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  1. Churches were never required to close. Georgia never had a particularly hardcore shutdown. The state parks have all stayed open; the governor famously ordered the beaches reopened after local officials had shut them down. We refilled (curbside!) our CO2 tank that we use to fizz water a couple of weeks ago, because apparently the home-brew store is an essential business.
  2. Probably not, and that's a whole other issue, and I would say that going forward we need to reevaluate who and what we value in our economy. Georgia is not following ANYONE'S idea of when and what it's safe to reopen, though. It has the 12th most cases in the US and is the 14th worst state at testing per capita. It doesn't come anywhere close to meeting the federal guidelines about when to start reopening. And bowling alleys? Movie theaters? Tattoo parlors? It doesn't make any sense and if/when it backfires then we're back to worse than where we started.
  3. But if someone who worked at the bowling alley down the street and is collecting unemployment is called back to work (again--the bowling alley by my house is reopened as of today--it's not theoretical) wouldn't they no longer be eligible for unemployment if they didn't feel safe going back?
  4. My understanding is that the issue is when the business DOES decide to open back up but employees don't feel inclined to risk their lives for a minimum wage job handing people bowling shoes.
  5. There are (still to be announced, last I heard) social distancing and sanitation requirements. Still not a good plan. I doubt many theaters will actually open, particularly since most of them are part of national chains AND there are no movies being released right now. But movie theaters are one of the types of businesses explicitly allowed to reopen, which sounds like "advocating" to me. The bowling alley closest to us sent me an e-mail this morning telling me that they're open again as of today. I'm not bowling anytime soon, even though the e-mail reassures me they're only using every other lane. I can get a tattoo again now, too, but I'm also holding off on that for the time being.
  6. Movie theaters are allowed to reopen in Georgia on Monday. Bowling alleys today. So you can put the governor of Georgia on your list of people advocating going to sit in a movie theater.
  7. DS's college sent out an e-mail saying that online classes are a last resort and that they're considering shifting the calendar to start later in the fall if necessary. They also say they're planning to make a decision by June 1, which seems...optimistic. We'll see. I don't know that a November start date vs. a September start date is going to make much difference. It's a small college in a state that seems to have a pretty good handle on things, so I think they have a better shot at restarting safely than some places. But it's still a college campus with dorms and dining halls and all that.
  8. There are a few random food things I have trouble getting in my Kroger pick-up orders...cage free eggs (but plenty of conventional eggs, it seems), gluten free Mac and cheese and chicken tenders...and then a lot of brand substitutions, but that's fine with me. I haven't had trouble getting meat or produce the past few weeks (except I keep trying to get the sale priced ham and not, but I could see that being sold out under normal circumstances, too). I haven't actually been inside a grocery store in over a month; it seems to be getting a little easier to schedule a pick-up time here--they schedule a week out, and I grab mine when they open up, but I've noticed that there are slots available 4 or 5 days away a lot of times now. I've been adding in an occasional Whole Foods delivery through Amazon, and so far I can always get a same day delivery, though I usually have to refresh the page a few times to find it. The system never lets me add paper products to delivery or pickups, but I've found everything on Walmart over the past couple of weeks and had it shipped. I can't compare prices--they seem about the same for individual items, but I'm shopping so differently than how I usually do that it's hard to say. We're certainly spending more on groceries than we did before, but I have an extra (college) kid home, I'm not paying attention to sales as much or using coupons, not going to Aldi for stock up trips, eating at home more, etc.
  9. Some of our local Home Depots are doing curbside pickup. We had to go to the second closest one to find it, but we got stuff that way a couple of weeks ago.
  10. yes, ours, too. We got $$ for our soon to be 17 year old, too, which was a nice surprise since I'd read the cut off was turning 17 before the end of the year.
  11. I read that half of the people who tested positive on the Diamond Princess were asymptomatic, and presumably that was an older population. It's really interesting because everyone got tested on that ship whether they were symptomatic or not....even in places like South Korea where they're testing very widely it's my understanding that a fever is generally what triggers testing. And the 50% asymptomatic figure fits in with what we're seeing from Iceland, which, last I checked, is testing the biggest percentage of its population. So I think that our perception of a mild case in the US, where tests are very difficult to come by for most people, is probably off and there are a lot more people out there having truly mild symptoms and not just "I felt like I was dying but I didn't have to go the hospital" symptoms. Anecdotal evidence from celebrities and politicians and athletes who can get tested easily seems to support this. We all passed around a mystery virus that manifested as the worst, hardest to shake dry cough I've ever had in my life starting in early March (and STILL dragging on, though much better now). My husband and I both ran a low fever for maybe 2-3 nights but my kids didn't even though they had the same terrible cough. Assorted other mild symptoms varied by person--some people had sore throats, some digestive stuff, my husband had a really bad headache that kept him in bed all of one day. I tried to pass it off as allergies for awhile, but Zyrtec didn't touch it, I don't usually get allergies in spring (I'm a ragweed person), and I had no congestion even though that's always my number one allergy symptom. Who knows? I hope I find out someday!
  12. We've been doing pickup orders, and it's been getting progressively better. Order before last there wasn't much produce or meat; last time the only things I didn't get were ground beef and, mysteriously, gluten free macaroni and cheese (but got other GF pasta and no problem getting pork or chicken). I have another pickup scheduled for Thursday and they're finally letting me put toilet paper in my order! We'll see if I actually get it or not. Atlanta metro area.
  13. My two oldest both went from Jacobs to Foerster's for Algebra 2 (and then pre-calc/trig). It's worked well, although they liked Jacobs better.
