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  1. 10 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Sleepy this morning thanks to the tornado warning that kept us up until 1 am. Welcome to springtime (really, anytime) in AL! 

    Deep condition hair

    coffee/read

    shower

    dry hair and finish getting ready

    church

    pick up items I didn’t buy at grocery Friday 🙄—bread, shredded cheese, milk, bananas, what else?

    lunch: pulled pork sandwiches

    bag extra pork for freezer?

    finish assembling lasagna for Monday night’s supper

    Send SAT email !!!!

    CC prep

    homeschool prep

    walk or hike? 

    Nap? (Just being honest. . .😝)

     

    Granola in oven

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  2. 1 hour ago, TravelingChris said:

    ScoutTN, I just prayed for you to get better.  I hope you enjoy your reading!

    Hopeistheworld- we didn't get a warning but as I was about to go to bed, the loudest thunder/explosion I have heard in so, so, so, many years happened here. 

    • Coffee, breakfast, church
    • prep for Easter
    • research, research, research  -medical, legal, travel
    • replant some plants we bought yesterday at Garden plant sale
    • hummingbird feeder
    • laundry
    • dinner

     

    It got pretty rough in our vicinity, I think. My sister, who lives about 10-15 miles away from us, was out at 3 am surveying the damage in her neighborhood.  She said she thought the windows in the back of her house were going to blow out.  It was straight line winds, though, as far as I know. 

    Did you shop at the botanical garden sale? We used to join every year because it was hands down my favorite place to take my kids when they were younger.  Now with teens we’ve somewhat outgrown it, so we no longer get a membership, but I do like to visit on occasion and also to attend the sale. 

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  3. 7 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Sleepy this morning thanks to the tornado warning that kept us up until 1 am. Welcome to springtime (really, anytime) in AL! 

    Deep condition hair

    coffee/read

    shower

    dry hair and finish getting ready

    church

    pick up items I didn’t buy at grocery Friday 🙄—bread, shredded cheese, milk, bananas, what else?

    lunch: pulled pork sandwiches

    bag extra pork for freezer?

    finish assembling lasagna for Monday night’s supper

    Send SAT email !!!!

    CC prep

    homeschool prep

    walk or hike? 

    Nap? (Just being honest. . .😝)

     

    I finished lunch (which wasn’t as simple as just warming up the pork for sandwiches) and also roasted some sweet potato slices for snacking this week.

    I’m skipping the next six items on my list and going straight for the nap! 🤣

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  4. 30 minutes ago, cintinative said:

    Pot Roast seems to work okay on low for 10 hours for me. I generally use 3.5-4 pounds of meat. 

    Does your crock pot have an automatic setting where it switches to warm when the cooking time is done?  Mine does, although the warm setting is pretty hot. That might be an option if you have an eight hour cooking time.  

    Pork chops with bones need about eight hours in my crock pot. Without bones, they cook much faster. So maybe you could adapt the recipe above by using bone-in chops? 

    I have had zero success with long cooking times involving chicken. Every time it gets overcooked. I have even butterflied and pieced a turkey and cooked that in the crockpot and the dark meat is done after five hours on low.  My crock pot runs really hot. 

    I have the same issue! The warm setting on my crockpot keeps things boiling. I can’t leave mine all day, really, unless it’s something dense and tough. 

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  5. I’m in a reading slump (& a writing slump). I did finally finish The Chosen by Potok (a reread) at about 1 am this morning while waiting for the all clear during a tornado warning. 

    This week, I plan to do more reading aloud (Penderwicks in Spring and Year of Impossible Goodbyes).  Also, to keep up with my girls’ lessons, Night by Wiesel for dd13’s history, and something undecided as yet for dd14’s lit. 

    Sometimes all I can do is keep up with the homeschool. 

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  6. 2 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Sleepy this morning thanks to the tornado warning that kept us up until 1 am. Welcome to springtime (really, anytime) in AL! 

