HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

This week on HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard.

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

Join us for a fun interview with homeschooler, Jake Johnson, and his mom, Suzanne, Sabrina and Kym (who have been Jake’s teachers at the local homeschool group classes).

Jake gives brief explanations for:

  • Swim ranking in high school
  • His recruiting adventure
  • His experience choosing Harvard (and Harvard choosing him)

His mom tells their homeschooling stories:

  • Their choice to homeschool highschool after some years in a private school and why
  • The ways homeschooling gave Jake more time to train in his swimming “career”

How did they recognize the gift and that they needed to invest in it:

  • Early love of swimming (even at age 3, Jake loved swimming)
  • Early showing of potential/naturalness/speed at swimming
  • Developing passion and work ethic from early childhood through high school
  • Recognition on national leader boards
  • Continuous love of the swim-meet and networking process (peer swimmers and coaches nationwide)

Why homeschooling gave Jake time to develop his swimming skills:

  • It gave him flexibility to travel
  • It gave him better time to balance academics and 6-9 practices/week
  • It helped him develop time management skills
  • It helped him develop communication skills as he worked with homeschool group classes’ teachers when he needed to be absent
  • It helped him develop self-management (knowing when to give his phone to teachers, so he didn’t
  • It helped him manage priorities (balancing academics/swim/friends/church)
  • It helped him learn to “tough through stuff” when necessary

Jake and his mom’s tips for NCAA swim athletes:

  • Travel to national and junior national competitions through high school
  • Work to be on national leader boards
  • Keep feeding the passion
  • Keep having fun
  • Make sure all courses are Level 3 (College Prep) and up
  • Set up a portal at NCAA eligibility center
  • Make sure all courses are NCAA approved
  • Learn how the recruiting process works, talk to NCAA and to coaches BEFORE high school
  • Keep up with NCAA communication promptly
  • Do research on the schools that are watching your athlete
  • Visit interested colleges, at least by sophomore year

Need info about levels? Read these posts on how to handle levels for your homeschoolers.

Homeschool High School Transcripts: Recording Course Levels

Watch this interview with Jake on Swimming World

Join Sabrina, Kym, Jake and Suzanne for a helpful chat!

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College

This week on HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College.

HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College

HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College

These days many homeschool graduates (and traditionally-schooled high school graduates) choose to attend community colleges. Join us for an interview Seth Tillman, a community college graduate (and now attending University of Delaware as a Music Education major- and editor of this podcast).

Choosing community college is a great idea! Why?

  • You can come ahead financially (community colleges are SO much cheaper than universities)
  • You have more time to clarify majors (many times teens need an extra year or two to clarify their majors)
  • You attend smaller classes (as opposed to 200-student classes at some universities)
  • You earn general education course credits that transfer to many universities
  • You can stay local (saving money and time)
  • You can take community college opportunities to build your resume
  • You can build excellent networking connections

Cautionary note: look at transfer college’s requirements, not all courses transfer. Each university or transfer college will accept different courses. Check that college’s *transfer matrix*.  Sometimes community colleges will tell you lots of courses transfer, but they are not always accurate.

Note from Seth: Even if it is not quite on the transfer matrix, you might be able to appeal. (The advisor to the transfer college major department will handle this with you.) So, be sure to keep your course syllabi.


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Make the most of those community college years. If you are at a local college, it might as well be awesome! Here are tips from Seth:

 

  • Get involved
  • Don’t just go to class, sit in the back and be silent.
  • Go to class every time
  • Arrive early
  • Sit near the front
  • Participate in class
  • Find activities in your department and campus

Study skills tips from Seth:

  • Do it
  • Readings
  • Homework
  • Follow the
    • course syllabus (in many colleges: Academic Honesty Policies, grading policy of the course, texts, explanations of projects)
    • course schedule (readings, homework, exams schedules)
  • Study for exams
  • Stay off the cell phone in class
  • Get enough sleep
  • Explore ways to study and land on one way to study that works for you

TOP TIP from Seth:

  • Say “yes” to opportunities (especially from faculty)! The more *yeses* you say, the more opportunities will come.
  • Saying *yes* builds your resume and creates great networks (and referrals).
  • Get involved in work study.

Managing money is a big issue for college students. Seth was well-prepared in high school for handing his own finances.

Seth’s parting advice:

Don’t let anyone make fun of you going to college. Sometimes he gets a little razzing for his years at community college but he’s not phased. “They are just insecure and have their own problems.”

