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  1. 9 points
    Oldest DS accepted to: University of Texas at Dallas (Academic Excellence Scholarship - Distinction) Texas State (President's Honor Scholarship) Since he found out he was not accepted to UT Austin, he's decided to attend UT Dallas and major in Finance. Looks like a good fit for him!
  2. 8 points
    I'm thinking that what may look like a parent passing anxiety to their kid because of the parent's words and actions may actually be a case of anxious tendencies being passed down genetically. I'm a pretty low anxiety person and a fairly laid back but consistent parent. I also do 99.9% of the parenting in this household; if anxiety or lack of anxiety in children were predominantly a matter of nurture my children ought to be low anxiety kids. But they're not; six of my seven kids have significant anxiety. Their dad has anxiety. Most of dad's siblings and some of my siblings struggle with anxiety. There is some kind of very strong genetic predisposition towards anxiety going on in this family.
  3. 7 points
    It seems odd to me that this would be the *only* thing as a parent that we are not supposed to question and help our kids process. Dear lord, that is all I've done for the last 20 years with mine, help her process emotional and mental issues. Asking questions about what she thinks and why she might think that, and how just because you think something doesn't mean it's true, although it might be, and are those thoughts and feelings really hers or are outside (or inside) issues affecting them... That process CAN be done gently and respectfully by a loving parent or by a qualified therapist. That is NOT the same as disowning them, calling them a freak, or kicking them out to the street. Why, especially as a parent, would this be the *one* area that you don't do that? Ask any questions to help your child process? It makes no sense.
  4. 6 points
    Good Morning! Happy Sunday! Go RAMS!
  5. 6 points
    We is back!!! It’s pouring down rain again, but we had pretty nice weather during the day. Saw Hearst Castle. Wow!! The California residence of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Then we drove up to San Simeon and saw the elephant seals and their babies. Those things are just nasty. Had a yummy fish dinner and then saw “Aquaman”. Hmmm, that doesn’t sound right.😂
  6. 5 points
    Good morning! It's Sunday! I have nursery this morning during the Sunday School hour, and then my day is pretty much free. Dh will take dd16 to her cultural exchange interview this afternoon and then we'll try to find some way to watch a bit of the game but mostly we'll watch a movie or something. Must Pantz. Coffee!
  7. 4 points
    it's an 'educational' tool, used in schools in the UK, by Mermaids, an organisation in favour of SRS on minors - the founder took her son to an Asian country before he turned 16, for an orchiectomy, penectomy and neovaginal construction surgery, to get around the ban on such surgery before 18 in the UK. A prominent new, young politician recently tweeted in favor of a fund raising effort for this organisation, after government funding (via Lottery) was paused due to concerns around their ethics. Yes, the more femme (Barbie) you are, the more you are girl/woman, the more GI Joe (masc) you are, the more you are boy/man. So on this chart, my dd1, for example, is non-binary masc, coming in at 7, though she's growing her hair now, so that takes her down to 5 ? making her non-binary-femme. It's ridiculous.
  8. 4 points
    @aggieamy answering a question from a few weeks back: Yes, I did enjoy Benevent Treasure - comparing it to other Miss Silver books - I gave it 4+/5. Loved the clever twist with the money at the end. Another fun thread here Robin, thank you for all the work you put in! (Off to link hop 😉) I’m working on spelling Chen Cao and Qiu for the whodunit challenge, and if I don’t make that at least Cao and Qui. Here’s hoping overdrive will deliver on the rest of the China/Chinese focused reads I’ve got on hold for this month. My Dc celebrate their birthdays, Ds on the 16th, Dd on the 18th, Dsil's birthday is on the 17th, Dh’s parents 61st wedding anniversary on the 21st; and, Dd is about to start back to academic learning for the year this week so I’m not sure how much reading I’ll achieve this month. Currently reading/listening to: The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place ~ Andy Crouch N/F Christian Content (audio) A BaWer recommended this last year (thank you!) Carnegie's Maid ~ Marie Benedict, narrated by Alana Kerr Collins (epukapuka audio) Wings Above Diamantina: Inspector Bonaparte Bk 3 ~ Arthur Upfield (library CD) (Australia) Being Maori Chinese: Mixed Identities ~ Manying Ip New Zealand N/F (epukapuka) New Sip Read: A Year With C.S. Lewis: 365 Daily Readings From His Classic Works ~ C.S. Lewis, edited by Patricia Klein (pub 2003)
  9. 4 points
    GAH!!!! I was just reminded by DS14 that his friend (a girl, no less) is coming over at noon. For some reason, I can never relax when my kids have friends over. Oh and I checked DS17's grades. Not sure whether to cry, drink heavily, or eat my weight in brie cheese.
