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  1. 10 minutes ago, Æthelthryth the Texan said:

    I would never have thought about it as a personal tutor, but I could see if you were working for a company where the company might need it, or require it I guess for an independent contractor. Say someone was inappropriate with a kid online, or posted something illegal/inappropriate then that would put the corporation or what have you at risk of litigation. That would be my guess. 

    Exactly this. I am a volunteer with a small nonprofit arts organization that works with homeschoolers, and one requirement for the organization’s liability insurance is that all independent contractors carry their own personal liability insurance. 

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  2. 24 minutes ago, prairiewindmomma said:

    I haven't seen this in national news yet, but I have been following this story:


    https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/missouri-summer-camp-coronavirus-outbreak-raises-safety-questions/63-7ff9422f-9022-4ff9-9d2d-978a0148ec1b : this article mentions camp outbreaks in TX (76 people at one camp) and other states

    https://fox4kc.com/news/covid-19-infects-dozens-of-campers-workers-at-missouri-summer-camp/ : this mentions that those affected at the Missouri camp were at the K-2 camp.


    I don't understand how anyone thinks summer camps are a great idea. I'm feeling annoyed that an organization with which I volunteer is planning on holding day camps later in the summer. Our county numbers are rising steadily, and I don't know how they think they can meet when our current guidelines are for groups of five or fewer people. They just sent out an urgent call for volunteers to work at the camps. I am sitting this one out. 

  3. 40 minutes ago, Happymomof1 said:

    To shower.  They have restrooms to use in the dorm, but the community shower you will have to have an appointment if they are still on phase 1 or 2.  For phase 3, you don't congregate, but no reservations needed.  They hope to be in phase 3 when they open.


    That's good. I was wondering if "suitcase toilet" was going to be on the official packing list for freshmen this year!

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  4. We watched the first half last night, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I hadn't listened to the music before, but we watched with subtitles and that helped with processing the lyrics. My 12 year old who has just finished studying U.S. history enjoyed seeing what he had learned in a different form. I'm happy to see that Amazon music has the clean version of the soundtrack, so I think we'll be listening to that in the car in the future. 🙂

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  5. I'm too chicken to hike by myself. I don't even like to go with just myself and my kids. People worry me more than animals. My kids are loud enough that we will never take a bear or cougar by surprise. lol. The possibility of injury is the major factor. There's no cell service in many of the places we hike and stuck in the woods with a hurt mom is not a situation I'd like my kids to experience. 

  6. Wee Folk Art has a variety of country studies called Cultural Connections. They are really meant for early elementary, but the recipes, crafts, and picture books are engaging for older kids too, and it's high on the "fun" side. My 12 y/o still looks at some of the books that we used for those units, especially the Lonely Planet Travel Book. WFA also has a US state study.

    Have you ever looked at the Beautiful Feet geography guide that goes with the Holling C. Holling books? I'm planning on using it this year and my kids are excited about it. The maps are really nice and my kiddos can't wait to attack them with their Prismacolors. lol 

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  7. Our church governing body recently sent out a letter suggesting that congregations prepare for being closed to in-person large gatherings through the end of the year at least, and possibly well into 2021. I'm sad about the situation, but understand where they're coming from. We had been changing some of our practices starting in February--no more joining hands to sing--but this is tough. 

  8. Have you ever watched the comedian Mike Birbiglia’s standup routines? He has a condition called Rem sleep behavior disorder and he talks about it a lot during his comedy shows. Some of what you describe sounds similar to his descriptions, but it’s an actual medical diagnosis and not a phenomenon like sleep paralysis that can be self-diagnosed. 

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  9. 10 hours ago, Carrie12345 said:

    So, I tried to transplant some zucchini, butternut squash, and eggplant from seedlings I started myself, and almost none of them seem to be doing anything.  I got some zuccchini and eggplant replacements, but I don’t have a source for squash.

    If some of my plants are just sitting there, tiny, doing nothing but also not actually dying, is there any hope for them?
    One of my seeded zucchinis is starting to flower from the tiny base, but there’s no stem or leaf growth, which seems very bizarre!

    This is my fist time trying to grow any of those 3 things. I’ll replace them all if there’s no hope, but I don’t want to yank anything that has promise.

    How long have your seedling been outside? I find that it takes a bit of time for seedlings to get over their transplant shock, especially if they were started in a warm house and are now outside where it's colder. I'm zone 8a, but in the PNW where it never gets very cold, but also seldom gets very warm. 

