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    born in Canada, eh?
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  1. HI, My youngest is now a sophomore and all my kids have had different college/conservatory/university journeys but so far only one is in a highly competitive school, but all have attended schools with very strong programs in their fields. May I ask why you are set on a highly competitive school? My best advice is "don't overpay your undergrad" for most fields. While my kids ended up graduating from brick and mortar schools, I knew more than their guidance counsellors did in the end. My eldest, an Aspie (I spent a lot of time on the original boards on the special needs board it isn't even
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.)
  7. :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.
  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. 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
  10. 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 p
  11. 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 :).
  12. 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.
  13. I've never had a piano student say that--that's priceless!
  14. Guess who? No, I don't want a answer posted :).

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