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  1. 26 points
    This looks like a job I'd enjoy with good pay and benefits. I've had two previous interviews with them, reference checks, criminal/credit checks, and did the required psychological testing (Calipers). Some of you know that I've been looking for full-time work for 18 months. We've been scraping by on my three part-time jobs, what my college kids have been able to contribute in various ways, and the kindness of friends. There's a lot of back story, but I'll leave it there. I volunteer with a local ministry and last night another leader commented that some people's lives are just a continuous uphill battle. That's me. If I get this job, so many things will fall into place. So positive thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
  2. 25 points
    She is in a very vulnerable place right now and you reached out to her and listened. So, I don't find it odd at all that she has read more into the relationship than you have. Edited:grammar fix
  3. 25 points
    BABY!!! I'm an auntie! Woot! (I have two nieces and a nephew on my husband's side, but this is the first child of my only sibling. I'm excited!!!)
  4. 22 points
    Good news 🙂 Original lump was > 5cm “malignant mass which demonstrates significant interval decrease in size now measuring 2.0 cm AP x 1.2 cm RL x 1.8 cm SI.” I’m using public WiFi as kids are in summer classes so I am intermittently surfing the boards. (ETA: I meant my WiFi connection is unstable as I am walking around and using public WiFi)
  5. 22 points
    MRI and CT scan tomorrow. Would appreciate prayers and positive thoughts. Had my 6th round of THCP chemo on Tuesday. I opt not to have a port so all 6 was through IV. Next up is MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound mammogram, pre-surgery appointment, surgery then tentatively a year of Herceptin. ETA: Both the recent echocardiogram and the first echocardiogram three months were okay. Next echocardiogram in three months time.
  6. 20 points
    HSLDA has always maintained that it only gets involved in homeschool situations where there are no taxpayer dollars involved. They aren't throwing anyone under a bus, they simply disagree with you and so do I. They're maintaining a philosophically consistent position of complete autonomy from the public system, which includes public funds. Do I agree with everything they do? No, I wish they only dealt with homeschooling laws and nothing else. Do I agree that it would be a terrible idea to give taxpayer funds to homeschoolers? Yes. It blurs the lines which has the potential to create all sorts of legal precedents and legal definitions that in the long run have a worse effect on homeschooling as a whole. And I do fully support tax credits for homeschoolers? Yes, because they aren't taking tax money out of the government coffers, they're crediting taxpayers for the relief they're provided the system (on average $10,000 per kid per year.) I have used the public system for homeschoolers at Eagleride in Mesa, AZ. I knew I was enrolling my kid for extra curricular public school classes. I have no problem with the legal distinction. I made the distinction when people asked where my kid goes to school. (Public enrichment school for extra curriculars 2 days a week, homeschooling for core subjects 3 days a week.) Whether or not that made me a real homeschooler in someone else's eyes doesn't matter me. It' a bad mental habit to get upset about other people's classifications. You can tell people how you classify yourself, and then they'll agree or not. Whatever. I only care about legal issues because that can really cause people serious problems down the road. Those were public school classes open to only legally registered homeschoolers. They set the schedule, content, rules, testing requirements, vaccination requirements, etc. I'm in or I'm out, but I have no say over what they do and HSLDA doesn't either.
  7. 20 points
    I have a big chicken coop, a small one and one that I refer to as the Duplex. Tonight while trying to round up some chicks I inserted myself into a doorway that no sane person would ever even think about entering. No one was home, I didn't have my phone (wouldn't have been able to reach my pocket anyway) and I did not react calmly. Finally I realized that if I got in I should be able to get out. Tomorrow the chicks move to a coop with a bigger door. Door on the right.
  8. 19 points
  9. 19 points
    It's hard to read intent online, but it feels to me like you are interpreting Lanny to be saying, "What were they thinking, disabled boys can't do scouts!" and I really don't think that's what he meant, based on many comments I've read by Lanny these last couple years. I think he meant, "What were they thinking? Was observation-as-participation the best/only option for the boy, were there arrangements that could have been made ahead of time to facilitate inclusion, could one of the parents have served as aide/facilitator or helped give ideas to the leaders? Were the parents there to observe a meeting or two, and then be able to make a plan for inclusion?" That is, he was asking an honest question, not a rhetorical one. I hope I have simply misinterpreted your intent, but Lanny is such a seemingly nice guy, I wanted to speak up.
