ Bumblebee houses: https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/bumblebee-nests/ , https://www.awes-ab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Building-and-Installing-Bumblebee-Houses-1.pdf (this one is a PDF) Bee gardening: https://beecitycanada.org/what-can-i-do/plant-a-garden/ , https://wildlifepreservation.ca/bumble-bee-recovery/ https://foecanada.org/en/issues/the-bee-cause/market-action/ Photographing bees: https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/photography/photography-tips/2018/07/how-to-photograph-bees/ , https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/photo-tips/ , https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/photo-tips/ Hope that helps!
  10. There's a lot of free (and good!) stuff on the mozilla website: https://learning.mozilla.org/en-US/activities
  11. Maybe you might be interested in looking into a citizen science project? There are several lists of them on the web; here's the home page of one site: https://scistarter.org/citizen-science and the project finder: https://scistarter.org/finder . You could use an idea from there, and, if you wanted to, expand it to include a few more experimental parameters of your own. For instance, we're currently in the research/planning stages for a bumblebee project: reading lots of books by entomologists, learning to identify our native species from photographs, finding out what kinds of flowers bumblebees visit, taking an inventory of flowering plants already in our yard and identifying gaps in bloom periods (we need more things that bloom in early spring, we've learned, and we have another big gap in late summer), investigating which nurseries/seed companies don't use neonics, planting lots of new things in the garden (and planning for the other things that we'll plant in the spring), learning how to take macro photographs, etc. The kids are also building some bee houses, and will investigate which (if any) design is attractive to the bees. Once the bees wake up in about February, we'll start taking lots of pictures and submitting them to bumblebeewatch.org . The kids have decided to try to track which species visit which flowers: does colour matter? or flower structure? or whether or not the flowers are planted in drifts of the same plant, or whether areas of randomly mixed flowers are more attractive? are all of the expected native species present, or not? at what times of the day are they more active, and does the weather affect that? how late into the season are they active? does that vary by species? And so on--they're still coming up with other questions they'd like to investigate.
  12. Is the college one of the ones that require you to submit all standardized test attempts? If not, maybe he could just roll the dice and take the Lit test in September without a ton of prep, and if it goes well, send the score, and if not, don't. There's only one official practice exam available, if I recall correctly (I think we also used a few of the multiple-choice sections from old AP Lit exams, too, for some more practice with those kinds of questions--those are harder, but they give you a feel for the way College Board asks questions about literature). He should make sure to have good knowledge of literary terms (personification, simile, alliteration, etc.); other than that, success on that test relies on having read a lot of good literature and having some sense of what kinds of things are worthy of discussion in the context of a given text--I think it's a test that students find either really easy or really hard. If he's been a keen reader for years, then he's way ahead of the game and there's not a lot more that can be usefully done in terms of prep (beyond trying out some sample questions and knowing the literary terminology). So maybe it won't be as time-consuming to squeeze it in as another test might be. I think there are six or seven passages on each test. There's a mix of poetry and prose, I know, and it is my impression that there is normally at least one passage in older English. Maybe that could be something else to practise? Have him read a few Shakespeare sonnets or soliloquies from one of the plays, just to get used to the feel of the language? ETA: Just thought I'd mention that maybe he'll even find it fun! The Kid came out of the test happily bubbling about the interesting passages, wanting to read the books from which they'd been excerpted! So maybe it will be an enjoyable experience!
  13. Could you ask the school what they want? That might be simplest. 760 on Latin is great! If the school really does want another one, maybe the Literature test? (This is your philosophy/classics child, correct? I imagine he's a talented reader!) Or is there another subject he could prep for reasonably efficiently (i.e. he did the course recently and it's an area of strength)? I'm sure you already know this, but some of the subject tests are not offered at every sitting (World History, for example), so the schedule would need to be pondered, too.
