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  1. My sister and family just returned from the Smokies. She said she has never seen it so crowded. They were not able to do several hikes they were interested in because of the crowds (and these were "moderate" level hikes---not the ones like Laurel Falls that always attract so many). She said Gatlinburg was unbelievable...her exact quote was that there were 20 million people there.

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  2. My son got married March 21 in a live-streamed wedding with only immediate family present (we bumped their wedding up 6 weeks in order to have it before the shelter-in-place order was issued for our state). I did not buy a new dress for the occasion; instead, I wore dressy pants and a two-part blouse that I already owned. I felt perfectly at ease! 

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  3. Well...we had a wedding today!!! 😄🥰

    After deciding on Tuesday to cancel their big wedding scheduled for May 2 (I whined about this in the Day 3 thread), my son and his bride decided to go ahead and get married ASAP. So we have scrambled to get the plans, furniture, necessities together so that they could marry today. We contacted all 350 people who had been invited to the original wedding and gave them the link to the live stream of today's wedding on YouTube. Only the two immediate families and the minister were actually present at the church. No favorite aunts or best friends forever were there...which was sad...but the wedding was SO precious and intimate. I highly recommend it if anyone else finds themselves in the same situation!

    They can't go to a hotel and they can't even go out to dinner, but I am sure they will be just fine! 


    @TCBtagging to make sure you see this 😉

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  4. You might check out Canvas. It has a free-for-teachers option that is quite good; it includes file sharing, discussion boards, test writing software, etc. etc. I switched to it this year, and I've been quite pleased with it! Canvas also offers a free live meeting program (Big Blue Button...or something like that), but I didn't like it, so I do pay for a monthly subscription to Zoom for my live class meetings.

    I hope Zoom will be able to handle its sudden burgeoning load!!

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  5. I used this text with my older son. We took 12 academic months to complete the entire textbook, but I only counted it as his algebra II credit. He took precalculus later (which repeated some of the trig). I'm pretty sure I wrote a review or two of this text back in the day, but those reviews are probably archived now. 

    The word problems in this Foerster text are fantastic. I remember them with fondness. 🙂

    If you want to complete the text in one school year (approximately 9 academic months), then I would try to do Chapters 1-12. The final three chapters are the trig chapters. The first 12 chapters would make a very full algebra II credit. You could also drop Chapter 12 if you run out of time. There are some optional sections within the chapters that you could probably skip, too. It's just a LOT of material for one school year!

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  6. My 4th grade dd is taking her first online class this year...LC with MPOA, and she absolutely loves it! She likes her teacher (Dr. Dray), the style of the class meetings, and her funny/smart classmates. She even kind of likes the Latin! She gets pretty stressed during the quizzes because she has definite trouble with spelling (whether it be Latin or English), but she has improved each week...and guess what? She is taking her spelling lessons more seriously as a result!

    Thank you, @teachermom2834 for encouraging me to go forward with it. You steered me right! ☺️

  7. On 8/5/2019 at 6:15 AM, importswim said:

    Ha ha ha. This made me laugh. Powells is my DH's love language too. We no longer live in Oregon and miss it!

    Powells lived up to its reputation (three of us bought special books there), and Oregon itself was beyond my wildest imagination! I am so sad that our trip is over! I keep looking at our plans and photos in Google Drive...I can't come back down to TN earth! lol

    (Just in case anyone searches for info on Oregon road trips...We spent 2 days in the Portland/Columbia Gorge area, 1 day at Mt. Hood, 3 days in the Bend area, 1 day at Crater Lake, and 3 days going up and down the coast with Yachats as our home base. Exhausting, yes...but well worth it.

    Crater Lake was my husband's and sons' favorite stop (I was surprised at how few people were there compared to everything else!), the Painted Hills area was my favorite (again...not crowded at all), and the Newport Dock sea lions were my daughter's fave (very crowded!). The only thing I would delete from our trip was driving north to Cannon Beach and Astoria on our last day. The traffic was horrendous, and we could not even get a parking place at any of our planned stops. Instead, we should have stayed in the Yachats area longer. The coast was so beautiful there! 🙂)

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  8. 4 hours ago, 1lioness said:

    Interesting the perceptions we develop about cities we don’t live in...

    This is so true! I'm from Memphis...❤️

    We are arriving in Portland on the 8th and will fly out on the 17th. Thank you OP for starting this thread. We will actually only spend about 2 days in Portland because we are road-tripping as much of Oregon as we can...we have jam-packed our schedule. SO EXCITED!!!!

    (The way I talked my dh into this trip is by whispering "Powell's" to him at random times over the course of time...lol!)

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  9. 9 hours ago, fourisenough said:

    Beyond ‘checking boxes’, I think statistics is just a very useful topic of study generally. Understanding stats helps the average person make sense of our data-driven world.

    I agree wholeheartedly! My older son took AP Stats through PAH and my younger son took DE Statistics at our local community college. Both sons gleaned everyday-useful information (and dare I say...wisdom and discernment) from the course. The material from the AP and the DE courses was very similar. 

    My older son is a math/stats major, so his AP credit was useless for college, but my younger son's DE class counts as his gen ed math requirement (non-stem) at his university. He was SO pleased! lol

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  10. Hi! 🙂

    That proposed Grade 12 line-up is making me hyperventilate. Yes...too much. We found that the senior year tends to have a lot of "extras" that we never considered (on top of the expected college apps/essays/visits/testing/jobs/girlfriends/friends/extracurriculars/hobbies), so I was very glad that both of my sons had a slightly lighter schedule the senior year (not wimpy...but still lighter). 

