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  1. Only one of my two took Latin, and he is glad that he did. We studied it together from the 2nd grade through high school. We went very slowly in the elementary grades, and he finished with Latin 3 & AP with an on-line provider in high school, and got a 5 on the AP exam. That was enough to essentially test out of 4 semesters of college Latin. He's gone on to study Italian and has found the background helpful. As Gwen said, it was easy to do at home. He realizes now that it helped him in a lot of ways, particularly with vocabulary and writing. As we got into middle school, I decided that he was learning enough grammar through Latin that he didn't do any other type of formal grammar program. With the writing, translating the more complex sentences of some of the Latin authors helped him to include more complex structures in his own writing. As he got into high school and started studying literature, he found the background very helpful as well. There are a lot of Latin references in classic literature, so knowing the words helps one to read it without having to stop and look things up. He's also found it interesting in college -- when they were reading Augustine for a class he was taking and were puzzling over the meaning of certain parts, he was able to go back to the Latin and it helped him make sense of it. There's such a beauty/depth of understanding one gets being able to read something in its original language. HTH, Brenda
  2. Coops are generally longer assignments -- usually a summer and the following fall, or a spring and the following summer, so usually 8 mon. or so. Employers like them because they are long enough for them to get useful work out of the student and for them to see if this student is someone they'd want to hire full time. Often summer internships are only 2 - 3 months, too short of a time for the student to really become trained and useful to an employer. There are some colleges that specialize/encourage the coop route. Here are few I know of; I am sure there are others: RIT, Va Tech, Drexel, Northeastern, etc. These colleges have a normal plan (usually 5 years to Bachelors) that includes periods where the students are expected to work a coop. My son's school didn't have this route, but it was possible with his major to take a semester off and then just go one additional semester later. Not all schools can be this flexible either because some courses are only offered once/year, etc. I think coops are more popular for science/technical fields, but I believe that at some of the above colleges, students in other majors do coops as well. Another plus for cooping is that students can earn signifcant $ during that 8 month stretch. My son applied some of his earnings to his college's bill instead of taking out a student loan one year. I think it used to be that coop earnings could mess with a student's financial aid, but I think this was changed and now coop earning are excluded from the student's FAFSA income -- but I'm not totally sure, so this something to confirm. Just one more thing to think about. Brenda
  3. My oldest did have a hard time find an internship. He started looking at the job fairs at his school his freshman year. Realistically, we didn't think he'd have a shot after freshman year, and he didn't -- ended up scooping ice cream. After sophomore year when he couldn't find anything, we got worried. That's when we advised that he take a semester off and work a coop. He interviewed for many coops fall of senior year, and he finally got one. He is pretty introverted and doesn't interview well, so it was a hard process, but good experience. Once he had that experience, he was able to find a full-time job after graduation. I think it would probably be fine to just have a major-related job after junior year for good experience, the problem is -- what if that is your plan and it doesn't happen? At that point, you're almost too late to do anything other than finish senior year and graduate. At that point it would be too late to late to look for a coop in most places. My younger son is just finishing his sophomore year. He is majoring in physics and applied for at least 6 different research opportunities over Christmas break for this coming summer. He ended up getting two offers. So he fared a bit better. He goes to a smaller college, and his advisor has been bugging the kids (esp. current juniors) to apply to at least 15 research opportunities. They also hire some students on campus and give preference to those who have tried to find outside opportunities and could not. In this case, the small school is doing a much better job (IMHO) of helping the students find career-related summer work. I would suggest that when you do the college search, if this is a concern, than it would be important to investigate how good the prospective colleges are with helping their students find major-related work. Good for you for thinking about this stuff ahead of time! HTH, Brenda
  4. I haven't had a chance to listen to the link you provided, but I have a couple of older kids who have gone through/are going through this transition. I personally did not believe in having my kids work outside-the-home jobs during the school year while they were in high school. In the summers, they worked if they could find something. During the school year, I felt their time was better spent on their academics and extra curricular activities. As a result of the focus on academics, they were both able to get excellent scholarships that well exceeded the amount of money they could have earned at a minimum wage job during high school. I know that if they had worked significant hours during high school, their learning/grades would have suffered. Once they hit college, the story was entirely different. My dh and I pushed both of them to look for summer jobs and insisted that they do something, even if it was minimum wage. Their colleges have been some help with leads for major-related jobs, but the student has to go out of his way and put in a lot of effort to land something. Family and friend connections have helped both of them on occasion as well. When my oldest had trouble finding a major-related summer job, we steered him towards taking a semester off and seeking a longer term coop job, which was easier to find. In the long run, it turned out to be very worthwhile in him getting a full time job after graduation. During his senior year in college, he discovered that the only ones of his friends who got full-time job offers were the ones who had worked major-related coops or internships. Employers didn't care about experience working in fast food, etc. I've also found similar outcomes with friends' children. The ones who cruised through college and spent their summers at the beach with friends or taking an extra college course were not able to find full-time jobs in their major. I personally think that the colleges can be helpful in connecting students with internships, research, etc., but that the onus has to be on the student, and often on their parents to motivate them to look. My kids have both complained about having to work their summers when some of their college friends are traveling or at the beach. Too bad, so sad. At the end of the day, my oldest is happy and thankful now that we made him work, and we're happy too, since he is supporting himself! Best wishes to you as you help your youngsters navigate the final stages towards adulthood! Brenda
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    I have for sale a complete set of Prentice Hall Biology. This is the dragonfly book. The set is from a non-smoking and no-pets home. Everything is in excellent condition with no writing inside. The student book does have a little pen writing on the cover and on the spine. I accept paypal. Please email or PM me if interested. I'm asking $35ppd for the set which includes: student 013050730X TM 0130507423 Lab Manual A 0130544035 Chapter Tests 013044166X Thanks for looking, Brenda

