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  1. I know this is a late reply to this post but I wanted to tell you that I MET David and his wife, Shirley, at the AFHE Homeschool Convention this weekend. AND it was the first I'd heard of Cornerstone Curriculum. And I only found out anything about it because I, by happenstance, or God appointment, really, happened to sit with Shirley at lunch. I saw that she had a vendor badge on, so I asked her about Cornerstone. These are SOLID people with a heart not only for Christ, but for teaching homeschooled students solid foundations. In high school, the Worldviews of the Western World not only present the various worldviews that students may come across, but how to be discerning about them, in light of Scripture. I went to convention thinking, "I don't need any more curriculum" but finding out about Worldviews and meeting the people who actually wrote and published the curriculum, I feel like it will be a definite BENEFIT to my son's schooling. HTH!
  2. Hello, all! Pardon the dust in here - I ...er, ...forgot...that I had opened the Lounge again. Oops! Come on in and Welcome to the Lounge! A place for teachers/parents ONLY, no students! Grab a snack &/or a drink, relax and chat or take a nap. Whatever you need. This is a place for you to unwind, de-stress, and just BE. Everyone start school already? Here: Yes, we did. Soft start in August, with planned weekly augmentation in September. I think we're still on our soft start, though. So unmotivated. Both of us. LOL Anyone else finding it hard to "get in the groove" of schooling? Here: ME! I finally told myself today that we WILL start our language studies (English composition and Greek) next week. Who's switching things up this year? Here: I was going to have ds16 do Apologia Biology, since he wasn't thrilled about Devotional Biology. But he's having a rough time connecting to a biology TEXT. So I'm going back to the AmblesideOnline booklist and getting him the relevant literature. He learned MORE reading living science books last year - and there was less push needed from me for him to read them. Talk to me!
  3. Thank you, all, for your responses. And I welcome more! As for the "college isn't too far off" responses, neither of my kids is really keen on college at this point. They see the expense of it, and my husband's and my own struggles in finding employment afterwards, and wonder about the wiseness of a degree with no promises at this point. And I don't blame them. We have been batting around the idea of trade school for them. But even with that, there is a money issue. For now. I know we'll figure something out. All that being said, if any of you have teens that are into Minecraft and/or on Discord, let me know. My son does like interacting with people that way!
  4. I have similar totes and they are VERY helpful/useful!
  5. Anyone else find it's difficult for your teens to retain friendships? Not really due to any fault of their own but other teens (or their parents) aren't good at keeping connected? We've made friends, or so I thought, over the years, especially through drama class, but not a single one of those families ever calls or invites us to do things. WE have made EVERY effort to invite them to do things, and they have come and enjoyed those events/activities. But only ONE family has ever reciprocated. It's very difficult for my 16 year old son to only have ONE friend. And I don't know what else to do as I feel I have done EVERYthing I can to change this.
  6. Good morning and welcome to the Lounge! We have COFFEE here! And tea. And water. If today and the rest of this week follow yesterday's example, I'm not sure I can do it. Yesterday was emotionally DRAINING and EXHAUSTING. DS struggles with OCD and even with a soft start to school, either gets angsty about it or has to question me on the purpose of each assignment. Top that off by my older dd not having a job, despite a year or so of looking, her frustration, and neither child seeming to understand respect for each other, and I was DONE by 5pm yesterday. I put myself in timeout because I could no longer be patient or nice to anyone. 😛 Thus, the name of today's Teachers Lounge. Oh, we also have chocolate. Come on in and grab a Hersheys if you need it. I know I do! If you started school this week or last, how's it going? Here: see above. If you haven't started, when do you plan on starting? Here: I had wanted to start with Bible, math review, and Biology. Realized yesterday that, due to the fact I am also facilitating and online workshop all week this week (for adults, not students), that I do NOT have the capacity to do Biology right now and we'll have to wait until after Labor Day for that. I'm not even sure I have the patience or capacity for any of it right now, but review is necessary. What are you looking forward to this week? Here: um...more coffee? LOL Talk to me! ❤️
  7. *walk with dog *decide whether or not to escape to a higher elevation for the day tomorrow *get some schooling done with DS before taking him to theater class this afternoon *do some actual meal planning for the weekend and next week *petition God, once again, to let me move (permanently, this time) out of AZ *finish content and workbook (by Sunday) for workshop I'm conducting next week (starting Monday) *trying not to melt in the desert heat
