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  1. Good evening, All! I wish all of you who are thick in the college application all of the best. I will be following your discussions and posts in an effort to learn from your experiences. I would like to invite any of you who have the time (likely those of you who are not sending a child to college next year, but who have done so in the past) to pop in here and leave any tips you may have for us. What can we be doing NOW that will help the application process in the future? What do we need to be keeping track of? What types of activities/experiences were the most powerful for your child's profile? What do you know now that you wish you had known at the beginning of 9th grade/high school? I'm sure there are many of us who would be grateful for any wisdom that you are willing to take the time to share. I confess that I have not searched for this info on this board yet, so I apologize if I'm asking a question that you guys have already answered. I'm good with links to those discussions as well. Have a great evening. Thanks in advance. ((Realizing as I post this that I haven't updated my signature in a long time....hmmmm, wonder what is out of date. Off to update.))
  2. Susan (or someone in the know), What are those of us who want to continue to homeschool without public intervention or public scorn supposed to do? What are those of us who want to continue to get our kids into secular colleges supposed to do? Should we give "them" the word home schooling and just come up with another word for what we do? FYI: I vote YES! I've never really liked that word anyway; it has almost nothing to do with what I'm trying to do. I'm an academic tutor, course organizer, and guidance counselor. I don't do school at home. Education for me is not so much a list of things I DON'T want my kids exposed to. For us we do this "thing" because there is a list of things I DO want my kids exposed to. You are determined to be sure your kids can write. I am determined that mine will be able to do math. And I want them to be familiar with the great books so they will pick them up and read them as adults. Should we just give "them" the word homeschooling and go find our own ball to play with? Note: this whole thing has me terribly discouraged. Last week, I posted in earnest hoping this whole thing would die down. No such luck! I have been going to conventions for nearly ten years. I have been listening to these folks talk about "educating our kids" to make a difference for ten years. Now I find out they don't even have the reading skills to read a simple book review. huh? There's no education going on. There's a bunch of gum-flapping going on. My kids can read that book review and correctly interpret its tone, audience, and intention. This is a basic high school assignment if you are "training a child to make a difference in his generation." Really! (Am I the only one who has been DOING the work? Because I've learned how to read in the last ten years!) It is completely embarrassing to be lumped under the same heading with folks like this: "Homeschooling." If you can't READ that review, then you haven't been doing the same job I've been doing for the past ten years. Mr. Ham needs to get to stepping and learn a bit about this demographic. We've been doing the work. We've been educating our kids, and we've learned a thing or two while doing it! It's a book review, for Pete's sake. It's not hard. Mr. Ham, I suggest you take a high school English course and learn how to READ. I really can't believe that he thinks we're dumb enough not to see what's going on. To post an endorsement for a history curriculum that AIG sells on the same page as a personal attack? We are not that naive, sir. We've been doing the work. We've been educating. (Psst. We analyze primary source documents to determine the author's motive. Really. We do such things! Sometimes it takes a bit of research. Never is it this obvious.) I can't believe it. I'm really starting to feel sorry for Mr. Ham. Who does he think he's dealing with? We've been doing the work. We've been self-educating and educating our kids for years. Mr. Ham, if you are looking for a group of simple folks that will take everything you say and say it back to you, I would suggest that you have chosen the wrong sub-culture. Homeschoolers are more difficult to herd than cats. The educated cats? Good Luck! (Psst. You're going to have to work much harder if we are going to be anything other than embarrased by your attempt!) Anyway. I vote that we give them the word "Homeschooling." Can we make up a different word? Janice Enjoy your little people Enjoy your journey P.S. (Added 4/6) I thought I would post a quick note here. I appreciate all of your comments. You made me feel better. Really! Thanks! (LOVE the part about chicken little. Love it!) I had a lengthy discussion with the love of my life this morning as well. I just want the whole world to know that I am married to the most wonderful man in the whole world! Just wanted to say that..... Now I'm off to work on number theory with my little guy. I'm looking forward to a peaceful afternoon.
  3. I'm starting Tapestry of Grace Year 1 next year with my will be 1st grader and I'd love to hear from those of you who have used or currently use this curriculum. Share your best tips for how you make TOG work for you! So many people mention the "TOG Fog". Did you get this and if so, how did you get out of it and work through the issues you had in the beginning? Another thing I've heard is how overwhelming TOG can be because of the huge variety of choices offered. I'd love to hear how you narrow down and decide which resources to use and which to leave on the table. Do you have a thought process you go through or a formula behind your choices? I'm all ears ladies! :bigear:
  4. Is it just me, or do you sometimes wonder if science is "dumbed down" for all of us homeschool parents who have trouble understanding it? I think homeschoolers have a reputation for being really bright in the English/literature area but severely lacking in the sciences. I bought RS4K Chemistry this year thinking it would be a great program. My husband took one look at the book and said, "I could teach this whole book to ds in about a week." Granted, I was only expecting it to last 1/2 a semester, but boy that was an expensive program to be so "meatless"!! Has anyone found a science program for the middle grade that you feel is competitve with what the public schools are using?
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