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    Finished homeschooling, so I'm clearing out many of my Latin books and materials. All are from a non-smoking, no-pets home and are in excellent condition. Please email or PM me if interested. Shipping is via media mail. Paypal preferred. Thanks for looking. Brenda AP Latin Caesar textbook -- $18ppd (for the current AP syllabus) AP Latin Caesar workbook Set -- $27ppd (includes workbook and answer key for current AP syllabus) Henle Latin Second Year Set -- $16ppd (includes student book that has been spiral bound in 2 parts for ease of use, and answer key) Lingua Latina Set -- $35ppd (includes Familia Romana, Roma Aeterna, TM & Answer Keys for Parts 1 and 2, and Student Manual) Lingua Latina Supplements -- $16ppd (includes Colloquia Personarum and Fablae Syrae) Latin Vocabulary Cards -- $12ppd (set of 1000 cards containing 2000 words from vis-ed.com) Wheelock's Latin Reader (2 copies) -- $7ppd each or $12ppd for both Rea Latin SAT Subject Test (w/CD) -- $10ppd Excelability in Advanced Latin Set -- $29ppd (includes student edition with 4 pages marked in pen, rest is clean; and TM (in new condition)) Ovid, Amores & Metamorphoses Set -- $16ppd (includes student text and matching TM, used in one version of the old AP Latin Lit exam) Loeb Classical Library Set -- $15ppd (includes Augustine's Confessions, books I - VIII and Ovid's Metamorphoses, books 1 - 8) Cicero Set -- $12ppd (includes 3 books, Pro Caelio, De Amicitia Selections, and Pro Archia Poeta Oratio, student books only, used in the old AP Latin Lit exam) The Student's Catullus, by Daniel Garrison, 4th edition -- $12ppd (student text, some light pencil writing on 5 pages) Vergil's Aeneid Expanded Collection -- $15ppd (student text, some light pencil writing on 8 pages) Roman Map Workbook by Heimbach -- $12ppd (new) Vergil: A Legamus Transitional Reader -- $10ppd (new)

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    I have for sale a copy of the Rocket Review Revolution Ultimate Guide to the SAT, the 2006-7 edition. This book is great for prepping bright students who want to do well on the SAT, and it is currently out of print. It is in excellent condition, with just a few check marks and pencil writing on a few pages. It is mostly unmarked, including the practice test in the back. Also includes the CD-Rom. From a no smoking, no pets home. I take paypal (non-cc only) and checks. Plese email me if interested. ISBN 0-451-21946-5 Thanks for looking, Brenda

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    I have for sale a complete set of College Prep Genius "Master the SAT Class" set. Includes 4 DVDs in original case, textbook, and student workbook. The DVDs & textbook are in very good condition. The workbook has no writing, but it has a bent upper left corner and a 1" tear along the spine. It's very useable, though. I'm asking $45ppd for the set, which sells new for $99. I take paypal (non-CC only) and checks. Please email me if interested. We are a smoke-free & pet-free home. Thanks for looking, Brenda

