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  1. Welcome! I see by your post count that you are new here. 🙂 While you're waiting for responses, here are some past threads on this same topic that might be of interest: "Transcript and 4-year History Cycle" "Question about History cycle and American History credit" "Handling a Great Books or integrated Humanities sequence on the transcript" "History Plan for High School"
  2. Wonderful! I do think that instead of continuing to overwhelm you by throwing curricula ideas at you (lol), it would probably be more profitable if you were to sit down and figure out exactly what days and how much time, and how *involved* 1-on-1 you can be or want to be with the DD. So, for example: 4-5 hours each on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with xx minutes of that time given over for your usual piano lessons with her, and rest of that time for being right there and mentoring and encouraging through the subjects or unit studies or materials that work best for you to oversee with her. And then you and her mom can sit down together and plan: 1. subjects -- what subjects DD needs to cover this year (or is able to cover) 2. responsibility -- who will be responsible for what (what subjects or units), or how to divide up the workload, and what might DD be able to handle on her own from a check-off list (like, reading, for example) 3. programs/resources -- what does mom already have/want to use, what do you have that fits in with the goals, and what might be needed to be purchased or borrowed And, then the 3 of you (DD and her mom and you), can discuss/plan on what special project(s) might be meaningful, therapeutic, and "teaching skills" that DD would like to do -- like a quilting project. Wishing all of you the very BEST, and hoping DD's time with you will be a respite for her and a blessing for both of you. Kudos to you for pouring out your time and energies on this family! Warmest regards, Lori D.
  3. It would have no impact on what I would plan on as far as testing. But, for each DS, we only planned on/did the PSAT once in 11th grade, and then one each of the SAT and ACT. Even if all colleges drop test scores as a general requirement, many colleges will very likely still want an SAT/ACT score from *homeschoolers* as transcript verification. Also, in response to that article's headline, "record number" of colleges could mean anything. Like, 1-2 dozen, up from previous years of just 3-4. 😉 It's a rather meaningless article, with no hard data, other than a list of 15 schools that have dropped the requirement. From what I've been seeing, that trend of dropping the SAT/ACT score has been a trend for the ivies and top tier colleges -- NOT a trend for the vast majority of state universities and private LACs. I can't imagine that the thousands of universities in the U.S. will ALL drop the requirement of an SAT/ACT test score in the next 3 years, when your DSs will be applying to college. 😉 And the odds of a student attending a non-top tier or non-selective/competive school that still requires an SAT/ACT score is so much greater, that I would proceed as planned with at least 1 SAT/ACT score for potential admission requirements. Also, taking the PSAT has to do with shooting for NM scholarship $$ (rather than college admission), so I would still have my student take that test -- and if the student makes it to semi-finalist / finalist status, they are required to take an SAT test in the fall of 12th grade. So even if a test score is not needed for college admission, there's a good chance it will still be needed for scholarship awards. As far as SAT Subject tests -- unless your students were shooting for admission to one of the less than 2-3 dozen colleges that require 2 SAT Subject scores (or there was some special program that required it), I personally wouldn't bother. But that's just me. As far as AP and/or DE -- everyone has to weigh the pros and cons of what is available to them in their unique area, look at the quality of the community college and how accepted their courses are, AND look at each student as an individual -- what works best for THIS student. And it may be "do NO AP or DE". Tens-of-thousands of students are admitted to colleges all across the country every year without ANY AP or DE. So not a requirement. Take each year as it comes. Re-evaluate each year, based on each student's needs/goals, and what opportunities are available to you. Pick what will best help each student thrive NOW in high school (and that might contribute toward success at a potential future college). No point in worrying about vague things that "may or may not happen" years down the line. 😉 Hope you all continue to enjoy, and thrive in, your homeschool high school journey! Warmest regards, Lori D. ETA: Um... gently... You and DSs are 2 months in to homeschooling 9th grade for the first time. Why on earth would your students know where they want to go to college -- or even know what field they are interested in for a possible future career?? The majority of high school students *still* don't those things in 12th grade! And over HALF of all college students *radically* switch majors partway through college. And lots of college students *switch* colleges partway through, as well. All that to say... gently... I think perhaps you're trying to think too far ahead right now, when perhaps the best thing would be to focus on doing 9th grade well. And to ENJOY the stage of the journey that you are in right now. 😉 You still have 3 years of high school to go before you would be starting to apply to colleges! Your DSs will change a LOT in that time. And they'll switch interests and get excited about a number of different possible options. That's great! Have fun exploring and encouraging each new interest as it comes, rather than trying to nail down "the best college" for that passing new interest. 😉 Warmest regards, Lori D.
