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  1. 2 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
    • 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’m knee deep in research papers so dh is going to pick up dd13 so I can finish this. 

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  2. I’ll play.  Nailing it down this early in the game is probably pointless. Nevertheless. . 

    Lit/language: Lit Analysis at co op (I’m teaching) with WttW + ?

    Math: Algebra II with DO 

    Science: chemistry (honors or non honors?) with Clover Valley self-grading 

    History: ancient history (?)

    Electives: health at co op (LifePacs); world religions (co op); robotics (co op); physical Ed at home somehow 

     

     


  3. 8 hours ago, Lori D. said:

    So, it looks like she has done this so far -- is this correct?

    Literature
    - To Kill a Mockingbird (PS class)
    - The Yearling (home)
    - The Chosen (home)

    Writing
    - writing/analysis project (PS class)
    - primary source analysis (PS class)
    - Bravewriter (Essay Prep: Dynamic Thinking)

    Grammar/Vocab
    - vocabulary study (PS class)
    - No Red Ink (home)

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    I totally understand that being on a block schedule throws everything off, as it sounds like she did no English in the fall semester, which means having to jam a full year of work into one semester now that she's home -- and reading and writing for an English credit are time-consuming activities. So I would guess you'll need to either double up a bit to finish well by the end of May, OR, go into June for a bit for a complete 1.0 credit course. JMO! 🙂

    In case it helps for comparison: when I teach 1.0 credit English courses at my co-op, for each SEMESTER, students read 4 novels + several short stories or a play, and write 4-5 short (300-500 word (3-5 paragraph) essays + 1 longer (3-5 page) paper -- an analysis essay, or research paper with citations. Based on that, I would shoot for the following as a minimum for 1.0 credit of English:

    Literature:
    - at least 1 more novel*  
    - and several short stories
    - and a poetry unit -- or -- a play

    * = a total of 6 novels for a 1-year/1 credit high school English course is pretty standard as a minimum, so only 4 novels would be "light" -- BUT, if doing all 3 of the Brave Writer courses (plus the work from the PS), then this English credit could be more weighted towards Writing rather than Literature, and would be worth a complete 1.0 credit

    Writing ideas:
    - do the next 2 Brave Writer courses in that 3-part series (she's doing part 1 of the 3 right now)
    - OR, several short reader response papers (1-5 paragraphs in response to a discussion question on each of several works)
    - OR, a longer (3-5 page) paper of some kind
    - OR, some real-world writing, creative writing, or journalism of some sort if she has an interest in those types of writing
    - OR, practice putting together and giving several oral presentations with slideshow element (public speaking is frequently an aspect of one of the years of a  high school English class, and giving presentations with slideshow is very frequently required for college classes of all types, as well as for many types of jobs)


    Just my rambling 2 cents worth. BEST of luck as you plan for the rest of this unexpected homeschool high school semester! Warmest regards, Lori D.

    Thanks, @Lori D., for your thoughtful reply (as always!) Yes, what you've listed is correct, though I wouldn't say that her experience in the PS class was wonderful in terms of learning due to some severe anxiety spikes (which led to her coming back home again).  As we are unexpectedly homeschooling again to finish up this credit, I do not have a lot of time to prep, etc., due to prior commitments made when she was in PS.  What this means is that I need something that's student-directed and provides a good bit of guidance due to my inability to actually do a lot of the teaching. She will be home again for tenth grade next year and will be enrolled in a lit class that I'll be teaching. We'll be using Windows to the World and diving deep into lit analysis writing. Knowing that we're doing that is somewhat tempering my decision-making on how to finish this year decently.  

    I would LOVE for her to finish the BW sequence, but unfortunately, it's really not in the budget. The dynamic thinking class is a great one for (obviously) deepening the thinking process for the student, and I hope that what she has experienced and learned in this class will carry over to her writing in all areas. 