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    I have the following books for sale from a smoke-free & pet-free home. These are in new condition with no markings or writing. Please email me if interested. I take paypal (non-cc only) and personal checks (will ship after check clears). Thanks for looking. Brenda ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Vergil: A Legamus Transitional Reader (set) -- $30ppd includes: 2 copies of the student book (ISBN 9780865165786) 1 copy of the Teacher's Guide (ISBN 9780865165793)

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    I have three Great Courses DVD sets for sale from a non-smoking/no pets home. Please email me if interested. I accept paypal (non-CC) and personal checks (will ship after check clears). All three include the associated guide books and are in excellent condition. Thanks for looking. Brenda +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition w/Michael Starbird (24 lessons) -- $30 Great Courses Economics, 3rd Edition w/Timothy Taylor (36 lessons) -- $40 History of the U.S., 2nd Edition w/Gary Gallagher, Patrick Allitt, and Alan Guelzo (84 lessons) -- $100ppd

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    I have for sale a gently used Labpaq PK-01 lab kit. I purchased it new for $170, and it was gently used by one child for the PA homeschoolers AP Physics B class. Everything required for all the labs is still there. I am asking $100ppd. I accept paypal (non-CC only) and personal checks (will ship kit after check clears). Pleae email me if interested. Thanks, Brenda

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    I have the following AP Latin books for sale from Bolchazy Carducci. These were bought new last year for the 2012-13 new AP Latin syllabus and were gently used by one student. We are a no smoking-no pets home. I take paypal (non-CC only) and personal checks (will ship books after check clears). Thanks for looking, Brenda +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Vergil's Aeneid: Selected Readings from Books 1, 2, 4, and 6 (2 copies of the student book & 1 TM) -- retails for $94, asking $60ppd for all three Caesar: Selections from His Commentarii De Bello Gallico (2 copies of the student book & 1 TM) -- retails for $94, asking $60ppd for all three If you want all 6 books, I would take $110ppd. I would also consider selling each student/TM set for $38ppd and the single student books for $25ppd each. I also have the associated workbooks & TMs, which we used to successfully review for the AP exam: Vergil Workbook & TM set (these retail for $27ea, I will take $35ppd for the set) Caesar Workbook & TM set (these retail for $27ea, I will take $35ppd for the set) If you happen to want all 10 books, I'd take $160ppd for the whole lot.

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    Hi Everyone, I have a Physics Labpaq PK-01 for sale for $100ppd. This kit was required for PA Homeschoolers AP Physics B course. I bought it new for $170, and my son used it very gently. Everything that came with the kit is there and in great condition. This is from a smoke/pet free home and in the original box. I accept paypal (non-cc only). Please email me if interested. Thanks, Brenda

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  14. :iagree: I think that while planning high school for my oldest, I finally realized this too. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do a complete/thorough/deep course in every subject. There's just too much content out there and not enough time. As you've said, I think the best approach is to make sure that you are hitting the key skills each year in at least some subjects. In my mind, high school is where you need to start taking the dc's strenths, needs, and interests into account when planning, and you need to make some tough, really tough decisions on where the high schooler should spend his/her school time. Brenda
  15. Shannon, Are you expecting him to be able to read this science book on his own and make his way through the course? If so, I'm wondering if that might be the issue. Neither of my boys were able to sit down and read a science book and essentially teach themselves during high school. I think it has been partially a maturity issue and partially a learning styles issue. My oldest has gone on to university now and is doing well -- but there, he isn't expected just to read the book and learn. There are demonstrations, lectures, and the profs/tutors are available to discuss the material if it gets tough. To me, literature is different in that it is mostly reading/interpreting in the mind. Certainly, discussing literature in a group setting can add richness to the material, but I think science is different because so much of the interest comes from the real-world applications. Being able to see demonstrations and discuss the material really just seems to make it more applicable/interesting. Certainly, some science texts are more interesting than others, but I still think that no book alone would substitute for a course that involves interaction over the material. I, personally, didn't care for the tone in Apologia's texts. For Bio, I would suggest Miller/Levine as a solid high school book that is interesting and accessible for most high school kids. If you can read through the book with your child and discuss the material, or if he could attend an outside or on-line class, I think that would go a long way towards keeping his interest in science. I've used the college-level books, like Giancoli Physics, and while they're good, I've used them later in high school, and I don't think they would have been a great fit for most 9th graders. JMHO, Brenda
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