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  1. It depends. My eldest heard fairly early--she went on a full merit waiver to a state school. My middle one, just finishing an Associates, was only invited to apply for a Presidential Scholarship after she was accepted so that was very late. My son didn't hear of his until the spring because of auditions--they tend to take place in January, February and March, plus his isn't academic, it's performance based (he is dyslexic and I learned that by following leads here on WTM)l.
  2. Hi--I am an old timer on WTM forums and the old boards and have just managed to get a password working again. I am chiming in because my youngest is a music major freshman in trumpet performance. YES, auditions are huge and even though I might be a bit late, I'd be happy to answer questions. Which schools is she applying to? Apply to at least 5 or 6 as we learned that students can pass auditions but still not get into the schools, particularly if they are larger names. My son passed almost every audition, but only got into two (the ones he got into offered him audition based scholarships.) We live back east, so he auditioned chiefly in MA & RI, but also at one school in TX. The school he is attending, with almost the exact same faculty at NEC, is Boston Conservatory (now part of Berklee), but he also tried for RIC (Rhode Island College, his back up school as his teacher at the time is on the faculty there and at the school he's going to), NEC, BU and in Denton (is that the U of N. Texas? I can no longer remember). My main unsolicited advice is to not overpay your undergrad and that the teacher is most important--where are that teacher's students going afterward? He would be at RIC if not for a very generous scholarship and would have had the same trumpet faculty he has now (but for 4 years not 2 as he's already been studying with him for 3 years). This is more "classical" or "art music" whereas the Berklee side is more jazz, pop and other sorts of music. Also, he commutes because they have removed the freshman housing requirement. BUT my cousin has made a living as a composer and went to Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC which is not famous for composition, plus the master's degree is the most important. i am taking voice lessons at NEC Continuing Ed (financial aid--my son was in their prep program with generous financial aid for nearly 3 years) and fequently meet grad students there and at BoCo who did there Bachelor's at less expensive schools Feel free to PM me with questions, if you'd like to chat about this. If I was redundant, my apologies as I have to run 🙂 PS Also, early decision can work against you if you are hoping for merit scholarships and don't get one at your first school. I am quite certain, though, that the reason he didn't get into one of the big name schools is because a trumpeter from our same state, also male, got in in early decision (a horn player and friend of my son's knew that trumpeter as they were in BYSO, which is the other excellent orchestra programme in Boston).
  3. Aaargh, I want to know why, after following this thread since it was first on the boards, I get the first page as my first unread post? No, that's not some cute witticism from my precocious children as they are all too old to be precocious now.
  4. None of my kids would have been or are interested in studying chemistry this way, but its a cool idea. It's though, though, since most kids have been taught about atoms from the time they are very young. There is a Conceptual Chemistry out there that does teach Chemistry conceptually, just not developing the evidence. Most of us turn to textbooks for Chemistry, particularly in high school, but it will be interesting to see if you get any takers.
  5. Exactly, I remember reactions when my eldest, at 5, would see something & point out if it was opaque, transparent or translucent. She learned the terms one day as what seemed a natural extension of a discussion we were having. OTOH, she is now in college & didn't know what her legal address was (we have a street address & a mailing address, & the subject of legal address had never come up before.)
  6. :lol: My kids have made up so many numbers, each one larger than the next, that I can't keep track anymore--far larger than googleplex. However, they were old enough to give values to the numbers.
  7. Hooray! I'm so glad you did this, even though the dd who did this book is now in college, because it's a GREAT idea & I'd have bought it for sure had it been out then. If my ds does this, he'll use this curriculum, but I'm not sure yet what he's going to do for high school history. I LOVE this history series, but not sure if this will work for him the way it did for her (my middle one is going to ps & will be taking AP world history there for her next foray into this, but may well use these as extra resources.)
  8. I'm very late, but given the struggles with math for one, I'd personally recommend Conceptual Chemistry. You can do a lab with this to get the lab credit. My eldest did this before switching to public school & they accepted it; she's heading of to university in a few weeks to major in math (math wasn't why we chose this book--it was because it's so important to understand the concepts before adding the math & originally she was going to do AP Chem, but chose to only do AP Calc BC).
  9. The Listening Program is more than just a classical music programme if followed correctly according to the instructions in the back of the book. You can try the simpler one at home and never go to the office if there isn't one close to you. We have the second choice as there is nothing closer. If done through their office it also uses the mother's voice, and they modify it in a special way. I don't remember the details of that.
  10. I would put Apologia Chemistry as regular Chem despite its mathematical treatment of chemical kinetics and equilibrium. The Biology is defnitely not honours material. Calling a class honours on a homeschooled transcript doesn't necessarily mean a lot to many colleges. However, I wish I'd called my dd's honours-level freshman classes honours as she ended up transferring to ps and they have a weighted transcript. Far more important is the book, lab and what you actually cover or do (eg an indepth project, etc). Some require SAT II tests in certain subjects, to help confirm how well a student weighs in in a subject. Many high schools require extra projects in honours science; ours require kids to do a science fair project, and they get 30 bonus points for their total class grade ETA the 30 extra points are if they enter the science fair; the project itself counts for a significant part of the grade (not a lot, but enough to tip a borderline grade up to the next level). If they have the class in the spring, it's something like that, so I wouldn't go just by what a textbook covers.
  11. This is just in time. My baby is going to be in gr 8 this September. He's going to be part time homechooling because he wants to do band at the public high school. He's going to do math there as well so he can stay half a school day (4 classes a day, & both are 2 semesters.) Yes, he'll be wasting time doing a semester of test prep math, but he's been pushing to go full time, so this is our compromise. Full time public school would be a poor decision for him as he plays two instruments, swims nearly year round & does cross fit. I keep telling him how much he'll hate honours history in public school, or even academic, how we can tailor his education to suit him (eg keep writing to English only as he hates, hates, hates writing and never, ever writes anything for fun, not even lists). He has exactly one reason for wanting to go, and that is for social, even though he gets quite a bit already, and he has decided that homeschoolers aren't who he wants to be with (I'm hoping this will pass soon.) And, yes, his behaviour, etc, fit in with Nan's post. I have this in a file from when it was first posted, and will have to go pull it out. This is now my third time going through this.
  12. This is great! I taught those terms to my eldest, although she was 4, not 3, and they stuck, but I can't recall any cute stories as I was pregnant and am happy to remember teaching them to her at all as I was so spacey during my pregnancies :).
  13. Love this. May I quote it in an email to my sister, a doctor in family practice who had gifted dc herself? In Canada, your family doctor sees your kids unless they need a specialist.
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