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  1. True North Homeschool Academy (formerly Homeschool Works 4 U) is live and would love to serve your family in the coming year! Our launch special is this: 3 classes for what two formerly cost with Homeschool Works 4 U, NO registration fees all year and a complimentary Scranton Performance Series test for each student registered for a class. Live on-line classes for 8th-12th grades, Academic Advising, Clep Prep English: Lit & Comp, American Lit & Comp, Britsh Lit & Comp, College Comp I (Clep prep) Math: Algebra I, Geometry (with proofs), Algebra II Science: Biology, Chemistry both with labs History: West Civilization II, Constitutional Studies, Government & Econ Foreign Language: Latin I & II, Classics Club, Spanish I, II, III, Spanish Lab, Hebrew I, Hebrew History, Culture and Conversation Electives; Music Theory, Psychology, C# Programming. Clubs! Writing, Classics, Spanish (lab), C.S. Lewis Club The strength of our program lies in the experience and expertise of our teachers: Biology taught by a nurse, psychology taught by an MFT, Hebrew taught by a Rabbi (from Israel), as well as our collective teaching experience. Many of us come from a classical pedagogy and are passionate about supporting the homeschooling community (because we've been homeschooler or are homeschooling). We are also looking for bloggers who would be interested in working with us! Please touch base with any questions!
  2. True North Homeschool Academy Latin I & II, Classics Club Hebrew I (Biblical), Hebrew History, Conversation & Culture Spanish I, II, III, Spanish Club (Weekly "theme"- directed immersion experience)
  3. Don't forget Charlie Brown and Snoopy. My kids love C & H and rate Charles Schultz right up there.
  4. We were given this game for Christmas. It is much more complicated than Ticket to Ride and there is a lot to keep track of. That being said, it's a lot of fun and a great strategy game for your collection!
  5. Dh's supervisor in CT was a bridesmaid in a wedding in CA back in the 80's and they all wore black (really a break from tradition back then). We moved to CA the next year and his supervisor at a clinic (through grad school) was the bride and best friend of his supervisor in CT!
  6. I'm with you- committed for life to BuJu.
  7. Trying to find a group of homeschoolers committed to some level of continuity and academic rigor year after year/ showing up with homework done, ready to discuss and do the work is probably not going to happen regardless of what you try to create or where you live. Getting into a forensics club would take care of that strand, but you won't find a group of people, year after year, wanting to really dig into apologetics, who are committed to writing papers every week, who finish the work, who show up on time for field trips, with homework prepped before they get there..... We've homeschooled for 25 years and we are sticking with CC to the end at this point because homeschoolers are notorious for not showing up, paying up or having their work done on time. Even in the academic co-ops we've participated in have been schlocky- half the time the teachers don't follow through- my kids have never gotten final grades back, they have only gone through 1/2 the writing or Latin program, instead of what was promised, other kids don't bring their homework, week after week, there is no feedback loop or sense of accomplishment. CC's cost actually ensures, on some level, that the work is done- parents want their money's worth. There is truth to the adage, "You get what you pay for."
  8. I've had 3 kid go on to college /votech so far - with scholarship money awarded and have never been asked for course descriptions or counselor letter- transcript and ACT scores-in the case of my dd who went to Cosmetology school, they did want the GED. We could have contested that but it was right after our house fire, so we just got it done and moved on. I do detailed transcripts (I'm actually an Academic Adviser for an Ed company so it's my day job, too).
  9. While psych is an interesting field (dh is a psych and I have an MFT) it is also becoming increasingly political and liberal. If these are concerns, you will want to be aware of those issues. Also, the field/ billing is changing radically- master's level people are becoming technicians more and more, making o.k. money, but generally, not exceptional money. If you are looking to work with a psych degree you will need a grad degree, and licensing after that, as well as CEU.
  10. My dh, who is conversant in German and can translate in Greek, loves RS- has been using it to learn Hebrew and can hold an elementary convo in it, so I wouldn't dismiss it out-right.
  11. We read the History of Christianity outloud last year and did the Memoria Press study guide that went along with. Very interesting and informative!
