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    Finishing up the homeschool years while knitting and watching Asian dramas.
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  1. I looked at that Blue Collar Homeschool site for math and it has a lot of good information. I did try to search on this forum for this sort of math but nothing came up or at least it wasn't letting me search just the high school boards.
  2. Thanks. Not quite what we are looking for. I did find Chenier's Practical Math Set which comes with a dictionary but looks a bit more advanced and more like the math you would want for a job-site. Also Real Life Math--which looks really interesting and possibly what we will go with since it does have algebra & geometry included in the multi-book set. And Strayer Upton Practical Arithmetic Series at least the last 2 books would be helpful. Lots of practical everyday types of math like managing a budget, figuring out how to price things, etc. I know it's listed at elementary level but I think it might be a good starting point before working with something more difficult. Just wanted to put this out there for anyone else who may have a student who struggles with math but at least needs basic life-skills math. A lot of these would be great for someone going into a trade.
  3. My daughter is not going to college after high school. If she does go it will be when she is older probably mid-20s and at that time she would need to review everything anyway. So we are looking for a high school math that is basically life skills math. You know making sure you got paid the right amount, balancing your checkbook, paying your bills, figuring out the price of something on sale,etc. Something that is a book form where she can just do the next page sort of format. Not a lot of bells and whistles just sort of the here's how to do the problem and some problems to do. Since we have 3 years left, we will probably will want a similar algebra book or combined algebra/geometry book. I do need a solutions and answer guide though to make sure it's all getting done correctly. Any ideas?
  4. My daughter has long curly hair that is fine and silky but tends toward dryness. When she was pre-teen it was like a bush. We did the no-shampoo method. She washed with conditioner and then after we spent time combing her hair with conditioner and a spray-bottle of water. Then we "set" it with mousse. It does well for a couple of days like that. Her scalp is now very clean but those first couple of months were a bit of a transition but worth it. We use Pantene Curl Perfection conditioner and never shampoo. It is a very thick conditioner with nothing that harms the hair.
  5. There is a lot of great Manga out there. I've mostly read Manga and I've got a few classics on my daughter's reading list. We won't be doing those until spring though because we're focusing on Romance of the Three Kingdoms this fall. Japanese stuff seems harder to find at least for me. I find a lot of great Korean and Chinese stuff out there.
  6. My daughter is a huge fan. A lot of the kids who watched when they were little now have tumblr blogs where they make memes and talk about the show together. She said he'd been fighting it for a while. When I saw this post I was worried that she'd get some upsetting news this morning. I guess he's a really nice guy outside of the character.
  7. I really like the ones sold at Kroger and the smaller ones at Aldis. I like a bag where I can put 2 carton of eggs side by side. Because this size doesn't get too heavy. And the ones from these two places seem to be relatively inexpensive $1-2 each and they hold up and last a long time.
  8. Are you looking for book recommendations like Tale of the Genji and 57 Ronin? You know classic tales or modern fiction?
  9. My little brother is one of those graduates that just landed a job in Seattle working for 6 figures at a certain company. He said that finding an apartment was hard.
  10. We bagged up all our sets and put them and their directions in the packages and then put those in totes in storage. My daughter wanted to keep all the sets for later on when she has her own place to display them or kids of her own.
  11. My dd would have loved an East Asian history curriculum for Middle/High school. That went deeper than "Japan has Samurai" but not as dry as the college textbook we ended up using. There's like nothing out there for that age group even in non-fiction books to check out at the library. It's either too light or too dry. Maybe she could write one some day.
  12. Helping my mom declutter and pack before she sells her house and moves. She has so much stuff. For the last three months my youngest has been going over on Saturdays and helping her but we've got a week and a half before our goal date to have her packed up. So now I'm helping too. Today we worked in one section of her basement and her sewing room (she quilts). We got one whole section cleared out, all the stuff for donation put upstairs in the garage for pick-up and the stuff she was keeping packed up and stacked and ready to go. We did the same in her sewing room only we got it about 1/2 done. We'll be back over there tomorrow to hopefully finish the sewing room and maybe work on the basement again.
  13. Sounds like it's still a bit of left-over burn-out but moving in a good direction. Sounds like WWE or something WWEish is what Son #3 and DD need. And that Son #4 is ready for his own work. At the ages of your sons they are getting ready to start high school soon and it may be time to put them on their own interest tracks that will lead either to college or some other career path. It's probably time to have them do their own work. You may also want to have them help figure out not only what they want to study but how they want to study (books, online, real life experience, etc.) As for the daughter, she's fast moving toward a time where she is probably going to start having a lot of changes going on and again you may look at trying to engage her interest. And if books aren't it, you may have to look at another way to reach out to her.
  14. I don't like to wear anything with writing on it. Now the rest of the family likes stuff like that so we do buy it for them. For me I usually get something small and useful as a memory of the place we visited.I really like bags with the name of the place on it.
  15. Had a day off of summer activities yesterday (Monday), we ended up watching 10 episodes of Moonshine and Valentine (a Chinese modern fantasy/sci-fi drama) on Dramafever. It was quite addictive. Hoping we can watch the other 15 episodes soon and get back to our Chinese historical drama Secret of the Three Kingdoms (adaptation of one of the stories in the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms). We're also getting close to finishing up Star Trek Voyager as a family. Only a couple of episodes left and it's all done.
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