Here’s a clip of a performance from Seth’s time at Cecil College in Rising Sun, MD. (Seth on guitar.) Clip courtesy of Cecil College.

 

Join Vicki and Seth for a discussion of making the most of community college. In the meantime, enjoy these posts.

Interactive Financial Literacy Course: Why it is Awesome & How to Use it

Pros and Cons of Doing the First 2 Years at Community College

3 Top Priorities for Success in College

HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

Why use digital learning with your homeschool highschoolers?

  • It’s cool!
  • It’s available!

We can use digital resources because these days, in homeschool high school, parents are not teachers as much as they are resource managers. We gather the best resources we can get and make them available to our teens, so that they can learn. We provide:

  • Safety net if they need help
  • Check ins
  • Accountability
  • Usually, grading and credit-assignment

Digital Textbooks (like 7SistersHomeschool.com’s curriculum)

7Sisters provides curriculum in:

All of 7Sisters’ curriculum:

  • Is editable (btw- if you have an old uneditable version of a 7Sisters textbook and would like to update to editable, contact us at info@7SistersHomeschool.com for a FREE update)
  • Is readable on tablets or laptops, desktops OR
  • Can be printed out
  • Can be saved on the various devices if you have several teens using it and mom can grade on her device

We also have our very popular, truly interactive courses like 7Sisters’ Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective, that includes google research and online simulations, creating their own budgets and financial planning,

Online classes (we are not affiliates for any of these, btw). Live or recorded. Here are a few:

Need help grading? There are resources like:

  • Grammarly.com
  • or hire tutors if you don’t feel competent

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These are awesome courses from universities like MIT, UC Berkeley and more.

Teens don’t usually get course credit, so they should log hours. Some will grade and score if you pay a little. Here are a couple of them the providers:

  • EdX
  • Coursera

Through companies like Audible:

  • Great Courses (Teaching Company) (Be sure to log hours to earn the credit)

Dual Credit online from local college

Be sure your homeschool highschoolers are ready to do college-level work (at a college pace) because their grade stays with them through the rest of their college years.

  • Some courses transfer and some don’t. Ask the college that your teens will be transferring to. Remember: Ask questions!

Join Sabrina and Vicki for a fun chat about digital learning. In the meantime, check out these posts:

Interactive Financial Literacy Course: Why it is Awesome & How to Use it

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 80: Highschool Math for Math-Impaired Moms

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor, Like Arrows!

FamilyLife’s first feature film LIKE ARROWS, explores the joys and heartaches of parenting with a story that spans over 50 years. Join us in theaters across America for a special 2 night showing of LIKE ARROWS followed by exclusive after-show content with the film-makers, including celebrated faith-based film-makers Alex and Stephen Kendrick as well as FamilyLife Today’s Dennis and Barbara Rainey and Bob Lepine. You’ll leave encouraged and equipped with powerful next steps to make Christ the center of YOUR parenting.

LIKE ARROWS will be in theaters for two nights only, MAY 1ST and 3RD. To view the trailer and find theater info, visit the link below. If you missed the movie in theatres be sure to check out the Digital, DVD and Blueray versions on the website, LikeArrowsMovie.com

Visit here to learn more.


HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick

This week on HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick.

HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick

HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick

Many homeschooling highschool moms and teens feel intimidated (or even bored) when they think about studying Shakespeare. But take our word for it, Shakespeare can be meaningful, fun and even helpful for life preparation!

Here are some things you should know:

  • Shakespeare was writing for the masses. He wanted to entertain them so that he could sell tickets at his theater. Average Englishmen loved his plays and came back over and over to watch them. If we think Shakespeare in terms of the “common man”, it might feel less intimidating.
  • Shakespeare wrote about universal human experiences. His stories connected with his audience. If we look, we’ll still find connections.
  • Shakespeare’s characters and relationships were relatable to his audience. While the stories are not what we are used to, we can relate with some character or the other.
  • When the characters and relationships were placed in unfamiliar settings, the audiences were allowed to relate, connect and use their imaginations.

Shakespeare did not write his plays to be read. He wrote them to be performed. So try a double-pronged approach:

  • See a production
  • Read that play
  • Try watching an act, then reading that act together (try readers theater style for a fun approach, if you have a co-op or homeschool group class)

Our interview is with Kat Patrick. She is a homeschool mom who for many years lived and homeschooled England. She studied for her graduate degree there (and met her husband, thus raising their kids there). They lived near Oxford. Today Kat teaches English (and many subjects through her international online school Dreaming Spires Homeschool).

