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  1. Thanks for posting. It's hard to catch the information-slides up and gone so quickly!
  2. I so appreciate the thoughts here--thank you. He used CLE from 5th grade through Algebra I. I mixed in Jacob's pre-alg and algebra 1 with CLE. I really think his algebra 1 instruction was solid. But, generally, he needs review to retain. This is true in all subjects. That's why CLE worked so well probably. He used Teaching Textbooks for geometry last year. I was minimally involved in that (his 2nd chance or whatever was turned off and I regularly logged in to check his grades to monitor progress). His retention has been poor. I don't want to repeat that in Algebra 2. I don't think it's a common core issue, but I guess it's possible. I think there were two issues with Saxon's spiral/review. He didn't retain his geometry well. Also, Saxon instructions were sometimes confusing to him (to me too), maybe because we hadn't used it before. He was also bumpy with transitioning back to book/paper from teaching textbooks geometry I think--writing down steps and working carefully. That last issue is probably resolved at this point. The second issue, I'm not sure. The first is a concern I can't easily fix. I don't feel like I can afford to outsource at this point. If I could rewind time, I would have done that from the start. It just felt too expensive, given I was teaching two. I thought, at the time of purchase, I would use the Pearson with both kids. I think I'm leaning toward flipping back to Saxon OR switching to Math U See and trying to supplement its instruction with some more challenging work. I like a lot about Pearson, but we can't spend this much time.
  3. I purchased Pearson Algebra 2 for my son (sophomore/my sig line is old). What's going well Pearson, in chapter 2: I think he's learning. I like the book structure/organization. There are plenty of practice problems. It seems challenging. What's not going well: I am having to do an awful lot of work to teach this. I often have to find extra explanations to make sure I understand what the book is teaching or to make it clearer for my son. Sometimes I have to find resources to back work and figure out how they got an answer. We're in harder/new material now and he's, for the first time, feeling "not good" at math. I'm having to reteach a lot. example of issue, and a big frustration:The book has a lot of graphing calculator work, but it has general instruction, not specific. So they may tell us to perform a line regression to find line of best fit using our calculator. Then they show us a picture of what that might look like when finished on a calculator. I have to translate that to our (TI83, so standard) calculator to teach him to use it. I find videos and learn it, then try to teach it. We go through the video together for example, then we have to then apply that to the book work. It's new to me too, and this is taking me a lot of time. The book suggests for/regular/average students doing 50-70 homework problems a day, depending on the lesson. That's in addition to in class/practice work. Math is taking way too long. Recently I cut about 1/3 of that out. It's still taking us forever. Lessons themselves are going really long, then add homework. Hours. Too many hours. We're way out of balance. (example: today total time he spent on math was probably 3 hours), and I haven't checked the 2nd half of the homework yet. I purchased Saxon Algebra 2 (the stand alone/newer version without a mix of heavy geometry). We switched back to Pearson about 1/2 way through the first chapter. What I liked: less problems/faster lessons. The calculator instruction was extremely clear. Much, much better. We only did 1/2 of the first chapter, so I can't tell whether I would have to do a lot of extra planning, but their solutions manual seemed to have things explained well. I don't think I would have such problems trying to figure out where he went wrong. My son liked the practicality of Saxon. Why we switched back to Pearson: I started to get concerned there wasn't going to be enough practice with new material when we got to that point. There just aren't a lot of problems per lesson over new material given they blend in so much review. To add to my concern, someone told me her daughter had to switch out of the same Saxon book because she wasn't mastering the material. I didn't want that to happen to us. It felt very "isolated pieces" in terms of instruction. I preferred the "one topic/area per chapter with review" style of Pearson. I looked and couldn't even find topics that Pearson was covering in chapter 2. I assume it's a complete course. I just felt like I was seeing trees and no forest. I don't like that as a teacher, but could have dealt with it. However, my son was missing too many/struggling with homework. I think this was because the homework was spiraling review that wasn't really review for him, given we hadn't used Saxon before. It felt like things should be easy and they weren't. But Pearson is getting harder and longer and more frustrating. My son wants to go back to Saxon. I'm afraid we'll roadblock there too. We've already wasted a lot of time. I find myself thinking I should try another program, but I've already spent a lot of money on this course by purchasing two full programs and wasted time switching back and forth. If I by another program, I'm into the kind of money I could have spent to just enroll him in an online course, something i felt was out of budget when planning. (I already have to buy Math U See for my other son, more about that below). Adding to the issue and my worries. My other son is finishing up Geometry. I need to teach him Algebra 2 as well. He has special needs that make focus hard. I do not think he could tolerate either Saxon or Pearson. So, I'm thinking I'll need to use Math U See for him, which he's currently using for Geometry. The thought of spending hours with Algebra 2 with son 1 and then more time with son 2....I'm not sure how we're going to do that. I thought maybe I should put son 1 in Math U See as well--(another switch...more time wasting). If I did that, I'd be planning just one Alg 2 program, though teaching it in two different tracks/paces. I'm imagining Math U See lessons won't take hours. But I suspect this son (the currently spending hours in Pearson Alg 2 son's) career choices might require college calculus. He tends to want to take the easiest way out. I have to work hard to get him to mentally engage/struggle. I don't want to under-challenge him, though I'm sure he'd be thrilled if I did. Maybe I could add something to Math U See? Life of Fred (more $$), pull in some Pearson (more work for me). Please advise me. I'm failing my kid. I want to add, I don't at all mind teaching and being involved in the learning. I want to do that actually. Hours planning even...I'm willing to do it. I just can't have him spending hours a day on one course.
