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  1. (((Hugs))) Driving distance was a big factor for us, and both kids’ schools are close enough for a weekend visit. DD’s is 3 hours, so maybe not weekly, but once a month or so. Both of my kids are at state schools where kids go home for weekends, but we kind of knew that. They did find clubs to join though. Dd went to two this week and likes both and has a new friend texting her now. I hope your daughter can find an interest to pursue through a club to meet some people.
  2. Interestingly, in my state, statistics is the class a lot of schools want for liberal arts and other non-math/science majors. Some of the schools won’t take college algebra here, though some do.
  3. Yes, this is good for people to be aware of. Our state has an articulation agreement so that a core of classes (41 credits) automatically transfer, and associate degrees do as well. It works great for humanities majors. However, there can be issues with other types of majors. For example, my daughter is an education major. At the school she transferred to, she was able to transfer her full associates degree and have it count towards her degree. At other schools in our state though, her courses beyond the first 41 would not have counted towards her degree. Some would have transferred only as elective credits, because those schools wanted students to take a very specific sequence of educational classes and had different requirements. So, even in a state with a good solid articulation agreement for dual enrollment and community colleges to 4-year schools, you still have to research and really know how things are going to work. We were going to find a school that took them off and lessened the time she needs for completion. I hope things get better at your daughter’s school. It’s still early in the semester. Maybe if she gets involved in some kind of group or club, she’ll find a group of students to socialize with. My son’s school is also one where the students tend to go home every weekend, but he got involved in the InterVarsity Christian group and met some good good friends that way. Encourage her to give things time and pursue an interest. It takes time to find one’s people, but I hope she will!
  4. This was me a week and a half ago! (((Hugs))). I felt lost and despondent at first, but tried to be encouraging. My dd is doing well thankfully, but that first weekend was hard on all of us. Hang in there!
  5. So far, both are still in person! Dd is on campus and hopes to stay in person, plus she’s in early childhood Ed and gets to work with young kids—hopefully none of that changes! Her campus does not have vaccine requirements, but does require masking. Ds only has one class and then he graduates. He’s commuting from home (hour each way), so it wouldn’t be awful if they went to online. His school requires vaccines and masking.
  6. We homeschooled all the way through. I hope you have a good year with your daughter!
  7. Not a book, but a tool where you can look up the etymology of a specific word: https://www.etymonline.com/. It's a fun resource!
  8. We use thin towels like beach towels and hang them on a hook or hanger.
  9. The insurance rates are not affected by vaccination status at either of my kids’ schools. One is requiring the vaccine, and giving students a $100 bonus if they get it done by August 20. The other is not requiring the vaccine, but is requiring masks, and will require non-vaccinated students to get tested weekly. Those who don’t want to get tested have to upload their vaccine information.
  10. Both of mine were one and done, it’s kind of nice! We also went the cc route first and then transfer. I hoped both would end up at the same school, but they ended up at different ones. Different schools were best for each one. I hope everything goes well for your dd!
  11. It might not always be a fit, but kids who need it get more fluency practice, so the review helps and they get new content too. AAR takes kids up to high school level word attack skills, so it goes farther. Anyway, lots of good choices out there!
  12. A lot of kids move on to All About Reading 2 after completing 100 Easy Lessons. Here are samples for all the levels if you want to see what it looks like. At the end of AAR 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 higher level words. (Word attack skills include things like dividing words into syllables, making analogies to other words, sounding out the word with the accent on different word parts, recognizing affixes, etc…) You can check the placement tests to see what level your son is ready for if you decide to go with that one. I hope you find something that's a good fit for you & your child!
  13. Congratulations! Transitions are hard...give yourself time!
  14. I think that’s a great idea. I think fiscal responsibility just doesn’t mean much when kids don’t have to pay their own way. College is so expensive these days that kids aren’t independent for years later than what was common when We were their age. But if she has that much free money to spend, she can certainly pay more of her expenses and head on that road of more independence. A question I read in a book recently suggested asking whether the behavior is something we as parents are enabling. It’s made me rethink some things.
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