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  2. I started working for a few hours at night last year when my dh was laid off. I needed something at night since I was caring for my mom and wanted to be around for my dd. Now, my dd is working with me and my ds is helping while home for college, so that aspect is nice. And it is good for giving me some structure and making me feel like I am contributing to our household finances at a time where my contributions are not as great as they were in our home. However, it is not a job that offers any mental stimulation or challenge. Or fulfillment. I had been preparing to return to doing tax work last year before my mom got so sick, thinking it would be a great year to do it with the big changes to the tax code. Now, I have no desire to do that. I want something more fulfilling and am starting to consider tutoring. I’d do it for free if I had the right student. Once my dd goes to college, I’d love to find a family that is “homeschooling” that needs someone to teach their 5 and 7 year old children. I saw something like that pop up last year, but the timing wasn’t good for me. I’ve also been looking at the local tutoring center and a church that offers after school help. Or, I could see myself as a nanny to an infant. I would love that!
  3. We are working with our first driver. I hate it! Some days are good, others I'm not sure I'll survive! DH has done most of it, but now it's my turn to teach driving in a bigger town, more cars, signs, lights, directions.... it's a lot! I think the kid is what makes the subject fun or difficult.
  4. I'm glad to hear that others have found a way to get back in the groove mentally. I have to admit that I really feel that my mental ability and stamina is not what it used to be. I was extremely academic in my teens and twenties. Now I feel mentally sluggish. I do know that it is probably related to not having enough sleep, in my case. But there are some other good tips in this thread! OP, I do agree with taking notes and reviewing after you read. I never had to do that when I was in school. I took notes in class and studied them for tests, but I could just remember what I had read in any book and didn't take notes on it. In recent years, I have done some research into reading comprehension and retention, because I have a kid who struggles in that area. Taking notes is a strategy that can work. You might google "two-column notes" and see if that method of note-taking would help you. Using flashcards is also a great way to practice definitions and facts.
  5. so happy it went so well! Wow, the shirt story is very revealing, glad you got to share it. I am so glad to see a good update finally. 🙂
  6. Scout, wanted to touch on this -- we haven't changed much from being that way, even with high school. The primary change is that you just have to record what you've done and know how to list it on the transcript. The only planning we really did was to check state graduation requirements (we don't actually have to follow them, but I considered them to be the minimum we should do anyway), check what possible/potential colleges we might aim for (what they'd require of incoming students), and thus use those courses as a bit of a guideline for what needed to be covered over the course of the 4 years. We kept a subject based transcript both times so far and that worked well.
  7. They charged per credit in FL not just full time is X amount even at university level. He's heading into the university with 96 transferable credits towards his major. So 12 credits/semester gets him out in 2 years. I really don't think he can handle 15 credits a semester at university level and keep a 3.0. So any scholarship with 15 credit requirement he may have to pass up meaning the university scholarships but the state scholarship only requires full time (12 credits) so he's good there. I didn't think of a "fluff" class. I'll recommend that to him.
  8. I hear you. When I was in labor with oldest DS the contractions were nowhere near as painful as I thought they were supposed to be. I'd been having them for fifteen hours before I decided I probably should go get checked, but the thing that really made me decide to go was that they were getting closer together, not that they were painful. I think I was dilated to about eight when I got the epidural, and I still didn't feel like the pain was anything to really get excited about. But a few years later I had a horrible sinus infection and so much pressure that I truly felt like I was dying. I guess we're all more/less sensitive to different types of pain, even if overall we have a higher tolerance.
  9. Thank you for the responses. I do have the Norton Sampler and had planned to use if for essay dissection! I agree that most programs don't do a good job of teaching the finer skills of writing bc they are focusing on the form. Of you have any specific books you recommend, please lmk! I'm pretty sure this year I s going to be a hosge podge of things. I know my direction, just looking for ways to get there.
  10. My appointment this morning went well, I think. After mulling over all the helpful comments you all have made I decided to approach things mostly from a functional standpoint -- I've definitely been having more issues with jar lids and can openers, and I'm dropping things more, etc. I feel more assured speaking about things like that than trying to gauge pain. Regarding soft tissue versus joint -- One of my new issues since the last appointment is right elbow. He thinks it's tenosynovitis, possibly (probably?) related to the RA. I had that in the two middle fingers of both hands prior to diagnosis--I was home treating them by splinting with craft sticks and self stick gauze at night to keep them from triggering. Fun memories (not). The plan is to stick with 20 mg. of leflunomide and increase the methotrexate back to 15 mg. And assuming my TB test is okay he's going to start the insurance process to get me approved for a biologic. He mentioned both Enbrel and Humira, but said it will of course depend on what my insurance covers. My impression is that he doesn't necessarily think I'm *that* bad, but rather believes that pretty much everyone with RA should be on a biologic if possible. And since we've now passed the "step up" time required by most insurance he wants to go for it.
  11. Juliet was just returned by a neighbor. I don't know why the males in this family have such a hard time understanding the concept of a closed gate.
