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  1. would swimming in a chlorinated pool work? I swear, chlorinated pools are amazing for clearing up random skin issues. I am not suggesting for open, weeping wounds or anything, but acne, random bumps on skin, eczema, cracked callouses, etc, all helped by pools for us.
  2. This is why I am wanting to give up (mostly) the internet. I cheaply offer my time up to the god of the internet, the god who promises so much and leaves my soul feeling smaller. The god who demands so little of me.
  3. I think this is what I am going to do. I want to do it. Or severely restrict, like 10min a day to do all the mandatory email stuff. if you see me on here, it is because I decided to do candy instead.
  4. @Nan in Mass, I have just finished reading this thread: And you expressed concern about the non-traditional trajectory that your youngest DS was on at the time of the thread in 2010. I dont know if you updated on him anywhere else, but I was wondering how it all played out? What would you still encourage homeschool moms to focus on? What all shifted itself out in the end for you? I have thoroughly appreciated all of your past wisdom.
  5. Have her kids been in the public school up until now? Because if what @CAJinBE said applies, then it sounds like the local school has already not done its job, so she does not need to worry about ruining her kids. What can be so hard is knowing and believing that education is a marathon, not a sprint. I had to remediate reading in my son after I pulled him out at the end of first grade. It took 2 long years to undo the damage done (thanks for nothing, whole language!) and I had to have the long view in mind when spending 20min a day on phonics. I had to take to heart your advice: Same goes with math. If the child doesn't have LDs, then it is doable to get him up to speed with a year or two. I remember that weight of responsibility I felt after I pulled my oldest out halfway through 2nd grade. This decision is not for the faint-of-heart and it sounds like she is fully experiencing that. The super annoying part is asking for loads of help but not taking it.
  6. To hire a sitter in my area for this would be $20 per hour for 3 kids. Add in picking up the sitter and driving the sitter home if sitter cannot drive. ETA: When I was 11, not that many moons ago, I was the sitter! I was being paid to watch other people's toddlers for hours on end. The summer I turned 11, I took a CPR course through the local hospital and received a certificate at the end as having successfully finished their babysitting course. So I wasn't going rogue or anything, this was sanctioned by my suburban community.
  7. To be clear, Jonesboro isn't so much backwoods, as it is not remote and rural. It is poor and about 20min from the Atlanta airport. The rest of what you said I agree with:).
  8. Sorry about the assumption. I erroneously read your screenname as CA Lizzy. It sounds like your summer school option is much better than ours😁. Is there a park or something nearby for you and the younger kids? If there is nothing for them to do, then summer school sounds better. What do your kids want to do? We do math and reading year-round, but I think my kids (same ages as yours) would seriously resent it if I put them in a 6-hr a day school program in the summer so that I could have a break from them for 6 hours. Is there any option between these two extremes? Like riding their bikes around the neighborhood for an hour a day and finding friends? Or walking to a nearby park and playing there? This gets into one of my beefs with parenting in modern society (not at all directed at OP). There is so little opportunity for our kids to just go play with other kids without the parents (mostly the mom) being the event planner and cruise ship director. You understandably want a mental break from parenting for a few hours a day in the summer. This is not a big ask. This is something that parents throughout all time have expected of their 9 and 11 year-old kids. To fend for themselves for a few hours without needing an adult. But instead, the way modern society is built, we get pigeonholed into a situation where the options are 6-hour-a-day summer school, or driving and staying for 2 hours of swim. My mother would have laughed at this dilemma and said, "I just sent you to play outside and you stayed there all day."
  9. Have you talked to any parents who have done summer school? I assume you live in CA. I have witnessed CA free summer school programs at our local school. These are provided as childcare for dual-income families. I think our district provides them because we have enough kids that qualify for free or reduced lunch. These programs always sound like fun. Minecraft theme! Dance musical party theme! Learn to Code! Shopkins Extravaganza! Throw in whatever educational buzzword theme! STEM Camp! I understand that the majority of the families who participate have no choice. This is their best childcare option, and I am thankful that they have options. That being said, our district's summer program is my version of hell, I dont care how wonderfully it is marketed. It is barely controlled chaos, with well over 100 kids in a cafeteria for half the day. They can go into classrooms for a "fun learning experience" and also have outside activity on the playground. It is just like school, but with even more pointless "learning" involved. The amount of noise is enough to make you want to stab your ears. The chaos would make all but the most ardent of extroverts want to curl up in a corner. I truly dont know how some of these kids cope with it. Also, not to put too fine a point on it, your kids will learn something, all right. They will learn lots of things. It just might not be the stuff you want them to learn...
  10. I ended up buying them on Ebay, but if I ever want to buy more owl pellets, I would probably get the 1 gal bag on I dont want to admit how much time I spent pricing owl pellets.
  11. Do you live near a skatepark? My kids who love activity just love going to the skatepark, and it is usually not crowded M-F.
