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  1. I agree with no waiting. Just move ahead and keep working while waiting to get the grades back.
  2. My son devoted 2 hours a day on it last year, with a 10 minute break between the 2 hours. And he still took a bit into the summer to complete the class. And that was with a mid-August start. However, don’t be too discouraged: my son also has slow processing speed, so he needed the extra time. (He gets time and a half on SAT tests.). If your son doesn’t have slow processing speed, he may be able to catch up. But he’ll have to work hard to get there. Teach your son how to divide up the work over the remaining months of school. Tell him to expect to work on Physics for 2 hours a day. And if he doesn’t get the week’s work done M-F, he needs to get it done on S-S. Make sure he accounts for vacation days (Christmas/spring/whatever days you guys take off). Also, you might want to consider having all his other courses done by mid-May, but let this one go to mid-June and he can devote a bunch of time to it for that last month. But be SUPER careful with offering something like that and be in control of it. That’s the sort of thing that young people think, “Oh, I’ll just put it all off and do it in one month!” And then they find that it’s impossible to do 5 months of work in 1 month. It’s just an idea to give him a little more time so that getting through this isn’t torture.
  3. I’ve never made a turkey so I know little about them. First: are they cheaper than chickens sometime in November? Should I buy a couple to save money? Or just stick with chickens? Second: if the turkeys are cheaper than chickens and if I buy a couple of turkeys and cook them, what are some clever ideas for what to do with all the cooked meat? All I can think of is soup, turkey salad sandwiches, and sliced turkey breast sandwiches. There has to be more than that. Note; I’m not a very clever cook, so feel free to share any obvious ideas.
  4. Garga

    Sleep apnea

    Hubby has it: sleeps on side/regular pillow/will skip using it if his nose is totally blocked if he has a cold.
  5. Yes, I understand. I was 27 when I got the surgery. At the time, they told me that if I wanted contacts, I’d have to get hard ones. (?) I can’t remember exactly what that meant, but it meant that they wouldn’t be very comfortable and would be harder to get in and out. And since I unable to get past the weirdness of touching my own eye to get them in and out, I knew I wouldn’t be a candidate for contacts, even if they were soft. I was a late bloomer and just starting to feel like I might be able to be an attractive person, and the glasses were very unattractive—very thick lenses, even with featherweights. I had to get sturdier frames to hold the prescription. Those glasses made me feel bad about my looks. I had learned a lot about dressing better and taking care of myself in my mid-twenties, and the glasses were the last thing that made me feel ugly. Not as big a deal now, but a pretty big deal to me at 27. I’d been the ugly girl for soooo long. I always had red dents on my nose where the glasses set on my face and they would hurt my ears a bit. I worried about what would happen if an airbag hit them. If I went out in the rain or even a little mist, I couldn’t see because the glasses would get wet. So, it was always umbrellas, even if it wasn’t a big rain. I get cold very easily and my nose feels like an ice cube In the winter. With glasses, I couldn't wear a scarf over my nose (which I do a lot now) because it would fog up my glasses. Even without the scarf, my glasses would fog up going into the cold. I couldn’t swim. I didn’t even bother to learn until after the surgery, because I couldn’t see anything, so what was the point? How could I swim practically blind? And I didn’t want to wear glasses in the water. They were constantly getting fingerprints on them, so I felt like I was constantly looking through fingerprint fog and was cleaning them all the time. I couldn’t lie in bed on my side and read a book because the glasses would tilt; same for lying on the couch to watch a tv show. The first time I went out after the surgery and it was drizzling, I stood in the middle of a parking lot with my head pointed up at the sky, my arms outstretched, letting the drizzle fall all over my face and *seeing*. I could see in the drizzle without my glasses getting spotted or fogging up. I think I wept a little. I felt so free. With glasses, they were always there, always in the way, always being annoying. Sort of like a bra that has an itchy tag on it. A constant irritant. None of above things are horrible. As I said before, now at age 46, I wouldn’t have the surgery. But at 27, and not knowing people who’d had complications from medical procedures, I was more trusting and it seemed like the most logical decision at the time.
