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  1. I agree, he should go with the BS for a computer science major. He can totally take philosophy and other liberal arts classes. The main difference with the BA is that he would take less math and he would have to take foreign language. But both are going to give him room to take elective courses. If he’s ready and really just wants to go on to a four year school, I would try to narrow down from the ones he has already applied to and see if he can choose one. Sorry it’s a tough year to choose!
  2. My son is a media studies major, which involves in class labs and working with the schools cameras and specialized software, and often teamwork. It was really difficult to have a class like that go to online only this spring. I think he would be disappointed if it was online again in the fall and might opt for a different class instead. I was waiting to discuss that with him until finals were over, but it’s definitely a consideration.
  3. So glad it turned out OK! I hope you were all able to enjoy the vacation. Online learning can be such a difficult thing for some students, and I’m glad he was able to maintain his b.
  4. Do you have their course catalog? Ours lists specifically what does and doesn’t count. I wonder if more would count if he did an AS instead of AA—Does he need the degree to be AA? If not, maybe check it the other way.
  5. The problem with that though is what if two teachers move a test? They could then conflict with each other. Or what if the student already had a test then? There’s a reason that there is a schedule! I’ve actually never heard of a finals exam test time being moved. I’ve heard of instructors doing them earlier, like in class the week before finals week, but never later, and not announcing it at the last minute like this one did. I really don’t see how this is allowable, though I agree that of course the student really has no choice but to do it when asked, and that one just has to make the best of the situation.
  6. Neither of my kids schools have posted details about dispersement yet—one says it is still looking into what to use for criteria. I’m hoping they’ll get some help, especially my dd who lost her student-worker job, but we’ll see. Jobs this summer will be tricky to come by... so much up in the air! Hopefully your dd gets help.
  7. I think it looks just fine, but I also think a better question is, what is reasonable for your son? I had struggling writers, so each year I evaluated where we were and how I could gently nudge them up to the next steps of writing at a pace that worked for them. Sometimes you have to put "grade level" aside for a time as you scaffold them, and that's okay. We used copywork extensively for teaching grammar and sentence structure (and I also had them copy work I scribed for them as part of a "partnership writing" phase)--so I agree that copywork can be used for more than handwriting practice with some focused attention. Here are some posts on my blog that you might find helpful as you evaluate what he's been doing and what might be a good next step for him. Reluctant Writers - Part 1 6 Writing Mistakes - Reluctant Writers Part 2 Copywork and Dictation: Teaching Mechanics Copywork and Dictation: Teaching Literary Elements HTH some!
  8. There are also extensive samples online--maybe looking inside would help you decide?
  9. yes, 20 minutes is the recommendation, but you can go a bit shorter if you have a young student--adjust it to your child's needs. You can break the lesson up over as many or as few days as needed--here's an example of a "typical" day and week. HTH some! Have fun in Kindergarten, such a fun year with little ones!
  10. My son's school is waiting to decide. I hope they wait until July also. Our “ Peak” was just moved to mid May, so it looks like a while before the stay at home order will be lifted here. I hope they give it as much time as they are able before deciding.
  11. No, dorms are an artificial environment. Not that a student can’t gain some positive skills there, just that dorms don’t replicate general adult daily living. Living away from home in some way does have positives when a student is ready. My kids start at the cc and then transfer. So they get an independent experience (dorm or apartment) at some point.
  12. One thing I would say is that you don’t have to make a decision now for all four years. He could commute the first semester or the first year and live in the dorms after that.
  13. I understand! Mine started at the cc for just this reason. One didn’t decide, got a liberal arts associates degree and took a gap year before deciding. And one switched from pre-nursing to early childhood education—some very different requirements that lengthened the time, but at cc prices and while living at home. We just can’t afford for them to transfer until they have a solid plan. Each family has to look at what’s reasonable for them.
  14. Yes, at my son’s school laundry, vending machines, and even some local restaurants that aren’t run by the school can all take the student ID. The kids choose how much money they want in school dollars, and use their ID just like a debit card. Is there a bus system at your daughter school? Usually there’s a way for kids to get to grocery or to Walmart and places like that where they can shop and get some cash back.
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