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  1. Does she work well on her own? How is she with time management? Is she driven to have all the boxes checked at the end of the day?


    Online virtual is just compressed ps at home. There are still all the hoops that come with ps. Each state is different so I can't specify exactly what hoops you'll have to jump through. A lot of the time the virtual school experience depends on the teacher. If this is a brand new program, expect a lot of growing pains, like teachers getting switched frequently.

    My thought is, does it hurt to try? Give it a full semester and see. You can always pull her if it's not working out. Better to give it a try before high school when it's for keeps. You also have to account for the huge adjustment it will be. It took my 14yo about 3 months, with me sitting by his side the first two weeks to figure out their own way of getting it done in a decent amount of time. Mine likes to block schedule his subjects. I should say he goes to Connections Academy and I don't have any first-hand experience with K12. He used CA in 5th and survived the whole year so we went back to CA for high school.

    It is doable, but it is just not a good fit for some kids.


    One thing we have to consider is that if we pull her from the college prep charter school she's in right now, she will probably never get back in. Siblings of students have preference, and some years, all of the siblings who apply don't get in. I'm not sure we want her to go there for high school anyway because the workload is very heavy, but at the same time, I won't send her to the regular high school we're districted for. So if we pull her, we will have to expect to either do the virtual public school or homeschool her through high school. She is a serious competitive dancer, so some flexibility and a reasonable workload are what we hope to gain. I think Connections Academy will be an option starting in 2016, so if we try K12 and hate it, we could try switching to Connections.


    K. is motivated. In spite of her ADHD, she is a hard worker. Some of that comes from having to work so hard to learn to read and some of it comes from dancing. I think having some (most?) of the work on the computer will actually help her to be more organized, because she's really bad at organizing paper. My dh was cleaning up some papers out of her backpack last week, and he said, "You know what I really hate about this? My backpack was the same way."

  2. Ah, yes. The logging of hours...


    If your child has any type of LDs that require extra time, how does that factor?


    The online charter estimates an hour for each subject, about 5-6 subjects, and expects 6 hours logged. So, if the one hour math assignment actually takes 1.5, as well as English, science, history, that's already 6 hours. Our school also had art, and they could choose between music or foreign language. They were also expected to spend time on Study Island every day (or log so much time on it each week). 


    It. was.  a. nightmare. I'd log her up to 6 hours and told her to call it a day regardless of where she was at. The little percentage bar that showed how much work was actually completed compared to the time she spent on it was discrepant and demotivating. 


    I should say, dd really, really, really, really, disliked K12. Really. She hated math, the teacher had no love for her because she couldn't get it, so dd would just skip it. If I remember correctly, she only completed about 30% of that course (remember, there's percentage bars, so we can see progress). She actually almost finished the English/literature class; she liked that a lot. She also liked the science, art, and French. History was okay. 


    It was the overall experience that did us in.


    My dd is dyslexic, but she has a supersonic processing speed. So it's a mixed bag for her. I'm sorry your dd had a bad experience.

  3. Interesting - see, I said I'd never really researched it. 


    Why would it be safer to have a concealed weapon than none at all? Is an unarmed person more likely to get shot in such a situation than a person who is carrying a concealed weapon? How? I realized someone who is carrying a concealed weapon could theoretically shot someone else after they've been shot, if they are then physically able to do so. But, if they are shot first, are people who conceal carry physically able, most times, to use their weapon effectively? Has anyone figured this out & how did they do it? Just curious - I'd imagine reading police reports would provide the information, but you'd have to read thousands of them to get a statistically accurate example (I like numbers, I can't help it). 


    I'm not being snarky - I really want to know. I live in a state where concealed carry permits are available, but I've never heard anyone give a good explanation of why it would be beneficial to conceal vs. open carry. I do know people who conceal carry & they have told me about the additional training they go through, but it didn't impress me really. It seemed to me that it was pretty minimal & really seemed like everyone who carries a weapon should have to go through that training (not that they do, because they don't, just that it didn't seem particularly demanding to me) and something more, I don't know, rigorous maybe, should be required of those who conceal carry.  


    CC means that a potential criminal doesn't know who has a gun and who doesn't, but he knows there could be people around who do. That's the deterent effect. I haven't researched the stats myself, but I've heard and read that studies confirm that CC is an effective means of lowering the crime rate. There are probably studies that can be used to support both sides of the argument, though.

