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About TheLisa

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  1. I know what you mean about the kids. I've watched my kids have less and less in common with their friends. There are no other homeschoolers in town. My kids do end up being left out of conversation or activities, not purposely. People aren't trying to be mean. They just live in one world and we live in another, isolated world. On the other hand, when people actively try to include me in conversation, I get really tired of explaining Homeschooling Basics over and over!
  2. Well, from experience, I can tell you what NOT to do. Don't say "Why don't you just homeschool?" when they are complaining about some unfair policy, teacher, or homework. Also, don't say "That's why I homeschool."
  3. We don't have that book, but...when dd was in 2nd grade in the local ps, she was pleased to tell me that there is a machine in the bathroom where you can buy a napkin, and her friend had bought one to dry her hands! DD added, "Guess what, mom? They also have something called t----!" I was not happy that the younger grades had access to the machines. I did mention it to the principal, and she said that the second item was not stocked in the machine.
  4. A friend just told me about her dd's math assignment. She is in a public school that uses a "new math" type of text. She had to find numbers in use around the house and tell about the numbers she found. This was supposed to show that numbers are IMPORTANT. It sounds like it was a rather time-consuming assignment, although my friend said it was fun! She was just upset, because the teacher later decided that the numbers had to be food-related. The dd got all the answers wrong, and had to do the assignment again! My head was just spinning after hearing about all the little steps they
  5. Moccasin Trail, forgot the author Heart of the Rockies by G. Henty (higher reading level) I thought my wilderness-loving ds would also enjoy books by Louis L'Amour, but at 12 he wasn't interested. I plan to introduce them again.
  6. We emphasize fun and fitness, not body shape. Dd8 is in non-competetive dance, but we have suggested to her that as she gets older, she may enjoy volleyball or basketball, and that she is lucky to be so tall! Your younger dd is a little young for scoliosis- I don't know anything about RG, but I would not want my dd favoring one side. Also watch out for heavy backpacks. They may not know what causes scoliosis, but there are probably contributing factors. You don't want to take any chances. Early detection is crucial. And speaking of body image, scoliosis is a HUGE HUGE body image i
  7. I agree with Texascamps. I don't like tattlers who tell just to get someone in trouble, but sometimes kids need to get adults involved. For example, a child who is bullied. DD had an issue in dance class last year, and I didn't find out until halfway through the year, when she wanted to drop out! Not all of it was obvious bullying- cutting in line here, a snide remark there, which really added up and made class very unpleasant. DD was in ps at the time, and now I wonder if she misunderstood "no-tattling" rules!
  8. We had the box from the furnace in our living room for over a month- it was the best box ever! DD8 still talks about it. It was huge, almost 5 ft tall! The delivery guys looked at me as if I was nuts, when I asked them to leave the box. She loves to sew, too, but I think it is a little early for a machine. I will probably start her on mine when she is ready. She loves to take a length of fabric and make doll clothes and accessories. Maybe you could make a sewing kit and include fabric, which can be inexpensive.
  9. I should have re-phrased the question- because I can think of a zillion examples of incompetency at the university level. I just expected cc to be more straightfoward.
  10. I'm sharing the experiences of a local h-s graduate, who is now at cc. He made the transition to being on their schedule, following the rules,etc, and it seems he can't win. Is this common? His calc prof is always late, very disorganized, and changes the schedule on his whim. For example, the quiz was supposed to be Mon. The student was sick on Fri, missed that class, and what do you know, the prof decides to give the quiz EARLY, and will not give a make-up! Next week, the test was supposed to be MON, the prof "forgot," just started teaching until someone finally asked, "Isn't ther
  11. I can't go, so I will be looking for a long thread from those who went! Not that I didn't enjoy the long threads on tea, Halloween, and the state of our economy ;)
  12. Just wanted to add- on the subject of introverted people- Even if I'm not an introvert, it takes a strong person, sometimes, to keep a group under control. I hate being the one responsible for keeping everything fair- who started the fight, whose turn is it to clean up, who goes first, etc. And some of these kids are so SNEAKY! If the kids were more pleasant, we might get more volunteers. That's probably not the main reason, but I'm sure it plays a part.
  13. Yes, I've noticed kids being very reluctant to help clean up! DS ended up doing double duty- the other kids just filed out with their parents. I made a general announcement- to their retreating backs, and no one listened! The helpful parents who stayed around seemed to accept that there are many who don't do their share. I'm not talking about spending lost of time volunteering- I'm talking about the "entitlement" of these kids who assume we are there to clean up after them. DS was upset because the leaders know he will do the work but he does not get recognized. So he deals with it by t
  14. I like Verlo Mattress Factory (I don't know if they are nationwide). Verlo will rebuild your mattress if you are not satisfied! You can customize your mattress - some of the options are free. They also have a good warranty. The quality is supposed to be better, and the price is comparable to the name brands (the sales pitch is that you actually get more for your money) . If the # of coils is not as high as the brand names, Verlo coils are thicker and more durable. They are upfront on what's inside the mattresses, and which mattresses are for guest/children only. Overall we've had
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