  10. 4 points
    This is so rare in the US. I sometimes tell people that I make my kids get to their own activities regularly and they look confused, astounded, or disbelieving. I mean, they're in high school. These are only a few miles away. We live in a city with free public transit for city kids. It's just... I mean, I'm nice so I often go pick them up too, especially when they're finishing late - I don't make ds find his own way home after a late show after 11 pm or anything, but... they should be doing this for themselves sometimes. Yet... so few people do.
  11. 3 points
    Happy Sunday and welcome to week six in our 52 Books rambling roads reading adventure. Greetings to all our readers, welcome to all who are joining in for the first time, and everyone following our progress. Visit 52 Books in 52 Weeks where you can find all the information on the annual, mini and perpetual challenges, as well as the central spot to share links to your book reviews. Our Whodunit Bookology detective of the month is Inspector Chen Cao, created by Qui Xiaolong who was originally born in Shanghai China in 1953 and currently resides in the United States. Inspector Chen Cao was introduced with the publication of Death of a Red Heroine in 2000. The Inspector Chen series is set in Shanghai China in the 1990's and Chen Cao works as a homicide detective in the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau. The character is in his early thirties and also writes poetry and works as a translator. Inspector Chen must navigate his way through government politics while trying to solve murders. The series provides fascinating cultural and historical insight into China during a time of transition. There are a number of ways to complete the bookology challenge, including but not limited, to the suggestions below: · Read the first book in the series. · Read one book per letter in the character's first or last name. · Read one book per letter in the author's first or last name. · If you're feeling really ambitious, one book per letter in the character's first and last name. · Follow in a character's footsteps and read a book set in the country or time period of the character. · Follow in the author's footsteps and read a book set in their place or time of birth. · Read a book with the first or last name of the character or author in the title. Check out Big Thrills Interview with Xiaolong - Perceiving China Through a Poetry-Spouting Sleuth as well as delve into the history of China during the 1990's, emerging Chinese authors, and best novels that take place in China. Have fun following rabbit trails. What are you reading? Link to week five
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  14. 3 points
    I make huge heart shaped sugar cookies for everybody with my special frosting and their names piped on the top for dessert. I was sooooo relieved not to have to do the public school Valentines thing anymore!!!!!!! DH and I usually brew some tEa and that's about the extent of our celebrations 🙃
  15. 3 points
    Absolutely okay. Keep a list! Assign what you think she will enjoy and learn from. My kids skipped a lot of modern classics. Sometimes I wanted them to be familiar with certain iconic works and we would review context and important quotes if we didn't read them (1984 comes to mind). If something is a complete dud after 50 or so pages, move on. Yes, she will have to complete works she doesn't like in college, but it's not really something you need to practice. There are so many great books. If I had strictly enforced a specific reading list, my youngest would likely never have read all of Tolstoy's novels, because I never would have assigned them, lol.
  16. 3 points
    Toto, it sounds like she's making the group so structured that it's no longer fun. I was going to tell you that I would leave the group, but the truth is that my cane and I would have never joined a hiking group to start with. 😉
  17. 3 points
    Tagged a good sized pile for consignment. Ironed ds' church clothes. Moved the laundry Updated the budget Zero interest in housework right now. Maybe I'll take a nap?!
  18. 3 points
    It is really going to depend in the class and what the syllabus states. Some classes have in class participation as part of their grade. (My foreign language majoring Dd cannot ever miss class bc in class discussions are such a large part behind taking the course in the first place.) I personally think skipping class can become a bad habit that comes back to haunt them if they approach classes with that as their go-to plan. Skipping the odd class bc they really need that time for something else is different from skipping class all the time bc they just don't want to attend class. There is a fine line between just bc you can and should you.
  19. 2 points
    THIS^^^^ I took a couple of classes online that really were just read the textbook and add a discussion post each week. I could have read an older edition of the text (much cheaper too!) and learned just as much, but I needed the credit so I paid for tuition and lousy instruction. I expect the professor to be the expert on his/her subject and teach accordingly. I lead a breakout section over primary sources. You bet I studied long and hard to know those sources and since I also grade everything, I make sure they learn how to write well. But I could not teach the entire content of the class, it's not my field of specialty. This professor makes sure history is covered in a way that students didn't get in high school. She dives into subject matter deeply and doesn't gloss over the bad points in history. The point is to educate students, not simply have them check off a general studies box. ...Give me a medieval class and I could do well. 18 credits /semester is the cap at the schools I've attended too. I know one person who got an override for 21 and that included a couple of 5 credit math and science courses.
