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  1. 7 points
    I was watching Magnum PI while waiting for our bedding to dry because Captain insisted on 'unders' then fell asleep on my bed. He had just gone potty beforehand, though!! 🎉 Let's see, oh yeah, we ate dinner before that and had family devotional time and put Captain to bed time. And I went to the K-8 Board and thought it would be a good idea to click on the now monster thread I started. Now I feel like a complete failure as a homeschooler. I'm at the part in Return of the King where Legolas takes down the mumakill oliphant. Go Green Dead Army Guys!! Theodin just bit it. And just why didn't Aragon send said Dead Army into Mordor first, I ask you?!
  2. 5 points
    At your kids ages we just read book after book. In my opinion making kids “learn something “ from books is often artificial and kills the love of reading. I started to use some literature guides in middle school when my kids were 11 and 12. (But I am a bit of a formal ed rebel so...).
  3. 4 points
    DS15 was just diagnosed this year, and the psychologist told me that she frequently gets cases where teens have a long list of other diagnoses but not autism, and she said it seems to her that practitioners sometimes tiptoe around, looking at things symptom by symptom, and are reluctant to make a bigger diagnosis. She did run the ADOS on him for the first time, and he did score in the diagnostic range. The ADOS is subjective, so having someone else run it might end up with a different result, especially if he was on the line. I think the psych told me that she needed a score of 7 to diagnose. If you know the score that your son received, that might help you get a picture of how close to the border he scored. The diagnosis did not change anything that DS deals with, of course. But it can qualify him for additional services, and as he approaches adulthood, we wanted to make sure that he has assistance other than from us as parents to launch into adulthood. DS has what also could seem like selective mutism. He is chatty at home (about his interests) and with friends (he has finally developed some friends at school, though they don't socialize otherwise). But around other adults, he reverts to yes/no answers and says as little as possible. We are specifically worried about that with regard to employment. DS qualifies for services through our county. But the most helpful thing so far is that he qualified for vocational rehabilitation services through our state. Our state has a job training program for teens at risk. This last summer, DS took a month long training course in job skills, and they also visited various job sites to see what teens can do at work. Next summer, he will be provided with an actual paying job for five weeks, in a small group with other teens and a job coach. If he does well at that, the summer that he is 17, a job coach will help him find and apply for his own job. Services like that are so worth having the diagnosis, for us. Also, his tendency to go silent is something that we are working on from several angles. He gets speech therapy at school, but it's not enough to address all of his communication needs, so we are planning to have him do some private work, as well. DS also hates therapy, because he has to talk. But we recently found him a counselor who has experience working with those on the spectrum. This guy says that he considers bonding with the therapist to be 80% of what results in a good outcome. That is exactly what DS needed, and he is actually talking some to this counselor each week. It's still hard to get him to talk, but they are working on it. DS has hated and rejected therapy before, so I was very nervous about trying again. I did not want to add to his negative impressions of accepting outside help. But so far, so good. Having the diagnosis to help explain what is going on is helpful, in that people who are experienced at working with those on the spectrum will have knowledge of techniques and an understanding of how to connect that a general psych may lack. I felt the same as you, that I didn't want to be chasing a diagnosis, and we put off getting a second opinion for five years. But I'm glad we did it. You may want to contact your county board of disabilities to see what they need to qualify him for services. And someone there should be able to tell you how to connect with other programs through the state. We've found that it can be hard to figure out what kind of things are out there to provide help, and sometimes you just have to start with one person and ask them for suggestions. (That first person for us was the special ed coordinator at DS's school.)
  4. 4 points
    Wow. When we were uninsured, we received a whopping $0 0% "self-pay/uninsured discount." Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Every single doctor's visit, every single urgent care visit, and every single (thankfully nothing serious and not too many) ER visits caused severe anxiety with the stress of it all. The system is such a cluster-f*$# it's just... *sigh* It's impossible to fix because it's impossible to DISCUSS with other people! We could all go to the same hospital with the same complaints and receive the same treatments... and all of us would have a different bill at the end of the day. It's Tower-of-Babel level disparity.
