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  1. re: "mad rush to complete the classes", how did that actually work out? I haven't signed my kids up for online classes, but I did my MLS online. (Back in 2002-2003?) Things were generally paced with a weekly participation grade paired with weekly assignments. Then there were two or three projects spaced through the semester, and then the Final. The only way we could have a "mad rush" at any point was by putting off a major project, perhaps possibly due to the professors not putting them on the syllabus, or on the calendar, but tucked away in a corner, and then finding out about them at the last minute... *cough cough* But it would be helpful to know how the mad rush came about, and what the proportion/weight of grades were for the weekly assignments/tests/participation/projects, versus that of his final exam, on his final grade.
  2. I did clarinet in 5th grade band. I had no aptitude for it. One of the problems I ran into was not having a good correlation in my head between fingering vs the notes on the sheet music vs the names of the notes. So when I started looking for resources to teach myself alto recorder as an adult (with the intention of teaching my kids soprano recorder), I noticed the Recorder Karate program. I really liked the interactive fingering chart, and liked what I could see of the sheet music on GIS. We've ended up doing piano for now--- but haven't abandoned our intentions on playing recorder in the future.
  3. In the meantime, you might see how far you can get with a site like Locksmithschool4U. It has some paid packages, but also has a respectable number of free online video tutorials. If you want to get some tools, you can look at what's included in several of the paid packages: practice locks, lock pick sets, rekeying toolkits, cutaway locks, etc.
  4. Have you tried the Livius.org website? It doesn't go into depth, but it gives nice snapshots of many of the most prominent Greek philosophers. Once you have the name of the philosopher, and the names of some of their writings/other philosophers they influenced/some of their schools of thought, it should be easier to find meatier information.
  5. I remember browsing through a nearby university's Continuing Education program, and seeing Basic Locksmithing classes offered. I thought that was really cool. You might see if there's anything like that near you that you can sign up for credit, in case he wants to go further with getting a certification for a skillset to have in his back pocket. You might check your local state laws to see what the requirements are for a locksmithing license in your state. This, for example, is what is necessary in Texas. When he's old enough to get a part-time job, if he could get his foot in the door with a skilled trade, he can earn much better money than what most high school students earn, whether he wants to save up for college to study something else, or whether he decides he likes it enough to make a career out of it. So it would be good to structure your class so that he's able to use it for a solid platform for when he's 16, 17, or 18, if he decides he has an affinity for it, and prefers it to flipping burgers or mowing grass. :)
  6. When I was at a four-year university, I had friends who had taken 4 years of Spanish in high school, and were flunking out of Spanish I at the university within the first month, because they'd already gone through everything they'd learned in high school. I homeschooled and took Spanish from my Mom's old 1960's textbooks. When I went to undergrad, the freshman admissions requirements demanded 4 semesters (2 years) of the same language. We said that we had done it; the school took our word for it. There were no competency tests, or requests to see the curriculum, or anything like that. Things might be more structured elsewhere, but it was laid-back in Texas. For graduation with a BA, our university required four semesters of 1 language, or 2 semesters of 2 languages. I had planned for Latin and Greek, but Latin was rough enough on me that I decided to fall back on Spanish, since I already had a grounding in it. I went to a community college in the summer, and took Spanish I and Spanish II and transferred them. They were less rigorous than at a four-year university, but since I wasn't actually majoring in language, it was more of a matter of checking the boxes for graduation requirements. I was happy to free up a whole half-semester of my time (and budget!) by transferring those eight hours. I had also taken Chemistry I and Chemistry II at the local community college during high school. I was very happy that those eight credit hours were also able to be transferred and applied for college credit. (Yay! One whole semester freed up!) If I had realized it ahead of time, I would have just taken community college Spanish in high school, and transferred the hours at the get-go.