    Deep condition hair

    coffee/read

    shower

    dry hair and finish getting ready

    church

    pick up items I didn’t buy at grocery Friday 🙄—bread, shredded cheese, milk, bananas, what else? 

    lunch: pulled pork sandwiches 

    bag extra pork for freezer?

    finish assembling lasagna for Monday night’s supper

    Send SAT email !!!!

    CC prep

    homeschool prep

    walk or hike? 

    Nap? (Just being honest. . .😝)

     

    Now I’m sitting in the van in the church parking lot waiting for my hair to dry a bit more. 🤨. Dd13 had to be here early to serve in the 2-3 yo class. 

    I’m enjoying the silence after listening to ds8 read Calvin & Hobbes aloud all the way to church. 🤣

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  7. 50 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

    I love Lori & think she's a treasure trove of ideas and wisdom, but I'll toss another perspective in (to somewhat echo Zoo Keeper's early post- I don't think she needs to add a whole bunch to the rest of this semester - maybe a play to read, then watch & perhaps a paper comparing/contrasting the performance vs. the written play. Then, I'd just let her loose with some choices for free reading the rest of the semester.

    At our local PS, it is not unusual for them to read one book (sometimes a middle grade novel) each semester. Their writing might only be what they do on comprehension questions each week and two essays each semester (sometimes one of those is timed as part of a test).

    Dd#1 had an online writing class (billed as a 9th grade class) that was a full year & a full credit from a well-respected provider that covered no full length works, some excerpts and a few short stories (To Build A Fire, A Christmas Memory),  and about four papers (might have been only three). That's it.

    So, I don't think a "standard" English class is necessarily standard and that "Honors" classes (which the above online class was bizarrely labelled) cover the amount of work Lori D listed but not necessarily a regular one.

    Just another opinion.

    I see this, too. I’ve always wanted to do “better than” my local ps in terms of content and instruction, though this time I’m trying for just “as good as.” I know dd was going to read How to Read Literature Like a Professor (our parts of it) and Animal Farm. I think that’s it as far as books and novels go. I have to say that I was most impressed with her English teacher out of all the teachers she had, but that might’ve been my own natural bias.  

    To clarify: Three books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, and parts of How to Read Lit Like a Professor, plus documents and I’m sure (surely?) some poetry, etc.


  8. 2 hours ago, Carrie12345 said:

    Probably very little, though SOTW is pretty much a given. My hs junior had one of the books out the other day, lol.

    For a good decade, I got rid of next to nothing b/c of my kids’ age span. I found that I reused very little, in terms of actual curricula. There was always something new and interesting coming out. I could have recouped a lot more money if I had resold as we went through, and saved a ton of space! 

    I strongly suspect I won’t be having grandkids for a very long time and no real idea if they’d be homeschooled. I’m positive I’ll have plenty of “regular” books in my house for visits, but that’s about it.

    Because of my kids’ age span (9 years from top to bottom), I have kept almost everything.  I’ve just about decided what you decided: keep the books, sell most of the curriculum. 

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  9. I Sleepy this morning thanks to the tornado warning that kept us up until 1 am. Welcome to springtime (really, anytime) in AL! 

    Deep condition hair

    coffee/read

    shower

    dry hair and finish getting ready

    church

    pick up items I didn’t buy at grocery Friday 🙄—bread, shredded cheese, milk, bananas, what else?

    lunch: pulled pork sandwiches

    bag extra pork for freezer

    finish assembling lasagna for Monday night’s supper

    Send SAT email !!!! (1 of 2 sent, but will probably wait a few days for the other one)

    CC prep

    homeschool prep

    walk or hike?  DH and I took a walk, all by ourselves.  It was lovely, though cold and windy.

    Nap? (Just being honest. . .😝)

     

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  10. It’s technically Sunday morning, but there’s no thread yet, so here I am. . .snuggled up in the basement with my family under mounds of blankets and pillows, waiting out a tornado watch. 

    I did finally finish The Chosen, which I’ve been reading for a couple of weeks, thanks to this “extra” time. 

    I do not like tornado season. 

