May 31, 2016 § Leave a comment
Early College at Weber State University is only done one way. I discovered this with much research. I know they have even a link on their Early College page for you to watch a video FOR HOMESCHOOLERS about early college, but this is the catch.
Your HOMESCHOOLER must (o.k., sorry, I have to tell you I am laughing out loud as I type now)—
Your homeschooler must take the early college or concurrent enrollment classes from a high school.
I don’t know–Maybe some of you really do not “get” it because you think that being enrolled in a high school is a normal part of homeschooling, but I just do not see it that way. In my opinion, that means you are dual enrolled (enrolled in high school and homeschool high school at the same time).
I am not a dual-enrolling homeschool mom. I do not want my kids in the public high schools at all, so this whole idea just makes me laugh so much!
O.k., but there is a way for your child to get an Associates Degree in General Studies from 9th to 11th grade at home and then attending 2 full time semesters at Weber State their senior year (12th grade). When they Weber State, they will not be in the “Early College” program nor in the “Concurrent Enrollment” program. They will be full-fledged, full-on college students. When they do the work (mostly) from home in 9th to 11th grades, they will be full-on, full-time homeschooling kids.
How is this? This is done by a few very time-consuming but money-saving steps:
1) Figure out by learning about your child and talking with your child, what his or her interests are. Figure out which degree program would work best for your child (I am talking Bachelor’s Degree). Don’t worry about the costs or your child’s age at this time. Don’t worry about admissions just now, either. Pretend your child is 18 and admitted, for now. Just figure out the degree thing right now. There are career interest tests online that are free. Google them.
2) Figure out what are the requirements your child will have to meet. I am referring to the “GENERALS” or general requirements. There are choices, such as which life science to take, but you will see in another step, I will narrow your choices a lot more. Sorry! It will save money (maybe $25,000 to 30,000 dollars). If you have tons of money, then, by all means, just don’t heed this post at all–Go with the CHOICES because you can afford to.
3) Search on weber.edu for the CLEP list and the DSST list. Print the lists. You need them. These are lists of $90 tests your child can take to gain 3 credit hours per test. Normally, 3 credit hours at Weber State would cost you and your child $500 or more per credit hour ($1500). I say $90 instrad of $80 because there is a test proctor fee. (I am guessing it is ballpark $10, but I really don’t know).
4) Figure out which requirements for Associates (and which will be able to help toward Bachelors, too) can be fulfilled by the CLEP and DSST tests.
5) This one will be very time-consuming. Figure out the whole Associates (every class) and the whole Bachelors. This will require asking your child about some preferences, reading the class descriptions to him or her. This, for me, took a lot of searching, researching, printing requirements and phone calls to Weber State. I copied and pasted class numbers, titles and descriptions, pasted them into a plain text file and edited them. If you did not know, I am a Graphic Designer, so then I used InDesign and made it look really spiffy. lol. I am sure you can make it look pretty good in Word if you are not a graphic designer. Don’t feel bad if not. You have important and awesome talents, too.
6) This step took repeat tries to work it until I felt it was at the pinnacle of perfection from my point of view. I had to get it to where it was realistic to the unschooling-ish lazy style we have around this house. What I mean by this is, I did not want to rush my daughter in studying for any of these tests.
I do not have it in front of me, but I believe that I wrote down that from June to September, my daughter will study these in preparation for the testing she will do either immediately or eventually. She will study:
- General Math mixed with Pre-Algebra
- watch the Chemistry 101 homeschooling DVD and do the work excercises for it
- watch and do the work for the “Cover Story” DVD series (English Language Arts)
- Study various illustrated and fun (made for kids aged 9-15) books about the Western Civilization I test time periods
- Study the CLEP Western Civilizations I Test Prep book
- Study the DSST Principles of Public Speaking test prep book (she has been taking a local speech and debate class)
Then she will, by September, hopefully have passed the sample tests and will them take the tests and get 6 college credits.
I have similar 4 month at a time study plans through 11th grade made and ready which will potentially give her 39 credit hours. The Chemistry, College Compostion with Essay and College Algebra tests are tests she will prepare for now and will not use until she is ready for those tests in time.
Her High School Chemistry class in homeschool will last a whole school year. At the end of the year, she will get college credit should she pass the test. Hope is not an evil but a good thing. This will be my way of getting her in the “Early College” program as a full-time homeschooled child. Granted the books, workbooks, textbooks and DVDs do cost money. Homeschooling IS still cheaper, though. I maintain that claim. (Read my post about that.) It is also cheaper to homeschool college near unto full Associates Degree. You can do it! I believe in you!
