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  1. Thanks so much, y’all!!  That makes me feel better about Science in the Beginning.  I agree with Dr. Wile — once it becomes dogmatic, they lose me.  

    I guess I’ll call about Abeka and ask how they use it regarding this subject. 

    We’d been (sort of) using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey, but I’m having to outsource now.  Science is already my major weak point, and I have more demands on my time than I used to.

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  2. I'm looking at an online school to outsource some subjects, and this is what they offer for science.  I am Christian, but not YEC.  Is anyone familiar with either of these and can you tell me how overt the YEC perspective is in them?  Is the science still science?  I'm digging around for samples, but until I find them, and in case I don't, I thought I'd ask here.  🙂 

  3. I'm hoping to use a geography course from Guest Hollow (I can link it in another post if that's allowed; I can't remember).  It's a literature-based course, and two of the series are "Children of All Lands" by Madeline Brandeis and "Peeps at Many Lands" by James Baikie.  Is anyone familiar with these?  Are they accurate enough? 

    My other option is to just use the Enchantment of the World series.

  4. 13 hours ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

    Also-  if your body is used to bloodsugars in the 160 range, you absolutely can have hypoglycemic feelings at 73. I would test for a week to see what your readings are over time. 

    I only have two strips left; I'll order some more and do this.  It's not something I've ever thought could be a problem.  I thought I ate pretty decently and I have literally no risk factors for diabetes/pre-diabetes.  😞 

  5. On 4/20/2020 at 10:05 AM, EMS83 said:

    My sig contains my kids' birth years.  They'll be 14, 12, and 10 at the time of this trip (if I can pull it off, anyway). 

    Holy cow, y'all.  I can't do math.  Make that 15, 13, and 11.  Good grief.  :blink:

  6. Ya'll have given me a lot of good ideas and things to look into and consider.   I want to say thanks!!  But please do keep it coming, if anything strikes anyone. 

    I didn't think of AirBnB, but I'd love a kitchen.  That would help cut food costs for sure.

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  7. My sig contains my kids' birth years.  They'll be 14, 12, and 10 at the time of this trip (if I can pull it off, anyway).  So 4 people, all of them at least half-grown.  No one will want to be carried halfway up the Statue of Liberty, lol.  They might stage a sit-in protest, however.  Like I said, that one's definitely still up in the air.

    Someone mentioned sticking with NYC-specific sites... so Times Square, Central Park.  What else?  
    Technically natural history and art museums are in every big city, like zoos and aquariums.  I was thinking those specific ones would be bigger and better.  

    I'll look into some of these travel combinations...the D.C. idea, and staying in NJ.  Staying in the city would be super convenient, but I'm always considering cost.  I'm the "I'd rather camp on the beach than not go at all" lady.  Sometimes all you can afford is something less than convenient.  I do want clean and safe, though.

  8. It's just me and them.  Could I fly into a suburb and take a train into the city and the subway around the city?  If I could do that, then I can have 5 days.  A week and a half would be amazing, but right now, I'm not sure that would be possible.  Things may change, though.
    How expensive is food up there?  Is $10/person for lunch and $20 for dinner realistic?  Too low?  I wish it were too high, but I have a feeling it's not.

    I figured we'd do the memorial and shrine together since they're in the same area.
    It's the Bronx zoo; that's the only one I've run across so far.  I'll google for others.  
    The Wildlife refuge is negotiable, and the Statue of Liberty is up in the air.  That's one of those where we all have to climb or none of us do.  Maybe they'll magically come to a consensus in the next year or so.  I can dream.  😄 

  9. I asked my doctor about this, drew blood, and said my blood test was in the normal range. 

    I have a strip tester.  I have had times where if I didn't eat enough (esp. of the right thing), frequently enough, I'd have a near-fainting spell.  Vision going black, feeling "far away," shaky, etc.  I've never passed out, but I HAVE to sit down, put my head down, and eat something.  My doctor gave me the test kit, but I never used it until this weekend.  I didn't get that bad, but was feeling weak and wobbly, so I finally decided to test and see, and my sugar read 73.  That's supposedly normal?  1 1/2 hours after eating that day, it read 160.