  4. So sorry this has been such a struggle. I empathize -- finding a math fit for one of our DSs though the years was so tough (not to mention expensive, trying program after program). However, not to be flippant or minimize your thought here, but... I also tend to think about "Can we afford to NOT spend the money?" -- JMO, but I just don't think you can put a $$ price on getting high schoolers solid with math and writing -- the 2 core/crucial subject areas that will allow them to move into college strongly. Instead, you might try outsourcing to 8FillTheHeart's above suggestion of Derk Owens online classes -- $15 registration and $58/month -- self paced, video lessons, and you can start at any time during the year. The text is included in the cost. Another option might be Jann Perkins (a WTM board member! 🙂 ) and her My Homeschool Math classes. While the fall semester is closed now, she offers a year-round Algebra 2 "boot camp" class for $40 (28 video lessons) to help students "get back into shape and transition back into Algebra after tackling Geometry. Common problem areas of Algebra 1 reviewed and conquered are: linear equations, factoring, algebraic expressions and those pesky word problems." You might try stopping your current Algebra 2, run through the book camp, taking however much time is needed to get solid with those concepts, and then come back to the Saxon, backing up to where you first started having issues, and then moving forward from there. Also -- are you familiar with the Saxon DIVE CDs or live streaming option? Video lessons to help walk you through the textbook. BEST of luck in finding what works best for solid Math learning this year! Warmest regards, Lori D.
  5. So, so sorry! Hearing these new details about how bad the situation has been really changes any suggests. So definitely forget my thought up-thread of talking about the situation and how it might effect where/how she schools. And my personal reaction -- shock and anger at the father... there are just no words that express the outrage of someone intentionally tearing down, abusing, and permanently scarring another -- especially when the victim is a child. I am so very sorry for your friend and her children. It sounds like she first needs some counseling to help recover emotionally/mentally to be able to do school. And perhaps some art therapy and/or animal-assisted therapy. For example, there are therapeutic horse riding programs for children and teens that help calm and bolster confidence. Next, it sounds like it needs to be a combination of materials. Things that are more solo-working (and provide some output) while at home, since mom is overwhelmed dealing with the issue. And then things that are more interactive, but easy to pick up/set down, that she would do with you. And it sounds like she really, really needs some lessons or orchestra or other way to encourage her artistic/music gifts. She might need a lot of you working alongside with her, with lots of alternating turns, you doing some of it to get started and then handing off to her, or talking her through the steps and giving loads of praise and encouragement at every step, or even having her dictate the math or writing to you and you scribe to get her started. Love the Ellen McHenry science/art idea. She also has a geography/art program -- maybe that would be the way to go this year for Social Studies, rather than History. A lot of schools do Geography in 8th grade, so that would be right on track. The Thinking Tree portfolios suggested by shinyhappypeople above look like a great way of helping her get set up with bite-size, manageable amounts of schooling so she doesn't freeze up thinking there's too much to do. For writing, help her over the freezing about starting by taking turns with each writing a word or a sentence to get through a paragraph, or make it more game-like by rolling a die and the number that comes up is how many words that person contributes to the writing; then the other person rolls the die and adds on that many words; repeat, until a paragraph has been completed. Be sure you go first, so you're giving her the ability to just jump in with something already started so she doesn't freeze about starting. If your DD is home then, do 3-person writes. Make it fun and keep it light. If coming up with a topic is too much stress, then find some fun prompts, put one prompt per piece of paper, and then draw one out of a jar (again, more game-like). If a paragraph is too much, then start with taking turns doing a sentence, and do several different sentences, drawing out of the jar for what the topic of the next sentence will be. Once you've done this a number of days and she is relaxing, you might switch to the "silent notebook variation", where several times over the course of the day, you each walk over to the open notebook and add a sentence, or several sentences, or a paragraph, that each add to a story or a piece of writing on a subject