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  1. OMG, my MIL spent *years* going to doctor after doctor trying to get diagnosed with something to get disability. She first wanted to get it for being “sensitive” to lotions and perfumes. Doctors notes showed that she didn’t have any reaction to in-office tests, and after over a year of trying that, she went to dozens of different ones trying to collect diagnoses. She even got a couple of surgeries, including elective gallbladder removal. Yet, once she was receiving disability finally and then hit full retirement age, she just stopped caring? The day her medical records show that she was told she likely had colon cancer, she wrote in her journal that she was given a new diagnosis, but she “disclaims” it. She never mentioned it to anyone. The week before she died, she was supposed to have a lung biopsy, because scans showed a mass in her lung and she had trouble breathing. She told everyone it was because of persistent bronchitis.
  2. Your post brings to mind my MIL’s recent decline and demise. She had a host of physical ailments that we only found out about going through her papers after her death. She was hostile and non compliant with treatment according to all the doctor notes I’ve read, which makes sense given her personality. She took horrible care of herself, stayed in her home, smoked, ate horribly, and hoarded animals. She refused the COVID vaccine. She suffered a series of strokes in late June. While she was in the hospital for almost a week, my husband was able to visit her because he was vaccinated. But, once they moved her to a rehab facility, there was a two-week waiting period to be able to visit her because of her refusal to vaccinate. She didn’t make it the two weeks. After nine days, an ambulance took her to the hospital where she died before my husband was able to get to her (we live two hours away). And honestly, he admits that he’s glad she went like that, because her worst nightmare was living in an awful nursing home, but she had no savings at all (surviving solely off social security and bank account down to pennies at month’s end), nobody else could fund anything, and absolutely nobody would take her in with the smoking, animals, and attitude. It was an awful situation all around, and while we obviously hoped things would have changed dramatically, realistically this was the best outcome. And as for a will, in our case, we just walked away from the whole thing. My husband had already gotten the few sentimental items from her house and the papers that looked important to deal with her care and finances while she was unable to do so. Her finances were a complete mess (She literally died with $350 in the bank only because her expenses were lessened while she was in the hospital) and because of her smoking and animal hoarding, her house is worth about a quarter of the mortgage that was just restructured the month before, folding in a bunch of late fees and penalties. And yesterday I was going through her papers and found that she hadn’t filed income taxes since 2000 and owed the federal government $72,000. The whole thing is just a depressing mess and I’m so sorry for anyone having to deal with parents with their heads stuck in the sand. ETA after reading other replies: the rehab facility got the ball rolling on applying for Medicaid using info we provided. My husband had medical POA and the admission people at rehab tried to get him to sign her paperwork (all on phone and online) as “responsible party” and say it didn’t put him on the hook for money. Legally, it’s not supposed to, but the 48-page document had a number of illegal items in it and I read horror stories about those places trying to go after people who signed admission paperwork. Whatever you do, don’t sign anything in your name!
  3. Well, COVID and moving have pushed my planning way back so I just started thinking about this yesterday. Plans thus far: History Tapestry of Grace Year 2 – Rhetoric Stage (including Government and Philosophy), adding in New Oxford World History books English Tapestry of Grace Year 2 - Rhetoric Stage Excellence in Literature selections Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots 10 Math Derek Owens Precalculus Science Elemental Science Chemistry for the Rhetoric Stage Foreign Language Breaking the French Barrier 3 Debate/Rhetoric Classical Academic Press: Everyday Debate and Discussion Classical Academic Press: Rhetoric Alive! Personal Finance VirtualSC Extracurricluars Boy Scouts Violin lessons Robotics Team (hoping..., COVID shut them down this school year)
  4. This will be my second trip through sixth grade: History Tapestry of Grace Year 2 – Dialectic Stage, subbing in relevant parts of: Oxford University Press Medieval World Series K12 Human Odyssey K12 American Odyssey South Carolina: The History of an American State Language Arts (taking the year off from grammar!) Kolbe Academy Elementary Literature selections Classical Academic Press: Writing and Rhetoric 5-6 Figuratively Speaking Growing Your Vocabulary 6 Math Lial Basic College Math, 7th. Ed. Science Elemental Science ESA for the Logic Stage Foreign Language Lively Latin 2, Part 1 Logic Critical Thinking Company Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Critical Thinking Company Mind Benders Book 5 Fine Arts ARTistic Pursuits 4-6 Book 2 Music Theory, Smithsonian Music, and Classics for Kids Extracurricular Soccer Boy Scouts Violin lessons
  5. How does self-grading work and differ from the full-priced option? The student can still ask questions, but the parent is referring to a solutions manual and doing the grading?