    When I was pregnant with my third, the glucose test apparently read low.  Whatever it was, the midwife was startled and said, "You need to eat more!"  I was like, you told me not to!  So that would indicate hypoglycemia, right?  But then I don't understand the spike.

  10. They want to see the zoo and aquarium.  I want to see the wildlife refuge (or at least a tiny part of it).  Natural History Museum.  Youngest wants to climb the Statue of Liberty but middle doesn't.  lol.  I didn't know if there was anything MUST SEE that I was missing.  We'll need built-in down time, too.  We're not a go-go-go family. 

    Is staying in the city worth the higher hotel rates?  Versus cheaper hotel rate in the suburbs and taking a train in?


    Yes, I'm assuming the pandemic will be over.

  11. Calling Dr. Hive.  So the internet says a fasting of blood sugar is normal if it's above a) 70, b) 80, or c) 90.  Which is correct?  
    Second, normal blood sugar two hours after eating should be 140?  What if it's higher, but not crazy high?

  12. 11 hours ago, maize said:

    I saw that, it's a head scratcher for sure. Why publish it now, when all the public and private kids are suddenly stuck at home? Where does the author pull their statistics from--90% of homeschoolers are motivated by religion? A memoir by someone who had an extreme childhood with a mentally ill, paranoid father and a mother suffering from traumatic brain injury is held up as an example of why nobody should be allowed to homeschool?

    To prevent families from getting any crazy ideas while they're forced into home learning, of course.  🙂 

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  13. Dropping to canvass the Hive for pointers.  🙂 

    I read Towers Falling to my kids, and it made me want to take them to the 9/11 Memorial next year.  On top of that, we're Orthodox and the St. Nicholas National Shrine is set to open next year, too.
    However, I've never planned a trip that far away (we're in Georgia), and I know nothing about getting around via public transportation.  
    1) How insane is trying for a Sept. 2021 NYC trip?  Namely in regards to crowds and prices.  Would waiting a month be sensible?  Longer?
    2) Drive or fly?  It's really going to cost about the same, I think.  Are economy plane tickets worth the savings?  Or is the seating miserable?  I haven't been on a plane in this millennium.
    3) IF we drive, the fastest route takes us straight through D.C., Baltimore, and Philly.  Should I find a different route?  Would you stop in D.C. to sightsee if you were driving through?
    4) I hope to have 3 full days there; apart from the memorial and church, what top 3 things would you recommend/wish to see/do?
    5) Ditto for food?  I prefer hole-in-the-wall places.  
    6) Would you stay in the city and use public transit, or stay in one of the suburbs?
    7) For getting around while we're there...subway? bus? taxi?  

    From a clueless semi-rural suburbanite.  Thanks.  😄 

  14. On 5/25/2019 at 10:25 PM, moonflower said:

    poor kiddos; I really think they should have done more comprehensive testing when you put them in (I think they should do this more often for incoming homeschoolers) and let you know if they thought there'd be a problem advancing with the class, being so close to the end of the year.  It sounds like they dropped the ball and I'm irritated on your behalf.

    We put our oldest 3 (8th, 5th, 1st) in PS this past Oct., and they did no entrance testing.  Oldest DD has been in PS before and was tested into the gifted program so she had that paperwork and they enrolled her in Alg. and the gifted pull-out based on that, but for whatever reason they didn't put her in the advanced Language Arts class, which eventually determines placement and access to APs in HS.  At semester they let her switch, but it was on her own request - it never would have occured to them independently.

    DS (5th) was the top reader in his grade by many degrees (700 AR points vs the next highest kid had 200!) and the top student in his math class, but they only recommended he move up to the advanced ELA and math classes for next year; they didn't entrance test him or even ask what his strengths were.  