  10. 16 points
    for 1ds's commencement, the processional was Holst's "Jupiter". It was driving me crazy, until I placed it.... The British Hymn.. "I vow to thee my country". (which uses the music.). something odd about a british hymn used as a processional for an American college... well, it was great. the venue was the museum of flight. 2ds commented at the incongruity of William e. boeing college of aerospace & astronatical engineering graduates (and their families) sitting under a Lockheed aircraft... (SR-71. blackbird, with drone.) eta: instead of throwing their mortarboards - they threw paper airplanes. apparently at least one got their's up and over the blackbird.
  11. 16 points
    The newspaper should have interviewed EdChoice or some other charter school related group. What is the point of interviewing HSLDA for an article about charter schools? This does not help clarify the homeschool vs. home-school confusion.
  12. 15 points
    What I would do is let all of them see Toy Story 4 with the July budget for the Lion King and then I'd go see the Lion King by myself. If you aren't excited to see Toy Story 4 then just send your dh to see it with the kids. This plan leaves no additional money spent and everyone pretty happy.
  13. 15 points
    I don't think it's weird. I try to think if someone here posted in a panic while going through a difficult divorce. "I have no one to help me! All my friends abandoned me!" There's a good chance that the advice might be "isn't there anyone you can think of?" and in response to "there's one person who's reached out but I don't even know her irl". The hive might say "go ahead and ask, she'll probably say no but she might surprise you!" Just keep saying no with no excuses. Giving a reason implies you'd help otherwise.
  14. 15 points
    While I agree with you in principle, I might make an exception for those hot dogs simply because it's trivially easy to toss them on the grill with everything else, isn't it? And honestly, I get where your daughter is coming from. It doesn't feel fair to her, and it wouldn't to most kids, I think, even if they intellectually understood the situation. (The person it's really unfair for is you, of course, but that's a lot of empathy to ask from a kid who just wants hot dogs.)
  15. 15 points
    My comment should have been that I believe the parents of the boy in the wheelchair should have discussed his issues with the people running the camp and what he could or could not do, etc., and that the people running the camp should have communicated that to the DS of the OP who was caught by surprise and had no clue. Lack of preparation. Lack of communication. Sad for the boy in the wheelchair. Kudos for the DS of the OP.
  16. 14 points
    Does he have a state ID, or at least the necessary paperwork to get a state ID? If not, and if he has no ability to get this paperwork, then he needs to contact a social worker about getting documentation to prove he exists. This is a surprisingly common situation from abusive parents, this will not be the first time social services has helped a young adult do this. With the paperwork sorted - and he may need to make these arrangements using somebody else's home as his base of operations - he needs to take the following steps, in roughly this order: 1. He needs to secure temporary housing, even if that means a youth shelter or couch-surfing for a while. 1a. He needs to speak to a social worker about what aid he's eligible for - SNAP, welfare, low-cost or free counseling, assistance taking his GED? 2. He needs to contact the bank and ask them what steps are necessary to block access from his parents. This may mean simply opening a new account. Pretty much as soon as he does this his parents will kick him out, which is why he needs his ID and housing sorted out FIRST. 3. He needs to contact child services. The parents may not be legally culpable, but that's for child services to work out. He's certainly not the only child they're abusing. Again, it is necessary for him to secure his own situation first. Honestly, the best thing you can do for him, if it's at all feasible, is offer him room and board at your house. You can set some restrictions on it - for example, you might stipulate that it's only for a set period of time, that he needs to be working towards his GED and/or getting his driver's license, or that a certain percentage of his income has to be banked with an eye towards paying the security deposit and first month's rent on his own place as soon as he's got enough.
