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  1. Any tax experts on here? I'm thinking my daughter would not qualify as a full-time student for 2020 because she did not go to "a" school. In fact, she was enrolled part time at 3 schools, with enough hours to qualify as full-time at any of those schools (but no one school had the availability of classes that she needed--hence she attended 3.) I've looked through Publication 17 and a few others, but they all have the same definition of being "a full-time student at a school that has a regular teaching staff, course of study, and a regularly enrolled student body at the school" for any 5 months
  2. Glad she’s there with you! Sorry about the trouble with textbooks. Many carriers are experiencing delays because of a huge influx of packages over the holidays due to Covid. USPS guarantees are all on hold, and they aren’t updating tracking info to try to save time. Some areas are worse than others, but some processing centers are really backed up. Ebook rental was a great idea. With physical book rental, it’s easy to renew, so maybe she can do that? I hope it’s a good semester for her!
  3. My oldest took a gap year after getting an AA degree, before transferring. It was so good for him to just work and mature. It’s a great way to solidify what they really want.
  4. Our state has a free tuition offer for kids with a 3.0 or higher. However, room and board is still another 10-12k. Cc is less than half of that, even without scholarships, and they live at home. As transfer students, mine have been able to get 5-6k per year in scholarships. So, cc first really shaved off a lot, plus gave them the freedom to explore and change majors while in the inexpensive phase (switching from nursing to early childhood Ed adds on time!). And they had the added advantage of more scaffolding with study skills and adulting skills. If there was a uni in our town, that woul
  5. My oldest did robotics and I counted it in the “science and technology” category. I did make sure that he had the number and type of science credits our state u’s wanted to see (Biology was the only standard requirement here, and the rest could vary by interest).
  6. Wow, congratulations! So excited that it worked out for your son. That’s great perseverance!
  7. I’ve almost done that myself, it’s so easy to do!
  8. Some kids prefer non-fiction over fiction--you could try strewing some books on topics they are really interested in--sharks, space, woodworking, taking care of pets, whatever. Have you tried magazines? My kids used to love it when Lego Magazine would come every month or two. There are some really fun Star Wars books for elementary kids at various levels (my son went through a lot of Star Wars, LOL!). Or try comic books--at their ages, my son loved Calvin and Hobbes. Your idea to get them hooked on a series is good too--my daughter read all of the original Box Car Children books and many of th
  9. You may want to look into All About Spelling. It's great for kids who struggle with spelling and also for kids with dyslexia, and really helped my kids. Here's a review I did on my blog. With regard to leaving sounds out of words, one of the things it works on is how to segment words into sounds--and then it incrementally teaches them how to represent the sounds they hear in a word. I hope you find a good program to help your daughter!
  10. If you like the ABC's and All Their Tricks, All About Spelling pairs nicely with that--it teaches how to spell by phonogram and lays everything out incrementally for you. Most good spellers are also good readers, but the reverse isn't necessarily true--I know lots of good readers who struggle with spelling! Good spellers tend to use a variety of strategies--phonetic, rules-based, visual, and morphemic. Anyway, hope you find what you are looking for!
  11. Distance was a factor for us. If time to travel to/from, frequency of trips home, or being able to support in person occasionally is important, location can matter quite a bit.
  12. Praying he can stick with it in his final goes better!
  13. Wow! That’s ridiculous! At our local community college, all of the grades show up online, and the window for turning in assignments closes after the due date for an online class. There’s no way to submit it. And the zero shows up right in the grades right away. And if the student is failing at midterms, the instructor can drop them from the class. That way the student gets a W instead of an F. I don’t see how students could show up the last week of class with all of these assignments and have any expectation of them being accepted! For in person classes, the syllabus says whether or not l
  14. My kids have both been selected for verification a couple of times over the last five years. It didn’t matter what we selected for the diploma. We type in the name of our homeschool, even though there isn’t a number for it. The form has always accepted it.
  15. I think it’s ridiculous that they have a separate category for homeschool students. I had my kids select that they had a high school diploma. They were schooled according to the laws of our state and have a legitimate the diploma. It shouldn’t matter that they were home schooled.
  16. My daughter school was already starting the 19th, but they eliminated spring break and will finish the semester a week earlier.
  17. I may be doing it wrong since I didn’t know to select home school initially. I just entered our school name, and when it asks to confirm or whatever again, I just hit next. It lets me move on every year. I guess it doesn’t care if it finds the high school or not!
  18. FAFSA counts annual contributions too, just not the lump sum saved.
  19. My daughter has one in person class, and they are doing some thing pretty neat at her school. Each class meeting in the same room has a different color, and the desks are marked by dots. So for example, one class all the students sit at the blue desks, the next class they might sit at the red desks, and the next class at the yellow desks. Then all the seats are sanitized. Makes a lot of sense.
  20. Like others who have students already attending college, my DS will not be taking a gap year due to Covid, because he would lose his transfer student scholarship and his additional scholarship as well. It’s a bummer that his fall classes will all be online. I hope he gets to have some in person classes in the spring, which will be his final semester other than an internship. God is in control, and things will work out one way or the other!
  21. I just used the text. I’m not sure if I knew at the time that there was a teachers manual, or maybe I thought it only worked if you were also doing the lectures. Anyway we just used the textbook.
  22. Maybe she has a starter bag and the list handy to grab other things? Surely they’d have 5-10 minutes?!
  23. So many scholarships want test scores, we thought it was worthwhile to do them anyway.
  24. Both of my kids’ schools ended up doing disbursements based on FAFSA, and didn’t require applications. However, both schools made applications for additional funds available based on certain criteria for students who experienced additional need.
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