  7. For high school credit, meaning---? Something formal and accredited? I expect you'd need to take a formal class, either online or at a local community college, to be sure of a "credit hour" that actually transfers somewhere, but for general homeschooling purposes, some books are meant to cover one college semester, and other books are expected to cover two. All of my times are in University-time; doing things at a high school pace would probably require twice the time, but that's just my guess. When I went to undergrad after homeschooling in high school, they required four semesters of one language for admissions, but didn't give any competency tests or investigate the curriculum I used. Things are pretty laid-back in Texas; it might be more rigorously verified elsewhere. When I was in undergrad, we started off using Miller's Latin. If you can imagine a 1950's college professor writing his own customized textbook on a typewriter, that's pretty much how this book came about. He uses Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles for his exercises. We did one volume in a semester, moving at a 4-year university pace; I spent the first chunk of the semester declining my Latin nouns with Spanish verb endings, so I ended up repeating the course. But the book itself was fine; my personal ability to keep languages separate in my head was not. :) Then the teacher shifted to Wheelock's. It's currently in its seventh edition. It, too, was begun in the 1950's by a college professor; by the time I got to it in its fifth edition, his children were the ones responsible for its editing and updating. Wheelock's is so popular, you can get a good handle on its pros and cons by reading the Amazon reviews. Wheelock's covered one year of study (Latin I and Latin II). If I wanted to take it a bit easier on a student, and not give them something a bit friendlier, Cambridge Latin had a very nice sneak-peek that I enjoyed. "Caecilius est in horto" has been immortalized in memes because Cambridge Latin has been so ubiquitous in British education. *wanders off and gets lost in Caecilius memes for a while* I think it's 1 volume = 1 semester there. For a long time, though, people who wanted to dabble in Latin would try Linney's Latin Class, which makes use of a public domain textbook, and the whole purpose was to get the student to be able to read Caesar's Gallic War in the original by the end of the course. Lessons 1-33 are generally Latin I material, and Lessons 34-73 would get you solidly into Latin II territory.
  8. I have an Epson flatbed scanner for running copies the slow and old fashioned way, and I don't do wifi, but one thing I did look for in the last inkjet printer I bought was a printer that had its ink cartridges separated out into C-Y-M-K. I was tired of having to replace the whole color cartridge just because I'd run out of M, but still had plenty of C and Y left. My current printer uses five cartridges (C, Y, M and two K), but I know some newer models add gray in for a sixth color. I personally have been very happy with the Canon Pixma ip-4700 that I've been using for the last mumblemumble years. (Since 2008, perhaps?) I needed a flexible printer that could print photos on photo paper, images on normal paper, and plain text. When I do replace it, I'll probably replace it with another Canon product that has scanning-and-copying capacity, like the MG7720 wireless printer/scanner/copier, or whatever the next generation is when my Pixma finally bites the dust. But I'm in no hurry to get rid of it.
  9. DS1 started with the Hoffman Academy free lessons. I myself have good hands for typing, but not for piano--- my brain can only deal with one key at a time. :) So once they started getting into more-than-one-note-at-a-time, I transitioned to a local piano teacher, but I really enjoyed the base that Hoffman gave. And now that the teacher has gotten me over my own personal hurdle (which was really more mental than physical--- I didn't even try; I just automatically got discouraged), I'm in better shape to do a better job with DS2 before needing/wanting to outsource anything.
  10. I went to school at Baylor from 1996-2000. In 1980, tuition cost about $70/hr. In 1992, tuition cost $200/hr. By 1996, tuition was $269/hr. I graduated four years later, paying $329/hr, and was grateful I was getting out when I did, because the rates were jumping to $355/hr the next year. I want to say a semester, including room and board and fees, ran about $12k/year during my time there. At some point, they hit an "unlimited hours for a flat rate" package, lumping room, board, fees, hours, and everything together, for about $40k/year as of 2016. When I was shopping for a school, a year at a 4-year state university, like Texas A&M or UT Austin, was closer to $8k/year for in-state. Nowadays, it runs about $25-$30k/year for in-state. In other words, private and public tuition both have pretty much tripled over the last 16 years. When I took 8 hours of chemistry as a high school homeschooler, and 8 hours of Spanish as a college student, it ran me about $80/hr at the local community college in a summer session. And I was grateful to save myself a full semester's worth of tough classes at the less vigorous school, and at the cheap rate! (I know kids who had had 4 years of Spanish in high school who were flunking out of Baylor's Spanish I in the first three weeks of class.) So, while $100 in 1980 dollars has the purchasing power of $300 in 2017 dollars, and $100 in 1996 dollars have the purchasing power of about $150 in 2017 dollars, people's paychecks haven't tripled along with tuition rates. Schools have been having 7%, 8% annual increases year after year after year, and admissions still kept on rising. Student loans were easy to get, and couldn't be discharged in bankruptcy. And schools are always in a cycle of building, attracting new students to fill those buildings, and then building bigger buildings yet again. And people often go to school during times of economic hardship, to make them stand out from the rest of the population... but nowadays, the same proportion of people have an undergraduate degree that had a high school diploma around WWII. So I can definitely see the practical attraction in (a) making classes serve double-duty as high school credit + college credit, and (b) they're presumably taken at a lower-tier school and will be transferred to a more prestigious school, © taking pre-requisites ahead of time frees up valuable semester hours so students can focus on their major-related classes, and (d) the student can graduate sooner.