    It worked out, but I can definitely see it having gone the other way - there was just not a lot of direction on their end.

    As far as I can tell, the entrance or baseline test are one minute timed quizzes in math, reading, and one other area (I'll have to dig out my notes this evening).  The only one either of them bombed was youngest with reading.  And yeah, no one told me they did that quiz or what the results were.  Communication is definitely lacking, and shouldn't be foisted off onto the kids.  But they cited state requirements, so I didn't see where there was much of a choice.  I'm waiting to get feedback from the charter school.  Maybe they have more flexibility than the PS seems to.  Otherwise...meh.  I may have to disappoint my 11-year-old.

  15. 4 hours ago, maize said:

    This is true, and sending only some is a choice I have made and may make again at some point. 

    I'll just caution that for me having some in school and some at home has been far, far more difficult than having everyone home was; you deal with the challenges of both. I made the schooling decisions I did based on my assessment of what would be best for each child and given the whole picture of our circumstances, needs and opportunities and I don't regret this past year but I have never in my life been this tired and ready to be done with a particular challenge.

    Could be entirely different for someone else.

    Oh dear; I'm sure it could, but it does sound exhausting, especially with the age spread.  I hope your summer is restful!  DD was still home during this time.  It was fine because she's largely independent and generally cooperative.  So far we haven't had the middle school drama I keep hearing about.  And the other two were at the same school, so it was probably the easiest scenario of "some in, some out" that could possibly be.  But it felt like family life had to be squished to each end of the day; it was just new and uncomfortable.

    My youngest let me know tonight that he doesn't want to go back to the same school so that he won't be embarrassed there.  The oldest boy (middle child) is fine with going back and making new friends with the rising 5th graders.  DD most emphatically does not want to go at all.  She tells me nearly every day.


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  16. 15 minutes ago, Pen said:


    What I’d be concerned about would be getting back into burnout part way through the year.  It would probably be better to let the dc go to brick and mortar school for a whole school year rather than burning out part way through .

     How will a summer will tell you the answer? 

    Because it will test the changes I made and it will test me.  Then I can reassess and adjust. 

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  17. That thread was deleted, Pen.  I'd rather not derail this one with topics that seem to set everyone off.  I really didn't need some of those comments at that point, and I could do without them now.  However, I'm willing to PM a little on that topic.

    As for what I need, as I already said upthread, this summer will test the changes I've made and will tell me what I need to know in that regard.


    *editing to make clear* I know not all those comments came from you; I'm not laying all of that at your feet.

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  18. I'm happy they're home for the summer (DD feels the opposite; I don't even make her do much with them).  I don't want them to be in school; I just needed them to be (or thought I did?  No clue).  I was breaking down pretty badly and did need the mental and emotional break, one way or another.  It also helped us all start getting up at the crack of dawn, which I like.  The past few months have shown me a lot of traps I was falling into, and there's been a lot of evaluation going on--what would I do differently if we could start over, what can we do differently going forward?  What are my must haves for self care?  How can I keep track of all these perennial to-dos that are never to-done?  What do I really have to let go?  So on and so forth.  And I agree, school is highly inconvenient; I have felt much busier while they've been in school than I did beforehand.  I have no idea how families have two working parents and kids in school and do all the things.  I will say, though, this house stayed soooo much cleaner and tidier these past two months.  Something needs to give there, or I need to get over the idea that my house can be clean and tidy with kids and dogs in it.

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  19. I signed their paper already; can it be fought after that?  Their justification for my 5th grader is that the good grades he got were gotten with a lot of help from the teachers--small groups, modified assignments, etc.

    And I have our stuff for summer.  We weren't computer-based, so those things don't tend to occur to me.  I'll look into it, though.


    *edit* I also think I have cold feet.  I'm feeling tons better than when I dumped them in in April, and have been realizing I'll lose a whole year of homeschooling.  Maybe I just want this to be a convenient excuse to keep them home?

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