  14. Tentatively, as always 🙂 Math: continue with Beast Academy online History/Reading/lit: Build Your Library--we're "ahead" right now because we started with a co-op, so he did level one when he was 5, but we likely won't finish level 2 by the end of this year--so finish level 2 and start level 3. We're also totally on fire with audiobooks in the car this year; we've been through all the Ramona books, all the Henry Huggins books, half of Little House, and started Narnia. He's loving it and I'm loving that he's loving it, so my goal is to keep it up until we've listened to ALL THE BOOKS Latin: Song School Latin Book 2 Grammar/writing: WWE2 and First language lessons 2 Science: probably a class at a local homeschool co-op. And maybe we'll actually do the science from BYL next year; he loves science so probably we should do more of it Music: he'll probably start piano lessons next year Other: I was thinking today a formal drawing program would be good for him. Probably he'll play baseball again fall and spring.
  15. My third 9th grader! I'll be glad to have a long break before the last one starts high school after this. English: finishing WWS, American literature (that I need to start putting together) History: AP US history (with his 11th grader brother; I want to keep them together for lit and history as much as I can) Science: biology somehow or other. Sigh. I might do Pandia Press's Biology--it's more of a middle school class, but it says for up to 9th grade. I just...don't know. I'm so tired of trying to figure science out. I need him to take the subject test to make our state flagship happy if he decides to apply there, so there will be a test prep book involved somehow. Math: Jacobs geometry Spanish: he's done Spanish 1 and 2 (well, doing 2 now) through Georgia virtual school, but he hates it, so I told him he can stop after this year. My goal with Spanish is to make sure he doesn't forget everything he's learned, ideally make some forward progress, and be ready to do dual enrollment Spanish come 11th grade. I'm not worried about more than that since he'll already have 2 years of high school Spanish in (which we only did so early because we lost our private tutor and I didn't want him to forget everything from THAT). So I'll probably find something online and maybe work on some translation projects or something with him, so I can brush up on MY Spanish and make him less miserable at the same time. Extras: he'll keep playing French horn in youth orchestra and probably take an art class at our local homeschool coop. And maybe he'll do some plays--he loves acting but hasn't done any in awhile.
  16. They use both. Everyone's going to want a FAFSA because that determines eligibility for federal aid and they want to make sure you get all of that before they use institutional funds. But they'll use the CSS for their own calculations because it gives a more complete financial picture. My son's school only requires CSS the first year and FAFSA only for returning students. This made me incredibly happy, but I do wonder how they handle things for students with divorced parents.
  17. AOPS pre-algebra is one of the one we tried after Singapore...the main one we tried, really. It didn't work well for my very strong in math, but super perfectionist oldest. He was not a fan of not getting every answer right every time. It's possible it would have been worth it to battle through, but it wasn't something I had the energy for at the time. My 6 year old, who reminds me of my oldest in a lot of ways, is going through Beast Academy now with no problems; had Beast Academy been around when my oldest was the right age, the whole program might have worked well for him. So my experience is that AOPS can be rough for perfectionist kids who are very hard on themselves even if they're excellent at math. Although he now regularly threatens to drop out college every time he gets a B on an assignment, so it might have been better to work on that particular character trait back in middle school, come to think of it 😂 But he loved Jacobs. Jacobs geometry is when he really started to see himself studying math long term.
  18. Agreeing that skipping pre-algebra is fine. All of mine have started Jacobs in 6th grade after finishing Singapore (Singapore 6 always went very fast for whatever reason) and then gone very slowly through Jacob's Algebra. With my oldest, we flailed around looking for a pre-algebra we liked for a little while first then gave up and went straight to Jacobs....he's in his first year of college, doing great in Calc 3 and planning on majoring in math now, so it worked well!
  19. I've thought about something like this, too...he'll already be through Spanish 2 when he starts 9th grade, so there's no rush....he could spend a year or two reinforcing what he's already learned, diving into some more interesting stuff, and making sure he's very ready for the faster pace of college classes when he gets to 11th grade.
  20. Thanks so much for the suggestions, everyone! Happy to see there are a few good options out there!
  21. My 8th and 10th graders are currently taking Spanish 2 online through Georgia Virtual School. I wouldn't have started the 8th grader so early, but they'd both been taking Spanish with a private tutor until she went to work teaching full-time, and I didn't want him to forget everything he'd learned with her. My 10th grader has one more semester to get through and then he'll switch to in person dual enrollment classes next year. The classes have been....okay, but there are a lot of things I don't love about them (for one thing, I don't think an online class with no live component at all is a great way to learn a modern language), and DS HATES it. I'd love to find something else that can bridge the gap until he can do dual enrollment as well (or even just get him through Spanish 4 so he can call it done if he wants to). So what options are out there for upper level Spanish? If anyone's in the metro Atlanta area and knows of something, that would be great, but an online class that has a live component would work as well.
  22. That was me last year. This year I realized DS's school doesn't require the CSS for returning students, only first years, and I was so happy I could have cried.
  23. DS took linear algebra (and a proofs class that I guess you could call discrete math?) DE before calc 3. Did very well in linear algebra and is doing well in calc 3 now (freshman year at college). It's not an unusual sequence.
  24. Yes, I wonder the same things....I can't imagine they'd really turn down an otherwise highly qualified student because their homeschool curriculum didn't fit into the boxes neatly enough. DS is only in 10th grade and not sure yet if he'll even apply to Columbus State--we'll ask for more specific information if/when the time comes to apply.
  25. We just looked at Columbus State in Georgia the other day, because DS16 is interested in their music school, and they require homeschoolers to fill out a college preparatory credit evaluation form that includes world and US history as well as government and Econ (as well as stuff like British literature and "American English." I was surprised/annoyed to see it, particularly since it's not a particularly selective college academically....DS isn't likely to have any trouble meeting their academic requirements unless they somehow determine that we neglected to teach him American English.
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