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  1. Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick? (Note: I have not read them all, but my 13-year-old daughter read most of them last year and really enjoyed them. Seems like something your daughter might like if she was a fan of Baby-Sitter's Club! And there are several books in the series--I think 8 or 9--so it could keep her busy for a long while!)
  2. Hi! I'm working on my homeschool calendar for the upcoming year, trying to think of everything I want to get down. Both of my children (ages 13 and 10) have recently expressed interest in submitting their work to writing and/or art competitions this year. (Just something they want to take a stab at.) I am aware of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, so I've got that on my list, but if anyone knows of other competitions that homeschoolers are eligible to participate in, I would love to hear! (My hope is to identify the opportunities now, so I can track down the websites and put various due d
  3. These links are super helpful! Thank you for sharing them!! (And I always find the conversation interesting; don't mind tangents!) Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts. ❤️
  4. Hi all! (I just posted this in Julie Bogart's Homeschool Alliance forums, but I figured I'd post here, too. Would love to get a range of perspectives.) Like most everyone, I'm wrapping up this homeschool year and am in the midst of planning for next year. We've been homeschooling from the very beginning, so I typically love the planning stage! But now that my oldest is about to enter 8th grade, I'm feeling a bit thrown. I have a clear picture of what we will do for several subjects, but I'm getting stuck on things like science. Part of me feels like 8th grade is the last year we are trul
  5. This is so good to know; I did not consider this angle (credits/financial aid). Very helpful!!
  6. The DK First Dinosaur Encyclopedia is great! (Might be a little light for your 5th grader, but it would be perfect for 2nd grade and K!) My kids really loved all the DK "First" Encyclopedias.
  7. This is wonderful advice. Thank you. The info about DE grades following you around is a great point to keep in mind. (And I totally get what you mean about playing to your family's teaching strengths. So, so helpful!)
  8. So interesting! And yes! That was actually my experience at my own state flagship (years and years ago). Even though I scored great on my own AP English exam, all incoming freshman (and I think even some transfers) at the flagship HAD to take Intro to Academic Writing (the basic freshman English class). It was just the university's rule, across the board. (Not sure if it's still a rule in place today.) But I will say, it ended up being a great class (in that it taught me a lot), so I can see why huge universities make all their students take it. (It's impossible to get out of that class
  9. How wonderful! That is awesome and so, so encouraging to hear. (And so good to hear that you didn't feel she was hindered in any way.)
  10. Oh gosh, grade weighting! Haven't even begun to think about that sort of thing. Ugh. lol. Thank you for sharing your own situation; it's so helpful to hear others' strategies to start to make sense of everything.
  11. This makes perfect sense--thank you for sharing your experience!
  12. It is so refreshing to hear that your current 12th grader has done everything at home with you except for German. (Sometimes it feels like in order to homeschool high school well nowadays, you have to outsource everything and take a million online courses or college courses or AP courses or whatever. I'm not opposed to any of that--I will happily seek out whatever we decide is necessary when the time comes--but as of right now, I do envision doing a lot of our high school stuff just at home, so it's encouraging to hear it can actually be done!) And your point about the likelihood of chang
  13. Thank you for this; this seems like a good way to think about it. (That is: worrying about high school credit while in high school, and worrying about college credit later, while in college.) I'm in no particular rush to have my students enter college with a ton of credit banked away, but at the same time, with the cost of college being what it is...it's hard not to try to get the most bang for your buck through DE credit or whatever. But your approach seems sane...taking this under advisement!
  14. Oh, this is so good to know! I didn't know you could NOT report an AP score. (I figured it was like a college transcript and that you had to report it.)
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