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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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    Loving my family and learning with them

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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, s
  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
  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 opp
  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
  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. Was the whiteboard provided in the room already or did he hang it himself? If so, may I ask what he used to hang it with?
  10. The duffel bag idea is great! I was wondering where he was going to put his suitcase - duh. My ds is heading to a school about 6.5 hours from us. We have a big F-250 truck with a cover on the back, so we should will be able to fit his stuff in there. He will not be finding out who his roommate is until Aug. 1, so we will need to discuss the fridge, microwave, rug, and fan at that point.
  11. I am definitely following this thread. I am confused by my incoming freshman son's college restrictions on lofting and need to give them a call. On the dorm's Facebook page, a student asked if the beds could be lofted to different heights. The answer from an RA was "yes". But, when I look at the college website on the Residence page, it links me to a service that does the lofting for the school. The pictures show the lofts that are almost touching the ceiling. Good for getting a desk/chest of drawers/bike underneath, but bad for sitting on the bed (my son loves to read in bed). I am just
  12. We used homeschooldiploma . com. It is absolutely beautiful. They have several different wordings for the actual diploma. You can go with a very Christian theme, or a more secular, academic theme. I love that it has our homeschool name in a beautiful font. I picked the more academic wording that states that ds has completed the necessary requirements of our state and is signed by both my husband and me. The cover also has several different seals and colors you can choose from. You are able to make the diploma as fancy as you want (for an added fee, of course). The final per
  13. We did the same. It is absolutely beautiful. They have several different wordings for actual diploma. You can go with a very Christian theme, or a more secular, academic theme. I love that it has our homeschool name in a beautiful font. I picked the more academic wording that states that ds had completed the necessary requirements of our state and is signed by both my husband and me. The cover also has several different seals and colors you can choose from. You are able to make the diploma as fancy as you want (for an added fee, of course). The final personal touch was the
  14. Dd will be in 11th grade this year. My plan for her has had to take a drastic turn since she was recently diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I am having to cut way back on the types of classes I was going to have her take to reduce her stress while she heals. She is also dyslexic which adds to the fun for her. 11th- Algebra 2- Public School Enrichment course with an excellent teacher (TT) Lit/Comp 3 - Public School Enrichment course- I do not feel this class will be enough. They only work on 4 novels, some short stories, and some poetry for the whole year. I will work with her on a full ML
  15. We enjoyed Oak Meadow for World History. I bought the syllabus and Teacher's guide for the syllabus through Oak Meadow and bought the textbook used through Amazon to save money. It is laid out for you with questions for each assignment and additional projects to choose from. I used this for both of my children at separate times. You can take a look at sample assignments by following the link. I added videos from Discovery Education Streaming Plus (we have used this for years for several different courses, such as, sciences, history, literature, and exploring interests - it is not cheap
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