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  1. We just got our results. DS9 got gold, DD7 bronze, and my little 5 year old k'er got 46% :) I was super proud of him for taking it anyway.
  2. Thank you so much for the kind words. I feel like such a weight has been lifted off! I told the kids today that we were taking spring break as soon as they finished their math, but that we were starting with spring cleaning. I'm going to take my break in a nice clean house. We actually didn't even take May off after the baby was born. We took off about 2 weeks, did a few weeks of school, took off a couple more weeks in June, and then we've been going since then. During late summer and fall I was really feeling good about going year round gently, so we took "working vacations", first to see the eclipse doing school and camping all along the way. After that we stayed with my dad for a month and did school-lite for a month, 2ish hrs in the morning and then playing in the pool or at the beach. This winter has just been really hard and now I see why 8Fill's always talks about scheduling weeks off and summer break :). Maybe a couple weeks off will give me perspective on priorities, and hopefully my kids won't forget everything we did in the last two years :-p
  3. Yep my oldest is a 9 year old 4th grader. I have a 7 year old first grader, and a K-er that I'm not worried about at all. He does what he wants, when he wants, and is doing very well. None of the kids are actually in a bad place, except my oldest with spelling, but that is more of his natural state than something I can fix with a few more weeks of lessons :) Obviously finishing their math books before the start of the next school year is a non-negotiable. They might have 10 weeks left? Probably less than that actually, and some of it might be compressible. They have some outsourced classes (online) that is a source of some of the stress.
  4. The sun is coming back, although the ground is still covered in snow and ice. We are all feeling the need to get away from the house, and the house needs an incredible spring cleaning. Frankly, it is just icky in here and I'm tired of cleaning around the mess, with my I-need-to-get-to-that piles in all the corners. We haven't taken more than a 2-3 day break since June -- mostly because my kids revolt getting back into the school schedule, but also because I feel like we are pretty inefficient on many days due to babies and toddlers. I really want to take a BIG spring break, but because of life, we are about a month behind where I'd like to be in lessons. Since we typically school year round it isn't a huge deal, but the more breaks I take the worse it will get. And I'm thinking it would be a really nice to have a true summer break this summer. So what should I do? Double down and get everything done for the year as fast as possible so we can take the summer off? Or take 2 weeks, clean the house, watch movies in our jammies and try to get back to school with a fresh outlook?
  5. I just bought them for 5-9 year olds. My 9 year old read Western philosophy 1 package in an HOUR. I tried to stop him and obviously we need to discuss it, but that should give you some idea. The circle of Happiness is about a little girl at a playground with a talking monkey. Not high school material. Perfect for my 7 year old. The teacher's guide has more information for research and discussion and I guess technically you could use it as a spine if you wanted to read the texts in question and discuss them. A high schooler might not tolerate the art work and story line though. The Western package 3 is probably higher level (I've only gone through 1 & 2) but I would count on it being more like a semester than a year if you consider it a full class.
  6. Great Courses Plus? The app is so handy.. the Botany class is amazing. Sometimes I pull extra videos from YouTube to be sure I've got it cemented. The Learn To Draw class is also amazing if that might float your boat. It is incredibly thorough and full of exercises, most you could do on a car while waiting somewhere. I know you said actual classes. I'm not totally sure about that but I'm someone who needs brain simulation so I get the part. I learn languages for fun, and post with other language learners on another forum. I'm a thorough autodidact and wouldn't even look for a class though. Right now I'm studying Icelandic. The internet has made language learning cheap or free. You could take CEFR level tests to get validation for your work of you wanted something that felt more real.
  7. Since posting this, I have found the be all end all app for French grammar. I love it too the point that I should add a disclaimer that I don't have any financial connection to them ;) Kwiziq is the site -- worst name ever but it has every conceivable grammar point up through C1 and a nifty brain map that you turn green as you demonstrate your knowledge of the areas. You start with a CEFR level test and the AI system chooses things for you to work on, but you can also easily work on whatever areas you want day to day.
  8. I tried it out for myself a few weeks ago when I saw Annie Liebovitz was on there. I will say they have excellent customer service and a 30 day money back guarantee so it wouldn't hurt to try it out. For me, it wasn't worth it. There was far less content on the subjects I was interested in than I was envisioning. If you're are only interested in some speakers, some seemed to only have a couple hours of content. If you think you want to watch on many subjects, it could be great, but $180 to watch a few hours from a few people seems silly and $99+ for three hours of clipped interview video is ridiculous. There is probably as much on YT.
  9. For 3-4 age range, I like whistlefritz. It's not a full curriculum but I don't know of one that is for that age range without a teacher who speaks French. I think you could do a lot of tatou le matou if one parent can read the teachers manual (someone said it was also available in Dutch I think?)
  10. You don't think it would be confusing for Dora to be teaching Spanish while your kids are trying to learn the French? :) If you want French cartoon recs I can give plenty...
  11. The first the minutes by Steven Weinberg
  12. This is awesome, and the other link to. Thank you!
  13. I think she might. She should be safe at least and she has very steady hands.
  14. Thanks so much for all the advice! I guess I was over thinking it. I also talked to my mom who knows my daughter and shares some of my sensibilities on the subject and she told me to absolutely go for it. So I guess we will be ordering the kit. I love the idea of visiting a science museum to watch dissections, but there is absolutely nothing like that available here. And just to clarify, the dissections are listed as an optional part of the class, so she could still do the class even if she decided not to dissect.