  12. Yup! I didn't work for 10 years, although I had maintained my credentials because I didn't want to jump through any hoops later. But when I went back to work and needed to interview, I realized there were a lot of things I no longer knew, partly because I had been out for so long and things had changed. So I needed to brush up. I read, downloaded some things, and studied. I honestly felt dumber than ever. And I didn't retain it all. I have done a LOT in the last 3 years and learned a lot, and I even took the first part of my National Boards test this year! I can honestly say that I now feel confident I can learn again and don't feel like an old dog who can't learn new tricks.
  13. Juliet was just returned by a neighbor. I don't know why the males in this family have such a hard time understanding the concept of a closed gate.
  14. Well, change of plans......just saw that the Quilt Festival class schedule is on line now for planning purposes......will be spending my afternoon looking at that, dreaming about classes, determining what I want to take in a dream world, and what I can afford to take in the real world.......
  15. Just my 2-/12 cents, for what it's worth (LOL!): A lot of these project ideas (in red) for a "drama as literature" class are ones that one would great in support a specific Theater credit, or a Fine Arts: Theater Appreciation credit -- rather than an English credit (which is what it sounds like you are shooting for, with a course title of "Plays as Literature"). In contrast, an English credit focuses on reading, discussing, analyzing, writing about works of Literature (plays included, of course), researching the author's background/times in which the author was writing, comparing with other authors/works, learning about topics in Literature (such as genres and genre conventions, major literary themes, literary elements, etc.). So I would first suggest deciding what kind of credit this will be (Theater-based or English-based), which will then help you more carefully narrow the scope to fit your focus. One thought: if your student loves Theater and all things theatrical, you might consider doing 2 complete credits: 1 credit of English: "Plays as Literature, and 1 credit of Fine Arts: Theater Appreciation. The 2 credits could work in tandem, covering many of the same plays, but in different ways. Wow -- overload! Way too many plays, if reading them all! 😵 I would probably suggest limiting it to just 8-9 plays total for reading/analyzing/working with (that's one play per month, or 4 per semester), and possibly WATCH a good film version of another 1-2 plays to go along with/compare/contrast the main play for the month -- and NOT do that EVERY month, maybe just every other month. So *just* watch (not read/analyze/dig into) another 4-8 plays at most, in addition to your 8-9 main plays. I'd suggest shooting for a chronological selection, or focus on a theme or similar idea that threads through all of the major plays you choose. Or, do all Shakespeare. Or all Shakespeare one semester, and then a potpourri of plays that were influenced by the Bard in the second semester. Or... you get the idea. 😉 In case it helps you narrow your list, these are the plays I most frequently see showing up in high school Literature programs -- meant as a list to CHOOSE from, NOT as a "do ALL of these" list, LOL! Shakespeare tragedies: Hamlet, Macbeth -- and less often: Romeo and Juliet comedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Tempest -- less often: Taming of the Shrew histories: Henry V, Julius Caesar Ancient Greek playwrights/plays: Sophocles: Oedipus the King -- and sometimes all 3 of the Oedipus cycle: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone Aeschylus: Oresteia (trilogy of tragedies: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides) Aristophanes: The Birds, The Frogs, The Clouds, The Wasps, Lysistrata Euripides: Medea, The Trojan Women -- Euripides is done less often by high schoolers UK playwrights/plays: Beckett: Waiting for Godot Shaw: Pygmalion -- and can couple with Lerner & Loewe's musical play version: My Fair Lady Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest American playwrights/plays: Hansberry: A Raisin in the Sun Miller: The Crucible, Death of a Salesman Wilder: Our Town musical plays to consider: Laurentz/Bernstein/Sondheim (Americans): West Side Story -- a retelling of Romeo and Juliet Sondheim (American): Sunday in the Park With George -- based on expressionist artist George Seurat and his famous painting "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte" other plays I see less frequently done with high schoolers, but that are solid options: anonymous: Everyman -- Medieval English morality play Christie (British): The Mousetrap -- murder mystery Eliot (American): Murder in the Cathedral -- drama; murder of Thomas Becket Gibson (American): The Miracle Worker -- autobiographical drama of Helen Keller & Annie Sullivan Hecht & McArthur: The Front Page -- screwball comedy Kesselring (American): Arsenic and Old Lace -- screwball comedy Rose (American): Twelve Angry Men -- drama Rostrand (French): Cyrano de Bergerac -- romance/tragedy Stoppard (British): Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead -- absurdist/existential -- often done with Hamlet Williams: The Glass Menagerie, Streetcar Named Desire classic plays probably more for college than for high school: Albee (American): Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? Chekov (Russian): Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard Hellman (American): The Children's Hour; The Little Foxes Ibsen (Norweigan): A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler Marlowe (British): Doctor Faustus Moliere (French): The Miser, Tartuffe O'Neill (American): Long Day's Journey into Night Sarte (French): No Exit Simon (American): The Old Couple Wilson (American): Fences ideas for more resources: Drama: A Comprehensive Guide to Dramatic Elements and Style -- Walch Publishers How to Read and Write About Drama (Vena) "Must read plays?" -- an OLD thread, but some great ideas Shakespeare resources: Folger Shakespeare Library -- teacher resources, lesson plans, etc. Brightest Heaven of Invention: Christian Guide to 6 Shakespeare Plays (Leithart) -- Henry V, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing Parallel Shakespeare materials -- esp. the teacher guides and student workbooks; the parallel guides are also nice, with side by side original/modern text and explanations Wikipedia: List of William Shakespeare Film Adaptations
