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    #5285 - 12/05/07 03:35 AM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: questions]
    Grinity Offline
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    Registered: 12/13/05
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    Loc: Connecticut
    Originally Posted By: questions
    (And we spent two or three years in Trinity's "f" - wish I could take it all back. As he said the other day, "I can't believe I wasted my childhood in a school I hated." - And those are the types of comments I used to get in trouble for at school. They'd say "no 3/4/5/6 yr. old child speaks like that. You've got to stop poisoning his attitude about school. Tell him it's fun."!!!!) (and no, I did not get the reference. Even after I googled it, I did not recognize "Q". Now, if you were alluding to Q in James Bond movies, I'd know. Used to love all those gadgets as a kid.)


    Oh my!
    You should have seen the tantrum DS had when he finally learned to ride a 2 wheeled bike! Totally melt down, and "I've wasted so many years by not learning sooner. The fun I could have been having."

    It is odd to be hearing that out of a child's mouth. But these children ARE like this and deserve respect. I just have to roll my eyes at the "Tell him it's Fun" part, and I've been there many, many, many times. Sad to say. It is really beyond my understanding.

    ((shrug))
    Trinity
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    #5298 - 12/05/07 12:21 PM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: Grinity]
    Lorel Offline
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    Registered: 08/22/07
    Posts: 970
    Loc: New England
    Kriston-

    Please tell me more about your novel writing! We're big mythology buffs here, and though Greek is a favorite source of mythos, we do enjoy Norse tales as well.

    See my thread on mythology too!

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    #5311 - 12/05/07 05:08 PM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: Lorel]
    Kriston Offline
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    Registered: 09/19/07
    Posts: 6145
    Loc: Midwest
    I just posted there! DS6 loves mythology!

    Thanks for your interest in the book. I wasn't advertising or anything. It's not done yet, so I have nothing to sell. wink But I do have a draft that I'm revising whenever life and home schooling don't get in the way. (Which means not very often this year!)

    It's an historical novel from the POV of Eirik the Red's wife, Thjodhild (or the best I can spell that without Norse symbols...). I got interested in her, but found that while we have loads of more-or-less historically accurate tales about her family--DH, DSs, even a DD!--we know almost nothing about her. Just her parentage, her birthplace...and that she refused to sleep with her DH until he converted to Christianity...so he built her a church!

    When I heard that story, I had to find out more. What an amazing woman, right?

    When my research turned up no historical info or further sagas including her, I looked for fiction about her. I didn't even find any of that, though many people have written about her daughter-in-law. I realized that if I wanted to know more about her, I was going to have to be the one to write the book.

    So here I am, the last person I'd have expected to write a book--writing a book! A series, in fact, spanning 3 generations and three lands! (Maybe 4, if I do a prequel about Eirik in Norway before he left for Iceland...) I'm hoping to publish, but I really feel like even if no one publishes it, I've got to keep writing. I finally found my passion. Now if only I had time to pursue it!

    Editing is much less fun than writing. That's part of my problem!

    Anyway, thanks for your interest. It's nice to get to talk about a true love. smile
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    #5340 - 12/06/07 06:55 AM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: Kriston]
    Lorel Offline
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    Kriston-

    That sounds like something I'd enjoy reading. I love historical fiction. I really enjoyed Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders, for instance. I just finished a thomas Hardy novel this morning, though I think he wrote about his own time period?

    It is interesting that we hear so little about women of the Viking culture. I've wondered about the lack of data myself. Were the women really so insignificant?

    Good luck with the writing and editing, and I hope you do find a good publisher.




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    #5349 - 12/06/07 07:55 AM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: Lorel]
    Kriston Offline
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    Loc: Midwest
    Actually, the Norse were pretty darn progressive in the areas of women's rights. That's one of the reasons this topic/character appealed so strongly to me. The Icelandic Norse in particular were really ahead of their time in a surprising number of ways given the way most people think of them these days.

    Women could divorce their not-so-DHs for a fairly extensive list of reasons (including abuse). Women could own and/or inherit property. Women were completely in charge of the farms when the men went abroad for pillaging, war, exploration, or banishment (the typical way to deal with crimes and feuds), and were mostly in charge of the farms when they were aroud. The women were the "keyholders" for the household, which meant they were in charge of the resources for the farms. In a time when there was a deadly famine every 20 years, preserving and then doling out the food was perhaps the most important job there was!

