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  1. Emancipation is no longer an option if the student is 18yo -- emancipation is for minors (under the age of 18). It might be a good idea for a young adult in this type of situation to very quietly start gathering up all of their legal documents and records, in case a sudden move is needed, or if parents decide to be very uncooperative about releasing documents. Things like: - official birth certificate - driver's license and passport - insurance card and information about the family's medical/dental providers - social security card - tax records and any other legal documents - portfolio of homeschool documents, or photocopies, in case forced to re-create a transcript It would also be wise if parents are on the student's bank account, to quietly withdraw funds, close those accounts, and set up new accounts (with new account numbers and new PIN #)) with no parent access. If parents refuse to provide financial info on the FAFSA, check out paragraphs 2, 3, and 4 of this Fast Web article. The article notes that in cases of abuse or hostile home environment, in order to override the usual requirement of needing parent financial info, the student needs to be provide "third party documentation of the situation" -- such as a copy of a court protection order, letter from a social work teacher, clergy, or guidance counselor. That type of documentation (and outside help!) might be a good idea anyways, if the situation involves any kind of abuse. So sorry for all involved, and hope it all soon resolves well. Warmest regards, Lori D.
  2. Yes, a globe! But also an atlas. Also consider smaller individual maps: - dry erase lapboard -- U.S., World - place mat maps -- U.S., world, Africa, Asia, Europe... etc. - puzzle maps -- magnetic or regular jigsaw, U.S., jigsaw, world And a choice of workbook: Evan-Moor Daily Geography practice -- grade 1, grade 3 -- or if preferring to work orally, split the difference and do them together with the grade 2 book The MCP Maps series Map Skills series etc. And some don't miss books -- many might be at your library: Young Discoverers: Maps and Mapping (Taylor) Me on the Map (Sweeney) Maps and Globes (Knowlton) As The Crow Flies (Hartman) Kat's Maps (Scieszka) There's A Map on My Lap! (Tish) The Fly on the Ceiling (Glass) -- coordinates Also, if you are a AAA member, consider getting some paper maps from them, and explore. Or get a road atlas book of maps and mark places the DC have gone, or where relatives live.
  3. I LOVE Century Golem Edition -- oh.my.goodness! The crystals! Things to fidget with! the cute Miyazaki-like artwork! The crystals! Not too long to play, and different every time! And did I mention -- the crystals! For up to 5 players. Looks like it's only available through the game publisher at present...
  4. Yes, I LOVE sitting down and talking homeschooling with moms just starting out or who are at the "is this even a possibility stage"! A few years ago it was a lot of moms thinking of switching to homeschooling for middle school or high school. The past few years, it's new moms -- several of home were homeschooled themselves! Their moms all used Abeka and traditional "school at home" things with them, so they are all excited to learn about the explosion of new things. And, I am happy that I keep up with what everyone on these boards uses so that I can I can fun sharing about the things, as well as all the eclectic things we did... 😄
  5. Well, definitely save your original UNpruned long informational emails -- you'll use those at some point! 😄 For book recommendations: The Everything Guide to Homeschooling (Linsenbach) is the best book out there that I've seen. It covers everything a person needs to know to get started with homeschooling, and it is laid out very cleanly and feels like the info is in friendly, manageable chunks. Also, it was published in 2015, so the info is still pretty recent in the fast-changing world of homeschooling. Obviously, after that, I'm partial to The Well Trained Mind. 😉 But to start with, whenever I talk to people interested in homeschooling who have been referred to me, I start with very basic info (what is required to homeschool), and then start asking questions, so that the flood of information can come at them a trickle at a time so they can actually absorb it, and so it can be of the type of info that they are looking for at that moment. I also let them know I'm happy to continue the discussion, either answering specific questions, or I can send them more detailed information on things like the different educational philosophies, or suggestions for curricula, or other topics. Example: To start homeschooling: 1. Find out what is legal required in your state to start homeschooling. See this _________ (fill in with a link to their state's regulations) 2. If your child is currently in a school, you'll also want to officially withdraw them, get an official copy of your child's records/transcript (esp. if in high school). 3. Here's a list _____________ of what subjects you'll need to cover. So you'll need to select curricula/programs for teaching/covering each subject. 