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  1. Well this Aussie has been eating a fab keto chicken curry recipe I recently found. In Love. I read a Reddit thread once where US folks seemed to not understand our meat pies. They rank pretty high in the Aussie food charts... We're just as likely to eat something Serbian or Vietnamese or Moroccan or Indian lol.
  2. I wish. My thighs scream nooooooooooooooo I'm not ruining my diet for 9-year-old-baked butter cake with video-game-decoration-themed butter cream icing. Now, if he'd made cookies or a tiramisu...
  3. Yep. I taught my kids to cook. They love cooking, it's great fun! That just means they bake an abundance of sweets. My 9 year old baked and decorated a cake this morning. Dinner is still, apparently, all on me...
  4. That's a lovely piece! Before all of this, I would have expected a sound bite from some department education expert for 'balance' but they went to the hea instead!
  5. It's not been a pure homeschooling board for a long time, no one has said that, and that's fine. The variety of posters has always been interesting. But it's not a school board either, it is founded on the premise of alternative education, of opting out or modifying. Critiquing the system we're leaving behind shouldn't be so offensive. I'm not actually looking for support here, I'm just looking to not have to endlessly caveat everything pro-homeschooling that I say.
  6. For 500K a year I might let your kids join in with mine, here in my home. If I really like you. So probably no 😆
  7. See, I actually think that there are schools that manage a decent education for some, maybe many, students. I even think a few of my kids would have done well, academically, there. But I'm still homeschooling. Because, while I do believe that I can do a better job in academics, I absolutely believe that I can provide a better all round lifestyle for my kids to grow into whole people. That is something each family has to reckon with for themselves. That is also why the ideas of policing my community are so... antithetical. I encourage my hS community, I try to lead by example, I give
  8. First idea is a nature study notebook. Write about what he observes. For more direction, come up with a basic procedure like 1. See something new/interesting. 2. Describe where it is. 3. Describe what it looks like. You can even do this from pictures in a book, rather than actual outdoor nature if it's easier. Or, I might be tempted to pair writing with a picture study. Kind of like the queen homeschool handwriting/picture study, except instead of copywork, he could write about what he sees in various pictures. Maybe even let him study it for a Couple of minutes then take it away and let
  9. Welcome and well done! Sounds like a really lovely start to homeschooling! My main suggestion would be to get your hands on a copy of The Well Trained Mind - it really is fantastic and has many practical suggestions and curriculum recommendations - including literature lists for each grade. Off the top of my head books for 5th grade, little women, the hobbit, sword in the stone, carry on Mr bowditch, Edith nesbit and Elizabeth enright books... It sounds like you are doing a lot already, and if it's working for you both then I wouldn't feel pressure to change much. Science, at that a
  10. Here, schools are going back in June. I'm planning to wind up my online classes by then. They were supposed to be just for my homeschool group families, but I have a couple of school kids tagging along too and I'd like to give them closure. Once everything goes back I'll also go back to my in person classes, possibly starting with outdoor activities (weather dependent)
  11. Lol, saying that it's an influential institution is hardly a controversial statement. Your experience of Chinese public schools is more relevant? I get that I've annoyed you by persisting with my chosen language. I hope that my previous post has clarified that I'm not trying to personally attack anyone - I'm institutionalised too - but being able to use the language I need to name my experience is important, and I thought that a homeschooling board of all places would be the least controversial place to use it. Okay, I get that it's easy to legally comply. My point w
  12. As if we don't have friends and family who currently learn and work in the system. As if it's all just some hidden world from us, poor sheltered homeschoolers 🙄
  13. Er, is a state approved enrollment not mandatory where you are? Of course they are locked in to school. I'm not in the U.S, but it's legal now because homeschoolers fought, hard, for it! 91% of U.S. students in public schools is still a monopoly culture. We don't exist in a vacuum, the monopoly culture is influential. I think I get the issue now, I will happily say that I was/am institutionalised too, so are my never-set-foot-in-a-school kids. They still see media which is soaked in school themes, they hear about it from friends and family. Unfortunately (imo) they have still managed to i
  14. Yah, people have been locked in to the school as institution system and are used to it, it has created many problems upon forced 'release.' More than that, it is a monopoly system, championed throughout the culture - the culture is institutionalised. Taking an alternative path is counter cultural and difficult. School has a different culture to the rest of adult life, spending 13+ years in it - you easily become used to it. It is accurate. Uncomfortable maybe.
  15. Being offended is a choice. Frequenting a homeschooling board is a choice. No one owns homeschooling, least of all those who don't homeschool. Homeschoolers adding their voice is diversity in homeschooling, sure. Institution-schoolers taking every chance to champion their (probably pretty decent) institutions in a homeschooling/alternative education space diversifies homeschooling how?
  16. Yeah, you're right, they're not being released. I never said it wasn't pejorative, but I also think it is largely accurate. I have never said that everyone should homeschool or that schools are universally terrible, an institution has its place and can do a lot of good. My point is that here, in this alternative education focussed space, the majority of this and many threads nowadays is public school cheerleading. It's tiring. I'm sorry if you find it offensive, but policing my language because it might offend some school users is exactly my point. People who come here to learn
  17. I don't use the term institutionalised lightly, nor do I use it for people who have partially homeschooled or truly considered it. There is a not-small segment of the population that cannot separate childhood learning from school, they are absolutely dependent on the institution. Otherwise homeschooling wouldn't be counter-cultural or brave. The original question about being a threat to the power of PS is because these families - and I've spoken to some of them - are now being forced into the space of considering/experiencing life outside of the institution.
  18. Yeah, but it is a fact that the users of this board have become increasingly pro-institutional schooling - to the extent that homeschoolers have to play defense in our own conversations, in our own space. The space to talk is becoming smaller and more policed. That's what it feels like to me, and I've only been here a decade. In 99% of the internet and the world, saying that many parents are institutionalized and won't even consider an outside of the approved institution option for their child - like the suggestions in SWBs books, is absolutely sacrilege. I cannot even very mildly questio
  19. Welcome to the boards! I wonder if you could explain a little more about the purpose of your questionnaire? It doesn't seem to meet the need of helping to choose curriculum. Are you looking to choose resources for your own children? Paige's questions are good. I'd recommend reading a basic overview of the different homeschool methods, this will help you get a handle on the lingo and get a feel for what resonates with you - what is your vision for your children's childhood, not just the 'school' part. Don't lock yourself into any box, no family is purely one method. Remember that you are
  20. My oldest is about 2 months away from turning 15 and doesn't have her own phone. Though she's making noises about buying one with her money soon. We have a simple extra one that she or her 12 yo brother use when they're out and about. She does have a tablet with apps that allow her to communicate with her friends. Not having a phone hasn't made much difference from what I can tell. I still monitor fairly closely.
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