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  1. I don't think you currently have a problem. I think you already have a solution to a problem that no longer exists. You said you tried things your way, and you said: "She does not like math." That was a problem. Then you used Saxon, and you said: "She loved it." and: "It was clearly her style." I think you need to drop all math except Saxon unless it stops working for her at some point. I don't think you should ever change or supplement with anything else until she wants a change. When I was in engineering at college, my (brilliant) friend told me she learned math with Saxon and loved it. It has been around a long time and is actually more tried than the newer products/methods that people are using today. I don't think you should spend another minute worrying or making plans about this. I think you should rejoice that your math problem has been solved.
  2. I think it was important theme that the gospel was first preached to the Jews and then to the Samaritans and other Gentiles. Acts 1:8 - You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." Acts 13:46 - "It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you [the Jews, see verse 45] first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles." Luke 24:47 - and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. John 4:22 - [Jesus, speaking to the Samaritan woman, said,] "You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews." Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
  3. One of my (previously homeschooled) sons is now an accountant. Most middle schoolers probably don't need an accounting program, but if he wants to learn it and he has the ability, I think it is wise to introduce him to accounting. This book is where we started: The Accounting Game: Basic Accounting Fresh from the Lemonade Stand. I think it is great that he is interested.
  4. I did Little Men as a read aloud with my sons without reading Little Women to them. This is what I would suggest for you especially because you stated that they are not thrilled about Little Women. Although Little Men is a sequel, it does not rely on Little Women, and it wouldn't feel like you are missing anything.
  5. I was pro-vax until the lives of multiple children of friends and family members were drastically changed by injuries attributed to vaccinations. Additionally, last year a cousin's child died, and it was attributed not to a vaccine, but to a popular flu remedy (purposefully not being specific here). It is absolutely heart-wrenching to see the parents and children suffer through these things. I am not anti-vax. I am very aware of the benefits of vaccines corresponding to life altering diseases (small pox, polio). But I am beginning to think there are too many now. My family members and I have had diseases like mumps, measles, chicken pox, with no life-long effects. I think there is a lot of fear-mongering about the risks involved with these types of diseases. There is also probably some fear mongering about the risks of vaccines, but it is hard to discount these adverse effects when you have seen these things with your own eyes. And the adverse effects of injuries (in my limited personal experience) are exponentially greater than the effects of measles, mumps, and chicken-pox. (I am not talking about diseases like small pox or polio here.) I also understand that our medical community is treating a community and not a child, so it is a one-size-fits-all program. So as soon as my child is delivered he/she doesn't need a vaccine developed for prostitutes and drug users, but many children do because it can be passed from the mother. So they give it to all newborns. I am not trying to judge or change the mind of anyone, but for me it is very hard to remain blindly pro-vax after witnessing the heartache of injuries first hand.
  6. This is just my own opinion, but I feel like race relations got a lot better during my lifetime. Then, it seems like in the last decade things have gotten worse. I think the powers-that-be on the far right and the far left like (need?) to have division and strife.
  7. My husband has a deviated septum and is prone to sinus infections. Now he uses saline nasal spray daily, and never gets infections anymore. Sorry, I know this is not what you wanted to hear.
  8. I agree. These studies have shown some years where serial vaccination has a negative effect and some where it doesn't. It seems like researchers don't really know why, but one theory is because of the "antigenic relatedness of the previous vaccine to the current vaccine." "A negative effect of prior vaccination is not a consistent finding of all studies, and the mechanisms that might underlie this phenomenon remain unknown. However, it was suggested several years ago that the effect may depend on the antigenic relatedness of the previous vaccine to the current vaccine, and of both to the circulating virus, referred to as the antigenic distance hypothesis (ADH). According to the ADH, the biggest negative effect would be predicted to occur when the previous and current vaccines are antigenically similar, and the circulating virus is significantly drifted. "... Essentially, Skowronski and colleagues found that the greatest negative effect of prior vaccination occurred in the 2014–2015 season, when the prior and current vaccines were the same, and the circulating virus was a poor antigenic match. In contrast, there was no effect of prior vaccination on VE [vaccine effectiveness] in 2010–2011, when the prior and current vaccines were distantly related and the circulating virus was also a drift variant, and an intermediate negative effect in 2012–2013, when the current and prior vaccine were similar, but not identical and the circulating virus was again drifted." Trust me, I am no expert in this area. But I do find it interesting. Like many things in this life, unfortunately, this is not a sure thing. But I am not saying that you and your family should not get a flu shot every year. I am glad that you have that choice and that they are doing more research on this.
