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  1. Oh, they knew we'd given, too, but as a former nonprofit board member I can tell you that there are donor lists that can be purchased and development admins at colleges and universities do have access to those and do keep an eye on admissions. My experience is that most large donors expect a lot of quid pro quo so they will also reach out to the development office (or have their people do it). The book I mentioned talked about that. At Harvard, for instance, they have special "board" or "panel" for large donors. While I am sure that there are modest and unassuming donors out there, there a
  2. My husband and I both went to one of the few top ranked public universities. Just before the end of the year (read the "giving season") we both got a letter address to us as alumni givers and parents of applicant. It is silly to think they don't know. Every insider book I've read even as a term for it "development admits." If you want to learn about the role of money in admission to top schools read the Price of Admissions. Some will claim it is dated, but money has the same paths it always had.
  3. I'm curious about the Simply Charlotte Mason resources. They look intriguing, but they give such little information that I can't figure it out. The age ranges on the GOAL journal is huge. So can you tell us about: Instruction provided? Do you need other products or stand alone? What does the student do? Point of view? Distinct theology? If an older student (high school) worked on this what pacing would you suggest?
  4. I'm in the just read the Bible camp. The National Survey of Youth and Religion found only 3 factors that correlated positively with a teen staying in church five years past 18 and reading the Bible themselves was one of them. I don't think that would be to much reading for a class and I might consider having her read something like this as a go along: http://www.amazon.com/What-Bible-All-About-Revised-NIV/dp/0830759662/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420459139&sr=8-1&keywords=what+the+bible+is+all+about(KJV version is also available).
  5. To repeat what others have said, what he likes in my opinion, is epic poetry. Milton really is the tale end of that, hence no American equivalent. However I'd challenge him to go back and pick up some of the things he missed. Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Beowulf, The Fairy Queen. If he wants something that influenced Americans especially in regards to religion, then Pilgrim's Progress is the book. For a long time it was the number two best selling, most read book, especially by American Christians. He should remember that just because something isn't American doesn't mean that it isn't influen
  6. When I was active, it was me, too! When you are a high school mom you are busy; I got so busy I couldn't even do this forum much less the more general forums.
  7. Yup, I know from personal experience that a lot of high school forum moms don't go over to the other boards. That's why I linked to my post over there.
  8. Oddly the best reason to do Tapestry with younger children is that it will give you time to teach the oldest student in your school: You. They encourage you to read the R level literature as you work through the the program the first time. Depending on both what kind of reader you are and what you've read in the past, it might take two passes. Or you can do what I did the second time, and take some rabbit trails of my own in conjunction with the program (I read Augustine's City of God when we finished Year 1 the second time, they don't read it, but I was in the time period, I did the same with
  9. I don't post any move, but thought I'd let you know of this great offer. See my post on the general board: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/537906-want-to-try-something-new/
  10. Tapestry of Grace is once again offering a free unit of their integrated program to new users. This is a great chance to give their program a try. Here's a link explaining the offer: http://www.tapestryofgrace.com/horses/?utm_source=January+2015+PROMOTIONS&utm_campaign=January+2015+promotions&utm_medium=email I find it pretty cool that you can pick any unit you want and not just a sample unit they pick. We started Tapestry with My oldest in the fifth grade. He is now a senior. Both times he has taken the SAT, he's had a perfect score on the critical reading section. While
  11. I rarely visit this forum so I am late AND my information is a little sideways. That's because my oldest is going to be a senior this year. We got started a year early because we were ready way back when to do the Primary 1A program when my oldest turned 6 which was late September. He was still in K. This means we got started on the upper level books a year early. We also used the old dinosaur NEM. Based on everything I've read over the years, NEM follows approximately the same course of materials but may be a tiny bit harder. It did not come with any teaching guides and solution sets wer
  12. I couldn't give up the R level discussions in Tapestry, in my opinion, they are what impel the student to think. They are also interesting and fun to have. If you are only leaving Tapestry because of cutting, then rethink.
