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  1. Hey Aiden, I hope to don't mind me dragging up ancient history, but I came across your thread asking about amazingbibletimeline or alternate resources, and I was wondering what you ended up using?

    I've been trying to stitch together the bible with history and science, but never found a good way to present my findings. I was wondering whether amazingbibletimeline has done all the work for me, but they don't show enough online, and I can't find anyone who has tried it.

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      I’m sorry, but I never tried it either. We ended up only homeschooling for a few years before we put our daughter in school. It was too isolating to homeschool her in our location—a country in which homeschooling was mostly illegal, other activities were not offered in English, and the neighbor kids were always at school or school social events. 

  2. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any groups for kids that age. We homeschooled our daughter for our first year here, but then realized that she was coming out of her social shell and wanted friends--which we'd been unable to provide exactly because we couldn't find any English-language groups or classes for her to join, and the other English-speaking kids we knew were busy with school all day and often traveled or attended school-related events on the weekends. After a very lonely year, we put our daughter in school so she could spend time with other kids every day. We did make contact with other homeschoolers here, but their schedules were full enough that we weren't able to spend much time with them, either. We also made some friends through church, but again, the kids are just so busy ...
  3. I am a combination of introverted and highly sensitive. (There <ahem> may also be some anxiety in there, but that hasn't been explored and probably won't be, due to anxiety about how diagnosis could affect other important areas of my life.) As a child, I was always torn among my competing impulses ... be around the group because I was always anxious that I was missing out on friendships and fun stuff and I absolutely was sensitive to the feeling of rejection (even if I was the one rejecting the group), or be alone because I was just so overwhelmed and exhausted from being around people all day long. I can see an immature me trying to get the best of both worlds by insisting on being with perfectly quiet others (though after a full day at school, I was so peopled out that no one had to suggest that I go be alone in my room). There is a balance to be struck there, and it isn't always easy to find. It may be that the combination of preschool and gymnastics/co-op is simply too much for her--maybe one or the other would be fine, but both is just too much. For example, I can handle social interaction 2-3 times a week and still be functional for my family. If I have to do more than that, and back when I had to deal with people all the time at school or in a job, there is simply nothing left and I neglect my family because I simply cannot deal with another person until I've had hours of alone time. There may be activities that I love, but if I've already had my 2-3 social events that week, I'm done--I don't want to go to that activity that I love. (Yes, I realize how blessed I am to be able to stay home with my daughter--and send her to her room for quiet time for a couple hours a day--rather than having to go to work around people all day every day.) All that to say--explore the possibilities, definitely. But don't discount your initial assumption of extreme introversion.
  4. Most of the homeschoolers I've heard of there are younger than your son, if I recall correctly--the homeschooled teens I've heard of are departing this spring, I think. I was looking for a different age group, though, so there may be more teens than I'm currently aware of. We intend to arrive sometime in August and hope to start making in-person contacts soon after, to go with the email contacts I've made already. Feel free to PM me and I'll try to put you in touch with families with teens if I've found any by then :)
  5. I'm not Orthodox, so I don't know of any holy places in Greece. However, I am beyond excited to do our first rotation through ancient history while living there. We may have to extend our school year to accommodate all the field trips!
  6. I'm the wife of an American diplomat. We have the legal right to homeschool anywhere in the world where we are sent on behalf of the United States Government. It is unfortunate that there most likely will not be home school co-ops that have any Greeks in them. However, I am aware that there are non-Greek citizens there who do homeschool their children--but I'm not certain if there are exemptions to the law for them, or if they after school but call it homeschooling since they're meeting all their kids' English-language educational needs, or if they're illegally flying under the radar by homeschooling. I know these people exist, as I've met people who've met them, but I haven't been able to make contact myself. I also do know that there are a couple of other US diplomat families there who homeschool, but I've gotten the impression that their kids are significantly older than my daughter. We may end up relying on church connections for opportunities for her to make friends. I have just begun paying attention to what's happening in Greece, in preparation for our move there. It will be an interesting time to live there, for certain. I hope your relatives are able to weather all the storms that come.
  7. I know it's a long shot, but ... we'll be moving to Athens, Greece, late this summer, just in time to start homeschooling our daughter for K. Does anyone know of any English-speaking homeschool groups (co-ops, support groups, playgroups, anything) there?
  8. I'm so sorry your cousin and his family are so insensitive (I'll leave it at that, though "insensitive" seems a pretty weak word for what they are). I agree with the others who are saying to tolerate them, being polite but distant, as long as you have to, then drop the relationship. These people are not healthy for you to be around. And I would take the suggestion above to speak directly with the bride and groom to explain why you will not be attending their wedding, and then don't go. If your father wishes to go, that's up to him, but it would be beyond disrespectful to his wife to insist that she go if she does not feel up to it--maybe if your father feels strongly about it, you can convince him to go as the representative of the family, while the rest of you justifiably boycott. In any case, depending on the history with the bride, I could see her not knowing the date is your sister's birthday, or accepting her fiance's statements that it's a way to honor her, but I would make sure she knows that isn't the case. (Of course, she could be just like her fiance, and if so, you may already know that.)
  9. I also am grateful that you offer these boards for free, especially with such light moderating (and the ability to freely discuss all sorts of curriculum options!). Of course you should generate some ad revenue to help cover the costs--even if members were to see the ads too. I'm pretty new to the boards, but I know this place is going to be a huge help to me.
  10. As a child, I believed the stereotypes about people who lived in trailers and trailer parks. It was all I really was exposed to, and I had no reason not to believe it. But there was a girl in school who was very popular: pretty, smart, well-dressed. The first time I went to her house, I was shocked. She lived in a mobile home, and not a particularly well-maintained one. She since has said that she had a very difficult family life as a child. So even then it became apparent to me that where a person is growing up--and even with whom a person is growing up--doesn't have to determine who they are. In jr high I started dating a boy from a neighboring town. The first time I visited his house, again, I was shocked--it was a very well-maintained double wide trailer. His parents obviously weren't well off financially, but they were dignified and respectable. This experience started the notion that maybe just maybe, the stereotype wasn't true--maybe it wasn't just that the kids who lived in trailers had hope, but that the adults also could be just as respectable and responsible as any adults who lived in brick-and-mortar homes. I also had an uncle who lived two states away from me with his wife and daughter. I rarely saw him, but when we visited, we stayed in his very nice double wide trailer in a large, clean trailer park. There definitely were some "southernisms" in his manner (loud, opinionated, laidback) than made it easy to assume that he was a good, respectable, but poor man who was doing the best he could to provide for his family. Imagine my surprise when I was told, sometime in college, that he had purchased a brick home on a nice plot of land--big enough that he'd moved the trailer over for his adult daughter to live in--and a brand spanking new truck--and that he had paid cash for every bit of it! His family hadn't lived in that trailer park because they couldn't afford "better," as I had so naively believed. They had lived there because underneath his gruff exterior, my uncle was a very principled, very hardworking man who refused to go into debt for anything, even a house. He had paid cash for everything his entire life and had saved a nice pile of money so that when he bought the house he wanted, it would be with cash. No, I don't believe that the type of house in which you live has anything to say about your character, which is what the term "white trash" references. If someone is lazy and dirty and entitled and apathetic, that's what determines to what degree the term fits--not where the person lives.
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