  5. 4 points
    The other day, I overheard my 12 year old patiently trying to explain Christmas to his younger brother, who joined our family on Dec 23rd last year. DS1: Your presents are surprises. You make a list but you don’t know what you’re getting until Christmas morning. DS2: Except DS3. He knows. DS1: No he doesn’t, how would he know? DS2: Dad told him. DS1: There’s no way, that makes no sense. Dad would never tell. DS2: I heard him. DS1: Wait, what did he say? DS2: He said “You are getting a lawnmower.” DS1: Oh, no Dad is not actually getting him a lawnmower. He just said that to tease DS3. (Note for years my DH has told my kids they are getting a lawnmower for Christmas every time they ask) DS2: Dad doesn’t lie. I can trust him. You told me that. He’s getting DS3 a lawnmower. DS1: You can trust him. Dad’s really honest. He tells the truth, except about lawnmowers and Christmas. Why would he get DS3 a lawnmower? DS3 isn’t even old enough to mow the lawn! DS2: You aren’t supposed to lie to your kids. DS1: Well no, but . . . The conversation went around in circles, eventually I jumped in and then the three of us went in circles. There just seemed to be no way that my son could make sense of this. So, now, apparently my kid thinks his father is a liar.
  6. 4 points
    So you don’t feel you’re the only one who has done stuff like that...Once I drove 45 minutes to drop my son off at a science class. It wasn’t until he hopped out of the car that I noticed he was wearing his Thomas the Tank Engine slippers.
  7. 4 points
    Walked 10 miles Went to the Veterans Day ceremony with 2 Scouts Helped with the Legion lunch Scout meeting tonight at the pool Picked up craft/bead stuff from a previous Scoutmaster--sending it down to OA tomorrow night grocery run, specifically for all the horrible stuff for my colonoscopy prep tomorrow laundry write kids found a troop for LDS boys whose troop is going away queried Scout folks about doing MORE food this weekend--nope! talked to a previous firechief friend--he's concerned about dh's spaciness took calls for dh about Scout meeting I have to miss tomorrow as I have to get ready for the hospital visit filled out pre-op stuff and drank a lot of coffee!
  8. 4 points
    Classes done, back from the gym, now getting ready to head out to 4-H. Then Monday is done. Tuesday is easier, just 3 classes and one tutoring student (who was not feeling well today so may not come tomorrow). But once again I checked past history and tomorrow's plan was just done last Spring and needs to be changed.
  9. 4 points
    See, and I’m the opposite, so it doesn’t bother me if there’s not enough main dishes. It is what it is!
  10. 3 points
    Eating. Cooking and baking good things to eat. Thinking of wonderful ideas, whether or not they are actually followed through... I need to get back to doing this. I used to bake every time I was upset. There was a summer and fall I was baking ALL the time. Dh thought it was about him, and my love for baking. Well, it was about him, but not in the way he thought... Let him know that if he plays violin, he will have to keep his nails trimmed. I have not read all the things.
  11. 3 points
    I think interaction comes at a price. Sometimes we can get it for cheap (like in places were DE is heavily subsidized or free). But usually I think it's true that you can spend money or time and that's the message that newbies don't want to hear and increasingly old school folks don't want to accept.
  12. 3 points
    Last year someone sort of lightly made fun of us for sending them a card and saying how old fashioned it was. I definitly won't bother them with one this year! LOL I'm still going to send them to old friends. I love anything personal that comes in the mail.
  13. 3 points
    I stopped doing cards perhaps 10 years ago. I still wanted to do them, and would even get the photos of the kids printed on cards, but I wasn't getting them sent out. I tried organizing them early and sending them out right after Thanksgiving, but I found I had trouble making that happen, too. After a couple of years of ending up with the stack of unsent cards, I decided just to stop doing it. I regret it, a bit, now, because I'm also not on Facebook, and the Christmas greetings were my only connection to some of my old friends. When I stopped sending cards, people stopped sending them to me, and now I get very few. Many of those connections are gone, now, and I never hear from them. As long as you won't regret not GETTING cards any more, I think it's fine to stop sending them. But realize that once you stop, others will take you off of their lists.
  14. 3 points
    The first post reminds me of high school. In first year French the teacher was getting angry that no one could translate what was written on the board. Finally someone had the nerve to say "I think that might be German." Oops!
  15. 3 points
    And yes psychs will diagnose in spite of the ADOS. People learn masking skills and can fake it out at this age. There are some psychs doing modified but they change it up to bust through learned strategies.