Kat reminds us of the benefits to studying Shakespeare:

  • It makes you a better reader: The better you get at Shakespeare, the better you are at reading textbooks, and real-life reading like contracts
  • It gives you context for other Literature studies. If you are going to read British Literature, you’ll never truly understand what you read without some knowledge of Shakespeare, because allusions to his work in embedded throughout any British writing.
  • Lots of our movie and books take ideas from Shakespeare:
    • Comedic characters who scrozzle phrases
    • Comic relief scenes in tragic drama

When you are ready to start studying Shakespeare in your homeschool highschool:

For more resources, check out the following resources:

Shakespeare Copywork from Kat Patrick 7SistersHomeschool.com

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 65: Homeschooling in UK and US

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HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick


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HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

This week on HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors!

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

Note: We are not affiliates with any curriculum mentioned in this episode.

What if your homeschool highschooler is NOT going to be a science major in college, or might not even be going to college. Must they do a

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • 2 Other Sciences:
    • General Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Astronomy, Physics, Marine Science, Geology, etc.
    • Health (Some states list Health as a Science, some create a special category for Health)

When creating a Science credit for your homeschool high schooler you will need:

  • Curriculum
  • 30 hours lab for Biology, Chemistry and one other science (at least 3 courses should include lab)

If you have a homeschool highschoolers who are not headed for college OR will not be a Science major (and will start at a community college or less competitive college), Average-level Science courses are a great choice.

What are levels in homeschool highschool?

Level 1: Remedial

Level 1 is a remedial level. This level is for students who have learning disabilities that prevent them from doing higher-level work. They need curriculum with short lessons, short assignments, simple vocabulary in the text for easy reading, modified tests experiences.

One popular curriculum for Level 1 Science is Pearson Education Pacemaker Series.

Level 2: Average

Average-level courses are for non-college-bound highschoolers or teens who will not be Science majors in college and will be attending a community college or less-competitive college. (College-bound teens should restrict their Average-level courses to around 2 credits.)

  • Westfield Studios 101. Make sure you follow their syllabus in order to earn a full Average-level credit.
  • Some online courses may be Average-level. Check Currclick.com. Be sure to read course descriptions and/or talk to the teacher.
  • Many local homeschool hybrid schools or co-ops will give this option. Co-ops are awesome because the contagious enjoyment of a teacher who loves science can help teens get the most out of these core courses. (And someone else is teaching a subject you may not like!)
  • Try group labs.

BE sure to note on your transcript which level your student’s core courses are taught.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a discussion about their personal experiences with homeschool highschool science and some good resources. In the meantime, check out these posts.

Homeschool High School Transcripts: Recording Course Levels

 

HSHSP Ep 67: Science Labs for Non-STEM Teens

 

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!

 

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HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers, Interview with Gretchen Mahoney

This week on HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers, Interview with Gretchen Mahoney.

HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers

HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers, Interview with Gretchen Mahoney

Some homeschool highschoolers would like to join the military after graduation. What do teens need to accomplish if they want to serve our country in the Armed Forces?

Join Vicki and her homeschool mom-friend and colleague, Gretchen Mahoney. Gretchen’s 2 sons both joined the Air Force after graduation.

Gretchen Mahoney

Photo courtesy of Pike Creek Psychological Center

Her son, Thomas, enlisted and served as a. Thomas’ goal was to fly as a career, although he wasn’t interesting in the military. However, when he discovered

  • Finish well in high school, with good academics and extracurriculars
  • Visit the recruiter
  • Take the ASVAB test to find your best fit career (although the military will choose a career from what they need)
  • Work out, get physically fit
  • Join Civil Air Patrol
  • The recruiter will work with you through graduation, checking on your fitness
  • Graduate
  • The recruiter will let you know when it is time to head to testing and other preparations
  • Then will be the swearing in!

Her son, Christopher, was accepted at the Air Force Academy and will graduate May, 2018.

  • Find leadership opportunities
  • Find service opportunities
  • Network, develop
  • Be up on current events
  • Show initiative, start things/events
  • Show a well-rounded involvement in extracurriculars
  • Take high-level courses and learn the skills for academic success
  • Create a clear, top-notch transcript
  • Join Civil Air Patrol
  • Seek a nomination from a US Representative and/or US Senator (meet with them)
  • Prepare to work hard through the Academy!

