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  1. For us, this really wasn’t a big concern. I expect my kids to make out of life what they will and to make opportunities for themselves or not. I think it’s easy to think opportunities are “out there” somewhere, but in reality they are everywhere—they are just different. Sometimes I suggest or encourage things. One did a three week Bible camp. One took a trip to another state to take care of Grandma when she broke her leg. Both were opportunities for growth. I think in a lot of ways though that they do things when they are ready. I did find that even cc here at home provided a
  2. Just to clarify, would grants be affected by a no stacking rule, or only scholarships? (My understanding is the latter.)
  3. If you get the first edition, just make sure it's complete--it's the only edition where mixing and matching won't work well (there are correlation guides for mixing other editions.) The color edition has 150 more pages in the Teacher's Manual with more activity suggestions and more teaching tips, plus it adds in comprehension exercises. The Activity Book also has another 150 pages--30 new activities plus 52 warm-up pages. The readers have over 200 additional pages combined (17 new stories). HTH some!
  4. There’s an extensive review at the beginning of algebra two. I remember the first lesson having a number of video segments. We kept thinking that would be the last section and then there would be another one! There’s also more review in either the second or third lesson. I just remember those early lessons taking a bit longer than the standard lessons to complete, and that the videos were longer.
  5. We did astronomy over a year by doing it twice a week, so you could easily finish it in a semester. My daughter did anatomy on her own in a little over a semester combined with a science fair project, so I think that one would be pretty easy to do in a semester as well. I don’t think I try to do both at the same time though, I don’t know. I’d probably do one each semester. Have fun!
  6. Have you looked at Math U See? It has video, is orderly visual and logical, and his decent review of all concepts. It is mastery-based though. It worked really well for us.
  7. I don’t know how common it is for college entrance. However, we had an unusual circumstance come up. My daughter is going into education, and my state requires a test for entrance into that program, and one of the things that can fulfill it is the ACT plus writing. So, she’s actually going to have to take it again just to meet the requirement.
  8. I’d drop it too. Will it really matter on the transcript? It seems like this is a semester break time, so it could look like she just decided to stop taking it.
  9. For us, I would say that a science fair project (done well--not thrown together at the last minute!) would also be pbl. My dd usually spent several months researching, building, trying things, creating models to demonstrate concepts, writing a research paper, and then preparing an oral presentation for judges (and also spending the day teaching about the concept to kids and adults who visited the booth). It was a great learning experience!
  10. Have her make a list of all the things she wishes she had more time to do (paint, draw, pretend play, building models, read, specific activities, listen to music or practice an instrument)--whatever it is. Then make sure she is set up with plenty of supplies to do some of those things she is interested in. That should help to stave off the "I'm bored/what should I do?" types of statements. I always told my kids I had plenty of chores that needed doing if they were bored, and they stopped telling me they were bored and found things to do! You'll want to have a plan for screen time if you don't
  11. I did all interest-led science with my youngest through 8th grade. She read books she was interested in and did Science Fair projects. It was tons better than any curriculum and better than anything I might have tried to pull together. If I had another one coming up, I would totally do that again.
  12. If you do decide to use MUS, just know that the first couple of lessons review algebra one and have a lot of videos. I remember it took me by surprise when I took my oldest through. They aren’t paced like the normal lessons, and you’ll want to warn your son if he does it all without you. MUS met our needs, and I wouldn’t have qualms about using it again. It’s not the most rigorous out there, but it was a good fit for us.
  13. Awww, what an awful feeling to think you're done and find out you're not! But...wow, this sounds like a great opportunity that you'll definitely want to follow up on! Sounds like she has a great connection with the professor already--that's GOLD!
  14. When she calls again, I would explain how many times she has tried to contact both admissions counselors with no response or in adequate response, and explain that she really wants to get her application in and isn’t there someon when she calls again, I would explain how many times she has tried to contact both admissions counselors with no response or in adequate response, and explain that she really wants to get her application in and isn’t there someone who can help her? Sometimes I have found that you just have to explain a bit more how no one else has been able to help for someone to take
  15. I'd probably allow them as part of a PE class if I needed the hours from them. I do remember learning archery in high school PE. Like the others, I did want my kids to get more physical exercise, and tended to focus on that (swimming, hiking, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, basketball & other team sports--casual with friends or in a class, etc...) I may have counted the time my son spent playing airsoft with friends--I can't remember now! But they did a lot of physical with that--tromping through the woods, running etc...
  16. I haven't shot a gun, but another physical aspect of archery is that you have to retrieve the arrows.
  17. Welcome! I remember the early days well--there's so much out there and it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what you like and why--so many things can sound great! Give yourself time--thankfully we don't have to learn it all or figure it all out at once! Online samples can help but sometimes you just need to try things to know. Handwriting Without Tears worked well for my kids--the strokes for print are very similar to the strokes for cursive. The Get Ready, Get Set, and Go for the Code books are fun for that preschool age when they are working on strokes. But also just do fun things lik
  18. Not novel-length, but Tut's Mummy Lost and Found is a fun little book for this age.
  19. My daughter used the apologia anatomy and physiology book at home to and did these labs. I will say that it was helpful to gain the microscope skills for when she took A&P in college. I don’t know if our labs added up to 30 hours, but college lab time isn’t always “lab” either. I’d do a good amount and not worry about time that strictly. Really, for a lab science, it’s pretty easy to go over 180 hours combined time for the year if it’s a meaty course.
  20. I think part of knowing how to choose is knowing your student. What works, what doesn't work, what your student enjoys etc... Whenever possible, I included my kids in decisions of what to study for various subjects (with my guidance about requirements and taking their particular bent into consideration), and what kind of curriculum to use (presenting options that I was comfortable with but letting my kids have some say, expressing what they liked and didn't like about various things we had done in the past as well as what appealed or didn't appeal about certain choices.) I also think part
  21. My dd was in high school when we read Pygmalion, and we read it aloud doing parts. She was already very familiar with My Fair Lady, and she wanted to read Eliza's part. It was a lot of fun!
  22. I’ve only seen final grades on transcripts, so I don’t think you really need to put quarter grades in there. When we had classes that started one year and went into the next, I recorded the class in the year that the student spent the most time on it. If it’s an equal amount into different years, then you could put the grade in your student finishes the course, or divide it into semesters if you prefer.
  23. As a general rule (for any homeschooling curriculum), I would go with what you have first and then get something else if it doesn't work out. Just tends to be less expensive than always picking up something else that looks great, LOL! But I can't compare the two--I haven't used TC. I did use Essentials in Writing Levels 7-11 and that worked well here. Anyway, hope you find what will be a good fit for you and your kids!
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