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  1. People that have no grid for homeschooling are generally of the mind that public school is a wonderful place, that the children are happy to be back with their friends and mom is happy to have some free head-space. I equate her comment with this: "You homeschool? How in the world do your kids ever get socialized?" She doesn't mean to be rude. She just has no grid for what it means to live a homeschooling lifestyle . . . and why would she? She clearly doesn't homeschool. Matters little that she works with children at a church. If you wanted to do this lady a favour, I would contact her and explain why that comment bothered you and maybe do some proactive teaching about what it means to be a homeschooling family? T
  2. I am over-the-top impressed with the Math Circles out of DAL. Wow-zers. We're really blessed to live where we live! T
  3. I did an outloud cheer when I read this from the thread about which sort of hs'ing families are near you: "Only one other more rigorous hsing family here, and she put her older children into middle school and high school here. The others are either "relationships over academics" Christians or hippie-esque unschoolers, with a few boxed ABeka fans. We're too busy with college classes and orchestra to do much in the way of hsing groups any more. It's rather sad, actually. I miss those lovely days of trips to the lake..." I didn't know my style of hs'ing had a title and I'm thrilled to know there are others out there like me! :) My goal is to build a solid relationship with all three of my children *and* give them a great education . . . for me, that doesn't mean translating Homer by 12th grade ;) but I would certainly consider us a "going to university unless you have a much better idea" family. My hub tells the kids he'll only pay for a math or engineering degree and I'm pretty sure he's not joking. I wonder if the "relationship before academics" crowd would care to weigh in with their strategies to keep healthy relationship in tandem with careful academics? I refuse to make academics our family idol but I'm also of the mind that a solid academic foundation opens many doors. I'm interested! Warmly, Tricia
  4. In my immediate church family -- the *entire* spectrum is represented. Uber-Classical . . . everything inbetween . . . Uber-Unschoolers. Makes for great dynamics. (hardy har har)
  5. http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/meet-the-radical-homemakers A quick recap of the RH book, written by the author.
  6. May I ask if you fill your list at Big-Box-Mart or are you making your purchases from folks who are carving out a life away from mainstream consumerism? T
  7. Great links mentioned above. I just finished RH and came here to ask the same question many of us are asking: how can we effectively produce while living in an urban consuming neighbourhood? I have a quarter- acre lot which is planted full with veg . . . and we regularly shop second-hand. What else have you done to live a producing lifestyle while living in the land of suburban bylaws?
  8. I really appreciate this thread and thank you to the OP who linked the workbook for 2012. I used to be one of those people who never met a stranger . . . always saw the best in the people, gave people the benefit of the doubt, tried my best to accomodate wishes and wants. It has taken a few years with some nasty bumps to realize I am pathetic at drawing boundaries. I'm either "all in" with somebody or "all out" with the door slammed shut. I hope 2012 is my year for substantial personal growth when it comes to relationships. Warmly, Tricia
  9. I loved this interview, especially the places where she speaks out against an us v. them (the ps'ers) stance. I've had the great pleasure to encourage families who have their children in public school, been able to loan resources and most importantly, affirm and validate families who can't or don't want to homeschool, but really want the best for their children. I spend alot of words helping people understand that their is no perfect path for children . . . we're all doing the best we can with the tools we have. SWB, I appreciate your tone in this interview. Warmly, Tricia
  10. My boys are both busy paddlers -- we're up at 5 am, 4x a week and afternoon practices 4x a week, 4 - 6. We no longer follow a traditional school day because we're all too tired. Two mornings a week, we go back to bed for a "sleep in" and then do school in the afternoons and history/corrections after supper. I think the biggest hurdle in our home was helping the big boys understand that school had to get done during non-traditional hours. Weekend afternoons help us stay afloat with school, but that didn't come easy for the boys. They believed in the sacred, no-school weekend, so helping then understand that you can't have your cake (paddle and sleep) and eat it too (no weekend work) was a bit tricky. Warmly, T