of interest to her that you both alternate to build up. From there, once she is feeling more confident, you might check out Cover Story, which has video lessons, is more creative writing based, and includes a bit of grammar. The Bravewriter Arrows suggest above by Carol in Cal. might also work, although Bravewriter seems to either really fit -- or NOT fit -- with people. For math, what about desensitizing about the fear of or freak out about of numbers first with some games that involve math: - Yahtzee - Farkle - Muggins Math games (various games) - Prime Climb - board games with money (Life, Go For Broke, Monopoly, Pay Day...) - card games with adding/subtracting (here are the rules for 99) And also fun books: - Math Curse -- a picture book, but really for upper elementary/middle schoolers to laugh away math stress - Murderous Maths - Perfectly Perilous Maths - The Cryptoclub - The Number Devil - The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat, and, Puzzles from Penrose - Math and Magic in Wonderland (gr. 4-6) - The Man Who Counted: A Collection of Mathematical Adventures - Mathematicians are People Too And then move into some problem-solving that does not look like a traditional math workbook/textbook: - Jousting Armadillos- Zacarro Challenge Math- TOPS (gr. 6-10): Graphing, Probability, Measuring Length, Metric Measuring gr. 5-8 or gr. 8-12; More Metric Measuring; Math Lab- Patty Paper Geometry I also recommend the Keys to... math series of workbooks -- very gentle and incremental, with lots of practice for gaining confidence, and they come at the different math topics from multiple ways to help develop math connections and thinking, but also so that if one way isn't "clicking" for the student, the next method of presentation might. Spending this year getting solid with Fractions, Decimals, and Percents would be great prep for moving forward next year into Pre-Algebra or a gentle Algebra 1. Those are all workbooks, so that would provide a lot of demonstrable "output". Hands-On Equations might also be a great, gentle intro into basic Algebra concepts. Can easily be done WITH her, and also has worksheets for "output". Wishing you all the very BEST and that this young lady experiences some great success and JOY in learning and discovering this year with you. Warmest regards, Lori D.
  6. Hire a tutor? Outsource the class? If those options are not workable, then what about Teaching Textbooks (TT)? Video lessons, and every single problem worked out for you on the videos. I would encourage you to back up and start at the beginning of the TT program so that DS can have some good success (since he will know many of the early chapter topics) WHILE he is getting used to the new perspective/teaching method. Or, since you need to get MUS for younger DS, what about going ahead and getting it now, and run through that for the rest of the year with older DS as an Alg. 2 "warm-up", and then next year go through Saxon Algebra 2. That gives you the teaching videos to help you as well. I urge you not to feel as though you must "rush" to finish Algebra 2 this year. It will be okay! If it takes backing up, or switching again, and ultimately takes 1.5 - 2 years to do Algebra 2, you still have plenty of time for that! Older DS is 10th grade, so even if it takes all the way through 11th grade to complete Alg. 2, you still have 12th grade to complete a 4th math credit (and one that is a higher-than-Alg. 2 credit, which is what a lot of colleges look for in their admission requirements).
  7. Would that be textbooks or workbooks (steady, measurable output at grade level) for core subjects? Or what about something like Time4Learning -- online, self-paced, self-grading, core subjects that she could do while at home/with mom or with you, and the add in "optional" subjects done in a more relaxed way or as unit studies as she feels up for it and is with you so that she has more adult input/assistance with those optional subjects?? Also, where are her writing skills? If she's comfortable with the average types of writing, then writing could be some of the "output" for the non-core subjects if they are done in a more relaxed, non-traditional way. Or projects perhaps -- would she have the energy and interest for a longer/more involved science project entered into a regional science competition? Also, I would think it would be critical to get her linked with a homeschool support group, for social activities to help giver her some emotional balance and activities to look forward too... ETA Is DD old enough to sit down and talk about this without it freaking her out, but to help her see that some effort towards school work is really important right now, even though she is dealing with a lot right now. - i.e., "We need to show steady progress with you home studies, so the courts can see that you are moving forward in your education. If the courts don't see that, the courts could require you to attend a public school."
