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  1. My oldest has loved his Engineering Honor College. Benefits for him have been nicer dorms, smaller classes in the dorm, weekend retreats, special dinners and things like the program rented a movie theatre to allow them all to watch Geeky movies. Priority registration has been huge, but the best thing has been an amazing community of like minded, super smart kids. He’s made life long friendships.
  2. DS accepted to University of Colorado -Boulder Aerospace Engineering with Scholarships DD accepted to University of Colorado-Boulder Technology, Arts, and Media Engineering with Merit Scholarships
  3. 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
  4. I agree with Nan that you have to be strong in academics and be interesting. We chose to lighten History and some Enhlish Lit. We chose to spend more time on Math and Science but mine still scored a really high ACT, took SAT and SAT Subject tests and several APs. We spent time in Logic and Philosophy but I didn't require papers as we did more discussion based courses in things that were not our top priority.
  5. We focused on math and comp Sci AP's in which our oldest got very high scores and had him take but didn't really focus on the Science and English AP's and he did really fine but not great. In hindsight focusing on AP Chem, AP Biology, AP English Lit., AP Psychology, AP English would have been better. Like I mentioned, AP Calc BC, AP Comp Sci and AP Physics got him a pat on the head but didn't really take things off his plate as the college wanted those to be taken anyway. It's his humanities, electives and extra science courses that would have been handy to have off his plate. To Nan's
  6. As a Mom who just graduated a son who is now a freshman in college and went through applying for tippy top schools and scholarships, Nan's advice is right on. I still have twin high freshman at home, and I have started much earlier with outside classes (WTM Academy and Homeschool Spanish Academy) for some outside recommendations and experience. We also found a top notch robotics program for First Robotics and encouraged them to get into leadership opportunities early. We are pushing service opportunities especially those that require them to be in leadership or are teaching younger kids new s
  7. We have had a very different year this year. My oldest is at college which has greatly changed the dynamic as I now only have one grade (9th) to teach since I have twins. It has also changed because my dd was diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disease, Retinal Vasculitis, which due to meds has had to change the way we do school. Not necessarily a bad change but a very different experience. We are incredibly busy but it seems more peaceful probably because it has to be. My twins have several outside (online) classes which have both caused more stress and lessened more stress. Howeve
  8. After much research, we ended up with a Pottery Barn Teen locking trunk. It's really sturdy, nice looking and was in a similar price range to those at Container Store.
  9. Thanks! That is very helpful.
  10. We have seen the dorms and they have frig and microwave in their room but I didn't see anything that locks. So, a good locking trunk is on the list, now. Pottery Barn teen had what looked like studier trunks. Thanks for the advice.
  11. I have been perusing dorm room needs and a strong locking trunk was mentioned. Since my ds is only going 15 min away but staying in the dorm, it didn't even occur to me but as I researched further, it seems like it might be more about security than storage. He is a techie kid with lots of gadgets, so what do you think?
  12. My ds is taking AoPS Calculus which is really hard but I think it might be the first time my ds has struggled in math, so I am really happy that he is enjoying it and really having to knuckle down and work. We love Homeschool Spanish Academy and ds is in his 4th year and is looking to take AP Spanish at the end of the year. MIT's online Physics course is self guided so we have had to set up a schedule but he is being challenged but he really enjoys how the Professor teaches.
  13. I have been busy so I haven't been on the boards for a bit, but I have checked all my posts. I, apparently, am incredibly boring and didn't have even one picture. In real life, I am far more interesting, I promise! SWB, I am so sorry for this mess and am grateful for what you do on our behalf. I will be praying for a positive outcome for you in this and that is stops affecting you and yours.
  14. If you had an odor in your house.... I would tell my teenage son to take a shower.
  15. I think it is reasonable and obviously needed. I appreciate your sacrifices on our behalf, I am blessed daily by these boards. I am also willing to chip in, if that is needed.
  16. Don't read. Thought it had bad, bad, bad theology and gave me nightmares. I didn't think the point of the story justified the bad theology or the horrific story line.
  17. I added in other LA and math to MFWK and MFW1 with my oldest and then didn't with my twins and my twins ended up in the same academic place as my oldest( who is probably a better natural academic) without half the stress and time. I would add in WWE/FLL in 2nd. I added in readers because my kids were reading before K but that was pretty easy.
  18. Call the office. MFW is swamped at this time of year doing conventions but there is usually someone at the office answering calls. All three of mine were reading by the time we did MFW1 and it was a great review. We love MFW1 for the math, science and Bible. I just added in other readers.
  19. I haven't used HOD so I can't compare the two. We have used MFW all the way through and I can tell you that it has been a major part of the discipling our kids. Through MFW we have learned the names of Jesus and what they mean to us, verses in Proverbs that teach us to live for Him, why we should love the world as Jesus does, the Roman Road to Salvation, memorized and studies the entire book of James and this last year read one of my favorite Bible books of all time, "A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God". We've read many stories about missionaries who sacrificed everything for Christ, lear
  20. :iagree:with the ladies above. I have a well stocked book basket of books that go along with the topics we are learning about in MFW and then my kids have a separate reading time allotted for "Great Books". They read a classic (either from the classic list in the back of the MFW TM or from WTM) every week at our house. I just want to publicly state that MFW is not light and it's not too easy, my kids are all very gifted and score very well on their tests and we are a dedicated MFW family. We are also very classical homeschoolers and love TWTM here.
  21. LOF Fractions with 5a/5b in Singapore for twins and NEM and just finished LOF pre-algebra and is moving to LOF Algebra over the summer for the oldest.
  22. Try any learning toy store. There are tons of robotics kits. Both of my ds have done snap circuits and love the robot kits. Lego mindstorms are a bit old for your ds. Look at upgrading the snap circuits - there is even a new green enviornmental snap circuits.
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