  6. RIght. I had 20/1200 and used to try to explain to people that by the time my eyes looked at something as far away as my elbow, it was already blurry. I couldn’t even see my own elbow without blur. I never, ever, ever did anything ever without glasses. How long did he have it? When I had my LASIK it was normal to be told to put in drops every 15 minutes. My coworker/friend and I had our lasik on the same day and we sat next to each other at work. We set a timer to go off every 15 minutes round the clock for a few weeks and every 15 minutes we’d put in those eye drops. But after a few weeks, you don’t do that anymore. We didn’t necessarily feel like we had dry eyes. We just knew that those were the instructions (drops every 20 or so minutes around the clock, with special gel drops at night), so we followed them to the letter. I had mine in 1999. The place I went to said they routinely turned away about 1/3 of the people who came to them looking to see if they could have LASIK. Do they not do that at places anymore? They explained that the surgery removes tissue with laser to change the shape of the cornea, and if there isn’t enough tissue to remove, then they won’t do it. —— I have haloing around lights all the time-daytime, nighttime. It makes Christmas lights look all soft and dreamy, like in a picture with bokeh. It’s annoying when I’m driving to have those halos around the oncoming headlights, but for someone who couldn’t even see her own elbow, the halo lights just isn’t a big deal. At all. I was practically blind and now I see. I can’t get over how amazing it was for me to have this surgery. However, people used to randomly say to me, “You’re so smart,” because of the glasses. It used to happen all the time. But no one said it ever again after I got the surgery and stopped wearing glasses. I thought that was interesting from a sociology POV. —— When my friend and I had the surgery, we said that we thought it was a great idea for people like us: blind as bats. But if we could have gotten through life with a low prescription, or even if we were the sort of people who wore glasses only now and then, we’d have never gotten it. It was scary to read about the side effects. I was only 27 at the time. Now that I’m 46, I’m waaaay more cynical and skittish about medical procedures, and I probably wouldn’t have done it now.
  7. I find the waist band to be rather firm. It is not loose on me at all. Sometimes I feel it’s almost too tight, but I’m also glad for it because this is the only pair of jeans that doesn’t sag on me, so I’m glad it’s doing its job, but wish it was a smidge less tight. In all the other areas the jeans fit perfectly, so it’s not that I bought the wrong size. It sounds like other people find the waist band not too tight, but if I had your MS, I’d be unhappy with these jeans’s waistband.
  8. My dh lost a bunch of weight and started exercising about a year and a half ago to get healthy. He’s been doing great—he lost all the weight he needed to lose and is feeling better physically. But he has realized recently that he’s only getting about 1200 calories a day when he should be getting about 2000. He’s worried that it isn’t healthy to get so few calories a day. The thing is that he’s gotten used to eating small amounts of food (instead of gorging like he used to on things like chips and huge burgers before he took his health seriously.). So, now he can eat a hearty salad with grilled chicken and feel full, whereas before that would have been the appetizer for the main meal followed by some dessert. He hasn’t been eating too few calories until about a month or so ago. Until then, he was getting the daily recommended amount for a man of his age/size. But in the past month, he’s realized he’s probably not eating a healthy amount. He doesn’t want to starve himself or have medical problems from not getting enough nourishment, but he’s just not as hungry as he used to be. Anyone ever had this problem? Anyone know if he should worry? Or should we just listen to his body and not worry about eating more or less? Or should he go ahead and try to find a way to add more healthy calories to his diet? And how would he do that? Extra grilled chicken on the salad?
