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  1. AAR levels are not the same as grade levels, because the order of the words in AAR is not “grade-level” order. For example, a child completing AAR 2 can read most first and second-grade level words and many third - fifth-grade level words too. All About Reading groups words in a logical manner based on similar rules or patterns regardless of their supposed grade level, which allows students to progress quickly and confidently. At the end of Level 4, students have the phonics and word attack skills necessary to sound out high school level words, though they may not know the meaning of all
  2. Since you have a student going into (or already in?) 9th grade, I'll say that rather than focusing on state educational standards, I considered what colleges are looking for as I moved into the high school years (and in the junior high years, I was focused more on making sure my kids had the skills they needed to do well in high school--reading, writing, math, thinking critically etc...) If you are looking towards higher education in your student's future, start to learn now what kinds of things are required by possible schools your student might attend. I collected lists from several pos
  3. Has she reached out to advising at her current school to see if they can help at all? In our transfer process (not dance), the current school was sometimes able to give us info that was not as easily obtainable from the transfer school before admittance. They would know things like whether anyone else from their school has ever transferred to that state school you are considering. They would also know things like how commonly their credits are accepted by other schools. That’s no guarantee of course, but it might give you an indication of how easy or difficult the process is going to be of hav
  4. Summer is soon! I would be happy with his choice and help him prepare for moving forward. I hope it ends up being a good fit for him!
  5. Room and board is hugely expensive. I wasn’t sure from your original post if you were considering your local option, but that alone can save you 10k a year, sometimes more. My dh is disabled, and I can relate to having lots of medical bills. Our local CC was a good option. Inexpensive, lots of scholarships to apply for, good for kids with any kind of learning issues (better scaffolding than moving away). We made it through a variety of means—lower tuition through CC for associates and no added housing cost, Pell, state grant, scholarships at the cc, work study, summer jobs, transfer sch
  6. Yes, and honestly advisors too often are not knowledgeable enough to make it happen either. I found it was necessary both financially and for my kids’ best interests to step in and take a hands-on advisor approach. I investigate until I thoroughly understand how things will work and I know what questions we really need to ask. Sometimes the things I wanted to ask came up naturally in the advisor meetings and other times not.
  7. It was all on the websites of the schools my kids transferred to. Sometimes I had to dig a bit, but past catalogs and degree plans were all available. Some majors require more specific plans than others. My ds is in media studies and has tons of choices within specific requirements. My dd is in education, and the last 2 years have no choices or options...everything is laid out and required. I did consult with advisors at both the cc and the transfer school, but also found I needed to be an intermediate advisor to make sure all the dots connected. When I say I consulted advisors, I re
  8. I didn’t look at that. What I did look at was 4-year degree plans, the frequency of course offerings within a major, how easy or hard it was to get into classes of high interest (whether the classes repeat every semester, if they were fall or spring only or every other year...) and things like that. My kids started at the CC, got their associates, and transferred. I let them take their time and change majors etc... at the CC, but wanted to make sure the time at the university was as efficient and stream-lined as possible.
  9. In general I wouldn’t start with a summer class. The 8 week classes are double-time, and the 4-6 week classes are 3-4 times the pace of a regular college class. I’ve seen a lot of kids struggle with them the first time, especially if they don’t understand the time commitment of college classes (generally 2-3 hours of study per credit hour per week, and then 2-4times that depending on how many weeks the class meets. So, a 3 credit class that meets for 4 weeks could easily feel like a full-time class load.) It can be a shock to new students.
  10. That’s disturbing! A person relies on these companies to help you correctly navigate various circumstances and their tax implications. I do try to look things up and understand, but...wow.
  11. Wow! Our cc doesn’t mail one if they aren’t required, but they always have one to access online.
  12. In my experience, no, air cleaners are not going to be enough. They may help some, but the problem is probably in the walls, flooring materials, furniture etc... A dehumidifier is also a good idea, but I suspect it will take a lot more to really remedy the problem. Maybe go up with a camper or tents the first time to clean and investigate further what it would take to make it habitable for her. I wouldn’t chance having to sleep there personally, especially if you really suspect mold.
  13. Does she like spaghetti sauce? My son would have meant literally just cheese, while my dd would have thought spaghetti means with marinara sauce of course!
  14. Thanks! I definitely think it’s legit...I guess I’m more wondering if the yearly fee is really worth it. It was easier to decide when she was invited tI Phi Theta Kappa-that had a transfer scholarship potential and was a one-time fee (and she did get a transfer scholarship, so it was definitely worth it!) This one does have scholarship potential too, but only for active members. I doubt she’ll get involved since she didn’t with PTK. Anyway...leaning towards no right now, just curious about it I guess!
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