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dmmetler last won the day on February 7 2014

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    Mom of a highly asynchronous kid ;)
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  1. Kids' activities and interest groups. I'm a little afraid that I might have trouble finding friends once DD isn't at home.
  2. Virtual recital is over. The kids did great! This has definitely been my most unusual teaching semester ever. 

    1. StellaM


      Glad it went well!

  3. I believe he thinks it is protective, but at least part of that is because he really wants it to be. And frankly, I'm taking Vit D, Zinc, etc for the same reason. I don't know if they really are protective, but I want them to be. The difference is that my behavior does not dramatically affect that of others. You can't say the same thing for the president (or any other major political figure or celebrity).
  4. Note on the pit dragon trilogy-dragons are food animals and are used for fighting in that universe, and it's a slave culture. It is a good series, but for kids who love dragons, can be a bit brutal. The Mercedes Lackey Dragon jousters is similarly a slave child raising a dragon and dragons used for fighting. They are good books, although Joust is by far the best one (and involves the least fighting for the main dragon,and the most discussion of dragon husbandry and training, which is more interesting). There is also a very, very early elementary series called Dragon Slayer's Academy, which is a school for elementary age knights to be. It's cute.
  5. DD recommends a lot of those :). Also, if your DD wants kids to discuss dragons with, DD is considering offering a 2nd section of Dragonology if enough people are interested (it would be the same time, but starting in October)-andpossobly a different unit in the Spring if she finds enough content for both.
  6. What seems to be discussed here is basically putting everyone online except for some of the more hands on subjects, but allowing kids to come to school to do their schoolwork, so you might have kids in one room doing Algebra, trigonometry, French, English, etc. Hands on subjects would be blocked into one quarter, so the students who need biology would do 3 hours of bio/day for 9 weeks vs doing it for an hour a day all year to limit exposure between groups. Students who have therapy might be able to come to school just on days they have therapy, and if someone is quarantined due to exposure, or if there is a snow day, work could continue from home. I i On the CDC recommendations, I read the actual document, and the summary is not quite accurate, some of those are suggested for workers (for example, I could see having a room with a clear barrier and push through slots for meetings, but not one in the hall between classes). And they're recommendations, not mandates.
  7. FWIW, we have three people in my household, and we have 20 masks and about 30 bandanas. I really like not having to run laundry daily and to just get in the habit of grabbing one every time you leave the house for any reason (we live across the street from a park, so even our front yard is not always possible to avoid someone passing within 6 feet. As it is, by the end of the week we are often down to the patterns/colors no one likes much 🙂
  8. Also, especially for Pre-Algebra, Schmidt is a pretty major libertarian, and it comes through in his work. It’s most glaring, for obvious reasons, in the Pre-Algebra with economics, which includes a pretty long tirade against minimum wage and how, basically, if Fred is willing to be exploited, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be exploited, but there were occasional parts of other books that had me going....Er....what???
  9. I use a bandana outside where I’m not likely to be close to people, but want protection for the occasional passing biker or jogger. It’s cooler than my cloth masks, but still would help protect against droplets. As an added plus, it also seems to help with pollen, dust, and mosquitoes.
  10. FWIW, the test optional, CTCL type LAC’s still wanted ACT/SAT from homeschoolers as of earlier this year, and some wanted extra tests on top. (And they were contacting DD based on ACT to start with). My guess is that for the UC system doing exams vs A-G will still be a path to demonstrate proficiency. And given the number of emails and letters DD has gotten talking about ACT/SAT not being required for admission this coming year which are coming from schools that were advertising to her due to ACT scores, I’m giving a side eye to the idea that the ACT is really optional as opposed to “well, we already know how you did in 9th/10th, so don’t panic about getting another test in before graduation” for those students they have already targeted, with the knowledge that they can fill their freshman class several times over. I simply don’t believe that schools that have always had a test score range in the top 5% will be accepting many students who wouldn’t still score in that range if they took a test in 12th grade.
  11. I would agree with checking locally. I am planning to continue to offer online lessons as well as live ones (for some of my families, online actually works better, especially homeschoolers with multiple kids, where they can work with other kids while one is doing their lesson with me without having to haul large amounts of stuff to the studio) but if your child wants to do something like Piano Guild, RCM, or local festivals/competitions, that will require a local teacher, even if lessons are online (I am doing my first online recital tomorrow, and I may keep at least some online recitals in the future, because it definitely increases access for distant family and friends). Also, this is actually really a good time to jump ahead on waiting lists for teachers, because many have positions open due to students not going online, and are giving priority for students taking lessons online for slots for fall. And, as always, you want someone who is a good match for your child. I specialize in young musicians and in children with learning disabilities, and I’m great with those populations, but I really am not well positioned for students beyond the intermediate level who might want to audition for competitive programs, camps, prepare for RCM or similar exams, etc. There are multiple teachers here who refer to each other frequently for that reason-they don’t want the 3 yr old or the kid who can’t sit still, and I am a lot more happy applauding “Hot Cross Buns” than I am working out the nuances of Chopin.
  12. I have one and love it. It was more useful when DD was younger for homeschool, but I use it a lot now for teaching piano and tutoring.
  13. Here, Tennis and golf reopened, and they moved the fitness equipment into the gym so it can be spread out, but the pools are staying closed. The one for my suburb is indoor, so I imagine that contributes. The community center I work at is opening group classes that can be distanced, so Zumba or Yoga, but not basketball. I’m keeping piano online since my classroom is the size of a broom closet and there really isn’t a good way for me to socially distance, nor is it really good for a piano to have to clean it every 30 minutes.
  14. Except that the “best” PS here stated they would not even take DD’s COLLEGE classes because they were not taught in an accredited public high school (even though they had students taking some of the same classes as online DE that DD had done as an on campus student). There were teachers who were willing to be more flexible (the bio teacher who talked to DD for 15 minutes and suggested that maybe they could set up an independent study for her to get the required credit, since she had done post high school level bio at the time) and ones who were less so (the one who told DD playing with snakes wasn’t a career), but ultimately, one reason why she chose to homeschool with college classes was that they blindly assumed NO outside education was comparable-and definitely not any possibility that outside education might actually have been superior.
  15. I've found piano to work fairly well online for my kids who are at least 8-9 and a little bit farther along, or younger with involved parents. After a couple of months, I feel like I've kind of gotten the hang of it. The drawback I see to online groups is that when I teach groups, I use a lot of classroom instruments-and I can't exactly expect all my kids to have a glockenspiel, xylophone, a half dozen assorted drums, a bunch of rhythm instruments, a dulcimer or two, a piano, and a whole consort of recorders! Even for piano lessons, I've had to make some changes in that regard, and it makes a difference for my littlest ones, especially. And I really suspect that if schools have to cut both budget and seat time, that music will be one of the first things to go, especially since it does carry an increased transmission risk. So, if I can offer some options for parents, that might be something people want.
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