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  1. If everything goes to plan.... this will be our last homeschooling year. All in all it went very well. Not exactly what I planned in September, but what we needed anyway. DS worked hard, gained a lot of independence and took resposibility where he needed to. He was challenged, and did very well. He'll be starting private high school next year. It's a good school, with a good reputation (teachers that care; strong academics and good athletics and arts programs, strong stance against bullying...) I'm optimistic. It's not the school I thought we'd fall in love with, but we really have.
  2. I greatly prefer prime factoring... extracting roots beyond that is optional. However.... I have a slightly-less-painful method for extracting roots than the long-division thing... I find it enjoyable in a "things to do while you're waiting at a bus stop and only have paper and pen" kind of way. I don't know if I can explain it right (long week...) but basically you use the (a+b )^2 = a^2 + 2ab + b^2 pattern to estimate closer and closer. So if you wanted the square root of 8872, you know it's more than 90 (90^2 = 8100), and that it can be expressed as 90^2 + 2*90*b + b^2... and with
  3. I'd certainly let them know that it might be chicken pox -- there's no downside to their being aware of the possibility, even if it isn't. DS got a very mild case of chicken pox after having had the first vaccine but not the booster. (We didn't skip it - it was just not due yet.) He had a fever of about 101 for less than 24 hours, slept through an afternoon, and then he was pretty much done with it except the blisters itching a bit.
  4. I'll second the drawing class... Since it's a fine arts credit I'd lean toward drawing from the arts side of things rather than technical drawing, but you could probably do either.
  5. If they weren't already assembled... I precook the noodles (or at least soak them in hot water) to speed up the baking part.
  6. I don't have anything against gold stars, or grades, or competitions.... DS has always enjoyed competitions and enjoyed doing well at them. My take on it all is that as much fun as rewards are, that's not enough to sustain the effort in anything for long, unless you have real interest. DS has done really well in science competitions, for instance... but no matter how big the rewards are -- and they can get pretty substantial -- the effort required to get them is HUGE. Even if you won some of the top national awards, if you divided it up into an hourly rate for the work you put into it, you'
  7. The first time DS took the ACT he was still riding in a booster seat. On the other hand, when we showed up for his first AP exam, I was thrilled that the school security guard thought he was a regular student. :) He was seven when he did the Explore and looked tiny, but did fine. I got to hang out with other parents in the school library, waiting for the kids to come out and fielding awkward questions, but he didn't get any of that.. lucky kid... lol
  8. We have Fiestaware and the racks weren't a problem....
  9. The only dishwasher I ever loved was a Bosch. They're not cheap... but they're quiet and they wash the dishes really well. We have an LG right now that DH and I both hate, but it came with the house and it's not actually broken, so we're letting it stay for now. One of these days one of us will run out of patience, and we have the Bosch all picked out to replace it.
  10. When DS was little we had a single cab pickup but you could turn the airbags off. DS rode in it as a toddler (front-facing) with the airbag on his side off.
  11. At that age DS could read Harry Potter (and did) but 99% of what he chose to read was Garfield and Calvin & Hobbes. I still read aloud to him, and he did occasionally pick up a chapter book, but he read tons and tons of comics too. No harm done... he picked up more chapter books as the years went on, and as a teenager reads some seriously challenging stuff.... but when he was six he happily buried himself in comics.
  12. Just to throw in another option.... DS really liked how Counting & Probability meshed with Number Theory. We did them simultaneously. I wouldn't try to match them up, but if you have both going at the same time, you'll find that each one is enriched by the other at different points.
  13. We go to one.. it's nice... I like that you can get out of the contract at any point, and it's only $10 a month. Also they let >13 year olds come with parents, which is nice for homeschooling a teenager (although it looks like yours aren't that age yet). Ours is open at like 5am, so DH can go before work... My only complaint is they don't seem to have "real" personal trainers. DH had a great personal trainer at his last gym, but at Planet Fitness they really seem to just show you how to use the machines. "Judgement" with an e bugs me, but apparently it's an acceptable alternate spel
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