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  1. Here are some tests and quizzes I made for the first four chapters. It includes a quiz and test for chapter 1, two quizzes and a test for chapter 2, two quizzes for chapter 3, and two quizzes for chapter 4. That's as far as I've gotten this school year. If people find these useful, I can upload new tests and quizzes as I make them. AOPS Algebra Ch 1-4.pdf
  2. I heard this podcast guest talking about creating a neighborhood where kids want to play outside. He had some really good ideas, so I went to his website. Somehow I also wound up looking at articles about him and his ideas. Over the course of my reading, some people were making some comments where they blamed overprotective mothers for depriving their sons of their needed masculinity. I understand the idea, and agree that helicopter parents can be a problem. However, the idea seemed to be that being cautious equals being a helicopter. In reading some of the comments, what it boils down to is that many of the women disagreed and shared brief stories about how their free range childhoods resulted in bullying or being sexually assaulted. It seems like this is something that some of the men just completely ignored as possibilities. Sorry if I'm rambling. I just wondered if anyone else thinks that maybe the hypothesis that free range childhoods disappeared due to kidnapping fears is overblown. Personally, I wonder if the bullying and sexual assault people experienced was a bigger cause.
  3. I'd like to add that my concern about this is big because I know it is one of the most likely ways for my kids to be killed. I let them roam the woods, as long as they bring the walkie-talkies. I'm not worried about random kidnappings like many parents. I'm worried about distracted drivers.
  4. My oldest is 13 and so far we've be able to avoid the whole issue of other parents driving him around. However, I suspect that it will begin to come up. I see soooooooo many people texting and driving in our area. When I was a teen, my parents had a rule that I couldn't ride with any teenage drivers. I like that rule for my kids, but I feel like a large percent of parents need to be added to the list. How often do you see people texting and driving where you are? I've seen people on their phones while turning left at a major intersection. If another parents is offering to drive, how do you find out if they text and drive? It doesn't seem like the kind of thing people will admit to.
  5. The version of the Wahls Protocol I am familiar with is about five years old, so she may have modified it since then. If you ever listen to any podcasts where she is a guest, she talks about how being a vegetarian made her so much worse. Adding meat back in helped Dr. Wahls a lot. When I read her book a few years ago I didn't get the impression all the veggies were supposed to push meat out of the diet (unless someone wants to be a vegetarian). I thought they were supposed to replace grains and legumes. OP, I'm glad you figured something out.
  6. As someone who is strictly gluten-free, dairy-free, and only eats grains every few months, I am relieved there are so many people following all sorts of "extreme" diets out there. It makes it so much easier for me to shop. Trying to find gluten-free stuff in the 90s (back when I could still tolerate dairy and grains) was almost impossible. While I still have to almost completely avoid restaurants, at least grocery shopping is easier. Although I am not vegan, thank you vegans for providing an incentive for manufacturers to make dairy-free alternatives for people who can't handle caesin. And although I am not paleo, because legumes don't bother me, thank you paleo people for making non-grain flour alternatives available so I can have almond flour cookies or waffles.
  7. I just remembered that when I was in my early twenties and went through about a six week period of terrible sleep that I began slurring my speech. It went away when my sleep improved.
  8. Over the last month I have noticed that about once or twice a day I have some words that come out wrong. Sometimes it is like a stutter, and other times it's like the half the word gets turned into the word that was supposed to come before or after it. I always notice it right away because my thinking is still clear. I'm in my 30s. I've been having some trouble sleeping lately, and have had some emotional stress. Are there any vitamin or mineral deficiencies that could be causing this? Any other ideas to try at home? Update: I slept much better for about five nights and now my mouth is cooperating again. It looks like it was caused by the poor sleep.
  9. Sure, the thread title sounds demanding. I don't care. It's a little hard to talk between coughing fits.
  10. Thanks Gil. BTW, is your username pronounced "gill" (like a fish gill) or "Jill"? For some reason it bothers me that I might be pronouncing it wrong in my head.
  11. I would love to see vo-tech classes come back to high schools. I'd also like to see everyone encouraged to try them so they don't have a stigma of being only for "dumb kids." Unfortunately, offering them is still perceived by many as racist. I guess decades ago some groups were pushed into them almost automatically, and people assume the same thing would happen again. My grandfather's girlfriend's sons worked together to restore and sell old classic cars and snowmobiles. I asked where they learned the skills. She said when they were kids, one learned to restore cars in autobody classes at school and the other learned to paint them.
  12. I read about a state that had (or was considering) making the second year of community college free. I guess the idea was that then money wouldn't be wasted on all the people who go and drop-out without giving it a good try. Do these countries have problems with people proclaiming the tests are biased if various subpopulations have different results on them? I can't imagine our country making the switch because people would be screaming entrance exams are racist, ableist, sexist, etc.
  13. Gil, I enjoy reading the detailed descriptions of how language learning has happened at your house. I think many homeschooling families think that one curriculum is enough to make progress. I am inclined to think that several approaches done at the same time will work better. Can you start a separate thread about your Homeschooling Commandments? I'd like to hear what they are. I think having my own list could serve as a useful framework for making planning decisions for next year.
  14. I need help knowing where to try shopping. I am a little on the short side, so I need a place with petite pants. Here are the problems I have: Target: The shirts and dresses are too low cut and/or generally rather see-through. They don't seem to have much in the way of petite pants. Kohl's: Not much petite stuff either. Too much stuff is that shiny, spandex-like fabric that shows every roll of fat, if you know what I mean. Also, too much stuff is sleeveless, low cut, etc. J.C. Penney: My local one seems to be slowly dying. I went recently and they had half the inventory they used to have. I found one t-shirt that worked. I don't like spending a lot on clothes. Online shopping is probably not a good option for me because it seems very hard to fit stuff that fits right. What stores have higher cut shirts with thicker fabrics and petite pants that don't cost a lot?
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