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  1. I just want to thank everyone posting factual information on this thread. Also, thanks to everyone posting their anguish and grief. My heart is really broken right now. I'm glad I'm not alone in my sadness (although, I wish we weren't sad and everyone was working together for the common good). I'm praying for a ray of hope for everyone with heavy hearts right now. Lord have mercy.
  2. https://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/carrot-cake/ This is the best!! Even my gluten-loving mother loves it. Moist, flavorful, real food ingredients.
  3. Thanks, Faith-manor. I appreciate your kindness. Your message made me smile. I feel like I earned this punishment, as twisted as that sounds. I chose our homeschool circle, our church, our neighborhood for their "traditional values." I enjoyed the camaraderie of "independent homeschoolers", I wanted to be away from the negatives of the "city." I was not rooted in the real world, TBH. Now that I see the error of my judgemental and hypercritical heart, I realize what an exclusive circle I put my family in. I shouldn't have done that. I am learning a hard lesson right now. My kids are in groups that are outside of homeschool circles now...music stuff, sports, etc. We're finding new circles, but I don't think friendships will happen until Covid is done. We still meet with our homeschool art co-op, and the teacher is about to close up shop and teach private lessons only "to people who believe in science," lol. She is fed up with our group and the moms who keep asking, "When can my kid take off their mask?" My husband and I are ready to move, but the kids don't want to. They have pets (goats, chickens, barn cats) and they aren't ready to part with them just yet. We're stuck here for a while. It's just hard when my neighbors don't wave at us anymore. We used to bring them baskets of produce from the garden and carol at their homes for Christmas. Our mask wearing and political signs changed all of that. We're clearly not welcomed here anymore.
  4. OP (and everyone else), you are not alone. Our homeschool circle quickly went the way of "Covid is a hoax", our church dropped our family for our political views, and none of our neighbors (except for one) in our rural town talk to us anymore. It's terrible. I can handle the losses, although traumatic, but I really hurt for my kids. They don't have any friends anymore...my heart aches so badly for them. I feel like I have failed them. I tried to hold on to some friendships, but I just got to a place where I couldn't take it anymore. The issues were real, and I couldn't take the lies. I had to take a stand and say "No folks, I'm sorry, but you're wrong." I wasn't going to "agree to disagree" about a pandemic (or other issues afflicting America right now). I want to send you a hug and let you know you are not alone. It's so painful to be in this place...I never imagined there could be such a divide, but it is what it is.
  5. DH and I are 24 hours post 2nd Pfizer shot. About 4 hours in, I needed to take a nap. The rest of the night was really rough...chills, severe headache, fatigue. It felt like the flu. I'm starting to feel a lot better now, but I'll keep that a secret. My MIL decided to come to town, so I may have to suffer side effects for another 4 days. 😉 It's best if I stay in bed and not witness her quizzing my homeschoolers to see if they have actually learned anything this year. 😡 I had quite a bit of anxiety about the side effects. To prepare myself mentally, I envisioned my post shot experience like my natural childbirths. I knew it would be rough, but in 24 hours I would be done...and I would be with a new, sweet little baby. Now I have a new, sweet "immunity baby", which makes me so happy. I get to look forward to all of the good that comes from this new "baby" - vacations, hugs, parties with vaccinated friends. It's worth it. One last thing for those of you with anxiety (well, anyone getting the shot). If you can, plan to stay home and rest for 24 hours post shot. Make yourself some soup the day before, clean up your bedroom, change the sheets, find your favorite pjs, get a movie ready on Netflix. Just prepare like you're about to have a homebirth. 😉 Know that you may have a rough go, but it will end. Focus on how fortunate you are. Be brave. You can do it!! Enjoy your immunity baby!!