  20. 2 points
    Exactly what Sherry said with regards to having only one copy of a book. I assign them one at a time so there is no fighting over the book. If we have the book on Kindle, then they both read it at the same time, and so do I. I call this "book club" and we all think it's fun. My kids sometimes put books on MY booklist to read, which is how I ended up reading Holes (now one of my aboslute faves!) and all 5 book in the Gregor the Overlander series. When they choose the book and make ME read it, the discussion is probably even better than when it goes the other way around. They are constantly over my shoulder, "Which part are you at? What do you think will happen next? Which character do you think is most like so-and-so?" LOL.
  21. 2 points
    I’ve had a couple classes where the grade was based solely on the midterm and final. So I went to class 3 times that semester and ended up with a B which I was happy with since I was changing my major out of that department. i had another class that had in-class assignments that were posted online which were used for attendance as well. I liked that class so I didn’t purposely skip but the few times I needed to stay home, I would log in, do the in-class exercises and not be marked absent. Another reason to read the syllabus very carefully 🙂
  22. 2 points
    You both are amazing! I appreciate this so much.
  23. 2 points
    I would definitely encourage you to do "at home" therapy- that is, google it and do some of the midline crossing exercises. One great exercise I've seen is to draw out a sideways figure 8 (infinity symbol) on a very large sheet of paper, like from a butcher roll, maybe 1x2 ft of even bigger (I have also done this with whiteboard markers on a large glass door). Starting at the center point where the track crosses itself, have the child move left and up (counter clockwise), then around to cross the center point, then up and right (clockwise) through the other loop. Have them continue to trace the loop with one finger or a marker, as slow as they need to, but staying on the track. You may find a big hesitation at first as they cross the center point, just gently nudge the hand/pen to continue the correct way. Have them go faster and faster as they go, so they continuously trace the figure 8 many times without a pause in the middle. Then switch hands, but not directions on the figure 8. Regardless of hand, the left loop is always traced counterclockwise, and the right loop clockwise, as this also cements in correct letter formation motions. I had/have two kids who did not choose "handedness" until 6 or even later. However, it looked nothing like what you are describing.
  24. 2 points
    Me, too, on both of these. Of course, my mom left my 3 or 4 yr old brother home while she went on a Parade of Homes (way before cell phones). She justified it by saying she'd left the phone numbers of the houses on the route for him. My kids aren't as free roaming as some, but OP might be worried about mine sometimes with what I allow them to do in our small town. @sheryl I'm glad you are concerned about the kids in your neighborhood. But, your actions would have freaked my kids out more than walking home in the dark a handful of familiar blocks ever could.
  25. 2 points
    I'll do some sort of dessert - maybe chocolate fondue. Homemade pizza used to be our traditional Valentines meal, but we've been having it nearly every week recently, so it won't be that special. DH and I will probably have a nice dinner after the kids go to bed. Last year I got a beeswax candle kit for the kids, the kind you roll up. That was a huge hit! I'll probably do it again this year, especially since they'll have the next day off from school. Crafts are always a good idea on a non-school day.
  26. 2 points
    I gave it a go, added my .02.
  27. 2 points
    Answered your thread. I subscribe to Homeschool Tracker. Eventually, I might even use it.
  28. 2 points
    Occasion when I would poop my pants: I am home alone. I know my kids are with my husband. Neighbor comes to my door and says, "Now, you're kids are okay..." I 'd drop my contents at that point.
  29. 2 points
    This past summer my 9 year old was walking around our block (fully sidewalk-ed) one afternoon. A neighbor (from down the street) that we only kinda, sorta know pulled over to ask him if he was okay. DS said that he was just going for a walk. The neighbor then drove alongside DS and followed him to ensure he made it home. This greatly disconcerted DS and soured him to walking around the block by himself because now he worries he might get in trouble with someone. I guess I maybe understand our neighbor stopping to see if DS was okay - OTOH, it was a sunny afternoon, he was only a 5 minute walk from home, and he was clearly fine going about his own business. But following him home after he said he was just going for a walk?!?! I thought that was definitely crossing a line and I did not at all appreciate them interfering like that, even though I am sure she would say that she followed him home because "better safe than sorry!" Wendy
  30. 2 points
    No. *I* would not do it. If you make him "repeat fifth grade" he would turn *12 years old* before the end of the *fifth grade." He will know that he's older than most other children. Other children will know that he's "still" in fifth grade, and they will think it's weird that he's 12 years old *in fifth grade.* And that's only two subjects. To hold him back because of just two subjects isn't right. Work on those two subjects. Promote him to his appropriate age-level grade.
