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  1. I think that's a fine plan. As long as rhey are ready for the significant amounts of reading and writing they will need to do and for the faster pace than a high school class (one year's worth of work in one semester), it should work out great. My oldest also wanted to avoid as many humanities as possible in college 🙂 so he chose to do AP English and CLEP for Spanish, US History, and Gov. DE would accomplish the same purpose. Just make sure to check with the individual schools you think they might end up attending and whether or not the specific courses you are thinking about will transfer or not. It can vary a lot from school to school!
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    SICC-A or theme based books for IEW after SWI-A

    We are doing Fables this year with my 5th grader. The book is about 1/3 fables a la Aesop, 1/3 Greek myths, and 1/3 fairy tales a la Cinderella and Hans Christian Anderson. So far we've had plenty of variety.
  3. Copied and pasted response from your other thread: I think it depends what your goals are for the DE courses. We just do 1 or 2 DE classes when my kids are seniors in high school. Our main purpose is to ease them in to a college environment and to give them experience with teachers other than me (or learning on their own), not because we wanted more rigor in a particular subject. In our experience, DE at a CC did not provide more rigor than I did at home, but it did provide a different kind of accountability. We try to pick a course or two in their personal area of strength to set them up for success. If it's something they will need to have a really solid foundation in for their future major, we actually prefer to do it at home rather than the CC. Oldest DS is now a CS major and we opted to do Calculus at home with AoPS because it was more in depth than a CC calc class. He took Statistics at the CC instead and it was easy for him content wise and a good expereience and a fun addition to his already very complete math transcript. Next DS is a senior next year and much more of a humanities guy. We are looking at enrolling him in Music Theory and some kind of Communications or Education class. His core subjects eill be done at home. I'm not saying that you shouldn't enroll your students in core courses at the CC - not at all! For many people that is the right choice and fits best into their future plans. For example, I know many students who use CC to do foreign language very successfully. Just that you need to think about *why* you're having them do DE as you choose your courses. And if your goal is to get lots of credits transferred before they start college, then like chuguirre said it will depend on the school.
  4. I think it depends what your goals are for the DE courses. We just do 1 or 2 DE classes when my kids are seniors in high school. Our main purpose is to ease them in to a college environment and to give them experience with teachers other than me (or learning on their own), not because we wanted more rigor in a particular subject. In our experience, DE at a CC did not provide more rigor than I did at home, but it did provide a different kind of accountability. We try to pick a course or two in their personal area of strength to set them up for success. If it's something they will need to have a really solid foundation in for their future major, we actually prefer to do it at home rather than the CC. Oldest DS is now a CS major and we opted to do Calculus at home with AoPS because it was more in depth than a CC calc class. He took Statistics at the CC instead and it was easy for him content wise and a good expereience and a fun addition to his already very complete math transcript. Next DS is a senior next year and much more of a humanities guy. We are looking at enrolling him in Music Theory and some kind of Communications or Education class. His core subjects eill be done at home. I'm not saying that you shouldn't enroll your students in core courses at the CC - not at all! For many people that is the right choice and fits best into their future plans. For example, I know many students who use CC to do foreign language very successfully. Just that you need to think about *why* you're having them do DE as you choose your courses.
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    Challenging "Pre-Geometry" Supplement?

    CTC Discovering Geometry was pretty good.
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    SICC-A or theme based books for IEW after SWI-A

    It's my understanding that the IEW system is designed to repeat concepts. From listening to the teacher dvds, that's pretty much the entire philosophy of the system - you teach the same types of units every year and gradually increase in difficulty and what you expect for output as the student matures and practices. Whether you have a theme book or an SWI, you are still going to go through the same units and practice the same dress ups as the system uses in every other book/program. Just the level of difficulty and the subject matter of the given writing samples will be different. And the pace, depending on grade level. SICCs do expand on the basic units a little but more, but they all progress through the same basic concepts.
  7. My State Farm wouldn't accept my homeschool transcript or report card. I had to do PSAT scores.
  8. Never used Abeka, but Video Text has a ton of different workbooks for each level. I had the bindings cut off, 3 hole punched them, and put all the workbooks for each level in one big fat 3" binder with divider tabs in between each workbook. It kept them all in one place. But since I've never used Abeka I don't know if that system is workable for you or not.
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    Pregnancy and cramping

    Round ligament pain is what it sounds like to me too. I'm about 27 weeks right now and I have a bad cold/cough and sometimes when I cough it feels like I'm seriously POPPING OPEN something in there it hurts so bad. Mine doesn't last that long though. Hope you feel better and not so anxious about it!
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    Ten day flu?? Anyone else?

    We didn't go to the Dr because we weren't too bad and our insurance doesn't cover Tamiflu or other Rx's so I don't know for sure that ours is the "official influenza" or not. But we've got low grade fevers, sore throat, coughing, congestion, etc. And yes, I've had it a full week and am not over it yet.
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    Question for pool owners

    No idea on the stats, but it was part of our lifeguard training from the Red Cross back in the day. Anybody can get a leg cramp or have a heart attack or whatever and with no one around to help you're toast. I totally understand that some adults/teens may assess the risk and decide it's not likely, and that's fine. No judgment here 🙂But for us it also helped tremendously to convey to the kids that our rules for the pool are about everybody's safety, not just about cramping their fun, and it underlined the seriousness that swimming *can* be risky. Which is not something that kids with a pool who are great swimmers always recognize or acknowledge because they get so used to it as an everyday activity.
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    Question for pool owners

    Nobody swims alone, adults included. No kids swim without an adult at home in case of emergency. A pool is a lot of work but so so so worth it! We get hours and hours of enjoyment and exercise from ours every year!
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    I need new meat meals

    I use round steak to make stroganoff. Cut into strips, add 1 can cream mushroom soup, 1 can fench onion soup and 1 cup sour cream. 300 oven for 3 hours. Serve over noodles. Yum! Most roasts I use Pioneer Woman's pot roast recipe (even if they aren't pot roasts it works). Steaks are grilled or broiled. Brisket is delicious but takes a while so plan ahead. Rub with generous amounts celery salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. Pour liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce over. Bake 300 for 4 hours. Reserve liquid and mix with Bbq sauce. Slice beef and pour mixture over it and let sit in fridge overnight. Bake uncovered for 30 more minutes at 350.
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    Dizziness with flu? Is this ok?

    This. My then 13 yo DD had the flu last year and we ended up in the ER because she woke me up in the middle of the night and said she couldn't catch her breath and felt dizzy. Turns out she was dehydrated, which caused a racing pulse, which caused the shortness of breath and dizziness. After fluids she was much better ... and as a bonus she learned she should listen to her mother when told to drink something even when she doesn't feel like it 🙂
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    How long will this phase last?

    There is definitely light at the end of the tunnel ... it just may be a different kind of light than you are looking for! 😉 He will grow out of the toddler stage and eventually stop destroying the house for no particular reason, but move on to other challenging behavior. The good news is, your other DS will continue to grow and change too, as will your parenting. I would keep doing as much school as possible during nap time for now, that was very helpful for us during the toddler years. You can get a lot done with a 6 year old in an hour or so! That's plenty of seatwork for that age, then just read and explore together (with the toddler) the rest of the day.
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