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  1. I'd say this is true, but also that I never thought of myself as particularly peppy before I did this job. The thing is, you exist in a small square on your student's screen. So you learn how to make good use of that space, light it well, exaggerate your facial expressions a bit, because you can't convey that energy in person in a less obvious way. Also, your reactions and overall energy affirm an activity that feels scary...trying to communicate in a second language to a native speaker. Being enthusiastic and affirming relaxes the student and encourages risk-taking. But there are all kinds of
  2. A TON of my extended family are IU alums! My kid groans every time his grandparents are mentioned, because he is not into the sportsball and they are die-hard fans. He will never hear the end of it. And while they did not overtly urge him to choose IU, ALL his Christmas presents were IU swag. 😄 I visited when I was in high school, and I totally thought it was too big! I went all deer-in-headlights, and looking at it now I'm struggling to understand why/understand which route we came in on that led me to feel so overwhelmed. I ended up at Ohio University, which is about half the size. Both
  3. It hit me this morning that my work life has changed a lot over the past few years, and b/c I'm not on here much, it hadn't occurred to me that my experience might be useful to anyone else who needs to earn income but has a homeschooler's schedule. Some of the old-timers know that I tutored for a national brick-and-mortar franchise for years. When I moved to Indiana, I discovered that there was a discretionary pay scale for individual centers, and that my previous boss had been at the high end of it. My new boss...was not. The nature of tutoring center hours meant that I was leaving as s
  4. Looking back, I find that part of our college search fascinating! A well-meaning friend came to me at one point and said, "Are you sure he'll be able to navigate big schools? As a homeschooler, maybe he should be looking at smaller colleges." And I knew this was based on stereotyping, but at the same time she was someone I loved and respected, and she got in my head. So I asked my oldest whether IU, in particular, felt big to him. He kind of laughed. "It's not bigger than Indianapolis!" he said. I just about smacked myself in the forehead. Of course he's not relating to it based on school size
  5. We have a decision! Where: Indiana University (O'Neill School of Policy and Environmental Affairs) Why: They have the #1 Public Policy program in the country. Though they didn't offer the most financial aid, they were still in-state/near the top of the affordability list, and he was awarded a merit scholarship. He loves the campus, and already has some community there through the local UU church, which is walking distance from campus. He's hoping to help plan/increase young adult programming in our area, continuing the work he did throughout jr. high/high school. Major: Undecide
  6. Purdue University is a yes! (So is University of Cincinnati, which is weirdly an in-state school for residents of Indianapolis.)
  7. SUNY Albany's our latest, and Ohio University just came back with both a merit-based package and another that offers him in-state tuition rates based on our alumni status.
  8. Welp, DS just got an email from George Mason University in Virginia! Threads like this made me feel so much safer when I contemplated homeschooling all the way through. I have moments of disbelief that we're on this side of the fence now.
  9. Second acceptance for DS, to our alma mater (hubs and I met there), Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. It's a much more traditional Political Science program when compared with IU's School of Policy and Environmental Affairs (and he is a direct admit to IU's program: we got that letter last week!) but also hey, two yeses!
  10. We found out yesterday that my oldest DS has been accepted to Indiana University in Bloomington! We have to wait for his official letter to see if he's a direct admit to the program he wants, which is their School of Public and Environmental Affairs. I think that's his only rolling admission school, so now we wait, but he loves IU for a lot of reasons, so we're very excited! I have to give love to WTM, b/c while I haven't been on the boards much over the last few years, WTM has continued to be the foundation on which our homeschool rests.
  11. Has anyone else had a horrible time with AP syllabus approval this year? I've had three prior syllabi approved in varying subject areas, and I've never seen anything like this. To be fair, the AP European History criteria were recently changed, so maybe they're being very thorough, but my syllabus is at 27 pages and they still want more. I'm citing sources to meet specific activity criteria, then having to cite other sources to prove I've got a variety of sources, then being told that citing anthologies in the bibliography is insufficient even though I'm citing multiple specific primary source
  12. OK, this year is officially wearing me to a nub. Does anyone have an AP Euro syllabus they'd be willing to share? I would appreciate it tremendously.
  13. Just popping in to say that I do have the following, should anyone fancy a look: Approved 2015-2016: AP Biology Approved 2016-2017: AP Environmental Science AP Government and Politics I've also been accepted to AP's WE Service pilot program for next year, which means, apparently, that I will be developing an AP Euro syllabus for 2017-2018. Because I'm a glutton for punishment.
  14. This is a fabulous idea. I have been making myself a little nuts trying to decide whether to do an AP Biology syllabus or not. We purchased materials as if we were doing AP Bio, so it seems silly not to, and yet...so if anyone has done one, I'd love to see it. Syllabi I'm likely to develop/need include: AP English Literature AP United States Government and Politics AP Environmental Science I'm on the fence about the histories.
  15. We're here! It took a few days to get wi-fi rolling (and I'm not impressed with Comcast), but we're in, I've painted a bunch of bedrooms, and we're emptying tons of boxes! Despite the heat, we love it so far. We can walk to all sorts of things we couldn't before. Our church seems likely to be a great fit, too. We've got library cards and start swim lessons on Monday. Hopefully we'll see some folks around.
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