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  1. Thank you for all the wonderful suggestions, and ElizaG, that anthology is a treasure trove!
  2. I would like to put together a list of famous poems (or at least poems written by famous poets) about ancient history subjects to round out our literature studies. This is what I have so far: Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats Ozymandias by Percy Shelley The Nile by Leigh Hunt The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson Very like a Whale by Ogden Nash Destruction of Sennacherib by Lord Byron Does anyone have others to add? I know there are several regarding Greek/Roman mythology that I haven't fished out yet, and they are welcome additions to the list other than the more historical subjects.
  3. I have rarely used a textbook up to high school level, but there gets to be a point where it is time consuming and/or too expensive to find detailed resources. We are using Campbell Concepts and Connections for Biology 1, and my daughter loves it. She can hardly read a page without saying, "Momma, listen to this. This is so cool!" This is coming from a kid who didn't even want to take biology. I've learned textbooks aren't always a bad thing!
  4. There was no judgment by me in my post, but how the school district is going to judge your kid when he goes back. My warning is because some parents "fail" their kids to get a +1 year at elementary sports, you are going to red flag your son. With excellent grades recorded on his permanent record, and you failing him, it will appear you were letting him grow bigger to be more competitive in sports (which in fact you mention in your post). If enough or the "right" parents complain, your kid might get banned for his 8th grade year, if they even allow you to place him in 8th. I think there might still be issues if sports weren't involved, but sports participation makes it incredibly tricky. Keeping him home a year could essentially end his athletic career in the school system, considering the "lower teams feeding the higher teams" concept. You could possibly be pulling him out of sports for two entire years before high school tryouts, killing his chances. Even if you get it in writing, the school can still back out under political pressure. If sports are important to your son, I wouldn't take the chance. If you think this is the only way he can ever have a shot at competitive sports, I guess you have to weigh to risks. However, if your district is that competitive, you are painting a target on your son. Sports are cut-throat in my area, particularly the sports mentioned. If it is lower key in yours, then maybe no one will bat an eye.
  5. Because of the abuse of people "failing" their kids to allow them to play an additional year of elementary sports, I think you will have a difficult time pulling this off, particularly because of his good grades. If the school allows him to be held back a year, it is likely he will be banned from sports, especially in a competitive district.
  6. While I realize most people know the difference between historical fiction and fact, Inherit the Wind is a VERY fictionalized account of the Scopes Trial. Generally, historical fiction's value is to make the reader sympathetic to the period. Inherit the Wind is a hyped mockery of the town and the trial. In the very least, if you find the play or movie necessary, compare it to the facts of what actually happened. Anything by Dr. Cornelius is likely well researched, as he specialized in the history of the case. [/off soapbox] Signed a resident of Dayton
  7. Cumberland State Park is nice and just outside Crossville. It has an olympic-sized pool with high and low diving boards. South Fork (and Pickett State) is another good park within driving distance (about 1.5 hours away). Rugby is about an hour away http://www.historicrugby.org. Fall Creek Falls has added a zip line course in the last year or two.
  8. We used to have a really good curriculum fair in Chattanooga with "name-brand" speakers. Unfortunately, with the increased use of podcasts, youtube, etc., I guess it isn't worthwhile for people to come to Chattanooga anymore. I wouldn't recommend the workshops to anyone other than brand-new homeschoolers. I will agree the free shipping for Rainbow Resources can make it worth it if you can wait for the materials to arrive. That is another problem with the Chattanooga curriculum fair; it isn't until the end of July. I start my school year at the beginning of July. I don't even go to the used book sale because they charge for it, and I only purchase bits and pieces cheaply. The new and used book fairs are more advantageous for those who use packaged curriculum. I usually have better luck at the used book sales in the Cleveland area that are free and at McKay's in Chattanooga and Knoxville.
  9. Cheese and a few grapes or berries. Sugar will bring your blood sugar up quickly but send you down into another crash.
  10. Don't think sugar as much as carbs. If the diabetic is diet-controlled, the amount of carbs the person can eat is likely to be much lower than if the person is medicine-controlled. Personally, I have to eat extremely low carb right now, and I couldn't eat the root vegetables or the bean salad as suggested by the poster above. However, it might be perfectly fine for other diabetics. A regular garden salad with a low carb dressing (if bottled, look for 2 grams or less) would be fine. Steamed summer squashes and mashed cauliflower (steam it, then put it in the food processor with some salt, butter, and heavy cream) are side dishes that I could have. Berries and maybe a small bowl of dark chocolate pieces would be nice for dessert. Honestly, if I have a protein available, that isn't breaded or in a sugary sauce, and a large salad, I am in good shape and won't starve.