  31. 2 points
    Oh, I wasn't thinking of that. I was actually thinking of how social media coercion through shame is one place on a spectrum of social control of others' words that runs all the way through to really sinister things like the UK police and a focus on 'precrime' - seeking out, warning, and pressuring people who have committed no crime but whose words are considered to be 'incidents'. And thinking about the whole 'I'll take as much space as I want' and how that tangentially links with some police forces explicitly stating they are moving away from equality and towards weighting the subjective reaction of some groups to words over an objective assessment of whether words are criminal or not. I feel like we are moving in the direction of extreme authoritarianism, not just from the top down, but as part of a cultural shift towards ditching freedom of speech (as definined properly, and colloquially).
  32. 1 point
    I think your book club idea is fantastic, but I just wanted to say not to be too worried if your kids still like twaddle. My DD was perfectly capable of reading and understanding The Hobbit out loud with me but chose those stupid *&^^*#^#&%* rainbow fairy books with pictures in them every. single. time. we went to the library for years. She still checks them out periodically, but she also reads Harry Potter and Eragon and other more age appropriate books in her free time. I wouldn't worry about it. I also choose to read twaddle a lot in my spare time, even though I'm capable of reading Dante's Inferno for my high schoolers' literature class 🙂
  33. 1 point
    It is kind of weird though. They are not just advertising heavily (including through sponsored blog posts & yt videos), they are not just kind of the new kid in town, fad-wise, and they are not just buying up and republishing older texts....they're doing all of it at once. *And* they're doing it all across subjects. They got ahold of Jacobs, the Tiner stuff that previously MP alone recommended afaik, plus the LA stuff. Oh, Math For a Living Education used to be a Queen homeschool product too. I'm sure others as well. Actually, that's all they have right--stuff other ppl did first? IOW, they are good at the business side of things in a way not seen in the HS community since Sonlight and WTM Press imo. Others are kind of dipping into the same waters...MFW, etc...
  34. 1 point
    Getting scholarships after freshman year takes as much time as a job: There are many fewer scholarships out there, and they tend to be very competitive. If there are no scholarships available from the school, that makes things worse because you are competing nationally. I recommend an actual on or off campus job instead: The hours have a guaranteed payback versus spending hours finding and applying to scholarships and not knowing until the last minute whether the hours pay off. If you manage to find some one-year scholarships to cover next year, what happens the year after that? Now is the time to look at your four-year plan for paying for college. If you can't afford where she is, perhaps a transfer is in order. Or she could look into taking a year or two off to work to earn her own way through school.
  35. 1 point
    I would love to make a dresser that was a stack of books. Each drawer would be one giant book and the sides would be the bottom and top of the book. Perfect for a kid's room.
  36. 1 point
    I typically wear a sweater with leggings to church when it's cold out. The only people in dresses with hose at my church in the winter are the "old" ladies (70+). You'll see sweater dresses with tights on youth and other women.
  37. 1 point
    Most military housing we have lived in had beige dining room carpet. It was just set up for families to fail. 😄 We rolled out walkway plastic under the table. It had grips on one side to keep it in place and it was cheap enough. I would totally have done a drop cloth if I had thought about it!
  38. 1 point
    Master Books is starting to buy up other popular programs, editing them, and repackaging them to increase their offerings. All of their things are very appealing, they have a wide variety, and nice neat bundles. They aren't for us, but I see many of the comments to go along with a current fad. MLFLE is the hot thing right now, like LLATL was 15 years ago. In a while someone else will come out with something and people will gravitate that direction.
  39. 1 point
    Since the curriculum selector suggested SM products, perhaps you should look at Singapore Dimensions 6 to 8. That would take you straight through algebra without switching curricula without being overly repetitive by doubling up in PA. This would still accomplish finishing Algebra in 8th. This is my theoretical suggestion since SM seems to be working well for you. Mine was like Monica though I forced him to stop and do JA before AOPS PA after SM5. This is the 6A sample. This is the 8A sample.
