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  1. I had never heard of Governor's schools before, but I googled and unfortunately our state does not offer one in the performing arts. I assume you have to be a state resident to attend the programs?
  2. She wants a program that is a week or two away from home for the summer. She has already gotten herself one internship this fall as assistant stage manager for a production that is just finishing up. Through that, she made contacts to run lighting on a second company's production next month. (I've been proud of her initiative!) Austin and SCAD are in the $1,000-2,000 range. NSLC is $3,000. The others that I listed as "expensive" are $5,000 and up (including housing and meals). I'd still be interested to know about any good programs, even if they are expensive, because we might be
  3. My daughter is interested in attending a summer program next summer in stage management / tech. (Yes, she is already thinking about this!) She is interested in the program at the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theater. I was wondering if there is anyone who has a child who has participated in this program, or knows anything about the program, who would share your thoughts about it? (I know it's a long shot!) Are there any other programs she should consider? We've identified the following so far: * SCAD Summer Seminars - SCAD programs seem more weighted towards
  4. My daughter has been teaching herself Japanese, too! What materials did you son like to use?
  5. Based on your feedback, we've decided to try to move ahead with the level 2 book, and return to the level 1 book if needed for more in depth review of any particular topics. This program combined with a weekly tutor for pronunciation and conversation practice should cover things well!
  6. The B&M school used Bien Dit 1 for French I, and was going to use Bien Dit 2 for French II. Thank you everyone for the replies - they are very helpful!
  7. My daughter completed French I and got credit for it according to the transcript from her B&M school. We were going to have her continue on and do French II this year. They used the Bien Dit textbooks, which we also have at home. But she told me that her teacher did not cover the entire first level book - he only covered about half of it. So I'm feeling like we need to go back and complete the first textbook before moving on to the second. But this will mean many hours of work that she won't be getting any credit for. Plus, if we can't get through both books this year, she'll have a
  8. Thank you, everyone, for the replies. It helps to know that this is not uncommon. She's not in a B&M school any more, so in the short term accommodating this won't be a problem. But thinking ahead to college, are there techniques that she can learn to use to help her adapt to a group class setting? Do we need to make focusing on small colleges with fairly small classes a priority in her college search?
  9. I feel almost silly posting this, because I don't feel that I'm articulating it well. But posters here always seem to have such good advice and insight, that hopefully you can understand what I'm asking even if I'm not explaining it well ... My daughter, a high school junior, has just returned to homeschooling. We are assessing her current math level and working to review any gaps before moving ahead. Today while working with her I noticed that if I ask her to read and do some problems on her own, she tends to do poorly. She'll look at the problems and won't really think them through a
  10. Many thanks for all of the advice so far! We did pull her out mid-stream - she has been unhappy at the public school, her grades were tanking as a result of her being unmotivated and it became clear that she was simply unwilling to put in the effort there any longer. This was certainly not my ideal situation, but I don't think that forcing her to stay in a situation that was not working would have any good outcome. It just does not seem to be the right learning environment for her. I'm not sure where we are going to end up, exactly, but we are jumping in where we are. I do not expect t
  11. Hi everyone, I had not planned for this AT ALL but I might be homeschooling my daughter who is a Junior. I am, of course, overwhelmed at the moment. Can those of you who have BTDT give me a crash course - where do I need to focus first? What am I likely to overlook or screw up? Thanks!!! ETA: Thinking out loud here - I'm thinking my best bet is to break this down into manageable chunks, in the following order of priority: 1. Choose core subject courses - math, LA, history, science 2. Choose electives - world language, art, PE/health, etc. 3. Look for opportunities for socializing
  12. Sorry for being away - a few other minor crises took priority. Many thanks for the replies - I am researching everything!