  14. Yes, it's OK (I worried about this, too, but it turned out not to be a problem at all).
  15. Fun! One of mine read The Scientific Sherlock Holmes (by James O'Brien) and enjoyed it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0190670916/ref=rdr_ext_tmb
  16. We've had such fun with Shakespeare--I think it's great that you're doing this, and wonderful that you can get to at least one live production! Over the years, we've studied and seen live fifteen of the plays (multiple productions of some of them), and I think the more you do, the richer the experience for your students--you're going to have a great year! Over several years, we've seen live As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Pericles, A Winter's Tale, All's Well that Ends Well, Love's Labour's Lost, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Much Ado about Nothing...and we're hoping to make it to Julius Caesar and Coriolanus this year. We've enjoyed all of them--I think it's not a bad idea to plan what you read around what you can see live, or which ones have a filmed version you'd really like to share with them--it's much more alive that way than it is on the page. (When we read them, everyone picks parts and we read aloud--that helps, too.) The most useful book about the plays we have read is Marjorie Garber's Shakespeare After All. https://marjoriegarber.com/Shakespeare-After-All.php Another fun thing to try might be to read plays by some of Shakespeare's contemporaries; we read six of them one year, as follows: -Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker’s Holiday -George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston, Eastward Ho -Ben Jonson, Every Man in his Humour -Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus -Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton, The Roaring Girl -Francis Beaumont, Knight of the Burning Pestle Those were all very enjoyable, too, and gave us a little more sense of the context. We read an interesting book by Stanley Wells called Shakespeare & Co.: Marlowe, Dekker, Jonson, Middleton, Fletcher, and the Other Players in His Story. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2006/aug/26/highereducation.biography Hope that helps! Have a fantastic year!
  17. University of Cincinnati? https://classics.uc.edu/ (I don't know anything about it--just have heard it mentioned as an excellent Classics department).
  18. If she's pondering Canadian schools, I'm wondering if she might be interested any of these? -University of Guelph -University of Saskatchewan -University of Lethbridge -University of Alberta All have well-regarded biology and agriculture programmes. All will be cold! Lethbridge will be the warmest, with Chinook winds periodically through the winter.
  19. That's great! I haven't read Walcott myself, but had Omeros on a long list of Homer-related works (the Penelopiad and so on) that I thought we might do at one point . We wound up doing a whole bunch of Central European lit in translation instead! (One never knows which way the wind will blow one...) But I'm glad something from one of my endless lists wound up being indirectly useful to someone else!!
  20. How about Derek Walcott's Omeros? Should be just the ticket for a former classical homeschooler....
  21. Humour might be good? The Murderous Maths series is a bit of a hoot.
  22. I'm trying to remember...all of the Mitsumasa Anno books were wonderful (Anno's Magic Seeds, Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar, Anno's Math Games). Kathryn Lasky, The Librarian Who Measured the Earth. Denise Schmandt-Besserat, The History of Counting. Glory St. John, How to Count Like a Martian. Demi, One Grain of Rice. Marilyn Burns, The I Hate Mathematics Book (which I kept in a plain brown wrapper so he couldn't see the title!!). Hans Magnus Enzensberger, The Number Devil. Theoni Pappas, the Penrose books. Puzzlegrams by Pentagram Press. David Schwartz, G is for Googol. The Thomas Y Crowell Young Math series (there are about twenty-odd of them, I think--mostly out of print). Catherine Sheldrick Ross, Circles, Squares, and Triangles (three separate books). Charles Townsend, Merlin's Big Book of Puzzles, Games and Magic. There were more, but I can't remember any more, sadly. The Nuffield books were fun (though not picture books): https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/resource/28047 The Living Math website always had a lot of good suggestions, too: https://www.livingmath.net/reader-index Hope you'll find something you'll like! ETA: Ivar Ekeland, The Cat in Numberland!! Awesome book.
  23. Yes, I liked that book a lot--really good explanations, and some very challenging problems. I hope you're enjoying your trip!
  24. Oh, age 6 is the best! I loved it. So many things to explore, so much fun to try to figure out how little brains work! I kept big baskets of math picture books around--and we'd also just get out pencils and paper and make up puzzles for each other. It was so joyous! What I found so interesting was the sophistication of the concepts that we could try--little kids don't know things are supposed to be hard, I think! So we talked a lot about number bases (we had fun books called The History of Counting and How to Count Like a Martian, I remember) and other fun things--lots of geometry-type things, too. I wish I could remember more, or had kept a journal. I do remember his favourite math thing when he was five--taking out a square piece of graph paper and colouring half of it, then colouring half of the remaining half in a different colour, and so on and so on, until he was left with the tiniest little bit in the middle--that was good for hours of contemplation and adding up fractions...Also he made lots of graphs of data about his books when he was six or so (especially the Hardy Boys since there are so many of them): frequency of repeated words in the titles or scenes in the illustrations...lots and lots of graphs. Oh, and also lots of fun--we'd go out to the driveway and I'd set up equations with pinecones and seashells in place of variables...or we'd make tower of Hanoi puzzles with different sizes of leaves from around the yard. It was so so so fun. I'm glad you're hanging out on this board!
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