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  1. Mine is for "The City of the Violet Crown"; the cultural center of civilization; the finest place on earth to live. No, not that one ... the other one.
  2. It is not. It's been updated so many times since the original version Hillyer wrote that it's pretty anodyne. I would recommend, though, if buying used, getting a recent edition.
  3. My opinion is your opinion. We've never found a separate grammar program to be necessary. We use a Latin program that teaches English grammar as it goes, and have found that to be easily sufficient. It is useful to be able to refer to parts of the language (e.g. subordinating conjunction; personal pronoun; compound predicate) just because it's useful to know the names of anything you might want to talk about. And if you're not going to teach how English operates in the course of studying a foreign language, you should probably teach it separately. But that doesn't seem to me like a thing that has to be done every single year. Middle Girl is taking an introductory linguistics course and learned in a short time anything she missed when learning grammar via Latin.
  4. Wee Girl and Middle Girl loved CHOW at that age. Do you have the Workbook for it? I'm not usually a big fan of workbooks that accompany narrative texts, but this one is full of activities that they loved. And the "fill in the blanks" make-an-outline approach was surprisingly successful in helping MG gently learn how to take notes in later years.
  5. Brief post; Wee Girl and I are down with head colds and are watching Blue Planet 2 and sharing a box of kleenex. Miserable yet snuggly. This week read one of the great 20th-century Texas novels, Edward Anderson's Depression-era noir, Thieves Like Us. Re-read James Hogg's The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner. Classic and deeply strange exploration of identity and duality in a hyper-Calvinist context. Now reading Emma Tennant's 1978 gender-switched version of Hogg's famous novel, The Bad Sister. Jenn, I have not read any Ossian, though now and then I feel I ought to get to the library and dig it up.
  6. deleted; getting too emotional & ranty, sorry
  7. This happened to us with our non-verbal child. We promptly got a couple of Road ID wristbands saying: "NON-VERBAL / Mom: [phone] / Dad: [phone] / No known allergies". And we quietly cursed the TSA and their officious expansion of their mandate beyond preventing terrorism. But the wristband is a good idea in general with a child who has trouble verbalizing. What if she gets lost?
  8. ETA: I just finished reading Texas writer Edward Anderson's 1937 novel Thieves Like Us. It's set in Texas and Oklahoma in the 1930's, and Anderson presents as a matter of course a brutal and corrupt police force, prison system, and courts, enabled by a subservient and mendacious press, which is owned by corrupt petty officials. While all this is naturally exaggerated for the sake of the genre, it would be hard to argue that the underlying native distrust of the government in its various forms isn't fully on display.
  9. Dh and I buy used books online all the time, but rarely books for homeschooling. The only time there's been an inaccuracy in condition involved a seller that turned out to be a homeschooling family. It was a blank timeline, listed as "like new," but arrived with all the Sonlight timeline stickers glued into it and lots of events written in. When I insisted on a refund, I was told to send the original back at my own expense. When I explained to them what I was actually going to do, the seller immediately refunded my money and explained that her kids handled the sales and it was their fault.
  10. First, it's not very likely that subject matter expertise will affect discussion. My daughter's group will be reading William James on psychology soon, but even if one of them had special training in psychology, there's not much to contribute other than "by the way, modern psychology isn't much interested in the same ideas James was interested in." Second, if the discutants want to step outside the (firm) rules of Shared Inquiry, of course nothing can stop them. But when her group has, despite the rules, allowed a girl who studied a writer's works previously to give lots of information extrinsic to the text, they've discovered that the free exchange of ideas quickly turns into sitting at the feet of the "expert." And nobody actually enjoys that.
  11. I hate to be part of the crowd jumping on you, Bluegoat, because I nearly always agree with your thinking. I honestly believe there's a cultural disconnect here: Canadians and Texans are just differently wired. Now I'll jump on you. I think you're just wrong; Texas has in fact maintained its society for nearly two centuries under the model we're discussing. And if anything, trust level of local authorities, particularly law enforcement, is higher, because police corruption has been increasingly dealt with. I don't think this is just Texas, either; my mother remembers, during the few miserable years she lived in Chicago in the 1960's when it was ruled by Mayor Daley, how when the police pulled you over you would lock your door, roll down the window a crack, and give the officer a twenty "to pay the ticket right here, thank you officer." That level of widespread official corruption is just unimaginable now. Throwing another thought out here, since you're still game for this discussion (and thank you for making all of us think!). When I started homeschooling in the '90s, it wasn't yet mainstream enough to be immune from possible new attempts at interference from the schools; but we all knew we were immune because the public schools had gone from a funding peak in 1985 to serious underfunding, more so each year. The ISDs themselves said they had no interest in going after homeschoolers because they barely had enough money to function. I have a close friend who's a state judge in the family law court system, and an old homeschooling friend worked for the CPS for her whole career. Both of them laugh at the idea of Texas CPS targeting homeschoolers, because they don't have enough funding to deal with genuine cases of abuse and neglect. So the lesson here seems to be, The way to protect yourself from the arms of the state bureaucracy that pose a possible threat to your freedom to raise your own children as you see fit, is to starve those agencies. Note that I'm not saying it's a good thing to underfund public schools or child protective services; I don't think it's a good thing. What I'm saying is, when the reason consistently given for the non-harassment of the law-abiding citizenry is that there isn't enough money to harass them, people will draw the obvious conclusion.
  12. So ... I agree with you, in a way. If you have a high-trust society, you'd better do the maintenance work to maintain that. But to be straight with you, I live in Texas, and this has never been a high-trust society as far as citizenry and the "gummint" are concerned. And not only can you not build yourself a high-trust society from the citizenry side, you'd be a fool meanwhile to risk sacrificing the well-being of yourself and your family by quixotically trusting behavior. I respect the police: I have called them when they were needed, and cooperated with them. Police detectives were extraordinarily helpful and personally supportive when our family dealt with a stalker. But I'm not an idiot, and I know what the history of this state tells me. I had a good friend spend the night at the state (not national) border (released uncharged) because he objected politely to having his van searched without probable cause. I can read the news and know about no-knock warrants and the fatally botched drug raid in Houston. I drive way under the speed limit through Texas towns. As far as trusting government bureaucrats, I got my first lesson when I was 18 and realized my car's registration was overdue. I went to the nearby Texas DPS office and the motherly lady at the desk asked, "How did you get to our office, sweetie?" Like a naive kid I said I drove, and she promptly wrote down an extra $100 fine for driving without a valid registration. Okay; one and done. I totally believe the CPS worker in the other thread was friendly and supportive. So was the DPS lady. But they don't get their paychecks from me. tl;dr -- I'm all for a robust, high-trust society. You first.
  13. *Crosses Bel-Ami off Quill Recommendation List*
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