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  1. So, what you're saying is that it's unpatriotic to be apologetic for slavery, Jim Crow laws, Japanese internment, forcibly removing people from their homelands and giving them crappy land in return, and all the other atrocities and foibles of our nation? Interesting. I always thought that being patriotic meant trying to get our leaders to actually uphold our values.
  2. My kids have used MUS from Alpha to Pre-algebra. But, now they are taking an algebra class with another teacher and I'm not sure it's going so well. Just considering other options before going back to MUS.
  3. I've looked at the Trail Guide, Discovering the World (which we have, but the kids don't like), MP, and Spectrum Geography. Other than MP, I haven't looked at any Christian curricula because I prefer secular materials.
  4. I'm trying to find a good upper middle school/high school US Geography curriculum, and I really haven't come across anything that looks good. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
  5. They showed me the test and his results. I could see that he had a lot of trouble with it. I could see that I would have been able to do it much better than he had. And having homeschooled him for 7 years, I definitely am familiar with his areas of challenge. I'm looking for ways to help him. To what forum are you referring?
  6. Well, I have a son was diagnosed with Asperger's back when they still called it that, but he's only in 8th grade. I do foresee him going to college. My husband's cousin has a son who has much more severe autistic symptoms than my son, and he managed to get through R.I.T. and graduate and is now working full-time, I believe as an IT guy. He was not homeschooled, but his mother was very actively engaged in getting him through school. So, I don't have the personal experience, yet, but wanted to let you know that it can be done.
  7. I recently had my 13 yr. old go through a complete ed psych eval, and he did really well in most areas, but his processing speed was very, very low. It has gone down since he had testing for an IEP 3 years ago. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for activities or programs to help increase his processing speed. He is a 2e kid- diagnosed HFA with verbal skills off the charts, but I've been told his very slow processing speed is a learning disability. This is our 7th year homeschooling, apart from a two-month stint in public school in 5th grade. TIA, Lynne
  8. My new 7th and 8th graders both would like to learn Japanese. Any suggestions for curricula/programs? Thanks!
  9. I'd need a gluten free hamantaschen recipe. I should experiment with that. My kids will get them at the Purim carnival at temple on Friday.
  10. Yes! Exactly. Where else in the "real world" do people put up with being physically assaulted on a regular basis and that is considered okay? It's not okay at all. When my husband didn't agree with me on homeschooling, I pointed out that I didn't agree with him on public schooling, so we were at an impasse. Why should my opinion count for less than his? That approach changed his mind.
  11. I'm sorry. I only put mine back in for a few months two years ago. It was so completely different from what we had been doing at home, that the alacrity of their regression was completely shocking to me.
  12. I just figure that person is lonely. If it's in a place like the waiting room at a doctor's office, the time is limited, so I just usually nod and make little comments like you did.
  13. Wow. I'm so sorry that happened to her. I agree that I hope she presses charges against him.
  14. Wish I were on my computer, instead of my phone, so I could say more. Love MCT, because it engages my boys in a way that other programs have not. They enjoyed the narrative style of the first three levels. It is a big picture program that goes from the wide view down to the tiny details. The poetry portion is fantastic. My kids recognize the vocabulary words in our read alouds. I will say that I was a little confused about how to use it at first, but basically, you just pull out the books and start reading them with your kids. This method has led to some great language and history discussions. I willl agree that the practice sentence booklets should correspond more to the actual lessons.
  15. Depends what he's already read, but some of my favorites for that general age: The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman A Single Shard - Linda Sue Park Dairy of a Young Girl- Anne Frank The Giver- Lois Lowry A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins (if mature enough) my older son read it in 5th grade Hatchet- Gary Paulsen Inkheart- Cornelia Funke Where the Red Fern Grows- Wilson Rawls The Mysterious Benedict Society- Trenton Lee Stewart The Penderwicks (and sequels) - Jeanne Birdsall The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- Washington Irving And so many more that I can't think of right now!
  16. I have also had Reiki and I love it. I still have it occasionally when I get a lot of stress build up. Many hugs.
  17. Oh my goodness. Haven't read all the posts. Just saw this. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer almost three years ago. My advice is to do your own reading and try to understand everything you possibly can about your particular kind of cancer. They are all different, and what worked for someone else, may not work for you. Listen to your gut. Don't listen to stories of other people's cancer. They are not you. Hear your doctor out, but don't be afraid to question him or her. Don't be afraid to get a second opinion or switch doctors. It's your body and your life. Grade 1 is good. That's a good position to be in. I know you're scared as hell. That's okay. It will get less scary over time.
  18. My Jewish children would convert to something else if they had to memorize the Torah. As it is, I'm not sure my 13-in-February boy will memorize his Torah portion for his bar mitzvah.
  19. Ice cream doesn't stand a chance in this house. Mostly because of me. If it's here, I will eat nothing else until it's gone.
  20. I only had three to begin with, according to my dentist, and none of them ever erupted. They've never caused me any trouble, and I'm 46, so hopefully they'll stay that way.
  21. I can't get my 11 and 12 year old boys to ride a bike. They've been bribed with everything under the sun if they learn how, but they have zero interest.
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