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  1. I used DIVE ICP with Physical Sciences: Concepts in Action for both kids. DD liked it; ds didn't. DD went on to use DIVE Biology w/ Miller Levine Biology and DIVE Chemistry with BJU Chem. Look at the sample videos of DIVE. They are very representative. If your children think they are deathly boring, they will think the same of the full program (ds did). If they like the samples, they will probably like the whole thing. The program offers a solid on-level science curriculum. It is not AP. It is not AP if you add the extra DVD. As long as you're looking for solid high school science, DIVE could be a good fit. It is quite Christian. We usually paired with secular texts, but if you aren't ok with a heavy handed Christian program, you should beware.
  2. My dd's BSN program only requires College Algebra and Statistics. The other programs we looked at were similar. MUS through Pre-Calc would be very adequate prep for that. We used MUS, but switched at Algebra for different reasons for each kid. If it continues to work for you, I'd continue to use it.
  3. I always miss structure when I don't have it as well, however, this summer I couldn't be happier for some down time. This past semester (taking 4 graduate classes and teaching 2 undergrad classes) was way more than I really want to do. I was exhausted and burned out. This summer I'm tutoring (, working on a degree paper, and hanging out with my kids and husband whenever they are available. I kayak and bike at least once a week each, sometimes more. I've caught up with various appointments: dentist, vet, etc. I'm reading just because I want to and I'm in a book club with some other grad students. It is such a relief. I have always been ready to go back to school every fall and I will be again. The structure is so good for me. I get more done, I enjoy what I'm doing. I totally get needing and missing it, but this summer, I'm healing from stress and overload and that's pretty great too.
  4. My ASD kiddo went to school just 45 minutes from home. I'm really glad he was close. There were times he needed to have a weekend here to decompress or destress. I was able to pull him out of spirals where he wasn't eating or sleeping well. No one at school ever knew he was ASD.
  5. Wow! I still have 2 weeks to go before I finish the spring semester. I'm not taking classes this summer, although I am working on a degree paper and have a schedule to keep with my readers. I don't go back to class until August and I'm looking forward to not having to commute and be on campus every day for awhile!
  6. One of mine has a Zero Water and the other has a Brita. They both help with the chemical taste of the water in the towns where their schools are. If the issues are one of safety, that would be different. We were only trying to improve taste.
  7. I have a dd who is a junior in a BSN program. Her fiancé graduated from the same program in December. He is planning to go on for his NP as soon as dd finishes her BSN. I also have a friend who just finished her NP and is now working as an NP, although she hasn't found a position she really likes yet. Unlike others who have posted, dd did not consider any direct placement programs. First, the programs in this region are almost all admissions after the first 2 or 3 semesters and her goal was to stay within a 4 hour drive, and second dd didn't have great ACT scores, so her chances of being admitted were better when they were based on her college coursework and grades anyway. The program has a very high NCLEX pass rate and a 100% job placement rate and she has been happy there. Her school and many others offer 2 cohorts per year, so the wait to reapply is only one semester if they don't get in and the truth is, those who don't do well enough to get admitted aren't likely to be able to make it through the program anyway. I will admit, waiting to get the admission notification was a nail-biter! My best advice is not to overpay for the degree. Choose a reasonably priced school that has great NCLEX pass rates, good labs, and good clinical opportunities. For example, Dd is in her 3rd semester and now spends 2, 12 hour days per week at the hospital. She gets to do all of the procedures she is approved for (like IVs, catheters, and I have no idea what else). This semester one of her rotations is LD/NICU and she has been present for the births of several babies and in the OR for one c-section. She spent one very long day feeding babies in the NICU, one after another. Her pediatric rotation last semester was her favorite so far. There should be a lot of hands on experience (not just watching) and rotations in a variety of specialties.
  8. April is rough here too. I finished a first draft of a 19 page paper today. I just turned in another 12 page paper that is due tomorrow. I have another 10-12 page draft due next week (unstated) and another 15 page paper after that. I'm also taking "Teaching Writing Online" and I have to design a course module which will take at least as long as any of the papers. Additionally, I have one more presentation to give (15 min) and a Final that requires the memorization of something like 150 terms. Oh, and my standard 800 word blog post and 3 discussion board posts for my online class - 3 more sets of those. Then there are the classes I teach. My students will turn in their longest paper (8-10 pages) Friday, so I'll have 42 of those to grade. Then they have one more paper after that, but it's only 2-4 pages. They turn in portfolios on the day of the final with revisions of 4 papers (including the long one) in them and I have to grade those. I'll also spend a day grading portfolios for all the basic writing courses - those are graded P/F by a group of 18 grad students (me included) and I understand it takes less than a full day. Deep breath. Back to work.
  9. Can I just say that no two educations are the same. Stop comparing. What you do homeschooling high school will be better in some ways than what they could get anywhere else, and in other ways it won't measure up. It will be different and different is ok. Take it one step at a time, do your best, and be prepared to live with that. It will be ok. From the mom of two college kids who both homeschooled high school, each quite differently even than their sibling, it will be ok and if you care enough to be this worried, you will do just fine.
  10. Also, if you need one and the teacher is no longer available be sure to ask the department office. I have to turn mine into the department at the beginning of each semester. I don't know how long they keep them, but I'm sure it is years (they store them electronically, so it isn't a big space issue).
  11. Neither of my kids took notes in high school classes until they started dual enrollment. We did a little note taking on textbooks, but not much. I don't think it has hurt either one of them at all. It sounds like she is already getting some note taking experiences. I would continue to look for a few of those here and there, but I wouldn't make it your focus. If she can do it for some things, she'll be able to do it when she needs to.
  12. This is shocking to me! In our search we didn't see any clinicals like this. Dd's program is 5 semesters. The first semester is lab only. The second semester had one, 12 hr clinical day/week. She already did things like IVs and catheters in that semesters. Third semester she has two, 12 hr clinical days/week. I think it stays at 2 days/week the last two semesters as well, but I'm not sure. Definitely make sure the program has clinicals that have your future nurse prepared!
  13. I'm a TA working on my master's. I teach two classes per semester in exchange for a full tuition waiver plus a stipend. For those who want to teach at the college level, it is a great opportunity to get a free education plus graduate with experience. Adding teaching to a full time load of classes is a lot of work and the pay is relatively low, so there are down sides as well. i love it and have no regrets!
  14. This is me too. I don't know why I still have it. My daughter is 4 inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than I was when I got married. She wouldn't want my dress even if she could wear it. I loved it though, so I still have it - silly.
  15. In the US most schools just call the terms fall and spring. Fall term starts in the fall and ends in the winter. Spring term starts in the winter and ends in the spring. I'm not sure how they got named - it certainly isn't consistent, but there you have it.
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