  12. I'm looking for a 30 min One Act Play for a festival- exp high school actors, med sized cast. I am drowning sorting through dorky scripts/ social issue scripts and stuff on pregnancy/ suicide. If you have a good script to recommend (or script company) please lmk.
  13. I've had 2 Challenge kids for 2 years and have Directed for both. Feel free to pm if you would like.
  14. ananemone, on 17 Apr 2017 - 3:07 PM, said: I agree with you on this - honestly, I am always blown away by how much we make compared to our life-style- older cars, few vacations (and when we take them they are tied in with business), very little retirement. We make way too much for college aid for our kids and not enough to have significant amounts to give them, regardless of the great scholarships they get. We live pretty frugally, even now- though the kids do take music lessons and karate and we have a unique and expensive diet. That being said, I always thought if we made it to this point, we'd been living much better than we actually do. My bil (who is a stock-broker, goes by an income of $150K a year is lower middle class while above it is solid middle class. A far cry from middle class being defined by owning your own house. Arctic Mama, on 17 Apr 2017 - 2:53 PM, said: dh did his dissertation on IQ - we talk about all sorts of odd IQ things around here! lol.
  15. I am currently working for an educational company and have homeschooled kids from all over the world. I would say that the trend is for more homeschoolers to be working- I see this even in our local homeschool groups- there are just as many, if not more, homeschooling moms working as not, regardless of their dh's income, and often it's to provide insurance for their families, along with extra income.
  16. Actually 135 is gifted and 155 is profoundly gifted. An IQ of 100 is average. Gladwell had an interesting discussion on IQ and performance ability in one of his books (Outlier or David and Goliath) and that regardless of IQ, if you don't have Grit (read the book by Duckworth - excellent) than IQ virtually means nothing. There are also different types of IQ- VIQ (verbal) PIQ (performance) and if there is a disparity (such as with 2e's) than the ability to perform, regardless of IQ is really at risk. There are so many factors with IQ as well as with how much you make. The people that I know that are affluent take bigger risks financially than those who are not; they have far more investments, they are far more confident about how to generate money if they lost what they had, they are not defined by an employer, etc. etc. We make a pretty and are on the upper end of the curve- nothing near the affluent stage. My bil is near that. Our lifestyles are grossly dissimilar and their kids consider mine poor. And we are far more affluent than we ever were when I was not working and we had 5 kids still at home- we have 2 plus a college kid still coming and going and we have far more financial choices.
  17. Thanks, Sebastian! Our summer is already filling up fast- My ds is a rising Senior- he'll be taking either college Math DE or pre-calc his Senior year- if it was your kids would you do the prep test or pre-calc bootcamp this summer- do you think the bootcamp will be redudant if he takes the online class next year?
  18. I searched for Mr. D but could find nothing- has anyone taken their Pre-Calc bootcamp in the summer? How about the SAT/ACT prep? or the year-long pre-calc course with on-line? Ds has been doing MUS and loved it but Math is not his strong suit. Trying to decide if we should do bootcamps this summer or on-line next school year BUT also trying to fit in DE courses He could fit in a few this summer- or trade out math next year for DE College Alg (he has through Alg II). I've seen some demos of Mr. D for work and been really impressed- I think a LIVE teacher/ with immediate feed-back would be super helpful, but we could also just stick with MUS. Any thoughts? feedback?
  19. This year ds took Alg II Physics Brit Lit and Comp Henle II Logic (1/2 cr) Debate Western Civ Church History Speech DE TeenPact 1-day Political Comm Wkshop Festival of One Act Plays LNE 1 week-long internship with FPC Drama Camp (in July) Piano Karate
  20. "show up" is a chapter in one of Shauna Neiquists Food named books. Made me feel pretty guilty as we often don't show up for family members due to (their) mental illness. How do you show up when people are ready to roast you for dinner? Self preservation over showing up, any day. Where's that book chapter, I'd like to know?!
  21. Its what Admissions and Registrar staff do. Don't sweat, just send it and let them do what they do.
  22. Depending on where we are with Alg I, continuing on with Alg II or Geometry (she started Alg 1 this semster) Latin II Physical Sci w. Lab LTW/ Amer Lit Econ/ Gov Drama/Theater study Karate Violin Drama Camp/ Shakespeare Camp/ One Act Play
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