  4. I just finished reading some websites about schooling in general and a constant theme is moving to technology based delivery of content versus traditional text-books.  Maybe a secondary market will exist where the content can be printed on demand such as via LuLu for those that prefer it.  I think some of the virtual schools will provide some hard-copy text if you ask for it (especially if you site some malady like extreme eye fatigue).  So far my DS is fine with computer based content for math but I think he likes hard copy books for English.


    This is one of my complaints about the charter school my dd attends. The middle school isn't as bad as the high school, but the high school issue ipads to all the students and they use online textbooks or no textbooks.

  5. I did it (a different one) my first year-- I didn't like it.  It is public school at home, which is a great thing for some people (just not me).


    We had a LOT of reading on the computer, a lot of computer programs (math, science, history)  it was tiring for her eyes and she thought it was boring (not like having an energetic teacher and then follow up reading later).   I found that a lot of the work didn't come with teacher's manuals so I couldn't help with the homework (just like a b&m school--one of the reasons we started to homeschool was so I could understand the lesson enough to help with homework). 


    And for some reason, my children don't remember stuff they learn on the computer (unless they do it several times-- we don't use TT for this reason). 

    I am not anti online PS--- it just didn't work for us.



    I did know another mother that had two children in the program-- it really worked for her-- her children did the school online during the day and she helped when she got home that night--


    I agree with you about overuse of the computer, but one user gave K12 a scathing review because 75% of the work is done offline. For me, that's a positive. According the NC website, there will be textbooks and workbooks used with K12. That raises the problem of paper management… my dd and dh both have ADHD.  :tongue_smilie:

  6. I suggest you read reviews on HomeSchoolReviews. This will vary greatly from state to state. If you try this, much GL to you!


    The reviews are very mixed.  :closedeyes: But that's to be expected, I'm sure.


    A lot of the negatives are related to lack of teacher responsiveness. This will be K12's first year as part of the NCVA, so there's no track record. However, my oldest daughter once took a class through the NCVA because she couldn't fit two maths into her school schedule that year. Her teacher was fine and did respond to emails and questions. I hope the K12 teachers will be responsive also.

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  7. NC is offering a virtual public charter via K12 this year for the first time. My dd13 was homeschooled through 6th and is in a B&M public charter school for 7th. She is doing great, but she really wants to be homeschooled again. I work FT and my dh is the mostly stay-at-home parent, but he's had a potential business opportunity drop in his lap and wants to go for it. Even if he continued to be a stay-at-home parent, he really doesn't want to homeschool high school for several reasons that I understand and don't disagree with. I see the virtual school as a possible perfect compromise, but so far, he isn't enthused. I think for grades 8-12, dd will not need any more help with homework than she already does, and having her do school at home will improve the flexibility in his schedule, so I don't understand his reticence.


    Anyway, if you've used a virtual charter, your experience will help us weigh whether this is an opportunity that we want to take advantage of. Thanks!

  8. For my confirmation (LCMS also), my godparents got me a basic KJV Bible with a leather cover and my name engraved on the front. That is still my favorite Bible to this day. It's only about 5x7, so it's comfortably small and lightweight, but the words are big enough to read comfortably for my middle-aged eyes. It's going to need re-bound before too much longer because the cover is starting to come off. 

  9. As a child, my family went to Catholic and Lutheran churches. I've also attended the churches of numerous other Christian denominations, and I do not recall ever seeing any sort of security guard/doors/glass/cameras, etc. in place. It always seemed to me that Catholic/Christian churches were wide open for visitors. Granted, this was several decades ago, so I understand that things may be different today.


    The first time I set foot on the grounds of a synagogue, the first thing that struck me was the conspicuous level of security. I converted to Judaism over a decade ago, and it now seems to me that tight security at a synagogue/temple is pretty much the norm in most places.  


    I was thinking about it today because we have a homeschool PE class that is near the San Diego Islamic Center. Every mosque I have ever seen in the U.S. has the same tight security that we have at Jewish places of worship.


    So, I am curious... Does your place of worship have security? 


    Our church doesn't have any visible security, but we have some police officers and CC permit holders who carry. The staff has talked and planned for contingencies, but it's low-key and not something that's been discussed with the congregation at large. The children's ministry requires background checks for all employees and volunteers, and if a known sex offender attends, someone is assigned to surveillance duty while the person is on church grounds, and of course, the person is prohibited from going into the children's ministry building.

