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  1. We've used AAH 1 & 2. I definitely wouldn't recommend this for a 3rd grader. I just think it's too much for a child that age to comprehend. And as the previous poster said, if you have to do a ton of work to bring it down, it's not the right choice. :) I used AAH for 7th and 8th grade for my older daughter, and am saving it to use for the younger in a few years. Good luck to you! J
  2. Our last name means "Liberator" so we are Liberty Academy. Simple and to the point. LOL
  3. We saw him last year in December and it was awesome! Laughed till we cried! Can't wait till this December...he's coming back! We're buying our tickets next week. Last year, the place was packed!
  4. Openminded, I'm starting to think we are in the same co-op! :)
  5. I despise Pokemon! I can't tell you how thankful I was when my son outgrew that garbage and I refused to let the girls get sucked in. I never realized how awful it was till I actually sat and watched an episode of the cartoon. I was appalled at just how terrible it was on so many levels. Of course, I pretty much feel that way about Barney, so maybe I'm not a good one to give advice..... :tongue_smilie:
  6. Speaking from current experience, it is really going to depend on the expectations of whoever is running the co-op. Our co-op is run by a mom who frankly doesn't have high expectations of her own children. The only people she seems to expect much from are the ones who aren't teaching her children. Grr! There are several hired teachers and we have many, many moms who are dissatisfied with the level of teaching. Unfortunately, the "director" (ever notice how close that word is to dictator? LOL) thinks they are the greatest thing since sliced bread so she refuses to address the issues.
  7. Perhaps if you explained to the woman that they were on break after working an 8 hr. shift in your basement sweatshop, she'd be more understanding? LOL:lol: I actually did use that one once to a snarky waiter at mom's night out. He asked if our children got to play with other children....not just each other's. I answered, "Yes, just as soon as their shift in the sweat shop is done!" Sorry you had to deal with a meanie....seems to be going around these days. J
  8. There is an excellent explanation for a mother's ability to find lost things....the uterus functions as a homing device! :lol: J
  9. My girls are 14 and 9 and the bickering is reaching epic proportions....again. The most tried and true method I have is two-fold. First, I cut out television, which usually results in a dramatic mood improvement. They pick up so much ugliness from seemingly innocent tv shows. :( Second, I make them stick to each other like glue. They literally can't be more than three inches apart. This usually puts them in a good mood fairly quickly since they sometimes look a little silly trying to walk around like that. They almost always end up in one or the other's bedroom laughing and giggling in no time at all. :) As for the inevitable bickering during school time (she's looking at me!), I bought two tri-fold project boards (think science fair) and clipped them together. I stand them up in the center of the table so the girls can't see each other, but I can see both of them. The barricade folds up compactly till the next time I need to separate them. :) I also don't allow them any decorations on the boards. Nothing to see but plain white......... Good luck! J
  10. Sounds like you should probably change banks. Clearly, this bank doesn't do much to protect their customers. Just my opinion.
  11. I hate unhappy endings.... I also would hate to read an entire book only to find that it was just a dream. (Flashback to "Dallas".....LOL) The biggest requirement for me is that the book has to have at least one character that I care about. I need to care whether that character lives or dies, succeeds or fails. When all of the characters have no redeeming qualities, I have a hard time finishing the book. J
  12. I had no idea there were sequels....I'll have to look for those. Personally, I chose to believe he lived. But, I prefer happy endings and I hate to think of anyone going through so much and then dying before it pays off. :) Then the rational part of my brain takes over and tells me he probably died, but died happy. It made me think of the story of "The Little Match Girl." She died, but she died happy....or at least happier. J
  13. The thing that worries me is....if the dog is returned to them, next time they go on vacation, they might not let her roam. Instead, they might leave her locked in a house with no food, water, or air and no one designated to care for her. If it were my dog, I'd want her back, but then....we take ridiculously good care of our dogs and they totally own our family. :) If I knew for a fact that these people were letting this dog roam the streets with no collar, no care, no concern....I hope I could squish my conscience enough to keep her. :) I've seen dogs that cower the way you describe and it breaks my heart to think of any dog feeling that way. One of our dogs is a dachshund, and she is the best dog anyone could ever want. Good luck! J
  14. Is there some way you can volunteer by doing something at home on your own time? Cutting things out? Baking something? I don't know what kind of activities they do, but surely there must be something you can help with that won't require you being there. It makes no sense to expect every parent to be there every week. If there isn't anything you can do from home, then don't feel bad about telling them that you simply cannot do it. If you don't stand up for you, no one else will either! :) :grouphug: J