  8. So, would you want/need some specific curricula ideas? Scheduling ideas? Not quite sure how we can best help you as you help them... Do you have a more detailed idea of what is needed educationally and what you could/would provide?
  9. (((hugs))) to 13yo and her mom. And to you, for helping give them a break and a bit of stability while they process this stressful situation. Is the mom homeschooling her DD? And if so, what is she using? Or is the DD in school and needs to complete work assigned at school? Because my initial thought is if they are homeschooling, perhaps give them both a respite with some relaxed schooling. Do core subjects: * Literature: read good, engaging, uplifting books (NOT on heavy topics) -- a reader, and a read-aloud * Writing: * Math: her regular math -- but maybe set aside the textbook for now and just do some fun math explorations I'd set aside things like Grammar and Geography for now -- unless it's a topic DD loves and would like to keep going with. And then *optionally* do other subjects, as it works for DD -- I personally would vote for more relaxed, unstructured exploration to take the pressure off, and so everything will be more interesting or follow DD's interests, and will feel like a win. Science and/or History "light" -- ideas: - documentaries, interesting feature films - biographies of interesting people - unit study on a topic of high interest to the DD - science kit and or history hands-on project - research a topic of interest to the DD Art or Music Appreciation. Or Film Appreciation (watch classic films and discuss). Or making art. Or learning to sketch informally with Mark Kistler's Draw Squad. Or other... -- as she would be interested. Or not. 😉 What about a satisfying extracurricular or personal hobby development that could be picked up/put down in a relaxed way? --cooking, baking, cake decorating, jewelry making, electronic/soldering kits, woodworking, gardening, ceramics/pottery making, sewing, knitting/crotcheting...
  10. You might check out Keys to Algebra series. That said... DS#2 used MUS Algebra 1. Yes it is light. And it also does not have quite the depth of explanation for some of the topics that would help solidify concepts. However, if you're more using it as an introduction to Algebra before doing a different Algebra later on, then it might be find. MUS is very visual, and if that's where you DS struggles -- needs visual/concrete to understand the very abstract concepts of Algebra -- then MUS might be a good fit. And, it has the instructional videos, so you could watch alongside DS to help you keep up easily to help DS as needed, since you have a full plate with other things going on. (Sorry you are having health issues!)
  11. Well, it wasn't a matter of what worked best for ME (your thread title, lol) ... It was all about finding what worked best for math struggling DS#2. 😉 DS#1 seemed to be born knowing his math facts, so I honestly can't recall ever *doing* math facts in any way with him. But DS#2... He is a very visual spatial learner, which means he is about "whole to parts" (math facts are "parts to whole" learning), and he is a concrete processor (meaning he needs tangible and visible connections and real-life "meaning" for learning to "stick" (math facts are very "abstract", and their connection to real-life use is subtle). So.... what worked here: - skip count songs and Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication Rock (catchy, and stuck in his mind, and he could run through the song to find the needed math fact) - triangle flashcards, which connect 3 numbers as "fact families" (reduces memorization by 75%, as FOUR math facts are embedded in ONE fact family -- example: 6, 7, 42 gives you the facts of 6x7=42, 7x6=42, 42/6=7, 42/7=6 -- AND, it makes a meaningful connection between those numbers) - connecting a picture and short "story" to a math fact make it memorable, and to help embed in long term memory (visuals and story tend to go straight to long term memory) -- so things like Times Tables the Fun Way, or Times Tales, or - teaching of math fact "tricks" (such as adding 9 is like adding 10 then subtract 1; or, multiplying by 10, just add a zero -- multiply by 5 is multiply by 10 and cut it in half) - using a 100 number chart to help him find "patterns" in the multiples -- some Miquon worksheets do that What also helped, once he started getting some math facts ((i.e., meaningful real-life use of math facts): - playing dice games that required adding or multiplying - playing board games using money -- requires adding and subtracting and exchanging different denominations - seeing connections between numbers/math families/math facts through discovery with cusienaire rods (and, again, Miquon worksheets) What did NOT work here: - any kind of math fact drill, esp. if it required writing of answers -- especially if timed (total melt down!!!!) -- Calculadders, Saxon math drill sheets, etc. - any kind of timed computer drill (again, timed = total melt down) - any kind of timed hand-held electronic math fact drill (you guessed... timed = total melt down) - Math Wrap-Ups (memorized the wrap pattern rather than the math facts, LOL) Other things we tried -- hard to tell if it helped or not: - Math-It -- based on teaches math fact "tricks" and drilling those facts in small batches with flash cards - Number Muncher -- computer game with "munching" the correct math fact
