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  1. My 25yo BFA girl has learned that art is not a well-paying career, found a temporary alternative, and is working on a plan to improve her income, while still keeping up her student loan payments. It's been a really hard year for her and I am very proud of her not just acceptance of reality but devising a plan to get herself to a better place, dealing with roommate and job changes, and keeping her independence. Both of my other 20-somethings are working 2 jobs this summer, one because he loved his college job so much he just can't quite give it up, and one because she loves being needed an
  2. Thanks! The vocabulary book is similar to what I'm looking for. I already have something similar to EFTRU.
  3. Next year I am teaching a co-op class that covers test prep, study skills, and vocabulary. I am looking for a book that lists vocabulary NOT alphabetically but by discipline, so it would have geography words to know, science words, social studies words, etc. for high school or college level. I got what I thought would work (Words You Should Know in High School) and found it to be alphabetical. Doesn't help me. I wouldn't mind if it was lists only (w/o definitions) as I can do that bit myself. I'm looking for helping students find the roots/figure out/be prepared for terminology specific to dif
  4. I think you have to make reservations to visit Muir Woods now. There's also Armstrong Redwoods, in Sonoma County (Guerneville is a fun town to browse the main street and a great ice cream place right before the edge of town towards the coast).
  5. We liked Novare -- did it in a co-op class. I have the textbook for sale -- $40 ppd -- if you're interested.
  6. I'd suggest this one. https://www.amazon.com/Classical-Mythology-More-Reader-Workbook/dp/0865165734/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526663390&sr=8-1&keywords=classical+mythology+%26+more+a+reader+workbook
  7. At least in our troop, the girls split up responsibility for researching badge requirements and sharing with the group. Many of the teaching requirements are done on Class B all-troop meeting nights once/month. And then the leader may do things like schedule a speaker or a field trip. Our troop doesn't do much w/other troops because the closest is 2 hours' drive away, and this year there was no one to plan a multi-troop camporee. We did have another troop come out and do a badge with us and the pipas did a fair amount of the teaching.
  8. I heard there were over 3500 people there. I listened in for awhile and heard one person speak in support of the bill -- they were from Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CHRE).
  9. This bill died in committee! Over 3500 people were there to speak, 95% in opposition. Hurrah!
  10. One of the problematic bills has been withdrawn; the other has been amended but still sets up a commission (staffed by teacher representatives) to study homeschooling in CA and decide what additional regulations to recommend. We would like this bill to be withdrawn also, and will be speaking to the education committee and having a rally this coming Wed. (4/25) in Sacramento. Edited to add: The bill that wanted to require fire inspections has been amended but still includes data collection on homeschools and private schools, private school satellite programs, etc. in california. Thi
  11. Totally agree. I have also seen this process in action. And the addition of "shows progress" testing -- at the beginning/end of each semester, done online at school....because accreditation.
  12. Like I said, we've used several different charters -- especially when my husband had multiple layoffs. I used much of the $ for art classes and bought materials that suited me. That works well for younger grades especially . For high school, it became more a case of which state-approved textbook will you use? With child #3 we were in a charter for high school because we needed a buffer...she met weekly with a teacher and turned in her work to her, was accountable to her, and took classes on campus 2 days/week. We didn't do an a-g diploma because that part of the program was all online and sche
  13. I've participated in several different charters in different parts of CA. A lot of the level of flexibility depends on the teacher you work with. And I have seen some charters where you have to sign a paper promising to use only non-sectarian materials. Over the years we were in charters, I saw a definite decline in freedom of choice, and *especially* for any high school level classes. So beware and ask lots of questions.
  14. The more letters the better. Let them know that other states have found much less burdensome solutions and that you consider CA's current private school/homeschool law a model. There is no need to change it. CA has better things to do with its money -- especially wildfire recovery and pension shortfalls. (JMHO there)
  15. https://www.mindingthecampus.org/2018/04/the-stunning-overthrow-of-the-great-books/
  16. Our solution this coming year for world history will be Sonlight's Core 300, history only, as dd said she'd already had enough tours of ancient greece and rome, LOL.
  17. DH is of chinese heritage -- so his "beard" efforts are a bit useless (I know this is not true of all asians). My 20-something ds has both a beard and a man bun....says he has to enjoy his hair while he has it as baldness is on both sides of his family, LOL. He did shave beard and sides of head for his recent job interviews, but grew it back as soon as he landed a position. He looks good with it. But I really don't like the scruffy, haven't shaved in 3 days look. My almost 30yo nephew in Seattle, however, loves that look and keeps it that way all the time.
  18. I live in CA -- the most useful language to study here, hands down, is spanish. As an elementary student, dd did all of Latin for Children and Latin Alive 1; I think this will help her with romance languages generally; it certainly helped her with grammar and vocabulary. She will do her foreign language at the local community college and she is now wanting to take French because one of her friends is doing so and they could take it together. I had French in college, eons ago, and could probably help with some of it. Part of me wants to insist on Spanish and part of me wants her to be moti
  19. I had my first kid @ 36 and ended up with four. Waiting a couple of years or more should not torpedo family plans and it can make financial worries less of a concern. My sister is a teacher (elementary school) and she has had bad parent years and good/quiet parent years. She's also had difficult student years and less challenging years. So much has to do with how much support the administration offers, especially to student/new teachers. Sounds like a combo of horrible parents and no admin. backup....what were they doing yelling at a student teacher for things that were *school* policy? W
  20. I had my son read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein along with several other SF titles mentioned, some Zane Gray, The Ghost Map (about epidemics, non-fiction), and various Marrin biographies.
  21. ECLECTICALLY classical -- that's what I would call myself, anyway. Gives me the freedom to pick and choose and experiment and respect my kids' preferences. I remember when I was first investigating homeschooling and went to a presentation by an Abeka representative on teaching phonics...it was all about how daily drill was the answer to everything. I left that session determined NOT to homeschool like that and I've pretty much succeeded, LOL. OTOH, yes, structure does help us focus better, but wearing regular clothes vs. pjs seems to make no difference at all. The most I can manage lately
  22. That's exciting. I know with my artsy girl I was happy to find out that her art school cared less about some college requirements than other schools did. I think they're looking for passionate students, even if they are a bit over-focused on their art passion. Great news for your dd.
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