  6. I appreciate you taking the time to write this. Your words were really encouraging and helped me put things in perspective. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
  7. Ktgrogk - Easter is over, but I'm still watching this. I'm also forwarding it to people in my life who need a bit of hope. Thank you for posting this because it really made my day. Halleluiah, anyhow. 😊
  8. This was my first Easter feeling hopeless. I am painfully grieving this year, and I had such little hope today. I read Isaiah 25 (God Will Swallow Up Death Forever) and held on to that all day. I made it through Easter without crying, which was my goal. Trying to be strong for my kids. I enjoyed reading your responses throughout the day, so thank you for the replies. I kept reminding myself that I don't have to be at church to celebrate. There is Easter joy in family, nature, food, and scripture. My kids' hymn singing lifted my spirits. We can be anywhere and have the joy and hope of Easter.
  9. What are you doing instead? I am cooking a ton of food (a blessing), taking a nice walk with my family (a blessing), and we're going to spend some time singing our favorite hymns (always fun...and a blessing). ...I'm still struggling, though. My kids, too. We miss church, but we can't go back...it's hard. Will someone please remind me to focus on the good? There is so much hope in the message of Easter. I must focus on that message.
  10. OP, I want to thank you for starting this thread. I think a lot of us are going through this right now, and it's heartbreaking. I am quite angry at many people in my life who have been quite selfish during this pandemic. And, it's been a lot of people, unfortunately. My home school circle has certain political leanings, and the area I live in is pretty much the same. It has been so hurtful to live in this bubble and realize that I am not of the same mindset. People who I thought were compassionate Christians or simply good people are the exact opposite. I was heartbroken for quite a while...borderline trauma for me. But recently, I have given myself permission to take a stand, and just say NOPE. If your house is burning down, or you need help with groceries, give me a call. I'm here to help as your neighbor. But we are not friends. And I do not need to accept your lies as "differences in beliefs." I clearly understand your point of view, and I think you are wrong. See ya. You'll miss me because I was one damn good friend and neighbor. I had a home school friend call me and said she would be open to hear my POV as long as I am willing to listen to hers. I told her NOT INTERESTED. I had another homeschool friend send me a video about the dangers of the vaccine. I texted back, NO THANKS. I have a neighbor who came over to just chat and share her conspiracy theories. She wanted to come in without a mask. I said. SORRY, BUSY. My new stance has actually been quite liberating for me. I think it's okay to take a stand and say those ideas are not wanted in my world. I'm trying to become a better person, and conversations with you are not helping. BYE BYE. If I didn't have the trauma of this year, I would have continued being the complacent person I was before. Now I have a voice, and I'm using it. I'm also finding other people who are smarter and stronger to inspire me to be a better, more compassionate person. And I am closer to God for this, even though my church has failed me and my family. Just know you are not alone. Many of us are angry....and that's a good thing. It's okay to say no. Because, really, people's responses from this year have been a form of trauma for many of us. Enough is enough. Nope. No thanks. Have a nice day.
  11. This is great information, lots to think about. It's a fine balance with competitive sports. After adding the costs of lessons, club fees, travel expenses, etc. over years, some of the kids at our academy could pay for tuition (and then some) at a good college.
  12. At our academy, this is the minimum, usually expected of the late elementary/middle school age kids. The high school kids have 1 hour physical conditioning, 1 hour lesson (usually 4 lessons a week), 2 hours drills, 1 hour match play...that's 5 hours, and sometimes more. They usually put in some serve time, too. Then two day tournaments a couple times a month. Kids at our academy are regularly recruited for D1 schools.
  13. I've been gone for the past few days, but I want to come back and thank everyone for the replies. 😊 I'm feeling more confident in our decision to continue with SOHS for high schooler's education. Thanks again!!
  14. Congrats to you, too SeaConquest!! It sounds like you have quite the precocious child on your hands. Your STEM focus at SOHS and humanities/social sciences elsewhere sounds like a good balance. Good luck to you!!