  17. 14 points
    I'm often greatly bothered by HSLDA purporting to represent all homeschoolers in the media. They go in and say that such and such a thing is or isn't mainstream in homeschooling. It's like, you don't represent me. But secular and hybrid schoolers don't have a good, strong, nationwide media voice. AND WE NEED ONE. Because until we have one, HSLDA will keep speaking for us all and news outlets will keep asking them to.
  18. 14 points
    Whatever animal it is is nocturnal. Your children presumably aren't, so this animal isn't going to be a threat to them in the daytime. (I'm also voting for raccoon or possum, btw. I've heard raccoons around here making the most god-awful sounds, you'd think somebody was being murdered. Drives my dog crazy, she just hates them.)
  19. 14 points
    It would have been great if they would have prepped your son ahead of time and said that " so and so can do .........but needs .........". Letting your son know if he understands everything but can't talk, uses a communication device, can speak normally, etc and we f he has ant cognitive impairment. Is it possible for your son to ask his supervisors before his sessions tomorrow morning? Or ask the parents? Inclusion is great, but really works best with proper preparation.
  20. 13 points
  21. 13 points
    For all those Disney trips or amusement park trips for honor roll or band or physics, there was always significant fundraising done and if the student couldn't raise the money through selling candy or whatever, they paid the difference. There may have been a scholarship fund for less privileged kids, but it was not funded from general PS dollars (in my CA public schools when I was growing up). In 8th grade a trip to DC was offered and the cost was totally paid for by students. Maybe I'm dating myself, but at the time it was about $1k and a very small percentage of the class actually went. The only people who might have had their way paid were teacher chaperones. I can almost guarantee that regardless of what homeschoolers want to count as educational, and even if it *is* educational, the general public does not feel gracious about educational dollars going to homeschoolers should be for Disney or other hugely privileged activities while they watch their kids teachers paying out of pocket for minimal supplies in the classroom. It just isn't a good look. It is one thing for me to put a rollercoaster physics day in my portfolio to show the district, or to write down my kid's swim lessons as PE. It's another thing entirely for other swim lesson parents to hear me bragging about how I got the district to pay for it with my homeschooling funds while they've done PTA fundraisers for basic stuff for their school and paid for their own swim lessons.
  22. 13 points
    Sexual mores are always changing. Today's young people have less sex overall. They may also be turning away from serious relationships in college. That could have good aspects (more focus on studies and career goals) and negative ones (less practice with long term commitments, less emotional connections). I'm not sold that in and of itself this is anything bad. But I also think that brewing a pot one time for fun, as long as it's consensual, is fine. I have no moral judgment of that practice at all. Unless there's more to this... Basically, this just seems like yet another, oh no, young people do things differently thing. Meh.
  23. 13 points
    I would not have a lot of trust that there wouldn’t be more conditions added later, or excuses looked for not to pay later on. I also would wonder about associated costs that might be much higher, and would those be paid, or only tuition (or what). I just would not have a lot of trust. I think it’s something that could be easy to say but harder to follow through on. I would also be angry/frustrated they waited so long when many decisions about where to attend school were being made years ago, on many sides and not just the financial side. If they have had a change in their situation I would understand that. Otherwise it would seem very flighty to me. I think if you have a better relationship with them and they aren’t generally manipulative with things, and there is some explanation of how they weren’t aware of this before and then realized and are very committed to it — then I think it is very gracious and I hope it works out.
  24. 13 points
    How about a non-emergency call to the local police? Just ask the question about the legality. I can't imagine that it is legal to for an unlicensed child to drive a motorized vehicle on a public road anywhere (in the US). But of course I could be wrong. Anyway, if it's illegal, the police can step up patrols in the neighborhood. Catch a kid in the act, take them home and confront the parents - no tickets or citations or anything, just tell them to knock it off. Maybe?
