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Everything posted by MerryAtHope

  1. Interesting...how do pass fail classes work for kids who are transferring? (would a transfer institution accept a "pass" instead of a letter grade in a required course that otherwise transfers?)
  2. When you correct, do you have her say what she said again the correct way? I'd try adding in that step if not. I will say that my kids were older than I thought they would be with some spoken grammar topics--especially with irregular verbs. There were some things I corrected into middle school years. Maybe you could try collecting words she says incorrectly and then making up a worksheet where she chooses the correct way to say a sentence (she could choose between wented and went for a blank etc...)
  3. Online courses at our cc have testing within a specific time frame, but identity is not verified other than by entering a student ID and password. Hybrid courses have testing at the testing center, but that isn’t large numbers (10-50, not 500).
  4. Very few schools actually require Physics. I'd look at the requirements for some of the schools that you think might be ones she'd attend and see what they require for science. If they only require 2 lab sciences, then go with something interest-led (like Marine Biology.)
  5. Ugh, that will be frustrating for a lot of kids! DD is supposed to take the ACT in July, hoping this will be a non-issue by then! My DS's University put up a website about Covid-19, but they don't really have any changes planned (at least not yet...)
  6. Mine were glad we homeschooled through high school, even with the social challenges. There are pros and cons to each choice, that's for certain. Pray about it and see where God leads!
  7. I haven’t used apples and pears, but have you finished all the levels? If not, I’d finish out the program if you have found it useful. We used all about spelling, and I continued it to the end. I found it was very useful to continue working on spelling in junior high and even the early high school years. I don’t think it’s too late, especially for students with dyslexia. We made a lot of progress in those years. I would even say we made the most progress in those years. That’s when everything really starts to come together for the struggling speller, and I think too many people give up too soon on a subject that really affects kids going into college.
  8. This is about what I did too. Definitely keep the course descriptions and transcripts up-to-date each year, it makes it so much easier! I only saved one or two writing samples and lab reports each year. I didn’t keep things like math workbooks or tests etc. I saved the samples in a hanging folder system until I was sure I didn’t need them. I never had to show them to anyone.
  9. Are you also reading through the lesson in the teachers manual and working those practice problems? I think remember at the beginning algebra one that it said one would have to use both the video and the teachers manual to get the full instructions.
  10. You're correct. The difficulty is that there are two ways to divide words (and AAS actually works on both). One is according to pronunciation (a-ging) and one is according to morphology (ag(e)-ing). The dictionary shows both divisions. The pronunciation guide will show the division according to pronunciation, and the first entry (the "bolded" one if you still have a print dictionary) shows the division according to morphology. Sometimes it's hard to find an example when you are talking about words with suffixes, but driver is one you can usually find. See this entry for driver in the Merriam Webster Dictionary online for driver to see what I mean. The first entry shows driv-er, but the pronunciation guide shows the division after dri. Sometimes both divisions are the same, but in some words they are different. In AAS, students practice dividing words according to pronunciation and they also practice writing root words and adding suffixes--so they get practice both ways. So for aging--you can think of it as retaining the long A sound from the root word (age) or you can think of it having the long A because it's in an open syllable: a-ging. HTH some!
  11. No, I mean even including what he’ll earn. Although to be honest, it can be difficult to get a summer job in our area (and 4K would not be a given here) but he has one now that he’ll have for the summer.
  12. All About Spelling is a complete phonics program and is one you could consider.
  13. It sounds like you could just keep her reading and use something like All About Spelling for phonics and spelling combined (it's a complete phonics program). That would have you start at the beginning to fill in any gaps--here's a link to their placement.
  14. They don’t use the term stacking, but the school website says that their merit scholarships can be used for room and board, books purchased from the university store, or parking passes if outside grants or scholarships exceed tuition and fees. I believe the student has a gap after loans and a student worker job plus various aid. If nothing else, I’m sure they’ll try going back to the school, but they are also looking for other options to try. It’s an instate school, but nothing available in city. Good transfer agreement with the cc. Good scholarships so far, and I think it’s possible they may come back with another one (their deadline is past, but they have students do one app through a portal and match them up, and I don’t think he’s heard on that yet—it sounds like they just gave preliminary info on the other two main ones that are kind of automatic by gpa. So maybe he won’t end up with a gap. I think they hate to wait for a final word and miss some other deadlines in the meantime. appreciate all the ideas and thoughts!
  15. Anyone know of a good source for scholarships/grants for transfer students (with an associate's) in engineering? I'm trying to help a friend who has a gap between their EFC and what the school can do, but struggling to weed through all the hits one gets when just googling for scholarships!
  16. I feel your pain! My ds did the same thing--only for him there wasn't anything he liked a lot--just things he pursued and ruled out as possibilities and a big question mark! He took a gap year after getting his associate's degree at our local CC, and that really helped him explore and decide.
  17. I’m so sorry. I hope he finds something else soon.
  18. It really sounds like you could go either way with this. What does your son want to do?
  19. Is there a lot of difference in cost? If he is still kind of exploring majors, that’s often a lot cheaper to do at a community college.
  20. I think I’d go with the community college that has his major. He’ll be happier being able to study something he enjoys, and I don’t know that it makes that big of a difference where he goes to bring his grades up.
  21. I remember when Chemistry came out updated, it was riddled with errors! I wouldn’t want to use biology the first year it’s updated personally. I would encourage the co-op to go with the previous edition.
  22. This article has a cute, printable one-page guide to all of the long vowel sounds.
  23. Consider it "educator training"--you were learning what worked and what didn't work for a previous child. It has served it's purpose :-). Sell it with no remorse unless you have another younger student to save it for :-). For your current child, I agree with everyone else--if it ain't broke, don't fix it! The "cost" to switching from something that works is too high (time, peace in the home, student upset etc...)
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