  9. I use these little screwdrivers a lot—esp to get batteries out of things. https://smile.amazon.com/Herco-HE826-Precision-Screwdriver-Set/dp/B000CCUFT2/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=Set+of+small+screwdrivers&qid=1573663853&sr=8-7
  10. I wonder, too, if people are taught that “if they’re a Christian, you can trust them”? It’s so dangerous if people are teaching their kids this. I have tried to expressly teach my own sons that that’s not always the case. I sure hope that now that so many scandals have come to light that this isn’t being taught. There are even scriptures to beware wolves in sheep clothing and about judging a tree by its fruit—look at the person’s actions (fruit) to see if they’re trustworthy, etc, rather than blind trust. I know my one son really liked John Crist’s humor. It’s with a heavy heart that I’m going to share the articles in this thread with him for the exact reason that I don’t want him to think he can trust someone is “good” just because they’re Christian.
  11. I was never expressly taught this view, but I did hold this view until in my early twenties, at least in reference to adults. The adults in my life were kind to me and protective of me, so that’s what I figured most adults were like. It was surprising to meet adults that were total jerks or manipulative, etc. In that regard, my childhood was good—that the adults in my life were good to me. I wasn’t abused. My mother did warn me about bad intentioned people and did try to teach me to be wise about people, but it was hard to fully understand what she meant until I met non-trustworthy people on my own. I believed her that they were out there, but at the same time, I didn’t believe it. If that makes sense—it’s one thing to know something is a fact because Mom tells you, but it’s another thing to know something is a fact from direct experience.
  12. She was pretty young, wasn’t she? I used to be that naive and not about Christians in particular. Growing up, the adults in my life were all nice to me and I figured that the vast majority of people were good and decent once they were grown. I knew that teenagers could be rotten, but I figured they were being a “rebellious teen” and would out grow it. I remember a friend of mine at age 17 being interested in a boy and telling her family, “He’s a good kid. He’s an eagle scout,” as if that would seal the deal that he simply *must* be an upstanding and decent person because he was an eagle scout. I was 18 and figured that made sense. Of course, her dad and my mom both snorted about the “good eagle scout” line and tried to explain to her that just because someone is an eagle scout, it doesn’t always mean they’re a good guy to date. There are a lot of young people who are sheltered and while they know there are bad people somewhere out there, they’re surprised when they meet one of them in person for the first time. My own sons have never run into anyone who is manipulative and would intentionally take advantage of them. They know people like that are out there, but knowing that there are people like that out there is different from confronting one. It can take some time for it to finally sink in, “Hey...they guy is one of those bad people I heard mom warn me about!” It sounds like Kate figured it out within a day of meeting him, so I think she did pretty good in wising up to what was going on relatively quickly.
  13. I did it once using some sort of hack, but I can’t remember which hack I used!!! I think it involved adding vinegar to the water. Whatever I did, the eggs peeled beautifully.
  14. These all sound wonderful! I think I’ll send this thread to the other ladies coming on Saturday and ask them to each pick one and we’ll eat them all. 😄
  15. Hummus sounds good. Maybe deviled eggs? I haven’t made those in centuries.
  16. Going to a friend’s house on Saturday with about 8 ladies. We’re all going to bring a snack to share. I’m bored with my go-to of chips and homemade salsa, but have no clever ideas. What are your cheap, easy to make, yummy snack ideas to share with 8? Sweet or savory.
  17. One time I mentioned to a male photographer friend that I had taken senior portraits of my friend’s 17 yo son alone. I had known the kid for a decade and my family is good friends with his family. My photographer friend was aghast and cautioned me not to take pictures of minors without the parents there. I didn’t feel like it was a big deal, being that we were family friends and all, but I can see how it can be an issue for a professional photographer (probably especially a male) taking pictures of teenaged minors alone. If I was a professional and not a hobbyist who takes pictures for friends only, then I would probably have a rule that a parent/guardian must be present on site for senior portraits of minors.
