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Laura Corin

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  1. I'm happy to take any questions that you have always wanted to put to an atheist. As with other similar threads, let's try to refrain from attacks, both believers attacking atheists and my fellow atheists attacking believers. It would be nice if the thread wasn't closed down. A few thoughts to begin with: atheists are not a homogeneous group. Some come from atheist families, some have rejected one or more religions; some are very relaxed on the issue, whilst others are very angry about incidents in their pasts. So you are unlikely to get a single line on any issue: there is no 'orthodox atheism'. The sun's shining, so I'll be popping out into the garden, then coming back periodically to answer questions. Looking forward to chatting, Laura
  2. There was a hard frost again last night. Where is Spring?

    1. Unicorn.

      Unicorn.

      It spent the winter in TX, and is currently battling summer becasue it doesn't want to leave!

  3. Leaving a radio on (words, not music) seemed to help our dog to settle when she first came to us. She was older though. She barked through one night then not afterwards. After a few weeks, we switched off the radio. Laura
  4. My dog is licking my laptop. Maybe it needs wiping.

  5. I find Ecco to be very good for slightly nice but very supportive shoes. I own these Clarks too - they look great with a pair of wide trousers (think Katherine Hepburn) and are fairly comfortable. I also have orthotics that I wear in boots or any shoes where there is room/less support. Laura
  6. I'm having a great time with my growing boys

    1. swimmermom3

      swimmermom3

      Lol. Laura, I like having sons. I understand about being a girl, but watching the hamster wheels that my boys brains run on is fascinating to say the least.

    2. swimmermom3

      swimmermom3

      Lol. Laura, I like having sons. I understand about being a girl, but watching the hamster wheels that my boys brains run on is fascinating to say the least.

    3. Laura Corin

      Laura Corin

      What I find interesting is that I don't see many boy-based differences. Calvin's comment, 'Well, you don't have the most masculine of boys.' I do have bookish boys.

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  7. This lone parenting thing is no fun with a streaming cold

    1. Hannah

      Hannah

      Hope you feel better soon!

    2. Cassy

      Cassy

      Sorry to hear you're poorly, that sounds tough.

    3. Storm Bay

      Storm Bay

      I hope you're feeling somewhat better today.

  8. Just back from a walk with the dog - she has mud stockings up to her armpits

  9. Almost time to go home from work - clearly not very busy....

    1. kalanamak

      kalanamak

      How is work going? Mentally stimulating? A painless way to pass the time? Bamboo wedges burning under your fingernails?

  10. Planted forty trees and shrubs this weekend

  11. My son is now in school and has just taken GCSEs. He is one year accelerated. Even if they 'do away' with GCSEs, something else will be put in its place. The UK is a highly-exam oriented system - no-one would be able to work out how to do without exams. The IGCSE (international version of the GCSE) is usually better for home educators because most are exam-only, with no in-school assessments. If you want my check-list for how to start on GCSEs, do ask. I haven't heard anything about doing away with the IGCSE, which is used in international schools around the world. Laura
  12. I looked at KS3 (middle school) UK history, but found it bitty and insubstantial. Calvin and I went straight to 'high school' (IGCSE) biology and both enjoyed it very much. He took the exam at age 11 (five years early) and really enjoyed the achievement. Physics at GCSE level is harder because of the maths element. I don't know about chemistry. After the bio we did Physics With Toys and various bits and pieces, before blitzing through the rest of KS3 in a few months the summer before he went to school. Laura
  13. I looked at KS3 (middle school) UK history, but found it bitty and insubstantial. Calvin and I went straight to 'high school (IGCSE) biology and both enjoyed it very much. He took the exam at age 11 (five years early) and really enjoyed the achievement. Physics at GCSE level is harder because of the maths element. I don't know about chemistry. After the bio we did Physics With Toys and various bits and pieces, before blitzing through the rest of KS3 in a few months the summer before he went to school. Laura
  14. Husband followed this programme. I don't know if the class sizes are smaller these days than in the main university, but it had a smaller-college feel when he was there. Laura
  15. There are big publishers that cater to schools. Pearson is one, Houghton Mifflin too, I think. Oxford has a big reading programme, as does Ruth Miskin. Laura
  16. The materials were designed for use in private prep schools, so they don't start until a bit later. Laura
  17. ..... a large proportion of classical homeschoolers are American and a large proportion of American homeschoolers are Christian. Laura
  18. I'm in Scotland, even though I'm English. Laura
  19. Does your daughter learn through her hands? Calvin went to a Montessori school for a couple of years, but his teachers were mystified by him. He's an entirely hands-off learner (learns by reading/listening only). He diligently used the equipment but it made no connection in his brain (especially in maths). Laura
  20. Welcome back to the board, Emma. I am sorry to hear of your terrible loss. I'm sure having your littlest at home is a comfort to you both. Laura
  21. I'm in the UK. There is a board for structured home educators that I can direct you to - if you are interested, I'll send you a private message. It's not classical per se, but there are certainly people there who are interested in classical. They are a very friendly bunch. Best wishes Laura
  22. I would also add in Frances Hodgson Burnett (Hobbes adores The Secret Garden) and Arthur Ransome. For younger students, Beatrix Potter and A A Milne are great beginnings. Laura
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