  16. This is one thing that helped me when I had to self teach (largely) to move into a slightly different industry when I worked. For anything then or now, if I don't take extensive notes, it's like I never met the material- it just flies right out of my brain. It's takes a lot longer, but when I'm reading scientific lit for instance, I'll read through it once- or a short amount of it- and then I'll go back and read it again and take notes. If I REALLY want it to stick in my head, then I either have to tell someone about what I read pretty quickly after, or I have to type up a summary. I tried to do similar if it was a lecture or having a conversation with someone at work on something technical or complex- I'd take notes (when appropriate), and then afterward as soon as possible I would sit down and write a summary. I know I cannot cover the amount of material at the pace I did in my 20's and early 30's though. I had a brain like a trap, and I really do think having the kids has damaged it in some way. I joke with friends about it, but I have no doubts that my IQ and processing speed has taken a decent bit of a hit. Things I knew come back to me really fast, but I don't pick up new info like I used to be able to. Maybe it's taht I have more distractions now (or care less) but I really feel like it takes more effort now for me to focus and absorb new things.
  17. Took care of Cinnamon's body. That was difficult. Not only was her death totally unexpected, she was barely 1 year old so not a geriatric pet who had had a long and happy life. Though her short life was happy, I think.
  18. Done: Picked up some electric fencing around the garden. Sprayed some fencelines. Ran out of spray but really don't feel like finishing Tilled the garden Fed Chickens Cleaned kitchen. Need to do: Stretch Cut grass Want to do: Nap. Shower.
  19. Home from VBS. Frozen pizzas cooking in the oven. Going to make little bit (niece) at least take a nap after lunch, and suggest quiet activities for the big boys. Have thought more about the quilt and think I've figured out what I can do that will add to what I've done, still be cohesive to the quilt, and not just be extra for the sake of putting on extra. I'll start working on that this afternoon if the little one sleeps, if I can. If not, I do have the weekend and next week, and what I'm planning won't take too long to execute, so that's good. I knew if I sat on it long enough, it would come together. Our friends for dinner tonight postponed till Saturday, so need to figure out an option for tonight. The boys have youth group, niece will be with us, so DH may want to do something fun/special with her so she doesn't feel left out, but maybe we can limit that to snocones or something after dinner at the house so we aren't eating out so much. Need to do some tidying up as well, and consult DH about something to do with my mom and then email/text/call my mom and let her know our decision. Long story, but short version is she's asked me to come up and care for her when she gets her knee surgery scheduled, and her preferred date conflicts with something very important to me. She knows this and is asking for that date anyway. I've come up with a compromise, need to run it by DH and then let her know. We'll see how that goes. It's a fine line, setting boundaries and honoring our parents at the same time.
  20. That woman is coming to visit the week before the wedding. What timing. Her husband's sister lives down the street from us.
  21. Yeah, I've never dealt with a university in FL. My dds all attend public universities, but in the northeast, and all the schools they applied to were up here, as they didn't want too far away. That's so different from what I'm used to! I would also think a 'full-tuition scholarship' should pay for the standard number of credits/semester for a student to finish in 4 years. But heck, our state's 'full-tuition scholarship' only covers about 1/10th the cost of classes, because they took that amount aside ($950-$1700/year)and called it 'tuition' and called the rest of what everyone else would call tuition 'fees'. So ours is a joke...
  22. I don’t understand all the details of the OP situation but my ds is at a public university in FL and his tuition is charged per credit hour and his scholarship varies depending on how many hours he takes. ( He doesn’t get the max scholarship because he takes 15 instead of 18 hours). He also has to complete 30 hours with a 3.0 to renew his scholarship for the following year. My ds is out of state so he isn’t dealing with the state scholarship so I don’t know those details. But a little of this does make sense (though I would think a full tuition scholarship would pay for the full 15 hours)
  23. took care of the cat's bathroom took care of Cinnamon's body. That was difficult. Not only was her death totally unexpected, she was barely 1 year old so not a geriatric pet who had had a long and happy life. Though her short life was happy, I think.
  24. One of my friends wondered if all homeschoolers should take a sabbatical year around year 7 or 8 and put the kids in school for a year. I don't know if it has to do with kid's ages, because, for me, I wondered if it was that I had a 3 year old all the way through 11 year old and then the years of teaching reading plus entering high school. Whatever it was, I'm through it.:-)
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