  18. It’s not too much for a parent to be there. Perfectly normal for the parents to tag along. One of my photography friends even tells the parent, “If you want to be in a couple shots with your child, make sure you wear something nice to the photoshoot,” because it’s expected than a parent will be there. They don’t have to be, but it’s completely normal if they are. I’ve taken a number of senior portraits for my friend’s kids and usually a parent is there. They follow us all around the location and watch the proceedings, but stay out of the way. The parents usually find the whole thing a lot of fun to watch and as long as they’re not trying to direct the subject on where to stand, etc, it’s fine with me and with every photographer I know (I have a bunch of photographer friends.) I’m ok with them following us around. Actually, it can be helpful. A number of times, the parent has offered to help me carry my camera bag. 🙂
  19. I like the suggestions for weather proofing the house. In the meanwhile, I wear a hat to bed most nights in the winter. Also, this is a big one: tuck your pj ankles into your socks, and tuck your pj shirt into your pants. Your heat will not escape if your pj legs or shirt slide up when you’re in bed. You don’t want any skin exposed to the air if you want to stay warm. Wear thermal underwear under the pjs and a robe over the pjs. For the daytime: I have a robe with a hood and a zipper up the front. I wear that in the daytime when I get cold in the house. The zipper is nice. Robes that tie in the front are always opening, but the zipper never does, so I never lose my heat. If I get a chill, I put the hood up and warm up pretty fast. For me, who is cold most of the time, covering my head is a big part of staying warm. And layers.
  20. I’m personally glad you took her. That was too big of a consequence without warning. It would be one thing if there had been warning, but without the warning it wasn’t fair. And I know, I know...life isn’t always fair, but whenever it’s in my control, I try to be fair. And 100% parenting is feeling like you’re doing it all wrong. Some things to think about: 1. I just read a little thing today written by a mom who had whiny, arguing kids. They were going to go on a looong drive to visit the cousins. (Like a 10 hour trip.). She said, “If you guys start arguing in the car, I’m going to turn it around and come right back home and we won’t see the cousins.” Sure enough, 5 minutes into the trip, they started to argue, so she turned the car around and took them straight back home. They skipped the trip to the cousins’ house. What she knew and the kids didn’t know, is that the trip wasn’t really scheduled for that day. The trip was scheduled for the next weekend. She simply knew that they’d argue the entire time unless they learned a hard lesson. So she was only pretending to drive to the cousins’ house that day, knowing full well her kids would argue. When it was time to actually go on the trip, there was no arguing in the car. 2. I had a friend who did something or other similar. A couple of her 3kids were being slowpokes about getting out the door and she was tired of it. So she set it up to be sure her husband would be home and came up with some errand to do. “Quick! Everybody in the car! We have to run the errand!” When the slowpokes wouldn’t move fast enough because they were goofing off, she said, “Too late. Husband, can you stay home with these two? They aren’t ready.” And then she took the kid who moved fast on the errand, and also bought that kid an ice cream cone. She knew ahead of time she was going to do this and that the slow pokes would miss out. After that happening a few times, they started moving faster. They just never knew when they’d get a treat for being on time so they started moving faster. 3. I just remembered another one that’s like #1. My friend was a kid and the youngest of 3 kids. Her single mom was going to take all three kids to an amusement park. She warned them, “If you guys fight in the car, I will drop you off at grandmas for the day instead of taking you to the park.” My friend remembered thinking, “Yeah right!” And started fighting with her sister. Her mom was not going to spend the day alone at a park with fighting kids. This was well before cell phones, but she drove to grandma’s house and ask grandma if she’d watch the fighters for the day. Grandma agreed. The two fighting sisters missed out on the park and their brother got to go alone and ride whatever rides he wanted and eat whatever he wanted without his sisters getting in the way. My friend never EVER forgot that. They key, though, is that there’s warning about the consequence. Without the warning, then it’s not a lesson in the child learning to control his or herself. Instead they learn that mom flies off the handle and randomly yanks things away from them. But if you can warn ahead of time, then the lesson can be powerful. So...all that to say, rather than randomly saying, “You can’t go to co-op!” because you’re at the end of your rope, you might want to set up a situation where if the behavior isn’t what you like, you are prepared ahead of time to dish out a consequence or reward that you can control to drive the point home.