4. Talking to local homeschoolers can help "mentor" you (show you materials, share what to expect, point you towards local resources and opportunities). Here's how to find a local support group _________________ (fill in with links to local groups in their area) Questions to ponder to help you figure out what homeschooling will look like for you, and to help you figure out how to select curricula and programs to purchase for teaching: - Why are you considering homeschooling, and what do you hope to get out of homeschooling? - What are your goals for homeschooling?-- - What is your "educational philosophy"? -- (can link to an article like this one (I love the questions in that article), or if you've already written something) - Does your child have any special needs for learning? -- (learning disabilities? advanced/gifted? mental health or physical health? etc.) - Will you have any particular needs for teaching? -- (examples: video lessons? "scripted" lessons? a teacher guide? just an answer key? etc.) - What specific questions do you have? I've talked to (or emailed) with "interested in" people often enough to realize that it's best to start off slow with just short answers to their actual questions. Otherwise, they are overwhelmed with too much info that they don't yet know whether or not they even need, and they don't yet have the knowledge about homeschooling to know how to sort through all the info to find what they need to know. LOL. And many times, I find these people are only "casually interested," so sending them a ton of information is a waste of *my* time. Again, I find it helpful to start off by asking things like: "What exactly did you want to know?" Or, "Were you looking for something specifically, such as 'How do you homeschool?' Or, 'Where do I get the curriculum?' Or 'what exactly does homeschooling look like?' "
  6. Welcome! I see by your post count that you are new. 🙂 Here are 3 books -- the first is mostly a list; the second two have myths/tales for depth and context: - Egyptian Gods and Goddesses (Barker) -- right about a 1st grade reading level - Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs (Williams) -- a read-aloud, at a grade 1-5 interest level - National Geographic: Treasury of Egyptian Mythology (Napoli) -- a read-aloud, at a grade 3-6 reader level
  7. That is fantastic! What you may find is that the novelty eventually wears off, so that's when to slow down the pace or volume -- yes, continue to do the Cornell Notes regularly (like, maybe once a week or every two weeks for one subject) -- enough to keep practicing and getting better at it, but not so much as to come to hate it, LOL! ... Or, it may also become a regular routine and your 'new normal' and you all never look back or need to slow it down... 😄 Such great examples you shared of what all your family is doing! Thanks for this! Warmest regards, Lori D.
  8. Perhaps some of the books from the Magic Treehouse and Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventure series? Magic Treehouse (by Osborne) #3 = Mummies in the Morning = Africa = ancient Egypt #6 = Afternoon on the Amazon = S. America - jungle #11 = Lions at Lunchtime = Africa - savannah #12 = Polar Bears Past Bedtime = Arctic #14 = Day of the Dragon King = Asia - ancient China #18 = Buffalo Before Breakfast = N. American plains, Lakota Native Americans #19 = Tigers at Twilight = Asia - India, jungle #20 = Dingoes at Dinnertime = Australia #26 = Good Morning Gorillas = Africa - rain forest #28 = High Tide in Hawaii = Oceania - Pacific Islands Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures -- by various authors Mount Rushmore Calamity (Pennypacker) - N. America - USA northwest Japanese Ninja Surprise (Pennypacker) - Asia - Japan Intrepid Canadian Expedition (Pennypacker) - N. America - Canada Amazing Mexican Secret (Greenhug) - Central America - Mexico African Safari Discovery (Greenhut) - Africa - savannah Flying Chinese Wonders (Greenhut) - Asia - China Australian Boomerang Bonanza (Greenhut) - Oceania - Australia Framed in France (Greenhut) - Europe - France While those were GREAT suggestions above (Sonlight E booklist and the link to the World Geography list), just be aware that the reading level for the vast marjority of those books starts at grade 5 and goes up.
  9. - get good sleep each night - be sure you are staying hydrated - reduce/cut out alcohol - reduce salt intake - look into the possibility of a food allergy (wheat, corn, and dairy are big ones) - rather than rubbing your eyes (as we age, skin thins, and rubbing is more likely to cause breaking of tiny blood vessels and pooling of blood to create shadows), use cold cucumber slices 2x/day to cool skin which reduces blood vessels right at the surface, and also relaxes your eyes, so not so much a need for rubbing Also, check out this article: "How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Permanently." The title is misleading (because it's not always possible to permanently be rid of dark circles if they are heredity-related), but the main idea is solid -- to know how to treat it, figure out the cause first -- and it lists some home remedies, as well as some medical procedures.
