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  1. I don’t have any experience with RSK, so can’t comment on the newer editions . You could look at the Lets Read and Find Out series of books and books by Gail Gibbons. Most libraries carry them.
  2. The crayola watercolor colored pencils are actually really smooth, if you want a higher quality but less expensive option.
  3. Prisma is better but in 2nd grade crayola is probably still fine
  4. We memorized a lot of longer pieces when the kids were younger (they are 13 and 11 now). Somehow the practice of memorization just got squeezed out by other things. They have forgotten most of what they memorized, though my older still remembers lines and snatches. I don’t fee lit was a waste of time. It imprinted them with a poetic sense - an ear for rhythm and meter and poetic language. Sometimes they’ll bust out with some incredibly poet turn of speech, and I credit the bit of eloquence to the years of memorization and copywork.
  5. I was originally told AMC had to be taken in person this year, but then I just got an email from another math club saying they are conducting the AMC 8/10/12 online?
  6. Wondering if anyone or their DC have listened to this podcast. Is there any questionable content for a young middle schooler, like graphic descriptions of violence or sexual issues?
  7. Hugs, hugs, hugs. It is so hard to struggle and also feel alone.
  8. I've found this to be true as well. There seems to be an almost sacred belief among some homeschooler circles that homeschooling is not only socially adequate, but socially superior. The reality is that it has been socially great to some ways (they interact with our elderly neighbors, etc), but a struggle for both my kids in other ways (peers).
  9. And is it ok to copy and paste the course description from the AOPS website to use as the course description for the transcript?
  10. I have to make a transcript and course of study for DD13 in order for her apply to a speech program. I'm not sure how I should list Intermediate Algebra (AOPS). From what I've been told, AOPS Intro to Algebra B (or second half of INtro to Alg book) counts as what most high schools consider Algebra 2. If that's the case, then do I call Intermediate Algebra: "Algebra 3?" "Honors Intermediate Algebra?" "other...?" Paging @Not_a_Number, @daijobu, @8filltheheart, @SanDiegoMom, @Arcadia, @math_mom...
  11. D’aulaire’s Greek and Norse mythology would be ones to consider!
  12. Thanks for this, @Lori D. Yes, now that I realize she actually WANTS more activities, I am moving to try to find some for her. We wouldn't send her to school until next year anyway, and I wouldn't make her wait a whole year to try to start making friends. She has enjoyed youth group, and we're looking into some sports and debate opportunities. Yeah, I don't think she really understands this part since she's never been to school. I wonder if there's a way for her to do a trial day at the local public school so she can get a sense. I'm 99.99% sure the school district will say no (I've had to interact with them for DS before). Maybe I should enroll her for a few days just so she can see what it's like (is that disrespectful to the school?), but I wouldn't want to do that until the delta surge comes down. DD is 13, in 8th grade by year. I've gleaned great advice from you on this topic from other threads (thanks!!). I think we're ok since we'd be coming in as 9th graders. The only hiccup might be that she's taking Connie's Adv Honors Chem (Clover Valley) this year, which I was going to count as a high school credit. Hopefully the brick and mortar school would let her test out, or let her just go into AP Chem. She's also accelerated in math, but I got a soft ok from the math chair of the local PS to let her test out of their math sequence into an appropriate class. She will definitely miss her favorite curriculum vendor ever, AOPS, when she goes to school...
  13. I don't know.... About 2.5 years ago, I left a career that I trained many many grueling years for. Though I'm maintaining certain certifications, I don't *currently* see myself going back to it, at least not in the traditional pathways, due to regulatory and culture issues. Ironically, over the previous few weeks, I'd been feeling really down on myself for no longer having a career. I've also been helping DS navigate some challenges which has been extremely draining. I was feeling a need to "figure out something for myself" because it felt like my younger was sucking me completely dry. But after DD dropped her decisive-school-bombshell, now I suddenly have zero angst about finding "something for myself" --- I just want to make the most of this last year of having her home 🙂 Haha. I guess that's one blessing - a reprieve from the I-suck-because-I-gave-up-my-career angst! The reality is that even if/when DD goes to school next year, DS will likely still be home. We'd likely do things differently, though, because he'd probably be lonely, and we'd need a different structure to our homeschool.... I will have to figure that out.
  14. Yeah, I think I skipped the denial and anger, but I'm teetering on the bargaining, and mostly in the depression. Of course, I'm not bargaining with my daughter, but bargaining in the sense of a temptation to scheme and dream of ways make staying home really attractive, or make going to school really unattractive (haha!) Of course there is nothing wrong with thinking of ways to make home life / homeshcool life pleasant, but I don't want to make my desires primary, and bulldoze hers. Her desires are reasonable, and I want to respect them.
  15. The standing coffee date is a great idea. But it sounds like highschool schedules are so crazy that even that might be hard to fit in! My nieces and nephews are usually out for 12 hours a day, then come home to do homework til midnight. The answers on the other thread I started (about typical highschool schedules) sounds similar. We could discourage her from doing clubs, so she could get home earlier, but that kind of defeats the social purpose... I would hope that I would be a high enough priority to her that she'd want a standing date with me, but I wonder if in practice it would get squeezed out. Well, I could at least offer it! Thank you for this
  16. I’ve mostly lurked on the Chat Boards but I still consider the Hive my real tribe - the people who really understand. I think for me to qualify as a “friend” I should put myself out there more and not just lurk.
