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  1. So, what is the 5th section on? I can see how this added section could derail a kid easily! To study and prepare for four sections and have a fifth one to do, of which the student is not prepared mentally to do. Ugh. Is it the same type of stuff, or is it science or history? I'm confused as to why they need a fifth section and the content (subject) of the material.
  2. Congratulations! I hope it's that easy when my DD's time comes (She's a junior this year, so one more year!). She has one school she's applying EA-Restricted, meaning, she can't apply to any other school that would result in a decision before January 1st, and she can't apply ED anywhere. So, she'll have to put off Rolling Admission colleges until the end of December. Currently, she has 28 schools on her list. LOL She is NOT applying to all of them. My minimum is 6 (2 safety (financially and academically), 2 fit (academically, but not necessarily financially), and 2 Reach (could be academic or financial reach). I told her a max of 15. I hope she can narrow it down that much. It's all going to come down to the numbers, and she knows that, which is why she's looking into a lot of different schools.
  3. I signed my daughter up for the December SAT. When signing up, it said to make sure the name she is registered as matches the name on her ID exactly. Well, on the SAT registration form, I could ONLY put her middle initial, not her full middle name. Her ID has her full middle name. Has anyone encountered this? I'm contemplating bringing my daughter to the DMV to get a new ID with only her middle initial, but was wondering since the SAT registration wouldn't allow me to put her full middle name, that portion of her name is not as big of a deal. Thanks for answering my stupid question. My daughter keeps telling me to "chill", but I don't want her to show up and not be allowed to test.
  4. Your concerns sound like the some of the reasons we stopped doing Classical Conversations. It is way too rushed, they don't focus enough on math, so most of the kids put it to the side and fall way behind, and I truly don't believe all the tutors (directors for Challenge levels) are properly equipped to be leading the classes. My DD did CH A, B, and 1. It was CH1 that broke us. We left, and are so glad we did. We get so much more done now, and we are free to do it at our own pace. My kids actually have the time to think about what they're learning instead of stuffing and cramming just so they can be a part of the the conversations on community day. It really was a waste of time and money, and I wish we never went down that road. 😞 All three of my kids are challenge age this year. My DS1 did CHA in a community. He does so much better on his own. He hated doing his work when he knew he had to go to a class and talk about it with his peers, who, unfortunately were all elitists. That was a vibe I was so glad to get away from -- the elitists. Sorry, I digress... All that to say, your concerns are legitimate. 😉
  5. Farrar and Katilac, thank you for your responses. Excellent information and ideas. I think I will split it up into two courses (one for this year, and one for next). I was going to do World Literature next year, but I can do it through plays as well as books. She has already read Anna Karenina (sp?)--she's an avid reader and chose it on her own. I think I'm going to let her pick out the plays (with guidance) she analyzes. We already have plans to go see A Raisin in the Sun at a local college this Fall, so maybe we can just keep that as one we watch instead of read or analyze. The list will be pruned. I guess it's a matter of sitting with her and deciding which plays to focus on for each year. Thank you all. You have helped more than you could possibly know!
  6. Thank you, LoriD! You've made me feel better about what I'm doing. I was going for both the Literature take and the theatrical take on these, but didn't think to split it into two separate courses while using the same resources. I know what I have is too much. It's so hard to reduce. LOL She read 21 books last year for Literature, but only wrote papers and fully analyzed 10 of them, and she's cast in Hamlet this summer, so she's getting exposure to that one right now, and I was thinking of doing Rosencrantz and Goldenstern are Dead in conjunction with it. LOL She is a theatre person, and her goal is to become a theater manager. I appreciate all your feedback. It has moved my mind in a different direction! Thanks!
