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  1. My recollection of high school is that embarrassment was a much bigger deterrent to condom buying than cost, so I'm not sure that 'free from a nurse' would make much difference. I dated a guy in high school whose younger brother was Boyfriend said one night that younger brother had tried to get boyfriend to buy condoms for him. Boyfriend refused, saying that he didn't need them and I would kill him (small town - knowing the cashier or bagger at the store would have been almost guaranteed, and they would have drawn the obvious conclusion that they were for the teen boy who was buying them). I'm sure that boyfriend told their dad, who, while discouraging teen sex, bought condoms more than once for younger brother. I'm also frustrated with the way that health needs are handled in general. I had childhood epilepsy and was responsible for taking medicine a couple of times/day starting in 4th grade. By the time I was in high school, I took 4 pills spaced over the course of the day, with 1 (and maybe 2 if I had an afterschool activity) being taken away from home. Although it violated rules, things were less draconian in the 80s/early 90s, and I carried a pill box, and usually some tylenol, with me and managed my medicine myself. I do find the idea that I wouldn't be old enough to take medicine, but would be old enough to manage birth control, strange. And, for your daily funny - one day at co-op, one of the students came in and asked if anybody had tylenol. Another student (whom I knew to be family friends to the inquiring student) checked her purse and handed her a tylenol. These kids are high school juniors and are free to come and go from campus as needed, so I've always treated them as kind of goofy adults during class. Another girl, new to homeschooling, stared openmouthed - wasn't I going to do anything? Don't get me wrong - I would have intervened if I saw misuse, but I know the families and both would consider a tylenol to be something that the kids could handle on their own.
  2. I wouldn't recommend AOPS for anybody who makes careless mistakes. Their problems are very tedious - to practice exponents, you don't just do x^3 * x^4 = x^7, they'll have a couple of numbers to factor, a couple of exponents, some of the exponents will have variables in them, too, etc. On one hand, it's great practice, and if you can do it, you really understand. On the other hand, there are 8 ways to make a mistake on each problem. We started it at an age when my kid made a lot of mistakes, and it was extremely frustrating. We switched to Jousting Armadillos and it was a great fit. After doing bits and pieces of that series, we eventually switched back when kiddo was better able to be careful. We also took some LOF breaks. Right now we do AOPS geometry some days and LOF Algebra (I think we're on the second book now) other days. Based on our experience, I'd say that either JA or LOF, or a mix of the 2, would be a better fit for your particular situation right now. If you decide to do AOPS, prepare to go very slowly. I sometimes found it hard to figure out what was careless and what was misunderstanding, and when there were a lot of long problems, the number of careless mistakes exploded.
  3. HWOT shows 2 basic grips - the 'standard' and then a similar one that rests on a different finger. The second one is the one that my mom and I both use. I showed my kids both, and let them pick. Right now I'm fighting with my 9yo, who insists on using something with her thumb wrapped around the pencil. I'd be fine with any variation of normal, but I struggle to believe that she'll have the stamina to write as much as she'll need to when she's using...well, I'm not sure what, but it's not fingertips!
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    I am going to need a whole wardrobe.....GRRRR

    Sport knit corduroy pants from Lands End might work - they're warm and 'easy fit'. Or leggings and long skirts with boots, and if it's warmer than you expect, you could wear flats or ditch the leggings. We went right after New Year's a few years ago, and one thing that I remember is that, while it was cold outside, once you got inside, you needed to carry your jacket. I have a Lands End fleece parka, which was great because I could tie it around my waist when we were in the museums. I did wear wool socks. Make sure that you have 2 different pairs of shoes, and you know that one is comfortable. On days that are mostly museums, comfort was more important that warmth.
  5. This doesn't directly pertain to notetaking, but when you mentioned seeing science a a bunch of random useless facts, I thought I'd toss in a suggestion or 2. I tend to think in flowcharts, which is a great fit for organizing science info. If you start with a question (What functions are necessary for a cell to remain alive? or What needs to happen to make a protein?), then the 'unrelated facts' can be connected to form something a bit more story-like. For the first, you can start with, First, a cell needs to define and physically support itself, so it needs a membrane, maybe a wall, and a cytoskeleton (additional details added as appropriate for the level of the course). Then, the cell needs energy, which it can make (photosynthesis, needs chloroplast) and/or break down (glycolysis/cellular respiration, mitochondria). Etc. I was once asked to tutor a student attending public school, and her biology seemed to be a bunch of unrelated facts - it was awful! Depending on whether she's a 'story' person, or whether tree diagrams would help (what are the 4 main jobs, and within each job, what are the organelles involved, and within each organelle, what is it made of and what does it do...). Anyway, I thought this might help - science notes by themselves rarely make sense, so you have to find some way to organize them that turns them into something usable for that particular student.
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    Misuse of the equals sign.