  16. 3 points
    I want some snow. It’s been 80 @$&@# degrees here.
  17. 3 points
    I was happy as a latch key kid too, mostly because I could do whatever the heck I wanted and feel like I was "in charge" which was very empowering. That's not the case with most of these after school programs. This. Research shows that kids benefit from unstructured free time to think, create, choose, interact - or not. My experience from when I was working in a school and in my few education courses in college tells me that when the school is in charge of it and large groups of kids are involved, *someone* will organize activities and tell kids what to do and when. I don't think you can equate a home/family setting with an institution. The dynamic and setting and interactions are so very different. It's not that they are government run that makes it institutional, in my mind it's more of a fact of life of the logistics involved any time you have large groups of people to manage in one location that makes it an institution.
  18. 3 points
    I don't see a bunch of people defending a two hour day. I'm one of only a couple who have said something about limited academic time for our specific kids. My kids aren't graduated yet, I'm not even half way through high school with my oldest, and I only know what we have done so far. When my kids were young and I read all the books I envisioned a very academic homeschool. As time has gone on, I have adjusted every year to the kids that I have, not the imaginary kids in my head. And the kids I have are not neurotypical. They don't have the gene set to be neurotypical. Education, to me, is the development of the complete person, not just the intellectual person. For many of my kids the intellectual stuff comes fairly easily. For all of my kids there are serious struggles to achieve success in the social and emotional domains. Guys, all the academic success in the world isn't going to help a person succeed in life if they are paralyzed by anxiety. Chemistry and physics and Shakespeare aren't going to prevent depression. Calculus isn't going to teach them to talk to people. If I limit the time we focus on academics I do so very intentionally in favor of time spent on music and theater and dance and martial arts because these things have proven to have significant benefits to my kids. Not to mention juggling stuff like speech therapy for four of them. There is only so much time in a day, our energy can't go everywhere. And kids need downtime as much as they need anything else. I focus the majority of our time where I see the greatest need and the most benefit to my children. They have a lifetime to continue gaining academic skills and knowledge. The brain building that goes on during adolescence though will establish long term patterns; if I have the ability to influence healthier development through physical activity and social engagement I need to take advantage of that. There is unfortunately very little research on a pro-active approach to establishing mental and emotional health. I'm moving forward with what research I can find and with my personal observations of what seems to be working or not working. I can give a more informed report in twenty years, but for now I am comfortable with an educational focus not centered on academics. As far as academics go, math has always been the one subject I try not to shortchange because it builds so much on itself and needs to be learned incrementally over time. Foreign language I started when my kids were young, they have extra time. They tend to be bookworms so I do not have to encourage reading; my dyslexic child spent years listening to audiobooks before her reading skills finally caught up. Dysgraphia has been a harder challenge, we're still working on that. Science at a college level and beyond is largely dependent on math skills, high school for most kids is more about exposure and I am comfortable primarily focusing on math. I'm fine with social studies being primarily exposure level. I have no idea how I am going to teach my fourteen year old how to write essays and research papers, I'm hoping an online or in person class will do because he shuts down if I try to teach him but does sometimes respond well to external teachers. I have a co-op in mind for next year that focuses on reading and writing and discussion. Do I think all this somehow adds up to an ideal education? No. Would it be a good education for an average child, whatever that means? Probably not. Is it an education that will benefit my specific children? I absolutely hope so!
  19. 3 points
    Note those figures are three--almost four--years old. Which makes them completely meaningless given how quickly health insurance/health care costs have been rising.
  20. 3 points
    FWIW, vouchers for child care for low income already exist in every state I have worked in (and I think at least part of the funding is federal). Programs are provided in private for and non-profit centers that choose to take the vouchers and are eligible for the federal nutrition program. In some states, this is rolled into VPK at age 4. No center is forced to take said vouchers. Some such programs offer extended hours and are open overnight for parents who work shifts. All are required to meet state standards. Churches and religious groups can accept said vouchers should they choose to open their child care programs to the public, but can then not discriminate based on religion (in general, such programs are required to accept everyone on a space-available basis, although they can set requirements (the most common being toilet training, since non-toilet trained children have more requirements including fewer children and more adults per group, bathroom facilities physically connected to the classroom, running water in the classroom, etc). Programs such as Head Start, Early Start, Title I ECED, and similar programs also have financial requirements. It seems likely that after school care vouchers will take a similar model, where low income families will get a reduced rate, and there will be a range of options available. Most schools do not want, and indeed, would struggle to have the entire school building open extra hours because cleaning and maintenance has to happen sometime, so after school programs typically use the cafeteria or gym and playground.