  12. If it makes you feel any better, I have an engineering degree, and I still have to say things in words to have it make sense. For instance, if I want to multiply 7*9 and I think, I will just multiply 7*10 and then subtract...9? or is it 7? I forget. Let's see. I have Ten groups of seven apples in each group, but I really just want nine groups of seven apples, so I need to subtract one group of seven apples to go from ten groups to nine groups. Now I get it. This was a relatively straightforward problem, but the idea stands with more challenging problems. Talking to yourself about apples is a legit way to think about numbers😜
  13. I didn't want to be nitpicky, but I thought that was a rather crucial 1😜
  14. I think you dropped a 1 here at the end. It should be 123,123/1001 = 123
  15. Oh, I I had no idea (obviously😁)! That does really answer my question. I never even considered that it wasn't poop. Thank you! I was planning on buying at least 10, because I have 3 kids and I am sure they will want to do this several times.
  16. My kid is super into bones of all kinds so I am going to order some owl pellets for him to go to town on. My question is this: do the larger pellets contain more interesting stuff in them? I assume this is the case, that the bigger the pellet, the more bones there are inside. But then I got to thinking that maybe the owl has a larger poop because it contains more...poop... to help move the indigestibles along. If the bigger pellets contain more bones, than the larger size is completely worth it, because the cost per volume is lower for the larger pellets. But I dont want to pay extra for, ehem, turds. And thus ends the weirdest thought process I have ever committed to writing.
  17. I am from this part of the country and have lived in DC. With everything else you are doing, Valley Forge is not worth it. It is pretty neat, but at the end of the day, it is just a whole lotta land with some log cabins and a small museum with great docents. Especially if you have to figure out public transit. Hershey is very overrated. Buy cheap chocolate and stick it close to your nose and inhale. You can do amusement parks anywhere; dont take a day to do Hershey Park. If you really want to see the inner workings of a chocolate factory, watch it on youtube while eating brownies. If you are heading toward Hershey, do Amish Country instead. But not worth it given your time and money constraints. Mount Vernon is really interesting, but if it eats up an entire day in DC, I dont know if it is worth it. It is more worth it if you have squirrely kids who are sick of museums and want to run around for a while. This is going to sound really callous...once you have seen the inside of one old house, you have seen them all. Mount Vernon is a nicer inside of an old house (and has an interesting museum), but you might be sick of all that by the time you get to DC. DO Paul Revere's house, which is right on the Freedom Trail and wont suck up time. Gettysburg is great, but it is also out of the way, takes a whole day, and isn't cheap. You will have more than enough to do in DC, and so much of it is free. Also, if you live close to major museums, select the Smithsonian ones that are different form the ones by you.
  18. Also, Chegg dot com has worked solutions for most problems in the book. I ordered ISBN # 0-13-165710-0 because it has the solutions. Another Foerster's edition is on that site as well. It appears as though some solutions are free, but to access others, you need to subscribe to the site, which is $15/month. Ugh. I have no idea which are the free problems.
  19. You are enabling my writing curriculum addiction. I might need an intervention...
  20. I have Lials, Larson, and Foersters Alg 2 books that I am deciding between for my son who jus finished AoPS geometry and didn't want to go through their intermediate series. Thanks to everyone who recommended Foersters. After reviewing those three texts, Foersters seems like a great fit for us. Each section has a "do these quickly" problems which are meant for quick review. Each section has solid teaching geared towards the student. Great word problems. No distracting visuals and pictures of random stuff. Deeper thinking involved in the more advanced problems. Answers only to the odds in back of book.
  21. My 3rd Alg 2 book just came in the mail today for me to evaluate🤦‍♀️. Thank God I am an engineer so I at least understand what a solid math education and curriculum look like. But I am spending this weekend watching all the COunting and Probability videos on AoPS in order to get ahead of my son. I sure know how to have a good time!
  22. I am starting to see that😁. Where I find homeschoolers have a huge leg up is that if we just educate ourselves on how to teach writing, we can provide the crucial one-on-one feedback that all writers need. One of my main takeaways from Engaging Ideas was how much writing instruction/assessment/progress depends on feedback from the teacher. Students were turning in barely cohesive writing because they had virtually no guidance along the way. This harkens back to my experience. Thankfully, I naturally picked up what passes for good writing, but it wasn't until I started reading these books that I understood good writing techniques, such as have the thesis sentence as the last sentence in the opening paragraph. Or that most writing needs a thesis. But I dont recall receiving specific instruction on this, and from the examples given in Engaging Ideas, it appears as though other students had similar experiences. I tell myself that spending $200 on learning how to teach writing (plus some Killgallon books), is money very well spent.
  23. @MamaSprout that was a really helpful post. It is nice to see how others have walked this road. Honest-to-goodness, sometimes I come here and think I have stumbled into the corner curriculum/textbook pusher. "Hey lovely lady, I have just the stuff you need to make you feel good. That other guy, he sells the junk that is cut with filler and clipart, but we sell the pure stuff. We have LAW, EE, and Warriners for your evening entertainment. What'll it be?" And dutifully, I buy it all so that I can compare the buzz. I am truly among my people when I get informed opinions on writing textbooks.🤣
  24. Sept is much, much better weather-wise. Far less likely to get rain. Ben franklin's printing press in Philly is free., interesting, quick, and near your other stuff. The Freedom Trail guided tour was worth the money for us. When we went, staying at the Constitution hotel near the USS Constitution was much cheaper than Airbnb and centrally located to old town Boston. Contact your state rep to see if they can get you a White House tour or tour of the Capitol.
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