    I teach my kids the correct way to do math, and when I'm was taking math classes, I wrote things correctly. That being said, when I have had science classes or jobs that involved a lot of calculations, I tend to slip into my own shorthand. I make liberal use of arrows, which I usually use to mean 'therefore'. To avoid run-on sentences, I often alternate direction, so that I might have 5+7=12 and then under the 12 write x3 with a line under it and then it's back to sideways for 36x10 = 360. It winds up looking like a crossword puzzle.
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    Dec. 1 SAT score delay

    Yeah, the first person that we talked to (who said that we had to wait until they came in the mail) was just wrong - they should have referred us the folks that we talked to today, who can release TIP results...and I can't figure out why it takes a month to respond to email unless they shut down for 2 weeks around the holidays. But, at this point they say that it may be 6 more weeks from now, so 10 weeks since the test was taken, before their administrative review is done and the scores are released. They put all of the 7th grade kids into 2 rooms together, so hopefully it's only their scores that are held up and not the high schoolers who may need these in a more time-sensitive manner!
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    TA experiences? (updated in OP)

    In our department, all grad students were required to TA one of 2 genetics classes during their grad school years, no matter what your funding source. Otherwise, being a TA was one of the ways that you could be funded. TA responsibilities varied a lot - some TAs taught lower-level classes, some ran labs (in math, the equivalent would probably be recitation/practice sessions), and others were mostly graders for faculty. In all of them, you held office hours and possible did review sessions before tests. On one hand, it was a big time drain so most of us preferred funding that didn't involve teaching so that we could get our lab work done, but it was a great way to figure out if you liked teaching, and, for those of us who loved it, it was a 'fun' job. In our department, you didn't apply for TA jobs - the department allocated funding from various sources, and being a TA was one of those sources. In other departments, faculty ask students directly, or may have students apply. TA jobs are rarely assigned far in advance - I know that I didn't find out what I would be TAing until I was on campus for orientation.
  9. This isn't about high school, but I figured that more SAT takers would be here than anywhere else. My 7th grader took the SAT on Dec. 1 for the TIP/CTY programs. I called when I couldn't register to see the scores when they were released on the 15th, and they said that I couldn't register because kiddo is under 13 and parents can't register to see scores, so I'd have to wait for the paper version. I had already sent an email asking about problems creating an account and finally got an answer to my question today, a month after sending the question. Since we still hadn't gotten the scores in the mail, we called the number in the email and they said that they are doing an administrative review of the scores at the testing site (similar to what's being done around the lawsuit in FL?) and that it would be 6 more weeks before scores are released. Has anybody else run into this? It's not a big deal for us - we're mostly just curious - but I could imagine that this is a huge deal for students trying to figure out if they need to take the test again to meet some cutoff score when applying to college.
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    Homeschoolers who work too slowly

    I think that for some students, they get in the habit of work expanding to fill the time that they have...which, at home, can be all day. I've seen my kids to this - they're shocked to find that, when there is a time limit, they can get it done much more quickly. There are also many things that you get faster at with practice. My older used to take literally an hour to write a short paragraph. With practice, that's gotten much better. Recently I asked kiddo to write an essay about a topic and said that I wanted it done in around an hour, and there were 3-4 reasonable paragraphs, which, for middle school, is fine. I think that some students also may not have a good feel for what a 'normal' amount of output is. If your schooling has largely been discussion with maybe a good polished paper or project at the end of each unit, they might not be in the habit of dashing off a couple of short, imperfect response papers and an in-class essay.
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    who decides where to put things in a new house?

    My husband figures out what our constraints are for where electronics needs to go - he's an engineer and makes sure the cables reach and there are sufficient outlets, etc. Once we sort that out, I usually do the rest. He helps move stuff, so if I'm pondering, he'll say 'how about X', but usually I'm the one who has to maintain things so whatever I do is fine. I'm also more organized, so sometimes he asks me to help with stuff that's 'his space', but otherwise I leave that alone. If he has a strong preference about something, I'll usually go with it if it makes sense, but it's rarely an issue.
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    Countertop preference?

    We've got quartz in the kitchen and I love it. We actually used it as the backsplash too, so it's super easy to clean. In the master bath we did solid surface because we could make it one piece with the sinks so there's no grout to clean. I have terrible allergies, so we choose the easiest to clean option whenever we redo something in our house. We used a speckled gray for both rooms. The kitchen is a lighter gray, and the bathroom is dark with white sinks - somehow they meld it all together.
  13. This year things worked out a little differently. We have some days that involve a lot of 'car school' and 'waiting for sibling' school. This week, those activities started on Thursday. Even though school here doesn't start until Monday and we usually start at the same time, I asked the kids how they felt about going ahead and starting school since they'd have to wait for sibling anyway. We started with some of the preferred books so the days are a little shorter. It's been fairly painless!
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    Freezing meals

    Ground beef and tomato dishes freeze really well - chili, taco soup, pasta sauce, sloppy joes, taco meat, etc. These are easy to make double batches, or I make them at a time when we won't eat the whole large batch (before going out of town, or before company comes and I need to fix different food) so that we can eat one night's dinner and freeze the rest. I use pyrex to freeze single servings and either big pyrex bowls or the square freezer containers that I use to freeze our garden produce if I have big batches...or even empty quart or 1/2 gallon containers from yogurt or sour cream. I also freeze cooked shredded chicken in 1 and 2 cup portions to make quick soups. Shredded pork BBQ also freezes well. I've even found that leftover carryout pizza slices freeze well if you heat them in an oven.
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