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  1. The first week of public school had a stomach bug, a respiratory virus with low-grade fever, and lice going through the students and teachers here. Dang! We still say freshman for first year high school students. (2 points for a hyphen and an Oxford comma)
  2. Yes. There is someone in my family with classic anxiety symptoms, but doesn't seem to think he has anxiety (FWIW, we have lots of familial experience with mental health issues and are pretty good at recognizing classic symptoms of common disorders). Like others have said, it may not be anxiety, but having anxiety without noticing it is certainly possible. Sorry you're having a hard time. These psychosomatic responses can be so deeply ingrained they are 'normal' to us, but they are still causing us harm. I hope your natropath and/or MD can help.
  3. This is what I'm thinking, too. If I go to someone's house, I am not analyzing their housekeeping skills. I am going there to see the person. After reading these replies, I hope that people visiting me aren't critiquing my housekeeping skills, either. We are tidy and generally clean, but there are six of us here (and a dog) and we are all busy with work and school. I am a shy introverted person. The few times someone has come to the house unannounced, I wasn't able to put my best (appearances) foot forward. But the visits were nice. If I don't have any food to offer, I just say so. I always have tea to offer. If someone knocks and it's not a good time, I tell them so. If someone knocks and it is a good time, that's a win-win. No need to overthink it, right? I don't visit homes unannounced because the one time I did, I woke someone up from a nap. Even though the person I visited repeatedly told me, "Stop by anytime! No need to call!" Lol.
  4. BASIS in Arizona still requires 8th graders to take AP World History, FYI. I have kids on both ends of this pendulum- a super student and a Dyslexic/ADHD student. And we have interactions with kids on both ends. (And I want to edit to add that observing the bizarre difference in abilities of two of my own children has comforted me and humbled me and challenged me.) I love to celebrate with the kids who are killing it, no matter what they accomplish. We call it Tall Poppy Syndrome-the desire to cut others down to your size usually due to your own insecurities.
  5. How about Thinkwell? Easy Peasy's High School Comparative Government? If you can wait until next year, maybe FundaFunda Academy's Am Govt would probably work. It's not live, but you do have assignment due dates and seems to be exactly what you're looking for!
  6. We've used and loved Speedy Spanish as mentioned above. It has a great audio component and if the student follows the directions, he/she will be speaking a lot. My library has children's audio book kits in Spanish-it's a Spanish book along the lines of A Pocket for Corduroy, Harold and the Purple Crayon, etc. with Spanish audio. We listen to the book while reading along. Since they are books we have already read in English, it's a great way to increase vocabulary and hear the language spoken well. Some other things I like: News in Slow Spanish podcast, Easy Peasy's Spanish lessons, Salsa Spanish episodes by Georgia Public Broadcasting, and the Pre-k and K phonics workbooks in Spanish from Rod & Staff. Enjoy!
  7. I like TeamSnap (orange circle with a star in the center) and Band (green square with a b in the center). Both are free apps that help manage groups. TeamSnap allows for sharing pictures, sending group messages or private messages, sending notices for amount due, etc. You can set your notification preferences, so the users would have to make sure they allowed notifications. You can assign projects and track progress. I really like the app and I am lobbying for our homeschool group to use it instead of FB. It's so easy to miss stuff on FB! So much clutter there.
  8. I ❤️ my Forester. It's our first non-Toyota in 20 years. We drive a lot of dark, winding roads and can have heavy snow October-May. Most of our activities are in a town 45 miles away, and I have to say the Forester has been awesome. The ground clearance is an issue for us because we live in a rural area with lots of dirt roads. Sometimes the snowplows cannot keep up with the rate of snowfall and the Forester does fine. It's very stable on icy roads, comfortable to drive, has a nice big cargo area for hauling sports equipment and if I go 65 MPH, I get 31 MPG. I am usually driving more like 75-80 and average 28 MPG. Your son could carry lots of realtor signs and fliers in his Forester, but maybe not in an Outback or Accord. If my realtor drove me around in a Subaru, I'd be impressed at his choosing substance over style. Lol. (I'm joking...mostly)
  9. Last year, I read The Count of Monte Cristo for the first time with one of my children for school. I fell in love immediately! It had been so long since I loved a book like that.
