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  1. Could someone explain the difference in the style and structure of writing? And, do you feel that instruction in each is equally important, or that one is more important than the other?


    I think I have a grasp on what is meant by structure, but not exactly sure what people mean when they talk about style in writing.


    Structure has more to do with organization. Style is what makes writing elegant and personal.

  2. Actually, I liked the article because there is more to it than just xx number of scientists disagree with the others. I like the way he raised important points and questions that should be considered in the debate. Of course, it's not an in-depth analysis, but it raises some interesting counterpoints to the current popular arguments that make me want to read more.

  3. Water is something so many people take for granted but even back when I was in college my geology professors were insisting water would be a political issue for our children's children but I think it's going to happen faster than that.


    Interesting that you should mention this. The NC legislature is trying to pass a bill that would tax water used by people who have wells. It probably won't pass this time, but eventually it will. Unless they're going to pay to maintain my well, I don't know why they think it's okay to tax it.

  4. Kelli,


    Are you a member of the Apologia_Science yahoo group? If not, join it! I just read a post from Greg Sabouri about Teaching Textbooks that you might find reassuring. I would cut and paste it here, but I'm not sure if that's proper yahoo group/message board etiquette.


    My oldest dd is in 8th grade, so I am not yet where you are in this journey. But I have been doing this long enough to know that you have to do what fits for each kid. I loved math and algebra when I was in school and I am a big fan of Singapore's NEM and Foerster Algebra, and mean mom that I am, my oldest is using both. But my middle dd learns differently, and she was falling further and further behind with standard math texts. I kept thinking that I need something like Calvert Spelling on CD for math; Calvert Spelling opened the worlds of spelling and writing for my dd, and I needed to find something in a similar format for math! Teaching Textbooks is as close as I've come. Even with TT, she gets frustrated when she gets a question wrong or doesn't understand it. But she is doing so much better and she's making forward progress.


    About Apologia Science, I have lots of friends who used Apologia throughout high school, and their kids have done fine in college. Yes, even in their science classes. ;)

  5. Specifically, the appeals court said, the trial court had found that "keeping the children at home deprived them of situations where (1) they could interact with people outside the family, (2) there are people who could provide help if something is amiss in the children's lives, and (3) they could develop emotionally in a broader world than the parents' 'cloistered' setting."


    If the above quote is accurate, that is scary, because it can be applied to all homeschoolers!

  6. I would be very interested in reading more about this; can you give me any sources to look for? Thanks--


    Try googling Interview with University of Maryland Mathematics Professor Jerome Dancis. It's a 13 page .pdf document that is worth reading. I found it by googling Singapore math, of all things. I found it especially interesting because I lived in MD most of my life and most of my family still lives there. You could also try googling math wars.

  7. Mastery is the traditional method of teaching math. I wouldn't spend one minute worrying about that!


    And the public school scope and sequence is an ever-changing target that I don't waste my time trying to hit. Have you heard what mathematicians are saying about most American ps math texts? They're a mile wide and an inch deep. My niece teaches honors algebra and geometry in ps, and she does not disagree with that statement. UMD professors are charging that because algebra keeps getting pushed down to lower grades, the texts have been so watered down that what is being taught as algebra in MD public schools is NOT ALGEBRA!!


    My kids use a mastery approach to math, and we live in a state where we are required to test every year. My oldest tests fantastic on math, and my middle child tests great on concepts, not so great on computation because she has a very slow processing speed, but that has nothing to do with the texts we use. My youngest hasn't had to test yet.

  8. Grammar Girl (podcast) had an episode some months ago about why it is just as grammatically correct to say good as well. I don't remember the reasons, but anyone who's interested could probably find it by subscribing to GG through itunes then looking through the old episodes.


    Personally, I'm not consistent. I sometimes say I'm good; I am well, and you?; Just fine, thanks; or whatever else comes to mind.

  9. We are in the process of switching to BCBS, which may not be the best choice (I've heard some good stories, and also some horror stories).


    FWIW, I've had BCBS in both MD and NC, and other insurance companies in both MD and NC. My dh's policy (individual, not group) is with BCBS. It's by far the best insurance we've had in both states. Almost all doctors and facilities accept BCBS. And one thing they've done in recent years (in NC, anyway) that I really like is combine the copay for the dr. visit and lab work. So we no longer have to worry that the dr. will send lab work to a non-BCBS provider and we'll be stuck paying the entire bill. For the kids, BCBS has covered 3 years of speech therapy for one and an APD evaluation for another with no hassle whatsoever.

  10. The health insurance where I work went up by more than 30% this year, so they changed the plan to reduce benefits some. My dh has his own policy because it's cheaper than putting him on my policy at work, but his insurance was going up by about 50% this year, so we reduced his coverage, too. After having been a military dependent, I am adamantly opposed to national healthcare, but good grief, something has got to change. Even the middle class can't afford health insurance anymore.

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