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  1. I was just on the phone with Susan Richman at PAH, and she mentioned that they're looking for someone to teach AP Environmental Science for them starting this fall. Anyone want to make a connection here?
  2. Has anyone done a class with Worldly Pupil? Their site looks interesting, but I first heard of them just this week.
  3. The College Board has announced that starting in the 2019-20 school year, schools will have to order their AP exams by November 15. In other words, start your annual round of begging calls as soon as you boot up in the fall. Aargh. Here is their new info sheet for homeschoolers.
  4. My son is in the secondary section this year, and it’s great. He spends a ton of time on the class (up to three hours/day), mostly because he loves the interaction with the other students. His older brother did the same thing, so it’s hard for me to say how long the daily workload would take a kid who wanted to approach it more efficiently.
  5. Aargh! The previously nice, friendly school 15 minutes away just told me they’re not hosting outside test-takers anymore. Back to the phone...
  6. Not sure how to do a link with my phone, but there’s an annual book series we’ve used, The Best American Science and Nature Writing.
  7. Some chapters of the Audobon Society run youth programs; if not, they may still welcome a young enthusiast.
  8. Last year, WTMA let my son enroll in a literature course mid-year.
  9. I’m asking here, since no one has anything to say on the K-8 board: Does anyone have experience with this class? The syllabus looks great, and I’m thinking of signing up ds13.
  10. Checking back on this, as I’m thinking of signing up ds13 for this spring. Any experiences to share?
  11. One Chromebook feature I like is the ability to set up a user account that only permits access to whitelisted sites. For some kids, at some times, it’s nice to be able to limit distractions. This has worked fine for us for Bravewriter, WTM, and AP Lang through PAH. Sometimes they’ll need to click through to other sites to complete assignments; in that case I just let them on my own, less restricted user account.
  12. DS15 has an iPhone. I've disabled the internet browser, disallowed games, and subscribed to OurPact, which lets me schedule and control his access to apps. Right now, apps he uses for school are available all the time, while others, including messaging, are available only for an hour a day outside "scheduled" blocks (school, dinner, nighttime and Sundays). I can grant temporary access for good reasons. Tougher than some, I know, but we figure it's easier to start out tight and loosen up than to go the other way.
  13. So helpful, thanks! Our sole experience so far is Chem with Mr. Moskaluk: A+
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