Anyway, check this out. BONUS! If your child graduates with his or her Associates Degree by the time he or she would have normally graduated from High School, your child qualifies for the New Century Scholarship. Google that. I promise it will make you smile! This will save you even more money if your child gets that scholarship. Not only that, but doing this will likely help your child qualify for even more scholarships on top of that one!
May 23, 2016 § Leave a comment
I have been having a battle in my mind. Sometimes, I work so hard to learn everything about getting my kids ready for college admittance and college degrees. Other times, I work so hard to get my kids the best learning opportunities I can get them to prepare them for life and career based upon their age, abilities and interests.
Tonight the battle continues in my mind. I am reading my highlight marks from the book, “Hacking Your Education,” by Dale J. Stephens, the man who started UnCollege.com (similar to Zero Tuition College by Blake Boles).
Here is a small piece from the beginning of the book that got me thinking just now:
“Why had I felt compelled to enroll in an Ivy League school? I had seen articles in Growing Without Schooling about unschoolers who had gone to Harvard. I thought I would do the same and that would show all the cynics. But is that what unschooling is about: finding a back door to traditional academic accolades?
“What Astra discovered that year at Brown is that unschooling is a lifelong commitment. It’s not something you do until you’re eighteen. It’s not a stepping-stone before college. It’s an ethos. She realized it was her duty to take the reins of her education.”
I don’t know. It seems that way. Once I started down this unschooling path with my kids and myself, it is hard to understand the “normal” way of doing things anymore. I cannot really explain it to others very well yet. I feel like I am a baby just learning to walk. All the same, something is so changed in me that I feel I cannot go back to depending on others to “motivate” me to do research, speak out, write, learn, experiment or do crazy projects. It just isn’t me anymore.
I don’t think it is me anymore to push my kids to depend on others for all that, either. I will let you know about my journey and thoughts as time goes by if you just follow the story.
Goodnight for now!
May 20, 2016 § 2 Comments
These are great web links. Please read many pages and follow many links. Just read and keep reading. I guarantee you will learn something you did not know before and more education is always better than less!
^^Please don’t only get the coloring pages. Also read much of the web site! I learned so much on this Mama Bear Effect Web Site!
Yes. Even College Students and adults fall for lures. Be careful out there as an adult. Educate your college kids. Help them not fall for this. Make sure they know that even if they are trained in combat, they can be put into a situation which would surely lead to death just by being lured into a trap.
May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment
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May 18, 2016 § 2 Comments
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May 14, 2016 § Leave a comment
Satan hates mothers. He is so angry with them. This is why an afront so big you cannot imagine it is going to aim itself straightaway at that target. Not only are women who sit kids on their knees and teach them, going to be attacked like never before, but women aging in care centers and retired women are going to be attacked with a vengeance. Not only those, but any woman who imagines herself pregnant by feeling her biological clock ticking, is the extreme of rotten in the eyes of Mr. Leader of the Body-Less. Bringing kids into this world? He hates that and wants to stop it!
Satan is sick to death with the lot of them.
He is also sick of women and girls being taught that being a woman or a girl MEANS SOMETHING SPECIAL!!! He is so angry about that! He wants EVERYONE EVERYWHERE to KNOW that a female is a nothing.
That is only one side of his anger, too. He wants EVERYONE EVERYWHERE to know that a MALE is a nothing, too. Fathers and husbands make him FURIOUS! BOYS who grow up wanting to date and marry make him SO MAD! Heads of families, leaders, PRIESTHOOD HOLDERS who learn to obey God? Full-Time Missionaries who bless the sick and the afflicted and baptize people? He is beyond finished with the lot of them!!!
Here it comes. These things will probably be happening next:
- A bigger attack on women OF ALL AGES not in careers which do not attack Satan (no teaching truth, bringing kids into the world or helping others do any of the above)
- A stronger pull on men and boys to disrespect girls and women
- A stronger assault on those who think gender means which sex one is, replaced with “gender identity”
- An attack on anyone who knows what is really going on politically and morally
- An attack on the 12 Apostles, the First Presidency and the Prophet of God like one never before in history
My advice is the following.
- Know that all of the above is Satan’s plan for this time because Jesus is coming soon.
- Know that this is not going to be easy because bad things will happen before He comes.
- Find out what those bad things are even though you don’t want to. Watch and notice.
- Put on the full armor of God (like, YESTERDAY already)!
- Listen to the Prophet of God.
- Pray like you mean business!
- Fight Satan like you’d give anything for Satan to Lose This Battle!
May 14, 2016 § Leave a comment
“GW: TPTB are ten years behind their schedule it seems. Agenda 21 was adopted in 1992 at the Earth Summit. What did that Windy Liberal say in 2012 Gideon? What Is Agenda 21? After Watching This, You May Not Want to Know”