  21. I've thrown a ton of information at you, but I have to run out the door so I just scooped it all up in a copy and paste. I hope it makes sense. If you have a more specific question, please ask. I have to dash away right now. 🙂
  22. I'm looking in my notes and will cut and paste random things that might be of use to you. Overall, I really liked the book. I liked the labs. Note: They would have a mini lesson before the lab sort of outlining the topic. I did not have my son read those, as it already took him 2 hours just to do the lab. Adding more reading on a lab day would have been too much. I would pre-read anything about the lab and if it was important I'd highlight it and go over it with my son. We set up a nice spot in my ugly cinder-block wall basement with a light, a microscope, a bunch of safety equipment and lab coats. We took the labs very seriously and the majority of the ones we did were successful. They all have a serious tone to them, so it was very different from when my son was younger and we did easy little labs for the younger years. These required care and time to complete. Chart of supplies needed each week for labs: http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/biology/biology_lab_planner.html Chart of which lab goes to which chapter in Ck12: http://www.thehomescientist.com/kits/BK01/CK-12-correlation.pdf If have trouble with the microscope labs, here are tips, especially looking for protists: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/323969-biology-labs-aaarggghhh/ Here is a list of the labs we did. I'm not sure what I was doing when I wrote this up. For some reason, I was writing up the objectives for each lab. I think I was looking to the future and thinking that if a college wanted to know what labs we did, I'd have a list of them and I'd have our "objectives" so that I'd know why we were doing the lab and what skill or topic the lab covered: All labs came from the Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments, All Lab No Lecture Link to purchase the book: http://www.thehomescientist.com/biology.html Link to see the entire book in free pdf form: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjV7JObxpfRAhWf0YMKHXXTADcQFggaMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thehomescientist.com%2Fmanuals%2FIllustrated_Guide_to_Home_Biology_Experiments.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGu9G9zsnerum251lrJTb3IklT-uw&bvm=bv.142059868,d.amc Microscope: Parco LTM-800 series Lab Supplies: The following kit was purchased with the bacteria culture. BK01A-B Biology Kit + BC03 Bacteria Culture, $216 Click on the link to see the chemicals and supplies that came with the kit. http://www.thehomescientist.com/kits/BK01/bk01-main.html The microtome was made using this website as the model: http://www.microscope-microscope.org/activities/school/microtome.htm The microtome worked and we were able to get shavings of carrots for our microscope As well as the supplies in the lab kit, the lab was supplied with the following supplies for safety: Eye wash station Vinegar Baking Soda Nitrile gloves Eye protection Face mask Fire extinguisher Telephone   LABS 1. Lab: Safety Our labs included some strong acids and bases where proper handling is critical in preventing things like blindness or burn injuries. For every lab, these are the lab rules: Point mouths of test tubes away from people when adding chemicals Read MSDS for chemicals before using Never work alone Never carry open chemicals while walking around Never combine chemicals arbitrarily Wear long pants Wear close-toed shoes Wear lab coats No eating All labs are completed within 4 feet of a sink Work area cleaned after each lab When working with any chemicals eye protection and gloves must be worn Some labs required face masks Lab time is to be taken seriously. No horsing around during labs. 2. Lab I-1: Using a Microscope Objective: How to use a microscope: the names for all the parts, techniques to avoid breaking microscope slides, becoming comfortable handling all the moving parts of the microscope. 3. Lab I-2 (1,2,3,4): Mounting Specimens Objective: As much of biology involves observing samples under a microscope, this lab teaches how to prepare a specimen for microscope observation in four different ways: Wet Mount Smear Mount, including using a flame to heat fix Hanging Drop Mount Sectional Mount, using our homemade microtome for the cross-section Using immersion oil 4. Lab I-3 (1): Staining Objective: To learn how to stain specimens for observation under a microscope slide. To demonstrate that staining allows different aspects of the specimen to be visible. 