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  10. 5 hours ago, lulalu said:


    Then I have heard often to use it a year behind. After doing a free month online we didn't hit anything ds needed work on or that was too difficult in the 2nd grade level. So, I wouldn't know if getting level 2 or 3 would be best for next year when he is in 3rd. 


    It seems to almost be homeschool lore that any hs math program is so advanced that it should be used a year behind. I just don't see it most of the time. BA covers the topics usually covered in third grade, but breezes past some and goes deep in others. We love BA here, but I see levels 2 and 3, at least, as being firmly on grade level. When we need extra practice or review with a particular topic, I usually pull a few pages from MEP to fill in. 

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  11. I like Love It or List It. “I need the renovation to add three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a mudroom, two home offices, reconfigure the kitchen, and lift up the entire house to add a basement. You don’t know it now, but you’re going to come across a leak that has caused mold to grow throughout the crawl space, the electrical will have to be completely replaced because it’s knob and tube and you’re adding half of a house’s worth of service, and there will be a tornado during the reno that will cause you to have to start over halfway through. We’re having a baby in six weeks so we need it done before then. And you have $35,000 to do it all!”


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  12. It is hard to know what to do now. We are so ready to be social again, but one of my high school friends is a pulmonologist at a local hospital and what she is seeing is just scary. Our church recently indicated that we might not meet in person for a year. I feel fortunate that our main homeschool circles are taking this seriously, but unfortunate that many of our usual activities seem to be especially high risk (choir, band, etc). We are trying to do more family activities that are on the safer side--mostly outdoor recreation--but my 12 y/o needs more social time with his friends.  

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  13. 1 minute ago, Ktgrok said:

    just added that to my wish list! I have a hand held version, that I use sitting on the ground, but would be nice to have one I can use standing up when I am just pulling a few. 

    For big weeds, crabgrass, etc I just pull with a tool. Herbicides I save for things like virginia buttonweed, and nutsedges (if you pull they come back more!) and doveweed, which is so "juicy" I can't pull it. 

    It's a back-saver--I can pull a whole yard of dandelion and hairy cat's ear without bending over once!

  14. It's hard to think of mystery books that are a step up from kiddie mysteries, but where no harm comes to anyone. My kids liked the Chasing Vermeer series by Blue Balliett, and I would usually have no problem recommending it for a 12-year old, but there is a sense that some harm might come to kids who meddle too much, and a child is kidnapped in the last book. Has he read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg? That was one of my favorites as a child, and I don't remember any violence. We liked The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff--it has missing people but nobody is killed or seriously injured. The Mysterious Benedict society is a favorite here too, and the protagonists have a strict moral code of not being like the bad guys and injuring or killing their opponants, but the bad guys are really bad and cause a lot of injuries and near-fatal close calls. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin is a modern classic, and starts as a murder mystery but spoilers spoilers spoilers the murder victim isn't actually dead but living under an alias. 

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  15. 17 hours ago, Paradox5 said:

    They all say MasterBooks on the backs.

    I think that sometimes hs publishers get rights or license or whatever to print certain books with some changes. A few years ago I accidentally ordered two copies of an animal book used by MP and the two copies differed significantly in content--one was printed by one of the young earth hs companies, and in all places where the original book talked about evolution, the HS company-printed book talked about God's design. 

  16. 2 hours ago, ByGrace3 said:


    Thank you for the suggestions! I will start looking at them today! What is the name of the flashcards? I find I do that a lot with her already to help her remember-- drawing pics on the words...

    Not Katie, but her description sounds a lot like some flashcards we have used from a company called I See, I Spell, I Learn.

    2 hours ago, ByGrace3 said:

    Also, would you say sequential spelling is better than Apples and Pears (which looks an awful lot like AAS in my opinion). I see both mentioned often for dyslexia so curious-- but i'm wondering if AAS isn't working then A&P probably won't either?

    I have never used AAS, but my dyslexic ds has found some success with Apples and Pears. It doesn't require a lot of memorizing rules, but has lots and lots of practice with word patterns. If you go to the Foundations in Sound website, the entire book is available to view, so there's no buying it and it being entirely different than what you expected. lol

  17. My favorite place in non-quarantine times is Tuesday Morning, but that's really hit or miss. Lots of people like Knitpicks, and Webs has a lot of variety. (I think that Webs usually has a spring sale-that might be going on now.) Knitpicks is all their own brand, and Webs has all the brands. Many people knit with big box store yarn their whole lives and are perfectly happy with it. Of the yarn brands that are available at Joann or Michaels, I like Patons or Lion. For a step up I like Cascade brand. I'd say that for a worsted weight wool yarn, you can't go wrong with Cascade 220. 

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