  21. 3 points
    I think so too. I now know more than one person IRL who reads these boards, but never posts simply because they're intimidated. But they come here for rec's all the time. I lurked here for a good bit before I made a profile and posted. And I'm pretty sure I had a couple of glasses of wine before I did it too, because I was so worried about asking a stupid question and getting jumped on. Maybe y'all preferred me that way, I don't know LOL. "Wow, she was a lot less annoying when she was intimidated!!" 😂
  22. 3 points
    I've been mulling this over the past few days to see if I am in fact being privileged. I don't *think* I am. I recognize the hard realities of working parents trying to figure out childcare. I live in a very rural area where there are no other options except paying someone to babysit your kids in their home. And in fact for most of my 20 years as a SAHM I've been one of those babysitters and been told more than once that me being available as a safe place to send their kids is an answer to prayer. I realize that me being a SAHM with one income seems like a luxury to many who are not in the same position. Maybe it is, now that DH has worked his butt off for 20 years at 65+ hours a week and moved up the ladder and makes a good income. But it wasn't always that way. There were many, many years where living on one income was a huge financial sacrifice, but we did it anyway and lived on a shoestring and robbed Peter to pay Paul because that was the vision of the life we wanted to build with me at home with the kids. Other people have a different vision of the life they want to build, and that's ok. Variety is good! But IME, being a SAHM is not a luxury, it's a choice with consequences, just like any other. And all of the above has very little to do with the fact that I am deeply disturbed at the thought of it becoming normalized for children to spend 10+ hours a day in an institutional setting provided by the government.
  23. 3 points
    I would own every Sonlight and BFB package as well as every book on Ambleside's list. I would have memberships to the zoo, aquarium, Sea World, ropes courses, etc. Private music and language lessons.
  24. 3 points
    Unlimited? I would start by hiring out most of the home maintenance and cooking so I could focus on teaching.
  25. 2 points
    Yes. I think we can’t have this conversation without also discussing this. While we discuss potebtial benefits to an extended school day with government run, parent absent programs, we must also ask, are there unintended consequences to the availability of such programs. Sigh. So the question become, how do we create a “fix” so that more parents are available to be home and engaged when their kids are home? And can we? People have a tendency to choose good ‘nuff over better or best.
  26. 2 points
    I just wanted to encourage the moms like 8FilltheHeart and Lang Syne Boardie to stay here. I need you. We need you. Sometimes I need to hear from someone that I can do this thing. I know we are pursuing a level of rigor here that most of the people I "know" in homeschooling are not. That's okay with me, as long as I have a community which I can come to and ask questions. I have used texts and pursued studies with my kids that I never would have known about without this forum. We have been blessed by it. I truly need your encouragement.
  27. 2 points
    A couple of years ago I took ds for his routine, every-6-weeks haircut. The hairdresser took one look and said, "When did he cut his hair?!" Apparently he'd cut a big chunk off the top of his head and I hadn't even noticed. ETA: ds does NOT have long hair!
  28. 2 points
    I made the appt for oldest’s driving test and wrote down the wrong date. We showed up a day late and instead of being able to get right in, we had to wait standby and hope someone else was a no-show or cancelled. It added a couple of hours to our DMV day.
  29. 2 points
    When I was 21 and a single mom, I worked retail for a small regional company. $75 biweekly, no copays, no coinsurance for the 2 of us. Dh runs a national company. They don’t subsidies family plans. They pay 50% of his premiums. And the plan is based in his office’s home location, so there can be network issues. (They do use a national insurance company, thank goodness!) I often wonder if people just don’t think about how much their employer is paying toward their plan. A friend of mine has 100% paid family coverage, but she’s their benefit negotiator. She knows how much it elevates her “pay”. But she’ll readily tell you that people think they want higher pay vs. great insurance.
