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  1. I hear this a lot online wrt CC. But IRL, it doesn't play out like this in the middle school and high school programs. As one who paid it for middle school, here's how I justified it. Let's say you have a mom or dad who directs with a specific strength. Let's say a math/science strength, which has been one case in my experience (others I know have had a humanities strength). Paying what amounts to $50 a week for one full day of school subjects, half of which is time spent with that math, science, and logic strong director in those subjects, is still cheaper than the tutor I hired for math
  2. I think coming from a strictly school model TO homeschool group settings, the lack of specialization stands out. (I came to homeschooling from graduate school -- an education field.) But the homeschool way of life (co-ops/ outsourcing excluded) has always required parents to be at least somewhat fluent across subjects. This is the mindset my homeschooling friends have as they go into co ops for highschool. They aren't looking for specialization, though that would be nice. The decision rests in perceiving that the co op provides something better than what they perceive they could prov
  3. This points to one reason I stepped away from directing. In the middle school years, it's completely feasible for a director to know the material well enough to guide students through their weekly work and to answer questions. I was teaching my DS these things at home, so it wasn't difficult to pull that into a classroom review/ introduce format. However, by ninth grade, doing this across highschool level Latin, sciences, literature, etc., is almost unimaginable. There are ways to make it work, as directors can team up according to their strengths -- a humanities director and math/science
  4. In terms of draw, specifically speaking middle school years here, the big things for me were: Academically: we did our own math/science. Beyond that, DS had a consistent community of invested families to work with through Latin, expo/comp, literature, etc. He wrote far better papers knowing the class was going to hear them than he did for me. I also knew what to anticipate every week. To that last point of consistency and engagement, we specifically chose CC over the local co op because the cc community seemed to offer more consistency across the work at home and on community days.
  5. I hear you. But if this family is turning over their kid’s highschool science instruction to CC, those are BIG years where so much comes together. Expecting a family view to stick without providing the highschool level education that supports it is risky. I wouldnt do it.
  6. We opted out of the worst book “It just couldnt happen” in A mostly because it was rotten logically... before you even address the science in it. But I absolutely read Defeating Darwinism in B and had ds read it as I appreciated understanding the philosophical and scientific arguments behind those who support creationism. DS is going to encounter both views and I think it’s important to cultivate an informed and generous view of those who see things differently. CC is creationism heavy. There is no hiding it. No doubt there. So it surprises me that a parent would pin responsibilit
  7. A few things, which others have mentioned, too. While there is a time for consequences, it’s also worth noting that in a homeschool setting, kids are at ease to express where they are with school and I dont think this can always be put down to a lack of respect. It can be honest vulnerability. It’s a fine line sometimes distinguishing between overwhelmed frustration and a kid who just wants to be difficult, but discerning the underlying cause really is at the heart of a relationship. Consistency in food, rest, and physical activity were really important as DS entered adolescence. His
  8. I know some who do something similar. However, this type of working together is what homeschoolers did before CC and big co ops ever existed. It’s funny how it comes full circle.
  9. I was a director, once upon a time, for CC. Separate from their corporate structure, I found their Challenge A and Challenge B programs to be one of the better middle school community based homeschool programs. It was certainly more developmentally appropriate and engaging than our local classical school. And, it filled a need for us as a family with an only child. I stepped away from directing for several reasons. But the article points to issues that continue to resonate. Why CC isnt stepping into these (which are not new) and figuring out a way to better support directors
  10. Emmeril's chicken and andouille gumbo is one of the best basic authentic recipes. I make roux to look like a rich dark hot chocolate and like to say it requires something to sip on between stirs... stir too much and your flour will never brown... stir too little and you'll burn it... so stir, sip, sip, stir... I like to grill the sausage and chicken first over a charcoal fire... because I think that smoky flavor is the best in a gumbo.
  11. Yes to all of this. I've told DH I want to move to the mountains or the beach because I need the expanse of mountains or the horizon to put me in my place. We live in the south and all I can see in the distance is my neighbor's Subaru. Sigh.
  12. I wanted to speak to two things... Esolen is brilliant. And I cannot stand him on social media. But there's a quiet place in him, evidently, from which he speaks of dogs and playing children and humanity, and I actually like THAT Esolen very much. That's the guy who shows up in this book. Not trying to convince you, but I too groaned at first when I saw his name... and then I was very pleasantly surprised. Doodlebug
  13. From the Forward by Esolen: "The art of rhetoric, the third course of the Trivium, is not for political gain, as the Sophists of ancient Greece once boasted that they could teach young men to sway the democratic assemblies whichever way they would. It is for the attractive showing of truth; it wins for truth with eloquence and beauty, and the love-born wish to bring others into communion with those who see that truth." That truth exists, not as a power to grasp hold of, but as a beauty to draw close to... It brings tears. Doodlebug
  14. I haven't read all the responses, and I'm hesitant to share my experience because I know how it would've sounded to me when I was frustrated and hard-up for ideas to keep DS engaged. If it's helpful, great! If not, ignore. 😉 The short of it... I recognized at around 8-9 that my DS needed very specific limits on screens and the cue for that was unmoderated behavior during his free no-screen time. We did massive revisions on our media -- scaled back to video games once a week--yikes! My inner 13 year old cried "hypocrite!" LOL! But DS required a hard break between screen session
  15. Count me as clueless that people do this sort of thing. I am incredibly sorry this happened, OP, and for whatever fall-out this created for you both here on the board and emotionally (talk about feeling personal!).
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