  6. DS is finishing up Foerster’s Algebra II using Math Without Borders. He’s done well with it after a last minute switch when he told me he wanted something considered “honors” and I was told here that Foerster’s would fit the bill. His previous math experience was Singapore Standards 1-6, Lial through Algebra I, and Holt for Geometry. Should I just continue on with MWB/Foerster’s for precalculus next year in tenth grade or is there something better? The bit of reading I’ve done thus far makes it seem that their precalculus is good, but not necessarily the calculus? If I stick with it for precalculus, can it still be considered “honors”? If not and he still wants that, what else would be a good fit for a child who is advanced, but finds math difficult/unenjoyable?
  7. Sorry for the late reply. I only show up when planning the next school year these days. It worked out wonderfully for us. DS developed some great writing skills that year that have served him well so far.
  8. After reading through older threads, it looks like Lial Algebra I was a fine course, but it’s the Algebra II that is lacking for someone who is considering a mathy career? He should be okay moving to Foerster for Algebra II having done well with Lial Algebra I? And it looks like there is some discussion of what amount of the Foerster book needs to be gotten through for Algebra II. I think I saw generally people on old threads here saying chapters 1-12, but I also mention of the Kolbe schedule. The Kolbe sample of their schedule shows their standard Algebra II scope as chapters 1-10 while the Honors one adds chapters 13-15. What chapters do people generally cover? ETA: and it looks like Veritas Press uses the book for two years and calls it both Algebra II and Pre-Calculus?
  9. What would you recommend for a student who wanted to do an honors credit for Algebra II? What would need to be covered that Lial does not?
  10. High school maths: what makes a course honors vs. standard? My son is going into 9th grade/Algebra II and saw that his other core courses are labeled as “honors” for the work he’s assigned, but for math, I use a college textbook (Lial), so there’s no designation of what one would do to make the course “honors” level. As a homeschooler, I’m wary of designating a course “honors” without some outside source confirming what level of work is required in order to do so. He would like to have the honors designation if he can. So, my question is if possible, how?
  11. I tried that. It just got me even more confused :(
  12. This was in the nobility rolls for my family and relates to why my 3x great-grandfather was stripped of his title in the 1830s (in present-day Ukraine, then Austria-Hungary). I can see that it had something to do with violence and Jews, but was he committing violence or inciting them to violence or what? Can anyone tell me what happened? I know just enough Latin to be thoroughly confused!
  13. My middle child will be in 5th next year. He’ll be doing exactly what his brother did: History/Geography: Tapestry of Grace Year 1 – Dialectic Stage with Oxford University Press Ancient World series and K12 Human Odyssey Language Arts: Kolbe Academy Elementary Literature, Classical Academic Press: Writing and Rhetoric 3-4, All About Spelling Level 7, Junior Analytical Grammar and Mechanics, and Growing Your Vocabulary A and B Math: Singapore Standards: 6A and 6B Science: Elemental Science Biology for the Logic Stage Foreign Language: Lively Latin 1 Logic Skills: Critical Thinking Company Building Thinking Skills Level 2 and Critical Thinking Company Mind Benders Book 5 Fine Arts: ARTistic Pursuits 4-6 Book 1 and Violin lessons He also does fall and spring soccer and Cub Scouts (he’ll cross over into Boy Scouts mid-year next year) and we do a weekly for-fun homeschool co-op.
  14. I did the purple book last year with my seventh grader. We just did it as scheduled in the book. I wanted to be done with grammar after that honestly. As others said, it was far more grammar instruction than I received in my seventh grade year in which I had an entire class devoted to grammar and mechanics (the last such instruction I received). However, my son said he really wanted to continue so I got the red book. He’s actually been doing it on his own this year and is doing much better than he did last year. We’ve done a couple of the lessons together, but overall it’s been an independent study with me checking his answers. We are on Week 23 right now and I expect that at some point we will need to do the lessons together but it has been nice to have a break from it.
