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Ellie

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  1. Have you actually read through the oral lessons in the teacher's manual? And through a whole first grade workbook? R&S is a master at helping children learn to think. It just does it without fanfare. Here's a long review from a friend, which she might even have posted here long ago, but it was long ago and I didn't keep the reference, lol.
  2. And I'm archiving the group the first weekend of August, then the first weekend of September.
  3. By "social groups" I'm assuming you mean "support groups.," and "meet-ups at the park" must be "park days." Support groups and park days would always be my preference over tutorials and co-ops; and I usually prefer casual events which don't depend on how many people attend for success.
  4. A little bit. I don't want to start a run on the bank or anything...
  5. Co-ops as we know them really started in the early 90s; where I lived, they tended to be KONOS co-ops first, and then classical stuff took over, and now it's everything. If you are dropping off your dc, that isn't a co-op. All the parents stay and teach at a co-op. We've started calling the drop-off classes "tutorials." In a co-op, everyone teaches something. 🙂 In the early 80s, it was support groups, not co-ops. I loved my support group: relaxed monthly park days (because southern California), field trips twice a month (always on the second and fourth Fridays, so people didn't have to continually rearrange their own schedules), a relaxed monthly Moms' Night Out. People might do some sort of classes or activities, but mostly we were free to teach our own dc at home because our support group didn't suck the life out of us, lol.
  6. There are six mods plus me. 🙂 For some reason, Tuesday was like Niagara Falls. It was crazy. I'm thinking about archiving the group sometimes to give us a break. 🙂
  7. Mine is, too. But we keep reminding the newbies not to try to follow state guidelines, that we cannot help them plan so that their dc can go back to school next year, to read through our Announcements section for helpful information, including a book list for them to read. We tell them that our goal is to help them have the best, most enriching homeschool experience possible. And we turn off commenting when someone's question is answered, instead of allowing 42 people to reply with the exact same answer. Although actually, we don't have cover schools in Texas, so there's that. But we don't allow discussions about hybrid schools; our page is for private homeschooling, the end.
  8. Are you wanting to outsource *all* components of "language arts"? Or just writing? Because Easy Grammar Plus would be , well, easy. And you don't have to use something as large and cumbersome as IEW. My Father's World bought Writing Strands and turned it into Writing Skills for Today. In its original form, there were no references to anything religious; MFW might have added some references but it shouldn't be a big deal. It's an easy-to-teach course, but it's still my favorite product.
  9. I started hsing in 1982. No Internet. No online. One neighbor who unschooled. BUT John Holt's books and newsletter (Growing Without Schooling), and those were inspiring enough. Some of those may still be available in actual libraries; and today there is still an online presence of John Holt and GWS.
  10. Covenant College has a very helpful page on its website for homeschoolers; it includes sample transcript and editable transcript.
  11. I do, but I don't make crafty pages. 🙂 Pictures are as artfully arranged as possible, cropped when necessary, notated when possible. I don't have time or creativity to do all the stickers and stuff. Last year I finally finished an album for each of my *only two* dds. You understand that they were born in 1975 and 1978. o_0 Now I'm working on mine, and then I'll do one for Mr. Ellie.
  12. We always live with our critters for awhile before giving them names. One day we just look at them, and we know. 🙂
  13. No, there isn't Instant Pot *and* "Instapot." AFAIK, there is no such thing as an "Instapot."
  14. Yeah, I haven't jumped on that bandwagon, either. I am happy with my Instant Pot (note that it's Instant Pot, not Instapot 🙂 ) and can recommend it. Do you use an air fryer of some kind now? I'm pretty sure I wouldn't. OTOH, Instant Pot makes a toaster oven-kind-of-thingie called an Omni Plus, which does air frying and toasting and all that stuff. Some day when my current toaster oven dies I'm thinking I'll replace it with the Omni Plus.
  15. I check in daily, sometimes more than that, but I don't always have anything useful to say. 🙂 I don't have the air fryer, but yes, it will definitely hold a whole chicken, since the IP by itself will hold a whole chicken.