If you become a military mom, Gretchen shares some feelings you might experience:

  • The pit in your stomach every time they leave
  • The need to pray at lot
  • Christmas over Skype
  • The sense of pride when hearing the national anthem or the American flag
  • Keeping your phone handy all the time
  • Knowing their education was free
  • Joining the military moms Facebook groups

BTW- Gretchen is author of 7SistersHomeschool.com’s popular Introduction to Psychology Lesson Plans ($2.00 and well worth it)!

Join Vicki and Gretchen for a discussion about becoming a military family! In the meantime enjoy these related posts!

Is Psychology Biblically Okay for a Homeschool High School Subject?

What Retired Homeschool Moms Tell Me


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HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers, Interview with Gretchen Mahoney

HSHSP Ep 101: How to Teach a World Language if You Don’t Know One

This week on HSHSP Ep 101: How to Teach a World Language if You Don’t Know One.

HSHSP Ep 101: How to Teach a World Language When You Don't Know One

HSHSP Ep 101: How to Teach a World Language if You Don’t Know One

What goes into a real homeschool high school World Language credit and how do you handle it if you don’t know one yourself?

World Language credits need 4 components:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

In many areas, homeschool highschoolers need 2 years of the same World Language. In some areas, they need 3 years of the same language. For highly competitive colleges, they may need 4 years.

Some World Languages that our local homeschool highschoolers have studied include:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Greek
  • Gaelic
  • American Sign Language

Check your colleges of interest to see if there is a language that they will not accept.

What are some good ways to for your homeschool highschoolers to learn World Languages?

  • Often it is good to start with a textbook to get a handle on vocabulary, grammar and basic conversations. Check out the publishers’ websites for free resources to enhance the curriculum. For students who are self-directed, they can plug through on their own. Some students will need more help, so you will need to learn along with them.
  • With immersion curriculum like Rosetta Stone, students can more often learn without much adult input. However, make sure you get the homeschool version or they won’t get the necessary grammar.
  • Online courses, like those at Currclick.com, are a great way to let someone else take charge of the language for you.
  • Co-ops and group classes are marvelous ideas because they allow for lots of interaction, conversations and fun.

Here are some valuable resources to add to curriculum (we are not affiliates with any of these):

  • Duolinguo app
  • Tiny Flashcards app
  • Memrise app
  • Babbel app
  • Freerice.com vocabulary game
  • Vocabulary games like good, old-fashioned Hangman
  • Bible verse memorization (In groups you can have games to learn the verses: Fill in the blank competitions, chanting, recitation relays)
  • Nursery rhyme memorization
  • Childrens’ songs singalongs
  • Reports on the countries (in English in years 1 and 2, in the language year 3 and 4). BEWARE: Google translate is not a good tool for writing papers in another language.

Because we are not shackled to a rule on how much curriculum to cover, in the group Language classes that Kym and Vicki have taught, we have generally covered 1/2 textbook each year and spent the rest of the necessary hours in conversation, writing, listening and interactive activities.

For homeschool highschoolers who need more than 2 years, years 3 and 4 should entail much more reading and writing.

  • start with children’s story books in the language
  • read lots of poetry in the language
  • read classic familiar books in English and the chosen language (like The Little Prince or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

Checkout some other fun resources at Vicki’s World Languages Pinterest board.

Remember: Learning happens better if you’re having fun. There’s not one right way but there are many fun ways.

Join Kym and Vicki for a resource-filled discussion on covering a World Language when you don’t know one. In the meantime, enjoy these posts.

How to Homeschool World Languages in High School

HSHSP Ep 21: World Language Credit How-to’s

HSHSP Ep 101: How to Teach a World Language if You Don’t Know One


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HSHSP Ep 100: What are Some Homeschool Graduates Doing?

This week on HSHSP Ep 100: What are Some Homeschool Graduates Doing?

HSHSP Ep 100 What Homeschool Graduates Are Doing Now

 

HSHSP Ep 100: What are Some Homeschool Graduates Doing?

CONGRATULATIONS to us! This is Episode 100!! Thanks for joining us!

To celebrate our 100th episode, we’ve asked homeschool graduates from all around to send us a voice memo telling us their name, year of graduation, and something they are doing now. We are SO very blessed to hear about the many things they are doing for career and interests.

One thing we are excited about is that a number of the contributors were from Mt. Sophia Academy, our local homeschool umbrella school.

Remember, success has little to do with high paying jobs (although there are homeschool graduates that have that).