    One thing I've considered is the Great Christian Writers study from 7 Sisters. We used their Christmas Carol guide a year or two ago and I thought it was well done.  I feel more than a little bit behind the eight ball here because I do not have a comprehensive high school plan. I really thought we were good for the next four years with her enrolled in PS, but it's just not working out that way for the foreseeable future. She also has a younger sister who will be counting high school credits next year and I plan to lump them together, so that's also in the back of my mind.

    Eeek. I'm having a minor freak-out. 


  4. 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!)
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  5. 37 minutes ago, SusanC said:

    Rootann has me worried now, can you tell me what kind of proofs DO uses? I have been naively skipping along assuming that ds will continue from mom-graded algebra I into mom-graded geometry, but now I'm wondering if I can cut it! I think 2-column proofs would be ok, but paragraph format would be a challenge for both of us. Are there a lot of proofs?

    Separately, he and I have been wondering how to keep his algebra skills "fresh" does DO have any review of those topics over the course of the year?

    Yes, I believe algebra is reviewed as the pp mentioned. 

    My concern with the proofs is that I would not know alternate solutions, etc.  Also, my dd is unexpectedly homeschooling again after being in ps for one semester, so I literally do not have the time to teach her anything right now due to other commitments, and even keeping up with grading would be a real struggle.  She did spend one month in geometry in ps, and fwiw, she says that sometimes she misses things because “they’re called something different in this class.” I don’t know how much of that is her frustration speaking (her grades in DO are lower than in any of her ps classes due to all the extra work ps teachers gave, etc.) and how much of it might be the truth.

    Geometry is the one math class I always said I’d personally never teach my own children (well, maybe that and pre-cal/cal) because it was the hardest one for me. I’m happy to hand it off. 

     

    ETA: I don’t think I actually answered your question.  As far as I can tell from my very cursory following of her work, it is just two-column proofs. 

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  6. Dd came home in early Feb. from PS after spending one semester there in the fall. Her school was on block, so she was just at the beginning of a new set of classes.  She read To Kill a Mockingbird and did a writing/analysis project there in her pre-AP English class.  They also did some primary source analysis (maybe a MLK, Jr speech?) and vocabulary study. Then she came back home (unexpectedly) and I have scrambled to flesh out a 9th grade English credit.  So far she has read The Yearling by Rawlings and The Chosen by Potok and answered comprehension and analysis questions on them.  She has been working 3-4x a week on No Red Ink, and she’s finishing up a class with Bravewriter (Essay Prep: Dynamic Thinking). 

    What would you add to finish this credit well?


  7. 13 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    I’m with @LisaK in VA is in IT—can I just opt out today? Ugh. I’m tired. 

    Shower + wash hair

    coffee etc

    dry hair

    laundry (Up to 3–girls do their own, more or less.  Nothing folded. 😖)

    school with boys

    lunch

    one on one with girls

    boys to Nana’s

    dd13 to play practice where I’ll stay and help out (dd14 and I found something to do!)

    girls to 19th century dance (+ anybody else from play practice who needs a ride)

    date night with hubby

    groceries?

    pick up all the kids

    The evening didn’t exactly go as planned, but we did do all of this. 👍🏼  Now to put the groceries up and get ready for bed. 

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  8. 17 hours ago, Tap said:

    Just throwing this out there as an alternative...

    DD20 has POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). She was diagnosed in high school. Before she was diagnosed, she would take 45 minutes or more to shower and one day I asked her to hurry so we could leave the house faster. I thought she just lingered. She told me she couldn't go faster, because she had to take a break or two when she showered. 😟 I had no idea that is what she was doing. She she said can't hold her hands/arms over her heart for more than a few minutes or they start to ache.  It became one of the issues I would bring up with doctors to illustrate her fatigue level.  After her diagnosis, we found out that this is very common in people with POTS.  She has a shower stool now and it is much, much easier on her fatigue level, but she still only showers a couple of times per week.  It is a planned activity for her and takes her hours to recover from.  In early high school, she was high energy... a cheerleader and ran hurdles in track. I had no idea a simple thing like having her arms over her head for  a long period of time was debilitating for her.  By senior year, she was a part time student and even that was a struggle. 

