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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. ((((Carrie)))) I have a very similar situation with my parents. I get the "disappointed" comments, which I take too easily to heart. However, my mom recently scheduled a trip to see us over Labor Day and then canceled it. It was one of those circumstances where her schedule and responsibilities were totally clear. I cleared my schedule and activities. However, a potential weather threat (which never hit them) scared her and she canceled. I told her it disappointed me. Evidently, she takes it to heart, too, because I'm still hearing about it. LOL! Anyway, I just wanted to commiserate. I need to be less angsty about what I assume to be my parents expectations. However, I also need to let their decisions be their decisions without feeling like I have to turn myself inside out to make an alternative happen. I hope the same for you! Doodle
  2. I can see character traits clearly. I can see where a person is strong in charity and dedication. I can also see where that same person is short of temper. But anticipating which of these attributes will tip the balance toward or away from a healthy relationship requires a forecasting skill I don't think any of us have... Some are simply more willing/able to risk it than others. I am risk averse, but that doesn't make me a great judge of character. 🙂
  3. I SO appreciate this advice. I do love that there's no risk for an 8th grader taking the SAT -- the score is dropped. I assume it's that way for the ACT as well? Thanks! Doodlebug
  4. This is a high school affiliated with our state university. So, it is technically a public school, but we would be paying tuition. I'm not certain it's what I want for DS. However, having options seems to be healthy as we move forward into high school, and I want to be earnest in making him a strong candidate. There is a state exam DS will need to pass if he is accepted. However, I'm keen on protecting his academic footprint as much as I can prior to entering systems that will require such testing. Thank you! Doodle
  5. I will be submitting an application for my DS (current 8th grader) at a local high school for the 2020-2021 school year. DS has been homeschooled from birth. The application requires three years of report cards, an option for letters of recommendation, etc. In my years of schooling, I keep reading lists, NME score reports, and accept only 90% or better on math tests . How on earth do I report that? I'm also considering adding a standardized test score to his application. I am considering the PSAT 8/9, but it isn't offered locally. Is there another test we might consider for this type of application? Should I feel as pressed as I do to proved an "objective" test score? Thanks! Doodlebug
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  9. 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!
  10. 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! 🙂
  11. 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!!!
  12. 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! 😉
  13. 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!
  14. The drive thru window for picking up holds/returning books!
  15. 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.
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