  13. Hi everyone! I've been away for a bit because after homeschooling in grades 5 through 8, my older daughter went back to B&M school for 9th and 10th grades, and she just started 11th grade. She is unhappy, though, and asking to homeschool once again. I have a lot of thoughts swirling in my head (considerations include moving to a different school district, private school, homeschooling/online school, early college admission), and am looking for basically any suggestions and advice - thanks! Background: She did well in homeschool from 5th through 7th grades. In 8th grade, she develo
  14. Does anyone know of any resources to find mentors or knowledgeable people who are willing to chat with kids about advanced topics for fun? Right now, I’m specifically looking for science subjects, but I changed the title because the issue I’m asking about is not specific to this subject area but applies in any area where our kids’ interest exceeds our knowledge. Books and websites can provide information, but sometimes having a discussion with another person is invaluable. So, how do we find these people? Do they exist? For example, my daughter (14 yo / 9th grade) has been t
  15. Thank you so much for the replies and the suggestions of things to consider. I haven't noticed any issues in writing for other classes - either in the physical act of writing by hand or typing, or in the organizing of ideas into the written word - but I will keep a closer eye out. She does say that she doesn't like to read, and she prefers to follow along while listening to an audiobook. Although she can read if the book captures her attention. We used graph paper in past years and she has it available but hasn't wanted to use it this year. I'll suggest that we try a whiteboard - her
  16. Background: My daughter is previously homeschooled, currently in public school 7th grade. She has always been accelerated in math, and she has skipped a grade. In both 6th and 7th grades, she was really hoping to be placed into algebra, but did not make the cut. In both years, we’ve struggled with her work early in the year. I thought that, because of her frustration with not being placed in algebra and not feeling challenged, she wasn’t giving it her full effort and/or was avoiding doing the work. But after last night, I no longer think that is what’s going on (or at least itâ€
  17. Could anyone who has IKEA kitchen cupboards speak to how long you've had them and how they are holding up under use? I was going to consider them for a kitchen remodel, and I have lots of other IKEA furniture in our house, but I have concerns about their longevity. In other furniture, I only purchase the solid wood pieces and even those have had a tendency to fail faster than I think they should. I often take steps to reinforce them, such as gluing joints and changing hardware. The door hinges also seem to fail faster than traditional hinges. So, I am wondering if there are any recommenda
  18. After your kitty is feeling better (I hope soon), I'd encourage you to explore other vet options in your area. Where we live, there are several emergency vets in the area, and we've used them for emergencies and were grateful for their help. But they are incredibly expensive - easily $200 to $300 just to be seen. And all of our local vets are closed on Saturday and Sunday, which turns any issue that comes up over the weekend into an "emergency" if you are worried and would like it to be looked at without having to wait through the weekend. Well, we had a gerbil issue one weekend.
  19. Hubbie made a roast, but the meat turned out dry and tough. Can I do anything with the leftovers to make them more appetizing? Perhaps a dipping sauce or something? Thanks for any suggestions!
  20. A question for the gym moms out there. My younger dd is interested in trying cheerleading. It seems that the teams around here have their info sessions and sign ups later in the spring for the coming year. So I thought for the next couple of months I'd sign her up for a cheer class, but it turns out that these classes mostly seem to be tumbling classes. There are a number of gyms that offer tumbling classes in our area - some are focused on cheering while others are strictly gymnastics or gymnastics but say that their tumbling classes are good for cheerleaders. What should I look for t
  21. My innate personality is to be a people pleaser. I hate to have to tell people no; it is a skill I continue to work on. However, even after I successfully say no to someone, I end up feeling anxiety and its physical symptoms - e.g., tight around the chest, shallow breathing, tense muscles, etc. This passes eventually. But does anyone have any advice about how to make this feeling go away faster or avoid it in the first place?
  22. When we go to our local Y, we usually park in the adjoining parking garage. It seemed quite safe, because there are a lot of people coming and going. But this past week a mother and her 8 year old daughter were assaulted at gunpoint when they were getting out of their car. I am trying to decide what changes I want to make to increase our safety. The Y says that they have escorts available upon request that can walk you to your car. But they're not available when arriving at the Y, and I don't know how long you have to wait for one after you make the request. I considered carrying pepper spr
  23. That is ridiculous. The school needs to have a plan in place for how to handle the situation if any kid has a meltdown. But to exclude your son is unacceptable, IMO, and I would tell them so. If my child was excluded from the concert, my child would not be returning to that school after break. ETA: My daughters attended an elementary school that had a special classroom for children with autism. Each year, those children would be included in the holiday concert. They typically each had an aide present to help them, and to remove them from the auditorium if the situation was getting ov
  24. Our car seats had expiration dates stamped on them. Even if they weren't in an accident, they aren't safe to use past that date because the plastic components degrade and become brittle. I would check the seat for an expiration date, or the owner's manual, or check with the manufacturer for the lifespan of the seat; if it's well within those limits, I would pass it on.
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