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  1. We quit after 6 or 8 weeks of it and went back to BJU. R&S had too much repetition in each lesson. I think dd also found it a little too heavy on the religion. BJU was tolerable for her.
  2. Parents and children don't like decision but were told it didn't matter. We told younger dd she can come back to hsing if she wants but it is her choice. The term was used in context of it being the principal's decision. And yes,the school is 99.5%white. Rural,upper to lower middle class mostly.
  3. Said by the elementary school principal at a meeting I attended last night. I don't know what the other parents thought or if they noticed but I wasn't happy about that. Dh wasn't either. To put it mildly.
  4. There are no terrible teachers and even some great ones. It provides great social opportunities. Worst-elementary school uses Everyday Math and I feel younger dd won't get the equivalent education in English and history that her older sister got through homeschooling.Younger dd is disappointed that Latin is not an option in high school.
  5. Says he owes Sherlock a fall. Oldest dd has the episodes nearly memorized. And dvr'd.
  6. I didn't find myself really liking any of the characters on the tv show. My reaction surprised me. Maybe it will get better. I usually like that sort of premise if it tells a good story.
  7. Some i work with, some on a professional basis ( i am a nurse). Many drs will do the surgery because it makes them a great deal of money. It also makes money for the hospital where the surgery is done which is why there are so many advertisements for it. Find a reputable surgeon. If the dr is willing to do the surgery immediatly he is not the one you want. Go through the pre- preparation testing and meetings. Lap band can be reversed gastric bypass is permanent. Gastric surgery will not fix any of your other issues if you have any. Addiction to food can be replaced by other addictlions. You may lose the weight and then gain some or all of it back. This surgery is life changing and not an easy fix. It will require you to be vigilant about your health for the rest ofyour life if you want to stay healthy. Lap band is better imo if you have 100 pounds or less to lose. And with any of these surgeries you still have to think about what you are eating for the rest of your life.
  8. Mostly. 11th grade dd is taking some college classes but only 1 uses a textbook. We are using textbooks for American govt and economics but no pre-made tests (those are just get 'er done" subjects). And half a semester of Lightning Lit. Dd is using other books and resources for chemistry and consumer math/math review. Dd highly dislikes textbooks. It has always been an issue for her. I choose what we cover in the textbooks and skip what i feel is uneccessary or "busy work".
  9. the sound the jar top makes when it seals. That's what it means to me anyway.
  10. Dd used 7th and 8th, and 2 high school level courses last year for 10th grade and just tested into college level composition. She will be taking it this year at the local community college. She is going into 11th grade. (She used a different course for 9th grade and it didn't work for her.) She loves LL. They are the only composition/writing courses she ever used that she liked. She had always tested well on her yearly testing for english but I wasn't sure her composition skills were strong enough to be acceptable to a college professor. Considering that the majority of the high school graduates who go to the college have to take remedial English I am very pleased.
  11. My very elderly cat was fine this am, never leaves laundry room thus didn't eat any non-cat food item. She is now completely unresponsive and was sick to her stomach earlier in the day. I accept that this means very poor prognosis. How long can it last? She does not appear in pain at all. I do not want to take her to the vet as it is obvious that it is only a matter of time and there is nothing they can do.
  12. at what age is it allowed for a teenager to be able to travel alone to a place and stay unaccompanied by an adult at a hotel if parents have made arrangements? I know that buses/trains/planes have rules. Do hotels? Would they even question it? And lastly, at what age would you let your responsible teenager travel on a short several day stay to a large metropolitan area without an adult? She would be going for classes. The first time she would be accompanied by an adult.
  13. No. I start planning ahead for the next year midway through the current year. I have a general idea of what courses I need material for. Then the catalogs start coming and I am always tempted to change my mind. I think and plan a lot before I actually order anything. I have to admit though that I fairly often tend to buy things that catch my eye at the bookstore when I browse just because I think they may be educational. Some of those unplanned purchases have turned out to be very successful. Some, not so much.
  14. Not too many shows we watch regularly but those we do- Dr. Who, Hot in Cleveland, Top Gear UK, and Simpsons/ Fox Sunday night line-up of animated shows. And waiting for whenever there are more- Sherlock, Being Human, and Torchwood. In my house, most of those shows get dvr'ed (is that the right word?). The children will watch Dr Who, Sherlock, and Torchwood until they have the lines memorized. And then watch them again, like re-reading favorite books.
  15. It's her biggest complaint when dealing with some teachers in her dance classes and some other more school-like classes that she has taken. Some people want routine and full mastery before trying anything new (like me) and some want to try just because they want to know if they can do it.
  16. another board persona. She is 15 and will be studying mid 18th-end of 19th century world (and US) history. She is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and loves the new series. She has spent many independent hours learning about musical theater, an interest which led to her passion for modern history. I've got several books to use as spines of sorts for her history course but she will supplement with TC lectures/ movies/ documentaries/ library books/ whatever we find that fits. She has chosen to use the 19th century British Lit courses that Lightning Lit offers for English which will tie in nicely with the history. Dd tends to be rather obsessive about her passions. She can immerse herself in some of them for months or even years .Some are fleeting. It can make planning courses around them difficult.
