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  1. A slightly different, but related question.....since DE's are only 1 semester, do you award your student 1.0 credit or 0.5 credit?
  2. @teachermom2834, No, DS will not be applying to schools that are super competitive. He took physical science in 8th grade, which I didn't count as a HS science, so he's a little ticked at me that he has to take something beyond Chemistry...lol. However, I feel like for English, Math, and Science, he needs have a "butt in seat" for those required years of high school. Obviously, I'm a little more ambitious than he is about HIS high school experience, though...lol.
  3. DS took Biology in 9th grade and is now taking Chemistry in 10th (both with labs). He is unsure of his career path but would like to take some DE courses in 11th and 12th grade since our state (TN) offers a DE grant and the DE courses would be less expensive (and likely less rigorous) than the tutorial he is currently in is. He's looking into Plant Science, Soil Science, or Animal Science, all of which fall under the CC's "Agricultural Science" department and all have labs. Since we have a large cattle farm, all of these sciences are applicable in our daily lives, especially if DS decides to stay in the family business. Do you see any pitfalls by taking one of these as his 3rd and final science credit vs taking Physics or A&P, both of which DS would LOATHE with a passion? Frankly, I'm tired of having to push, pull, and drag him through his courses and letting him have a little more say in what he takes might help alleviate that to some degree.
  4. Yes, I'd seen some negatives posts on Rosetta Stone as well 😞 Checking it out now....thanks!
  5. I need an online Spanish curriculum for my rising 10th grade son. He took an online Spanish 1 class last year but this year, Spanish 2 with the same instructor conflicts with his weekly tutorial classes. Therefore, I'm looking at other options such as Rosetta Stone, Rocket Languages, etc. I've downloaded a free trial of Rocket Languages and Rosetta Stone and I'm liking features of both. It seems that Rocket Languages has more "instruction" and more conversation building while Rosetta Stone has more vocabulary building (matching pictures, etc.). I'd prefer a program that was more of a combination of both. Are there any others out there that I'm missing? Admittedly, I've only looked at the first lesson in Rosetta Stone and Rocket Languages - does each get better the farther along one is in the program or are there features I'm not aware of in either? Rocket Languages restricts access to certain content in the trial version so I'm unable to see what is included under "Language and Culture" and "Survival Kit". TIA!
  6. I've been on both sides of the CC fence. We did it a few years ago in our last location and left after a year because I needed my kids to be in a 2 day/week tutorial the next year (for my sanity!) We've since moved and CC is the only hs'ing outlet in my rural area and it's still 45 minutes away. Do I think it's the end all-be all of homeschooling? No way! But (and this is a huge BUT), it lets my daughters be around other kids and in a "safe" environment. The community is definitely worth it to me. I also think the Essentials program in the afternoon is really good and my girls love it. It gives us a way to do art projects, science experiments, field trips, etc. I also like that my girls get a public speaking opportunity each week. The Foundations memory work can be your spine or not and you can do as little or as much with it as you want. I find great freedom in that. We go over the memory work each day and if there's time, we'll watch science or history videos pertaining to our memory work. The first time we did it, I tried to do too much and got burned out. This time, I'm not stressing about it. It's only 24 weeks of our school year so there's plenty of other weeks to do other things if we need to. Again, for us, it's great for community, which we don't really have otherwise.
  7. Thanks everyone! Sorry I didn't get back sooner to reply (busy weekend). Lots of very good info here and definitely some things to consider if we decide to go forward with the testing this summer. My SIL is interested in in for her two HSers and we thought we could travel together to the testing site (since it's 5 hours from here). However, her oldest will be a senior next year so she'd probably at a good point for it whereas my son and the other cousin are both just going to be 10th graders. Maybe I'll see if she'll take her oldest and we can see how that goes before deciding on when to take our son.
  8. We are considering having our DS (9th grade) take an aptitude test at Johnson O'Connor Research in Atlanta this coming summer. We are hoping it will give us better clarity on what path we need to take with his homeschooling as well as illuminate him on careers that he is best wired for. However, my concern is whether or not these tests (or this particular test center) truly yield enough to justify the cost and travel expenses (it's 5 hours from here and would require and overnight stay). Has anyone done these tests with their children and did you feel like it was worth it? Did you or your child learn something valuable?
  9. After a 9th grade year of lots of "recalculations", we realize that online courses have not been a good fit for DS this past year. Plans for next year include: English 10 - American Lit taught at tutorial Algebra 2 - Teaching Textbooks (I have a love/hate relationship with TT but if it keeps me from ending up in jail, I'm willing to concede) Chemistry w/Lab - undecided (possibly at a tutorial or online with Homeschool Connections which definitely isn't my first choice 😏) U.S. History & Geography - tutorial Religion - tutorial Spanish II - Homeschool Connections 20th Century Art - tutorial We're basically in "just get through it" mode. I don't feel like it's an overly ambitious plan but DS will likely apply to regional university that's not that competitive. I'm learning to be okay with that 😣
  10. Thanks, everyone! I think we have figured out the plan for the rest of the school year and I'll re-evaluate course providers in the spring for next school year. I've learned the hard way that "homegrown courses" like history and literature do NOT work well for my son and certainly not for our relationship. While I think the American Literature course I had put together is superior to what I've seen in online providers, the reality of him doing the work and doing it well for me is non-existent so I'm enrolling him in an another lit course to finish the year. I'm also enrolling him in another Theology course in addition to the one he's doing because it's not requiring enough work to be considered a full credit, IMO. For history, HSC has multiple options (live and recorded) for American History with one class being considered a full semester credit; however, the class only has 12 sessions per class and the only work required is a quiz over each session. I'm going to require that he take 3 sections (recorded) as one year of American History instead of two and require a short writing assignment for each session. He's already doing the first one now (1492-1763), so, basically, he'll do three sessions every two weeks to finish 1763-1865 and 1865-2000 by the end of the school year. We may push into the summer a little bit 😉 That should keep him fairly busy. For technology, I just ordered the Disney Circle router to help better monitor and manage online accessibility. Our current router and process for controls is tedious and not necessarily fool-proof because it blocks by IP and not MAC address. Therefore, when devices get assigned a new IP (I'm not even sure how that's happening), they suddenly have access when they didn't before. One scenario is when a device connects to a wireless adapter versus a wired connection or when it attempts to connect to the booster. Again, not exactly certain how all that is happening but I know that despite my best attempts to strictly regulate, limits are being pushed and circumvented which is bringing down a whole new slew of tougher consequences for ALL my kids. Thanks again!
  11. I will check on the DO flash drive for classes. I just looked and was surprised/excited to see that the Roman Roads history curriculum is by Dave Raymond. He was my son's live Latin teacher a couple of years ago at a tutorial my son was in before we moved. Great guy! I'll definitely check it out further.
  12. Well, I wasn't sure what they were called but after googling those terms, then, yes, Synchronous is what I would desire for him or at least something more than a once weekly class. Maybe I just need to find better providers 😕
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