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  1. We switched my 9th grade daughter to CLE algebra, and she is doing so well. The mastery workbook approach has helped her a lot.
  2. I lived in China for a year 5 years ago. China has very capitalist leanings today. It is a booming economy with infrastructure growing so fast it makes your head spin. Most of the Chinese people I knew were well aware of America and our individualistic and materialist ways. Most admired some things about America, but they had a great love for their own culture as well. No one was clamoring to get out of China. My daughter absolutely loved living there, and at, 15, she has already declared that she will live in China agin someday. I do miss the ease of walking and how safe it was. It is a very family friendly society as well.
  3. Try Stitch fix or something like it. The stylists have been great to help me update my look. I will be 52 in June, and dressing at this age is a lot harder than it seems.
  4. My 15 year old daughter was exactly like this down to being clumsy. She was diagnosed with ADHD and was borderline for Aspergers. As she got older, I realized that anxiety and sensory issues were her biggest problem. As she has gotten older, she is much better. However, she still sometimes has screaming fits when things don't go her way. They are very rare now. We have worked hard on developing coping skills. I have also read The Explosive Child, and while it made me feel I wasn't alone, I didn't get much practical help from the book. For me, the most difficult part of having a child who can go off at any minute is the condemnation from family and "friends" who think that somehow I was supposed to be able to control her. Other than removing her from the situation, there was no chance to control her once she was out of control. I really wish I had had more support during her childhood years.
  5. DD is doing FLVS Driver's Ed. It will give her the necessary tests to take to get her permit. She is 15, but I haven't taken her out to drive yet. I know that neither her dad or I will be patient enough with her. I am really a nervous Nelly when it comes to this sort of thing. We live in a suburb of Orlando, and driving is not easy around here. My daughter doesn't even want to drive. I haven't looked into driving instructors yet, but I am hoping they are somewhat affordable!
  6. Yes, you can enroll an 8th grader in Spanish at the high school level through Flex.
  7. Florida virtual has AP classes. For AP English, our students score above the national average and above most of the school districts in Florida. I personally know several AP teachers, and they are phenomenal!
  8. I'm sorry this was your experience, but it isn't my experience as an FLVS Flex instructor. My live lessons are very different from the online reading and assessments. All the teachers I work with spend lots of time to make our lessons engaging and enjoyable for students. We regularly have students repeat lessons because they enjoy the camaraderie in the virtual classroom. We also have the ability meet with student one on one in our virtual classroom for private tutoring which can be very beneficial for students.
  9. I am an FLVS Flex high school English instructor. I will try to ask any questions that you might have. You have already received a lot of good information. I will say that we aren't pushed to get students through in a hurry. Our time frame for each segment is approximately 8 weeks, which is a standard school semester. We are told to put the student and parents first, and there are many occasions in which we are allowed to give plenty of grace to students. I also don't think our workload is bad at all. I have about 148 students which is on par with how many students I had in a standard high school classroom. FLVS is not for everyone, but I think it is a great option for students who need online learning.
  10. We use a combination of Glencoe World Geography textbook, videos and the PACE booklets. I am not pro ACE Paces for anything else, but the detail in the workbooks is great. It is overly religious, and we just ignore that part. We also use cultural events around Orlando. We are blessed to have many opportunities around here.
  11. My best friend's dad was recently diagnosed with cancer. It seems to be a later stage, and things don't look good. Her dad is in his mid seventies and has always been in good health. Her mom thought her dad just had the flu. It was a total shock to the family to learn it was cancer. My friend is super close to her family and is really hurting. I've been talking with her and went to her house just to be there with her this weekend. For those who have been through something like this, what else can I do to be help with the shock and grieving?
  12. I was born in 1966 and am horrified at things my parents let me do then. Sometimes, I don't think parents necessarily had their kids best interest at heart. I walked to school in first grade with a third grade girl who lived next door. We walked in the neighborhood street and then had to go through a patch of woods to the playground in the back of the school. The front of the school was on a major highway with lots of traffic. One day, another kids told me the woods behind the school were haunted, and I refused to go home that way. The third grade girl took off, and I started home walking along the very busy highway! When I didn't get home on time, mom called the mother of the third grade girl who said I wouldn't walk home. Mom thought I was still at school, so she got in the car and managed to see me walking along the road. I had walked about 1/2 a mile. When I think about what could have happened, and all the stories of things that did happen to kids back then that we didn't hear, I'm glad that kids are supervised better today.
  13. I don't think we should encourage less responsibility for young adults today, but it really is a different world than what many of us grew up in. I'm 51, and in my day, a young couple under 20 could find a job that would support a family with or without higher education. They wouldn't have had much money, but it would have been possible. I know that it is possible to some extent today, but I think it is much harder for 18-25 year old young adults to be completely independent today ( I am including health insurance as part of the problem today.)
  14. My favorite thing to do is go walk in nature or on a beach. Just sitting on the beach helps me refocus. But, I live in Orlando, so the beach isn't always possible. Sometimes, I like to just window shop or bring a book and go to a coffee or tea shop.
  15. Anyone watching the Florida students demonstrating at the capital in Tallahassee? Makes me proud!
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