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  1. I have twins - my ds Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Aerospace - President’s Scholarship Colorado School of Mines - Scholarship Boettcher Scholarship Semi-Finalist ( Competitive CO Scholarship for full ride to CO Universities) my dd Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Aerospace Physiology President’s Scholarship, Women in STEM Scholarship University of Colorado - Denver Boettcher Scholarship Semi-Finalist
  2. I will be the voice of dissent. I wouldn't include it on the transcript. I also don't include Algebra 1 on my kids' transcripts as they took Alg II their freshman year. It wasn't needed. If your kids continue to be busy and productive, they will be involved in many things in high school and those things need to be included on their transcript. A transcript that is too full of activities and classes that they couldn't possibly do in a 4 year high school (and since they didn't do it in high school, that's a true statement) can be very suspect to colleges/ scholarship admissions.
  3. Thank you! My twins need some review before SATs.
  4. I saw this today on the WTMA course descriptions for Intermediate Grammar. I may have missed a previous discussion as I have been engrossed in Robotics but I did a search and couldn't find any previous posts. Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: A Complete Course for Young Writers, Aspiring Rhetoricians, and Anyone Else Who Needs to Understand How English Works: Core Handbook Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: Student Workbook 1 Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: Key to Student Workbook 1 *Please note: the Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind series is forthcoming from the Well-Trained Mind Press. Texts will be available for purchase before classes start in September. Could this finally be true? Maybe just in time to give my Sophmores a hefty review of grammar before SAT/ACTs.
  5. We are supplementing Thinkwell Geometry with Khan's Mastery Challenges and is seems to be working pretty well.
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    Denver in early November

    The Denver Zoo is fun. Chitaqua has some good hikes in Boulder. 16th Street Mall in Boulder is fun. We love Estes Park and Rocky Mtn National Park but it would be a bit of a drive. We like to take people to White Fence Farm for dinner - it has great fried chicken but also has a petting zoo, slide, cute shops and playgrounds. Casa Bonita is a landmark, horrible food except for the sopapillas but has cliff divers, little melodramas, caves to explore and an arcade. Remember that Nov might be beautiful but also might be cold and snowy. Layers are a must in Colorado as you never know what the weather will do.
  7. I agree, Terry Pratchett is the go to author for my stressed boys. They always find something to laugh about.
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    Just a heads-up on volunteer hours!

    Learned that the hard way for the oldest. For the twins, I added it onto their lesson plans to fill out how many hours, organization and position. Hopefully this will make scholarships like the Boettcher be easier to fill out.
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    Graduate early? (gifted)

    My oldest graduated high school days after he turned 17. Went to college and lived in Honor's Engineering Dorm that same year. Academically, he did fine, he was mostly bored but emotionally he struggled a bit. He had some depression issues but since he was only 15 min from home we could manage it. He turned 18 and flew to Boston to work for MIT and lived in a MIT Frat house with graduate students. He handled this summer much better with a year more maturity even though it was a harder situation. He started back to school today and chose to live at home. I really think emotional maturity is a far better determiner than academic maturity. For more younger twins, we just put them in the next academic class but leave them closer to their age for school. They will graduate at 17, almost 18.
  10. I think that money is a big issue. My ds is going to a University 15 min away from us that is not highly selective but he was accepted into highly selective schools. The other schools didn't have as strong of a program in his field plus his University has a special Engineering Honors program specially designed for those top students. Those high school stats don't necessarily show what programs the kids are going into.
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    Backpack recommendations

    My ds loved his messenger style laptop bag. He said it was by far, the most useful graduation present he received.
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    Shipping stuff to college

    Amazon prime was my go to and my ds only lived 15 min away.
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    What to take to college lists of must haves?

    Some of the more helpful thing my ds found in the dorm- A sturdy locking trunk. Really good, noise cancelling headphones. Memory foam pad for on top of his mattress. Kindle to get cheaper, digital copies of textbooks. Messenger style, really sturdy laptop bag.
  14. I enjoyed it, too. I liked listening to what my ds was going to wlearning, to the groups he could join and all the possibilities. So, you are not the only one!
  15. I am a planner but one of the things I learned along the way was that new curriculum was being written and published as my kids got older so what I thought I might use changed because there was new and better products. For instance, my younger kids got to use WWE/WWS but my oldest did not. I found that having long term goals a much better plan. I focused more on what philosophy I wanted to use and what I wanted my kids to be and know. I could then have long term plans without focusing on the "tools" of the education while focusing on my long term goals. It also allowed us to be more nimble and move to curriculums that helped us to individualize their education based on their needs. The other thing I learned was that even though my oldest didn't use the same curriculums that my youngest kids have, he has done very well in in high school and in college. Our philosophy of education, our goals and how we taught the info turned out to be far more important than the actual curriculum used.
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