  25. 13 points
    I wrote this: I am personally not joining the call to ban churches who have unknowingly purchased this curriculum. I am trying to forge another way forward to preserve relationship and engage in conversation. My own church purchased this as they purchase Group's VBS kit every year as long as I can remember. Our program is due to start in 10 days. It's too late to pull it. I am engaged currently in helping them respond to this. Right now, I have gotten agreement to modify the program. I am in progress on some other points I have made, and the senior leadership is meeting this morning about this. I am personally not going to allow my children to wear the shirts. I have asked the church to consider pulling the shirts and replace them with something else even plain t-shirts. I am working with them on a public statement and because we are a mega church, Group has been in contact with our church. I am hopeful that the dialogue with Group's representatives will be fruitful as they have expressed a desire to talk to me about this. I have asked our church to not purchase Group's products going forward until Group has acknowledged the wrongs and made some tangible steps toward reconcilation and restoration. I believe that this is an important step as Group is a large curriclum provider. Later this: I have really great news. My church is pulling it in its entirety. They are going to pull together their own with 10 days to go. I have been praying about my communications with the senior leadership. I am beyond words that they heard me out and want to step out and make a statement about the value our church places on inclusion and diversity in our pursuit of winning people to. They want our actions to reflect our words and this does not reflect the message of love and acceptance that Christ offers to all people. Adding this comment: i have been careful not to label this curriculum as racist. I am pointing out that there are flaws in this. Flaws that are significant enough to speak up about it. Perpeturating racial sterotypes and cultural appropriation are not acceptable. As a Christian and a person of color, I have to speak up. I am not condemning the whole company either. This company has a huge reach. Millions of children will be exposed to this. If they are given this, modeled and taught this as it stood, then then they will internalize that this is acceptable and normalize it. They do not have the lens or experience to recognize it as inappropriate and racially insensitive. Unless people speak out (hopefully and always in truth and love) to admonish andr rebuke, then no change will happen. There must be many (based on the responses I keep reading) of white Christians who are my brothers and sisters who do not see anything wrong with this. That is exactly why speaking up about this is important to start conversations with them in relationship and community so that they can learn to understand why this is a big deal and why these parts of this curriculum are problematic. When you have a big platform like this, it comes with a great deal of responsibility to use it wisely. Group can do better. I hope it does do better. I do not want their company to be destroyed by this. They are moving in the right direction, but what they have communicated so far still indicates that there is still work to be done. I often think the God does the greatest transformative work in our lives during the painful and most challenging times. I realize that this must be that for them. I truly hope that they would see that there are most people truly desire for them to come through this and to help them through to grow in this area.
  26. 13 points
    There are SO many things I could list. I feel baffled by others a lot of the time. One... why do some guys spit so much? Not tobacco. Just spit. Open the car door & spit while in traffic. While standing on the sidewalk. Walking down the street. Before walking into a building. Just everywhere (hopefully outside). Is it excess saliva production? Or something? 🤔
  27. 12 points
    First, I want to apologize for the flounce. I was just too emotional yesterday to deal with a big debate. I shouldn't have started the thread if I wasn't prepared for the pushback. I guess I thought people would be more supportive and I just couldn't take it yesterday with everything I had going on. So, my apologies. Second, setting aside the HSLDA issue, I described the article as a hit piece because, IMO, the journalist was incredibly biased in her reporting. She used loaded language throughout the piece, characterizing us as an "extreme" form of school choice and taking "advantage of the school's money." Homeschool charters were also not accurately described throughout the article. For example, we cannot purchase "anything that [we] want" from vendors. Critically, she painted all homeschool charters across California with the same broad brush when they do not all operate in the same ways. She writes, "With home school charters, there doesn’t have to be a set curriculum. Students only have to meet virtually with a teacher once a month and turn in one work sample for each meeting - a sample that the teacher doesn’t grade, according to parents." What I think she meant to say is that SOME educational facilitators at SOME homeschool charters allow families to unschool (use experiential learning in lieu of a curriculum) during the K-8 years. SOME educational facilitators at SOME homeschool charters allow parents to meet virtually with them and SOME allow only one sample per learning period (again, only K-8). The way this article is written will no doubt lead the public to believe that this is going on at all or most homeschool charters and that is patently false. And to describe our schools in this way, when they are under tremendous scrutiny by the legislature, does a real disservice to tens of thousands of families who have already been failed by traditional public schools. Third, given how few Black homeschoolers there are (and PoC homeschooling generally), I was very upset that Ms. Akpan's photo was used as the "face" of an article about the purported misuse of educational funds. The other blogger mentioned looks much more like the face of homeschooling and yet Ms. Akpan made the cover. Why? Also, Ms. Akpan has one child. Yet, she is pictured with several children (who