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  1. As a second question: Does anyone have experience with both Logic of English Essentials *and* All About Spelling? Which do you think a child (who doesn't spell naturally) would retain more from?
  2. Hi Everyone, It has been a few years since I have taught AAS. Do you have a nice daily routine going for All About Spelling? If so, please share below. I remember I had a way that I divided review, new teaching, phrases, and dictation into equal daily chunks, but I cannot for the life of me remember my routine.
  3. I also wanted to add that according to Ohio Law, homeschool students are supposed to be given "the opportunity to participate in any extracurricular activity offered at the district school to which the student otherwise would be assigned during that school year. " (https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-3313.5312 Homeschool students are also supposed to have access to standardized testing provided by their public school. (https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-administrative-code/rule-3301-34-04). However, in context, I think this applies to end of year testing maybe. I am now wondering if they can legally turn me away? If my child is supposed to be given the opportunity to play football, should he not also be allowed to sit in a cafeteria and take an AP test!? Do you think I have a leg to stand on? Should I be buying an HSLDA membership? Contacting the school board? Also, another question (sorry I am rambling, but my mind has been fried from AP phone calls and repeated rejection)---I've tried reaching out for help on our state's homeschooling Facebook page. One lady suggested that I go through the process to get a syllabus approved so I can order the test myself. (AP Audit). Our AIM Academy course is already college board approved and my son has joined the class online. Will I mess something up if I try to get a syllabus approved myself? And even if I do that can I then actually order a test myself? The website is not exactly clear. (https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-course-audit/explore-by-role/homeschool-providers-ap-courses?fbclid=IwAR33Vpi782LG1a2HE5hWdTjfIL0WcH12TZLYfsx7U8EY3BUxY5nDPPlcYUo)
  4. I am BEYOND frustrated by this process too. It seems SO VERY unjust. I don't know if I am venting or asking for advice, but I am fit to be tied over trying to schedule an AP exam. Who do I call at this point? What should I do? Our assigned local school (Beechcroft in the Columbus City School district in Ohio) does not offer any AP classes or courses. So I followed the instructions on these two websites: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/faqs/can-i-register-ap-exam-if-my-school-doesnt-offer-ap-classes-or-administer-ap-exams and https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/faqs/im-homeschooled-how-can-i-take-ap-exam I have called and/or emailed EVERY school (public and private) in my area who offers the test kindly asking them to please order the test for my son. (I've used all of the advice in this forum post too. ). As soon as they find out that I am in the Columbus district, they refuse to help me and send me back to Columbus. I've contacted several other high schools within my district, and only 1 person has gotten back to me. He told me to contact these other districts that have already refused me. 😞 I'm not giving up yet, I am going to keep appealing to them to help my son. There is only one private Christian school that has not refused me yet. Actually, I've called and left two voicemails with the AP coordinator and 1 email, and she hasn't responded yet. I am PRAYING and holding out hope that she will decide to be generous with her time and energy and order this test for my son. Again, The entire process seems so incredibly UNJUST. That is what kills me about it. I knew it was bad, but I didn't realize it was THIS bad.
  5. Prayer Request:  I am trying to find a school for my oldest to take his FIRST AP test.   If you happen to read this, could you pray that God is able to open up some doors for us as I call around?  

