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  1. Well, that's another question too! So, if you're in a state where you would have to count hours--some states require a ton of hours even for little kids. That can be ridiculous if you get done with most book work in about an hour. So for them, you'd absolutely want to count every last thing! I'm with you that a lot of what we do educationally is just the stuff I think of as "parenting." But it really IS educational, and if you have to comply with red tape, count it. Basically, you're after-schooling your other kids :-). I was not in a state that required me to turn in hours or days, but I kept track anyway, mainly as a way of seeing what we had accomplished and as a way of keeping myself accountable (I always knew how many days into our school year we were etc..., and could easily see if there was a reason we were ahead or behind where I expected us to be at that point.) And it was very helpful by high school to be in that habit--I had learned easy ways of tracking hours for credits.
  2. Why would it matter which day of the week you went to an educational activity? To me, it either "counts" or it doesn't. Saturday vs. Tuesday is irrelevant.
  3. Must be natural for you--most people are not natural spellers in English! None of your kids are very old yet--I'd expect spelling in outside writing for elementary aged students to have plenty of errors no matter what you use to teach. In outside writing, they have to think about so many things at once--spelling, grammar, syntax, what information to include, how to compose sentences, how to structure paragraphs, creativity or things like using a good hook etc... Most kids don't have the life experience yet to be able to put all of those skills together at once and need a separate editing time.
  4. Probably depends on the school. Some schools will purge records after a certain amount of time if the student hasn’t applied or decided to attend. You could call the admissions office.
  5. Ridiculous! I wonder if they want the bragging rights of saying that one of their students got into Harvard med school?
  6. Weird! I’ve seen some classes listed as permission by instructor, but I always thought he had to talk to the instructor before you signed up for the class!
  7. That seems like a hefty and unfair penalty!
  8. Maybe there’s a special class where they learn to do that to students, LOL! His class did turn out to be challenging, but she rose to the challenge.
  9. My dd had that happen her very first semester of college! (It was a chem class, and I thought it must be a weed-out technique!) Good grief!
  10. If you can slog through the (long, usually too many) pages of descriptions about things, I agree that the story is interesting. I actually read The Scarlet Letter aloud to my kids, and something bizarre happened--my kids thought Pearl (the little girl) was laugh-out-loud funny. The first time they laughed, it really caught me off guard, but it changed how I read the story to them (for the better I think) and I enjoyed it more.
  11. We did and overall enjoyed it. I combined with a lot of Sonlight materials, and have several posts about that on my blog. I think sometimes I added too much reading and my kids would have benefitted from more time to pursue topics of interest and write a few more papers, but overall it was a really good fit for us and we enjoyed MOH as a spine text.
  12. One way to not feel lost in a large university is to get involved in some kind of club or activity. That way she'll meet people with similar interests or values.
  13. At her age, instead of "suggesting" essays or projects, just assign one. It's not optional in school--doesn't have to be optional when you assign it either. You can give her a choice of 3 topics if she has trouble choosing something, but tell her the length and when it's due, and let her work on it. If she needs scaffolding, break it down--choosing her topic is due on X day. Then tell her research (if needed) is due Y day. Then tell her when the rough draft is due--and so on. I didn't do a lot of long essays at this age because I had struggling writers, but I did assign paragraphs, notes, one-page essays and so on, and then one longer paper each year. In high school they could do more. I used workboxes, which really helped with independence. My kids knew that each day they were to do whatever was in the box--the next math lesson, read the next chapter in lit or history or science, answer any questions related etc... We had a one on one tutoring time each day where we went over the previous day's work, corrected math, discussed history or science, and then any questions for the day ahead. Then they went to work. I sometimes had a second discussion time, depending on the student & what they needed. We did lots of discussion, so I don't feel that all output needs to be written, but if you want written output, make the assignment clear and just assign it.
  14. For level 6, Essentials in Writing includes grammar--I probably wouldn't add on a grammar program, but if you think it's light, you could choose a grammar focus another year. (I'm not one who thinks every year needs to be a grammar focus year!) We did add spelling (AAS actually.) What about AAS wasn't working for you? I had one who really needed lots of review incorporated in our 20 minute lesson times to make things stick, and I also really focused on having my kids teach the concept back and making sure they really knew it inside & out before moving on (whether or not the words were mastered, they needed to really understand that concept well.) Also, independent writing for a struggling speller will likely still have lots of mistakes without a separate editing time. You'll want to separate spelling from writing, whatever you use. HTH some!
  15. I found Essentials in Writing to be less teacher intensive than Jump In. When I tried Jump In with my oldest, he required a lot of help. Essentials was more step by step and really explained what to do for every little bit. Even without the grading service (which they didn't have when I was using it), it was very user-friendly.
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