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  11. 15 minutes ago, Margaret in CO said:

    Yes, but we only had professors and a classified employee come. I think we started too early in the morning. It was a first time for this, and we're willing to try again. I'm glad we had the other things for the Scouts to do. It was the Scout dad who actually won, but it WAS a national qualifier tournament, so the next place guy will actually go--the 1st has national marbles for his kid that week. Most tournaments are held in game stores, but we used the business building at the college. It was a great time; I just think the purpose was to pick up the kid with ASD for the troop perhaps. And that's just fine. We only played 4 games, so were out of there way earlier than planned. I got 2 hours of nap! National Catan sent the prizes, so we weren't any money. 

    https://www.catanstudio.com/events/catan-world-championship/catan-national-qualifier-2019-season/

    Interesting! And I love that you gained a new scout! 

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  12. 11 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Busy Saturday here, too.

    • Up and shower
    • Pork roasts in crockpot for pulled pork
    • DH handled the beginning of the laundry (woo-hoo! This is one reason I love Saturdays! Adult help!  LOL) 
    • DD13 to CC for ACT (I saw 4-5 students turned away due to lack of ID. This kind of blows my mind. Why wouldn't you read the instructions for something you paid for?)
    • Camp out at Chick Fil A to grade for CC class 
    • Pick up DD 13 (dh did)
    • Pick up the bread I forgot to buy last night at the grocery store
    • Home for more housework and cooking (will figure out what needs to be done once I see what was accomplished in my absence)
    • Think through and plan DD14's English for the remainder of the year/credit; general homeschool planning
    • Send SAT email to moms who are testing
    • Go out to visit my parents and take them some food
    • Watch a movie or play a game with family
    • Early to bed? (Ha!)

    We have pulled pork for tomorrow’s lunch or supper. I have homemade pasta sauce in the crockpot for lasagna assembly tomorrow. 

    We might watch a movie with the girls when the boys go to bed, if I can talk them into something besides superhero action/adventure (they love them, but this HSP doesnt like them at all). 

    But first: one last round of kitchen cleaning. 

    ‘Night, all!

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  13. 7 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    Busy Saturday here, too.

    • Up and shower
    • Pork roasts in crockpot for pulled pork
    • DH handled the beginning of the laundry (woo-hoo! This is one reason I love Saturdays! Adult help!  LOL) 
    • DD13 to CC for ACT (I saw 4-5 students turned away due to lack of ID. This kind of blows my mind. Why wouldn't you read the instructions for something you paid for?)
    • Camp out at Chick Fil A to grade for CC class 
    • Pick up DD 13 (dh did)
    • Pick up the bread I forgot to buy last night at the grocery store
    • Home for more housework and cooking (will figure out what needs to be done once I see what was accomplished in my absence)
    • Think through and plan DD14's English for the remainder of the year/credit; general homeschool planning
    • Send SAT email to moms who are testing
    • Go out to visit my parents and take them some food
    • Watch a movie or play a game with family
    • Early to bed? (Ha!)

    I am happy to report that not only did I get the research papers graded and the grades posted, I also got some journals graded and posted.  AND I am semi-ready to teach Monday night.  This is quite an accomplishment!  Woo hoo!

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  14. 39 minutes ago, Lori D. said:

     


    Deep breath. Just take it one step at a time. What is needed is material to finish out the credits for THIS year. You can worry about thinking through your comprehensive high school plan, and researching/planning NEXT year (10th grade), over the summer.

    Between the PS and what you do this semester (and into the summer, if need be), at a minimum, if you can accomplish 1 credit each for: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, plus a 5th credit (maybe Social Studies, Fine Arts, or an Elective), you will be okay. My guess is that she already has 4 credits from the PS block scheduling from the fall semester, so you may only really need to worry about completing the 1-2 credits out of those core subjects that didn't get completed last fall. 🙂

    Yes, she already has one credit each for biology, Algebra I, world history, and Spanish I from first semester.

