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Everything posted by Ria

  1. I disagree. I think they wanted an easy way out, and decided to pay for someone to do the dirty work for them. I feel no pity at all. There are plenty of colleges that kids can get into without even submitting an SAT score. There's community college. There are lots of options. I feel no pity. They got what they deserved.
  2. Quite frankly, yes. You are doing them a grave disservice and depriving them of a solid education if this is how your homeschool runs annually. If you cannot get your act together, you shouldn't be homeschooling. Send them somewhere else so they can get the education they deserve.
  3. This is the one that came to mind for me. I did fine with A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, but Ulysses is beyond me still.
  4. In today's world, I think a 19-yr old should learn how to manage money with a credit card, learn how not to carry a balance, how to budget, and learn how to never spend beyond his means. There are many of us who use credit cards for the rewards programs (for example, we get a percentage off gas and groceries) and NEVER carry a balance. Used properly, credit cards can save lots of money. Used irresponsibly, they can be a disaster.
  5. Yep. Evidently it's very easy, and thieves are getting very, very clever (hidden cameras at ATMs to collect PIN numbers)....scary.
  6. Here's a link that mentions skimmers.... http://www.bankrate.com/financing/credit-cards/11-ways-to-protect-against-debit-card-fraud/
  7. It's so easy to steal a number and make a new card. Google it. Happens all. the. time. Has happened to my dad at a gas station in NJ. Happened to my co-workers. I won't use a debit card. :)
  8. I believe you have no recourse with a debit card. The banks don't have to refund you if the card is stolen and used by someone else. Many banks do, and many more put a limit on how much they will refund, but from what I understand it is up to the individual bank to set the policy...something everyone should be aware of if they use a debit card. ETA: get a credit card for him. Much safer.
  9. We let our then-12-yr old son watch it, but then again, we let him watch Lethan Weapon, too. :tongue_smilie: Abbey's description is right on the mark. There's innuendo.
  10. I'd cut out either the music lessons or the gymnastics (or both) until she's able to handle the school schedule and workload better. School isn't homeschool. She will have to learn to do more on her own in some classes. This is not a bad thing, but it's going to be a challenge until she gets used to it. What do you mean by this? Surely you aren't suggesting pulling her out of the school and doing nothing for a year? I hope I am misunderstanding you. Or did you mean just keep her in school and return to homeschooling next year? If that's what you meant, I think it's way too soon to decide...give her time to adjust to the school. She - and you - will adjust.
  11. I think it's very important to listen to your kids, especially when they reach this age. If homeschool is not working for her, and she asks for a change, I think you need to consider it very carefully. I didn't when my son asked to go. I insisted that he continue homeschooling , which we did until he was 16 (when I finally enrolled him in ps). Listening to the kid and not my own desires would have saved all of us a lot of grief. He loved ps and thrived.
  12. If someone told me that, I'd call the school and report them. Seriously. You'd be doing the kid a favor...
  13. Peela, I am so sorry for your difficulties and your losses. You will be in my prayers. :grouphug:
  14. In a word, yes. One of our children was never destined to homeschool, yet we forced him to be home for 16 years. The happiest day of his life was his first day of public school. He loved it. His personality totally changed. He was fun to be around, and there was so much less tension in the house.
  15. I order almost everything on Amazon. Soap, cosmetics, deodorant, bikini wax, vacuum cleaners, crock pots, cameras. Rarely books, lol!
  16. I taught six of my own for years, plus lots in my science and writing classes (co-ops).
  17. Ah, that makes sense. Well, I think you did well. Sounds like you are a very smart shopper, especially given your extremely busy schedule. :)
  18. Don't beat yourself up, Jean. I had the same experience with Singapore. It just doesn't have enough review built in, at least not for my kids. After a year of using only Singapore, we began using two math programs daily (Singapore and Saxon). That worked for us, but we had the fail, too. It happens. :grouphug:
  19. I think the simple answer is that you won't be able to do what you used to do. You can't. You simply don't have the time. You could give up an hour of your 2-hour break each day. Or you could just get used to thinks not being quite the same as they used to. It's not easy to homeschool, and there are sacrifices along the way. This is one of them, at least until your children get older. :)
  20. I don't buy most of the stuff on your list. I make my own waffles, stuffing, mac and cheese, pizza. I do not buy snack foods (fruit cups, chocolate milk of any kind). I prefer fresh fruit to canned; I buy what's in season and don't buy organic. In addition: I make my own bread. It's filling and healthy. I make my own pasta, pizza sauce, and just about everything else. All our meals are planned; I make a menu and a grocery list at the same time.
  21. Obviously you never met a child who took my science classes. :D
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