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    GA swamp raised, now Rocky Mt. high living
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    Colorado
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    Mtn. Biking, camping, classical guitar, hanging out in bookstores
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  1. I hope he is feeling better. It is so hard to be away from them when they are sick. One time, I drove eight hours in the snow and rented a hotel room with two queen beds, just so my son would have his own bed and bathroom with he was horribly sick. Having to hike down a hallway to a communal dorm bathroom is no fun, lack of sleep, lack of decent food, dealing with doctor visits and tests. No fun.
  2. I thought I would bump this back up a bit now that the freshmen have had a chance to settle in and get a few exams/projects/papers under their belts. My dd just hit a bit of a wall and called me stressing out. She dealt with a nasty case of Lyme Disease during High School and took two gap years before heading to college as a 21 year old freshman. She worked part time those two years for...get this...our local school district (homeschool enrichment program). It was the best thing she could have done. Her work ethic and maturity was huge heading into college this year. Unfortunately, she is also dyslexic and a bit of a perfectionist. She is attending a very small school in Colorado that is a perfect fit for her, working toward dual Graphic Design and Graphic Media degrees . Her roommate was also homeschooled and my dd loves her (just not her dating drama). After working for the school system, dd has no trouble asking for helping and talking to the teachers , which is a good thing for a freshman. Her biggest problem is herself and the demands she puts on herself. Due to her past Lyme Disease, she needs to eat well, sleep well, and reduce her stress. Due to her dyslexia, everything (especially her math class this semester) takes a long time. She has been trying to make top grades in everything and I think she is wearing herself out. Her anxiety is sky high. I have made a point of letting her know that she does not have to be perfect. (After studying for days, she received a 105 on her first math test, and she has always struggled in math). We have told her repeatedly that we do not expect "A's" every time she hands something in. A low grade - or even a bad grade- is going to happen some day, and it is not the end of the world. It happens, and we will love her and be proud of her anyway. We also want her to enjoy college, enjoy the experience, make friends, enjoy living in the Rocky Mountains and all it entails (hiking, skiing, fly fishing - which she loves) and to learn how to "roll with the punches". I am just not sure how to get this through to her in a way that will reduce her anxiety.
  3. My "mild to moderate" dyslexic DD struggled with spelling. This forum has heard and offered advise to us over the years. We used Sequential Spelling, Spelling Made Simple, Spelling Workout, Barton, Logic of English, Painless Spelling, Spelling Simplified, Megawords, and a host of other spelling programs. For an entire year, every school day she worked on the same 25 sight words (would, could, should, etc.) along with 25 of her current spelling words. At the end of the year, she still could not spell the sight words. It was beyond frustrating and heartbreaking. She would be so embarrassed if anyone asked her to spell anything. Finally, this year, she had a breakthrough. She is 19 years old. Yes- it took that long for a breakthrough. She is taking a gap year and is actually working for our local public school district with their homeschool enrichment program. She has had to write emails everyday to multiple other teachers, parents, and administration staff. She worked hard with spell checker and closely re-reading to make sure she was spelling the words correctly. She finally "gets it". It took a long time and a lot of years, but she is able to do it now - when it really counts. Keep plugging along. It will eventually get through, or at least the processes that will help your DD to help herself, will get through. Looking back, I do not think any single one of these programs was the magic spell fairy. I think it was a combination of coming at it from different thoughts. Rules have their place, visual and patterns (like Sequential Spelling) have their place, too. In the end for us, it was her drive to do a good job that really pushed my DD to focus on her spelling. She still struggles with spelling and probably always will, but she has the tools to help her and she knows how to use them.
  4. Our DS lost his scholarship. Ugg. It was painful. He was a Resident Assistant and living 8 hours away. He had a full ride between the scholarship and the job (housing and meals). Unfortunately, the amount of work and stress of the RA job dealing with everything from suicide attempts, to overdoses, and abuse, while carrying over a full load, caused a crash and burn. He just could not recover and his grade point average took a huge hit. He is working this summer to help pay for a semester overseas, then he only has two more semesters with light loads. The whole experience was an opportunity for all of us to learn a lot. I understand totally about trying to keep the mouth shut. It is not something I tend to do very well. It is so hard to see them struggling and even failing at something you both have worked so hard to attain for so many years. There is also the monetary part of the equation. He/we will now have debt that we had hoped would not be there. I hope all works out for you regarding the scholarship.
  5. Hi Swimmermom3, I have not been around the forum for awhile. It is nice to see a familiar name. Fun to hear that Sailor Dude is heading to Chile. Skywalker is home for the summer, then heading to France for a semester. Our gentlemen have grown so fast. Best of luck to Sailor Dude on his grad school quest. MtnTeaching