  30. 2 points
    I think the government mucks up most things they attempt to provide. I find most government programs to be terribly run from a financial standpoint and to be terribly bogged down with way too much bureaucracy and paperwork. But.....that is all why I think THIS particular proposal is a bad idea. That doesn't mean I am completely opposed to every single governmental idea, nor doesn't mean that I prefer help be non-existent. I am totally and completely willing to examine individual proposals for what they offer and to form an opinion based of various an assorted proposals offered. The fact that I don't think this one works does not mean I will automatically be against some other proposal that may or may not offer some federal assistance or involvement. It certainly doesn't have to be all or nothing. I don't have to come up with my own proposal or idea to have a valid opinion on a proposal or idea that someone else has presented.
  31. 2 points
    I don't believe that "easier" is always *BETTER* . Whether that's for individuals, parents, families or our society in general.
  32. 2 points
    Well, see, to me, if you have sign-ups, it isn't a potluck. If it's a pot*luck*, you provide plates and eating utensils and napkins and whatnot, and the guests provide everything else. If you end of with all chocolate desserts, awesome; and some people might think to themselves that maybe they should bring something else next time.
  33. 2 points
    I am always self-conscious cooking for others. For potlucks, I usually bring nice cheese and crackers and a large fruit salad. I usually spend quite a lot of money (8+ quarts of fruit add up) and time (I am slow at cutting. LOL) It isn't a desire to shortchange anyone. I could make a main dish more cheaply and quickly. Cheese and fruit are popular with kids, too, who may be nervous to eat food they aren't familiar with.
  34. 2 points
    We do this every Sunday and I’m our team’s lead. I have a list that works pretty well and it has room for people who cook and people who buy from the deli. We have it worked out through practice. Our team if 8 families feeds 125 people but here’s my backup secret: when we haven’t been able to bring enough food, I put out smaller plates. It works like a charm. the other thing I remember On a short day is that people will live to eat again. The food isn’t the point. It gives us a way to gather but no one needs to eat like it’s their last meal. Re: allergies, preferences and so on—we always have a pot of rice and a large green salad with dressing on the side and things like nuts and cheese on the side. That takes care of about 15 different people without additional worry. I hope this helps.
  35. 2 points
    I feel we all have a different view on the benefits and costs of kids being away from parents. Maybe part of that is our own internal bias / need to know that whatever we are doing ourselves is right. Sometimes we take it past "this is right for my family right now" into "this has to be better for other families." I think that's often a mistake. There have been plenty of days when my kids were away from me more than 10 straight hours between school/camp, aftercare, and activities - even though I am sitting at home! Sometimes they are better off doing that. Sometimes they are better off coming home. We are glad to have the option.
  36. 2 points
    One of my kids would not receive a regular diploma in our current state, because this state has chosen to have different levels of degrees for students who do not meet a minimal standard. In (most) other states, he would receive a regular diploma, because they choose to let some students not meet that standard who have special needs of some kind. So I think that is a pretty specific category of kids, but it is also a category that is represented on this forum. But I honestly do not believe those are the kids whose parents are looking to do the bare minimum and not interact with their kids. I think these are two really distinct things and shouldn't get confused with each other. There is a big difference between taking a different path with a lot of thought and intention and looking at what is best and most realistic ------ and just looking for the bare minimum or whatever will be the least work/involvement (especially when it is involvement!!!!) from the parents.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    I don’t do grades. My state doesn’t require any and I know their skill levels. I plan to when we get to high school. Most of my outside the box type ideas come from electives and are highly interest and project-based. My middle taught himself 3D modeling and Blender then started to make a weapons rack in Blender with various weapons through history. Middle got so excited learning in science last year that he created his own google doc so he would have place to put his own notes. He would copy and paste pictures and write down terms he wanted to memorize. It’s his own version of OneNote. He likes to return to earlier pages and think about what he out there. Dd is crafty. She had an American Girl dollhouse project. We took XL Home Depot boxes and cut off the lids. Then cut up some extra boxes and wrapped them is decorative paper to make interchangeable walls and floors. The she started looking for and making doll furniture and decorations. This part was all her. For example she filled tiny cups with glitter glue and stuck a tiny colored toothpick for the straw. The cups now looked like they had punch in them. She learned how to look at ordinary objects in a different way. I do well when we center learning around a theme or idea. I made my own pirate-themed unit study a couple of years ago. We had a lot of projects and field trips based on that. They still talk about that.
