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  1. My state only requires 1 full credit of PE (for ps students, not homeschoolers, but I try to roughly follow guidelines so their transcripts match up to other kids from my state). We just have them do "personal fitness" (walking, running, weights, yoga, whatever) for at least 15 minutes/day each year of high school and then give them a cumulative credit at the end. They are active in other ways, too, of course, with extracurriculars and such, but the 15 minutes/day for 4 years satisfies their official transcript hours.
  2. Is there a reason why he has to take American History in 9th? Just asking because we found the History of US (concise edition) along with the Hewitt syllabus and a fun reading list to be absolutely perfect for 7th and 8th grade after using Human Odyssey for world history in 5th and 6th. So in 9th and 10th they were ready to look at world history and geography again and then repeat USH in ~11th.
  3. Taking a social media break for Lent. It's good timing because I've seen signs in myself of wanting to present myself as smarter, funnier, or more whatever than I really am, and I hate that tendency in myself because at the heart level of that tendency is a lie and I should call it out as the sin that it is. Lent isn't really something my current church really does as a tradition, but as a former Catholic I really find it a useful practice and I hope to see you all again at Easter with a renewed spirit and dedication to what is real and good and true. And I also really hope to have baby pics to share by then 🙂
  4. Mostly along the lines of how could she possibly be wrong because duh mom she knows how to multiply and clearly she was multiying ones and tens ... sigh It was better after we took a break and came back to it and then she laughed about her mistake and fixed it right away 🙂
  5. I find the idea intriguing as well, but I don't know how I could pull it off or if my kids would balk. I'm not good at thinking outside the box and they aren't either very much. Also, as a PP suggested it might not work well for things like math, foreign language, and science. But it sounds so engaging and fun ... maybe I could pull it off and do those 3 subjects traditionally in the morning and have our afternoons free to do a block subject at a time.
  6. Many of the IRL people I know are pretty even keeled and while they don't do the same stuff we do, I would consider it very close to the same level. But I shudder when I see some of the questions and advice given on my state hs'ing group's FB page and how low some of the standards are there. And then I come here and feel like a slacker because none of us will ever read a Greek play and my DH is dead set against teaching Latin because it's a dead language lol So, you know, it's all about balance 🙂
  7. DD, who has been multiplying in columns for at least a year, just last week multiplied 35x17 by multiplying 5x7 and 3x1 and trying to justify that 335 was the right answer. Much weeping and gnashing of teeth ensued. I think a blank stare might have been preferable ...
  8. I was apprehensive to tell my parents about #6 being on the way. I only have 1 sibling and my dad was a staunch believer in overpopulation back in the 60's/70's and my mom has always believed that having too many babies weakens a woman's health because her mom had 6 and died at 60 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis. I've told her about research that actually shows the contrary, but old beliefs die hard. They have never been anything but supportive of me and my family out loud. Who knows what they say about us when we're not around lol but I can't imagine them saying anything like the comments some of you report. 😕 I also can't imagine having a sibling who was so concerned about the money they might theoretically get someday that they were upset about getting another niece or nephew to love. I'm sorry for all of you who have to deal with that. My brother and his wife have 2 and say they're done and can't imagine having as many as we have, but they love and support them all and are never stingy with Christmas presents and whatnot. I do try to spend more on their 2 for gifts than I might if the numbers were more even. Extended family is a whole nother story. DH has several aunts and uncles with 7+ kids and 6 siblings himself so it was no big deal to his side of the family. But my aunt's and uncles and cousins think we're a freak show and regularly make comments about how maybe we should get separate bedrooms. I just shrug and say we like it and what else are we going to do with all our time if we don't have a TV? 😎 They usually don't know how to respond to that and drop it.
  9. Sign up genius is free and easy. I used it when a friend from church had a house fire and needed meals for a month and our drama troupe used it for signing up for meals or the kids during tech week. They send a reminder email to everybody who signs up, which is nice.
  10. I always did it with a long E but a hard G. I'm glad to now know the real way to say it!
  11. I love all these stories! I wish @regentrude would play, I've always wondered how to pronounce it and also what it means. Mine is boring and self explanatory. I'm a mom to 5 kids and I live in Indiana. After Easter I'm going to have to change it to momto6 🙂
  12. I would like to believe that too, but a recent argument on FB proved it wrong. We were arguing about the proposed IA law to inspect homeschoolers homes and the lady I was arguing with (not a homeschooler) flat out said she was fine with giving up constitutional rights if it meant preventing abuse. When I pointed out that it was *my* rights she was ok with giving up but that if/when it was *hers* we were talking about she'd probably feel differently and that the limited research that has been done shows that homeschooled kids are abused at a lower rate than public schooled kids she still stuck to her guns that it was a good law that she supports.
  13. You have to have the right kind of stairway for it, but we've had hours of fun stringing yarn or string back and forth through the banister railings to create a spider web maze that they then have to try and get through without touching their butts on the stairs.