  6. We just received notice that my dd has been granted extended-time on the ACT. :hurray: It took exactly 14 days from the Friday I sent the packet US Postal Priority Mail. I just had to tell someone who would understand. DD attends a one-day-a-week public school enrichment program for homeschoolers. The head of the program told me, "Your chances of getting an ACT extended-time accommodation for your daughter is NIL." I asked if they had ever been successful in getting any student extended-time on the ACT. She said, "Never". DD's dyslexia diagnostician, along with the local high school's guidance counselor, both said that I would not be able to get accommodations unless I went though the school and entered her packet along with all the other public school students who have current 504s and IEPs (which dd does not have). The problem is--she is NOT a public school student. After allowing myself to fall into the trap of listening to them for a bit, I came to my senses. I carefully filled out all of the forms, wrote a two page letter describing the accommodations I had used for her since she came home in the third grade, included her old IEPs from K-2nd grade, her dyslexia evaluations from 5th grade and her new one from earlier this year, any other papers I could think of to show her need or to confirm the use of accommodations (like our original receipt from when we signed her up for the Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic in the 6th grade), made her ACT test reservation date, and sent the packet in. This victory is just another reminder that we are the advocates for our children. I was actually listening to these people until the "your chances are nil" comment. It ticked me off and reminded me that I took on the job as her teacher and guidance counselor. These other people are just my supplemental help. This was my job, not their's. Now it is DD's job to make the most of the extra time she has been given.
  7. Does anyone know how to handle requesting accommodations (ACT) for more than one test date? I would like my daughter to take the test at least twice. Can I register her for two dates at the same time that I request accommodations?
  8. Hi EKS, It will not let me see the information unless I pay for a subscription. Could you give us the "gist" of what the it stated regarding taking tests before asking for accommodations?
  9. I am not sure if this has any bearing at all regarding this, but my dd (16) will be taking her third year of ASL next year through Landry Academy. I do not know if they are approved a-g classes, but I am sure the school would be able to tell you. She has been happy with the classes. Her teacher (Mr. Dally) has also taught her a lot about the deaf culture and community. She is not Coda/Koda and is working her way slowly into our local deaf community (mainly through a very large local church). Her senior year, she is planning on starting classes at our local cc, which has a very good Interpreter's Program. Her Landry Academy classes have been very good for someone like her who was starting at the beginning. If your girls are more advanced since they have been around the language, they might be able to just test with Landry and enter where they would be best suited. Here is the main link to the catalogue/course list at Landry. Just look under "Subject/Topic" for Foreign Languages and submit. You will see all of the American Language courses right at the top of the list. If you open one of the classes and click on the "Details" tab, you can then click on the name of the teacher for their background. Also take a look at the syllabus on the page to see if it is something you are interested in. These have been very good classes for my girl. I am not sure how advanced your girls are, though, or if it would be a good fit for them. Please let me know if you have any more questions I or dd could answer. Also, if you look at the lower right of any page of the Landry website, they have a chat feature that is online during the day. They are quick to answer questions. You could ask about the a-g requirements.
  10. I have been a bit busy lately and not on the forum in a while. It seems that a lot has been going on. I did as requested and removed anything questionable, including the avatar. Unfortunately, there are some very vile and slimy people out there who will do whatever it takes to extort money. If this is what has latched its fangs into this informational, educational, motivational forum, then I am very sorry. Susan, just know that there are a lot of people on this forum who attribute a huge part of their ability to forge over the hurdles of homeschooling to you. I am one of them. Please remember that you are not alone in this battle. Do not hesitate to ask for help if it comes to that. You are not playing with very nice people out there, but you have friends here who are willing to do whatever it takes to help rectify this situation.
  11. It does sound like "easy money". Wouldn't it be nice to just send out some mailings and get money back? What a deal! :party: It just seems as if they are pulling off a clever fraud. People are not promised anything other than a bumper sticker, medal, and the opportunity to say they are in this honor society. Grades and achievements have nothing to do with it - even though the letter states it was sent out due to "outstanding grades". I think it preys on people who want to show their child excels in something - even if they don't. It seems as if it would appeal to the ones who might need more on their list of achievements to show a prospective college (stated by the person who came right onto the board to see if this was legit when ds received it :001_smile:). I wonder if the colleges look at this and and think "What suckers"? How did they get my son's name and address? ACT or AP testing?
  12. Hey - we got ours today... and the price has gone up to $60! I guess even "scholars" get hit with inflation. :D
  13. I can definitely see where this guy could get on someone's nerves. Having said that, we listened to this series when ds and dd were in early middle school and we thought he was a hoot. He is geeky and over-the-top, but I have to say... I still remember several of his out-of-the-main-stream stories today. And this is from a very Southern Georgia Gal. Thompson is certainly not for everyone, but we enjoyed him. For us, he brought parts of World History to life that were otherwise words on a page.
  14. Just me, the cat, & the dog for two days. Course descriptions - here I come!!

    1. swimmermom3

      swimmermom3

      How did you score that piece of luck?

  15. I really had not put that much thought into doing them since ds is taking several AP classes (not 11 of them like some ps school kids, but a few). But Nan's post made me look more closely at them and their timing. I found this good list of colleges that either require SAT 2s or recommend it. I would really be bummed if he decided he wanted to apply to any of these colleges and was sidelined just because I had skimmed over the whole SAT 2 idea. I guess I really did not realize it was such an important part of applying to these types of schools. If we waited until October to take them, would that be too late??
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