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Donna

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About Donna

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    I have been homeschooling for 18 years though only my youngest is still home now.
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    NJ
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    Taekwondo
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    Physical therapist for kids under 3yo.

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  1. We really enjoyed...How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World, and all the courses by Elizabeth Vandiver. We read the books (Odyssey, Aenid, and Iliad) as we did the courses. My ds liked two photography courses but thought one was better than the other (I cannot remember which was which now).
  2. My dd currently has one of those "dream" jobs people going to certain music schools come out trying to get so she has decided not to apply to music school...high costs (mostly living expenses as she was offered paid tuition at the program she was looking most closely at) and essentially taking herself out of the business for 3-4 years to complete a degree to do what she's already doing being the main factors in her decision. She wants a degree eventually and has other interests besides music but we have always been realistic about costs. She knows she does not want to take on debt and limit her ability to pursue her music because she needs a full-time job to pay off that debt. She did a lot of research this spring/summer and found a degree program completely online allowing her to continue touring while pursuing her degree and through a state university so she will have in-state tuition which she will be able to cover. She can tailor her studies toward her interests (arts and literature) and what she learns will (loosely) apply to her music career plus her touring experiences will be part of the program as it has a travel/experience component. She has been in the music business for years and has observed adult friends/colleagues closely noticing and discussing with me those who succeed in making a decent living and those who supplement with other full-time professions. She knows she will have to be multi-faceted in her approach toward developing her career and is prepared. She once had a violin teacher who told her she should only pursue a profession in music if she couldn't possibly see herself doing anything else...so keeping her eyes open to the difficulties and realities has always been foremost in my mind as she moves through this world.
  3. Usually dd's teacher got in touch about a month prior to restarting lessons in the fall. She'd send an email with a couple options and we'd chose. There may have been a year or two in the eight years dd was with her when something unexpected happened and times/days had to be reconfigured at the last minute.
  4. Dd17 is already pursuing her music professionally. I am in Ireland with her as she performs a tour with Riverdance. She is currently putting in between 4-8+ hours a day with rehearsals and shows six days a week. Her DE courses begin next week in the middle of the tour and she will complete her schoolwork in the mornings. She has taken a rigorous course of study throughout high school while also maintaining a rigorous practice and touring schedule. I don't think she believes there are only so many hours a day she can be productive. Her music is all hers and has been for years. When she was younger I was her enabler. I researched resources for her and drove her all over the country but I have always given her the freedom to interact with her musical peers (usually adults) so she would have those skills. Because she is a minor I have to be here. I walk her to the theater for work then go back to walk home with her after for safety reasons. We have decided to graduate her from high school in December because she will be doing a six month tour on her own and I want her to enjoy it. She has found a program of university study she can work around her tour schedule so is applying for that to begin next fall. Even if she decided on a non-music career or course of study, I would not regret the time and money we have put into her music. She loves every minute of it and has worked hard to achieve her own goals, met interesting people who have become like family, and learned a lot about life and herself. I think it is empowering to know with hard work and practice you can achieve great things.
  5. I did my dd's transcript by subject then noted where she took the courses if they were DE or outside provider.
  6. We went with grade based on age even though that wasn't where she was functioning. It made things easier. If someone asks your child's grade, they basically just want a reference for how old they are without the complications of explaining what level they are studying X, Y, or Z. I started documenting high school level work, when the work (input and output) were high school level. She started dual enrollment as soon as our state allowed but I never intended to graduate her early. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, she will graduate a bit early (December rather than May). Those extra credits from pre-high school age ended up not really being necessary but they are there on her transcript.
  7. Donna

    Envy, yours?

