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  1. 9 hours ago, Bluegoat said:

    Ah, ok, we called this soccer-baseball.

    I always thought of it as a fake game for when the teachers weren't good enough to play soccer or baseball.


    In elementary school we played a game called "squashball" (dodgeball played with a flat ball so instead of the ball bouncing off it hit with a sickening thud and left a bruise) that I didn't realize was different than "squash" the racquet game until fairly recently. I wondered why adults wanted to play a game that was so painful. 

    I'm pretty sure PE teachers today couldn't get away with requiring that game. This particular teacher also drove a beat-up car with a "die yuppie scum" bumper sticker, which would probably also be frowned upon. ?

  2. 5 hours ago, Bluegoat said:

    I'd not have called it as classic, other than in the sense that Arthur C Clarke is foundational as a sci-fi author.  But in terms of saying, this is a book you need to read for i's cultural relevance, it would not have occurred to me to include it.


    Interesting. I wonder if maybe it depends on what circles you run in--I think that Childhood's End comes up a lot. Not as often as the Bible or Don Quixote or random Greek myths, but it pops up a lot in pop culture. 

  3. 1 hour ago, Thatboyofmine said:

    Alright, I looked up ‘chonies’ after arcticmama said it is another word for undies.  Apparently it’s from the Spanish word, calzones.   So now I’m even more confused. 


    Well, it makes sense. Every time I eat a calzone, I think, "this looks just like a bunch of food stuffed into a pair of underwear!" ?

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  4. 1 hour ago, Moved On said:

    As for the job situation, it's not just about what therapies they receive. There's so much focus these days on normalizing rather than utilizing people in the areas where they can thrive. 



    I agree with this. My kiddo with asd is only 10, but as he gets older I know that we will be looking hard at balancing his gifts and deficits as far as employment. I even have it in the back of my mind that there might be a family business started at some point based around his gifts. 

    And maybe I'm reading more into the article than is really there. I  see 

    With the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th edition in 2013, professionals made the spectrum concept official. It’s now autism spectrum disorder for everyone who qualifies for a diagnosis. No more modifiers or alternative labels. And that’s as it should be.

    as meaning that high functioning autistic people should be eligible for appropriate services, rather than being seen as extra special quirky or automatically steered toward IT. I guess I'm reading my own optimism into it. lol

  5. 1 hour ago, Moved On said:

    What a doom and gloom article! And this person is a psychologist? Yes, there are challenges in life and we face them, because that's what families are supposed to do. There are people out there with terminally ill children that would gladly take what we face, if it meant their child would survive and have a possibility of a future. People with severely autistic kids are raising kids, and later adults, and they will never be able to receive a hug or hear the words, "I love you, Mom/Dad!" How much we lack perseverance these days!


    I didn't think it was doom and gloom. The employment statistics for autistic adults are pretty bleak, and I think that as a parent of an autistic child, it is important to keep that in mind. The general public seems to think that Aspergers is a one way ticket to a plush coding job. Many autistic kids with level 1 support needs are not even receiving services in public school. They graduate, and then what? I think that it is beneficial to take a realistic look at what happens to "high functioning" autistic adults so that we can provide our autistic kids with what they really need to succeed, because the usual method is obviously not working. 

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  6. I don't think I could have handled a wedding prank, especially if it resulted in damage. And I don't like unexpected events, especially if they happen while I'm the center of attention, like at my own wedding. I might be a bit of a control freak. lol 

    My bridesmaids did decorate my car, which was cute. I guess I don't consider that a prank, but an expected wedding tradition. 

    The only good prank I've ever pulled was accidental. I joked with a coworker that the "easy button" said "I'm sorry, that was impossible" instead of "that was easy" every hundred pushes. The next day our boss showed me the video of my coworker pushing the button about 200 times trying to get it to say the wrong phrase. 

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  7. On 7/11/2018 at 9:16 PM, ghcostafamily said:

    I’d stay away from the Who Was series.... at least we are. In the first episode it has really gross comedy that I don’t thinks appropriate for kids. The first scene was two historical figures (kids) kicking each other in the crotch! That is a very sad and low way to get laughs and my kids don’t need to watch Jackass type comedy to learn or be interested in history. Just my 2 cents though. Just be aware. The producer is Conan, so it has his humor.


