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About Tarreymere

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  1. I refuse to even deal with attendance. My kids live with me, and their idea of a fun summer day is being curled up indoors on the couch, reading. No day passes without reading. They read at the breakfast table. They read over lunch. They sometimes read over dinner. Yes, I realize that's a parenting issue, but I'm usually reading too. I had an actual, "highly qualified" state-certified teacher once tell me "Kids hate to read", so I guess that reading must be considered educational, if public school kids hate it so much. I made a pdf with 180 boxes. I put a check mark in each box. I used that weird little function that allows you to put your initials on a pdf file and put my initials in each of the 180 boxes. Each year, before our evaluation, I print out one of those sheets for each child. I've been doing this for three years now.
  2. Not that it matters, but that is the school that kicked me out of their parent's group on the grounds that I was a 'danger' to the other parents. I applied to get into the group after our enrollment was approved and our paperwork completed, was accepted into the group by the admin, and posted about how nervous I was to be leaving traditional homeschooling to enroll in a cyber school. I got a few supportive replies, then I was booted. I asked why, and the admin of the group jumped all over me about how I should not have been in the group until after our orientation, which was supposed to happen the following week. Um, YOU approved me, lady. I didn't hack my way in, LOL! She told me I represented a "danger to all the other parents" and made me feel that I should apologize or something. I felt that the climate of 'blame the parent, even when we clearly screwed up', was not conducive to a happy school experience IMHO. So, I canceled the orientation and told them to go screw themselves. "Danger", indeed! I can't recommend any cyber charter school in PA, unfortunately. It would definitely be a last resort.
  3. I simply must inform the dental association in my area that they are singlehandedly responsible for the epidemic of truancy in the schools because of their joint refusal to offer appointments after 4 pm or on weekends during the school year, and that they simply must stop closing their offices for Christmas break. And, oh yes, I almost forgot. It is also a necessity that they must somehow squeeze all children in for one dental check up and cleaning in the summer months. No more long vacations out of state at that time. I'm not sure when that second cleaning is supposed to take place...Perhaps families can troop out to the dental clinic on snow days and hope a passing hygienist will take pity on them... Yes, clearly it's irresponsible parents doggedly pursuing preventative care for their children that has led us to this terrible predicament of rapidly escalating truancy, teen pregnancy, drug use, and the rise of insecticide-resistant lice. A truly responsible parent would study Youtube videos of dental cleaning techniques and have her own set of instruments for times like these when non-school time appointments are not available. I made appointments for my two kids in February, and the first available date was in October. I'm lucky if I'm actually able to get two appointments in eighteen months, let alone two in twelve or thirteen months. Clearly more of us need to urge our children to consider dental school, and an after hours practice after that.
  4. Puree some white beans or garbanzo beans and add a little mayo and some dill relish for a sandwich spread. It's good on wedges of green pepper or celery sticks too. We also like to fry some onion, add in some cooked lentils and stir them around a bit with the onions, and serve over rice. There are different seasonings you can add to this but it's good plain. The kids like to eat this on homemade flat bread. Bean nuggets are good too. I use canned white beans and puree them into a paste, then add some leftover white rice and some garlic. Roll that in some panko bread crumbs and either bake or fry. My son loves these dipped in barbeque sauce.
  5. In the United States, this issue was addressed by the United States Supreme Court in 1972 in Wisconsin vs. Yoder. From Wikipedia " Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), is the case in which the United States Supreme Court found that Amish children could not be placed under compulsory education past 8th grade. The parents' fundamental right to freedom of religion outweighed the state's interest in educating its children." I feel sorry for those 'homeschool survivors' that are behind that Coalition, but nearly all of them are the children of religious extremists and as such their education was, according to SCOTUS, well within the scope of the law. Why are these people so concerned with regulating homeschooling when the real problem is this interpretation of 'religious freedom' being more compelling than the 'state's interest in educating its children'? As far as I am concerned it is a moot point to argue about what constitutes an appropriate education and whether or not homeschool parents are denying their kids a basic education if they don't teach subjects like algebra or physics when the law of the land has already established that parents don't have to educate their kids beyond a very basic middle school level. In fact, I'm surprised that compulsory education laws are not being challenged. In my state kids finish eighth grade around fourteen and the law requires non Amish kids to stay in school until seventeen. The Amish get around this by claiming their kids are doing 'work study' from fourteen to seventeen, but its very obvious that those kids are just working. Rather than trying to regulate or ban homeschooling, those people need to come to terms with the fact that in most cases it was religious extremism that caused their educational issues. Next, maybe if there really is a concern that kids need some sort of 'basic education' we can work on figuring out exactly what that means. Finally, once we get that far, we can try to work out how to ensure that all kids get that kind of education. As for the abuse thing, is there a model of some kind in the literature that has shown some kind of promise in identifying and preventing abuse? Because I am not aware of one. Public school with daily observation by supposedly trained staff hasn't exactly been all that effective. Physical abuse is a whole different topic and lumping it into a discussion on regulating homeschooling and what constitutes educational neglect is not helpful.
  6. We downsized into a used single wide mobile home a few years ago. The neighborhood in our park is nicer than the middle class 'family' neighborhood we used to live in plus the mobile home park is actually pleasantly situated on a small private lake. Another plus is that our mobile home will be paid off this year and our monthly lot rent is less than the property taxes we would have had to pay assuming we ever managed to pay off our house. I guess you could say we are 'laughing all the way to the bank'. And I get to buy MORE curriculum now than I would have been able to afford if we had kept the
  7. I've used boxed when it was a time in my life that I needed to. Now that I don't 'need' that kind of thing I don't regret moving on to a different approach. My kids did the box work, but they are more enthusiastic and seem to learn more from a more individualized program. I agree with the previous posters that said that things get a lot easier once a child can read, so in your shoes I would really just focus on that right now, along with some read alouds and a little math. You can read aloud some science and history stories if you want to add in that kind of thing but with the ages of your children I wouldn't get worried about that for a few years yet.

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  9. I'm not sure what kind of glasses they are, DH found them somewhere. I think they came with some kind of a joke kit, you know the kind with the fake teeth and a whoopie cushion kind of thing. I have a picture of DH in them also but that is too scary to use as an avatar :D We are in Crawford County.
  10. I keep hearing rumors of a large homeschooling group in Crawford County, but they hide really well because I have never run into them. I know there are eighty homeschoolers listed in our local school district so they must be out there.......We aren't connected with any of the local Christian churches or groups so that is probably the problem.
  11. Hi! We are in Northwestern Pa, outside of Meadville. Supposedly our school district has some eighty kids homeschooling but I have yet to find any of them. <sigh>. Maybe, just maybe, someday I'll meet local homeschoolers.......before my kids are all grown, I mean.
  12. Here is a link to the jobs available page at Blizzard Entertainment, one of the biggest game companies: If your son finds some of those jobs interesting maybe he could look into what it would take to get hired in that field. Then you can encourage him to spend time on THAT, which would at least be related to something he is already interested in instead of trying to get him interested in something completely different.
  13. Well, actually, his interest in gaming could be the beginning of a career. Those games are really popular and the companies that own them are always adding on to them to keep their customers. They hire a lot of people and I understand the pay is pretty good. They look for people who can draw, people who can do computer amination, ect. Maybe you could go with his interests and encourage him to learn how to program a game or to do computer animation and have him look into careers in that field. Sounds like he has a natural interest there so instead of fighting it why not try to encourage it to encompass more than just playing the game?
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