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  1. Is there any other way to view NC discussion on Career and College classes rather than through FB? Like a yahoo group?
  2. Hi Cindy in FL. Is Newberry a good place to live near UF? Someone said the bus system in the Gainesville area is great. Is it safe for college kids to ride back and forth even in the twilight hours, assuming the buses run late, that is? How long is the commute time?
  3. Hi plansrme, Yes, I was looking at some of the links. It takes time. :) It can take me a couple hours or more just to explore one link. I'm sorry I hope I didn't come across negatively. I'm always thinking of homeschooling families as one-income households and more financially stretched, but of course, there are some amazing moms who both work and homeschool and homeschoolers in many different situations, so it's hard to generalize. Hi Kassia, Evanthe, & Lori D., Not sure you mind mentioning...what CC network are you a part of? If you wish to divulge, you can private message me if you prefer. Your CC system seems wonderful. We might move in the near future, and are considering different areas of the country. I was looking in my home state, and one CC has a partnership with a big local university, but many of the computer classes will not transfer if the student plans to major in programming, so if I was looking at it correctly, my son could only complete one year of study at the CC, at most. Also, as it was mentioned above, the GE classes would (probably) be easier classes and would boost GPAs, so it might be a loss to take them at the CC. Decisions decisions. Heigh Ho What is Diff Eq?
  4. Thank you for the personal notes. It's always nice to get such quick answers. Thank you Elegantlion, I'll look at the College Board. Lori, I have interacted on WTM before but not very often, and you've shared other lengthy advice nuggets. Thank you! It's interesting that you mentioned about Lumerit because due to a webinar I attended through Lee Binz's website, they have tried to recruit us for their program. I have not spoken with a representative yet, though. When I saw the cost, their fees seemed similar to instate tuition, so it made me uncertain about that path; in addition, ultimately, I was worried if my daughter took a few classes through Lumerit that her credits be suitably transferrable. 1. Do you think Lumerit credits are transferrable to a state college? 2. Do you think Lumerit is a good program? 3. Do you think employers would have a high regard for a Lumerit degree? 4. If a student can earn a 4-year program in just 2 years, would that mean it's maybe not as rigorous as a traditional degree? I'll look at your links. Hi rdj2027, That's fascinating that your son is attending school in Germany. I was aware of the program and I know of one foreigner who sent her son there for school. I have always been curious about it, so it would be nice to get more info. I suspects he speaks German? How much are living costs typically? What major did he choose?
  5. My children have taken several PS courses, and it has been a good experience for them. This year, my two oldest are taking 4 courses each through PS, and I think the courses are academically rigorous. Last year, I looked at the College Music Theory class, but I was concerned about the level of complexity of the course content. If your child is very academic, it might be a nice fit. I did send the scope and sequence to someone who had a minor in music at a state university, and she told me that the course content seemed like graduate college level work. Since my daughter will not likely major in music, and the music course would probably take a lot of her time, I decided she should focus her energies on other core courses.
  6. I recently dove into previewing a variety of colleges through their respective websites and ultimately came away discouraged that most of the colleges, which are not even ivy league, would cost over 20k a year for dorm+tuition per child, even after subtracting automatic institutional merit-based scholarships. I looked at over 30 different schools. In order to compete for the largest scholarships at most institutions, it seems the SAT score needs to be higher than 1400 (I still don't know my daughter's score). My children seem above average but not necessarily in the highest accolade category. I have three children, so that would cost us 240k altogether. I'm surprised that most homeschoolers can afford these high fees. Excluding federal aid, the maximum amount being about 5k a year, and loans, which I will not procure, the costs seem prohibitive. 1. Where are most homeschoolers sending their kids to school? 2. In regards to college-bound homeschoolers, are most of them living at home after graduating and commuting to local schools in order to reduce costs? 3. My daughter is considering taking a GAP year after her senior year; theoretically, could she study for more AP courses through Modern States during that year and take more AP exams to help reduce her college credit requirements? Thank you in advance for your nuggets of wisdom. Marsha
  7. Thank you for your feedback. I tried to look at the Royal Academy's guidelines. I know that they set the bar pretty high, and we might not be able to attain their level, but it would be good to look over their guidelines. When I click on this PDF which supposedly gives guidelines, there is no information: https://www.rcmusic.com/sites/default/files/files/RCM-student-parent-guide.pdf Do you know of a better link? I tried to look over some past posts and came up with a list of possible music/art related activities for credit in high school. for art: 1. webart academy videos for music: 2. Great Courses lectures 3. youtube presentations - any suggestions? 4. go through instruction book again and review music concepts such as scales arpeggios, triads, inversions 5. write a paper - any suggestions? 6. Georgia Virtual AP music theory courses 7. biographies of composers - any suggestions? 8. music history books - any suggestions? 9. live musicals - not available in my area 10. Khan Academy music 11. online free courses: Introduction to Classical Music https://www.coursera...oclassicalmusic or Listening to Music http://oyc.yale.edu/music/musi-112