  8. Good morning, everyone! And welcome to the Teachers Lounge! I need to shop for snacks today. Any requests? 😉 In our household this week, we managed to get 3 days worth of assignments done for our soft start. Then yesterday, we were all crabby, two of us were having bowel issues, and the same two of us were having uncooperative-brain days. UGH. Hoping it will be better today. How has your week gone? Here: see above. Today, ds has his first day of theater class, after a school year's hiatus. He's glad to be going back - and I'll be glad for a couple of hours of a quieter house. Everything about my sprouting young man is BIG, even his voice. Plans for the weekend? Here: I MAY do some prickly pear harvesting with friends tomorrow morning; I also have a parents meeting (via Zoom) for ds's theater class and I need to finish preparing for a 5 day online workshop I'm facilitating next week. Anyone else having a tough time with summer right now? Here: because we live in the low desert, heat can get INTENSE and I'm pretty sure I suffer from reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder each year because of it. High heat makes me irritable and the a/c literally hurts my skin some days. MAYBE, instead of the prickly pear tomorrow, I'll escape to higher elevations for the day. That may be just the ticket, actually! Talk to me! 🤠
  9. Glad to see everyone! I haven't had the Lounge open in a LONNGG time. Glad to be back, too! I'm not going to guarantee the Lounge will be open M-F but it will probably be at least twice a week. 🙂
  10. AND...we're back! For a time, at least! Welcome to the Teachers Lounge, for teachers (parents/guardians) only - no students! Come int, take a load off, grab a snack and a drink. Take a nap, chat, or read for a bit. Refresh! How many students are you teaching this year? Here: technically, I should be down to one. And I am, mostly. But my daughter who has Aspergers and dyslexia is really struggling to find a job and is getting frustrated and discouraged. Who can blame her? So, I'm having her do some studying to keep her brain active and to help her self-esteem. Even arranged for her to join her BFF (who has not quite graduated) in a life focus study that is designed to help them move forward in life. Looking forward to that for her! Who has started school already? Who is waiting yet? Here: I had thought about waiting until after Labor Day..and still might for a FULL load, for my one remaining student, my ds. But until then, we're going to do REVIEW, because it's needed. Who has NOT started school yet? When do you plan to do so? Here: have done a soft start (began yesterday). Full load will come AFTER Labor Day, I think. Talk to me!
  11. Can 2020 just be DONE already? Anyway... For today: *post my FB Live required for the Holistic Business School i'm enrolled in *plan a trip to the lake for early morning tomorrow with a friend *probably take a nap (this heat sucks the wind out of me) *do some reading *oh, and I should probably fold the laundry and *clean up the living room a bit
  12. Yep. You can pretty much find somewhere in AZ that will fit/seem like the same climate as somewhere in all the other 49 states. Arizona Highways magazine did a layout on this years ago. We're a pretty diverse state in many, many ways. We also have many "non-native" plant species that have been so taken with the various soils here, that they've thrived and aren't going anywhere. Even so, many of those non-native species are actually medicinal herbs. so there is a positive to that. Even purslane can have some sedative properties from it, just from eating it.
  13. Jenny, you've mentioned a couple of times how the reconstruction surgery would be more invasive than anything you've yet gone through. To me, that's you trying to tell yourself you really DON'T want to go through with it. And there's no "should" here. It's totally your choice and it sounds like you just want to be DONE. So be done. I understand the self-consciousness of wondering what people think. I can tell you this - most people are too wrapped up in their own issues to really take notice of your chest area. I'm thankful you're alive! Even if I don't know you personally, I truly am thankful you're alive. Many people don't make it through the fight with the cancer. You've gone through the wringer and have come out the other side still fighting. Exhausted and close to worn out? Absolutely. Yet still pushing forward. YOU are a warrior. Give yourself grace. Give yourself time. If you want to schedule that consult, but still aren't sure if you want the surgery, schedule the appointment as FAR out into the future as you can. In the meantime, take time to journal, pray, meditate, discuss with friends if you want. Then, when it comes time to really make a decision, you will most likely be a in a much better place to do so. There is absolutely NO need to rush on this. Breathe. Now, breathe again. And again. You will figure it out. It doesn't have to be today. 😉
  14. Or, you buy same amount of food, only for the man-child to stare at it and say, "Do we have any food?" or "I don't know what to eat."
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