5. Lab II-1: Winogradsky Column Objective: To produce a mixed bacterial culture and observe the different types of bacteria that thrive in different microenvironments within the columns. To observe how different organisms occupy different ecological niches, according to how they obtain carbon and energy. Results: A satisfying lab where the columns did display levels of orange, green, and purple bacteria growth, exactly as expected. 6. LAB III-1 (2): Acids, Bases, and Buffers Objective: Observe the effect of concentration on pH by diluting the acid and base and observing the colors on a ph strip. 7. Lab III-2 (3): Investigating Lipids Objective: Test the solubility of lipids in water and isopropanol Use a grease-spot test to detect lipids Investigate the effect of Sudan III stain on lipids To see some ways that scientists can tell what is in our foods. 8. Lab III-4: Coacervates Objective: That coacervates form spontaneously in mixtures of proteins and carbohydrates at specific pH values. To observe them form and to observe their cell membranes. This lab demonstrates the observations that lead scientists to try to explain how life first formed on Earth. Results: We were successful in seeing the coacervates form with very thick membranes. 9. Lab III-5: Extracting, Isolating, and Visualizing DNA Objective: To extract and isolate DNA from a beef liver and to observe it under a microscope. Results: We were successful in seeing a milky, stringy substance in our test tube. Gathering it up to place on the microscope was a challenge as it was slippery, but we got a little bit out of the tube. 10. Lab IV-1 (1,2): Chlorophyll and Photosynthesis Objective: Observe carbon dioxide uptake Determine the effect of light intensity on photosynthesis Results: This was another satisfying lab where we could see the bromothymol blue turned from yellow to blue, indicating that the plant was uptaking carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen during photosynthesis. The speed of the process was affected by the levels of light the plant was exposed to. 11. Lab IV-3: Investigating Cell Division Objective: to view slides showing the stages of plant and animal mitosis. This lab was completed online, being that it seemed excessive to purchase slides showing mitosis when the exact same slides could be viewed on a much larger computer screen. Result: Our text showed illustrations of mitosis, but seeing the slides of actual mitosis was of great interest to Logan. He was impressed. 12. Lab V-2: Observing the Effect of Rhizobia on Plant Growth Objective: To observe the effect of rhizobia on plant growth. To observe that the plant with rhizobia will grow more lush than one without. Results: We prepared this lab as directed, but attempted it in December. Though the plants were placed in constant sunlight, it was not warm enough for our beans to grow. The lesson learned was that nature has requirements that must be met and cannot be forced to act without those requirements being met. 13. Lab V-3 (1,2,3): Air Pollution Testing Objective: Build particle traps, position and expose the particle traps to the air, count any particles that were trapped, making the assumption that the particles are some sort of “pollution.” To get a feel for what it’s like to be a scientist leaving the lab and going into the world to gather what is needed for study. Results: As suspected, our outdoor traps gathered few particles. The indoor trap in a room with a recently cleaned litter box gathered the most particles. But most important: One of the outdoor traps at a local park, was eaten by a dog. The dog saw our plastic lid with the exposed microscope slide; took the lid in its mouth, flinging the slide somewhere into the brush; and then chewed up the lid. By the time we arrived back at the park, all that was left was the half-eaten lid and an apologetic dog owner. The slide was lost. Sometimes in biology, organisms will impede the scientist and the scientist can honestly say, “The dog ate my homework.” 14. Lab V-4 (1,2,3,4): Soil and Water Pollution Testing Objective: That scientists must get out of the lab to gather specimens, then bring them back and perform tests on them. That scientists actually use tests much like what we used to test for pollution in soil and water. How to create our own boron concentration comparisons to use against our gathered samples. 15. Lab VI-1: Exploring Mendelian Genetics Objective: To test human subjects for the genetically inherited ability to taste phenylthiocarbamide. How to keep the goal of the test from the subjects. How to keep the results of the tests 100% private. 16. Lab VII-1: Observing Specialized Eukaryotic Cells Objective: To prepare wet mounts of eukaryotic cell specimens (onion skin, Elodea leaf) and to observe their similarities and differences. ADD VIII-1 AND IX-1---THEY’LL BE #S 17 AND 18