Success for our homeschool graduates has to do with fulfilling God’s plans for them.

Learning to fulfill their vocations and their avocations, their careers and their services and community involvements: THAT’S what is important!

Join us- Sabrina, Vicki, Kym and Quella (the Seeing Eye puppy) as we share this heartwarming montage of the many homeschool graduates’s “what they are doing”. Listen in and find out what success looks like for them at this point in life!

In the meantime, enjoy these links to some of the activities homeschool graduates are doing.

Top 40 Philosophy Podcast

Joanna Tillman Photography

HSHSP Ep 100: What are Some Homeschool Graduates Doing?

HSHSP Ep 99: Being Real and Flexible When Your Teens Become Adults

This week on HSHSP Ep 99: Being Real and Flexible When Your Teens Become Adults.

HSHSP Ep 99: Being Real and Flexible When Your Teens Become Adults

HSHSP Ep 99: Being Real and Flexible When Your Teens Become Adults

What is a realistic look at life after homeschool graduation?

Life for this generation’s graduates looks different when we compare to our lives when we moms graduated!

  • Jobs are different
  • Life expenses are different
  • Expectations are different

Here is an important tip for you and your homeschool graduates to remember: Flexibility!

Also remember: We are NOT in charge of the outcomes. God is in charge of the outcomes. As parents, we must often *let go and let God*.

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym discuss some of the reality of life after graduation:

Sometimes, adult children need to live at home for a while because student loans and other expenses prevent them from living on their own. (As one of our homeschool graduates reminded us, this was common several generations ago.)

  • When our graduates stay at home for a while, how do they move into roommate status (instead of us parents continuing to “baby” them)?

Sometimes, our adult children need to live with multiple roommates to make ends meet. How do they adjust to that lifestyle?

Remember: Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation.” Hard times do not equal failure!

Beware of the idea that our homeschool graduates should continue to be “happy, shiny homeschoolers”.

Remember: Life is NOT ever going to be perfect!

Remember: While we are not in charge of the outcome, we are in charge of prayer. Prayer is always necessary no matter HOW old our homeschool graduates are. AND you are where you are because that’s where you are…let God handle it.

These are a few of the thoughts that we share this episode. Listen in! And in the meantime, check out the good advice in these posts:

Omega Moms: Life After Last Kid Graduates

What Retired Homeschool Moms Tell Me

HSHSP Ep 70: What Happens When the Last Kid Graduates?

 

HSHSP Ep 99: Being Real and Flexible When Your Teens Become Adults

HSHSP Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Homeschool Highschool Transcripts

This week on HSHSP Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Homeschool Highschool Transcripts.

HSHSP Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Homeschool Highschool Transcripts

HSHSP Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Homeschool Highschool Transcripts

Many of us homeschooling moms never assigned grades in elementary or middle school. We wanted our kids to learn to love education and not be pressured by grades.

But in homeschool highschool, we need to

  • Training perfectionistic teens on what a stopping point is. What is GOOD ENOUGH.
  • Training kids who don’t care at all about grades to discipline themselves. What is GOOD ENOUGH for them?
  • Training moms who are too soft or too hard on their teens how to stick to guidelines.

Self-discipline is the key for successful grading. AND self-discipline is a necessary life skill.

How can we homeschool moms manage grading homeschool highschoolers?

Follow Sabrina’s Guideline: Good grading comes from goals.

Set goals for each course. Make a formula that takes in the goals for each course for each student, including:

  • Effort
  • Mastery
  • Cooperation with peers (in a group class or co-op class)

Create a rubric for grading. Explain the rubric to the homeschool highschoolers so that they know what is expected and what will be graded.

  • Use rubrics, especially in courses that include writing, projects or labs. (Also, avail your teen of the peer review process if you have a co-op class.)
  • In concrete courses like math, you simply need to explain the grading process.
    • % of grade that comes from tests
    • % of grade that comes from daily assignments
    • % of grade that comes from attitude
    • Explain to teens that they will experience *subjective points* occasionally in co-op classes and in college
  • Homeschool moms have the right to adapt rubrics in textbooks for their goals.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for an informative chat about grading homeschool highschoolers. In the meantime, have a look at these helpful posts:

 

3 Ways to Assign Grades in Homeschool High School

2 Practical Ways to Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript

Writing Papers for History or Science? Here’s a Simple Rubric for Grading

What’s a Rubric and Why Homeschool Moms Should Use One

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