  4. I'm echoing. Greg Boyd's Benefit of the Doubt was really helpful to me. I think it helped me relax when I really felt the foundations of my whole belief system might crumble as I re-examined what I'd always believed. I agree that he's a great writer. Zahnd is also great. I've liked everything I've read by him, but haven't read his latest. I listen to him a lot, and appreciate the voice he brings to the world. My favorite is probably Brad Jersak, and I was also going to suggest his A More Christlike God. It's such a clear and beautiful portrayal, for me, of God's character. I appreciate how he expresses his thoughts so clearly and, well, beautifully. But he also backs things up with evidence and reasoning in a way I appreciate. If you might be interested in universal reconciliation (that God will make all things right in the end), his book His Gates Will Never Be Shut is a very fair, balanced look at that. It's one of my favorites on that topic.
  5. Have you started any chemo that might cause the rash? Were you on antibiotics post surgery? My mother had a masectomy about a month ago. She got an itchy rash that moved around...kind of like hives but not exactly. We decided it was probably a delayed reaction to antibiotics she had been on. It started after she ended them though. I imagine that could happen with pain meds too. Reactions can begin quite a while after the med is discontinued. The other possibility, we thought, was maybe somehow a systemic reaction to the medical tape. At any rate, she started Zyrtec. It resolved, she said she thinks because of the Zyrtec. Legs can swell after surgery. I don't know if that would apply if it just started two weeks later or not. I sometimes get leg swelling just from excess fluid not draining I guess and elevation helps. But if it's new to you I'd want to get to the bottom of it. I hope you get answers today.
  6. Is MathUSee enough for a student who will possibly need college math (likely through calculus)? My concern is that he would do well with the MathUSee, but when he gets to college text he won't be able to handle the rigor or complication of the problems he would face. What attracts me to MathUSee is the opportunity to make sure he masters the material and yet still have time to work in review to keep the current material and previous math, like Geometry, fresh. Our current Algebra 2 doesn't leave room for anything like that. I'm concerned he will be challenged, but won't retain long term. And he's putting in tons of time, maybe doing work not truly necessary.
  7. I'm glad you had a good visit and are recovering well. I do hope you get your drains out this week. I know that will be another step forward. I'm sorry pathology news wasn't better. Hoping you leave the oncology visit feeling confident with the plan.
  8. Many, many hugs to you.
  9. It's longer with our allergist too. This won't help you at this point, but I try to have my son tested in the winter. That means the outdoor allergens are lower for him. I'd definitely avoid the cat. If she does pet it, wash hands before she touches her clothes/face. If she can tolerate it, you could do a nasal rinse. (Nasal spray mentioned above would be great if allowed...we've never been given that option). I'd do shower and fresh clothes before bed.
  10. I would only have a bilateral removal if I was BRCA1 positive. Even with BRCA2, I think I would keep the healthy breast based on what I've seen with research. If I knew my tumor type was really aggressive, I might think about bilateral I guess. It would be hard for me to do that without clear benefit. I think I would not reconstruct immediately. My understanding is that a person can later, even much later, reconstruct if they choose. I would make sure my surgeon knew that I wanted to leave that option open later in case it would change the way the mastectomy is done. I'm a relatively small cup size. I might feel differently if I were larger.
  11. Ah, missed that, I'm sure it is to help, yes! Still, I know delays are hard, even when necessary.
  12. I'm sorry you need more extensive surgery. I am going to pm you about masectomies. I hate you have to wait so long too. Surgeon vacation delaying things really stinks. (Arcadia pointed out below this is not the case/sorry for quick read).
  13. I don't have anyone to report to, no. I just feel like I don't know what I'm doing as far as high school records. All I originally kept were course names, textbooks we used, grades letter/percent, and grading scale. I have a close friend who is keeping tons of records, including work samples, I didn't think to keep. I started to worry I didn't have enough. Enough for whom? I've no clue! But it feels like I should have kept more than I did.
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