  15. Ok I'm replying to my own post but.. seriously how do you reconcile with having one of these kids who grow up so fast? That's DD in my avatar, me wearing her in the ergo not even 18 months ago.. That tiny thing can explain taxonomic classification, studies Latin for fun when she's bored, and can explain the denouement, rising and falling action and a bunch of other literary terms I always forget until she pops out with one....
  16. I need some input. I can't tell if I'm over thinking this. My DD7 is taking marine biology/zoology at NextLevel Homeschool (online). There are optional dissections coming up. This quarter there is a sea anemone and a jelly fish, and after that there are some animals in increasing order up to a shark to dissect. The class is listed for 10-17 year olds. DD is doing great and loving it. She's been begging for dissections for about a year now BUT the thing that is holding me back is that she doesn't actually want to cut things up. She knows dissections are part of a science education and she just wants to get on with it. I'm having a hard time reconciling the tiny powerhouse in front of me who is begging for and capable up upper middle school/maybe early highschool level with (but not workload) with the fact that she's a 7 year old baby and most of her friends can't even read yet. Dissecting things just seems so.. cold and clinical. Part of me thinks it is a totally inappropriate activity for a 7 year old... And then another part of me says we catch and process our own fish every year so it's hardly different. I don't know. Help me out?
  17. I usually try to sell* the food to someone for as long as I can and then toss it. Because of our allergies, it was probably only intended for 1-3 household members and if there's nothing I can do, there's nothing I can do. Recently I bought a box of Stash Chocolate something tea and it's so disgusting I don't know what to do. I guess I'm going to throw it out because I can't imagine anyone could like it. I'd feel badly offering it to a guest. But I feel badly throwing out a whole box of tea. Maybe I'll try to sneak it into the pantry at church. *To one of the kids... Not like actually sell it.
  18. I get that with gluten also. Pick 20 foods that you both like and are probably low allergen and sick to that for a couple weeks. Make sure you are balanced so you don't get such or go completely crazy. It probably is a good idea to try and rule out another type of rash. Standard dog meet have no idea though and derm's can take 6 months to get an appointment.
  19. I had Bitcoin in 2010... Lost the wallet with a hard drive crash. Don't be me :-p I think crypto currency is a decent investment if you are going to sit on it OR cash out at a set gain point. You really need to learn how to handle it though and don't leave it on the exchange site or un-backed up. I wouldn't put in any money you couldn't afford to lose, and I'd diversify over some of the larger currencies. There are some really interesting things going on right now.
  20. I seriously seriously doubt it is even possible to lose your supply between 5:30 and 8:30 pm. Drink some water, have some fats, get good sleep. It's normal to seem 'dry' at one feed or another. Do NOT run straight for a bottle. Those feeds increase your supply. Also soon your supply will be time regulated to your baby's routine. If he/she wants to nurse a lot outside of expected time it might take longer to get going. If the tongue tie is getting fixed this week, I'd just have a nurse in tomorrow.
  21. I want to join in again this year. I disappeared last year part way through but I really enjoyed this thread while I was checking in regularly. I think I got around 26 books. Reading time really dropped off after baby #5 was born (imagine that..) Just in the last two months I've picked back up again. I'm only slightly embarrassed to admit I'm plowing through the Sookie Stackhouse series (in French translation). Book 8 currently so I'll finish them this month or next. I read the first book of 1Q84 last year inspired by this group and I'd like to read the next two books this year. I have them waiting on my night stand actually. I do love the idea of reading poetry books. That's something I've been thinking about lately actually. I don't really know which books to buy though (not a library person). Suggestions welcome. Ok now I'm going to go back and catch up on all the activity so far! This thread really flies in January..
  22. No one said this. You are conflating two separate situations. What I said was that I am opposed to net neutrality legislation as it has been discussed for one set of reasons, and that I believe that on a national scale we are being distracted by this net neutrality "discussion" when what "we" (in a general sense, clearly not anyone in this thread) need to keep a neutral and free internet in a real sense is a competitive market and the breaking down of monopolies. We have had a neutral internet all this time without net neutrality laws. Nothing has actually happened legally speaking. People are getting whipped up into a frenzy over what basically amounts to nothing at this exact moment. Everyone is up in arms demanding a new law (and ready to chew someones head off for not being in favor of it). No one is up in arms demanding free (er?) access to internet providers.
  23. Did you read my last post? Pretty sure that's not what I said. But hey if you want to go with "were really smart so we've considered all angles and reject all other opinions" be my guest. I'm really not trying to "get far" with you.
  24. Lol clozemaster sometimes has sentences that are way more than PG-13. Oh Tom and the mischief he gets into!
  25. Am I understanding correctly that we should make this law to prevent an immoral company from giving away something for free, which otherwise wouldn't affect the course of business except that it's tempting to poor people? My personal views don't include a desire to legislate away that possibility. Actually LOTS of things that offend my personal view point are offered free.. like large portions of the public education system. I'd sooner get on board with laws to prevent strip clubs from offering free chicken wings. (But.. I wouldn't actually) There are a lot of parallels there. If that's your view, I respect your right to it, but I just don't share it. I understand that "voting with your dollar" doessn't produce results as quickly as people would always like, but I have a fairly strong confidence in a minimally regulated free market. It doesn't offend me if you don't feel that way.
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