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  1. Are you also reading through the lesson in the teachers manual and working those practice problems? I think remember at the beginning algebra one that it said one would have to use both the video and the teachers manual to get the full instructions.
  2. You're correct. The difficulty is that there are two ways to divide words (and AAS actually works on both). One is according to pronunciation (a-ging) and one is according to morphology (ag(e)-ing). The dictionary shows both divisions. The pronunciation guide will show the division according to pronunciation, and the first entry (the "bolded" one if you still have a print dictionary) shows the division according to morphology. Sometimes it's hard to find an example when you are talking about words with suffixes, but driver is one you can usually find. See this entry for driver in the Merriam Webster Dictionary online for driver to see what I mean. The first entry shows driv-er, but the pronunciation guide shows the division after dri. Sometimes both divisions are the same, but in some words they are different. In AAS, students practice dividing words according to pronunciation and they also practice writing root words and adding suffixes--so they get practice both ways. So for aging--you can think of it as retaining the long A sound from the root word (age) or you can think of it having the long A because it's in an open syllable: a-ging. HTH some!
  3. No, I mean even including what he’ll earn. Although to be honest, it can be difficult to get a summer job in our area (and 4K would not be a given here) but he has one now that he’ll have for the summer.
  4. All About Spelling is a complete phonics program and is one you could consider.
  5. It sounds like you could just keep her reading and use something like All About Spelling for phonics and spelling combined (it's a complete phonics program). That would have you start at the beginning to fill in any gaps--here's a link to their placement.
  6. They don’t use the term stacking, but the school website says that their merit scholarships can be used for room and board, books purchased from the university store, or parking passes if outside grants or scholarships exceed tuition and fees. I believe the student has a gap after loans and a student worker job plus various aid. If nothing else, I’m sure they’ll try going back to the school, but they are also looking for other options to try. It’s an instate school, but nothing available in city. Good transfer agreement with the cc. Good scholarships so far, and I think it’s possible they may come back with another one (their deadline is past, but they have students do one app through a portal and match them up, and I don’t think he’s heard on that yet—it sounds like they just gave preliminary info on the other two main ones that are kind of automatic by gpa. So maybe he won’t end up with a gap. I think they hate to wait for a final word and miss some other deadlines in the meantime. appreciate all the ideas and thoughts!
  7. Anyone know of a good source for scholarships/grants for transfer students (with an associate's) in engineering? I'm trying to help a friend who has a gap between their EFC and what the school can do, but struggling to weed through all the hits one gets when just googling for scholarships!
  8. I feel your pain! My ds did the same thing--only for him there wasn't anything he liked a lot--just things he pursued and ruled out as possibilities and a big question mark! He took a gap year after getting his associate's degree at our local CC, and that really helped him explore and decide.
  9. I think you answered part of your question here. 🙂 Out of state school isn’t affordable for lots of people (not even when I went in the 80’s.) I went to a state school out of town though, and enjoyed the academics and making some friends through a Christian group after floundering the first couple of years. My kids go to the community college here in town for their associates and then transfer to a state school. One has made lots of friends at the community college being involved in a group. The other made more friends going away, but still found the experience at the community college helpful. I think like anything in life, the experience is what one makes of it. It’s like homeschooling. People can say “but what about prom?“ Some homeschoolers do an alternative prom. Some are glad to miss it altogether. Some might still go to the local school prom. You make of it what you want to, and trade one set of experiences for another. You can look at it as missing out on what you didn’t do, or you can look at it as getting to do what you did do. I don’t think kids need to leave the state to have a good college experience, and in some cases they may not even need to leave town, depending on what is available in your area.
  10. I’m so sorry. I hope he finds something else soon.
  11. It really sounds like you could go either way with this. What does your son want to do?
  12. Is there a lot of difference in cost? If he is still kind of exploring majors, that’s often a lot cheaper to do at a community college.
  13. I think I’d go with the community college that has his major. He’ll be happier being able to study something he enjoys, and I don’t know that it makes that big of a difference where he goes to bring his grades up.
  14. I remember when Chemistry came out updated, it was riddled with errors! I wouldn’t want to use biology the first year it’s updated personally. I would encourage the co-op to go with the previous edition.
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