    Thanks for sharing your story, @Tap. I am an adjunct CC instructor and just this semester I have a student with POTS.  Had I not read about that here on the forum, I wouldn’t have been as sympathetic with her plight.  

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  9. 7 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    I’m with @LisaK in VA is in IT—can I just opt out today? Ugh. I’m tired. 

    Shower + wash hair

    coffee etc

    dry hair

    laundry (Up to 3–girls do their own, more or less.  Nothing folded. 😖)

    school with boys

    lunch

    one on one with girls

    boys to Nana’s 

    dd13 to play practice where I’ll stay and help out 

    girls to 19th century dance (+ anybody else from play practice who needs a ride)

    date night with hubby

    groceries?

    pick up all the kids 

    Dishwasher filled and running 

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  10. 6 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    I’m with @LisaK in VA is in IT—can I just opt out today? Ugh. I’m tired. 

    Shower + wash hair

    coffee etc

    dry hair

    laundry (Up to 3–girls do their own, more or less.  Nothing folded. 😖)

    school with boys

    lunch

    one on one with girls 

    boys to Nana’s 

    dd13 to play practice where I’ll stay and help out 

    girls to 19th century dance (+ anybody else from play practice who needs a ride)

    date night with hubby

    groceries?

    pick up all the kids 

    Headache better thanks to ibuprofen.  Now to clean up the kitchen and do a tiny bit of checking in with the girls.  They’re all in a dither over tonight’s dance so I cut them loose to get ready. 💅🏼

    Also: baked brownies for the dance during lunch and finalized a Thrive Market order 

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  11. 3 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

    I’m with @LisaK in VA is in IT—can I just opt out today? Ugh. I’m tired. 

    Shower + wash hair

    coffee etc

    dry hair

    laundry (2 so far) 

    school with boys 

    lunch

    one on one with girls 

    boys to Nana’s 

    dd13 to play practice where I’ll stay and help out 

    girls to 19th century dance (+ anybody else from play practice who needs a ride)

    date night with hubby

    groceries?

    pick up all the kids 

    Also vacuumed my bedroom, which was desperately needed 

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  12. 17 minutes ago, Homeschool Mom in AZ said:

    In the last few weeks my youngest has decided on her own to just get up early each day and get school done as efficiently as possible. It's been glorious! In the last week or so she's taken that attitude with chores too. Sure, I'd like her to do it for the love of learning and sense of community, but I'll take what I can get. 

    Anyone else have any great moments in homeschooling they want to share?

    This is a GREAT one!

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  13. I’m with @LisaK in VA is in IT—can I just opt out today? Ugh. I’m tired. 

    Shower + wash hair

    coffee etc

    dry hair

    laundry (Up to 3–girls do their own, more or less.  Nothing folded. 😖)

    school with boys

    lunch

    one on one with girls

    boys to Nana’s

    dd13 to play practice where I’ll stay and help out (dd14 and I found something to do!)

    girls to 19th century dance (+ anybody else from play practice who needs a ride)

    date night with hubby

    groceries?

    pick up all the kids

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  14. 12 hours ago, hopeistheword said:

     Snuggle with boys in bed

    coffee

    order dd13 ballet slippers for play costume

    read

    shower

    Supper in crockpot (porkchops)

    laundry (ongoing)

    school boys

    lunch

    work on supper

    Girls one-on-one (with one; ran out of time for both, though I did help her through some sticky geometry)

    out and about: dd13 to play practice; dd14 to get her dress hemmed for the upcoming co op formal; ds8 to soccer practice

    home to supper

    figure out SAT stuff (I’m the co op testing admin this year 🥴) and send emails 

    whatever else I manage to do 

     

     

    I also managed to deliver about ten dozen sugar cookies to church AND run by Walmart to pick up some pants for dd13’s play costume. 👊🏼

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