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SarahW last won the day on February 16 2014

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  1. Ireland? Lots of tech companies have offices there. Cities are expensive and infrastructure a bit shaky. But the SOL is good enough.
  2. Or this (It's sarcastic) ðŸ˜
  3. Reading detective is good. But the worksheets mostly practice skills. To build skills, I found Reading & Reasoning by EPS very good. Reading comp programs on this board are something of an anathema. Just so you know. :)
  4. We just finished reading Kensuke's Kingdom, and we're in the middle of The Elements. So I thought now would be a good time to watch something about how they intersect. But there's apparently a gazillion documentaries about the Manhattan Project and nuclear war. I would like something that spends more than a few seconds on the science of atomic bombs and Hiroshima/Nagasaki. Ethics would be gravy, but I don't need lengthy discussions about the Cold War or the Cuban Missile Crisis or etc. Suggestions?
  5. That's my thread. Classic autism threw me off, but while aspie is now asd, it's helpful to think of them separately (i think). Leaving the xmas tree in the yard for a year is something my dh would do,too. Currently, there are bags of bathroom trash on tbe ground by the back door. Been there for a week now. Can is 5ft away. I'd do it myself, but i'm chronically ill. I'm done.
  6. Heartilikon, I'm on a stupid little tablet so sorry to be brief. I recognize a LOT in what you're saying about your dh and son. A LOT. My dh and son are much the same. My son was dx HFA. My dh is seeing a psych, and will probably be dx HFA as well. EF issues, ToM issues, unable to Generalize. Yep. Your son may have more things going on, so i would continue what you're doing. But i would also pursue psych testing, for both of them. Your dh's issue is that he already has a Grand Plan for the evening, and when you ask him to adjust when he gets home, he can't. So he throws it back on you, which is sucky. For your son, yes, read every instruction aloud to him. Read tag team where both of you have a copy of the book. When he starts the self defeating crying ave him go outside and run around the house. And yes, do school on holidays and weekends. Structure and routine. Otherwise a self-defeating pattern of ennui and lethargy sets in, which is awful to snap them out of. If gma a gpa are just watching tv all day, i don't see the issue in taking ds to another room and doing some math and reading. Especially if its a day public school is in session anyway. If I'm right that this is hfa, i'm sorry. You'll have to be the hard-nosed bad guy to keep everyone living responsibly and respectfully. Including your dh. I'd type more, but do post over on LC. I had a thread over there about my dh a few months ago. Hugs.
  7. The Urgent Care clinics, the one's that you go to on nights and weekends when you're not bad enough for the ER, have x-ray machines. Maybe you can pop into one of those on Saturday morning?
  8. African Americans and the Classics: An Introduction This popped on my FB and thought it was interesting. Written by a teacher at a Classical school, so also apropos. There's more the author could have gotten in to - for example before hieroglyphics were cracked (and then before Egyptian texts really got read and interpreted) scholarship was pretty dependent on Roman sources, which were themselves very negative about Egypt and talked about them as backwards people worshiping animals, and so on. Which we now know is not accurate, but, as the end of article says "what is old news among scholars may not always be well-known or well-received among the general public." True, that.
  9. Yeah, DH did something similar with our kid a few days ago. He also complains, slops through, messy handwriting, the works. DH had him do something and said "You have 20 minutes to do this. You must use the whole 20 minutes. Spend your time. Write neatly. If you're done before the 20 minutes are up, you can go back and check your work. If after 20 minutes it is done sloppily or incorrectly, you will have another 10 minutes to correct it." I thought it was kinda crazy, but it worked. We don't do that all the time for everything. But when he's "backsliding" it helps get him back on track. [We've already done a whole course of evals for nearly everything, so I'm pretty confident we know what's going on with him].
  10. Drop it. Pronto. I tried to stick out an online French CC class taught by a German speaker, and it was awful. Totally awful. So much stress, screwed my GPA, just so horrible. Go to the registrar and beg to get into another class to keep FT. There's sometimes a few classes that start later for some reason, and maybe you can squeeze into one of those. If FL is required and there's no other option, do talk to the department head. Even if they defend the teacher (it's possibie, btdt), they should tell you if there's an alternate method of meeting the requirement.
  11. Just realized this is your first post. Welcome! We have extensively discussed The Brainy Bunch on this forum in the past, so we bring a lot of history of those threads with us. But generally, we're pretty negative about it. I am very much negative about it. There are some fundamental mistakes she makes about test results. And I was turned off by her attitude that education consisted of collecting pieces of papers (degrees). But - yes, I think many kids can do without the redundancy present in many boxed curriculums. Especially if you school year around, yes, you can probably skip the easy review sections at the beginning of each grade level. But there's no need to then just keep moving up in the same boxed curriculum. I "school" year around (now afterschooling) and seriously, even when only homeschooling, I've never started my kid with a whole new set of books in August. I think of the school year as fall-summer, but within that there's movement from one thing to another, adding things in, taking things out, doing units on certain science topics or books. And cutting redundancy, yes, but then using that time to explore more things. So we don't spend more time on finding parts of speech, because he's got that, so we read some poetry instead and talk about that. When we're done with doing poetry (finish the book we're using, or just plain done doing it) we do something else. It's easier to do this when there's only one student! And somewhere in the middle of the year I sometimes despair that we're not moving forward and start gazing at boxed curriculum with a set schedule with longing, lol. If you have a kid who picks things up quickly, with this method you'll end up "ahead" of expected grade level, yes. But there's no end to the things to learn in the world, so I'm not sure if that matter too much. Unless, of course, you eventually get to the point of trying to move them into a school, and have to find a place for them that matches their level. That can be hairy. But, in general, I don't recommend starting "high school" until the child is able to do "high school" level work as far as output and maturity in discussion and learning. And I don't recommend starting "college" until the child has exhausted all "high school" level work in that subject, and, again, have the college level output and maturity in thinking. Where the distinction between high school and college is is debatable, and when a student is ready for them is highly individual. So in this I think it is very YMMV. But unlike the Mom in The Brainy Bunch, I don't think this is something any kid can do, and I don't think she's hit upon a great way for all homeschoolers to "trick" the system. But if you have kids who can move forward quickly, yes, it's beneficial to run to try to keep pace with them. And this brings its own set of issues! Finding advanced curriculum resources that are also developmentally appropriate and kid-friendly is one thing (a typical 17yo can read Of Mice and Men for English, but maybe an advanced but sensitive 9yo should read something else, kwim). If you have questions about how to provide more challenging curriculum, or how to start utilizing CC or other alternatives for kids who are topping out at a subject, please post! We discuss stuff like that here all the time.
