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  1. Another Law & Order point here, given events on college campuses in recent years, all boys need to learn that stop means stop even if it doesn't sound like stop. This does not mean the OPs son is bad or evil, just that this is a teachable moment.
  2. I agree that context and circumstances are important. My family is athletic (except for me). So over the years a lot of balls and other objects have gotten tossed at people, probably some in the face. They know better than to do mom, who's inept, but anyone else in family and on a team would be expected to catch the thing. My husband when coaching once said, "If you are afraid of the ball, it will find you." Kids get hit by balls all the time. My oldest's first game of kid pitch he got hit square in the helmet, got knocked off his feet, but sprang right up and took first. I would hope that they know better than to do this randomly, but in a PE class, I can understand why a young man might decide to throw a ball. And at this age, kids have learned some of the unwritten rules of sports, in baseball, the pitcher on a high school team is aware that certain transgressions can and may well be punished by throwing at the opposing team members, and even lousy high school pitchers can throw 70. It certainly explains why good athletes at this level who wear glasses, either switch to contacts or get goggles. (and hey OP, if you are still reading, that might not be a bad idea, even though this incident sounds intentional there are lots of things that happen unintentionally). If the ball tosser's mom is okay, then I'm going to make an assumption that she knows her child and can make the right decision. Just like the OP can also assess this incident and decide is this something her child just needs her to say, "Well next time shut up already, it could have been worse." Or does he need something more? I don't know. Only she does. But both moms should parent for their children's future conduct.
  3. My thought picture is to help only the parent you can control. It is up to each parent to decide whether their child needs more help or just a parental talk. They need to evaluate based on more than one incident. For the OP, does her child go to far, push at people and not understand their reactions? I don't know. With teenagers it could be a one shot thing too. Only the OP and the parent of the other boy can evaluate.
  4. I think you've gotten lots of good advice, I used to do this thing I called "Law& Order Parenting" It was a way for me to think about events in children's lives vs. adult lives. In this case I'd fast forward about 6 or 7 years and ask so what happens if this occurs in the future. Suppose my kid is at an adult socialization venue. He mouths off to someone. They don't like it. They respond. Sure, the physical response is probably going to earn that person some jail time, especially if they have a weapon to use. So if they were my kid I'd be talking about that with them. BUT what about your kid in that future scenario? Well he could be dead, scared, confined to a wheelchair for life, etc. So while the legal system would see him as the victim there could be really tough real work consequences for mouthing off to the wrong person. So that's what I'd work with him on. You've told the other mother. You might let the adults in charge know what happened. It sounds like there might be too much down time in PE class. Maybe a few more laps should be run, push ups done, etc.
  5. I haven't posted in a really long time, but I have a need for information about how long it takes to buy a house in France. Here's the story: we are selling our house here in the US. A buyer has made an offer with a pretty long out closing date due to a house they are selling in France where they currently live and work. Does anyone know how long it takes to close a piece of property in France?
  6. I'd suggest that both you and he read The Teenage Liberation Handbook. It is the book for teen's unschooling and you will be pleasantly pleased by the high bar the author sets for what education is, but all the work and drive is the student's.
  7. I've heard this sort of thing from new people to our state. We are in the South and new folks will sometimes comment that everyone seems friendly but that breaking into groups is more difficult.
  8. We did this last year, although partly by accident. My dh was hospitalized for several weeks and had a lot of things that need my attention just prior to the PSAT So not only no prep, but high stress. This year for his junior taking, he is prepping over the summer.
  9. I'm slowly making my way through the book of James wit Douglas Moo as my tour guide. He's heavy on socio-rhetorical commentary which I like. I've bottomed out on the anti-Federalist papers and I doubt I will continue with them. This means I should move onto the Civil War as Theological Conflict. And I have an ongoing project of studying debate going on. In case anyone is wondering, I've decided high school students should probably steer clear of doing critiques.
  10. Wanted to point out, you can do all these pretty easily in Evernote, too. On the last one, Evernote will actually guess what notebook to file a page in and add relevant tags. I use it a lot and it is pretty darn good at guessing. You can also now clip PDFs off the web without downloading them first. I'm guessing this is a yes and no answer. One Note comes with microsoft Office which has Excel. So it does not do spreadsheets on its own, but since it would come with office you can probably use spread sheets with it. I use Evernote for most of my planning. If you like the tabs, I'd just go with notebooks and stacks. I tend to be a minimalist on notebooks with only a dozen or so. All my home school stuff goes in one large notebook with lots of tags. Evernote is pretty open about letting other developers use their code to create add ons. One of the interesting ones is this: Basically you can have iffft put things into Evernote as they occur (so blogs, tweets, etc.).
  11. I like Christopher's bio of his dad, and in college I had to write a psycho biography of somebody. I did Tolkein and used Jung as my psychologist. I used this book:
  12. Sue will have to tell you more about the composition course as we will take it this coming fall, but we are fine with lit because we use Tapestry of Grace which I would highly recommend, but the price for just lit might be a bit steep, but it is excellent. Where I need help is composition which is something that kind of falls by the wayside in our house.