  7. I'm trying to put together a "Plays as Literature" course for my rising 11th grade daughter. I hoped there would be someone on here that has already went down this road, but my searches have yielded nothing. Maybe I'm using the wrong search criteria? Anyway, if this has been talked about before, if you could lead me to the thread(s), I'd appreciate it. Otherwise, if anyone has any ideas, I'd appreciate that as well. So far, I've looked at MIT's open course ware for a drama as literature class. I've purchased the book used in the course, which has some of the plays I was already thinking of using plus more. Here is a list of the plays I'm looking at. Note that I won't have her do all the plays listed (I don't think--I may have her read them all, but only analyze/do projects for a selected amount -- like 10 or so). Hamlet Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf Oedipus Rex Look Back in Anger A Raisin in the Sun Hedda Gabler The Homecoming Machinal Tartuffe This is Our Youth Top Dog/Underdog Candida The School for Scandal Life with Father Our Town She Stoops to Conquer The Women The Humans Everyman Dutchman and the Slave Death of a Salesman A Streetcar Named Desire Faust (or Doctor Faust -- Can't decide which one) The Importance of Being Earnest Cat on a Hot Tin Roof The Glass Menagerie Twelth Night Far Away Antigone An Oak Tree Medea Waiting for Godot The Birthday Party Othello The Tempest Macbeth There are a few more Shakespeare that I want her to read, but this list is becoming NEVER ENDING! I'm looking for any insight into this list. What do you think I could do without, what do you think is missing? As for the projects I expect her to do, she will be analyzing but also creating sketches of scenes and costumes as well as in some cases, rewriting to show how she would do the play in a modern setting or for a modern play, in a historical setting. Dioramas will also happen as well as notes as to things she would do if she were directing the play (ie: what theme(s) would she want to shed focus to, etc). Anyway, any and all help, even if it's just a link to a thread already in existence would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Angie
  8. Lori, thanks! Those lower level books are one of the numerous reasons we stopped doing cc. 😉 I am considering this.
  9. Thank you, Mom0012! I appreciate your explanation and examples of your kids' situations. This helps a lot.
  10. I've been searching not only on this board, but on the internet at large, for an answer to my specific question. Maybe I'm searching with the wrong words, so if this has been discussed, a link to the thread would be appreciated. We no longer do Classical Conversations, but my daughter did the Challenge 1 class for her 9th grade year. According to CC, we should give one credit for American Literature and one credit for Composition, but everywhere else I look, it's 1 credit for the two combined. I'm not sure if they recommend doing it differently due to the course load (My daughter read all the books, participated in discussions, and wrote every paper required). She read a total of 18 novels as well as numerous short stories and poems and wrote twelve essays (Essays included multiple steps -- used Lost Tools of Writing). As far as the amount of time it took for her to complete all of this work, it was a lot of time, and when I look at it that way, I do see it as 1 credit each (2 total credits), but I don't want her transcripts to look padded or inflated. Has anyone had to deal with this? What would your recommendation be? Thanks! Angie
  11. This happened to my undergraduate school. They issued new degrees to everyone, so I use the new name.
  12. My three kids took the Stanford 10, and I just received the results. My oldest two scored exactly how I expected them to score. I wish my second child did better in some areas, but overall, he did well. My third child, however failed everything. Literally, everything. It was all below average. I just don't understand. I know how he's doing at home. He does well with Math at home (usually helps his older brother do his 5th grade math), and he can parse a sentence quickly and accurately. I expected Math and Language Arts to be his strong subjects. Nope. Nothing was strong. Everything was just horrible. I really have no idea what to do or where to go from here. The idea to send him to P.S. is circulating through my mind, but my heart aches at the idea. It aches from his scores too. I'm in tears over here. :( Any advice or encouragement is greatly appreciated!
  13. For my soon-to-be 8th grader we plan to continue with Classical Conversations. She's finished up Challenge A and had a wonderful year. We're looking forward to Challenge B! Math: We haven't decided where to go with this yet (see my post above). It'll either be the second half of AoPS Intro to Algebra (Algebra 2), AoPS Number Theory and County and Probability, or AoPS Geometry. This is a tough decision. :( Science: History of Science. Researching different scientists each week. She'll do a science fair project, and then move into studying the science of our origins and end with some Chemistry. History: First half of the year is all about current events. The second half of the year they do a mock trial, which sounds like a lot of fun. Latin: Henle's First Year Latin. They'll complete 2/3 of the book. This is both for language and Grammar. Lost Tools of Writing. She'll use the following books: Phantom Toolbooth, Little Britches, Where the Red Fern Grows, and The Hiding Place. For the second semester the class focuses on short stories and creative writing. They'll write their own short stories. Logic: Introductory Logic and Intermediate Logic She's in another co-op, but it's more about fine arts. I'm not sure which classes she'll take there next year as they're still getting the schedule ready, but she'll definitely be doing their acting class, possibly a creative writing class, and an art class.
  14. My daughter and I have been struggling with what to do next year (8th grade) for math. She's finishing up the first half of AoPS Introduction to Algebra. We've been discussing whether or not to do Counting and Probablility and Number Theory, do the second half of Intro to Algebra, or do their Geometry book. I worry that if we take a complete year off from Algebra, she'll forget everything when we go back. Can you share how you came to your decision? I'm not sure of the best way to approach these courses...
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