    Actually, I am with you on this one. I am such a light sleeper and I have trouble falling asleep. Some nights I feel like I forget how to fall asleep and I lay there for hours and hours with my brain thinking about everything all at one time. No matter what time I fall asleep, I wake with the sun in the morning. So frustrating. So, yeah, I envy those who can sleep and especially those who can sleep in.
  8. 1. How difficult was it to make sure all classes were accredited? Meaning, the online school our son attended last year was fully accredited. Many courses were created by me at home so not accredited. Dual enrollment courses through the community college courses, credits will be accepted as long as dd attends a non-private college. 2. How hard was it to create a transcript for your child? Not hard at all. I found an online template that worked for our situation and filled it out. 3. Did your child have a hard time getting accepted into a college? Well, she started dual enrollment at the community college at 15 (the earliest she was allowed). She just tested at the college to ensure readiness. She will begin applying to four year institutions this fall. 4. How did you keep up with everything? Meaning, what was or is the most efficient way of making sure all is completed as it should be throughout these years. We kept a weekly assignment log for the day-to-day stuff. I wrote assignments in (until she started doing dual enrollment, then it was up to her to write them in) and she checked off when completed. I kept a planning worksheet for myself of what she needed to cover throughout high school and we checked off boxes or edited as we went along.
  9. My dd has a very time intensive extracurricular (actually more of a vocation at this point). She generally takes 9-12 credits dual enrollment and does another course at home. She works in spurts or when she finds time, often late at night. The time she spends per day is very variable depending on the week and the assignments (heavy weeks include large writing assignments or studying for exams). Some days she'll spend 8 hours and other days 2-3 then catch up work on a weekend. She tends to work efficiently and writes easily. She would probably spend a lot more time if she weren't so. I cannot even put an average number on commitment outside academics. It is definitely more than 15 hours a week but, again, depends on the week and whether she is on tour or in a recording studio, with whom she is working (is there planning and arranging to be done), and how much she is practicing.
  10. I don't have time to read through all the response so hopefully I'm not being too repetitive. Homeschooling does not have to be "school at home." You don't have to pick a grade level and your child does not have to be doing every subject at the same level. My advice would be to take some time to get to know your child as a student to figure out strengths, weaknesses, interests, etc... then decide on curriculum. You can look at samples for a lot of curriculum online or ask on this board what parents found to work best. Your library may have or be able to get you some materials to try or you can find some used curriculum online until you figure out what works best for your student. Definitely read TWTM because it will help move you out of the mindset of b&m school and into the possibilities of homeschooling....following your child's interests, hands on learning, cross-disciplinary learning, etc... I wouldn't worry about high school and college at this point. As you figure out what you are doing, things will fall into place. There are many options for high school students such as AP courses, dual enrollment, and CLEP, but you can learn about those options as you get closer to needing them and you will know when your child is ready for them once he has exhausted everything else. You might try reading a book like The Teenage Liberation Handbook for ideas of how school could look when your child gets older. I can tell you from experience, any planning I might have done for high school for my dd when she was 8yo would not have come close to what is working best for her now.
  11. We did not set curfews once they were adults but did expect ours to send us a message letting us know where they are and when they expected to be home (or if plans changed for some reason). My reasoning is if I woke at 2am and someone wasn't home yet, I wanted to be able to look at my phone and know they were on their way, staying with a friend, or whatever rather than stay awake worrying they were crashed in a ditch somewhere.
  12. Try Pinterest. We find a lot of great vegan recipes there and make mostly everything gluten-free as well. We eat a lot of ethnic foods especially when traveling because they are the easiest restaurants to find vegan options then we attempt to copy the recipes at home. Whenever I feel like I am missing something, I figure out what it is I want then dd and I work to come up with the perfect way to get as close as we can with a vegan, gluten-free option. I like tofu with a lot of seasoning but dislike any of the "meat" substitutes that are took similar to meat. I also dislike most vegan cheeses...they're just too plastic-y in texture for my liking...but we recently came up with a vegan grilled cheese using vegan cream cheese, vegan mozzarella then adding vegan pesto and it was fabulous. We've come across some gluten-free flour mixtures that substitute well when making bread.
  13. I was the only girl on the "boys" soccer team in high school and later in life, when my boys started taekwondo, I decided to take as well since I was sitting there for many hours a week. I eventually worked my way up to a black belt and taught classes. I've never felt I should not try my best when competing against males. Maybe because I grew up doing it? I don't know.
  14. I allowed my boys to run errands together when they were 10 and 12yo. There were two of them so it felt safer plus we lived in a neighborhood with a little store a short bike ride away with no busy streets to cross. We have not lived in a place where dd could run errands on her own because we moved to the country by the time she was that age.
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