  23. First I'll give you a bunch of general information about what I used as a text and some links to things: I'm not sure whether or not the links still work, as I'm just cutting and pasting from 4 year old notes: Ck-12 text online: : http://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Biology/ Ck-12 text and teacher guide and worksheets: http://www.ck12.org/search/?q=flexbooks&subject=biology&source=ck12 Guest Hollow text online: http://guesthollow.com/biology/textbook-table-of-contents/ Guest Hollow lab planner/schedule: http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/biology/biology_lab_planner.html Guest Hollow schedule: http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/biology/biology_schedule_landing.html Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments: http://www.thehomescientist.com/manuals/Illustrated_Guide_to_Home_Biology_Experiments.pdf Printable lab sheets: http://www.donnayoung.org/science/labsheets.htm More printable lab sheets: http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/biology/biology_printables.html Note that you can get the CK12 text as it's written, but you can also use the Guest Hollow version where the Guest Hollow lady has added her own links or changed things around a bit to help students better understand. I mostly followed only the CK12 version, but for some of the trickier chapters, I'd look over the Guest Hollow version and use some of her links/wording. I printed out the CK12 text and worksheets/quizzes/tests. I took it all somewhere and had it printed in one day and it was a HUGE amount of paper. I also printed out the answer sheets for the teacher. I didn't entirely follow the Guest Hollow schedule, because she did not do the anatomy portion of the text, as she teaches anatomy as its own class in another year. So, I had to move faster than she did. There is a TON of vocabulary for biology, so my dh made flashcards of the vocab every week using this: cram.com. My son would review the chapter's vocab every day. These were the only two books I used to supplement as I discovered that year just how much my son hates reading. 🙂 So, I didn't make him read a bunch of extra stuff. If he'd loved reading, then I would have, but since he didn't it was just these two simple books: Gregor Mendel: The friar who grew peas. The cartoon guide to genetics If he'd have liked reading, I'd have added a book about Henrietta Lacks and a book called "Enslaved by Ducks" to the roster. Somewhere along the line, I think I contacted the Guest Hollow person and she warned me that Chapter 4.2 and 4.3 are hard chapters and a lot of people struggle with these. We did as well. I think I used the Guest Hollow text for those chapters and any others that stumped us. NOTE: I hadn't done biology in 26 years, and I earned a C+ in the class in school those 26 years ago. I had hoped that my student would be able to read the chapter and comprehend what he was reading pretty much on his own. Nope. He was just 14 years old and not ready for that level of autonomy with bio yet. I needed to sit right there with him talking over the material and presenting it the way a teacher does. I ended up spending an hour every night pre-reading the material to be sure I understood it before presenting it to him the following day. Some nights I struggled to understand the material and spent longer. Overall, I don't think this curric was better or worse than something else. Either way, I'd have had to pre-study the material and present it to the student. It was pretty general bio stuff and some was easy and some was tricky. I found out 3 years after my son took Bio, that he has slow processing speed. Well...i knew it all along, but it was officially diagnosed then. It always took him 2 hours each day to have the material presented, for him to read it on his own, then do any worksheets or quizzes/test I gave him. Labs were done on a separate day and they also always seemed to take 2 hours to complete. I'm not sure how long it would take someone who doesn't have slow processing speed. See the next post for thoughts about the Illustrated Guide labs.
  24. I wonder what will happen to the homeschool to college (hs2coll) yahoo group. They’re sort of like being here, insofar as it’s an email group with a ton of good information given out about homeschooling high school and college. They have some archived info as well, like transcripts, etc. I guess since it’s mostly email run, that if you’re in the group you can still email back and forth? I almost never look at the group page, but I follow all the emails that are sent back and forth.
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