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  1. I've found having my daughter sketch an outline daily to answer an essay question very helpful. I usually tie it in with current events. I have her read a newspaper article and then I come up with an essay question. I don't require her to write the essay, but instead I just have her come up with a thesis and a quick outline. She's become so efficient it now only takes her around 5-7 minutes to plan what she would write. I think just coming up with the ideas and outline of the essay is what hampers kids a lot of times. Don't know if this will help your student, but it has helped m
  2. Set a minimum word count requirement for him. Look at other posts from other students to guide this count. In addition to a word count, have him make sure he is contributing something meaningful. Set specifics guidelines for him like if he agrees/disagrees with a previous poster, he must give two reasons why. I think with some rules in place he would probably be fine. It sounds like he just doesn't know what the expectation is so I would read other posts to get a feel for what the standard is and then write up a checklist for him to guide his posts. And, no I wouldn't sit with him.
  3. What would you advise your child to do in your shoes? Whatever advice you'd most likely give to your child, you should follow yourself. Personally, I'd write the paper. You can rest when it's done. Push through; school is a test of stamina not brains.
  4. If I were you I'd have my daughter go to the local papers, big or small and even "the shopper" type papers, and introduce herself. Then, I'd have her ask if she could volunteer as a gopher at one of the papers that seemed welcoming. She could even eventually seek out an internship. Also, she could start her own paper and collaborate with local students that are friends of hers or other home schoolers. She could be the editor and get the ball rolling and seek out submissions. She could research how a paper is put together and incorporate what she's learned into the production of her own
  5. Have you all seen the DODEA virtual high school offerings? The courses look really good! I'm really excited about what they are doing with the virtual school. https://dodea.blackboard.com/bbcswebdav/library/Library%20Content/OLA/course_catalogue/docs/Course_Offerings_final_SY_10_11.pdf
  6. Thank you so much! Just what I wanted to know. I emailed TPS, but the "admin" is on vacation for a day or two apparently.
  7. I am wondering if you get a report card or any other listing of all of a student's course work with accompanying grades. Or maybe that would be a transcript? They indicate you receive "feedback and evaluation" and "objective evaluation" and I'm wondering what that looks like exactly. Mostly, I'm wondering how much difficulty it might be to transfer these classes to another accredited school which will take non-accredited courses. I know no one can answer that besides the school in question, however I'd like to know what I can expect in terms of evaluation from TPS. Are there final grades
  8. Can anyone tell me what TPS provides you at the end of the year for record keeping? I've read on their website that they don't give you a transcript, so now I'm left wondering how course work is recorded for transfer purposes or for home transcripts? Thanks!
  9. University of Nebraska's online high school offers distance/online learning for single subjects or for a diploma and they are fully accredited. FWIW, most of the accredited high schools I've looked at offer single subject accredited classes. They aren't too hard to find.
  10. Could you elaborate, please? It's in the running for us for high school and I'd love to hear your perspective. Thanks! (Hi beachmom! :D)
  11. Check out The Potter's School http://registration.pottersschool.org/w/681.jsp
  12. For an alternative, check out the University of Nebraska's online award winning flim course. It is offered through their online/distance high school. There is no minimum age to enroll in the high school and you can take one course without any problem. http://trusted.unl.edu/purchase/p-473-arth019-introduction-to-film-studies.aspx
  13. It's a hard state to have little kids in, imo. It really is a state best enjoyed by teens and adults. There are many many reasons AK is wonderful, but having young children and babies there is tough. I used to have to get all four kids into snowsuits and boots just to drive 5 minutes to the store. The effort to go anywhere was ridiculous. I had a baby there which was a particular challenge. Oh, and the mosquitos with little ones are no fun.... To OP, I wanted to affirm that your son's recruiter is indeed a salesman. Make sure ds gets in writing everything he's promised or told. Just
  14. Don't know about sat phones, but that's certainly a good idea if you choose the RV route. Keep in mind, Alaska isn't as consumer friendly as a lot of places. If you have trouble and you're in the middle of nowhere, you'll most likely stay in the middle of nowhere for awhile. The Milepost will answer all your questions and suggest routes. It is the Alaska bible. Really quick, lol, here's a little more info: North Pole is right next to Fairbanks. Throw a rock and you're there. No biggie to travel between the two. I think Denali Highway is gravel, isn't it? I'd be cautious wi
  15. Here are some things to do in the Fairbanks area that I shared here with someone else recently: Pioneer Park (in Fairbanks) http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/pioneerpark/ Ride the Riverboat Discovery http://www.riverboatdiscovery.com/ El Dorado Gold Mine http://eldoradogoldmine.com/ Chena Hot Springs (You might be able to horseback ride here, too, if you're interested) http://www.chenahotsprings.com/ Take the train to Denali or all the way to Anchorage (Denali Park and Mt. McKinley are a must see on a trip to Alaska, Anchorage has more of a big city feel than Fairbanks)
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