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  1. How old were your kids when you let them get a phone? My daughter is 10 and her best friend (also 10) just got an iPhone. DD tells me that all of her friends have phones. I'm sure that's an exaggeration but I'm beginning to suspect that it's largely true. We keep saying no but it's getting harder to put this off.
  2. Nope! I'm sure that I've engaged in a little bit of husband griping here. 🙂
  3. He's getting better and it's a big relief to not have to deal with math. I work full time and homeschool. I really need my DH to do his share.
  4. Elizabeth Foss inspired me to read St. Edith Stein as well. I'm about halfway through her essays about Women. It's a bit weird reading her thoughts on reforming German education knowing what will happen to her in the future.
  5. Not sure. I've never heard of them before. I'll have DH check it out. Part of our issue is that I'm the one who does the research but my DH is the one who does the work.
  6. Learning about in math or her other subjects? In math, I think they are working on fractions and decimal points now. They got a little behind in math last year because my DH had back surgery last year. I would say that she's always indifferent about math. It was always her best subject in school in terms of performance but she would always say it was her least favorite subject. Sometimes she will say that she "hates" math and other times she says she says she doesn't like math. When she was in school, the teacher had a math club and had puzzles and extra questions for kids who liked math but DD was never interested. I never pushed about that. Her 1st grade teacher told me that she didn't give DD math puzzles to do because DD was slow to finish her math in class. I asked DD about this and DD asked why she would want to get her work done earlier just to get more work. It's hard to argue with that logic. In her last year of school (3rd grade), she began saying that she was not good at math. 3rd grade was a hard year for DD overall. The class had 30 kids so it was way too big. She was unhappy most of the year and her grades fell except in math. Her grades fell because she stopped turning in all of her work. I found the work in her backpack but she didn't turn it in so she got zeroes. In 3rd grade, she started claiming that she was not good at math. The kids she said were good in math were all boys. IDK - it was just a bad situation overall which is why we pulled her out of school for 4th grade. What does it mean - "good at math?" IDK. Her math scores on standardized tests have always been high. Her last standardized test was the Iowa Test in 3rd grade. I can't remember her math score but it was in the mid 90th percentile. My DH was a math major. My father was a math major. They're very mathy. I would said the same thing about math in elementary school that my DD says about it now. I don't remember it being hard but I never liked it. I took only as much math as I was required to take. I got through calculus and that was it. I'm sure that I never understood the concepts behind what we did. For example, what were we doing when we borrowed and carried? I didn't understand that until I worked on regrouping with my daughter. Huge lightbulbs went on for me then.
  7. I've recommended that book to my DH. My DH does not geek out about pedagogy like I do. He's mathy but I don't think he's ever thought much about teaching math, KWIM? DD did MiF when she was in school. She didn't like that much either. She's not a big complainer but what she really wants to do is spend all her time playing role playing games on Roblox with her friends while chatting on Facetime. DH actually did some of this with DD last year.
  8. Apparently some of what we studied last year was actually retained. My daughter remembered the difference between a clause and a phrase. And I gave a screening spelling test this morning and my bad speller kiddo scored in grade 4.5. I'm like...what?
  9. Our first day went well. (relief) We got through our work quickly. No whining or complaining from kid or mom. 🙂
  10. I think she was okay with puzzles. She didn't love them but didn't hate them either. She doesn't need manipulatives anymore and they haven't used them since last year. DH has never done anything like you mention. I know they discussed prime numbers last week and DH reminded DD that Skye recites prime numbers before soccer games in the Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Honestly math is not my thing so I generally stay out of the way.
  11. There is nothing outdoor here this time of the year. I live in Arizona. It is supposed to be 112 degrees today. Outdoor activities will begin again in October. People refused to do Zoom. They claimed to be tired of doing Zoom.
  12. She says that she does not like the beasts. She's never been into comic books. She says that math is boring. She and my DH did a lot of puzzles last year. They used blocks and other manipulatives last year. She never thought it was fun but I think she liked it better than BA. They worked on fractions using m&ms. I just recommended Life of Fred to my husband.
  13. But she has the backing of her pastor. She told him that masking was a requirement and the pastor agreed to it. If the pastor told her that she could not make it mandatory then I agree that she could not enforce the rule in the classroom. Take the example I gave about wearing seatbelts. If a parent told me that I could NOT force their kid to wear seatbelts in my car, my response would be that the child cannot ride in my car.