are nieces and nephews). So, I ask you: which blogger looks more like a homeschooler and which blogger looks more like a racist stereotype about a Black woman with a gaggle of kids milking the system? The racist undertones were palpable and unacceptable. So, what does homeschooling actually look like for us? Sacha and Ronen are enrolled in two different charters, and their policies vary. Sacha's charter (Dimensions -- formerly Dehesa) is more rigid than Ronen's (Inspire -- he was with Valiant before they closed). Because Sacha is 2e, he received extensive special education testing through his charter school, and his individualized educational plan has enabled him to study math, science, and language arts at a high school level (even though he is just finishing 4th grade), while still interacting regularly with his age peers in enrichment classes held at our charter's resource center in San Diego. Sacha hit the ceiling on his state testing last year and most recently, he took the PSAT 8/9 (administered by the charter for him) and scored in the 99.9th percentile for a 4th grader. Ronen is too young for testing. So, yes, charter students do test. But, you have to understand that there is a very large percentage of special ed students in homeschool charters. These are kids who struggled in traditional public schools. Of course many of them are going to struggle with testing! Re accountability, we meet at least every 20 days with our educational facilitators (in person with Dimensions; Valiant allowed online meetings via Zoom, so we did that; Inspire currently allows either), who review our work samples (one for each subject at Dimensions; one per learning period at Valiant; I don't yet know what Inspire requires), talk with my children about their learning activities in each subject, and enjoy a long-term, mentoring relationship with their students. I believe Valiant gave us $2400 in funds (I never paid that much attention, to be honest), plus $500 in the summer. There has been a bit of charter school funds arms race the past few years, so Dimensions has been changing its funding each year. Their new policy is that each child will not have a specific amount of funds. The facilitators will have a budget for the kids on their rosters that they will be able to use to help support the kid's learning plans. So, no more wasteful spending. Some kids will get more to support their learning plans; some kids will need less. With a set amount of funds, you did often see people try to spend every last penny on "consumable" items -- things they could keep/use. Both Dimensions and Inspire have a lending library, where you can borrow any nonconsumable items, like textbooks, etc. It doesn't cost any funds to use those items, which is great. So, I only end up using my funds on consumable workbooks, online classes, PE classes, and games. We do a lot of gameschooling, so I buy a lot of board games with funds. So, that is my vice. We already had Six Flags and Sea World passes, etc. I've never bought any amusement park passes with funds. So, yes, we use curriculum. And yes, some schools are more supportive of unschooling than others. But, we still have to take the prescribed California classes and meet the Caifornia standards -- people just going about meeting those standards in different ways, according to their child's needs. Re the funds... what I don't think people understand is that, if the funds go away, an entire economy that has sprung up around the use of these charter school funds will be devastated. For example, my friends own a music school. They used to not have much of an income stream during the middle of the day except for a few toddler classes and some old people taking up piano in retirement. Now, they have tons of homeschoolers using charter funds to study music. That will be destroyed up and down the state of California. All the field trip vendors -- gone. Lots of livelihoods will be destroyed. And don't think the price of online classes at your favorite vendors won't go up if California charter homeschoolers disappear. Next time you sign up for an online class, notice how many of them are vendors for California charters. We are subsidizing the cost of many of your classes. If our money goes away, those students will disappear and those classes will not run. So, yeah. This is a big deal. Yes, some charters have played loosey goosey and walked the line. People always push boundaries. It happens. But, let's not vilify tens of thousands of homeschoolers (again, the majority of California homeschoolers use charters) because some people played fast and loose. Oh, yes. Someone asked about the administration. Charters are managed by charter management companies -- not by school districts. School districts authorize charters and collect money as authorizers. Because so many public school students have been fleeing traditional schools and running to charters, the large school districts are pushing back by lobbying for with this anti-charter legislation. They are pissed because very small and very poor school districts have been the ones authorizing homeschool charters. A charter is allowed to operate in its county and in the counties contiguous to it. So, if you get a tiny school district in LA County (see the Acton school district in the high desert -- outskirts of LA County) to authorize you, you can now enroll student in LA County and all the counties that touch it. So, you only need to get a few desperate authorizers to run your charter in the most populous parts of the state. (The superintendent of the tiny Dehesa school district was also indicted for skimming of the top -- so it isn't just the charter who was involved.) The charter management company collects money for managing the back end. In the case of Valiant, the A3 management charter management company took down the entire school because they were making up fake students and enrolling them in the school's summer program. The A3 folks were pocketing the money the state paid for these students to be enrolled in the school over the summer. All the educational facilitators lost their jobs and students (like my little one) lost their school. Now, the school itself is being lambasted in the media by reporters and the HSLDA, who don't understand sh*t about the way homeschool charters in CA work. I am happy to answer any questions.