    Does the school offer some computer science/programming courses? If there is anyway to continue his study of Spanish and computer science, he needs to find a way to do so.

    And like everyone else has said, he definitely doesn't need AP Physics 1 and AP Physics C. I'd skip the AP Physics 1...it has limited use in the scheme of things. 

    Can you talk the school into 3 years? What does your son think? Does he want to finish high school in 2 years?

    (((HUGS))) for the boarding school-thing several hours away, too. That's gotta be a tough call. 



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  11. Does her university have a Career Center or the like? 

    My son's school has a "Career" Center that helps students transition to their next step...whatever that is. They help with resumes, internships, research opportunities, grad school applications, and of course, job searches. They are constantly sending out notices with "We Will Help!" 😁

    My son is in a similar position, albeit not as quick. He could have graduated this spring if the course offerings had worked out, but unlike most stories you hear, he was VERY relieved when they didn't! lol! He was scared to death when the reality of possibly graduating in 3 years hit him. He is already on track to get two degrees...a BS in math and a BA in earth science, so I feel like he has spread his wings enough. Your daughter may be close to a strong minor without even realizing it. That would be nice to add to her resume!

    So ds has to go one more semester (next fall) to finish his undergrad. He is doing an undergrad "honors thesis", too, in the fall to help build his resume (and to bring him to full-time student hours), and he is currently talking to a professor about a research opportunity this summer. That would be an awesome boost if it works out!

    We have advised him to "keep doing what you are doing" since he is so unsure what direction he should go in. So I expect that he will remain at his current university and get his masters while being more proactive in planing what to do after that.


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  12. On 3/31/2019 at 8:31 PM, Nemom said:

    We found a puppy! Yay! 😃 We found a licensed breeder in our state who was recommended by an award winning agility trainer (also from our state) whom I found on FB. He comes home in 40 days. Now we need a name. Looking for suggestions.

    I am so glad to read this! I read your other post but did not have time to respond, so I'm very excited for you!

    We have an 8 month old mini Aussie/American shepherd (black tri). His name is Oliver Perth, and yes, there are many times throughout the day when I say his full name! 😄 My daughter calls him Ollie, but I don't think that cutesy name quite fits his personality. It's more like Your Highness King Oliver...Lord of House and Property. Very different from the Labradors we have always had until now! 

    Believe me, he acts MUCH bigger than his size. lol! His athleticism is soooo impressive...he makes my jaw drop with his high jumps and twists and speed bursts. Just a slight warning...he is a bit of a velcro-dog to me, but I love my pint-size firecracker. 😘

  13. Hi! I used it for poetry units within my sons' literature credits for a couple of years of high school (9th-10th). I thought it was excellent!

    To explain a little better...I divided each year of literature into quarters, and during each quarter my sons read 2 novels, some short stories, articles, etc. Also during each quarter they spent a full week concentrating on poetry (so...4 weeks a year). During that week they would work through one chapter of Art of Poetry. Using the text this way did not allow us to do the whole book. Both of them completed Chapters 1-8, and my older son also did a few chapters in the History section during his senior year. 

    I especially appreciated how the author concentrated on one aspect of poetry in each chapter, and she picked the most wonderful selections to go with the focus. Some of the poems are well known, but others are less familiar but so worthwhile. I can still remember the poem about the bird knocking snow down on the poet and changing his mood for the day, and it has been many years since we did Art of Poetry! The questions and activities section is fantastic, too. Overall, I highly recommend this text. In fact, I have saved the book to use with my daughter when she is a bit older...and I haven't saved much from my sons' homeschooling years, so that should tell you something. 😉

    Having said that, my boys would have wilted and withered if we had tried to do the whole book in one year. It fits in very well with an overall literature credit. But your student may be different from mine! If you have a student who loves poetry and words and creative expression, he or she might enjoy a full credit of poetry. 

    Also, I only purchased the Teacher's Edition, and we shared it. For the edition that I used, the TE had the full student text in it, and then inserted sections of pages with suggested answers to the questions. If the DVDs are taught by a master teacher who exudes a love of poetry, then they may be worth it, but I found the TE was sufficient for our needs. Again, we only focused on poetry 4 weeks out of each year of literature.

    Hope that helps!

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  14. Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Hotel

    And before or after, eat at Central BBQ or Gus's Fried Chicken (spicy and fantastic) or The Arcade (fried ham sandwich, banana pudding!!). All three of those are fun and good. Downtown Memphis is really neat! 

    The zoo is awesome. 

    Memphis is known for BBQ (typically "dry rub"), so you should definitely try some while you are here. The Rendezvous is historically famous and a LOT of fun but isn't quite as tasty as it used to be...if you do go, get a sausage/cheese plate. We LOVE Central BBQ; my sons crave their nachos. There is also Elwood's Shack and Corky's. And lots of other good ones, too! There's a newish BBQ called "One and Only" and we recently went for my middle son's birthday. They have the most amazing sides (deviled eggs!) and huge portions. We brought a lot of food home! 🙂

    And I agree, Memphis Pizza Cafe is great as is Huey's for hamburgers.


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