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  1. I clicked this link to read the story. I checked the AZDHS website as well. It looks like, according to the AZDHS website that this piece might be missing context? I noticed the name on the ambulance, Gila River, is an area around Tucson, close to the Mexico border. I wonder if there is a connection there because there has been such a huge influx of (mostly unvaxxed) people coming from Mexico into AZ? IDK. I'm just speculating. The DHS website doesn't seem to bear out that the covid hospitalizations are the highest they've ever been. Maybe that was in reference to a singular city or county? In my familys' neighborhoods, in suburbs of Phoenix and north in Flagstaff, the situation is quite different than what the article portrays. Arizona is HUGE and diverse. To say, Arizona is getting slammed, is inaccurate. I don't like it when it's painted with such a broad brush. https://www.azdhs.gov/covid19/data/index.php#hospital-bed-usage
  2. Thanks for clarifying. In Lovely Bones, the victim is murdered and dismembered. graphically. I forced myself to read it because it was on the syllabus for a 10th grade English class my son was taking. Lovely Bones was traumatizing to read. It was an absolutely horrible to experience for me to read that book.
  3. I did this two years ago with all the shoes and jackets and ear buds and charging cords and just...stuff my kids left lying around--things I'd been telling them to put away but they never did.
  4. Well, to be fair (I'm pro-vax), the FDA has issues, you know? The FDA gets bad press for approving drugs that are later pulled from the market. This happened to me personally when a drug was prescribed for my toddler, and later recalled because it was shown to increase the risk of cancer when used in children. That experience will always make me suspicious of the FDA. (Again, I'm fine with the covid vaccine-just putting the idea out there for discussion.) A very quick search found this article by NPR saying 1/3 of drugs approved by the FDA have 'safety problems.' There are several other articles out there from a wide, wide variety of sources saying similar things. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/09/527575055/one-third-of-new-drugs-had-safety-problems-after-fda-approval I think the only thing that will change with FDA approval is that now the vaccine can be officially required.
  5. Yes, absolutely. My point was just that local schools opened up in spite of the scariest thing we knew about at the time, and then did the same thing this year. I was very anxious last year to have the kids in person all year. Same this year. So far the emotional toll of not being together when things were shut down was worse than the physical toll of being together when things opened. Time will tell if that holds.
  6. My kids go part time. No masks required. They've been in session a week. So far, so good. Who knows what the future will hold? For reference, our district was in person all year last year from August through May. Masks encouraged. Very little masking going on. It went a zillion times better than I feared it would.
  7. Are there any updates on this? Anyone care to review it? I'm considering Discovering Music as a class for my rising 10th grader who is not academically inclined and wants to work his construction job 30 hrs/week all school year long. This might be what is best for him, so I'm open to it. I'm rethinking what I already planned in favor of something lighter. I've read on the board this program wouldn't count for a full high school credit, which might be just what he needs? I'm considering having him listen to the audiobook of History of the Middle Ages at the same time (we did ancients last year). He's not generally complaint with school. I need something engaging and that would hopefully expand his horizons and show him there is beauty in the world that he hasn't seen or considered. It also needs to be something I can supervise and not teach (I'm willing and able, but we are dealing with oppositional defiance disorder). Is this program enough to be a light history course? Is it interesting? Is it as beautiful as it appears to be? ETA: I just realized this posted on the K-8 board. Drat. I'd still like reviews from users.
  8. I found this recipe in an old cookbook: cherry cola chocolate mayonnaise sauerkraut cake Maybe it's what you're looking for?
  9. These two things are the norm in my area. The 'winner' for steer at the county fair in 2019 sold their steer for $25000. I put winner in quotes because I have no idea how the rankings/awards work. There are a zillion levels to win, and none of them make sense to me. They are all a 'champion' of some sort. We tried 4H for a few years and had a bad experience. We were the only new family our first year and were consistently left off email lists and were never explained anything. We didn't know when meetings were or what was expected of us. We were also the only nonagriculture/nonlivestock family and were sincerely seen as 'less than' in the group. We were unable to fulfill requirements because we didn't even know about them and then chastised for not doing so. It was very frustrating for me. None of the vocabulary for 4H is intuitive, IMO. Group members were telling us how Demo Day was the best thing ever and we should participate, especially the grab bag category. I tried so hard to understand what Demo Day even was! FINALLY, after asking a ton of questions, I found out it is public speaking. The grab bag category is impromptu speaking. Why not just call it that? Sheesh! Since so many people have apparently had the same experience, why isn't it improving? I had the idea of running a newcomer's class in our local 4H group. People were like, Nah, we're good.
  10. I thought of a few more. 🙂 When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi There is no me without you by Melissa Faye Greene Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon by Tom Myers Gratitude in Motion by Colleen Kelly Alexander (memoir of a cyclist run over by a distracted driver and her against-all-odds survival) Thanks for asking the question! I've added a lot of books to my reading list.
  11. Killing Kennedy & Killing Lincoln by OReily Brainstorm by Daniel J Siegel The Noticer books by Andy Andrews Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Crisis in the Red Zone by Richard Preston Endurance by Alfred Lansing Into Thin Air by John Krakauer Never Get Angry Again by Daniel Lieberman Happy Birthday!
  12. I had a great experience with learning to speed read in 5th grade. The skill was taught to the entire class. We were separated into groups of like ability and challenged. That year was one of my favorites. Even though it was only 5th, we switched classrooms for different subjects, and were taught by the best teacher of each subject. It was a huge elementary school that was fantastic. My point is that my English teacher was awesome, and the program was done well. I did some internet searching, and found this: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/vintage-edl-controlled-reader-1754929297 I'm pretty sure it's the machine we used to learn speed reading, with the text moving faster and faster as we got better and better. We weren't taught to skim. We were taught to read every word. My boys and husband are painfully slow readers. I'm not even sure it would be worth it to try to get them to speed read. So, I guess I'd wait if I were you until late elementary/early middle.
  13. I have no idea regarding any of my high school or middle school history, except these two small tidbits: 1) The hs 'social studies' teacher was the football coach and he spent the entire class period talking about whatever pro sport was in season and giving his picks for who would win that day's game. Small school = 1 hs ss teacher. True story. He was a great football coach, so not much else mattered. 2) I must've studied the middle ages in middle school because I did a project where I built a medieval castle. I brought it in to class the day it was due and my teacher said, "We'll call it, The War is Over." True story. I am still awful with crafts and things like crafts. I have learned SO MUCH while homeschooling.
  14. Hello and welcome! Like the previous posters mentioned, this is widely variable. In my local PS, yes, I am able to walk in and say, "Put my son in your AP Calc class." That's all I have to do. Our local administration is very friendly towards homeschoolers, employs hs parents as substitute teachers, and welcomes any and all hs students for classes, clubs, sports, whatever. 60 miles away, it's the opposite. It takes an act of congress (almost) to place your kid in a high school class, even though the laws are the same for both places. And if you enroll your previously hs'd student as a full time student, the student has to test for credit for *each* class on the homeschool transcript before the high school will accept the transcript credits as valid. I have an acquaintance with a student who was taking classes such as Ominbus, Logic, & Rhetoric etc. at Veritas Press online. None of these classes corresponded well to their local high school humanities courses and the student wasn't able to transfer many credits to the high school. As a result, the student wasn't able to place in their grade-for-age at the high school, even though they'd been doing advanced work. This would be different for a STEM kid, I guess, since math and science are more standardized. You have to know your local laws and reach out to your local public school administration to find out what the procedures are if this is a future goal of yours.
  15. It's a great idea! My dad is a naturalized citizen and I remember him studying for and passing this test. It was a very proud day for him.
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