  9. Actually there are studies that show that yearly ("serial") flu vaccination often increases the risk of getting the flu verses non-vaccination. "In an even more unusual finding, people who were vaccinated 3 years in a row—in the 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 seasons—appeared to have a higher risk of being infected with the dominant flu strain in the latter season, according to the report, published last week in Clinical Infectious Diseases. "That surprising result echoed controversial findings reported by the Canadian flu surveillance network in the wake of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic. In studies published in 2010, researchers said they found that Canadians who had received a seasonal flu shot in the fall of 2008 were 1.4 to 2.5 times more likely to get an H1N1 infection requiring medical attention, compared with those who didn't get the seasonal shot. "Scientists can't explain the apparent negative effects of "serial vaccination." But the findings raise questions about standard flu vaccination recommendations, which stress getting a flu shot every year to fight off the ever-mutating viruses... "In looking for prior-vaccination effects, the team found that the VE [vaccine effectiveness] against H3N2 for those vaccinated in 2014-15 but not the year before was 53% (95% CI, 10% to 75%), much better than the -32% (95% CI, -75% to 0%) for those vaccinated in both seasons. For those vaccinated in all 3 seasons ending in 2014-15, VE against H3N2 was estimated at -54% (95% CI, -109 to -14%)—suggesting a significant increase in risk of flu, because the entire confidence interval was less than zero."
  10. I tried the "I'm not interested" direct approach (very kindly stated) with an MLMer (my sister-in-law) once, and she actually started crying.
  11. I have homeschooled two children that have now graduated college and am currently homeschooling one more. I think maybe you are making this harder than it has to be. Any type of approach to homeschooling should be taken with a pound of salt. The approach should be molded to fit your family instead of vice versa. It sounds like you are doing well with math. That's great. I totally agree with others who say that reading should be led by their interests. It is better for them to enjoy reading than be forced to read classics that they hate. Maybe they will grow to love reading classics later. Writing should also be interest led wherever possible. My sons were great writers when I let them do a lot of interest led writing. They hated writing when I felt like I needed to make them use writing programs. That was one of the bigger mistakes I made with them. So my advice would be to let them write about things they like, say a sports magazine (or whatever they like - especially the fourth grader). I like the idea someone already mentioned of Story of the World audio books (and many other history audio programs) for history in the car. This makes for good discussion with the adults. This is something I have done often. My sons liked science that included a lot of experiments. This would require buying some science kits and letting them experiment. But my daughter prefers science books. There are some science books that have audio versions which work well when used along with the book, such as Apologia. This would help if you are having trouble getting the subject done. You mentioned grammar, and Easy Grammar has always worked well for us. Mainly, forget about the approach if that is the problem. If something is working and is getting done without complaints, that is much, much better than sticking to a particular approach. I wish you all the best. I think with a little tweaking, things could really turn around.
  12. Yes, even if college is not a goal, I think algebra should be required for graduation for any student without a disability.
  13. There was a discussion here recently about a measles outbreak that affected 75 people recently in the Washington area. Here is an article about an outbreak of mumps in detention facilities in Texas. Quote: Nearly 200 people have contracted mumps at detention facilities across Texas since October, according to a state health agency. The Texas Department of State Health Services says 186 people, including immigrants and detention facility employees, had confirmed cases of mumps. Lara Anton, a spokeswoman for the Department of State Health Services, said in an email that patients range in age from 13-66 and that “there has been no reported transmission to the community.” She added that the state doesn’t know the vaccination status of detained migrant adults or the children who entered the U.S. with them but that “all unaccompanied minors are vaccinated when they are detained.”
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