    1. Zoo Keeper

      Zoo Keeper

      Praying for you. 🙂


  6. Hi Everyone, Can anyone recommend a spelling program for my 8th grade daughter? She still REALLY struggles with spelling. She does not have an official diagnosis, but I have always suspected she has dyslexia. I know that she may never become a great speller, but I don't want to give up on spelling instruction quite yet. She has some time in her day, and I think practicing handwriting and spelling may be the best use of it right now. She does not have a strong visual memory, so words never "look" wrong to her. She also has a hard time remembering (or applying) even spelling rules like those taught in LOE or AAS. Route practice has not seemed to help either. I am hoping I can find something that she can use mostly independently as I am having a VERY hard time mustering up the inner strength and resilience to teach her spelling yet again. (The teen years are hard!) I also have her younger brother to teach who is taking up a lot of my instructional time. Thanks in advance,
  7. I would suggest that you first teach them to speak and listen/understand French. (The same way we often learn our first language.). When they have a foundation in that, I would then add in writing and reading. I've had GREAT success with Paul Noble products. They are available on audible. We used the product for adults, but he now has a new program for kids.
  8. I have a 2nd grade son (turning 8 this September). He has not had any grammar instruction prior to this year. (We used Logic of English Foundations A-C in K-1st.). I know I am going to start him in WWE 1 because I feel like WWE 2 would be too difficult for him. But I am not sure what to do for grammar. Should I use FLL 1 or 2? Another alternative that I am considering is English Lessons through Literature. Thanks in advance!
  9. This is a bit of a "spin-off" from the thread on notebooks and binders, which I am really enjoying! My oldest son is taking mostly online classes next year, and I am looking for a process for helping him learn to keep track of assignments, due dates, and other things he needs to do each day. Previously, we used homeschool planet, and I would copy and paste all of his assignments from each online class into one single checklist. This worked REALLY well because I could import in our digital calendar as a subscription, and even input in chores and reminders (read your bible, workout, feed the cat, etc.). This would let us know if he needed to "double up" and work ahead if he had a dentist appointment or something. And it also gave me one single place to check to see if he got his assignments done for the day instead of logging into many different online providers. (We have multiple children, so I end up having to check over 20 classes most days. I am sure many can relate.). Another benefit was that it was digital....meaning I could edit it on the fly when *I* happened to remember something I needed him to do and he wasn't around. In other words, it kept me from forgetting things too! (For example, I might notice that he is missing a bunch of similar types of problems in math and I can quickly add "review ch. 6 and reattempt missed problems" to his checklist before I forget.) The downside to this system is that *I* am doing all of the organizing and planning for him. For example, if he is assigned a mid-term essay or research project, I tend to break it down into smaller daily tasks and put them on his checklist. Same thing with quizzes. If I see a test is ahead, I will add daily study sessions. Basically, I am acting as his brain. I am debating how to handle things next year as he moves into high school. On one hand, we have a system that works. Maybe I shouldn't mess with it. On the other hand, perhaps I should be slowly handing these important executive functioning skills over to him. Perhaps I am doing too much for him and cheating him out of some important study skills that he will need prior to college. I've been looking at the "Order out of Chaos" planners online and wondering if we should try to transition to this type of thing. Or do I keep it simple and just have a list of subjects he must do each day and tell him to refer to the online class pages. (Why replicate work the teachers have already done? Right?) -- SO--my question is: If you have a high schooler who takes a lot of online/outside classes, how does your student keep track of assignments and due dates? I am especially interested in hearing from people who do not use a single provider. And I am especially interested in hearing from people who have kids who aren't naturally organized.
  10. Yes, this sweet mama would be mortified by the measure the belly thing. She doesn't like having much attention on herself, but we would still like to honor her...and fill her home with baby essentials. 🙂 Also a question: How did you pick the "best" drawing?
  11. Hi Everyone, I was given the honor of planning some baby shower games for a first time mother-to-be at our church. All of the women of our church have been invited, and I would guess there will be about 20 women there. Can you please help me plan some games that people would actually LIKE to play? I don't want anything gross or embarrassing. The mom to be is incredibly introverted, so nothing that might put her on the spot. I have never been to a traditional baby shower in my life! So I am not really sure what is protocol when it comes to games. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. 🙂
  12. They say things like, "My DD was able to graduate debt free by getting a "full ride"." And I've never asked what exactly that means! You have a good point.
  13. According to this news article, undergraduate college enrollment is down again...another 5% from last year: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/10/1005177324/spring-numbers-show-dramatic-drop-in-college-enrollment I imagine that this will have huge financial impacts on colleges across the country. I have a friend whose children were able to get full ride scholarships to the college of their choice. (Homeschool grads 15 years ago.). Do you think that is even possible for a student given the current state of high education?
  14. I am no help with your actual question, but can you tell me what your favoriting budgeting app is?
  15. I am sure this question has been answered previously, so please forgive me. My search skills are not yielding any results. I have my oldest enrolled in an AP Gov't class. (This will be his first AP test.). When should I attempt to schedule a test for 2022? And does anyone have any tips? (FWIW, I do not have much of a relationship with his assigned public school. It is very far away because our neighborhood was annexed by the city. We are in Columbus Public schools. Should I contact them first? Or try local private schools near me?)
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