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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Early College

Friday, I pulled Benjamin out of school, and we are back to homeschooling. In just a few short weeks, he will be off to college. Yes, that's right, COLLEGE!

We went round and round on what to do, but in the end, we decided that the best thing for Benjamin right now was to just come home and finish school.

You see, with the move and all, the schooling was quite a bit different than when we lived in Louisiana. 
Basically, Ben was just wasting time in school here in Kentucky. Also, since the school here is on trimesters, rather than semesters, he would not finish the trimester before he left for college. So, here we are. We have learned through Ashley's experience for starting college early, that you really don't a degree per se, but the right classes and grades. Ben recently too a placement test and did very well, and that is by BYU Idaho accepted him early.

This is actually from BYU in Provo, Utah. Ben will be attending BYU Idaho.
In addition to all his subjects, which include 12th grade American Literature, Consumer Math, writing a research paper on Australia (he was told to pick any country to do a paper on), attending early morning Seminary, going to the YMCA, writing in his journal and reading his scriptures, we are also getting him ready to leave in January. 

There are so many things he needs to do to get ready. Most kids have the whole summer to prepare, we just have a couple of months. Since we have been in Louisiana and enjoyed the warm climate there the last several years, Ben has very few warm clothes. So, shopping will be on our "to do list". Something else he needs to do, is think about what kind of foods he will be eating. You see, he will be in the dorms. All he will have is a small fridge and microwave which he will share with one other boy. 

Benjamin can't eat out all the time, or he will be much bigger when he returns home, and the bank account much smaller. So, I am having him make a list of all the breakfast and lunch foods he likes that are cheap, easy, and nutritious. I remember when I was in Idaho going to school, I ate A LOT of oatmeal. Maybe that is why I really don't like it that much. But, being from Florida a nice warm bowl of oatmeal warmed my bones quite well. I might have to get him a small toaster, because I know he likes bagels and cream cheese. 

So, what kinds of foods do you think would be good? The things we have come up with are oatmeal, toast, bagels/cream cheese for breakfast, and for lunch, salads, soups and sandwiches, and flour tortillas with beans and cheese. I'm sure there are some of you that have not only been in this boat before, but are very creative, and I'd like to hear from you.

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