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  1. Not really. I have one friend from high school whom I follow on instagram, and we occasionally chat. But literally all the people I was friends with in HS, including me, left town and went FAR for college (some internationally) and as far as I know no one who left returned. When I go back to my hometown I sometimes run into people I had classes with and sometimes we remember each other's names. College is different though! My freshman year they were experimenting with residential programming where students chose where they wanted to live based on common interest. A music dorm, politics do
  2. Back when I worked in a library, they had signs up asking people not to put back the books they'd taken out to read at a desk or sofa. I had thought that this was just because people are likely to put them back in the wrong place, but once I started working there, I found out that they also scanned them as though they had been checked out and returned. That way they were "counting" the books that were being read in the library as well as those that were being brought home. I have no idea how common of a practice this is, but I remember thinking it was smart. That was a library director who was
  3. Word-for-word, this is our current situation. DS is currently outgoing, and DD is currently rather introverted. DS wants more opportunities to connect with people in person as well as online; we have to really push DD to participate in anything involving "people," because if we didn't, she would spend literally all her free time by herself in her room watching shows or reading. Right now because of covid, we're doing youth group (one hour/wk, alternating one week zoom and one week in-person) and that is the extent of her social interaction apart from the two online courses she's taking. She do
  4. We use Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind (third and final year) and my DD13 is very, very good at most grammar concepts. But this coming week is Active and Passive Voice week and I'm dreading it because this has been her bete noire every single year since we started talking about it. It's covered in the Copia exercises in WWS as well, and she always gets it wrong. She just can't identify a passive, and she can't take an active and change it into a passive or vice versa. Here's what she does: Cocoa was harvested by Aztecs and turned into a delicious drink. --> Cocoa is the thing that wa
  5. Well-Read Moms of WTM will meet online tomorrow, Saturday 9/12 at 4pm Eastern for the official kickoff of Year of the Sister! No need to read anything ahead of time; we'll be discussing the first book selection at our October meeting. PM me for the Meet link if interested!!!
  6. And why, why is February like that?! They've only been back in school after winter break for like, 4 weeks at most. It's not burnout from "too much school." 😂
  7. Short notice, but we will be having a Well-Read Moms of WTM meeting tonight 8/10 at 8pm Eastern on Google Meet! PM me for the link if interested--just share about your recent reading, no need to have read a specific book for this meeting 🙂
  8. SWB has a good lecture about this: teaching students to work independently Basically, I did a "X minutes by yourself" kind of method, starting with "OK I'm going to set a timer for 10 minutes, and you work by yourself till the timer goes off." I started with getting them to read independently, then summarize back what they'd read. That sort of made it clear whether they were understanding/learning from what they were reading or not. We worked up from 10 minutes to about 45 minutes. That's about as long as they can work without getting distracted and needing me to refocus them. I'd say mo
  9. Resurrecting this thread to talk about the upcoming year. We still did not finish the purple books last year. We stopped after Lesson 111. I decided DS (going into 10th this year) will be done with grammar, and this will be the last year for DD. She is angry that she still has to do it when she had about a year of FLL before DS started to homeschool, so in the end he will have done 2 fewer years of grammar than she. But something clicked for DS this year and everything we covered was suddenly very simple/easy for him--including modal verbs, hortative verbs, etc. that were new to all of us--and
  10. We are sort of in agreement in the sense that we trust each other's spending decisions--but our spending decisions are pretty different from each other! I've felt a lot more confident in choosing how I spend now that I make over 50% of our income. In the past, I would check with him about every little expenditure and it would bug him. "You know what we have in our bank account, so use your best judgment!" He handles the small-time investments that we do (through Robinhood mostly). I make the homeschool purchases. We both make whatever purchases are necessary for our work (both self-employ
  11. Here it's a graduated system, so if they have completed 6 HS credits they can sign up for one DE course per semester, then after completing 8 HS credits they can do two per semester, and after 11 HS credits they can do three courses per semester (so long as they don't exceed 10 college credit hours per semester).
  12. Hmm, good point. I figured it's not a commonly-used forum like Reddit so it would be OK, but I'll edit it out.
  13. Congratulations! That's wonderful 🙂 Well let's try Zoom to start, and then if it seems like it won't work, we can try making a discussion board here! I made a meeting: Edit: please PM me for link, safety/privacy reasons
  14. Hmm, the person I talked to gave the impression that DS wouldn't be able to sign up for classes that have PERT scores as a pre-req, but that foreign language classes were open. So he did sign up for ASL. Turns out that he doesn't have enough HS credits yet to register for more than one course with them anyway, so even if the PERT were waived, he wouldn't have been able to take more than the ASL course anyway during fall semester.
  15. Awesome, Thursday or Saturday would work best for me because Friday is DH's birthday. Preference?
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