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Paula in MS

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  1. My daughter is in Honor’s Chemistry with her this year, and she really loves her.
  2. That's a weird grading scale, even with these quizzes being open book. I don't like that at all.
  3. We were a CC family as well before 7th grade. I have found that the environment at Wilson Hill is definitely more academic than CC which really leads to better discussions in class. The students are top notch, and their seriousness rubs off on others. It definitely inspires students to reach higher. Love Wilson Hill. Those Great Conversation classes are really amazing.
  4. My daughter is in 9th as well and is taking Great Conversation 3 with Bruce Etter, Logic 1 with Bart Martin, and Latin 2 with Joanna Hensley. We are doing Physics 1 at home and plan to switch out Logic for Chemistry next year for 10th. Their science program looks awesome! This is her second year with them, and she absolutely loves it. ETA: If you are looking at Rhetoric 1, make sure she has completed Logic as a prerequisite. (That's what we are doing this year. She thinks she is just taking another class from Mr. Martin for fun.) :)
  5. Daring to be different is sometimes not all it's cracked up to be. My daughter wore a Greek Goddess costume in 6th grade and carried a peacock along with other symbols of Hera. Everybody called her a princess all night. Not cool when you are an adult-sized sixth grader and long past princesses. Epic fail. She looked amazing, though.
  6. I think I can make something for around his neck from a painted dropcloth to hide the mane. The beak is no problem. Neither are the wings structurally because cardboard would work. I just need to inexpensively do something that will work for feathers. I can use some real feathers, but there is a financial constraint with the size of the project.
  7. Oh, no. I think you misunderstood. The costume is for an actual HORSE, hence the problem. So, everything is supersized. Tons of feathers or whatever. ETA: The back end is super easy, though. :smilielol5:
  8. I need to transform a horse into a hippogriff by Saturday. Any ideas? I've been procrastinating for far too long. I think i can make something to cover the mane. The issue is really wings and something that appears feather-like without spending a fortune.
  9. My daughter went to her first big out of state show in December. When they got to the show, her horse was nervous (even though he had been shown a lot) and kept trying to buck her off. Approaching the cross country course, bucked her off. In the dressage arena, bucked her off. It was a little nuts because he had never done that before. She was pretty devastated. Moral of the story: Horses are unpredictable. These kind of days happen to everyone, even to people and horses that show a lot. Working with horses builds character. This is just part of that.
  10. When he can remember the words to the songs..... The only time I saw him in concert, he was not with it at all, but he is a fantastic song writer.
  11. I would go ahead with Omnibus. I considered it really as more of a guide than anything. Because it is a series of essays, we just took it as the opinion of different people. No need to agree with them at all. The discussion questions will start you off on the road to some interesting discussions, and the answers in the teacher's CD are just meant to be examples of how a discussion might go. I have not found another great books study out there that is as comprehensive. I recommend you cut some books and pick and choose what discussions are meaningful for you. It is actually a bonus if you disagree with one of the authors because it does give you a different perspective to think through that you probably don't have at home. My daughter takes the Great Conversation courses at Wilson Hill, and I can tell you that even those teacher's don't agree with everything in Omnibus.
  12. In high school, I was prescribed blood pressure medicine for migraine prevention. I think this is/was a fairly normal treatment even in people with normal blood pressure.
  13. The good news about the Pony Club manuals is that there are a couple of more once she has read through D. No actual Pony Club joining required, thank goodness.
  14. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DNL2X76/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1#nav-subnav Start with the D Pony Club manual. There is a lot of information here about care of horses and riding as well. Lots of great information.
  15. Wilson Hill is using it as the history spine for Great Conversations 3 class. I looked at the sample and was underwhelmed, but I think I mostly didn't like the typesetting. :closedeyes: I hope that it turns out to be a good choice.
  16. It's just pdf documents, so there really should be no problem. I didn't have a problem on my mac.
  17. You have to go to the little choice box on the right of the student's line and then choose enroll. That will take you to the classes.
  18. This is an orphaned kitten. A lot of kittens die for no apparent reason. They call it fading kitten syndrome. Based on your evidence, it looks like the kitten died of natural causes. It was an orphan, so there is no way of knowing what kind of background the kitten or mother had. It could have had an underlying condition that you didn't know about. Sorry. I think your mother dog sounds like a sweetheart!
  19. I was going to suggest Homeschool Planet as well. You can create/link documents in google docs for worksheets--writing journal, latin translation worksheets, spelling practice. It can do a lot.
  20. I would just have the people with children split the extra room fairly. If you have 2 adults and 4 children, you might end up with 2 hotel rooms in a normal situation. They should expect to carry more of the load. If that is too much, they can have their kids stay on the floor in their room and not split the cost. As a family of two, we often have to carry more of the load in situations like this. When other people think they are getting a bargain, it is out of our price range for just 2 people. Small families also tend to carry more of the burden when it comes to food. People will say, "Each day one family is responsible for food for everyone. Isn't that fair?" Seriously? With our family of 2 girls, that completely blows our food budget because we may be feeding very large families. I would probably do my best then check the local hotel market and make sure the small families who need just one room are getting a deal as well. It is already a bargain for others because they can have a private room while their kids bunk elsewhere.
  21. I wish you had access to a better barn. Our barn has many boarders and also many students taking lessons on lesson horses. It is very hands on and requires that you groom and tack your own horse. This is done supervised for awhile. There are shows but no one pushes them. Because we are an eventing barn in the middle of a hunter/jumper area, there is not a lot of show access. Students show up in the summer to hang around the barn and "help" with camps. I also frequently see some students who do not own horses show up and groom lesson horses. I think you will find the perfect thing if you just keep asking around. A lot of small non-competitive barns probably exist that you just don't know about yet.
  22. No, we haven't, but we had planned to. The Physics first thing threw a kink in our plans because, although, my daughter is science oriented, she needs a slower place with anything math-filled. I thought it wise to do physics at home so that I could slow down when needed. She took a Great Conversation and Latin class this year and both were top notch. She will continue with those two and add logic next year. After that we will start their science sequence with chemistry. I really love that they use secular science texts for chemistry and biology. That was a selling point for me. I think they will be very rigorous.
  23. Depending on what textbook you used for physical science, this may or may not be a repeat. The honors section seems to be very close to BJU physical science with part of the year being physics and the other part being chemistry. The only math prerequisite is algebra. I think the primary difference between the regular and the honors class is the accelerated sequence and addition of chemistry at the end. If you are going to continue with the physics first concept, the intro to chemistry will be helpful for the next year's chemistry. At least this is how I understand it from talking with the people at WH.
  24. Yes, I totally agree. I think the thing with eventing, though, is that the courses are designed to make you fail (sometimes fail=fall.) They have to be difficult enough that people can't complete it. Otherwise, it is just a dressage competition.
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