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    Coffee with a friend, reading, theology, being silly with my sister, home design, teaching children (not just mine), cooking, painting, chamber music, Elizabeth Goudge, good wine and the cocktail hour, orchids, nature...

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  1. I agree with closely examining medication interractions. My mother had a seizure on a mix of pain meds, antidepressants, and sleep aids. Her prescribing doctor (of course) never agreed with us that the combination of meds was at fault. But my sister (doctor) was more convincing, thankfully.
  2. My seventh grader read Proverbs monthly and whatever passage our church was studying. We deviated from the Proverbs schedule during Advent and Lent. For going deeper, I consulted Ambleside Online for their reading list and found How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig (Schaeffer), Pursuit of God (Tozer), and another that I can't remember right now. I read these aloud to my seventh grader during our morning time, and the conversations that emerged were exactly what I was hoping for!
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    Oh gosh yes. I have hated, and I can't imagine being a Christian without that acknowledgement. If we didn't hate, forgiveness would be easy. If forgiveness were easy, we could do it ourselves. If we could do it ourselves...
  4. Back in the day, my orchestra director spouted off about homeschool students participating in All State orchestra — because HE, a ps teacher, paid the association fees which enabled participation in the conference. I just knew the homeschool gal’s presence made me practice my butt off. Imagine that. Musicians inspiring each other. Crazy!
  5. Doh! It happens! I printed beautiful posters to place around my college campus advertising my senior recital. Unfortunately, I invited guests to the following: Presenting: the senior rectal of Doodlebug. Embarrassing then. Incredibly funny forever! 🙂
  6. Thanks so much. This is exactly what I'm looking for. Simple and systematic! I'll start with the flashcards and if we need them, we have them... if not, it isn't a huge time/effort investment. 🙂 So glad to hear this. I'm hoping for the same!!!
  7. I am transitioning my DS (entering 8th) from our longtime standard spiral math curriculum to Foerster’s Algebra 1. The spiral has been effective but not efficient. I’m hoping to get a better balance there this next school year, but moving to a new textbook and format, I could use some practical tips. What should I be prepared for in terms of making the transition from a spiral to a block approach? Specific to Foerster, I do see review built in to the units... Should I plan for more? Resources? Im sure there are other questions I should add here, but feel free to share what you know I should know! 😉
  8. I think, at the very least, a break is in order. From there, it may be easier to make a decision to re-engage, or step off to one of the different teachers in your area. When a teacher’s reactions are undermining your priorities, that’s a red flag. Disengage, get perspective without the obscured emotional/ attachment lens, and decisions become a lot easier!
  9. The drive thru window for picking up holds/returning books!
  10. After giving DS (13) and two of his friends a ride to a meet-up, my DS reflected: “I should’ve given one of them the front seat.” A thoughtful human being is emerging! Ahh! And this week... he began organizing his schoolwork and pens. Also, loving Latin. Never saw that one coming.
  11. Written narrations of science/history are my only cursive requirements for my seventh grader. But my goal at this stage is maintenance not development. While DS was developing his ability to write in cursive, it helped to assign it as much as possible, gradually increasing those expectations. I gotta say, I would find it difficult to prioritize developing cursive in middle school. Perhaps that's more of a reflection of my student than a universal truth... but I do think there's an element of adolescence that requires easily discerned meaning in their assignments. Just throwing that out there... it is absolutely permissible, and sometimes best, to pass on cursive to reach for other fruits!
  12. You have some very reasonable concerns about this school. To ask questions would be my one encouragement. Get course specifics and see if they align with your goals. I've been surprised to find my weakest homeschooling subject is better still than what appeared to be good looking programs. Your son's performance is not something that would even weigh into my decision. The school has motivations which are outside of your son's best interests... populating a summer writing class being one of them.
  13. Do you have details about their comp program? I once asked a UM school my DS was attending about their composition curriculum. After my motives were scrutinized for asking the question, I was told I place too great a value on composition. There was no formal comp syllabus. No comp curriculum in use at that time. They waved an impressive lit list around, but composition consisted entirely of "Write an essay on what you read/this prompt." And even those essays were handed back with little feedback. Comp is a huge time investment for the homeschooling parent and schools alike. A gain in instructor expertise can easily cancel out with a large class size. If the instructor is great, the syllabus solid, and the class size reasonable, you may have a great program there. My experience is that those things rarely align. More importantly, if the school isn't willing to talk to you about the details of your DS's placement as you anticipate joining their ranks, it's safe to assume you can expect more of the same when you have questions about his general performance. This is a dynamic the UM model must address. A part time institution offers no one full time commitment (feedback is a benefit of a full time admin/teaching staff). Off my soapbox and back to my full time commitment of homeschooling.
  14. I found this podcast helpful. Forgiving someone who isn’t apologetic is very difficult. Sometimes, my starting point has been to pray that the Lord would help me desire to forgive. Distance is helpful. You must get back to a baseline of peace, and being able to trust yourself. Continuing to place ourselves in unhealthy situations is a crime we commit against ourselves—Usually because we are trying to protect others, or are afraid of fall out. When you take steps to protect yourself, you restore your own dignity as a person worthy of protecting! Offending behaviors are no longer holding you hostage when you control the space, time, and ways you interact. I have levels of distance with 2 people in my life right now. One is a full on no contact, based on the offense. The other is contact on my terms... phone calls once-a-week, holiday get togethers (large group). I’ve ceased being “available.” It has given that relationship a healthy way forward, which is more than I would’ve thought possible a few years ago!
  15. With tankless, my big old cast iron bath tub fills to the brim with hot water. Just say no to tepid bath water! lol! My husband (handy) installed ours. We’re in an old home and it did take some doing.
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