  17. 1. I am using "Arithmetic the Easy Way" and *Barron's E-Z Math" for review of math this year. I like the first book better because it has pre-tests and post-tests for each chapter. I had dd take the pretests until she reached the chapter where she got more than 3 wrong and I'll have her start with that chapter. There are a few other concepts in earlier chapters that I will have her review too since she had a few weak areas there. She is doing review in part for standardized testing and partly to prepare her for SAT/ACT testing in another year. Two years of Algebra drove so much other math out of her brain. 2. I wish I'd had dd switch around rather than completing each series in sequence. Completing each series in sequence left gaps some years when she did standardized testing. If she hadn't had to do standardized testing those years it wouldn't have mattered though. 3. I don't know the answer to this one. I'm starting dd in the Key to Geometry series this year but I don't know if we will stick with it for the whole year or change to something else later. I've heard good things about Teaching Textbooks but am reluctant to spend that much money on a program that we might not like. When she finishes geometry she will do Consumer math and then I am not insisting on any more math for her (this is her choice).
  18. DD's teacher last year knew and even encouraged it. Since all the teachers sit down at the end of the year and plan placement for the next year, I am guessing her teacher for this year knows. If she doesn't, I will tell her at our first parent-teacher conference in the fall. We all share the common goal of educating my child. Lots of parents hire tutors and I don't think what I am doing is any really any different than that. Besides, teachers love parents who are involved with their childrens' educations
  19. For my 10th grader this year I plan to use 2 Lightning Lit courses for literature and composition, "Principles Plus"(Stewart English program recommended in TWTM) for grammar, Wordly Wise for vocabulary, and have dd read and outline "A Rulebook for Arguements". I'd have preferred to use BJUP English for grammar but just can't justify spending the extra money on it. Dd chose to do LL and chose the courses from it and also requested Wordly Wise. I chose the other components.
  20. When younger dd went to ps I had no intention of afterschooling anything. However it's become very obvious that she needs to supplement the math she gets in school. The school uses Everyday Math and she was lucky enough this past year to have a teacher thast didn't insist she use the methods used to teach it if she didn't understand it. She may not be so lucky in the upcoming school year. We afterschool latin because dd wants to learn it and the school doesn't teach it. I'm planning to add in grammar because I don't think the school spends enough time teaching it.Dd will learn history at home because I just don't think the school spends enough time teaching world history. We don't do those subjects every day. What dd does get at school better than I can teach it at home, at least to suit dd, is science, art, music, and socialization. I may be wasting the time of the people at the public school by sending dd there but they are being paid well for it. If the state allowed it I would only send her for half days but it doesn't.
  21. And I've used it at times with LOF. She did each the books for each topic in sequence before moving on to the next topic. In retrospect I think it wasn't such a good idea because it didn't work out well when she did standardized testing. She would do well on whatever topics were covered that year but tended to forget what she didn't practice. I am considering using it for younger dd for afterschooling when she is ready for it. And if she is hsed in the future, I'd use it as a back-up for review of Saxon math. I would stagger the books, attempting to cover each book in the series at the rate of 1-2/year at a minimum. I don't want younger dd to start them until she has basic math down cold so that probably won't happen until spring at the earliest. Older dd doesn't like it so much for algebra because she's had a hard time understanding some concepts starting at about book 6. I know of a private school locally that uses the series for enrichment and a public jr high that uses it as their math program. In general I'd have to say that it may not have been a "full" math program but it's been the only math program that didn't leave older dd in tears (at least until she got to the algebra books).
  22. She scored extremely well on the grammar portions of her standardized testing. The writing chapters didn't work well for her because she is not what I think of as a natural or creative writer. A program like WWE, if it had been available, would have been a much better fit for her. I am considering afterschooling younger dd using the 5th grade textbook this year. I think their grammar lessons are much more thorough than anything she would get in school. And I am this close to buying it for 10th grade for older dd this year but $80 or so for just a grammar program is not really practical (I still wouldn't use it for writing for her.)
  23. It's not an honors course, just a basic biology course that I've created using some different resources. I'm thinking about using labpaqs but not sure how many labs to do. Dd does NOT plan on majoring in the sciences in college.Thanks.
  24. I am afterschooling my younger dd, age 10, in math and latin. I may add in grammar and world history. She was hsed until partway through 3rd grade when she decided to go to school. She thinks she would like to hs again but we've decided to keep her in school for at least another year. She likes to be entertained all day and the school can do it better than I can so her dad says we will simply use the school as a babysitter of sorts for now. She does learn quite a bit there but we both feel she gets a better education at home. We will reassess the situation as needed. Dd had an absolute gem of a teacher in school this past year and if they were all like her I would keep her there indefinitly.
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