  17. So silly, right? I feel like I shouldn’t be sad but I am… I think COVID isolation finally bested my extreme introvert. Last year, she said she might want to try school. But she wasn’t sure. We thought maybe she’ll go to school next year, but part of me half expected she might change her Ming. This weekend, she told me quite decisively that she wants to try school. This is the child over whom I fretted for years because she would not talk to many other kids. She’d always hang on the edge of the group, even groups we’d been a part of for years. I felt like I bent over backwards trying to find and encourage social interaction, but didn’t succeed. This year, I scheduled very little in terms of outside activities for us - in large part due to COVID, but also on the assumption that DD wouldn’t mind being home a lot. Now suddenly she wants to meet more kids and be more social. Part of me rejoices that she’s learning to be brave and put herself out there for social interaction. Part of me feels like I failed because I didn’t provide those social outlets for her, or that I couldn’t anticipate those needs. Now I’m realizing I’m really going to miss her. I look at the brick and mortar highschool lifestyle and realize she’ll be gone for most of the day, then holed up studying for hours at night. She’’lol definitely choose the AP classes, and I know she’ll have lots of homework. There are so many books I still wanted to read with her. She’s old enough now to have really interesting discussions. Last week, she found a 30 year old copy of The Death of Ivan Ilyich (printed in the USSR when the USSR still existed!!) on the shelf and read it - she had shockingly mature insights, and we had an amazing discussion. And there are so many projects I want to do with her. We’re currently tackling a crazy family Halloween costume project with lots of sewing and it’s super fun… I’ve prayed for years that she would learn to be a friend and enjoy friendship. So God is answering my prayers, but it’s painful. Ok, it’s kind of pitiful, I know. Anyone want to tell me everything is going to be ok? I know everything is going to be ok, but I’m still sad. Feeling sheepish, but sad.
  18. I’m so sorry to hear your client is unwell 😞 One month in the ICU is not unheard of. I wouldn’t say it’s average, but it’s far from unusual. But it usually means there have been complications, and if she makes it, she’s likely facing a very long post-ICU recovery period. Probably will entail rehab, depending on how old the patient is. Hope she is able to recover
  19. Thank you all! DD is interested in brick and mortar school next year, and I’m trying to figure out what our life might look like. How did you all make the change from homeschool to brick and mortar school? It seems like such a drastic lifestyle shift, especially if you have some kids you are still homeschooling - then you’re managing two different “cultures” or “lifestyles.” Did you or do you miss your kids when they are pretty much away for most of the day?
  20. If you have a highschooler in public or private school— What is a typical day like? What time do they need to be out the door in the morning? When do clubs and sports start and end? What time do they come home? How late are they up doing homework? How much homework do they do on weekends?
  21. Rogets - but know that the paperback is really flimsy. Pages tear easily
  22. Not a animal anatomy, but here are some tutorials on human anatomy: https://artprof.org/learn/anatomy-for-artists-feet/ (links to other aspects of anatomy at bottom of the page)
  23. Thanks @Not_a_Number and @cintinative I had not heard of Stephen Ministers, but last year I met (virtually) with a spiritual director regularly. I think it really helped us as a family (even though it was just me) get through the pandemic craziness. I definitely think I could use a parent-coach with knowledge / expertise specific to my child's differences, and am actively looking for one. DS might benefit from counseling as well, but I plan to start with myself and see how things go (so he won't feel stigmatized as the one who "needs" intervention). Maybe if I can grow, I can help him grow. @Not_a_Number, I don't know exactly where I saw this, but I ran across a blog post at some point that basically said that self care is hard work. It is not bubble bath and a glass of wine or a chocolate dessert or a new purchase. It is making the hard decisions to say no to people, or to be more disciplined with food or exercise, or to turn down what might look like a good opportunity, or to do things differently from others and be the odd one out, etc. You're right, it is really hard to have limits! To discern what kind of limits are needed, to set them, and to maintain them - it all takes energy! I'm holding on to @Farrar's experience of waiting 6 years 🙂 - the tincture of time...
  24. Thanks @Not_a_Number. Yeah. It's been rough here. Like multiple days where I'm hiding from my kids, in my room crying rough. I've thought about it a lot and there are a couple of things - my kid is 2E and likely entering puberty, and there has been a lot more emotional volatility on top of a lot of baseline emotional volatility. The emotions and anxiety get so big, and he just doesn't know (sometimes isn't willing, but mostly I think he doesn't know) how to handle them. We talk about size of problem vs size of reaction (like, multiple times a day...), I'm trying to coach him on learning how to manage his anxiety. I bought a pass to the talks from the TEFOS conference and am slowly working throguh them. I'm looking for a local counselor / thearpist / parent coach to help me learn how to better parent him... Sometimes I'm totally on my A game and I can totally roll with it. I can remain calm and gentle, compassionate but firm. I can see past his anxiety and have compassion for the problems that he can't articulate. I can be an awesome coach. I can set boundaries without blaming or sarcasm or indignation. I can be the wall to withstand the storm of his emotions, then super-fast-switch to being the mother hen to give him hugs. But lately I find myself emotionally tapped out and really unable to function the way I'd like to as a parent. Then out comes the sarcasm or defensiveness or impatience - not okay. Even though I'm a pretty introverted and generally don't need tons of interaction with other adults, it feels like a lonely time. DH's work is craa-zzzy right now. And our community has shifted dramatically so that the supports we had pre-COVID have largely dispersed. We're working on rebuilding / finding new community, but that takes time. I write all that to say that for us as parents, part of managing the kids in this "pill" stage is taking care of ourselves as well - finding connection and support, getting enough sleep, exercise, etc. I know that if I am better rested and feel more connected, I will be able to have more compassion, patience, and resilience for the kids. We're going to start a new family routine where the kids and I walk to the corner store once or twice a week at lunch time to make a small impulse purchase - a pack of gum, or a loaf of bread to eat with lunch, etc. I think it will help give the kids something to look forward to, so my 2E one isn't so focused on the anxiety all the time. Novelty helps 🙂 Please don't quote, as I may delete parts later for privacy
  25. Thanks for the encouraging words, everyone.
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