  13. She's only offer this and one other course this year and as of last week this course was almost full so if you are at all interested check it out soon.
  14. The two lower levels are actually cheaper in our area compared to a similar course load at a pick and choose co-op run locally. The high school challenge course might be a bit more, but not a ton. So I do not find them expensive.
  15. First a couple of remarks, many of the things you wrote about what you want are what I would say as well. I actually went to college thinking I might want to be a chemistry major. I liked the in class part and for whatever reason it appealed to me more than math did. BUT I hit a huge obstacle in my first chemistry lab in college, well two really, one I am not a detail oriented person, so the level of detail required in the lab was tedious, and two I got really freaked out about chemicals. As I recall they handed me a gallon glass jug with the strongest hydrochloric acid they had and I had to pour it out to measure like a milliliter or maybe 10 ml but either way a tiny amount compared to what I had in my hands. They had me in a helmet of some sort, big heavy gloves, apron, but still !!! Even worse I had cooked enough that I knew this was a flat out stupid way to get this measurement. The container should have been smaller and more conducive to pouring in a controlled manner. So that was the end of chemistry for me. I'm fine with that, but I would like my oldest to have at least seen a titration before he gets to college. Okay, so as a mom, this has been a good strong program for us. My oldest is mostly self teaching, so I assign the pages following the schedule, I did correlate topics with Khan accademy and he has a list so if he wants to watch that he can, and I've got answers to check his work by. He's doing great. For labs, I am using a labpaq, but I don't know which and again I tried to correlate it with what he was studying. I like to hover in the background to make sure safety is in place but otherwise he works on his own with a demo if needed. I asked him last night, I mostly got it's fine mom, it's chemistry. He's a history, politics, and lit guy, smart enough to do well in high school math and science, but not necessarily enthralled with them.
  16. Okay, so what is ghostview and how do I get into it?
  17. I'm doing it this year and agree with Regentrude on naming. One flag for you, some of the PDFs are not printable (really). Since I did not want to work of the computer, I worked around by using "prtscn" button and then editing the images, putting them in a document so they could be printed as one page (since print screen really only captures half a page).
  18. Given what you've posted, I think IEW sounds like a great thing for you to work with.
  19. To me the biggest drawbacks are in emergencies. So if you have good strong reliable service at your house then that part is partly checked off. The other part of emergencies is during those in which you loose power. A lot will depend on your area as to how often this happens as to whether it should be a large concern or not. Similarly in an emergency situation like 9/11 cell phones were problematic in being able to get through to relatives. Lastly, when you leave children at home alone they will need some sort of phone that you can call them on or they can call you on. It would need to be sufficiently attention getting to get the child's attention if they were in some other part of the house.
  20. I did have a small brain storm. How about how printing effected other movements in the time period: science, the reformation, government, etc. I think given his age, I'd pick one thing for him to focus on and I'd do that based on my and his bent. I actually read a book on Rococo art and the French Revolution, but I'm thinking that would be a bit too much for him. On the other hand if you are going to get to the French Revolution a study of the painter David and his interaction with the revolution in his art might be a small enough topic for a younger student (I've always been intrigued by David in part because he was seemingly at the center of the Revolution and yet manage to survive the terror something many of his fellows did not). His Tennis Court oath is one my favorite drawings (I am not nearly as fond of his final painting). I have heard that he had to keep editing the people shown in it. Also, if you get to that time period you might study American reactions and interplay with the French Revolution.
  21. I agree this is a hard age and this is a big time period. Maybe if you could tell us the specific topics you are covering, materials you'll be using, etc. it would help. For me, at least, I can only come up with the huge topics when I have such a broad time period, but if I knew you were going to focus on X I might be able to come up with something less difficult.
  22. This might beyond him, but I think the ongoing emergence of modern countries in this period is worth examining. For an older student I'd blend that together with a reformation question somewhat along the lines of did modern countries come about because of the reformation or were they already emerging? The comparison of the English system of government to France is also an interesting one. Both countries end up chopping off the head of one king, but at vastly different times and reasons. How did this come about? Why were they so different? In art you move from the high Renaissance to the Barque and there could be some fertile ground there. I find the Barque such a contrast to the emerging Enlightenment thought. In lit, we begin to see the first prose narratives that eventually will emerge as novels and later short stories. Why?
  23. Can you define what you mean by this time period? My understanding of modern history is that is all history after the Middle Ages. I have found over the years that most people mean something else.
  24. I think it can be worthwhile to go back and watch old sci/fi movies. You have to show some discrimination because there was a lot of B level dross, but 2001, The Day the Earth Stood Still, When Worlds Collide, Forbidden Planet, etc are interesting films.
  25. I used this set of books with my oldest: I have the Traditional Logic I materials for my youngest; he's younger than older ds now that I am ready to work with him. I think Traditional Logic I is pretty darn easy compared to the Building Think texts. If your son is a strong reader and reasoner, I'd get something more difficult than them. I have no experience with the other books, sorry.
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