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  1. Zombie thread! But I will update it to say that I now have indeed had experience with a c-section, since I commented upthread, and I also had a wonderful VBAC 23 months later.
  2. Look at study.com. It varies a bit, and you would need to correct the supplemental work, but it may be helpful to you. You can easily pick and choose and even make custom courses.
  3. I've homeschooled in PA over a decade. You'll be just fine! It's some silly hoops to jump through, but they have really no bearing on what you do with your kids. It is easiest to stay off the radar, so most people don't really advocate never happening to have kids in the testing grades.
  4. I would not be in favor of portfolio reviews if you don't get to choose your reviewer. That could have potential for bias in several ways. We choose our own reviewer. I'm free to choose someone who is a good fit for my family. If you have a documented special ed child, they do have a bit more oversight from the school and also have to use an evaluator approved for special ed, but even in that, they get some choice. That doesn't seem too terrible to me, but I don't have personal experience. But if, say, your child is just taking longer than average to learn to read, that shouldn'
  5. This is why I don't especially mind doing a portfolio. Ideally, I wouldn't have to do one, but if we HAVE to have some sort of reporting or oversight, that's the part that actually makes some sense. I agree that standardized tests don't generally tell an involved parent anything they don't already know, and they don't really tell your evaluator anything either, just that your kid did the required test and got a score. (The law specifically says the test scores may not be used to judge effectiveness of the homeschool program.) Attendance is pointless. A portfolio can look however
  6. Soups, casseroles, tacos, spaghetti, chili. . . Quiche or meat pie or spanakopita? My family loves what the kids call snack plate and the adults call charcuterie, where we bring out small dishes of snacky things like cheese, meats, olives, pickles, dips, chips, crackers, fruits, you name it. Sometimes we make a couple of frozen appetizers to go with them. Aldi has tons of that sort of thing. And yes to sandwiches. A friend once brought some platters of sandwiches, pastries, and fruits/veggies, and that was fantastic for grazing.
  7. I think you have to define what "no curriculum" means. Is it no set curriculum, meaning that you pick books, DVDs, experiments, etc. without picking up someone's guide that says "read these pages and do this project today, read these pages and fill in this worksheet tomorrow," such that the kids choose what they want to learn (perhaps with some suggestion from the adults in the forms of requesting interesting library books or such), and so that there is a rich learning environment that just doesn't happen to look a lot like a public school? Or does "no curriculum" mean "we can't be bothered
  8. I know nothing about Lawrence, but I did go to a very big state school and was quite happy there. The size can be an advantage or a disadvantage. On the one hand, it's perhaps a bit harder to get personalized attention, and a lot of the gen eds will be large and more impersonal. On the other hand, there were lots of options -- multiple dining halls, multiple sections of classes, lots of clubs and activities, big library, etc. For extroverts, lots of chances to make friends and do things. For introverts (of which DH and I are very, very much so), you'd think the big size would b
  9. WalMart substituted stir fry sauce packets when I asked for wasabi paste. As if Asian is all the same! Mostly, WM has been good, but there is the time they forgot HALF my order! And I was 30 minutes from home, in the summer. I had placed a large order (well, normal for me), and they needed two carts but forgot to bring out the one that had all the perishables. I was left with no complete meals for dinner, so I ended up going back to get it. Now I double check. Ordering from Aldi is better, though. They text in real time, and I like that. One day they texted to sa
  10. Some kitchenware like a colander, pie plates, Revereware copper clad stainless stockpot, and some others. I've replaced some of the Corelle dishes but quite a few are still in fine shape (although I got tired of the pattern and have replaced it with white as I have needed more). Still use the cooking knives that I, a poor college student, thought were soooooo extravagant to ask for, but an aunt bought them for us, and we use them daily. Probably what I use the most is the Oneida stainless, mid-level, flatware that I picked out. Even after almost 23 years of very heavy use, it still is in e
  11. We have used Latin's Not So Tough for middle schoolers after GSWL, and I like it okay. I used it with my older two. I really like CAP's Latin Alive, but it's too fast for early middle school IMO, without enough vocabulary review. I am planning to use Keep Going With Latin with my rising seventh grader, as we've been taking GSWL nice and slow (mainly because he prefers GSWFrench), and then I'll try Latin Alive; if that doesn't work, then I'll probably try LNST because I have it already.
  12. Thank you for sharing the NTSA lists! Our local library branch is tiny, and I'm limiting visits for browsing because of covid, so I'm always happy to have specifics I can type into the search to get from other branches or to support my used book addiction.
  13. I have tried more formal science, or even science by topic, and we don't really stick. Soooooo, I've been going completely interest led for the last few months, and it has been wonderful! My kids pick what they want to read (or have me read) every day, plus we have non-book options like science kits and Curiosity Stream available too, as well as gently guided nature study journals (from Our Journey Westward). It's really been great. Even our two year old likes picking a science book from our collection every day. And we read biographies of famous scientists too. Right now their daily req
  14. Also, the Halloween episodes! Some of those are creepy! And the one with the blind school burning. I didn't like that one as a kid, and I like it even less as an adult. (Ditto for the ones where Laura's brother and then her son die.) And the one where James and Cassandra's parents die in the wagon accident. Or how about the one where the woman whose daughter dies kidnaps Laura? There were a lot of really good episodes, but read the previews ahead of time. I know there were a couple we weren't allowed to watch as kids (Sylvia). An
  15. I am a senior mod for a very large FB group for a particular illness, and we use the Learning Guides (used to be called Units). We also have links to the most common questions that are in our Guides, and so when newbies ask the newbie questions, we can say, "Hi, Sally, welcome, I'm sorry you're dealing with this. Here is a post that explains more -- please let us know in that thread if you have additional questions." And if need be, we can close Sally's original post so that she is encouraged to put additional questions in the comments on the explainer post. We have a lot of explainer post
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