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About clb3259

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    Musician, Registered Nurse
  1. My daughter Claire, a sophomore at Hope College, is now home (along with the rest of collegiate America), re-figuring the rest of her semester. She was teaching sessions for a English class called Creative Writing in the Community, and she'd love to keep offering experiences for students to enjoy creating with words. Her free online experience for students grades 6-12 starts on Monday and will run for a 4-week session. I'm happy to field any questions to bring this into focus for anyone who might be interested! Please feel free to share this fun opportunity :) https://docs.google.com/form
  2. That dramatic scenario is exactly my daughter's: SAT 780/600! She intends to pursue a humanities-based/language major on a path to law or education. Her struggle with math skills is actually not as much of a handicap as is her processing speed. As a little girl struggling with some sensory processing issues, she'd tested <30th percentile for processing speed. She never was able to finish all the problems in the math portion of the SAT, even after taking courses and reading books to employ time-saving strategy tips and such. We wished more people would just celebrate the 780, but that's just
  3. Good points. We live in Rochester, which is the main reason she wasn't earnestly hoping to go to UR. We did do a registered visit during her junior year, but I'm sure they sensed that she was lukewarm about them when she didn't jump through every hoop she could in the application.
  4. I can share this easily because my daughter didn't want to go there. I've believed that UR is a fine school with broad program offerings and it's actually where I received my bachelor's degree in 1997. I had received very generous merit scholarships that made it as affordable as a state school at the time. I was a high-achieving public school student with extracurriculars coming out my ears, so I get that this is what colleges favor. But here's the thing--comparing my high school senior self to my daughter, I know that her college readiness and achievement would far surpass mine. She is br
  5. Yes, we see the application fee is a fine investment for these 14 schools that she'd be thrilled to attend if the money is there. We've thoroughly researched that list, and every one of those schools is a fine option, with the SUNY schools there as a very safe backup. So the waived fee isn't criteria for our main list at all. We are looking to "fish" for money at priviate schools we may not have otherwise considered by adding them without paying another application fee. We are middle class and essentially single income, so need-based aid outside of the deep-pocketed, heavily endowed school
  6. Instead of making many college visits, our family strategy is to apply liberally ;) and see what sort of aid comes through. She have 4 reach schools, and about 10 others (8 private and 2 SUNY schools). We have visited two of the reach schools (Cornell and Vanderbilt), and Dartmouth actually states that visits don't make a difference in their acceptance of students so we're feeling like this is a sane and economical choice for our whole family. We have found a few colleges with waived application fees for early submission--Gordon, Duquesne, and Messiah. We would add in some more good school
  7. Does anyone have experience with Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning? I wondered about this course: http://oli.cmu.edu/courses/free-open/logic-proofs-course-details/
  8. Our co-op has used Nance's Intermediate Logic during 8th grade until this year when we chose to suspend our logic offerings due in part to staffing but also due to uncertainty about the use of that Logic II curriculum for our students. Historically, there were students who buckled down and conquered that course while the other half struggled and were crushed by it. I think we just couldn't truly teach it well, meeting only once a week. The parents with no logic background were unable/unwilling to support their students. Now we are at a crossroads deciding our new logic path and I don't se
  9. We just bought one of these http://www.amazon.com/Isokinetics-Brand-Exercise-Balance-Cushion/dp/B000WQ4Z94/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350959782&sr=8-1&keywords=isokinetics+balance+disc hoping that sitting on it while working on writing would provide some sensory stimulus he could control. All my children love this cushion! But interestingly enough, my SPD guy wants to have his feet rest on it while working, to fidget with his feet. We also been trying these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001SN8HPI/ref=oh_details_o01_s01_i00 but I don't think they're just right for him. We
  10. Thank you for thinking about this and relating your experiences. Somehow just knowing that someone else has seen this is comforting!
  11. I've been searching for some understanding with what my 10yo son experiences when he is at the threshold of frustration with learning. He starts to feel very itchy and gets kinetic/squirmy. His skin doesn't show any changes like hives or a rash, it's just his complaint. Once he cycles into that mode it's tough to accomplish the task at hand, and sometimes I'll suggest a break for gross motor activity or a rest. I definitely don't want to accomodate avoidance/laziness but he's not very functional once his itchy feeling starts. I've tried scratching his back for him while he works, and tha
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