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  1. This year our schedule is: Daily, M-F: PE, Root Words, Spanish, Math The rest is block scheduled in 2-3 hour blocks with homework and reading done on his own time. I think it's ok to have a lower number of in-class and homework hours if you are having your kids do real work, not sit in class while someone drones on or completing busywork nonsense. Your time is just usually more efficiently spent in homeschooling. Mondays: Chemistry, Drama Tuesdays: History, Geography Wednesdays: Literature, Park Thursdays: Horseback riding, IEW, Art Fridays: Park He will decide as the year goes if he wants his weekdays basically full of work into the late evenings or if he wants to finish up stuff on the weekends.
  2. We like A People's History of the United States and America: The Story of Us.
  3. For some great insight into some possible results of abstinence only education, watch "The Education of Shelby Knox" on netflix.
  4. This is what rational gun ownership looks like.
  5. Heck at that point you could build a polyamorous family and everybody could be happy! <3
  6. Maureen, thanks! I have been looking for readers like the Rowan books and not finding much. These look just right! :) Did you see this Kindle one? It looks even easier than the one you mentioned. http://www.amazon.com/secreto-Isabela-aventuras-Spanish-ebook/dp/B00D8RX2SO/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=107IGGIK8K339&coliid=I2MBP7JWW5NEIL
  7. We go shooting for fun. We take shooting classes. I know the difference between people who are rational and safe about guns and people who are a little bit crazy with their weapons. Context is key, and in this case the threat is cleary implied by the context. I'm not interested in interfacing with families where gun ownership is used to intimidate or even be funny.
  8. You might be misunderstanding me. I think what my kid does with his body when I am not there is well out of my control, so I tell him my ideas about best practices and give him suggestions for how to mitigate problems if he is choosing less than best practices. It's not a question of "let". It's a question of doing my best to prepare him for all the things he will face in the world, arming him with information, and giving him the best shot at a good life that I can.
  9. It might be because 16 is the legal age of consent in a lot of places. I don't really know how you can put an age on it. People are so different.
  10. I would tell the boy that if it were me I'd meet the date at the mall or someplace else in the future, never again in a place where someone could easily pull a gun, and to be aware that he might be getting involved with a person with a kind of scary family member.
  11. It is not permissive to permit something. If you allow your children to read books I wouldn't allow my kid to read, that doesn't make you permissive, it makes us different kinds of parents. I don't provide alcohol but my son knows that if he were to make a poor decision and be stuck someplace, he and any of his friends can call me for a ride, no lecture included. Most of them think drinking is stupid and as far as he and I know, none of his friends are having sex yet. So I am not worried that this encouragement of good decision making paired with a safety net is creating drunken sex crazed teens.
  12. It is not permissive if it's not a devastating problem in your home if your teen is sexually active.
  13. Thanks! We are officially starting the week of August 5th, so I guess I will start a week ahead and just do the work so I have some idea of how to help him. Wish me luck! LOL!
  14. We did a health unit in junior high that covered everything I could think of, both in a straight up facts kind of way and in a this is what our family believes about ethics and good choices kind of way. Topics included: how your body changes, masturbation, sex mechanics, sex and how it affects relationships, consent, disease, babies, contraception, abortion, adoption, sex with different genders, different family structures, dating violence, drug use, alcohol use, self harm, medical care responsibilities for both partners once you start having sex, etc etc etc etc. Basically every hard thing I could think of about being a teenager that would be hard to talk about. We didn't usually make eye contact during these lessons but we got through them. The last thing I want for my child is for him to flounder, figuring this stuff out alone in the dark on a steady diet of sexism and violence in the media and in our culture at large. Probably the topic I think is most important, especially for young men, is consent. For years he said he would wait for marriage. Currently he says he would like to have sex, but not yet, but definitely before marriage. I'm thrilled he is talking to me about it. I make sure he knows that whatever choices me makes along the way that he can come to me for help, and so can his partner or his friends if they are afraid to ask their parents. And I think it's time to stock his bathroom with condoms. Maybe I'll put them in his stocking in December!
  15. Thank you! Do you speak Spanish? If not, did you find it difficult to help your kids with this curriculum?
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