  12. Sara Zarr is a Christian author who tastefully deals with these issues in her award-winning young adult books. Tasteful, but direct in tackling these kinds of tough topics head-on. Story of a Girl How To Save A Life Sweethearts Once Was Lost Gem and Dixie I'm so sorry if there is a real-life reason for needing books on these hard topics. Warmest regards, Lori D.
  13. Beowulf -- free Penguin publishers teacher guide Canterbury Tales -- free helps: Sparknotes and Cliff Notes -- summaries, analysis, key quotations, etc. Glencoe Literature Library guide -- background on author/times, graphic organizers, discussion questions, vocabulary
  14. You might check out VideoText -- it runs from Pre-Algebra, through Algebra 1, through Algebra 2 in one text with video lessons. I'd suggest just starting at the beginning, and where your student is solid with the material and gets it, move more quickly, and where your student hits a topic that is unfamiliar or that doesn't "click", slow down. There are 176 video lessons / 10 units, so it is conceivable to complete the program in one year, esp. if earlier lessons go quickly, leaving more time for the Alg. 2 topics. You might consider a Consumer Math program to get solid with using the "every day" math he will need in real life. Also, a Business Math (or bookkeeping or an intro to accounting course) would be extremely useful for going into the trades and having to keep the "books" for all of his business transactions. It looks like Trig is used in things like architecture, electrical engineering, manufacturing, building inspectors, astronomy, geography/cartography, and navigation. Would he be headed in any of those directions? Statistics would be esp. helpful if he's heading towards a job as a meteorologist or financial analyst, or in marketing or operations research analysis... FWIW: I did somewhat force the issue with my DS#2 (who is a very black & white thinker who was fully convinced that Algebra was completely useless to him). It did take 1.5 years to get through MUS Algebra 2, but I'm extremely glad we did it. Doing the Alg. 2 into the later high school years helped keep abstract math fresher in his mind, and it really helped him place well at the community college to be able to do the classes he wanted/needed. Just our experience. 😉 I also had him do a Consumer Math program for his 4th math credit. BEST of luck in finding what's the best math topic AND the best math program for DS! Warmest regards, Lori D.
  15. Beowulf. BUT... since it's short, I'd also suggest reading 2-3 of the Canterbury Tales, too. Perhaps The Pardoner's Tale, The Nun's Priest Tale, and The Wife of Bath's Tale.
  16. If trying to match publishing date of publishing dates, then the first 2 of the following classics are closest in publishing date: approx. 1380s-1390s = Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 1392 = The Canterbury Tales 1418-1427 = Imitation of Christ I can't think of another widely-read classic written in the rest of the 1400s -- it would have to be something like Farrar's historical fiction suggestion for staying in that century. I totally agree that doing a few of the The Canterbury Tales is a high school standard and is worthwhile (it was on our "must read" list 😄 ). But it was written in the Late Middle Ages (as was Imitation of Christ). If OP needs a work that fits in with the History time period listed in the original post -- Fall of Rome to Early Middle Ages -- roughly 500-1000AD -- then Beowulf or a King Arthur work, or even possibly Macbeth (even though it was written in 1606), is going to give a closer "feel" for early Middle Ages. I think it may come down to whether the original poster is looking for classic lit. written in that broad time frame, or is looking for historical fiction of a more specific time frame to match up with the history period being studied... 😉
  17. Just to be on the safe side, I would call the school you are testing with *today* and run over with the IDs to show them, and make sure those IDs will be accepted.
