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About AngelaNYC

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  1. AngelaNYC

    What are you proud of accomplishing last year?

    I'm proud of myself for quitting a career I started to loathe, getting accepted into college (again, after 25 years) to major in a new career I think I'll love, getting a good job in that field so my foot is already in that door, and getting a 4.0 my first semester back in school. I'm also proud of my kids and especially my son, who I think actually really figured out what he wants his future career to be. This includes his going to college. I hope I inspired him with all the excitement I had in going back, lol.
  2. I plan on doing Keto. High fat, moderate protein, low carb. I lost 20 lbs last year and quit when I plateaued. I'm trying it again with no processed food or excessive salt.
  3. I'm in my late 40s and just went back to school, too. I quit a career I hated and got a new job in my new field (a step up from entry-level and about 35 hours a week). I go to school part-time (2 classes per semester) - I can still work and still get a financial aid loan. It might take a bit longer, but so what. I'll be in my early 50s when I'm done. Still have about 20 years left of working. Might as well love what I'm doing. I say go for it. Your partner should be working, too. And maybe you should go slowly so you can work - maybe something in your new field. Good luck.
  4. AngelaNYC

    What birds come to your house?

    Pigeons, sparrows, mourning doves, starlings, robins, cardinals, blue jays, crows, and the occasional red-tailed hawk.
  5. AngelaNYC

    Where does or did your freshman live?

    My oldest commuted from home (she went to community college, then beauty school). My middle dormed near her dance conservatory - she would have commuted from home but she got a big scholarship, so it kind of offset the dorm cost. And living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was awesome for her. My youngest also plans on staying local and will most likely commute from home.
  6. AngelaNYC

    How do you pronounce S'mores?

    OMG I want s'mores now
  7. AngelaNYC

    So, how would you react

    This sounds like what I went through with my youngest dd. She was precocious and "fidgety" and said what she felt needed to be said. In the middle of 3rd grade, I explained to her what homeschooling was all about. Within 2 weeks she said she was ready. I informed the school on a Tuesday and her last day there was Friday. She then homeschooled for 6 years. BEST thing we ever did.
  8. AngelaNYC

    Hidden African Ancestry

    I did the DNA and I am 79% European (51% England and Scotland, 14% Ireland, 9% Portugal, 5% miscellaneous) and... EIGHTEEN PERCENT AFRICAN I know I had paternal relatives originally from England who ended up in the British West Indies (Jamaica) and one from the Dominican Republic. My ancestry Africa breakdown consisted of all West Africa (Senegal, Benin/Togo, & Mali mainly). I'm not in touch with my father's side of the family, but a few years ago my sister reached out to him, his son, and his sister - who wrote a family memoir dating back to the 1800s that confirmed our roots in England, Scotland, Portugal, Jamaica, and DR. And an interesting bit was that one of my Scottish relatives married a Cherokee woman in North Carolina in the 1700s (I even know her name!). So I'm a true all-American mutt.
  9. AngelaNYC

    What does your 15-18 year old's schedule look like?

    Ds (newly 16), 10th grade Tue-Fri: a few hours of homeschooling on his own (Khan Academy, SAT prep stuff, and a bunch of 10th-12th grade books in all major subjects) Mon: a few hours of homeschooling with me (mostly math, science, history, and test prep) and/or some outing Mon, Wed, & Fri: Muay Thai boxing 75-minute classes Sat: 30-minute drum lesson No schoolwork on the weekends for us.
  10. AngelaNYC

    S/o Catholics

    Hello! :hurray: :seeya:
  11. My 10th grader decided to go down a slightly different path than was originally planned. He will be doing 10th-12th grades over the next year and a half and finish by what would normally be the end of junior year. He will take the SAT, standardized CAT-E (as per NY regs), and TASC (NYs new GED) in the spring and early summer 2018 (thankfully he has an early birthday so he qualifies). So, his major subjects will mostly revolve around what is on those tests. In lieu of college, he plans on going to an intense coding "bootcamp", with plans to become a software developer/engineer. Here's what's on the agenda for the next 18 months (Topics were taken from the testing website. More than half of this list has already been covered and will just be reviewed): English (Literature & Composition): ​Comprehension • Analysis • Examining how and why details are used • Application • Transferring ideas from one context to another • Synthesis • Putting ideas together to understand a larger meaning. ​Literary nonfiction • History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical texts • Workplace and Community texts • Novel excerpts • Poetry • Drama excerpts. ​Organization • Ordering ideas, topic sentences, relevance, paragraphing • Sentence Structure • Run-ons, fragments, parallel structure • Usage • Subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, tense • ​Mechanics • Capitalization; punctuation (commas); spelling of homonyms, contractions, possessives. Contexts Math: ​Numbers and Quantity​, Algebra, ​Functions, ​Geometry, ​Statistics and Probability History: ​US History: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850–1877) • The Development of the Industrial United States (1870–1900) • Post-War United States (1945–1970s). ​World History: Age of Revolutions (1750–1914) • A Half-Century of Crisis and Achievement (1900–1945) • World History: The 20th Century Since 1945: Promises and Paradoxes. ​Civics and Government: U.S. Constitution: Embodies the Purpose, Values, and Principles of American Democracy • Civic Life, Politics, and Government • Role of the Citizen in American Democracy • Foundations of the American Political System. ​Geography: Places and Regions • Environment and Society • Human Systems and Societies ​Economics: Government and Economics • Macroeconomics • Basic Economics • Microeconomics Science: ​Physical Science: Matter and Its Interactions • Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions • Energy • Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer ​ Life Science: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes • Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics • Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits • Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity Earth and Space Science: Earth’s Place in the Universe • Earth’s Systems • Earth and Human Activity Plus, lots of computer stuff, drum and guitar lessons, and Muay Thai boxing and Brazilian JiuJitsu.
  12. I am definitely more conservative than my parents were. My parents were hippies. Mom was a Beatle-chasing, pot smoking, still-mad-she-couldn't-go-to-Woodstock-since-she-was-8-months-preg-with-me, party at our house every weekend, very laid back with us type of mom. I was never home and always had the latest curfew of all my friends since I was 6. Nothing was ever researched - just done because everyone else did it like that. I figured everything out myself. I raised my kids subconsciously (maybe consciously) doing almost everything my parents didn't.
  13. AngelaNYC

    Race and Homeschooling Culture

    Tons of non-white homeschoolers here in NYC. All races, all religions. It's great.
  14. We live in a big city and love it. Homeschooling has been amazing - the field trips alone have been such a huge part of my kids' education. Even now, my 15 y/o ds can take the bus and subway anywhere, do our restaurant adventure, and take so many co-op homeschool classes in Manhattan (plus he's going to Comic Con tomorrow and Gotham was filming literally right outside his job last week). My oldest dd is a hairdresser who just worked NY Fashion Week, and my youngest dd is working with a big choreographer, assisting, doing video projects with him, and getting a good amount of dance and acting jobs. I don't see this kind of stuff happening anywhere else.
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