  15. He was actually a Catholic priest. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Wasner
  16. My son took it last year at age 13 as part of Duke Tip. I don’t think we got something from ACT in the mail. I think it was from Duke Tip. I’m pretty sure the only thing from ACT was online results.
  17. I’m 10 years in at this point. I have no idea how the homeschoolers around us school, besides those who loudly pronounce their unschooling, because I frankly don’t care. I know what works for us and that’s what we do. I don’t outsource any actual subjects, though we do attend a weekly co-op. It’s purely for the “socialization.” I used to spend a lot of time on here when I was less sure of what I was doing (and here I am again as I am freaking out about my first high schooler). The biggest change I’ve noticed locally in the past ten years is an explosion of secular and minority homeschoolers. And I must say that that’s been a great thing for my own homeschool because it increases the opportunities for local businesses to offer homeschool programming and for my kids to interact with a variety of different people and ideas. I do get a vibe that a lot of newer homeschoolers aren’t as committed to it as an overarching family philosophy and are more in it for much more varied reasons, and that some are pretty ill equipped to go it alone, whether because of their own educational background, finances, or time. So, I’m thankful that we’ve come to a moment in time when there are so many options to educate our children.
  18. I definitely think it’s a worthwhile program. My son rolls his eyes at the first-person style and he does not consider himself Christian and there’s a bit of Jesus-talk that annoys him. But, overall, I think he’s doing well with it. He did Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings last year and we started this year with Teaching the Classics. When we finish Windows to the World later this year, we’ll go straight into selections I’ve made from Excellence in Literature which he should be well-prepared for by that point.
  19. My state requires a half credit for graduating high school, and our state university expects it of incoming freshman.
  20. I have weekly schedules, one for me and one for him. He checks his off as he does his work; I check mine off as I check his work. This is an example. In the top row, I write the date. In the bottom row, I write any activities for that day (like Scouts, violin, library volunteering, co-op, and robotics club that he does weekly, and any field trips). In the rows for Duolingo and Typing Instructor, I record how many minutes he spends that day. For history, he has a separate binder where I’ve listed his reading assignments for the week, questions he needs to answer for our Friday discussions, maps, etc. He works independently for the most part besides geometry and introducing new lessons for writing. We did grammar together last year, but he seems to remember the lessons so far and has been doing fine working on his own.
  21. My husband just interviewed for a job yesterday. It was with a panel of three and they gave him a choice of last Wednesday or this Tuesday, both at a certain time. ETA-he was informed of the choices one week before the first time slot, so there was a 1-2 week notice.
  22. I used both K12’s Human Odyssey and OUP’s The World in Ancient Times and my son enjoyed both of them immensely.
  23. I looked at both and chose Art of Argument. My son actually just took the final exam on Friday. He really enjoyed it. Actually, my middle enjoyed listening in and joining in at times. I’m actually teaching a class at our co-op based on it. Some of the examples could be considered controversial (Birth control, prostitution, existence of God, politics, etc.), but there aren’t a lot of that sort. I’m fine discussing those topics with my own child, so we went over them, but I just skipped over those examples in my presentation during co-op.
  24. I know there have been many threads on this very topic, but I can’t find any since LfC was updated in 2017. I was hoping to hear from people who have used both or at least the latest version of Latin for Children. My oldest used Lively Latin 1 in 5th and LL2 in 6th-7th. He liked it okay, but he had a difficult time with LL2 (and I must admit that I didn’t go through it with him and I don’t have experience with Latin past Song School Latin 2). I chose Lively Latin because I’d heard that LfC was a big jump back then. My middle will be in 5th next year and I’m wondering if I should consider LfC again since we love CAP products in general. He’s done Minimus, Song School Latin 1-2, and is doing Getting Started With Latin this year. In general, he loves languages (he’s also doing Greek this year just because he wanted to). So, if you’ve used the 2017 revised version of Latin for Children, could you tell me your thoughts on it? And has anyone used both?
  25. This is what I’m like. I buy everything and schedule everything for the whole year before the school year starts. But, I do all the scanning, copying, printing, booklists, supply lists, etc. for the whole year. I arrange everything into 36 weeks with a master copy for me that will go into their portfolio and one for them that they consult and check off themselves. I’ve only ever felt the need to switch what I was doing mid-year once. And I’ve only had to change the scheduled pace once.
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