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  1. My thinking is either there are a lot of false negatives or even if there is not full immunity, partial immunity will help with future infections. But, that may be just my optimism.
  2. Yes, I am almost certain that we had H1N1 and my memory of it is far worse than what he had this year. Eldest got it then as an infant as well and we all coughed for months afterwards. I definitely see the parallels.
  3. We were hit with flu like symptoms a few days before our state shut down and we supposedly had community spread at that point. Eldest DD, DH and I were pretty sick, the other girls had very mild illnesses with low grade fevers and the boys never got sick at all. I was the only one who tested for antibodies exactly two months later and was negative. When I looked it up it did seem like there was a chance of either false negatives or no lasting antibody protection. It is very frustrating not knowing.
  4. I have considered this but my concern is that I am not sure what the legalities of continuing to operate would be in the event of a daycare shut down.
  5. DH is a teacher and I’ve totally seen that. The issue with our co-op is that it is purely staffed by volunteers and our primary reason for getting together is social. Seriously, we would have a support group and not a co-op except we found that families commit to come regularly when there are things scheduled and it is easier for them to bring the whole family if there are labs for the high schoolers to do that are hard to do at home. So the question becomes do we the mothers who are volunteer teaching invest hours of our time into zoom ready classes when the majority of parents have already made clear that they will not participate via zoom and because the primary reason for doing some of the classes in the first place is to provide for experiences not available at home. And for me personally, spending endless extra hours in this sort of situation seems not like a good use of my time. But, if I can manage something that only requires a limited addition of extra time then the ability to include more people who need the support network then it is worth it.
  6. Posting this here to get more views. Our co-op is requesting that all teachers make their plans in such a way that anyone who chooses to can participate via zoom even if we have in person meetings. I was at first opposed to this but on reflection feel that this is probably a good idea to make sure all children can participate. But, I’m having trouble envisioning how classes will run, particularly my own. I will be teaching a nature study class for two different elementary age groups, a physical science class for 8th and 9th graders and an art and music history class for middle schoolers. Please hit me with your best ideas so I can get some motivation to start planning!
  7. Whenever I begin to worry about “output,” I go back and reread this quote by @Corraleno which I have copied into my teacher’s binder: Discussion is output! And IMHO it's the most important kind of output — far more effective and enlightening than filling in worksheets or doing "projects" that the kids have little interest in. I think that output-for-the-sake-of-output is a waste of time and one of the things that kills kids' love of learning. A really lively discussion not only allows the parent to assess what kids have learned, it shows them that the parent is genuinely interested in their thought process and what they have to say, not just checking off a worksheet. The whole thread is worth reading and encouraging:
  8. That’s what we are doing! We are going to be offering a zoom option for every class for people who want to participate but need more protection.
  9. This is so me! Except, I was also under the illusion that the rest of it was under control. The take away for me rereading this time around has been to focus on my own habits. I am really enjoying the habits chapter, it is very motivating!
  10. One of the things though about EFL is that she wasn’t too set in stone about how she did things, especially in light of her correspondence. Reading her Latin articles she encourages a living language approach in the early years. In one of her letters she advises a grammar textbook for a child under ten. In the book she suggests arithmetic shouldn’t start till eight or even later, but she gives similar lessons in the Country Gentleman article about kindergarten. Bookless Lessons has grammar lessons for seven year olds and in one of her articles she disparages grammar instruction until much later. I do understand about not wanting to experiment, but I almost get the sense that we are missing a major piece of the puzzle by having to rely so much on the written word and not being able to observe how EFL dealt with students and how mothers dealt with their children. I wonder if in practice she had a lot more situation dependent practices, kind of like her advice to discipline in the morning and let infractions slide in the evening. But, that is just a guess.
  11. So my thinking on this is that people did not used to be nearly as ideological about things as moderns are. I remember being stuck, for similar reasons, at the reading list for mothers at the back of EtC@H and how many different perspectives were represented. I tend to get pretty bent up about systems and fitting into a particular world view and stuff but DH is the opposite of this. He is so fundamentally anti-ideology that it sometimes drives me bonkers when he is “inconsistent.” But, in some ways I can be like that too about some things. For example, while I attend TLM, I honestly find that a NO Mass can be just as nice and I am equally happy at the various ethnic rites. Many people, while acknowledging the validity of the various liturgical rites have very strong feelings about one way of worshiping and I have had people actually get offended when I say that if we had to commute an hour for TLM, I probably wouldn’t bat an eyelash at going to a NO. I think the key to at least starting to understand EFL *for me* was her repeated acknowledgement that child rearing is an Art and her insisting that she preferred mothers to follow their instincts about doing things rather than her system. She speaks with authority, but I also get the sense that she would not be nearly so anti some methods if she saw them working. At the end of the day, EFL strikes me as having been a very practically minded person. TBH, I am not ready to move on yet. Things have been crazy busy since we’re opening back up and I am finding it hard to find time to really mull things over. If I am the only one in that position then by all means move on and I will catch up as I can.
  12. Neat that your parents met her! To be honest, I liked the movie adaptation of one of her books far more than the book. I get that about translations. I started reading a Solzhenitsyn novel in English one time and had to switch to Russian half way through. Books on pdf makes it easy to find cheap originals and that has greatly expanded my library. I don’t know what I’ll do about the kids when they are ready for Russian lit, so far only one is on track to read the originals and I can’t imagine teaching Russian lit in translation. Maybe I’ll outsource that class for my bilingual failures to DH, lol.
  13. This is so me! Add to that inconsistency in times of upheaval and things can go down hill fast. My strength is keeping things simple, positive and engaging in elementary. I am finding it hard to keep from sliding into drudgery as we have moved further into logic stage. My greatest homeschooling strength is a developed one: I do not need to plan detailed lessons and can teach pretty much anything except for Latin on the fly. I invest time for self-ed to accomplish this and think through my goals and scope&sequenxe ahead of time for each subject. This has been a boon in our lives because I can easily keep schooling without a whole lot of stuff in unlikely places like doctor’s offices and in the car.
  14. There’s been a lot published since the break up that is really good. I was also stuck in a Soviet and golden period rut for many years but have recently enjoyed discovering authors like Dina Rubina and Ariadne Borisova. Just saying, you might like some of the newer stuff if you give it a try.
  15. So not helpful probably because my eldest is only eleven, but this is basically what we do. It’s like parent-led unschooling. She does Latin and math and some sort of language lessons daily and then I just buy books for her to read. We discuss stuff she reads. Not formal narrations but discussions over meals and dishes. Sometimes she gets really into a subject and starts writing essays on it. Every time I try to change the set up I have pushback. I actually see this as a system for the rest of her schooling because this really does work well for her though I occasionally panic if it’s enough. I am having a hard time planning for our co-op classes. The idea is that I need to plan three lesson plans for every meeting: in person, Zoom and substitute ready in case someone in my family is quarantined. Um, no, not doing that. Thankfully, I am not the field trip coordinator.
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