  14. Our personal choices ALWAYS affect others. There's no way to avoid that. How is she being unreasonable by taking the advice of reputable experts? Give them the space to be wrong and potentially spread a virus that could be fatal? Do we give people the grace to be wrong in wearing seatbelts? Let's say a family didn't like seatbelts and you insisted that their kids wear seatbelts in your car. Is that undermining the their parenting? Kids in my car wear their seatbelts. I don't care what they do in the car with their parents.
  15. Looking for her might freak her out more. We're always able to find our cats by shaking a bag of treats.
  16. My DH is responsible for math in our homeschool but I'm the one who does the research and finds different options. Our DD has always been strong in math. She picks up the concepts easily. We purchased Math Mammoth last year for our first year of homeschooling (4th grade) but DD did not really like it. I think it had too many problems and was too dry. My DH dropped MM and spent most of the year working with c-rods to make sure DD was solid in multiplication and division. DH also spent a lot of time working with DD on her math facts. My DH was a math major and he's very mathy but he's very traditional in his math thinking. DH and DD used Beast Academy this summer. My DH likes BA but DD really dislikes it. I'm trying to encourage my DH to think a bit outside of the box because I'm concerned that my DD consistently dislikes math. Question - is it asking too much for a kid to like math? Are there some kids who will always dislike it even if they are good at it? Or does that mean that we have not found the right program? Is the goal for a child who claims to dislike math to get to feeling neutral about math (neither like nor dislike)? I feel like something more hands on and story based might be a better option for DD.
  17. I think it's actually more for me than for my DH. I would like to have some local friends to do things with. IDK. I have work friends but there's always work in the background so there are some things I can't discuss with them.
  18. Our family is a bit lost now. We left our church. We moved here for work and our families don't live close. Our social lives revolved around church and work. DD is fine. Thankfully she still has friends from when she was in school. I realized that here I am, middle-aged in the middle of a pandemic and I have no idea how anyone even goes around finding non-work related friends. Working and homeschooling take just about everything out of me so there isn't much bandwidth for volunteering or things like that. And to add it, I think I have a bit of PTSD from how everything went down at our old church. I told DH I just can't go through the whole trying to be what other people want you to be to fit in anymore. We decided to go back to being Catholic again and I know how hard it is to meet people at the Catholic church. Plus the bishop isn't allowing anything social now. I belonged to a book group but meetings are cancelled indefinitely. My DH gets along better with women than other guys. He can't stand macho stuff although he's a big baseball fan. My DH is the kind of guy that all of the older ladies like because he listens to them. So how do you find like-minded friends as an adult?
  19. Unity is just a buzzword if it's not reciprocal. The fact the protests are called "riots" in your church demonstrates that unity is not what they are actually striving for. Often when the word "unity" is used in a church setting, what is actually meant is "conformity."
  20. If anyone was officially tracking the deaths of healthcare workers related to COVID, it would make this distinction. The point of the article is that no one is tracking this. Our government is certainly not tracking it. So Rezba and people like her are doing this informally by looking at Twitter and obituaries.
  21. This is a good article in Pro-Publica about an anesthesiologist who began tracking the COVID related deaths of healthcare workers. Nobody Accurately Tracks Health Care Workers Lost to COVID-19. So She Stays Up At Night Cataloging the Dead.
  22. We are still social distancing. We live in a hotspot. My husband is having surgery at the end of the month and we want to ensure that his pre-surgery COVID test is negative to avoid having to push back his surgery. ETA that we consistently gone to the grocery store and Target wearing masks since this began. We do takeout a few times a month. DH and are I still working from home.
  23. She wrote the book Real Learning about 20 years ago. It's out of print now. I think it was one of the early Charlotte Mason HSing books and probably the first one directed towards Catholic homeschoolers. She founded a forum for Catholic homeschoolers. I don't think it exists anymore. She has a blog, In the Heart of my Home. She stopped writing about homeschooling about 10 years ago. You probably remember her name from when she was a big name in the Catholic homeschooling world.
  24. I'm better with small changes. I've identified that one of my work strengths was the ability to break a big job into small pieces and start with the first small step. I didn't realize this until I became a boss and had employees who would become paralyzed and not know how to begin a big job.
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