  11. One of the main points is to be able to read source materials in the original language. Only a very small fraction of material has been translated into English. Or, if you want to appreciate the nuance, you read important documents in the original language. Translation is always going to be an art, and something is always going to get lost in the translation. Having that familiarity with how the original reads is going to give you nuance that your translator might not have been able to preserve. Latin and Greek are going to be most important in situations where a person is involved in history and theology. The language of scholars was Latin, so up until the late 19th century, you had many scholars/scientists/historians writing their works in Latin, instead of English/French/German/Romanian/Italian/whatever to ensure the widest possible audience for their findings. Latin and Greek are also very important in Bible studies and patristics (early Christian writings). I once had a friend who was majoring in Classics, and they said, "The only reason to major in Classics is to become a Classics professor." I have no doubts they were correct! So--- if the individual has a genuine interest in history or theology, acquiring a fluency in Latin or Greek is going to be helpful in opening up many resources that would otherwise be closed off to them. If they're not really interested in acquiring fluency, they might be better served with a more modern language. It can be helpful for recognizing root words and things like that in modern language, but it can also be difficult for a student to keep things separate when they have too many languages that are too closely related to each other. For example, I did four years of Spanish in high school, and then went on to take Latin... and it took me ages to stop trying to decline my Latin nouns with Spanish verb endings. :) Someone with more of a knack for language will not have that sort of problem, but that's what I encountered myself.
  12. Just chiming in to say that although I've got a Baltimore Catechism for further along, and we try to do a chapter from the Knox Bible several nights a week, we've also been doing Truth in the Heart for Pre-K through 2nd Grade. We'd bought the complete 1st and 2nd grade DVD sets, with 30 eps per grade, and watch it through two or three times in a year. Then we talk about one or two things they learned from the episode. The first grade disks deal with a sort of faith worldview/overview-- "Creation & Fall", "God Makes His Presence Known", "Communion Among Holy Persons", "The Beatitudes". They do a nice spotlight on a particular saint or Blessed many episodes-- popular ones like Paul, or Francis, or Martin of Tours, but also modern ones, like Pier Giorgio and Teresa of Calcutta. The second grade disk focuses on sacraments and starts getting into meat and potatoes-- "How to Make a Good Confession", "How to Go to Confession", "History and Symbols of Holy Week", "The Primacy of Peter", "The Four Marks", "Te Deum", etc. In our parish, we don't do any sacraments until the 3rd grade, and then we do Reconciliation and Eucharist in the same year.
  13. I'm currently reading 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith to my 7yo. He would have had us read it in one sitting, if he had his way. :)
  14. 21? Is this his senior year? Congratulations. Whose insurance will it be under, and who will be responsible for the annual registration/inspection/whatever government paperwork is required in your area? If it's under your insurance, I'd let him use it, and then sell or gift to him, complete with a title transfer, after he graduates and is moving out and is properly responsible for everything. Is he able to afford gas? Will y'all be subsidizing gas? I didn't get a car until the spring semester of my senior year. Even then, I had no clue for how expensive a vehicle was, and it was way too much, even with the little bit of money I earned through work-study. I remember scraping coins out of the glove box, because the pump wouldn't take my debit card, because I was down to my last $15, even though I only wanted to put $5 in... It was an eye-opener. I was jealous of the friends who had cars their freshman year, but once I had the car, I realized that there was a lot of expense. I think I'll take a similar approach with my kids when the time comes.
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