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Everything posted by Momto6inIN

  1. One of the things that convinced me to try hs'ing after being a staunch "hs'ing makes kids weird" absolutist was seeing my friend's kids turn out so beautifully. They were awkward at times, especially in the middle school years, and frequently fit in better with adults than with their peers. But then I saw them turn into delightful adults with various interests and an ability to truly converse that their peers did NOT have. So ... I figure if my own kids don't fit into TikTok/YouTube culture, well ... that's not a bug, it's a feature 😉
  2. I don't want you to feel like I'm arguing with you or that I think I know your life better than you do, but I'm really curious about how you feel about this. Do you really think that your kids don't have a rock solid foundation and that they won't have an impact on the people in their small circle? Or do you think they do/will but that you being home with them didn't have anything to do with that? I don't know you irl (obviously 😉) and I don't know you well even just here on the boards, but what I do know of you I can't reconcile with thinking that you've had no positive and lasting impact on their futures.
  3. I am 100% sure my kids won't remember me for any great surges of hs'ing creativity lol! But they will remember that mom was *there*. That simple fact gives them a rock solid foundation on which to build a life that in turn is probably also small but impactful to a small group of people. And so on and so forth. Very few books written or Ted talks given have the power to change the entire course of other people's lives.
  4. I fully believe that a small life, fully invested in the people given to me by God, has a bigger cumulative impact than a larger life whose investment in people is more "spread out" if you will. Don't doubt your impact.
  5. For a looooong time I had increased sensitivity to smells and nausea every single cycle when I was ovulating. It was weird and I went through about a bajillion pregnancy tests and they were always negative - every month for several years. Until that month when I was 44.5 and peed on a stick and it had a plus sign lol!
  6. Cricket Wireless - I have a plan where I pay $30/month for unlimited talk and texts and 2GB of data each month. I've never run out of data so far because I'm mostly on the wifi at home. But even when we were on vacation for two weeks and I used data almost the whole time, I never run out. I don't stream movies on my phone or anything though.
  7. Us too! My first thought when I read the OP was, "If you can hear your neighbors do anything but drop a bomb, you're not really in the country." LOL!
  8. 4 things for sentimentality: scrapbooks, my dad's class ring because I always remember it on his hand when I was little, the quilt my mom used to cover us up when we were sick, the kids' boxes of special baby things 1 thing for practicality: my skirt collection because it's h.a.r.d. to find skirts that fit AND look nice
  9. We started when my kids were in 8th, 6th, 4th, K, and a toddler. We were not unhappy with the school system, really ... but every year older they got it seemed like the school took over more and more of our lives. I didn't like the lack of family time and the idea that the school was in charge of my kid instead of me, even during their time at home, became more and more grating. Up until I got pregnant with #5 I'd always been more than a little bit against hs'ing. My dad had been a ps teacher and a principal, and it was ingrained in me that education was best left to the professionals. But when I got pregnant with #5 it was a shock and were kind of thrown into this whole "we're no longer a typical American family" thing and it was like my brain was finally ready to say that the typical American family experience wasn't all it was cracked up to be and I was ready to look for something different. From the very first day we started hs'ing I have wished we'd started from the very beginning, and I've never looked back.
  10. Every profession - heck, every group of humans, period - has this problem. Some people are aware of this phenomenon and are capable of evaluating themselves for bias in their way of looking at the world, of course, but that doesn't mean the basic propensity to see things from one narrow perspective doesn't exist in all people everywhere. If you (general you) think that everyone else is indoctrinated and only you and the people that think like you are capable of critical thinking and escaping this phenomenon, think again.
  11. 30 seconds lol The whole upside of kids with drivers' licenses (from my perspective as the mom) was that they get to replace me as chauffer.
  12. If you did the SWI (not sure what they're called now) then yes you could follow up with the theme courses. At a convention several years ago, an IEW rep told me there are 3 ways to use IEW effectively: 1. Take the TWSS course yourself and then teach writing however you want, making up your own assignments gathering materials from your history and science or whatever courses. 2. Take the TWSS course yourself and use the theme books for assignments. 3. Have your child take the SWI course and let Mr. Pudewa be the writing teacher.
  13. We really like Great Courses History of the United States We also limit history to about 4 hrs/week and it was doable in a school year to watch 2-3 30 min lectures/week and answer the questions the rest of the time. It's audio/video lectures, which might be a good fit so that he can listen instead of read. They are thorough and interesting!
  14. I think you're supposed to find them on your own online and provide them for the students for the beginner level. I found it confusing too, and we ended up just picking our own topic and researching it instead of trying to find the articles that were suggested.
  15. If you really can't afford the full video teacher course, then at least get the overview lecture. I am a natural writer myself, but I wasn't very good at teaching my kids step by step how to write - it just came intuitively to me, so I didn't know how to scaffold and help them. I really needed to understand what the lessons were hoping to accomplish before I could implement them well. Without knowing *why* I was doing all the stuff the theme books tell you to do, it would have seemed like a series of loosely related assignments and checklists.
  16. She is halfway through level B and will finish the rest this coming school year.
  17. For my oldest DS who was/is advanced in math, we used Video Text Algebra and Geometry and he completed both programs in 2 years. (I think the official sequence calls for 3.5ish years.) It's not in AoPS's league as far as rigor goes, but it is a strong and solid conceptual program with short 15 min instructional videos that I was able to watch alongside him and then have enough of the gist of it to help with any problems. For my other kids who are good at math, but not advanced, Video Text was a strong program for them as well, but they did it more slowly than 1st DS. After VT my oldest did just fine with self studying AoPS books for PreCalc and Calc and Counting & Probability/Number Theory, but if AoPS is not your kid's style, there are plenty of other Precalc and Calc options, or by then he could possibly take CC courses. AoPS is a good program, and it was amazing for my oldest, but it's not "the best" for a variety of kids.
  18. My daughter who doesn't like to do details is improving well with IEW. It is a definite investment of $, but it's been worth it in my opinion. She's someone who likes the checklists.
  19. I would be verrrrrry tempted to be snarky, and definitely would be in my head. But out loud in reality I would probably say something along the lines of, "Yes, it's really working well for us and we're excited to keep going!" I would be supremely ticked that people said it to my kids instead of me.
  20. Both 🙂 We use notebooks for math and taking notes and written exercises, but a binder for printed out pdf's and whatnot.
  21. We don't do much in 1st anyway besides phonics and math and handwriting, so I say sure 🙂
  22. Echoing what @wendyroo said about hs'ing high school. Hs'ing high school is an amazing journey and I wouldn't trade it for anything, but it's best to start with your eyes wide open. We jumped into hs'ing when my oldest was in 8th grade. He had done some slap dash history/social studies in public school but not anything comprehensive or extensive. I'd say study whatever she is interested in to make the transition to hs'ing as easy as possible. Then, if you decide to continue in high school, start on the 4 year history cycle at that point.
  23. I would just apply what they've learned in Year 1 to writing in other subjects. We had a fantastic year that way when my DS was resistant to Mr. Pudewa/IEW techniques but still desperately needed the practice so I slipped in some stealth IEW assignments 😎 with his other work and it was a great year!
  24. We have never used Singapore, but I agree with everything Wendyroo says here. When we started hs'ing, I was intimidated by all the parts of Singapore but still wanted a strong conceptual program that was fairly cheap and easy to implement and MM fit the bill perfectly.
  25. We do Vocab from Classical Roots - one lesson each week.
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