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  2. I tutor students locally in a high COLA. I charge at a minimum $80/hour, but when I get really busy, I've had parents pay $120/hour. I teach using AoPS materials exclusively (BA through calculus), and I prep students for MathCounts and AMCs. A few AoPS Academies have opened in my area, so I'm less busy this year. 😮
  3. Thinking about the states - memorizing the state capitals is required in DD's old school during 4th grade. I've always wondered why that's considered a standard thing to do in elementary. I guess I must have had to memorize the state capitals too although I know that I don't know all 50 of them today. Why is that a thing people need to know? You can always look it up if you need to know. RE the atlas, it's one of those kid's atlas so it's not too boring. DD likes looking through it but doesn't seem to retain much. I didn't ask her to memorize. We tried that after I gave up on Tree in the Trail because it was such a bore for both of us.
  4. UPDATE DD is struggling a ton still. So exhausted, still having chest pains, racing heart, exercise intolerance, etc., etc. My doctor (hormone specialist) is fantastic at figuring stuff out so I took DD to see her today. I had already messaged her ahead of time so she is also the one who ordered the cortisol test (not back yet) but I hadn't taken dd in and explained it all to her yet. She was a little upset about a few things... 1). She is strongly suspicious of an adrenal or pituitary tumor. She says that in adult cardiology this would have been standard to test and can't understand why this wasn't tested. The Pediatric cardiologist did have this in mind but wanted to see an endocrinologist run the tests. My doctor's point was "it is just a lab test and you needed answers". Now DD has a nice little hat to collect all of her urine for 24 hours (beginning tomorrow) to test for an adrenal tumor. The cortisol test will be helpful with this as well. 2) she completely disagrees with hematology (I took her a copy of the hematology labs). She says that if dd has been taking 450-900% of her daily iron every day since November, it isn't ok that her iron saturation is still below normal. And her stores are up but still not what you would expect with those amounts of iron. She feels like there could be something underlying going on - whether it is all tied together we don't know yet- and the high doses of iron are just masking the issues. She is adamant about finding this out. We have a bunch of tests with her next week. If those come back normal then she says we'll keep looking. I guess I am just thankful to have someone actually listening.
  5. I made two, one an official transcript, and one showing both homeschool classes and other courses taken even though we also sent a transcript directly from the school. The 2nd was labeled "Combined Transcript, not official." My transcript was labeled "Official Homeschool Transcript" and signed. I did not sign the combined transcript. The admissions office said that was nice to have it all in one spot, and it seems to have worked--we found out she was accepted the first week of September! I cannot believe you can find out that early now, the school does running acceptances and started taking applications 1 August, she applied early so we could get the process out of the way before school started. I labeled current classes with an asterisk, put a side note with the asterisk showing in progress, current classes. I put credits in the box and left the box for grade blank. On the combined transcript, I put either a plus sign or two asterisks and italics for the classes taken at a local school and not homeschooled.
  6. Terabith

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    Part of my dilemma is is there a point where I go back to the doctor and say, "This isn't improving...." And I don't know where that line is.
  7. When I cut my hair off the woman in the chair next to me, another customer, nearly started sobbing, lol! I was fine, she was not.
  8. You said it was clear. It's not, as the reference I quoted shows. and this is the best example used to show the prohibition was meant to be universal versus situational, and yet it doesn't really prove that given the various possibilities regarding translation. Others, like women being quiet in church can easily be viewed as situational, so not really clear. Again, people with a lifetime of studying greek, the scriptures, etc don't find it clear or second grade reading comprehension.
  9. my husband is a high school calculus teacher, and he charges $60/hour for tutoring.
  10. Dinner was hours ago and I had to think for a moment what we actually had. Italian-seasoned chicken bites steamed broccoli roasted grape tomatoes corn on the cob mandarin oranges with dark chocolate chips
  11. Serenade