  15. Oops!! I made a mistake there...typing while children are screaming at me. My apologies! 😊 What do you teach at AoPS? I have other kids who will be taking classes in the future. Do you know anything about how math is taught at Stanford OHS? My ds said he's reluctant to stop his classes at AoPS...he loves the program. He made it to state level MathCounts Competition last year, but it was cancelled because of Covid. He's still really upset about that. He said AoPS adequately prepared him for the competition! I'm hoping Stanford OHS can help him prepare for future math competitions because he is hooked and wants to continue. We'll look for a math club. I think he will continue with math contest prep at AoPS while attending Stanford OHS. Now we want to know who you are!! 😁
  16. Would it be possible to take one class with Stanford OHS so your ds would have access to the clubs and summer program at Stanford?
  17. Thanks, Lanny!! DS has two great extracurriculars, so we are good there. They were heavily sidelined because of the pandemic, but things will return to normal soon. The academic community is what ds really needs. I think we will find it at Stanford OHS.
  18. 10th grade. I had great ambitions to choose the best courses from here and there and make the best program for him, but 9th grade didn't work. Well, it worked, but it wasn't sufficient. Some of his classes were subpar, the CC is so unpredictable, and ds is wanting the like-minded community. We weren't even thinking about Stanford or a complete online HS, but it's needed in our situation. I think some of you HS homeschool gurus (Farrar!) should have a semester long online class on navigating the complexities of homeschooling high school. There are too many options out there these days and it's overwhelming!!
  19. Daijobu, would you mind sharing your student's experiences? What did your student like? Dislike? You have to forgive me...I'm not a regular on the board, so I don't know people that well. But, I am assuming you are a teacher at AOPS?? My high schooler LOVES AOPS! I wonder if you have taught ds before?? What classes do you normally teach?
  20. Just wanted to say that I'm sorry, Roadrunner. 😞 We were trying to piecemeal classes for ds - AOPS, Memoria Press, DE - but it wasn't working. The quality of teachers varied with each program, and we want something consistent and cohesive. We had to drop the DE class because of the exact reasons you said. We're in rural CA, too, and the CC situation in our area is not good, either. Teachers just sent videos and said good luck. No thanks. It was a real struggle, and my high schooler was really upset about it. If he wasn't accepted to Stanford OHS, we said he would graduate early and go to our local college. It's hard, but don't beat yourself up. I hope you come up with a solution soon.
  21. There was one point in the process where I looked at DH and said, "I think I'm going to cry. Please hold my hand...this hurts." It was so unbelievably difficult!! I guess that's a way for the school to weed out applicants?? I don't get it. I told my high schooler that we should have just applied to Stanford. We will apply to colleges way ahead of time and understand it will be a long, arduous process. I hope my high schooler thrives in the program and gets a diploma because I want my baby after all that, lol.
  22. Roadrunner, my high schooler applied for these reasons...community of high performing kids, wonderful professors, classes with live component, all of it. What we are looking for most is that community of like-minded thinkers. High schooler wants the clubs and the monthly in person meet-ups - we are close to the Bay Area. I hope we found it at Stanford OHS.
  23. Hi Lanny, I did a Google/WTM search but I didn't get much from it. I'm looking for experiences of high schoolers attending the school. What were the classes like? What about the work load? How did they enjoy the clubs, and were there enough in person meet ups for them? Is it possible for an online HS to build a community virtually (with some in person meet ups included)? Were the counselors helpful? Did the high schoolers feel prepared for college, and how was the transition to college? You may be able to answer some of those questions for me because your daughter went to an online HS and seems to be thriving at a great college. Was the online HS experience sufficient at meeting her academic and social needs? Were there specific clubs through TTUISD that she met with, or did she have an outside EC that satisfied her social needs? Was there a true community through an online HS? I know it probably wouldn't be the same as attending an acutal HS, but was it adequate?
  24. Has anyone had a student attend high school and graduate from Stanford Online? Or, is anyone currently enrolled? My high schooler applied this year and was accepted. The application process was close to natural childbirth.
  25. Wouldn't this be a wonderful opportunity for some curriculum providers who have one of these books in their packages to replace Seuss' book with a book with more diverse characters? I'm thinking of providers who don't have many diverse characters in their curriculum.
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