    I was so disappointed to read this--we love the Who Was books (my kids call them the big head books) and I was looking forward to the series. 

  8. 1 hour ago, Liz CA said:


    Also, perhaps because some of us realized how much more productive we are without spending a lot of time here...I sure was but for now still here.  ?



    Yes, this. I suspect that some people were more active when they only had littles, and "school" was done in a couple of hours a day. As my children grow older and their schooling becomes more complex I find that I have less time for hanging out on the internet in general. And while I can't claim to have my finger on the pulse of the homeschooling community at large, I suspect that fewer people are joining a classical board than even a few years ago, to make up for those who are busier with homeschooling older kids. Elsewhere on the internet, this board seems to have a Lake Woebegone-esque reputation: the dads are PhDs, the moms are organized, and the children all learn three classical languages. Many of the new hsing families I meet want recommendations that are free, online, self-directed, and all-inclusive. The academically inclined families seem to be gravitating towards the secular Charlotte Mason-inspired curricula. And the rest are unschoolers and think that requiring kids to study constitutes child abuse. Just kidding, kind of. I think that I only know one classical hs family locally, and a few who use CC halfheartedly but don't necessarily buy into the benefits of classical education. And last but not least, forums such as this are kind of an old fashioned platform. The facebook hs groups are so busy that I can't even pretend to keep up, 

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  9. Maybe I missed it, but I haven't seen the annotated Pioneer Girl recommended on this thread. It's LIW's first version of her life story, and this particular version is heavily footnoted (is that a word?) with lots of details about the people, places, and events about which Wilder wrote. It's a great starting point for those who wonder how the Little House books differ from her actual life story, and is a bit less political than Prairie Fires, which I did see recommended. Another good resource is Little Squatter on the Osage Diminished Reserve, which describes the circumstances surrounding the "settlement" of Kansas. 

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  10. 22 minutes ago, Paige said:


    Hmm, but Beverly Cleary also wrote some not so child friendly books and some people would be opposed to her name on a children's award because of that. You can't really win!


    I'm curious--what are some non-child friendly Beverly Cleary books? I want to read them! I'm imagining a delicious mix of quaint and saucy. lol

  11. At our former church there were always treats during coffee hour. Our current church has coffee for coffee hour. ? There is a snack during Sunday school, but it's almost always string cheese and mandarin oranges. The youth group does pancake breakfasts occasionally for fund raising, but they serve both regular pancakes and bacon and vegan pancakes and bacon, plus gluten free pancakes, so there's usually something for everyone. lol

  12. 18 minutes ago, heartlikealion said:

    I'm out of touch. Didn't know about all these. I went down a couple game aisles recently and they don't sell all these in the stores here. Seems like a limited selection of people would know about a game that isn't in stores (assuming some of these are buy online only or maybe limited to niche stores)

    That Labyrinth game looks fun.

    Ds has some new-ish games, but they are card games (Minecraft, Oregon Trail, Stranger Things)


    Most of the games listed are sold in big box stores around here. 

    We play most of these. Blokus is quick and fun and a good filler. Quirkle is nice--fun gameplay and nice tactile feel to the tiles. I'm surprised that Carcassonne wasn't on the list--it's usually considered one of the big three gateway games, along with Catan and Ticket to Ride. 

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  13. 7 hours ago, thessa516 said:

    I get a sweatshirt. It's my thing. Some people collect spoons, I collect sweatshirts. When we go on vacation, the kids look out for sweatshirts they think I'd like. Then I wear them all winter long because I'm always cold.  I think it's weird that someone considers wearing a shirt with the name of a location on it as bragging. But I also admit that I love looking at people's vacation photos when they share them with me. I don't have much of a brag-meter. In most cases, I'm genuinely happy for them.


    I love seeing friends’ vacation photos too. And this will date me, but when I was a kid I loved to see vacation slides. My parents spent many evenings gritting their teeth while relatives took the big picture off the living room wall and projected their vacation pics onto it for us to admire. ?

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