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  1. If I see one more post saying that all you need to homeschool is a Brain Quest workbook and field trips I might just lose my mind.
  2. Absolutely this! I see this every day on our local groups. “What’s the best curriculum?” And then a whole bunch of people jump in with T4L, MB, TGATB...No one asks how old the kids are, if there are any learning challenges, if they’re planning to put the kids back in school next year, secular or religious preferences, parents’ strengths/weaknesses/needs, or anything else that one would need to know before offering a helpful suggestion. If I can make it to one of those posts before they have 50 replies I try to jump in with some of those basic questions. If there’s already dozens of replies I j
  3. I’d bet it’s a direct quote, unfortunately. We have someone who posts like this constantly and answers almost every question. Sometimes the answer is just, “Search my name on this page for more info”. They’re also putting together a series of “Homeschool 101” workshops they plan to offer around the state. Oldest child is 6 and they’ve been “homeschooling” for 2 years.
  4. “The best is...” ”If your kids aren’t asking to do school you’re doing it wrong.” ”Curriculum doesn’t work.” ”Kids will learn what they need to learn through living life.” ”Homeschooling shouldn’t take more than 2 hours a day.” (Regardless of age) “I’ve been homeschooling for a year now. If you want to talk to an experienced homeschooled, PM me.” ”I’ve been homeschooling my Ker and 2nd grader from the beginning. I’m happy to answer any questions you have about homeschooling.” There is sooooooo much misinformation out there. And so many people with very l
  5. I’d agree with CLE. I’ve also had success with Math U See.
  6. Yes, 30 year fixed rate. We bought our house 2 years ago and got, what was at the time, a good rate of 4.125. We should look at refinancing. We’re in a similar position to a PP - nearly perfect credit, put 20% down on a house we got for 20k under the appraised value. I wonder what we could save. Maybe we could even swing a shorter term. Off to run some numbers...
  7. My oldest will be in 11th. This is my child who HATES school and it’s hard to believe she’s nearly done. We were supposed to start today but just got home from vacation early this morning and we’re exhausted. Bible/History/Literature - MFW World History and Literature This will cover New Testament for Bible, World History beginning with the fall of Rome, and British Literature. There’ll be some writing involved of course and we’ll be doing the last season of AG plus the British Lit reinforcement book. She’ll be doing this with her younger sister who will be in 9th.
  8. Today was my weigh-in day and I lost 3lb. In one week. I was so surprised! In all my previous attempts at losing weight whether through exercise, counting calories, mindful eating, whatever, I’ve never lost 3lb in a week. I don’t expect this to be an every week thing but it certainly was encouraging this morning. That brings me to 3.8lbs down in the 2 weeks I’ve been doing weight watchers. I’m liking the weight watchers app a lot. I like that I can eat whatever I want as long as I make it fit the points. It’s been eye opening to see what a serving size of some of my favorite foods act
  9. Gilmore Girls. Just got my girls hooked on it too.
  10. I decided to go ahead and sign up for the Weight Watchers app. They are running a three month special and my mom always had success with it so I figured I’d try it. It’s been a week and I’m finding it to be manageable as far as tracking. I’m doing the “purple” plan which allows for lots of zero point foods (fruits, vegetables, lean protein like eggs and chicken, legumes, and some whole grains like brown rice). The trade off for that many free foods is fewer daily points but I’m finding it doable. I track the zero point foods but only have to measure the points foods. I can make a whole meal ou
  11. I’m *almost* done planning everything out for next year. But I’ve been saying that for 3 weeks now. I think I really am this time. Then moving on to prep work. 1) Clean out all of last year’s work and books, store what I’m keeping, get rid of the rest 2) Organize next year’s, set up DC’s school bins, fill notebooks 3) Figure out what school supplies are needed and shop for them 4) Put together supply lists for each month for science and other projects and shop for the first month 5) Clean up school storage areas and tweak systems to make it easy to keep things
  12. I’ve done Whole30 before and counted calories before. I actually found Whole30 to be easier because I didn’t have to count, measure, or track anything. There was just a list of foods I couldn’t eat. I don’t really want to do that again though. I did it before more for health reasons than weight loss. I don’t really want to spend the money on something like WW but would if it was somehow easier than counting calories. I’m having a hard time getting something going for weight loss. I’ll have an ok week followed by an “I don’t care week” and I’m trying to figure out something that will get
  13. What can you tell me about Weight Watchers? I really don’t want to count calories and weigh or measure every bite I eat. That is feeling way too complicated right now. I don’t want to count macros. I also don’t want to cut entire food groups. I want to make healthier choices but not obsess over everything I eat. I want to find some kind of balance. But I also think I need....something....to help me keep track of how I’m doing. And I need it to be simple. Is WW what I’m looking for?
  14. Last week was a stressful one and I have a difficult time sticking with healthy habits when I’m tired and stressed. I only managed one short walk with a friend who dragged me out. My diet wasn’t great but I don’t exactly remember what I ate, except too much dessert. I’m trying to get myself back on track this week but the stressors are still around and I’m having a hard time working around them. Plus I’ve got the whole PMS/cycle thing going on too which isn’t helping. I haven’t weighed myself in the last few days because I don’t want to know. Ugh...
  15. I would love to learn more about this. I designed my own for some subjects in the lower grades but find high school to be overwhelming. It is also expensive to buy something pre-planned for every subject and isn’t always a good fit. I’m looking at planning some things for next year and would love a group to learn from and bounce ideas off of.
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