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  1. From what I read there was supposed to be a season 2, but the ratings were so low in Britain that it was cancelled. The one hope was that American viewers via PBS would up the ratings enough that PBS would fund season 2. I really am hoping there will be a season 2, but I don't know of many people who were watching it.
  2. So my dd16, who will be a junior next year, has finally decided she wants to attend college at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC to get a degree in blacksmithing. This is the first time she's actually acted in interested about pursuing higher education. I'm working on coming up with a plan to get her college ready in the next two years, specifically in math. Mainly, I'm curious if anyone knows anything about the college or someone who's attended there.
  3. I did the same when I lived in Buenos Aires one summer in college. When I arrived all of the Argentinean people were like, "You speak Spanish like a Mexican (very disdainfully)." When I returned to the States six weeks later, my Hispanic friends said, "You speak Spanish like an Argentinean (very disdainfully)." I gave up, so there's no telling what my accent sounds like now. 😂
  4. YES!!!!! I agree with all of this and I even have a high school student. I pawn off my children's science education on whomever I can (co-op, classes, online, documentaries, museums, etc.). Just don't make me do it.
  5. This thread has been very interesting. I love traveling overseas and I love learning about other cultures, especially the things that are done differently. I remember one time when I traveled to The Netherlands and spent the summer there with my then boyfriend. I jumped on my bike and pedaled into the town center around noon to buy something for lunch. Imagine my surprise when the grocery was closed as were the restaurants. I bike home and ask my boyfriend if it's a holiday. Not a holiday, he informs me, but what happens every weekday at lunch. The kids leave school, adults leave their jobs, and everyone goes home to eat lunch together. I could have complained and ranted, but I found it charming and quaint. Plus, I learned to head out to the market early. My entire love of travel is because I don't want things to be the same as the U.S. If I wanted that, I wouldn't travel. However, I have witnessed on multiple trips the typical American stereotype mentioned here. I remember one instance on a train in Italy when a group of American couples were talking loudly and about American life to some Italians who asked. I remember sitting there thinking, "I wish they'd be quiet and stop saying things that aren't true about most Americans." They were wealthy Californians and what they were sharing as "normal" American life was in no way "normal". In fact, it came across as bragging and out of touch. Not to mention it was a night train and everyone was probably wanting to sleep. I even told my traveling companion, "I hope nobody figures out we're American and assumes we're with them." For the most part I think Americans expect the world, especially first world countries, to be like the Americanized versions of those cultures or at the very least basically American, but with accents and older buildings. It's a lack of education about other cultures in our school system and a lack of cultural awareness and sensitivity due to our geographical isolation from most of the world and long fed diet of American exceptionalism (aka the world owes us). My only complaint about overseas travel is the lack of ice in my water at restaurants. 😂 But I adapt while I'm there. I've also discovered I'm basically European at heart and the things other Americans complain about are my favorite things when I'm there.
  6. It's on Netflix. I loved Suits and watched it religiously.
  7. It was for me. I took a practice test at home and made the exact same score on the real test when I took it a few months later.
  8. I love the podcast and I'm doing the challenge as well
  9. I second the Hinzes BBQ at Sealy suggestion. The original is in our town. It's really good BBQ. I recommend the brisket and ribs with sides of pinto beans, mac and cheese and fried okra. The chicken is really good too. Ask for a piece of cornbread instead of the slice of white bread that comes with the meal. Their pies are really good too.
  10. Oh, and tell your dh to get the brisket breakfast tacos at Buc-ee's. 😋 So good!
  11. Here's the link to the kolache place: I prefer the cream cheese, strawberry, or dewberry, but they are all good.
  12. Drive about twenty more minutes to the southwest to stop for your drinks at the Buc-ees in my town. It's a must south Texas experience. Plus they have great breakfast tacos. If you drive about fifteen more minutes, you can stop at a great kolache (Czech pastry) place. Another must when you're in this part of the country. I can give you the name of the kolache place if you are interested.
  13. Yes, that would be perfect. You might even drive about fifteen minutes farther and stay in the Rosenberg/Richmond area. Traffic for sure would be a non-issue heading southwest from there.
  14. Considering how late you’re arriving on a Sunday night, you should be fine. Odds are very good that traffic will be a non-issue. And yes, I-69 would be the fastest route from the airport to Corpus Christi (you'll be driving right by my town!). Are you planning to drive all of the way that night?
  15. I spray our tree periodically with an orange scented essential oil. Apparently cats don't like citrus scents. It's worked for three years now.
  16. This Fantastic Beautiful is a great, hidden gem of a movie (super quirky rom-com) on Amazon Prime.
  17. We use the Trello app and website. Easy to load, color-coded for completed, need help, with mom, etc. Plus it saves paper!
  18. A Cultural History of Victorian England History of Makeup Both of these I made up for my daughter at her request.
  19. Do you know where he took the course or what book/curriculum he used? My dd would love something like this
  20. My oldest grandparent (paternal grandfather) was born on 2/22/22, President's Day, so he was named Jefferson Washington LastName. He passed away in 2001 from colon cancer. He was the best man I've ever known.
  21. One of the key things with reluctant, beginning writers, especially boys, is tailor the assignment to their interests. So in your example of write a description of a place, tweak that assignment to: write a description of one of the areas in Fortnite or describe his dream car or describe the planet Tatooine, etc. Take a writing curriculum. Look at the assignments (what types of writing is it teaching, what aspects of good writing is it having them focus on, etc.). Tailor those to your child. Don't grade it or mark it up. Talk about what they did well and something to improve. Rewrite it together. I try to save specific writing assignments/essays that are connected with school work until high school. Yes, kids need to know how to write to fit an assignment, but not until much later, IMO, than most people introduce it. I also agree with everything that others said above, specifically @8FillTheHeart. I've learned so much over the years that has honed my own teaching writing methods. Generally if a child is balking as much as yours is that means 1) you are asking them to do something they don't know how to do (even if you think they should know or that you've taught it to them a million times), 2) you are asking them to do something that they are not ready to do maturity wise as a writer or 3) they have internalized the message that they aren't good at writing (due to pushing them to write too soon or over-correcting their work) that now they are afraid to even try.
  22. Let me try the video again
  23. My daughter is learning blacksmithing at a local living historical museum that she's been volunteering at for about two years . She loves it. Here's a picture of her first piece and a video of her in the forge.
  24. Writing and literature for sure! I teach both at our co-op, at a private school, and online (high school level). I teach just writing to two online classes (middle school and upper elementary) as well. I love it so much!
  25. I paid my way through a local public university in Arkansas. I worked about thirty hours a week year round, lived at home, and applied for every departmental scholarship that was posted while I was in school (usually about $500) to do it. I graduated college with zero debt, however, the university I attended has raised tuition so much that there is no way I could pay my way now. BTW, I attended the cheapest public university in the state, but it's still too expensive to pay your way through at this point.
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