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Lori D.

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  1. (((Caedmyn))) 💞 <--- this will have to stand in for the old board emoji of the group hug
  2. Welcome! I see by your post count you are new. My reaction to the book: Humorous, and insightful into the types of temptations and faulty thinking to which Christians (myself included!) are prone to. I gained a number of good lessons for myself out of the book -- and also a personal favorite humorous, ironic line: "By Jove, I'm being humble!" 😂 You might enjoy digging deeper into the book with these free resources: - study guide from the C.S. Lewis Study Program - Sparknotes summaries & analysis
  3. Can you trace back to when this started and see something that changed at that time? For example, I once changed night lights in my DSs' bedroom, and it was brighter so DS wasn't getting enough deep sleep, after 3 nights with the new night light and not enough sleep, he was a whiny mess. I thought back to how long had the new behavior been going on, and what else (even seemingly unrelated things) had changed. I remembered the night light, and as soon as I removed it, bingo! Back to deep sleep, getting fully rested, and whining falling apart behavior stopped. So -- is your toddler getti
  4. Yes, I pre-read most all the Literature books that DSs were going to be doing solo, all the way through high school. Summer was a great time to do that. By high school, I did NOT read read most of the solo books for history or science. When I could, I would try and squeeze in reading a few of these books, but many were completely solo-reads by the student, which I think is actually a good thing for students to develop their own identity and become "experts" on some topics that mom doesn't know much about. Sometimes I had the DS provide a presentation at the end of the book to the rest of us --
  5. Welcome to the WTM boards, and to homeschooling! The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War -- that's a great one to go along with your ancient History. Below are a few more titles you might enjoy to go with your ancient history (that may be available at your local library!) For science, at that age, you could keep it simple and enjoy reading the Let's Read and Find Out About Science book series, esp. level 2. And watch Magic School Bus episodes together on the PBS website--there are extension activities on the PBS Kids website if you want to include some hands-on. 😉 For read-alouds
  6. It was always critical for me to get out of the house regularly (3x/week) and swim laps -- for physical exercise, but the cardio and regular breathing of swimming helped throw of stress and reduce depression that can arise from simply not breathing deeply enough. (I've been trying for over 5 years now to find a different physical/cardio thing I like and can do, as finding a pool that was open with consistent hours just became impossible.) Once we started homeschooling (DSs were grades 1 & 2), a different type of stress arose as we discovered DS#2 had mild LDs + strong will + a high resi
  7. Hey, I STILL have a giant binder of print outs of helpful WTM posts about homeschooling high school, dating back 15 years! I did stop actively *collecting* print outs of posts once the last DS graduated--which was over 8 years ago now... 😉
  8. I know... I clicked on every one of those past threads, and they are "recursive" -- they just dump you back into the main thread. And then I searched on this board AND via a google search -- no dice. I think most of those were from before that major board upgrade in 2016, which caused most threads from before then to vanish forever... 😭 Only 3 of those are in the High School Motherlode #1 -- and it looks like those links have been broken or those are dead threads now, even in the Motherlode thread -- and I directly re-linked every single thread after a previous board upgrade. Looks like I'm
  9. Here's the Cathy Duffy review. _______________________________ No personal experience -- just an assessment from the sample pages, and in looking at it through the eyes of teaching high school lit. & writing to homeschool co-op classes, and from having gone "DIY" with our own Lit. when we were homeschooling high school... Just from looking at the table of contents and sample pages -- it covers the usual or "standard" authors/works, plus some nice choices of additional authors. It goes up through the 1960s (a lot of other programs stop by the 1930s-1950s). I can't tell if it just c
  10. lol. Well, the math topics she is getting into now are different from a few years ago, so that might account for different interest level in math. And interests just change over time, from one subject to another... 😉 Not at all what you were looking for, BUT... the book Math Curse (Scieszka) is hilarious. 😄
  11. Ug... A lot of the links I posted to past threads in that thread are broken, and searching is not turning up most of them. 😢 However, there are a lot of threads linked in "High School Motherlode #1", on PAGE 1, under the heading of "Getting Started" and then under the sub-heading of "High School on a Budget" that overlap... 😄
