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  1. So, I ordered some of the books @Lori D. suggested. Used, they aren't too expensive, and I don't need them all at once. I actually think they will work very well. I'm still waiting on a teaching guide to look at output/review for sure, but from the samples I've seen online, I think they'll be helpful. The Great Courses also has a series on Ancient Art that should dovetail nicely, so we will aim for about 30 book pages a week, plus a video, plus one or two of the selections from the primary sources book, plus some sort of output. If that turns out to be too much, we will drop the American book (in favor of doing it with US history) and one other of his choosing. I'm very vaguely concerned about not being chronological enough, although each civilization will be, and of course, they will mention each other as needed. We'll be doing it mostly semi-chronologically, starting with early humans, Romans being last. I think he will be fine. He's done a timeline in the past; I don't know that it's going to be necessary this time. At any rate, thank you, Lori, for suggesting those!
  2. I have taken a beta blocker for high BP during pregnancy (lebetalol). I don't recall any anxiety, but it did give me a mild headache and did make me feel sleepy, both of which are common side effects. I do have mostly mild asthma, so they kept an eye on that, but it wasn't an issue for me. (I have since been switched to a calcium channel blocker for longterm control of chronic hypertension.)
  3. Our various libraries have the Great Courses I want to use, through Hoopla and Kanopy. Is there a way to get the supplemental material that is in the little booklets? I thought I had seen that in PDF form, but I'm not seeing it now. I wanted my kids to do the questions that are in the booklets.
  4. In my state, which is also the OP's state, we need 4 credits English, 3 each of math, science, and social studies, and 2 of arts/humanities in order to get a high school diploma, and unfortunately, our state specifies that those credits need to be earned between 9th and 12th grade. It is stupid, but that's the way it is.
  5. My big kids have some stuff to finish, but we will be done with most things this week. Any year in which you have a baby is a wonderful year, but it has also been a stressful year. I am very ready for a break, and the weather is gorgeous now, so the littles are spending their days outside.
  6. Ah, good to know. Well, we may end up using it, or not. I think it'll be fine for my 12th grader, and I'll see what my 9th grader wants to use. Thanks for the HT suggestion also; at least now I feel like I have plenty of options.
  7. Aw, now, see, I don't love a lot of movies, but I did love this one. I saw it in the theater and after just a few minutes, I knew my kiddos would love it. It IS better on the big screen, but we do have a pretty decent home sound system, and it sounds really good. My 17yo and 7yo in particular love the movie a LOT. The songs, the music, the dancing, the costumes and sets. . . We can let the plot holes go. I did appreciate that it was a clean movie that wasn't a cartoon or superhero movie that all of my kiddos and I enjoyed. That's rare. And I liked a lot of the themes in it: believing in your dreams and working for them, creativity, apologizing when you've screwed up, fidelity, everyone's talents and uniqueness being important, etc. Lots of good opportunities to discuss those themes with my kiddos, even the younger ones, and I appreciated that they were scenes that were family friendly.
  8. It just seems a bit grown up for him. I don't have the whole thing, just the sample, but there's at least one reference to sex in the sample, right off. My rising senior is considering it, and I think it's fine for her, but maybe not for younger brother. He's also a slowish reader, so while he did do HO in 5th, getting through HOTAW would be grueling on him. I don't really want to use the ancients chapters of a world history book because I don't really want to put my own supplements together too much. @Lori D., those actually might work very nicely! Our library has a few of them, and used, they aren't too expensive. I ordered one book and the student guide to see how they look. Thanks!
  9. Sooooo, I'm rethinking ancients for my rising 9th grade son. I had intended to use HOTAW for him, but now that I'm looking at it, I'm not sure that'll work for him. It may be a bit too mature for him. So what else is there? He likes history and will probably want more than a handful of cursory chapters. He liked Human Odyssey, but he did the ancients sections in fifth grade. I looked at MOH, but according to the samples, it's a lot of "do outside research on X," and I'm pretty sure he also isn't going to want to do that. I'm not looking for a literature based approach, more like a textbook, but a narrative style. He would prefer to have it all laid out for him easily. I liked the looks of the questions in the HOTAW teacher guide. What other suggestions can you give me?
  10. My son should have 6-6.5. Possibly 7, but that seems like a long shot. He will do whatever I ask him to do but doesn't want to be overloaded, and he wants down time to play with the dog he got a few months ago, practice his martial arts (he did get his junior black belt a few weeks ago and is eligible for his adult one next spring), play video games, and maybe get a job. Our diploma requirements are strange. Gym, art, and music are required but not any specific amount, just sometime in 7th to 12th grade, so we made sure to cover those in 7th and 8th, so he's good on those. (Obviously, he will be getting physical exercise, just counting it as an EC rather than PE.) So 4 cores, 1 language, and between half and one credit each in two electives. The a la carte drop off place is closing, so at least that answers that question. Math -- algebra 2, AOPS at home History -- Ancients, probably HOTAW Science -- Conceptual Physics. He and DD grade 12 are both planning to do this so they can do the labs together. English -- the teacher DD had at the drop off place is offering some online classes, one of which is a one semester high school writing class. I signed my son up for that and will keep his literature a little light that semester. I'm thinking we might work through Art of Poetry from CAP. Not sure about the second semester yet. Spanish -- GSWS, Easy Spanish Step by Step Robotics/electronics-- home grown using GC AOPS Intro to Number Theory -- at home
  11. The only thing I'd consider tattooing is a certain little guy's very tiny handprint where he liked to rest it on my chest.
  12. I think just algebra 1, but I'm not sure. I know not calculus.
  13. Yikes, poor kids! We went on a tour of a coal mine. That was ever so slightly creepy in itself, but then they talked about how young boys would work down there, and at one point, there was a scene set up to look as if a person was buried, hand sticking up. DD was horrified by the idea that her brothers might have worked in a mine, and she is still very upset that they made the hand sticking up. Ick!
  14. I wouldn't put an unvaccinated baby in a gym daycare, and I wouldn't want to put one in there once the baby was starting to get some shots either. And not just because of those diseases. Colds, stomach bugs, etc. Not knowing who was caring for my baby and whether they were up to date on all current safety recommendations. And so on. I'd work out at home for a year. (And newborns don't stay tiny long enough. I don't even like to share my newborns with my husband, and they're 50% his. But I also don't like working out very much hahaha, so it wouldn't be a big loss for me. I'd look into home workouts I could do during naptime or when big kids or Daddy can be in charge of baby or things you can do with the baby.)
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