  11. Today was our first day back as well. We progressed well throughout the day, I guess as smoothly as possible with a toddler running amuck. I'm still trying to squeeze too much in *sigh*
  12. Sorry, I'm just not going to give a New York Times article the same credibility as every birth control insert I've ever come across. I guess you can choose who you want to believe, but to say there is absolutely no scientific evidence that it is true is completely bogus. If there was no scientific evidence, then every chemical birth control maker would not make the same claim. It had to come from "somewhere." The companies know that having that info on the insert hurts sales in Catholic communities, so they would jump at the chance to take it off if it was inaccurate.
  13. Here is your link, once again from the product insert (Ella) information: http://pharmacy.hsc.wvu.edu/wvcdhi/MediaLibraries/Pharmacy-WVCDHI/Media/Documents/PDF/Monographs/Ella-monograph.pdf On the first page under mechanism of action, "Additionally, ulipristal acetate alters the endometrium, which contributes to its efficacy by affecting implantation."
  14. The rhythm method is a joke for someone who has a very irregular cycle (and many people with regular cycles). NFP is not the rhythm method. It works wonderfully for irregular cycles.
  15. A close relative of mine got pregnant while using a IUD, which consequently caused her to miscarry the baby. It was devastating for her. All you have to do is read the inserts that come with all birth control pills, which say they keep fertilized eggs from implanting as a backup. When companies feel the science warrants them not to include that on the inserts, we can talk about it not being true. An example is page 2 first paragraph under oral contraception http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2005/021690lbl.pdf.
  16. Some word processors will give you an analysis of your document that includes reading level (Flesch-Kincaid grade level with Microsoft Word). I bet there are other tools on the Internet that would do the same. Shooting for 3-5th grade level or so would be good for simplistic writing. Keep in mind we are talking about sentence structure/length in addition to vocabulary.
  17. Joan, it has been a while since I was in school, and I'm sure my texts are outdated. However, I'll try to dig them out and see which ones I liked best. Renaissance Mom is completely right about writing for the intended audience. For instance, the language of the New York Times is very different than USA Today. I think I would still shoot for 3rd grade level for articles because you ARE looking for something different to offer her. It was very challenging in college switching between writing for an academic audience and writing for a general (and sometimes uneducated) audience. It is a simplistic goal to shoot for, anyway.
  18. Thanks. I sent this on to my niece who would be very interested in the opportunity.
  19. You could go to your local used bookstore and browse the used college texts to see if anything appealed to you. I think it would be pretty easily done without using a text at all, though. Decide if you want to do print or broadcast (or both). Basically, you would teach writing the 5Ws, putting the story in pyramid form (where the most important information is at the top), writing in simplistic terms (think 3rd grade vocabulary), and interviewing skills. If you wanted to do broadcast, your student could video herself doing stories and/or upload to youtube. You could work on public speaking skills, proper diction, etc. If you want to get really technical on the writing, you could look into AP style format, but if she has no interest in doing it in the future, it isn't really necessary. Pull newspapers and magazines, watch broadcasts, and analyze and discuss.There's also the rabbit trails of computer-based and web-based publishing, media law and ethics, etc. In its simplest form, assign or come up with a story idea, research and interview 2+ sources, write and edit story. Off the top of my head, I think my college paper required around 300 words for a story. You could alternate learning about a technique one week and writing the following week.
  20. What exactly are your goals? Is this for a future journalist, for fun? For how many children? My degree and career was in journalism.
  21. I had an extremely bad experience at Landry's last year. If you are willing to travel a little, I enjoy going to Ella's at Calabash (just over the NC border) http://www.ellasofcalabash.com/. I haven't actually tried the steak, so I don't know if it is any good. However, it makes our family of seafood lovers/non-seafood lovers happy.
  22. I am doing a graph-lined composition notebook as a trial run of the concept. I think I need some of those sticky-note tabs to make this work. The index seems a little cumbersome.
  23. I don't know anything about other charities, but Locks for Love is pretty questionable on how many kids they actually help vs. the amount of donations given. Here is a recent story among many: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/locks-of-love-controversy_n_3269078.html. Most likely, your kid's hair will just be thrown away.
  24. I cannot find graph-lined composition notebooks at any physical store around here...grr...
  25. We were on a Carnival cruise that stopped at Grand Cayman in February. We took the public transportation ($2.50 a person each way) to Cemetery Beach to snorkel. It was my first snorkeling experience, and it was amazing. The beach has shade, it isn't crowded, and the reef is very close to shore. The only downside is there are no bathrooms, or anything really, around. If you want food, etc., you either have a good walk or another bus stop ahead of you. We would definitely go back if we had the chance.
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