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  1. I thought of 4 because they should be read as a group: the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante. I could.not.wait for each new one to come out...and waited as long as I could to start the last, knowing it was the last. Sigh.
  2. We did it in 8th. There is a schedule that is fairly easy to follow, but IIRC it is not by week but you could make it that way. There is lots of vocabulary study. You can go deep with writing what it asks you to write about, but in my humble opinion, 9th has a need for more writing (and different kinds of analytical writing) than LLoLOTR requires. Don't get me wrong, we loved it, but...having her read and analyze stuff she doesn't particularly love (unlike anything Tolkein!) over a broad series of books, poems, essays, etc. has been better for us, school-wise, for 9th (so far). Her writing
  3. One and only is a 9th grader this year. Really looking forward to it! 2nd semester and summer will see her doing classes at the community college. English: EIL Lit&Comp (EIL2?) Science: Conceptual Physics with labs Social studies: Holt McDougal Geography Math: finish Jacobs Algebra, start Jacobs Geometry PE: Oak Meadow Foreign Language: German, tbd, may start at CC if this semester is too busy Electives, art, 1 sem/each: glassblowing/fusing then Art History at CC Electives, social studies, 1 sem/each: world religions (combo books/Great
  4. I am in southwest Michigan. I agree with the above that Grand Rapids is very religious, homeschooling-wise and non-homeschooling-wise. But the majority of people homeschooling are religious so I don't know, if you look for religiosity you'll find it. Three Rivers and Newaygo are both pretty darned rural, so in all likelihood you won't necessarily find parent partnerships with local public schools. (It's a thing in certain parts of the state, that some public school districts reach out to homeschoolers in their general area and offer classes for homeschoolers in non-core classes. It's
  5. Have you considered community classes at all? Because the CC classes are one semester, our daughter says she'd also like to take classes beyond the usual bio/chem labs there, so we're looking into other classes offered like Nutrition/Diet Therapy or Physical Geography. I mention this because my husband took nutrition as his college science credit and absolutely loved the class, remembers the stuff to this day; apparently, the student becomes the guinea pig in a lot of the labs...this may appeal to some (if not all) students.
  6. WEIRD I bookmarked our dear Lit Hub from the 2nd Topics tab, all the better to see what's new. Having just wandered over to my saved bookmark, tapping it, I see that we're now... the Essential Oils group! Yay us.
  7. I understand from a LIW fan friend of mine that Prairie Fires is also a pretty long book, chiguirre. I have not done the proper vetting at all to see if the back third etc of the book is notes, but... Sometimes we have to have limits! I have a few in my stack (looking at you, Dark Money) which guilt me daily, as I know I should finish them...
  8. Hah, this made me LOL this morning. I still am giggling about the last cat https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/cat-profiles-from-haruki-murakami-animal-shelter
  9. Rose! look what is coming out soon! The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder. He's the author of Bloodlands, which a few of you have read, and On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. (I am a fan. He's a frequent contributor to NYRB.)
  10. I only read a couple of also-rans, which actually were pretty great: in Fiction, The Idiot by Elif Batuman and in Nonfiction, Notes on a Foreign Country, by Suzy Hansen and I have on my TR list the winner for Biography, Prairie Fires (about Laura Ingalls Wilder)
  11. Hi people. Stacia, that recipe looks delightful. It's similar to a stew I make, ingredients-wise, with sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Shh don't tell the family but we eat vegan more than they think we do. So after saying I wasn't going to read it, I ended up listening to Educated by Tara Westover. What can I say. I can say 2.5-3 stars maybe. There are so many better books about sh*tty childhoods and adult redemption IMHO, and even better off-the-bubble-of-normal Mormon tales, like The Sound of Gravel. I think what left me fairly cold was she hasn't fully "gotten over" her childhood
  12. Your cultural tastes are most similar to an upper class woman, aged 18-24 with a postgraduate education. Hah!! See me thrashing my head/flipping my hair along with Axl Rose et al. I am missing a few decades, too. ETA and a few spare million dollars.
  13. I do. It's honestly something we pawn off to kitchen contractors as far as nuts and bolts, but outlines of how the kitchens go together is part of the job. My work is mainly 2nd/3rd homes her in Michigan (for Chicago people) and then apartments in NYC, with the occasional commercial project. NYC work has us picking appliances to get the choices past building boards/standards so sure Subzero/Wolf are pretty standard fare. But...with central heating an absolute given in the States there's next to no reason for an AGA unless you, uh, want one :)
  14. I don't think I want to veer into multiquoting yet, so some thoughts: Stacia, I hope you enjoyed your break...? Jane, I am eager to read Barbara Ehrenreich's latest, am first in line at my library when it comes in; apropos of your Swedish Death Cleaning (which I endorse heartily having had to clean out my mom's house in Feb, 90% of which was unwanted crap): Natural Causes. (I have your other books on my TR list now too, thanks.) Rose, girl, I had to look up mast cells. It's bad enough that Shannon is out of commission, I had no idea you're ailing as well. Hopefully you have a decent
  15. I have missed you all too! I confess I am not much of a Boardie but this little corner has been a haven. Here's hoping the old posts can migrate and we're all private again. And hugs to all! I guess I have been reading. We didn't have much of a Spring Break at all, as I feel we're behind in schoolwork...plus the weather has been crap so we may as well be holed up inside. Seriously, snow in April? Yes. Here's the book rundown. Outline, by Rachel Cusk: writer hosts workshop in Athens, has innate ability to get people to tell her everything. Like everything she writes,
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