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About mochick

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  1. I remember looking at PAC before, and now based on your recommendation am looking at it again. I am very intrigued by it, because I think my daughter would like it, but how does it count for a full credit when, if I am calculating correctly, it has only 90 lessons? Is that done by supplementing, as you mentioned?
  2. All this sounds really wonderful--but I am just so not capable of carrying it out. I have no idea how to give a grade for papers or discussion. This is probably the main downfall of our homeschool--that we do mostly textbooks with tests and evaluation rubricks included so I can feel confident that I am grading them fairly. And yes, to answer your question, govt/econ will be happening this year. That's one of the courses I actually have figured out. Notgrass again, for the reasons stated just now! :-)
  3. I've been looking at geography. I'm thinking maybe Trail Guide, but just for a half credit. The consensus seems to be it's a little light for a whole credit. Any other input about curriculum for geography, anyone?
  4. Wow, you have opened a whole new world for me; I didn't know these even existed. Am definitely spending some time browsing to see if we can use this somehow--if not with the senior, then maybe for myself! :-)
  5. I LOVE the concept of Sonlight, and we did it as a family when the kids were all in elementary. But as the kids got older I had to find more economical options. Might be worth looking into finding a used set, though. Thanks for the suggestion! :-)
  6. That looks really interesting. Anything like that (worldview, theology, philosophy, etc.) has to go through my husband first, but I've forwarded the link to him. I also like that it is not very expensive. :-)
  7. My senior only has 4 definite credits for this year so far: Apologia Marine Biology, Civics/Econ, 2 Lightning Lit courses, and art. She is very excited about the Marine Biology, and it will be her fourth science credit, because she loves science. The rest she could care less about (with the possible exception of the art--we are using Artistic Pursuits). She already has 3 math credits, and Algebra 2 was such a battle that we don't want to attempt Pre-Calc. I've looked all over for a history program that might be challenging enough for a senior--perhaps modern history, since we've
  8. Thank you SO MUCH, ladies. I feel better already, just knowing I am not alone. Joan--those threads were very helpful; thank you. I think I need to spend more time on the forums just reading, reminding myself that there are others out there. Jane--the hubby and I are talking about adding more field trips to our year. I get scared about skipping days of work, but perhaps if we all had something more interesting to look forward to, we'd all work harder the rest of the time. So hopefully I can follow through with that and thereby add some variety. AZ--I am LOVING the Starbucks idea
  9. Help me. We have been homeschooling since my oldest, now a sophomore in college, started kindergarten. I have 4 other children who are still in the midst of it--this year I'll have a senior, junior, freshman, and fifth-grader. I am fully committed to doing this until the youngest graduates high school. BUT I am feeling so overwhelmed lately. We are still finishing last year and I am supposed to be starting to plan this year. And my motivation is SO lacking. It feels like I am always nagging the kids to get their work done--when I don't nag, they get behind. Hence the still working on m
  10. So feeling like I missed the boat with #1, who is supposed to be headed to college next year but we are still unsure about finding enough money...I allowed her to pick which colleges to apply to, didn't stress a safety "we can definitely afford it" school, and now we're stuck with only 1 acceptance at a rather pricey place...she did get some merit money, but not enough... Then #2, who will be a junior next year, doesn't have nearly the drive or qualifications or abilities as the first--not to mention she also has no clue what she wants to do... I'm wondering if I failed miserably plann
  11. Is it normal for a college to expect the parents to take out a loan that is greater than 25% of their annual income? And that is IN ADDITION to the $5500 in student loans for my daughter. So depressed here...
  12. Yep, I do know that, and she took it both sophomore and junior years. We knew the sophomore was just for practice, but her junior year report came back saying she wasn't eligible for national merit consideration...she said on her preliminary info she put that she was not "enrolled" in high school, because she's not, right? Or do they count homeschool as enrolled? I've got another one due to take it next year, so it would be good to know what to fix.
  13. How does one even get considered for National Merit when being homeschooled? My daughter took the PSAT, and got very good scores--but the report said "not eligible for National Merit Scholarship" ???
  14. We're madly working on apps to get the top two picks in ASAP--need to get early music audition dates. I'm hoping hoping hoping we'll have good news from one of them come December! If not, thenwe'll try round 2 in the spring... :001_unsure: So jealous of y'all who already know!
  15. There is also a separate music application for the school that is her top choice, and it requires two music teacher evaluations, so we are already doing that... I sent an email to the admissions counselor who is over the homeschooled students, so hopefully he will respond to my questions on Monday... Thanks for the input! :-)
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