    At home we’re just focusing on finishing what she started second semester in ps: English, geometry, and Spanish II.  She also had a career prep elective which we’re not attempting to duplicate.  


  15. 1 minute ago, Lori D. said:


    The Great Christian Writers study looks good, but more material (NINE books) than you could probably pull off in just a few months time (unless planning on working over the summer to not have to do "double time" on the subjects DD was going to have as block credits this semester).

    Also, in case it matters, it looks like it is more of a program to enhance Christian studies, rather than a traditional Literature program. I note that 2 of the 9 books are very focused on theological ideas (Pilgrim's Progress and Screwtape Letters), but are fiction and can be discussed/analyzed in a more literary way. But another 2 of the 9 books are "devotional" or "Christian-living" based, another  and the remaining 5 of the 9 books are autobiographies -- and neither of those types of books are analyzed / discussed in the same way or with the same depth as novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. Just a thought for your consideration.

    Other ideas for self-directed / open-and-go (all are by Christian authors/publishers, with the Christianity more or less apparent in the different programs):

    Windows to the World
    1 semester program, 6 short stories and literary elements (Lit.) + literary analysis essay (Writing) -- BUT, it sounds like you'll be doing that NEXT year.

    - Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide
    1-YEAR program of 8 books, but you could could pick just 4 to do and call it good, with the other works DD has done (I'd suggest these 4 as the easiest to do solo: Friendly Persuasion, Warriors Don't Cry, Peter Pan, and War of the Worlds).

    - Words Aptly Spoken: Short Stories
    Very light, with just the stories + a small handful EACH of comprehension and "thinking" questions for each short story. No teaching info about literary elements or literature topics. There are 10 sections (each section focuses on a different literary element such as character, setting, theme, etc.); you could have her read 2 stories from each section, and then pick one of the thought questions for each short story and write a short (1-3 paragraph) response essay to the question; at 2 stories a week, that would be 20 stories in 10 weeks, and would also take care of both some literature and writing to complete the English credit.

    - Progeny Press guides
    Each guide includes background info on author/times; suggestions for "while reading"; vocabulary; comprehension questions; some deeper thinking questions, usually in conjunction with a passage/idea from Scripture. Also ideas for extension activity or writing assignment. Perhaps pick 3 guides from these titles that would be manageable for a 9th grader to do fairly solo:  Call of the Wild The Hobbit, The Old Man and the Sea, Pride and Prejudice; Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    - Total Language Plus
    Guides contain: comprehension questions, enrichment/writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary. Perhaps DD could choose 3 books from these categories:
    grade 7-9 (books good for 9th grade: The Giver, The Hiding Place, Anne of Green Gables, Treasure Island, Call of the Wild)
    grade 9-11 (books good for 9th grade: Animal Farm, The Good Earth, Pride and Prejudice)

    - Movies As Literature
    1-semester program (could be 1-year program depending on how you add to it). Analysis of deeper themes and "big ideas" going on in movies, which works as a great "stepping stone" to then do analysis of Literature. Comprehension and thinking questions and guide info for 18 movies -- perhaps select 8 of them to do over the next 16 weeks, and select 2 of them to also read the book. Since she just read To Kill a Mockingbird, that could be one of them, and the other could be Shane, Friendly Persuasion, or Emma

    Thanks for this! I am actually an English teacher (oh, the irony!), and all of my children read fairly voraciously. For some reason this unexpected hitch in our plans has semi-paralyzed me. DD has done a fair amount of analysis already (a lit analysis class at co-op in middle school taught by me; lots of reading aloud over the years and informal discussion; etc.) I own the first book of EIL already and was planning to use that with her this year before we opted for her to go to school.  Maybe I should look into using parts of that.  

    I think my main area of concern is just lack of time on my part. I actually teach English at our local CC (again--the irony!), and I am loath to add more grading to my plate this year than I already have. However, we really had no choice but to pull her back home.  I won't be teaching outside of homeschool and co-op next year, so I should be able to manage the load better.

    Thanks for giving me some things to look into and more food for thought!

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