  15. My family loves Nutella! We eat it with Ritz crackers. The slightly salty crackers counteract the too sweetness of Nutella. LOL Also, the Nutella crepes at IHOP are the bomb! J
  16. Thanks so much for your suggestions! I welcome more if anyone else has an opinion, especially regarding the Alpha Omega question. I've had one person IRL recommend AO. I'm not a fan of her homeschooling style so I am afraid to take her advice, if that makes any sense. :) J
  17. Oh! This is our favorite game at our house! We all get into it.... We'll be watching a movie and suddenly everyone is trying to guess where they've seen "that guy" before! So much fun. J
  18. Hi, This is my first post on the high school board. Ack! I firmly believe that the Hive can answer anything, so here goes..... My dd will be starting her 9th grade year shortly. (I refuse to begin before September!) For various reasons I have had to postpone purchasing curricula until September, so we will be beginning a little bit late this year. I am trying to choose a literature course for her. She absolutely hates being told what to read, so I doubt she'll actually love anything I choose. However, I do not want a program that will make her really hate reading. BTW, she does like to read, she just wants to read what she chooses. :P So, that being said, I would appreciate recommendations for a 9th grade literature program. I already have grammar instruction covered. We have used Lighting Lit for 7th and 8th. It was ok, but not a resounding success. DD is an excellent reader with outstanding comprehension skills. Her vocabulary is also quite good. I am also considering Alpha Omega Lifepacs for World Geography. If anyone has any experience with this program, I would appreciate your feedback. Is it better with or without the DVDs? What do the DVDs actually contain? Is it even a good program? Thank you in advance for your help. J
  19. My girls are 5 years apart, 14 & 9. When they start fighting constantly and ignore my warnings, they get "tomato staked" to each other. I make them stick to each other like velcro. It's never long before I hear them laughing and getting along again. That usually lasts for a while. Another thing I have noticed is that the amount of time they spend watching tv directly affects the way they treat each other. A common theme in shows for their age group is the bratty little sister who gets by with murder, and the older sister who is impatient and intolerant of her younger sibling. Kids on tv shows are just plain mean to each other most of the time....at least until the last 2 minutes of the show when they learn how much they really love each other (which they never remember...LOL). When I notice mine getting snippy and mean to each other, the tv gets turned off for several days. The behavior invariably improves. J
  20. We've got one of those on our group. She's been moderated...And not just by our group either. The weird thing is that she is very, very nice in person. She tends to dominate the conversation, but is otherwise quite pleasant. Let her get behind a keyboard and she turns into something else entirely! J
  21. We are in NW Louisiana. We have a large number of homeschoolers here, particularly since we have an Air Force base in town. Based on my experience, it is pretty well accepted here. I had one nice door greeter at Wal Mart ask me if my children were homeschooled. When I said yes, he started asking about curriculum. He was actually familiar with the various companies because his granddaughter homeschooled in Florida. This happened a couple of days after a lady at Target noticed my girls while we were shopping in the same section. She asked if we were homeschoolers and very sweetly told me how wonderful it was and how nice my girls were. :) The closest thing to a negative reaction (other than the "I could never do thats") that I have ever gotten was at Olive Garden. Our homeschool group had a mom's night out. Our waiter was a smart alecky boy who, once he found out we were homeschoolers, proceeded to tell us how he was so glad he had gone to public school. Like we cared! LOL Then he asked us "But do your kids get to play with other kids? Not just homeschooled kids, but other kids?" By this point he was a little on my nerves, so I just smiled and said "Yes, as soon as they are done in the sweat shop!" LOL J
  22. Wow, that could be the local Burger King, McDonald's, insert-fast-food-name here!:lol:
  23. We lived in Allen (right down the road from McKinney) for a year. Most of McKinney that I saw was kind of a pit. :( Maybe I just didn't see the nice parts. I do remember some newer shopping areas. Strip centers, really, but they were new construction. Mostly I just remember run down buildings, terrible roads, raggedy strip centers and lots of convenience store type places. Allen is very clean and attractive. They actively work on keeping even the older parts of the city from looking run down. We didn't own a home when we lived there, so I can't give you any input about HOAs. J
  24. My four barking dogs usually keep them from ringing the door bell. If they do, I just take my sweet time telling my dogs to quiet down, which they don't do, then I grab one by the collar and crack the door open. "Sorry, I have to hold her or she'll attack. No thanks, not interested!" Works like a charm. And my dogs are big noisemakers, but that is the limit of their ferocity! :)
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