  39. 1 point
    You don’t. I kept a list but that was it. One other thing my olders liked doing at that age was when they finished a novel, they would narrate 3 sentences that I wrote down- plot, favorite part, recommend or no, why. Then they drew a picture to go with it. We used Primary notebooks for this. The ones with a drawing space and lines under. We didn’t do it for every book, just a smattering. My boys still have those notebooks. If you make it “work”, it fast loses its appeal.
  40. 1 point
    No. Sorry, I know it's hard to remember without me having a siggy. Oldest is 8yr old fourth grader. I THINK you guys use the term ds8 for this but I'm not sure.
  41. 1 point
    I missed your original post and just wanted to say I’m so happy for you that the situation has turned around. It must be such a relief. {{hugs}}
  42. 1 point
    Right. You said some other unspecified thing may be better but were fine as long as those poor unfortunate souls paid for it themselves or adopted your childcare model. Are you done with the gymnastics now? The bottom line is that you didn’t/don’t support any government funding for working families who need care. That’s fine. Just be honest about that. You have no evidence to support the extra ‘burden’ of opening a gym or playground after hours (this creates jobs, no?) or any evidence to support the idea that schools don’t want it or need this kind of funding. Your opposition is purely based on ideology, and that’s ok. It’s just dishonest to claim a factual basis for that opposition. What we do know is that there is a need, a problem. The focus should be on how best to flexibly meet that need, nationwide, or tweak this *proposal* so it’s more workable. Nothing should be off the table at this point.
  43. 1 point
    No, that's not what you said. Which you then elaborated on with This proposal has school buildings staying open more than hours per day, year round. It has very few guidelines on how the program should be run or how the money should be granted, and I don't think it has any guidelines on where the money comes from. Schools in low income areas already STRUGGLE to even teach kids how to read, and STRUGGLE to even keep kids warm enough, cool enough or safe enough. They struggle to provide books for teachers to teach with. And now, we are supposed to expect that some new federal program meant to provide daycare to kids in those same areas, is supposed to be a great use of taxpayer money and a benefit to kids, this program is somehow going to be better run than the already struggling school system there? It's supposed to help kids more than what is already NOT helping them in those places? And this is supposed to happen WITHOUT requiring more from teachers, AND it doesn't really outline where all that money is supposed to come from. No.......I am not ok with any of that. And I don't have to demonstrate that my preferred model is better in order to think this proposal is a bad idea.
  44. 1 point
    This mom of 17- and 18-yo boys needs commiseration and encouragement. Thanks!
  45. 1 point
    I'd like an invite please. 23 year old and her dh live with us and youngest is 19 working and in college.
  46. 1 point
    I think that's the "luck" in potluck. In some groups, the bar is traditionally high that enough people bring yummy, filling food and make up for the people who have a rough day and could only grab a bag of chips. I have been on both sides of the equation. We never do signup sheets in any of the groups. We distinguish between "snackluck" (park outing, everybody brings snacks to share) and "communal dinner/lunch" where more substantial contributions are expected at least from some.
  47. 1 point
    Reaction options we need: Supportive hug Congratulations/confetti This! Eyeroll High Five Sorry I'm Late (but....) Quote to agree Quote to argue Quote to answer the question the person actually asked
  48. 1 point
    This post made one of the scenes from Wall-E pop in my head. It's that scene where a classroom full of babies, sucking on pacifiers are sitting in a classroom, all wearing their red onsies, with a robot teaching them ABCs.
  49. 1 point
    I always love a little charcuterie faves are pepperoni, cheddar, crackers, green olives, and grapes.
  50. 1 point
    They've jumped on the "I'm looking for something online that my kid can work on independently" bandwagon. From a business perspective, they're keeping up with what consumers want. Honestly, it kinda looks like Time 4 Learning. There is so much junky homeschooling out there now, it bothers me. My son has several friends who homeschooled up to high school and then the parents put them in public school. They were educated with the "just teach yourself online independently so your parents can do other stuff" technique and they were complaining so much to my son about it. They felt like they didn't get a very good education and they're a little resentful. And I think it's one of the reasons this forum has a fraction of the traffic it used to have. Classical education is something the parents have to put together and be interactive with. I'm not changing the way we homeschool. 😞 I have one starting college in January and one starting Kindergarten in January. So, I get to start all over. It just seems lonely, now, because no one homeschools like we do anymore.
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