  10. I have a question for those of you who use Barton's Reading and Spelling.  I have read online numerous times that you can resell the levels to finance the next one and by so doing go through the program rather cheaply.  It even says that on the official website.  Yet I have also read that you can't sell/buy except through an authorized dealer.


    I am confused as to how this would work, though, seeing as each level requires all the tiles from the previous levels and those are not included and can't be bought separately.  Am I right with that?  And if we resell to {authorized dealer}, she only pays about half of the original cost.  (I called her and spoke directly to her and that is what she told me.)  So going with that option, I would still pay over $100 per level (+$1000 for the whole program) which doesn't seem like "very little" to me.  Am I missing something or not understanding how something works?  I would really like to use this program for my son but am not sure how to make it affordable for us as a family. 


    Looking on ebay, there are not a lot of levels being sold.  None over level 3.  Is that because it is technically illegal?  I know that's a lot questions, but I really want to know what I am getting into before I commit myself to something and it seems like there is some contradictory information out there.   :confused1: 


    Thanks for your help.   :001_smile:


    I've sold mine for about 75% of cost. When I order a new level, I order 2 extra sets of tiles with it. That way, I have one to keep, one for my buyer, and one for their buyer. it makes my used modules very easy to sell. That said, some people make the tiles. Sometimes a seller will make tiles and sell the originals, or sometimes a person who buys used will make the tiles.

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  11. I think I have both. But it seems the physical symptoms exceed the emotional symptoms lately. I've been working 55-60 hours a week, and I don't feel particularly stressed, but I have knots in my back, I catch myself being tensed up, and that sort of thing. Even when I was working 35-40 hours a week before tax season, I had to get a night guard because I was grinding my teeth at night, even waking myself up from it, and I was having drowning dreams which I only have when I'm stressed. 

  12. DD is home! She said the weekend is a blur. She was more interested in talking about some of their incidents in Montreal than dancing. To make it even more amazing that they recalled, their teacher was sitting in the audience watching the other teams in round 1 and realized that he had left a figure out of the dance they were supposed to do. He sent another dancer running backstage to tell them to do the other dance first. This was when there were only 2 teams ahead of them, but they kept their composure. He had warned them to be prepared for last minute changes, thank goodness. As soon as they finished dancing, they ran to one of the practice rooms to learn the figure that needed to be added into the other dance, and they did that one in round 2. Overall, she had a great time and said it was worth all the work, money, stress, etc that went into it.

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  13. If BMI were actually an accurate indicator of health, I might be more inclined to agree with this. Since it is not, I have some serious issues with it. There is a difference in having anorexia and having a low BMI. 


    This. My girls inherited their father's body type and all have or had low BMI. They are not anorexic; in fact, they eat a lot, but they metabolize it so fast that they don't gain weight. 

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  14. Wow, congratulations to you dd and her team for recalling on their first time at worlds, what an amazing experience for all of them!


    Thank you! One of the moms who is there talked to a dad from one of the winning teams. He said they've had a ceili program (group dances, for those not familiar with Irish dance) for 25 years. She told him we've had ours for 2.5 years and this was our first team to go to Worlds. He was flabbergasted that they recalled. Our teacher is just amazing. 

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  15. All this talk of hairstyles reminds me once again how nice it is to have my dancer child be my son.


    That's what our studio owner always says! Costuming, hair, no make-up, everything is easier for the boys. 


    ETA: Actually, costuming may not be easier, but it's definitely cheaper. They wear blinged up vests and jackets which are expensive, but much cheaper than the dresses for the girls.

  16. As requested, I am reporting back on my daughter's experience at the Irish Dancing worlds competition. She flew to Montreal yesterday and they competed today in the 8-hand age 16-19 ceili category. Ceili is group dances. This was our school's first time to send a team to worlds, and they placed 17th out of 35 teams. Everyone is just ecstatic that they recalled and got to dance both of their dances! All the teams that recalled got medals, so she's coming home with bling. We were able to buy a livestream account, so I watched the first round at home with my husband and middle daughter, who's home from college this weekend. We were able to put it on the TV, so it was big and clear. I watched round 2 in my office with my coworkers gathered around. My husband and daughter were watching at home and we were facebook messaging while it was going on. The livestream also included cameras backstage, so K. and another teammate waved at the camera while they were waiting. Silly me, I waved back even though they couldn't see me. She'll be home tomorrow. I am anxious to hear her thoughts about the experience firsthand. 



