I tried unsuccessfully to post this in the comments. So that is why it is posted here. This will be Yahya’s coursework over the next four years, insha Allah. Basically, all freshmen and sophmores take the same basic classes those 2 years with some differences in level, electives, and choice of world language. Yes, umm salam, it is much different than in the UK. Everytime I start to complain about tests, I just think about the system there and how it is all about teaching to the test. I think we have much more creative opportunity here within even the school coursework. The state legislature is even trying to reduce the amount of Standards of Learning tests the students are required to take now and replace them with alternative assessments. Not even the teachers like the tests. It stifles their creativity as well. I am playing close attention to the proposed legislation now that it effects my children.
Another plus to this program will be the fact that he will get more individual attention and academic help. This will be a huge benefit especially at such a large school. He is used to only 9 students in his classes!
He called us from the Model UN conference Saturday to find out if the letters had come yet. He seemed pretty happy to have been accepted somewhere as many students were rejected from other specialty programs. While he was at the conference, he earned an award for outstanding delegate from his committee which consisted of about 50 people. He attributed some of his team’s success to the training they received during the Future Problem Solving courses over the last several years, maashaa allah.
This conference also raised $11,000 for women’s learning centers in Afghanistan, maashaa allah. He thoroughly enjoyed the conference and hopes to continue on with Model UN in high school, insha Allah.
Umm salam, this was the first time I have seen borax used to make the flubber. We have always used glue and laundry starch. Maybe you can try another recipe.