  18. - Beowulf would be the only one on your list that is at a high school level, and that is classic literature for digging into with literature analysis and learning about lit. topics. - Beowulf, Dragon Slayer (Sutcliff) -- gr. 4-6 reading level; her historical fiction is great, but a 9th grader who loves to read can handle a full translation of Beowulf. 😉 - Merry Adventures of Robin Hood is most typically a middle school work. - GA Henty's historical fiction has little to no depth for literary analysis, AND, some of his works contain historical inaccuracies and imperialistic views. _______________________ Side note: I really dislike Notgrass' literature selections for World History and American History: - way too weird and scattered with no unifying "thread" running throughout - too much nonfiction (which cannot be analyzed in the way fiction/poetry/plays can be, and is better used as supplemental reading in support of the actual History) - too much historical fiction - not enough actual classics of literature - and not much in the way of actual instruction, background and helps for literary analysis and learning about literature topics Whew... with THAT off my chest... (LOL!) ... Ideas for substitutes that are classics done in high school and that will get you the biggest "bang for your buck" as far as works that are well-known and alluded to: ancients (B.C. to 500AD) -- although, it looks like you're already past this time period, these are still very worthwhile to read in high school: - The Odyssey -- and the Garlic Press Discovering Literature guide -- meaty! - Greek myths medieval (500AD - 1500AD) - Beowulf -- Seamus Heaney or Burton Raffel translation -- here's the free Glencoe Lit. Library guide to go along - a few Canterbury Tales (Chaucer) -- MacCaughrean's abridged retelling is frequently used; Tenggren's edition is also abridged/retelling, with language not too far from the original - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight -- Tolkien, Burton, or Amitage translations are most frequently used - possibly a King Arthur work (perhaps The Once and Future King by T.H. White?)
  19. Then it sounds like UTD might not be a good fit financially (or logistically) if he has to declare a major upon acceptance and the financial aid is tied to that major. I'd suggest looking elsewhere, at the other schools he applied to, and see if some of those schools allow him to come in with an undeclared major. He can also look closer at what majors are offered at the other schools he applied to. Or, if that is the only school he applied to, it's still early enough to apply at other schools. Perhaps take a gap year to volunteer, work, and get some life experience, which may better help him decide what he wants to do college-wise and career wise a year from now. Perhaps start at the local community college and take gen. ed. classes that will transfer to a university, and take about what he is interested in doing. Or go for a shorter (2-year) AAS degree at the community college that will be a cheaper option and a "direct to work" degree at a higher pay level. Then he could work awhile and see if that's the field he is interested in. re: parents suggesting majors or trying to convince children towards a specific job field From my personal experience, and what things I see parents around me suggest to their student, this almost never helps a student. It just makes them feel more pressure, not only because they don't know exactly what they want to do, but now they also have to deal with "mom and dad want me to do this". Ug. Parents mean well, but they tend to suggest majors/career fields based on pay, advancement options, and benefits -- not so much on student's actual interests, strengths, and abilities. Instead I'd recommend paying for some in-depth career testing with a skilled career counselor. Or try online testing -- several people on these boards have said their children had very accurate and helpful results with YouScience. There were more suggestions for free online career tests in this past thread: "What occupation is right for you tests?"