  28. 12 points
    Well I find it odd actually to listen to both parents at length when she had never met them in person as well. So her response in hoping she was willing to be more of a friend doesn't seem that weird to me. 🤷‍♀️ I'd just keep laying out the boundaries and she'll take the hint. She has a teen or young adult right? She could ask the kid to assemble a few friends and offer them pizza and a social gathering as payment.
  29. 12 points
    Nope. No strings attached school. I have some personal philosophies regarding "paying for school" that I won't discuss here because my ideas tend to freak out or offend people. They worked out well for DD23 so I can't say I will change them, but they are probably counter to your basic concept. However, I remember a discussion once when my oldest graduated high school. My aunt and uncle, big proponents of parents paying for college, were out for my oldest's high school graduation, which also served as a sort of family reunion. They had paid for their own kids college, both of whom went to expensive schools, got degrees they never used and honestly.....just didn't provide a great example of ROI. The morning before my aunt and uncle left, we all went to breakfast. DD23 complained about DH and I not paying ANYTHING for school. And my aunt, maybe out of experience, said to my kid " Your mom is right. This way there are NO strings attached and you can get the degree YOU want. " Don't have the kids switch schools. If you are paying and you are paying what you can afford and this sets your kids on the path they want to be on, then do NOT alter than just because someone else wants to offer cash for puppet strings. This isn't about a luxury gift, it's about your kids and their education and path in adult life. Tell your parents thank you very much for their generosity, but the college students are already too far along to make changes and the ones not there yet, they are already on the path to specific colleges and can't accept funds for schools that don't get them where they want to go.
  30. 12 points
    I feel that with a few more additions and some creative editing you could write a book with some Seuss-ian overtones. "I do not like stand-ing in line. Not at the store, the library, or the Y. I do not like it when they whine. I do not like stand-ing in line. Not at the theatre or a potluck. Though at the latter, there might be wine. I do not like stand-ing in line." Regards, Kareni
  31. 12 points
    I totally see what you're saying. You're not bothered by HSLDA's position per se, but by the fact that to get the homeschooled charter family side of it, the newspaper asked HSLDA and HSLDA walked right in happily, basically claiming to speak for you, when they've always opposed your method of education.
  32. 12 points
    Curious, so I googled, and found this on a golf cart company site: https://www.carycartco.com/custom-golf-carts/what-makes-a-cart-street-legal/ In all states, a Street Legal Golf Cart must be operated by a licensed driver. Below we’ve listed the federal requirements that each street legal and and low speed vehicle must have: {I omitted the requirements but they are in the link} eta: I don't think it's curmudgeonly at all to be worried about something like this. I don't think it's at all like riding a bike. Though maybe the carts you are seeing are not what I am picturing. And, I know it can be hard to be the one complaining about people in the neighborhood.
  33. 12 points
    Most people don’t know this, but 80% of people with Cerebral Palsy (a common dx for those in wheelchairs, but definitely not the only possibility) have NO cognitive impairment. I think your son did the best he could given the circumstances but I would encourage him in the future to assume that he can speak normally to any child who appears to be severely disabled. Being physically excluded may be inevitable but we can always interact socially with disabled kids (and usually that’s the part they really crave). Kudos to him for wanting to do better next time!