  12. I've read SOOO many posts where teen attitude torpedoes the doing high school as homeschool, and it's not pretty! 😵 And on the flip side, I've also read a LOT of posts where teens who do go to high school are thriving AND it's allowing for terrific relationships between teen/parent and teen/siblings. 😄 Also, while high school may be "all-or-nothing" for going to a brick-and-mortar school, it is NOT all-or-nothing going the other way. A student can start in 9th grade at a brick-and-mortar school, and if the family is finding after a year or two that it's just not working well, the student c
  13. Another DIY-er here. The only thing we outsourced for high school was a few semesters of dual enrollment for foreign language. A few questions and observations to start you out as you look ahead to high school: Teen ability/attitude reality check: I do think that the teen's attitude and/or ability is really critical to being able to homeschool high school. Period. If there are special needs or delays (ability), OR if the student rejects parent teaching (attitude), then homeschooling high school really may not be the best educational option for a student. Learning just doesn't happe
  14. Ceramic tile here for almost 20 years. It's been fine. There are very small chipped spots here and there where something heavy hit the floor and took out a chunk of the tile. And a few pieces of glass dishware has hit the floor and broken. It does stay cool in the hot summers. It's not as low maintenance cleaning-wise as I would wish -- mopping alone does not address the build-up of dirt (over all the tile, not just at the grout line) from shoes and pets, so about every other week I get on hands and knees and scrub it with a brush and bleach water, and then wipe up the excess scrubbing water w
  15. lol -- You're right! I so take that for granted that I just had basic car maintenance -- not the learning to drive! 😂 We had both DSs learn both automatic and stick, as we have both. I know stick is going the way of the dinosaur, but you never know when that might come in handy. 😉 We also had them go through a driving course given to teens by the local police dept. that teaches how to handle wet and slippery roads, how to pull out of a skid, how to get back onto the road from a shoulder that is lower and all gravel/loose sand, etc.
  16. Great thread idea -- I hope others will pipe up! These 2 past threads are linked on PAGE 4 of the big pinned thread "College (and post high school) Motherlode", at the top of the WTM College Board: Before sending students off to college (things to do)Getting them ready to leave home A few things that come to mind: - home = basic cooking and shopping skills; how to fix basic things around the house (or even, where are circuit breakers and water turn-off) - car = basic maintenance (check oil and tire levels, add fluids, how to pump gas) - personal finances = budgeting, savin
  17. Crude and distasteful, and also sadly dehumanizing. And... inaccurate. The crotch is outside of the body, and is the part between the legs where they join the torso. A fetus (unborn offspring) develops in the mother's womb, which is inside the body in the lower abdomen. The only time the offspring is at the crotch area is very briefly during birth, not during pregnancy. ETA And I abhor supposed "funny terms" that are really slams. There were several emotionally abusive men (now ex- s) married to extended family members who used to use offensive terms like that with a cocky smile, pause
  18. Not "true" crime, but fiction that feels like true crime: - Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny (high quality of writing as well) -- 15 books so far; the first is Still Life - Roland March trilogy by Mark Bertrand; the first is Back On Crime A nonfiction title: The Devil in the White City (Larson) alternates chapters between a true gristly serial killer in Chicago, and the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago.
  19. I just remembered a resource we enjoyed back in elementary grades. It's at a grade 4-6 reading level: the In Their Own Words series of biographies by George Sullivan. He includes quotations from the writings of the actual people, or what contemporaries wrote about the actual people. So a little bit of primary source material sprinkled into a biography. Looks like he put out about 6-8 biographies of U.S. historical figures.
  20. Hurray! Hope for the future generations of readers! 😄 Just weeping for the "lost generations" of readers, who, for the past 30 years were taught whole-word and cueing techniques that crippled them... 😭
  21. Layfette College in PA has a dual degree in Engineering / International Studies.
  22. Also, another "UA" (lol) -- University of Alabama has a top-ranked Engineering program, plus an International Studies program.
  23. The University of Arizona has an extensive Engineering program with 15 different majors (ME and aerospace, plus 13 others), as well as a BA in Global Studies, with a choice of 4 different emphases. I would imagine a student could either double major, or major in Engineering and minor in Global Studies. The UA Engineering degree is pretty stout (128 units, compared to most other majors coming in at 120 units for the degree), so it might take 5 years to do both.
  24. Possibly: - Math and Magic in Wonderland (Mohr) -- I believe the author is a WTM-er! 😄 - Math and Magic in Camelot (Mohr) -- sequel - The Phantom Tollbooth (Juster) - The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat (Pappas) - The Number Devil (Enzensberger) - Life of Fred Intermediate levels -- probably not bedtime reading, but story-like in presentation, and shows variety in problem-solving
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