  20. All of these are fast, and could be picked up/set down as needed: Pit -- best for at least 5 plays, and 6-8 is really great; collect all of the same type of card by trading (loudly, lol) with others 5 Crowns -- drawing/discarding card game until you get the sets and/or runs needed to go down Rook -- bidding/trick-taking card game Nertz (or, Speed Demon) -- each person has a deck of cards and plays solitaire, but everyone jointly can build up on the aces in the center; fast paced! Boggle -- how many words can you find and jot down; each person would need paper/pencil Catch Phrase -- giving clues / guessing words and phrases before the timer goes off Farkle, or, Fill Or Bust -- roll dice and different combinations are worth different points Jenga -- stacking blocks challenge Speed Stacking -- actually a competitive sport; timed challenge of stacking/restacking cups in a pattern (watch the video at that link)
  21. Since DD is the one who would be doing the exercise, it's critical to get her input about what would be of interest to HER as far as exercise. If there's not any buy-in or interest in -- or if there's actual outright dislike of -- a physical activity, it's only going to become a battle and make it that much harder to get her moving with any kind of exercise. Doing something active with someone always helps make it more interesting, so biking with dad would be great. Or if she joined you in an exercise video. You and DD could take a brisk 20 minute walk together around the neighborhood before starting school each morning. Also think in terms of short "bursts" of activity. What about during the day while you're homeschooling? For example, several times throughout the day, at the end of working for 50 minutes, stop for a 10-minute "brain break", and you both run to the corner and back at one end of your street, and then to the other corner and back. Or do an inside activity for 5 minutes -- jump rope, bounce on a mini indoor trampoline, put on a lively song and dance vigorously... Accomplishing a set goal from an outside source can help keep you accountable and be more fun. What about together committing to completing the Presidential Fitness Challenge this year? Another "challenge" that can be done in your own timing and way, as a family, is if you've read the book or watched the movies of The Lord of the Rings -- The Walk to Rivendell Challenge. Does she have friends in the hybrid school? Can you meet regularly with them for active play? (hikes, "airsoft wars", running around in the the backyard or at a park, etc.) Or do any of the other students have classes in something active that DD can join (ballet, ballroom dance, folk dancing, martial arts, ice skating, tennis, etc.) For example, dance might be more interesting again if done with a friend. Also, some studios have recreational level of lessons -- for example, if you're in the Phoenix Valley area, it looks like the AZ All Stars has "recreational and competitive gymnastics, dance, cheer, and fitness instruction for ages 6-18." While "club" sports are highly competitive (and expensive!), what about signing up for a weekly Parks & Rec class? One of our DSs had fun doing indoor hockey and basketball through P&R. The other did baseball through NYS (National Youth Sports). Again, if you're in the Phoenix Valley area, here's the website for that area. Both options were much more relaxed and less about aggressively trying to train to become a Division 1 level athlete by college, lol. Another "relaxed" activity might be Sports Kids AZ, which has homeschool and after school physical activity options. Or perhaps there is a "cause" that DD would love to support -- she could train for several weeks for a walk-a-thon, and get sponsors (relatives, friends, neighbors, etc.) to support her for each mile walked, and then walk 10-15 miles on the "Big Day", and then she gets to donate the proceeds to her cause. Or, if she likes biking, set it up as a long bike ride with dad as a "bike-a-thon". Or see if there is already a fundraiser for a cause of her interest that is doing something similar and join in. Not very strenuous at all, but fun and it gets you moving a bit is an After School Bowling League.
  22. I'm with you! The more colors, the more table setting options! 😉 Love plum, too. They are both so lovely! I'd rather they dump the very un-colorful things like ivory, white, and foundry before dropping yummy deep colors. Have you scouted around online for individual pieces in plum to fill out your collection of that color? Here's one site with "close-outs" of retired colors.
  23. Thank you! I forwarded it to DH and DSs -- I've desperately been wanting to add last year's new color of Mulberry to our dish set! 😛 And it looks like they FINALLY have a decent green now, with this year's new color of "Meadow" ...
  24. Plastic or melamine dinnerware from Target, Kohl's, BedBath&Beyond, Ikea, etc.? -- NOTE: many varieties are NOT for microwave safe
  25. BEST of luck to your DS -- and to everyone on these boards who has a student taking the PSAT! Warmest regards, Lori D.
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