  12. LOL, I really just meant that I don't know if she understands just how standardized the National Curriculum is. I mean, there's a couple different school textbook publishers, but they all follow the same sequence. Seriously, I'm on a FB group for expats dealing with Dutch education, and it's hilarious when the veterans answer a question about multiplication tables with "oh, that gets covered group 5, quarter 2, week 5-8 or so." Pros and cons, pros and cons. But, riffing off another pp, ACE wouldn't stand a chance at being a school in The Netherlands. For example. Oh, and just to follow up the pp about Special Education - in NL there's Special Education schools, and you can choose to send your child to one if you want (if the school accepts your request, they obviously have an interest in accepting the students who need to be there). They get extra funding. All regular schools get a block grant each year for accessibility accommodations. But my kid with his new ASD diagnosis didn't personally bump his school up in funding.
  13. I live in school-choice country, and I have very much taken advantage of that for my kid. For example, when one elementary school couldn't deal with his issues (sending him out to sit in the hallway almost all day, not dealing with bullying) we switched him to a different school - and we told friends whose kids were also having issues with that school to switch their kids, too. They did as well, and know we're all happy. I'm not sure how the Dutch system is set up exactly, but I'm pretty sure the schools are not "for-profit." There's also a very strong (and maybe too strict) system of federal standards, so every school teaches the same thing basically. There's also the fact that the Dutch don't think of this system as a competition. I read an article about school choice in America (Denver?) and I was surprised how much the article stressed the idea that school-choice was a game where certain schools would win and others lose. That's not really an idea the Dutch have - in fact, the elementary school my kid goes to shares it's space with another elementary school (joint common, library, and gym areas) and there's no expectation that one of the schools will "win" and take over the whole building. There's pros and cons to every system. But in the context of The Netherlands, I think the way they have school-choice set up is overall very good. Now if only the government would stop messing with teacher pay and we could be golden here, but that's another story. Oh, and I did read an article (from the Atlantic?) a few months ago that DeVos has the idea of implementing the Dutch system in America. I don't know how much De Vos actually knows about the Dutch system, and I doubt many Christian schools in America would be happy with how the Dutch system works. So I don't see that idea actually working out, but who knows.
  14. My parents enrolled me in the public HS so that DE would be free. They didn't actually want me to take an classes at the HS, we were longtime HSLDA members and were pretty scared of the evil public school. Though, looking back, I thank God I was DE through the PS. My mother was clueless about making a homeshool high school transcript. She's still clueless. Like, really, she has no idea that she could make a transcript or that she even could. Her main goal was to get education over and done with as quickly as possible so that I could get a J.O.B. (yes, spelled out in capital letters). Yes, I got my bachelors when I was 20. But it totally tanked my life chances of getting a job I wanted. It's good that you have a quality CC (mine was not, I went to the local state U 11th and 12th grade and it wasn't much better). But there's no life prize for accelerating out of education as quickly as possible. There really isn't, just so you know.
  15. I'm totally lost about where this thread is. But I posted speaking of my own experience. 15yo starting at CC, pretty much full time DE for the rest of high school. I liked it at the time, but altogether, now, I think it was a net negative. Besides the horrid French class I nearly failed, I kept up on the pace and readings fine, and survived reading The Bluest Eye (the main characters were about my age and...spoiler alert! one ends up impregnated by her father). For the truly PG/HG kids, yes, I see the necessity of starting college very early. But there seems to be this popular view in the homeschool world that CC is a great way for all homeschoolers to bypass "government" schools (which isn't even actually true, when you think about it) and "beat the system." Like my own parents who only had Associates degrees from the CC I went to, they didn't really understand that there could be differences in quality in education, and they didn't really value a high quality education anyways. I would have been a lot better off being streamed into a quality and challenging curriculum in middle school and then stacking up the hardest classes at my high school (which offered Latin and Calculus, neither of which I took) and a judicious use of CC for advanced English and History classes. That would have set me up MUCH better for college and Grad school. So that's my actual experience, and why when I hear homeschoolers talk about sending kids, especially quite young and not exceptional kids, to CC I'm like Noooooooo!!!!! Really, even if you have a smart kid, there's probably a better option than just dumping them at CC full-time. And especially if the parents are also laboring under the "homeschooled kids who know how to read should be totally independent!" and also offer zero in the way of study skills, assignment management, and general oversight and encouragement (like, my parents, for example). I understand people also have to think of finances, I get that, but I'm thinking of people who see early CC simply as a way to score a deal and nab a piece of paper, all the while conning their kids out of a good education. That's my experience. YMMV.
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