  34. 11 points
    He should gather what stuff of his own he can ready to leave at a moments notice (maybe stash it with you or other friends) . He should open an account of his own that doesn’t have info go to his parents address, and prepare to have his job wages transfer to direct deposit to it. He should call child protective services, because even though he’s 18 they may be able to help him or tell him who to call—and because what’s abusive to him is probably also so for siblings. )He even may be able to be established in an apartment as the care giver for younger siblings and paid to do that, with younger siblings sent to school rather than being taught by an older sibling who hasn’t himself been adequately taught.) He should find someplace he can stay in a kicked out emergency. YMCA housing? ***He should apply to Job Corps which can help him to get a DL and GED and / or trades training. *** Or possibly since he’s been doing all sorts of house work, see if he can get a live in position with some other family to get out of current house
  35. 11 points
    Since you can't contact her except through amazon, I suggest you reach out to her that way. Send *her* a small trinket with a gift message like, "Hey, I know we aren't okay, but I saw your address on amazon and wanted to let you know I'm thinking about you. I was also hoping it might be okay for me to use amazon to send a small gift to each of the kids on their birthdays this year? If that's not a good idea, just let me know. I want to respect your wishes. Love, MedicMom."
  36. 11 points
    A board member requested that I repost my AoPS Intro to Algebra exams since the link from the old post no longer words. I am trying to post them as attachments, hope this works. AoPS Intro to Algebra ch 1 to 6.pdf AoPS Intro to Algebra ch 1 to 14.pdf AoPS Intro to Algebra ch 15 to 22.pdf
  37. 11 points
    The media goes to HSLDA because they actively claim to speak for all homeschoolers and all homeschool interests. That is simply not true. In as much as they misrepresent the homeschool community, I absolutely do blame them for this. They know they only represent a tiny number of members, they know that secular homeschooling and homeschooling tied to online and charter schools is growing, yet they continue to claim to be the voice of all of us. It will continue until homeschoolers who do not fit into the HSLDA mold - secular homeschoolers, hybrid and charter homeschoolers, etc. - get a nationwide voice that's as loud.
  38. 11 points
    The idea that parkour isn't PE is absurd. Like, come on. It seems to me that there are different issues here. On the one hand, there is corruption in the California charter system. There just is. On the other hand, lots of kids go to Disney through school, especially the education days. And the list of "special" classes don't seem absurd to me at all. And then there's the idea that you can home educate for a lot less. Well, yes, you really can. But it's a lot harder at the high school level. And some kids need that much funding because of special needs.
  39. 11 points
    We went down to Temple Square in Salt Lake to walk around the gardens. I found what I am 99% sure are serviceberry trees with ripe berries--I tasted a few and they were really good. Now I want to figure out what variety they are because the serviceberries (shrub type) in my yard are not nearly as juicy. My kids say I set a terrible example by eating berries that I couldn't positively identify. I know I won't die though because that would be breaking the rules.
  40. 11 points
    We just ate steak, shrimp, sausages, corn on the cob, mashed cauliflower, asparagus, and watermelon. It was so yummy! We will have peach pie and strawberry shortcake in a few minutes. It's our friend's 60th birthday. My plate:
  41. 11 points
    Good morning. Dh is grousing. My father's day gift to him is to ignore him instead of gifting him with the Laser Death Glare of Doom.
  42. 11 points
    I am happy to say that one of the neighbor’s husband is alive. I haven’t seen him in over a year and he is always in such bad shape that his death was not out of the realm of possibility. But it didn’t exactly seem like the kind of thing that you could ask about. And the more months went by I didn’t even feel like I could ask “how is your husband doing” in case the answer was “he died a year ago “. So I was very relieved to see him hobbling out to the mailbox. They have young kids.