  8. First, thank you to all the moms who have answered previous questions that I have posted. It is very much appreciated!! I would like to ask current suggestions (or even relevant links to previous forum topics) that would suitably address my inquiry. For a legitimate music degree/credit, what would be the most suitable book/material which would offer a more COMPLETE music credit for an entire year's worth of study? I have looked at some previous suggestions, like coursera, Yale opencourseware, Khan, and Prof Carrol. All of these seem incomplete. They would not count as an entire year's worth of learning. The added complication is that I am overseas and have already made a state-side trip this year, so I would need to order something ideally that can be downloaded, like a PDF file, if possible. Currently, my daughter is taking a lot of courses through Potter's School. I think I've already missed the window to register for a music course this year, and also, the one suitable class offered has a time which conflicts with another course she is taking. I glanced at the Potter's School music syllabus for a standard to go by. They require a book written by Peter, D.M.A. Spencer Practice of Harmony. It seems fairly difficult and if I ever learned the details in this book completely, I have forgotten them and would have to relearn them myself before presenting the material. They do have Spencer's book on Amazon as an etext file. There are some activities in the book, but I'd have to take a screenshot and print those out. My daughter has already put in a lot of hours practicing during high school; before high school, I taught her the basics of reading music, including key signature, notes, etc. She has written some simple songs, recorded them in Garage Band, complete with lyrics, instruments, and voice. She plays simple chords on the guitar. Anyone who has heard her recordings seem impressed :). I had hoped she could apply to a state university later, but I am afraid that she needs a more detailed study of music for it to look legitimate.
  9. Thank you for taking the time and attention to type this out! I appreciate it. :) I will look into these resources.
  10. I was wondering if anyone could suggest a good resource for teenagers to investigate various career paths. Is it better to read a general book like: The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to DoThis book has has a high rating on Amazon (642 people commented on it so far) Or, is it better to refer to some website rather than read a book? Or, is it better to buy more specific books directly related to a field that the teenager MIGHT be interested in? (for instance, a book about a career in writing) Also, what is the best website to refer to for understanding job placement success? I looked at one university's website recently, and they did not convey any information to a parent about the ability of graduates to land jobs. I'm concerned that, many times, universities might teach and offer lines of study for which there is no demand in the real world. Is it pretty difficult to find jobs in most career categories these days? I even saw on one website that it is hard for teachers to find jobs. That surprised me. How do you find out about or even begin to think about potentially great jobs that are lesser known, like a job in a waste treatment plant, for instance? Marsha
  11. Currently, we are living overseas. We might be traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina this summer. I would like to get an idea about the activities for homeschoolers while there. It's possible that we might move there in a couple of years. What are some good activities/groups, which are especially suitable for homeschoolers, that we can explore while there? I certainly would appreciate input! Thanks!!
  12. I'll let dd choose, but thought some of these books might be good.... Elijah Project (?) Black Horses for the King Bronte books Jane Austen books To Kill a Mockingbird
  13. Thanks Rebecca! I think you were answering my questions. Would WtoW also be suitable instead of the IEW (level C)? We've done some IEW already. By the way, does anyone have a link to a monster list of acronyms for homeschooling? I try to look at this website here: http://whythereyouare.com/homeschool/homeschool_abbreviations.htm#hsabbr but WWS doesn't show up on that list.
  14. I'm interested in the Excellence in Literature and will try to search past posts. It's interesting that Andrew Pudewa also contributes to this curriculum. I wonder how it differs from the IEW (level C), which he created? I was a bit concerned with EiL, though, that each subject/book seems to build upon itself so it's not easy to switch them around for different years, so one would almost seem to be forced to use World Lit for the senior year, for instance. I was hoping to do world history in 9th and it would be nice to have the literature match up.
  15. Thanks for your replies!! I might have more comments and questions later, but tuesdayschild I was glad that you compared Biblioplan maps with Knowledge Quest in your blog. I had thought Knowledge Quest to be about the best map geography curriculum that I've seen. It is pretty pricey though, from what I remember. That's interesting that you get the kids to participate in making their own schedules. I think, as long as I check behind dd and give her detailed instructions in how to do that, it might be a useful skill for her to learn. I had given a cursory glance to the history text (I think those are the Cool History pages), but by looking at the BP briefly, I'll admit, in comparison, I was a bit more smitten with Notgrass. I might try to look over the Cool History pages again and rethink. Love the picture of the baby chicks, by the way! :)
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