  10. @Monica_in_Switzerland That is super! You are right about college -- I learned and used a version of Cornell Note taking in college and flew through, hardly having to do more than review notes the night before a test as a result, because it embeds the information by taking notes in class, then immediately after, filling in anything missing, and then going over it again right then to make your key word notes in the left column. 😉 I just caution to have VERY simple/basic expectations -- esp. for your 5th grader -- as this type of note taking can be very exhausting (both from a mental standpoint and from a "writing hand" standpoint). Also, Cornell Notes require the ability to analyze and synthesize -- skills that are JUST beginning to develop in the middle school years. Also, a general comment for others reading this thread: Cornell Notes work great for many students -- but not all. Some students, esp. "right-brain" or visual-spatial learners, need a different type of note taking method, such as mind mapping or sketch notes. Absolutely great to teach the Cornell Notes method, but help out your non-linear/logical thinkers with other ways of capturing key thoughts and ideas in note taking as well. 😉 Here is a website and a video and another video for how to take Cornell Notes.
  11. Your girls are young enough that you could certainly switch to a 4 day school week for doing your "heavy lifting" academics, and have the 5th day of your week be for bigger projects, hands-on, science experiments, art, field trips, etc. Having a day, or half a day that is regularly set aside for projects makes it much easier for YOU to make sure projects happen, esp. if you're not a "craft-y" person. And if you feel a day or half a day per week is taking too much away from your book and seat work academics, what about extending your school year by 4 weeks, to a 40-week school year, with that one day a week for hands-on and "supplemental" educational things? And, rather than switching curricula, what about just *adding* some crafts or projects to go with whatever history, science, geography, etc. that you're already doing? Maybe let her flip through a few books and pick out a handful of projects she would enjoy doing at the rate of 1 per week for the next 12 weeks, make a list of all the supplies you'll need, get the supplies, throw them in a plastic bin, and pull it out once a week. That makes it SO much easier to actually DO the crafts, when everything is right there in the bin, ready to go. For both History and Science check out the oodles of kits and hands-on projects at Rainbow Resource Catalog. Looks like from your signature, you're doing American History -- a few fast ideas: A Kid's Guide to African American History -- crafts and activities American History activity books by Lauri Carlson: Colonial Kids; More Than Moccasins; Wesward Ho History Pockets: Colonial America; Native Americans And science kits -- Fingerprint Lab Crystal Mining kit Sun print kit / paper What about adding hands-on to her free time? IIs she old enough to be able to do some art and hand-crafts on her own? loop loom string art recycled paper beads charm bracelet kit soap making kit Sun catcher kit eraser making kit Also, what about adding in some fast crafts to go with the holidays? Examples: 18 Adorable DIY Thanksgiving crafts Art Projects for Kids website: Thanksgiving And don't forget to regularly include time in your schedule for fun special baking if she likes like kind of craft -- maybe make the treat to go with your CM tea and poetry every week or every other week. 😉
  12. Similar to you ladies -- but, with age has come food/dietary issues for me, so I just eat before I go, bring a main dish to donate for everyone else, and stand around and chat rather than eat. It works. 😉
  13. Those are nice, but antithetical wishes on the part of those people, LOL 😉 Can I wish to have an income, but one where I don't have to mess with doing any work...? 😂 It's all sort of like you can have 2 of the 3 for homeschooling -- cheap, easy, quality -- but it's impossible to have all 3 simultaneously. 😄
  14. Sounds like it's time to switch it to a different type of eating format: - "BYOMD (Bring Your Own Main Dish) for you, PLUS a side to share" - or, schedule your event at a NON-meal time, and let everyone sign up to bring plates/napkins, drinks, and snacks for off-hour noshing - or, in advance, collect $15 from each family and order a stack of pizzas to be delivered - or, make it a NO FOOD event
  15. Wasn't quite sure what you're looking for here... Are you looking for general input about you doing work + school and how to schedule home life to make that all fit? Or are you looking for specific homeschool materials and ways of homeschooling that might make this all possible?? For example: - would you want, and would it work, for MIL to full-time homeschool while you do full-time school + part time work - can you reduce overall time spent on homeschooling per day, and go to a year-round schedule of homeschooling to fit better with your schedule - is DH able to take over 1 school subject to do with DC at nights or on weekends, to reduce your homeschooling time - can you reduce/streamline things like shopping/cooking/cleaning to free up time for school -- like, shop 1x/week, make/freeze bulk meals, make mostly crockpot/instant pot dinners, DH and you alternate making dinners, buy more frozen/pre-made dinners, etc. And... before even getting to that point of thinking about options, I would ask: - are online classes (esp. a 100% online program) a good fit for YOU? - and you self-motivated to schedule and keep it up day after day with no classroom support/accountability? And another question: do they have a non-accelerated program that takes longer, and would that fit into your current schedule better -- so take 3-4 years doing 1 class at a time, but which allows you to still work and homeschool and have a home life. - also: how supportive will DH and MIL (and your DC) be of you taking out 2 years to do this program?
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