  43. 11 points
    I babysat for a boy with severe cerebral palsy for a year when I was in college. He was in a wheelchair with no ability to control his body, and non-verbal, but did not have any mental retardation. So how do you let a 5 year old boy (the age of the child I worked with) be 5 in that situation? Here are some things we did: - Took him out of the wheelchair as much as possible, and literally hauled him through playground equipment. It was a great workout for me. 🙂 We did slides and bridges and swings, I walked on the cement curb balance-beam style like kids do, etc. - We got down on the floor and played with toys, and I would tell silly stories like a kid might tell to accompany the actions of the figures or animals or legos or whatever it was. - We did activities in the kitchen that allowed for sensory input, things like washing and tearing salad. I had to put my hands over his and do it for him, but he was still touching and feeling the water and the salad and the tearing sensation. In your son's situation, it's almost too bad that they are rotating through stations. For that child, it would be great to have a dedicated team of leaders to work with him and find out what he can do. Some examples might be for one of the counselors to run the courses with the boy on his back or in his arms (if that's safe), carry the boy on a military stretcher and have the other cubs (under supervision) do this as well, etc. BUT... I would not have your son do any of those things without getting explicit consent from the parents that yes, this IS what they were thinking about when signing him up for cub scouts. Only they know their son, only they can decide if they are comfortable having another person physically handling their child, etc.
  44. 11 points
    It’s so kind of your son to want to find a way to include the boy in the activities. Your son shouldn’t have to be responsible for handling this on his own, but if no one else seems to be supervising and if the boy is nonverbal, maybe your son could ask the boy’s parents what they think their son would like to do. Again, your son sounds like such a nice young man!
  45. 11 points
    Gosh, if I have to open a screen to knock, I close it and then take several steps back. I'd find it super intrusive/creepy to be *right there* when someone open the door. And I can't stand when people are in the phone in public restrooms. Makes me want to carry a whoopie cushion in my purse so I can make obnoxious and disgusting sounds.
  46. 11 points
    Good Morning, Happy Hump Day. Woke up with a sore back again today. I almost feel like it was before we got the pad for our mattress. I wonder if it needs to be flipped around. Things are really happening at the science center. I have a signed contract for the school assemblies in January, looks like at least one week of camp will be completely full, I just got an email for a birthday party (may be too many kids for my space though, I have to consider), and registrations are already coming in for next year and once class is already almost full (and not one of the classes that usual fills). It's very exciting.
  47. 11 points
    The bugs here have armor. In Oregon you'd tap them and they'd be mush. Here you jump off a trampoline, put your full weight into the landing on a common house fly and they fly away laughing. It's a little embarrassing.
  48. 11 points
    Not really the same thing, but still baffling. Took my mom out shopping today, after picking her up from her house, where I grew up (age 8-17), and where she has continued to live. She gave me driving directions to get back. I don’t know how I managed on my own pre-Google when I was 16, much less now!
  49. 10 points
    Yup. The second he gets a new bank account, the parents will say, “Ok, Mr. Smarty pants, since you want all your money, you can be responsible for all your expenses,” and he’ll be kicked out the door. I’d see the first step as him ransacking the house to try to find his birth certificate and any other papers like that and then the second step is finding someone else to live with. After that, he can work on everything else.
  50. 10 points
    I read the transcript, and my impression is that this author is trying to sell books by repackaging and relabeling something that has existed for decades as if it's (1) a new phenomenon and (2) a huge problem. The actual facts that she cites do not line up with the claim that hook-up culture is rampant on college campuses and causing serious problems. In addition to the fact that students are actually having less sex than they were a few decades ago, the author admits that fully one-third of students never hook up at all in four years of college, and the percentage of students who are really into hooking up is a mere 15%. And it will come as a surprise to exactly no one that the majority of those 15-percenters are white males who are "conventionally attractive" and "upper-middle-class or wealthy." So... frat boys with fancy cars get laid a lot in college? This is news? Also, the fact that the following quote was provided as evidence of hook-up culture is pretty absurd, since it sounds exactly like every guy who ever whined about being "friendzoned" since time immemorial. The fact that this guy thinks there must be something terribly wrong with the culture if a girl he wants to have sex with doesn't want to have sex with him, even though she says she likes him, is an illustration of male entitlement, not proof of the dangers of hooking up. 🙄
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