  40. 1 point
    I haven’t used any master books but this week I spent A LOT of time looking through the new language arts samples.i was SO drawn to it. I was looking for something to condense our language arts a bit. And it seemed to have all the pieces. But the more I looked at the content I’m like it doesn’t compare at all to WWE strong literature selections. And we can’t do spelling 1-2 days a week ,( actually I don’t think doing it 5 days is covering it well enough at our house. 😄). But even after deciding it wouldn’t fit what I wanted I still wanted it! So I had to figure it what it was that was drawing me so strongly. I decided that it was most significantly that it was so visually appealing. That’s what it came down to. I liked looking at it. And I also liked that each day was set up in manageable chunks, each day starting a new page. Now I’m ruined. I can’t find anything else that competes on the visual scale. at all. I can hardly even look at others, which is so rediculous . Why does it matter! (I keep asking myself) Anyway so that’s my guess, they got a great graphic design and marketing department
  41. 1 point
    My middle school girl leaves a trail everywhere she goes. Most of the time her room is a mess. If I tell her she can't do other things until her room or mess is cleaned up, she's perfectly capable of doing a good job.
  42. 1 point
    Definitely a pain but the new schedule will allow him to do an internship each summer which could set him up well for finding a job after graduation.
  43. 1 point
    Thank you for sharing that link. I do find that concerning.
  44. 1 point
    I don't know. I need ideas. This is the first February that I have really noticed feeling this way, and I'm feeling it in other parts of my life, not just school.
  45. 1 point
    Arcadia, I agree that homemade soup is always better and better for you! kbutton, you really know how to live it up! wherestoto, 🤫
  46. 1 point
    Cabrillo National Monument
  47. 1 point
    Is she planning on going to college? If so, these the 2 biggies I see outside of a foreign language (that foreign language might be a hard miss, though). I would have her take American gov't and an econ (each 1/2 a semester) and some sort of physical science (she could take a conceptual physical science or a conceptual physics). In terms of electives, one course that might be helpful if she doesn't have a lot of experience is a a microsoft office type of computer class that covers things like excel, PP, word functionalities. It is a very practical course and one that can be really helpful. In terms of a course of interest, does she have any interest in cultures? Maybe some sort of human geography course? My kids have really enjoyed combining lit, geography, and culture studies together.
  48. 1 point
    LOL, love it 🙂 Paid off the truck, very happy to be back in the land of debt-free. Dh and I worked on the budget last weekend but I'm not sure where I put my notes, hmmm..... I went to Dollar General today, I had a $5 off $25 coupon and then they had some digital coupons. I got lots of TP, shampoo and conditioner for the kids, dish soap- $1 for the HUGE thing of Ajax and $3.25 for the medium size of Store brand "Dawn" for when I need something tougher, underwear for dd1, and a box of DG brand dishwasher pods (which I figured were cheaper than Aldi's where I usually get it- for the equivalent amount Aldi's is- $5.60 vs.$5). The girls have company tonight I'm making frozen pizza, let them pick out a $1 bag of candy to share, on sale chips and a couple of $1 2 Liter sodas. I took ds to Ross last night, only found 1 pair of pants that fit him (and he liked) and a pair of shoes. He was over the moon they had some Jordan's in his size for $50, I figured I'd spend about $50 on shoes so that worked well. He still needs a couple more pair of pants really but I'm going to have to do some shopping around. and I'm out of time....
  49. 1 point
    I'd suggest having him attend, and debriefing the materials with him at home. If you opt him out, his classmates will have a shared vocabulary that he won't. That can lead to other problems. You've already covered the basics of intercourse and reproduction, right? So he won't be learning much new biology, but it'll be the social stuff? He needs to know what his peers know so that he can navigate the social circles at school without stopping in unexpected landmines.
  50. 1 point
    I'm spending a lot of time with my boy talking him through this at the moment. It's all become so restrictive; at least where we are, gender stereotypes have become worse, not better. No, liking colorful clothes, and florals, and theatre, and long hair, and preferring your girl friends, and being gentle and uninterested in blokey stuff does not mean you were meant to be a girl. It means that the current conception of maleness amongst your peer group is seriously skewed. I can't believe we went through the whole gender bending of the 70's and 80's only to end up here, where a boy who likes having floral cushions on his bed is actually a girl. Madness. Total madness. Luckily for him, he has a mum who is 1. totally supportive of boys and men (and girls and women) having a wide, wide range of gender expression, and 2. grounded in material reality.
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