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    I am sorry you are feeling so poorly. I hope you will feel at least a little better tomorrow. I think you have it much worse than I did. I felt really bad for 24 - 36 hours, and after that just icky, but not terrible. Today is the first day I don't have a sore throat, and it's day 8. I checked my temperature tonight, though, and I still have a low-grade fever. I'm hoping that will go away soon. Mostly I have felt better for the past 3 or 4 days, but I can't seem to beat the fever, and the sore throat just went away. I also still have thick congestion at the back of my head. It's weird congestion -- I can't blow it out. Maybe when that goes away the fever will go with it.
  12. Panera Broccoli cheddar soup and sesame chicken salad for dinner. I'm definitely not pregnant.
  13. To tag on to this thought... I think rigor in schools generally looks like more work. Piles and piles of more work. If you compare to what kids are doing in schools, then you're inevitably going to feel like you're not doing "enough." But kids learn through play, through listening, through asking questions... many of the ways kids learn don't show up on tests or look good on a bulletin board and can't be sent home with a gold star to brag to parents. They're process oriented things. Kids in schools are writing more papers and doing more math problems... but they're not reading as much, learning about more content to actually write about later on, or tackling any difficult math problems that can take the whole math time to solve. Comparing what most homeschoolers aim for when they're trying to provide a stimulating learning environment and what's happening in schools is apples and oranges.
  14. I didn't realize how extensive the BRI series is when you add in the ARI readers, you can get a digital copy of them for free if you email, here is the website (Expanded version of the original I See Sam BRI readers) https://3rsplus.com They look very nice on my iPad, nice for travel. Also, a large version of the Blend Phonics Readers for a K student or a student who needs large font: http://donpotter.net/pdf/bplitebooks.pdf And, less pages to print and slightly smaller font Blend Phonics readers: http://donpotter.net/pdf/bplitebooks_small.pdf
  15. Junie

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    (((Terabith)))
  16. Yes, the sets really are inexpensive for what you get. Here it is, there are other versions, make sure you buy a set or the book you want that is the 1879 Blue and Orange cover version. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0471294284/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I own the MCT, too, and we never really liked its vocabulary much, I like their grammar and poems, but we quit using their vocabulary and just used word roots and McGuffey. But, once she learned how to learn vocabulary from context, my daughter did not need much explicit vocabulary work. My son might, I just started him in on the McGuffey 4th reader (there is interesting vocabulary in even the 2nd and 3rd readers since they are older books) today. We will see how he does with McGuffey and word roots.
  17. Figured out tonight’s dinner. Ran to grocery store for three things. Cooked.
  18. And a last thought: Gently -- I would be careful of comparing with what others are doing. It's almost never a good idea to compare what other homeschoolers, or what public/private/charter schoolers are doing, with what your own child's needs/interests are, and what your own educational goals are. 😉 Again, I'd recommend gentleness -- this time with yourselves. DD is just now starting to make some of those "pegs" for hanging information on. She's not always going to remember dry lists of states, lol. You did a great job of making it real to her and giving her a "peg" by connecting the Geography with the literature book you were currently reading. Way to go! And, perhaps find a more engaging program for covering Geography that is more than reading/memorizing from the atlas -- maybe living books about other countries or religions; watching feature films set in other countries; making foods and art and playing games from other places; free online geography games for practicing states/capitals/locations; the scrambled states game app; several times a week put together a jigsaw puzzle of the US states, with each puzzle piece in the shape of the state; sing Geography songs (lists of states and capitals); make salt dough maps; go through a geography workbook, like The Complete Book of Maps and Geography.... etc. Your list of what you and DD are doing sounds very appropriate for 4th grade, and esp., that you know exactly where *your* DD needs to be, and what to focus on this year. If you both are wanting to do more, why not dig deeper with your History, and/or Science and do some more complex or lengthy projects, research, or experiments? Wishing you both all the BEST in your move from after-schooling to full-time homeschooling. May it be rewarding, rich, joy-filled, and spark many interests. Warmest regards, Lori D.
  19. Eh, I've posted things like that more than once. Sometimes there's something I want to share or something I want to ask and I just don't want it out there forever for anyone to read. (Yes, I know it's technically still out there somewhere, but deleted posts are harder for the average person to find.) Hopefully people here know me well enough to know I'm not just doing it for jollies, and I assume other posters aren't either.
  20. I just saw a toad on my sidewalk. He hopped into the grass. Your kids can come look for him if they want to.
  21. Terabith

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    Ugh. Really not feeling at all well. My head is pounding. My throat hurts. My muscles and joints and skin aches. I'm queasy and exhausted and weak. Congested and coughing.
  22. Well, we're only a couple weeks into algebra 1. It' possible she might be able to get into pre-AP algebra 2 without honors geometry. That's not the standard schedule though. We'll see.
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