    I could go on and on, so I'll stop. I always warn people not to ask me about my book unless they really want to know because I'll tell them! But Norse history is absolutely fascinating. Surprisingly modern in many ways, but with a twist of violence and desperation, too. Hopefully it will make for a good read!

    From my fingers to some willing publisher's ears... smile
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    #6722 - 01/04/08 12:56 AM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: bianc850a]
    SpongeBob'sMom Offline
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    Registered: 01/03/08
    Posts: 5
    Loc: Long Beach, CA
    Hi Bianca,

    I am in the process of applying to Mirman but am in desperate need of a parent's viewpoint. What do you NOT like about Mirman and what made you choose it over schools? Also, what other schools did you look at? Any input would be greatly appreciated. As it is now, I have spent more time on this than choosing a grad school ( not sure whether to laugh or cry)

    Christine


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    #6731 - 01/04/08 09:50 AM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: SpongeBob'sMom]
    bianc850a Offline
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    Registered: 12/02/07
    Posts: 312
    Loc: California
    Hi Christine,

    This is my daughter's second year at Mirman. She is absolutely happy there. We tried the public schools for K and it lasted approximately one week and then she refused to go. When I picked up my DD from Mirman on her first day there, I swear she was almost flying with happiness. She truly has found a place where she is valued and she belongs.

    We also applied to SEEDS UES (The UCLA elementary school) and PEGASUS (Newport Beach). Academically, I don't believe UES would have been able to meet my dd needs. I have a friend who has a daughter at PEGASUS and she also loves it.

    I really cannot say anything bad about Mirman as it has been a great match for us. The school is very small (which my dd loves), their art, music, drama and science departments are great.

    All that said, Mirman is highly structured and academically rigorous. A lot is expected from the children, but the teachers are great at giving them the tools they need. The room one teachers are specially great. The pace is faster and the material shown in more depth than it would be in a regular classroom. One of my favorite things is that room one kids are paired with a room four child (buddy system). The room four children come to the room one children's classroom once a week and read to them or show them how to make things, answer questions and just plain become a "buddy" to the younger children. The upper school kids have a similar program with the room four children.

    My daughter knows she is HG, but the great thing about attending Mirman is that she doesn't have to hide it or apologize for it. She is free to be herself. She is challenged by both the teachers and her peers. It is amazing to me that with all those HG children around the level of competiveness amongst the students is actually really low. The kids cheer each other up and are very loving and caring towards each other. Last year when my dd was in room one, I was picking her up from one of her after school classes and found her playing ball in the play yard with a child who was in 4th grade and one that was in upper school (7th grade). All three of them were just three kids having fun. The age difference didn't seem to bother any of them.

    The only complaint I had so far was with my dd math work. My daughter is EG in math. Since room one, she has been going up one grade in math. However, even there she wasn't being challenged. The school wasn't very receptive about moving her up another grade. However, after a few meetings they have agreed to an IEP for her in math and the upper school math teacher is helping her with more challenging work.

    There is another family that started Mirman this year from Long Beach. It is a long drive!!

    Good luck with your application. I know what you mean about how difficult it is to choose the right school. I am just happy I don't have to worry about it until high school!!!

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    #6734 - 01/04/08 01:06 PM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: bianc850a]
    bianc850a Offline
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    Registered: 12/02/07
    Posts: 312
    Loc: California
    Has anyone received their decision letter from YSP? Just curious if they have processed Dec. applications yet.

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    #6736 - 01/04/08 01:53 PM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: Dottie]
    questions Offline
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    Registered: 11/24/07
    Posts: 864
    Nope. Last group heard around the first week of December, so assuming at least a week delay for the DITD vacation over the holidays, I figure nothing until at least the week after next. Good luck!

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    #6744 - 01/04/08 11:33 PM Re: Young Scholars Program [Re: questions]
    bianc850a Offline
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    Registered: 12/02/07
    Posts: 312
    Loc: California
    I have enjoyed the wait long enough Dottie....We are ready for the decision.

    We actually applied in Nov and received a letter in Dec. asking us to test dd on the WISC-IV. We sent the test results and re-applied for Dec.


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