  10. Right?! Sign me up for a honkytonk badonkadonk! I would've bet my child's transcripts that I'd never, ever own a pair of leave-the-house jeggings. But I'm totally buying a pair of these.
  11. You can use the "Explore Destinations" option on Google flights to see cheaper flight destinations on the dates you'd like to travel. It's a fun way to come up with new ideas and maybe wind up somewhere new! Southwest airlines doesn't populate into the Google flights tool, so you should search that site separately. Same with Allegiant. And Spirit Air. And Frontier. There is also a fun tool on Kayak.com that will allow you to compare flight prices at a glance. I just found a $90 round trip flight from CLT to Orlando the first weekend of October and a $172 ticket to New Orleans for the same weekend. You can try Travelocity's search engine for romantic getaways from Charlotte. Have a great trip!
  12. Great points. He talked about being able to work another job as a firefighter, but I think he'd be far too exhausted. There's a reason they "only" work that much, right? But that would be his call to make, of course. DS currently works for a construction company. DH is a builder (retired and moved on to something else) and has taught our kids everything he knows so that they can at least build their own homes one day. I feel compelled to say that when I type out the things ds can do and likes to do and wants to do and has done, it makes me feel a lot better about his complete rejection of the academic/classical education I dreamed up for him 12 years ago.
  13. @Lori D. Thank you again for so much to think about. I've encouraged ds to go in to welding, actually. Such good money, high demand. Our high school has an amazing instructor. It's a possibility. @Melissa B I love that course title! I am going to use it!
  14. @Lori D. Thank you so much (as always) for the fantastic information. There is a lot to think about in what you wrote. I'm going to forward your response to my son. My ds is not interested in wildland firefighting. That is a very popular job in our area, even for teachers. We live in one of the largest national forests in the country and we have a lot of forest fires! He's pretty sure he's more interested in urban firefighting. That was very helpful info about doing more EMT work than fire suppression. There is a community college about an hour away (the closest one) that has fire science courses and EMT courses. Our public school only does free DE at the CC if you're a full time student, and only for a few selected programs/classes. I'm also surprised to hear that promotions might potentially go better if you have a degree. I'll chat with him about these things soon as possible. I feel much better about having fire science as a science course on his transcript. He has welding and construction already as vocational courses. Did your son seriously take SIX credit hours in 3 weeks?! Whoa. Intensive is the right classification. It's so nice to have my friends to talk to about this stuff. Ha! 🙂
  15. My rising senior is on our local volunteer fire department. Since he joined, he has started to seriously think about firefighting as a career. As part of his training for the volunteer FD, he has to complete quite a bit of online coursework regarding building structures, fire behavior, blood borne pathogens, wild land fires, communications, fire suppression, vehicle stabilization + extrication, and on and on and on and on. It will work out to be enough hours for a class credit and I would like to make this his science credit for year 12. He already has 3 lab sciences (biology, chemistry, physics) all taken online. What do you all think? Would that be 'sciency' enough? Is this a great example of homeschoolers shining? Or a great example of homeschoolers slacking? 🙂 My goal is for him to be able to attend university if he decides against firefighting. He hates school with a white hot firey passion, though. He already qualifies for admission and free tuition at the closest university based on his grades and mediocre ACT scores. He would attend that university if there is nothing else that he can reasonably find to do with his life. The closest university is known as a party school and has pretty low admission requirements, so he wouldn't likely have trouble with a fire science credit there. However, I don't want to close any doors for him. And I want to think long term about what his transcript might look like to other schools. Has anyone done a more creative science credit like that before? How did it work out?
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