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  17. I am far from an expert, but I have a sister who died from asthma, another sister has life-threatening asthma and allergies, my husband has asthma, and all three of my kids either are diagnosed with asthma or wheeze at certain triggers. The most important thing I would say is that it's the inflammation that causes lung damage, and the inflammation lasts longer than the wheezing. So with each asthma attack, you need to keep using an inhaler for a couple days after the wheezing stops to be sure the inflammation is gone too. If seasonal allergies are a trigger, use a maintenance inhaler for the entire season and don't wait for the wheezing to start. My sister was undertreated and already had damage to her lungs by the time she graduated from high school. She was 49 when she died. There are better meds available now than when my sister and husband were kids, so it's usually easier to keep the asthma under control once you know what your triggers are and take steps to minimize them.

  18. I'm no help because ours were casual too. The rehearsal dinner was after the rehearsal and it was catered at the church, so no separate address, etc. But I have a friend whose son put rehearsal dinner invitations in ALL the wedding invitations. He lives out of town, so he and his fiance did the invitations without help from either set of parents, and they didn't realize that you don't invite everyone to the rehearsal dinner. To make it extra stressful, the dinner was at my friend's house and there were 250 people invited! They were trying to decide whether to rent a heated tent, and the food had to be finger foods since they couldn't seat everyone. The moral of the story is… make sure whoever is doing the invitations knows who is supposed to be on the rehearsal dinner list, LOL!

  19. It is not fair. Not fair. Not fair.

    I submitted by taxes, but owe and didn't pay in full. (I requested a payment plan).




    My poor is so anxious. She "gets it" only to a point. How do you explain Financial Aid, IRS, and  bureaucracy to an 18 year old college Senior who just wants to know where she is going?


    I have a senior in state college and a freshman in private college. I've never had to verify anything for the senior, but got picked this year for the freshman. I was able to use the DRT and then email the forms to the finaid office. Fortunately, the whole thing only took me a half hour. I'm sorry it's not working out smoothly for you. :-(

  20. FYI, the missed payment was 2 months ago.


    It *might* be that the reduced rent, combined with the missed payment which has not yet been made up, and not answering the door created the LL's perceived need to take action.


    Oh, gotcha. I got it mixed up with both events happening in January and the reference to letting it go on for 15 months. The implied consent might still apply to the reduced rent.

  21. I did respond back remind the buyer about her shipping preference and I also included the tracking number - again.  I told her that there was a difference between "not received" and "in transit" and that clearly the tracking number shows that the package is on the way to her.  I also asked that she rescind the complaint.


    I sent an email to Paypal as well, just asking if it's even ok for someone to make a complaint about a shipment not arriving when the shipment is clearly on the way.


    It was $830 - so Paypal has taken that money back until the dispute is resolved.   :(


    This is why I always move Paypal money to my bank immediately. There have been many stories on these boards about dishonest buyers ending up with the product AND a refund. If I move the money out of paypal, they can't issue the refund even if they rule for the buyer. I hope this works out in your favor!

  22. I agree with looking into implied consent. It's bizarre to me that a landlord would wait 15 months to notify a tenant of a missed payment, and that he would accept 14 or 15 reduced rent payments without saying, "Hey, wait a minute, I didn't agree to your request for reduced rent. Pay up." 

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  23. Wow, our doctor's office just gives 12 yo minors the form to sign to give their parents access. They can refuse to sign it, but the general assumption is that they will sign it. It sounds like your provider goes beyond what the law requires by not allowing waivers. We live in NC, but the federal HIPPA law is what gives 12-17 yos the right to health care privacy.

  24. Andrew Jackson's betrayal of the Cherokee has always bothered me so much and I've hated that he's on such a common denomination of money. I'm also an ABJ voter more than a "woman on the bill" voter, though that would be nice.


    I voted for Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Clara Barton. Does the site show totals somewhere?


    I was thinking that I would like to see Harriet Tubman on money, but I didn't know she was on the list of possibilities. I will have to go vote now!

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