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  1. Result: 33/50 MCs correct! DD15 asked me to review that test *before* she takes the FRQs so that she can have a better chance of knowing what to do on the MCs. That's ownership! (FWIW, DS15 got 41/50 MCs correct on this test, but he says he bombed the FRQs (which I haven't yet scored).) To put this into perspective, here are her previous scores on the partial MC practice tests she has taken: Date: Score 3/26: 9/20 3/19: 9/20 3/12: 10/20 3/6: 5/19 2/26: 4/19 2/19: 4/19 Notice that those first three tests had five answers for each questio
  2. Woohoo! DD15 is taking a FULL practice test today and she ran out of time on the MC section! That's a VERY good sign because instead of throwing up her hands on many (most) of the problems because she has no idea how to approach them, she actually feels that she has something she can work out. Can you say "Owning It!"?
  3. Probably not at this point. The text is over 1000 pages and we need to focus on test prep. But I DO make her look up and read in the text whenever she is missing some knowledge. Then I ask her to see if she can then answer the question. She does try, but it has been difficult. We end up having a conversation about the topic and trying to attain some level of understanding. That's kinda my thought that prompted this thread. I'm hopeful that DD15 is benefiting from this "experience." But you coulda knocked me over with a feather yesterday when I got the impression she was having f
  4. Yes, DD15 likes that, too. The thing is that I did this course with DS18 last year, so I'm farther along. But I still don't know the material well enough to answer all the questions, so there are still a few questions where we "struggle together". Absolutely! The thing is that I've never done review together with DS15: we always review separately. And we've done this since we started test prep in February. What I think changed things is that DD15 had been under the impression that she could just fail this test and be done with it. Once she found out she would repeat, she realize
  5. We stopped using debit cards once we learned the hard way that when someone steals your debit card, they are stealing YOUR money and you are out that money until you can get the card company to reimburse. With a credit card, they are stealing from the card company directly, so you are not out when the card is stolen. Some cards like American Express allow you to put a different limit on different cards. That allows you to limit expenditures by children. But for around town, we can just give the children the electric car, which is refueled at home. That solves the problem!
  6. I just noticed that my old signature has now appeared!
  7. That's exactly how I feel. Specifically, I believe the insurance company would be completely absolved of any liability leaving the parents entirely exposed to lawsuits in the case of an accident. As MIL says: "They could lose their house if anything happened."
  8. Yes. They are good friends and MIL has spoken with both the boy and his parents about this. He is old enough to have a learner's permit but not old enough to have a driver's license.
  9. Good question! Frankly, tackling new challenges is one of my strengths, but I'm not sure it's a heritable trait! ;) I've been learning chemistry along with the children and I will synthesize relationships from what we've been learning. I find that DS15 and DS18 (who took AP Chem last year) are VERY uncomfortable with this approach. I ask them how they think new things get invented if people can only learn things by seeing what others do. To me, this is how to REALLY learn something: try to figure out something that is not given and then see if it is correct. If you never do that, you en
  10. MIL is visiting with us this week. Over the years, she has relayed some stories about her neighbors who are extremely permissive with their children. The latest story was a bit of a shock to me. Apparently, their son comes home from school each day, hops in the family's Jeep and drives off to see his friends. The issue is that this boy does not have a driver's license. He only has a learner's permit. For reference, this is in the state of Maryland. This boy is driving in the vicinity of Quill's house. ;) That raises a host of questions in my mind: What happens if this
  11. I noticed a few more things while posting: A carriage return creates a paragraph break. I like this when writing paragraphs. When making a list, I need to use this list thing I am using now, which seems to work, too. NO POST PREVIEW!! On a forum that moves as fast as this one does, post preview is very important. The quoting system is at least as clunky as the old one was, if not moreso. There is an annoying box which reads "Enter your text; hold ctrl and right click for more options" that has the annoying tendency to appear directly over the text I am trying to
  12. Thanks, HeighHo! That is very helpful! I find that we are doing this with the AP Chem practice test reviews, but we are doing it in a tutoring session. I call it "struggling with" the problem (or concept). The idea behind that term is that it is NOT passive. (I find myself saying "passive" and "passively" a lot these days!) Perhaps by doing this together with her (and DS15) they will see how I approach things. DS15 is very active when he reads his chemistry while DD15 is very passive.
  13. Simply put, the PSAT scores are used to allocate significant amounts of scholarship money and the ACT and SAT are used as one measure of a student's readiness for college for admissions purposes. (The ACT and SAT are also used for scholarship purposes, but to a lesser degree than the PSAT at most schools.) I think it is both. The problems on these tests can be quite tricky, so a very good student should not expect to ace them without doing real test preparation. You can be as cynical about it as you like, but your students will be competing against other students for scholars
  14. That sounds like DD15... ...and that sounds like DS15. Yeah, her definition of "studying" is something I am working to help her see is sorely lacking. Her reading "skills" are quite good: she got a 710 on the R&W section of the PSAT in October. Her reading "habits" are the problem. For instance, last week's practice test had a question which included a drawing and description of an experimental setup and a question related to that experiment. DD15 had NO IDEA what was going on with the problem, but DS15 recognized the drawing to be virtually identical to one in the
  15. Our children pay for their own insurance. What we have done with the older ones is we provided them with a cheap first car that they own outright. That way, when they needed a license in order to get to a job, they can get insurance on their OWN policy for their own vehicle. The benefit of this approach is that it is actually cheaper than having them be insured to drive our cars. When DS28 first got his license at age 20, he was paying about $600/year for his insurance. When DD25 first got her license at age 19, she was paying about $450/year for insurance. (When she was 22, she
  16. They're not good. She's a lot like me that way: If she's not interested in it, you're hard-pressed to get her to do the work. Instead, she'll do ANYTHING else. (And it certainly doesn't help that her older brother has done his best to convince her that she should pursue whatever she wants and not pay attention to us.) My approach, right or wrong, is to make her responsible for her own actions. If she doesn't learn to own the consequences for her actions then she will find life is going to be very difficult. And I think she is finally owning this, but a bit (a BIG bit) late. The pro
  17. Thanks, but that's not what I saw on MomsintheGarden's computer. That was a different interface which was more tuned for mobile usage.
  18. Yeah, when I read the thread title I kinda thought it was a joke. IME, if they are quiet, they are likely NOT doing school. That usually means they have left the building.
  19. After I got my account working, I decided to get on MomsintheGarden's laptop to see if I could get hers working. She hadn't told me that she woke up at midnight last night to get things working. Anyway, what I see is that even though we have identical laptops, the forum looks like normal Windows format on my computer but it looks like it is a mobile format on MomsintheGarden's laptop. I'm wondering if it is like that on her computer because she logged on using her iPad last night. That would be pretty "clunky" if the forum software decides which persona to use based on what device you
  20. I've been transitioning into the role of the main home-school educator over the past few years. My main focus has been on the technical AP exam courses and test prep. This year is no different with the twins taking AP Chemistry. It has not gone well. Neither of them kept up with their work, but even though they both claimed to have gotten through the same *minuscule* portion of the text, it is clear that while DS15 was reading for understanding, DD15 was reading...because it was on the plan I created. Instead of talking about chemistry and such, let's talk about working through this w
  21. My MIL is upstairs roasting a couple of chickens. Woohoo!!
  22. Thanks to OP for helping me get logged on! :) Now off to steal usernames of those who haven't gotten in, yet... (Insert the "driving the car away" emoticon here)
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