  13. Why? Tapestry gives you an amazing discussion in their materials. If you have the time, try the discussions on your own.
  14. I love Tapestry and their discussions are why,but Year 2 does indeed move at a very rapid pace. This coupled with their depth could be a problem.
  15. First, my plan is still in process. Since as I note below we may do some summer reading, I'll need to at least know what those are by summer, but the finish doesn't have to happen until the fall. Okay, let me make sure I put some background. I am only doing this my older student. He will be in 12th grade and he's a pretty deep reader beyond Tapestry. My ninth grader will do Tapestry as written. AND because of what I am cutting I will also note that I have been reading science fiction/fantasy for 40 years! I like it. So what am I cutting: Animal Farm Citizen of the Galaxy Fahrenh
  16. I have older children so that changes what we do. We did do crafts for about 3 years when I had UG and D, but after that they went by the wayside. We don't do writing or geography, but we do history, lit, church history, and all the electives for R level. However we don't do more with the electives so for the art and music history there is no enrichment beyond reading. I can't imagine using Tapestry as a book list. The amazing part of the program is in discussion. Next year my youngest joins his older brother in R, he is my less motivated child, but he has finally hit his stride
  17. As to questions, I use the discussions in the tapestry materials. They mostly match the questions the students get but they do include more and go beyond the Accountability and Thinking questions. It takes a bit of time for both you and the student to get used to discussions and you need to let go of preconceived ideas of fill in the blank sort of discussions. Instead look for your student to process the ideas they've encountered both in doing the reading and then in doing the questions. Don't get hung up on I didn't find the answer to that instead move to process as much as possible. The
  18. This is a great insight! about rhetoric level students in general. What I really like about Tapestry is how they go way beyond the simple fact based questions many programs have to the depth. While I think if I had to we could do this, but it is nice to have the meat already there. In literature the blend of literary analysis with thinking about life and how to live it, is truly amazing.
  19. I would either complain to the professor OR I would make a chart that showed work process, how long was spent on each part and who did what. You could do that in any lab report.
  20. Since you have year plans in hand, I'd encourage you to give the discussions a try. They are the center and the core of Tapestry. To not use them is to gut the program. They are what makes the plan worth what you pay for the program. Otherwise you could use anyone's booklist. I absolutely love engaging with my older students in history and literature.
  21. I'd just label it Ancient Literature. I will send up a small flag of warning. A lot depends on the other class but Year 1 is pretty big! I think the analysis book Words of Delight is a must, but it is also the one book I've gotten carped at from my students including my strong readers. You might consider reading it over the summer. Just one chapter a week would get you going.
  22. If you have not done Year 1 at the R level that is the one reason I would not go with the split year plan. The Words of Delight book used for literature is amazing and many of the Ancient literature choices are also excellent. What I would suggest instead is using the cutting charts in literature in particular for Year 2 if this is your children's first year at R level. This will allow you to take more time but still cover the significant works of literature.
  23. Yes, I bought everything before they went out of print. My youngest is in our 3rd year with the program which means he will finish up with NEM materials and move to additonal math next year. We used them in a somewhat modified order. The first two years we did one level per year so NEM 1 and NEM 2, but the final year the NEM 3 materials do not fill a year, and the NEM 4B book is review for "O" levels which we didn't need so we did 3A, 3B, and 4A in the third year. At that point NEM Additional Maths was not available so we switched and did DM Additional Maths the fourth year. Let me su
  24. Pamela, I'm sorry to be coming at this late, I am only on the board today checking any threads I have previously posted in due to an emergency with my dad. I doubt I will be back any time soon, so I"ll go ahead and post about this now since no one else helped you. I would not trim the Bible stuff because it relies on the The Words of Delight book which Tapestry uses through out their four years. Your student will need to know their poetry analysis information well for the next years so keep that. I'd axe all the Akkadian poetry, let's face it Tapestry is the only program I know of that cov
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