  16. I have a 6qt Instant Pot; mostly I use it as a pressure cooker, but I do crock pot with it periodically and have been happy with the results. I also gave away my rice cooker. 🙂 I've only hung on to my crock pot because it's good to take to potlucks because the lid locks on the handles. 🙂 The Instant Pot does have an air fryer lid. People on the Instant Pot FB page seem to love it. So my recommendation is Instant Pot.
  17. My dds started at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose. There were three categories of student: part-time dual enrollment (high school students); full time enrollment (adult); student under 18 not enrolled in high school. We could have done DE at no charge; however, DE students got high school credit, not college credit. When they graduated, they had to take enough classes to equal the credits they had earned as DE students. Students under 18 etc. earned college credit; they just needed parents to sign for them. We decided on that route. San Jose City College had a cosmetology school; older dd decided she wanted to do that, so she enrolled when she was 16. The only cost was her supplies. After graduation, she worked for awhile, then went back to EVC for her AA, then transferred to SJS where she earned a BA in English Lit. She worked as a stylist while attending and graduated debt free.
  18. The first homeschool convention I went to in 1983 had several workshops on high school. My dc was only seven yo, but I wanted to plan ahead. 🙂 One workshop presenter pointed out that all of the lower division courses required in college were repeats of high school; rather than do high school twice, he recommended doing community college instead of high school. So that's what i did. Both my dc began taking classes at the community college when they were 14. No, I didn't push them to graduate in two years. 🙂 They earned college credit, not high school credit (I didn't need an outside entity to give them high school credit; I did that myself), and I graduated them on their 16th birthdays, because they had done as much at home as they were gonna. 🙂 This was in California, where community college tuition is (or was) very reasonable and affordable.
  19. I'm not in Kentucky, either, but as far as I can tell, she sends in a notice of attendance each year and that's it (of course, she should check the laws herself, which is the primary advice you should give her). 'The "required subjects" are the ones she would teach anyway so that's no big deal. She'll want to teach her dd to read and write, and arithmetic, and all the fun stuff people do with their little dc. 🙂 It doesn't look as if the local schools have any authority to be involved with homeschoolers at all. Here's a link to a statewide association. She should contact them.
  20. I'm not concerned that her TSH was only 1.1 I am concerned that the T3 was only 1.1. That is hypothyroid range. Also, was that Free T3? And didn't the doctor test Free T4, as well? Of course, the hair loss might not be thyroid-related at all, but as long as the doctor is checking everything, there needs to be the appropriate thyroid labs, which are Free T3, Free T4, and Reverse T3. Most doctors really don't treat thyroid issues properly, and so you may have problems getting the proper labs. You must persist. Also, be sure to keep hard copies of all lab work. Hard copies. Of everything.
  21. You don't need videos or websites to explain it. The rule of thumb is that people can make jokes about their own group, whatever that group is, but not someone else's. I don't know that it can be *explained;* he just has to know that it is so. We can't explain how everything came to be.
  22. "Language arts" includes phonics instruction, reading/literature, penmanship, spelling/vocabulary, grammar, composition. I didn't *require* anything; to me, that implies my giving assignments just like school and expecting the children to do them just like school, and that isn't how I work. Older dd already knew how to read when I brought her home; I had to teach younger dd, and my method of choice was Spalding. We did Spalding for about six weeks when she was five-ish, six weeks when she was six-ish, six weeks when she was seven-ish...Once we went through Rod and Staff Publishers' "Unit O," which is true phonics. She was the world's most independent child, and Spalding is the least independent method there is. 🙂 She picked up on her own when she was nine and a half. Older dd did some Rod and Staff English, and a few lessons of something else--I can't remember the name; younger dd did Easy Grammar when she was 11. We just read things. They just read things. Both dds began attending community college when they were 14, and both tested into college English. Older dd has a BA in English Lit. I think we did ok.
  23. Easy Grammar. If your younger dc's reading level is pretty decent, go ahead and have both dc do the sixth grade book.
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