  14. This week it was these. They all have in common finding the real zeros of a function. (I couldn't figure out how to superscript, so hopefully you understand which are the exponents) Find all real zeros of the polynomial function f(z) = z4 - z 3 - 2z - 4 Final real zeros of the polynomial function f(x) = 4x5 + 12x4 - 11x3 - 42x2 + 7x + 30 Use synthetic division to verify the upper and lower bounds of the real zeros of f. Then find the real zeros of the function f(x) = x4 - 4x3 +15 upper bound x=4 lower bound x=-1 Use synthetic division to verify the upper and lower bounds of the real zeros of f. Then find the real zeros of the function of the function f(x) = x4 - 4x3 + 16x -16 upper bound x=5 lower bound x=-3 The graph of y=f(x) is shown. Use the graph as an aid to find all the real zeros of the function y = 2x4 - 9x3 + 5x2 + 3x - 1
  15. Yes to all of this! I've told her all that too, but you know how 14 year old girls can be ... They know everything *rolls eyes*
  16. I've skimmed all the replies, but not read thoroughly. For us, being able to pay for something doesn't mean we should. It really is not in the best interest of every single child to go to a four year school after graduation, no matter what the American Dream says. And trying to make it fair so that each child is treated exactly the same when they are not in fact exactly the same actually makes it extremely unfair to all of them. We currently make too much for need based but we didn't always make that much and there were many years when the kids were younger when saving for college just wasn't going to happen if we wanted to eat and keep the lights on and make sure I could stay at home with the kids. It was a sacrifice that we were/are happy to make, but it also means we can't pay for everything for all (soon to be) 6 of them. We are full pay for my oldest right now at the local U. This was the right choice for him because he is driven and has known his career path since about 9th grade and has made choices (applying for many different scholarships, working hard to get a close to perfect SAT, working and saving money to pay for half of tuition) that made that possible. He is also the kind of student who would not thrive at the local CC, as he already as a freshman was beyond their math sequence. So the local U made the most sense for him. 2nd DS is a totally different person. Academics don't turn him on, he's a good student but not a stellar one, and he's still not sure of his career path even heading into the last quarter of his junior year. He knows what he's good at and he knows what he likes, but hasn't come up with a job or career that really excites him. We've been purposeful not to compare him to his brother (although he does this on his own sometimes) and have emphasized that we want to be able to provide what is best for him and that is not necessarily the same thing that was/is best for his brother. It would be very unfair to expect this DS to follow older DS's path - they are not the same and their life decisions shouldn't be the same either, even though we are in a financial place where it would be possible to full pay for him at the local U too (a stretch maybe, but possible). So this DS will likely end up at the local CC for a year or so while he tries to figure something out. And he's OK with that, because the whole time we've encouraged him to think about what is best for him, not what his brother did. DD is only in 9th grade but is already talking about not going to college and becoming a full time missionary instead. This is ... not what I had planned for her. I wanted her to get a degree and be able to support herself and then get married and choose to stay home with her kids - like I did *blush*. I realize she's very young and could change her mind, but so far she's only becoming more and more convinced that this is the right path. It terrifies me that she might not ever go to college. But again, I have to think about what is right for her. We're very open with our kids that their futures will not necessarily look the same, and that that is in fact a good thing - it means they are pursuing the unique dreams and future that God has planned for them. Sometimes this has also meant me and DH having to let go of our dreams for our kids in favor of what their dreams are and what's best for them, which is hard.
  17. At the 9th/10th grade level we do a lot of discussion about possible career interests and they are usually working part time jobs by that time and figuring out what they like/don't like to do and I give them lots of room for pursuing stuff on their own time. We also talk in general about college and what we are/aren't able to pay for so there's some injection of reality there. But really getting down to the "nitty gritty" of looking at majors and colleges doesn't happen here til junior year. And even then it depends on the kid. My oldest was very driven and knew exactly what he wanted to do and worked his butt off to make it happen. My 2nd oldest hasn't been as sure about what direction he wants to take, so he might go the CC route to buy some time to figure it out. Still too early to say for my current 9th grader.
  18. Probably ... but the Chalkdust curriculum has a list of the problems that the instructor says you should do. I guess I assumed that they were the "essential" problems, but maybe I should look at them individually and see if there are lots of duplicates/practice and cut the list down for him
  19. I think I read somewhere that Dr Wile said you could use any of them in any order, but I could be wrong about that. Hope you get a reply from someone who knows for sure 🙂
  20. I don't sit next to him and watch him anymore, so I don't know for sure, but in the past when I did sit next to him and watch him it was always having to do lots of problems combined with his tendency to make silly mistakes like forgetting negatives, switching numbers around, etc. and he'd get to a solution that didn't make sense and have to start over. This has been his natural tendency with math since he was in elementary and middle school and tried to speed through his work, and he knows it, and so now I think he tries to compensate for that tendency by going extra slow and being extra careful and checking every step. And then he still makes silly mistakes and has to start over. There is a lot of crossing out and starting again in his work.
  21. We'll all chip in to bail you out of jail when you snap 😉
  22. Looks like the consensus is that he should probably buck up and spend more time on math each day. Which I already kind of knew and had told him, but was hoping not to have to enforce because math is sooooo not his favorite. Maybe it's just bothering him more now because these few weeks are the 3 very busy build up weeks to his drama performance and it won't seem quite so overwhelming to him after that's over ... Thanks guys, the Hive always comes through with good advice 🙂
  23. I don't know for sure ... I think he just got bogged down because he was working so long and it became a vicious cycle. I think if he'd stopped after an hour or so and picked it up again later it wouldn't have taken him that long, but I can't be sure. This was a chapter on quadratic equations and he's done those before with VT so it wasn't new to him, but it was over a year ago so he might have forgotten a lot of it. No, he typically works almost full time over the summer. But I told him he might have to squeeze it in this summer. He was not happy but he understands he needs to get it done 😞
  24. We don't live near any towers but we have high voltage lines going down our road right by our house. We've lived here for 16 years. The only problem we've had in that time is that once one of the lines blew and it caused a power surge to go through our house and it took out a bunch of appliances that then needed to be replaced.
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