  11. Denise, love the visual! Thank you! I'm pleased to report that our AofPS journey is much smoother . . . we've got the system figured out. Before the class: Do all of the discovery-based problems. Read the textbook and figure it out as best you can. Do the class with the fabulous prof! After class, 1) do the teacher questions online 2) do the review problems at the end of the chapter. Try the challenge problems. 3) hang out with Alcumus and stay on top of those questions. Weekend work . . . do the discovery-based problems for the next chapter. It took a month of feeling crazy, but all is now well at our home when it comes to math learning. For sure, my ds2 is doing Pre-Alg 1 & 2 with AofPS. By the time dd3 comes along, I'll be a mathy mama! :) Now, Geeknick, good luck with your post! *I can't help you.* (mildly understated). Warmly, Tricia
  12. Or just take a break for a couple weeks and play some games, do some quirky, living math bits, find math hiding in the real world. I wanted to throw my ds2 out the window last year this time. I was so annoyed -- this feeling of "you're kidding me, right? You knew this and how can you not know this right now?" One short year later, a bit of maturity under his belt and he's taken huge steps forward in his math learning. I'm shocked. Last year, even saying the words "least common multiple" was enough to put him into a tailspin. This morning, he just fired off a page of questions that would have created serious rebellion last year. Sometimes, their brains don't move forward at the speed of the workbook. Warmly, Tricia
  13. If you don't mind asking for advice from somebody who's "famous" . . . you could ask Ann Voskamp, author and blogger at A Holy Experience. com. I recollect her giving top marks to VP for their academics at the high school level. Who knows? She might find a few minutes to respond. I'm considering VP online for 9th - 12th . . . if it's anywhere near at great as AofPS is for math study, I'm all over that. Warmly, Tricia
  14. Great article and thanks for posting. I've put lots of distance between myself and many in our local Christian homeschooling community simply because I can't stand the arrogance of "if you do it like this, you won't have to manage xyz behavior on the other end." Ack. Tricia
  15. Hi there, do you have to be signed up for a course to do the Alcumus work? I would really like to have my own account for Alcumus - I find myself working over my son's shoulder. I'd like my ds2 to have a go at pre-Alg before we get doing on it officially next year. Hmmmmm. Between AoPS and becoming good friends with Salman Khan, we might be able to do this math thing. Warmly, Tricia
  16. I thought I had what you were looking for . . . I have The Times Tables and you're looking for The Times Tales. Sorry. T
  17. I find a chunk of the Alcumus questions to be really hard . . . using info in the textbook but applying it two or three layers beyond what has been "taught" or what the student has discovered . . . but I've had my son write out the Alcumus problems in one section of his notebook and then he can review or practice when the mood hits him. I used to stress out when we came up against an Alcumus question that we couldn't answer, but now, we just press "don't know -- have no hope of ever finding the answer", write out the math-path they offer, try to understand the reasoning and carry on. It's fun and hard and crazy and good --- all mixed together. I'm really pleased with AofPS and I'll be looking for a medal if I can get all of my kids graduated from AofPS before university. Warmly, T
  18. Hi Denise, I can't thank you enough. Truly. You are certainly a Woman of Grace. I have a feeling that we'll be stretched in both ways over the next few months --- AofPS is pulling us forward and we'll need to walk backwards a bit to fill in some gaps. Looks like I'm going on a math adventure! Thank you for the links. Warmly, Tricia
  19. Hey, I forgive you. It's all good. These interactions have reminded me that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and to be extra kind in all circumstances . . . people have all sorts of real struggles and it's good for me to have lots of grace for those that might struggle in my areas of strength or accomplishment in that same way that I need grace for my weaknesses. Math is a mountain I'd like to climb but it's a steady uphill battle. Warmly, Tricia
  20. Hi Denise, thank you for weighing in on these matters. There are some slices of my life where I can stand up for myself but math isn't one of those slices. I went back and looked again at the above explanations, looked at the simplification given to us by the instructor, looked again at the alcumus question. Quite frankly, I can't really tell whether the x/9 and the 5/18 is * or ^? I wish I could find a "mathy mom" in the class who might come alongside me . . . I'll inbox you later on today. Warmly, Tricia
  21. Argh. See, I could just cry my head off and I'm fragile when it comes to math. I can't even write it down correctly. sigh. It is: ((x^3/2x)*x/9 * (x^9/15)* 5/18)^3 The alcumus font is little and we thought it was to the power of x/9 and to the power of 5/18 and even in my pea-sized math brain, that seemed crazy?!?!?! The instructor has helped us. In spite of me, I hope my kids get a decent math education. Cheers, Tricia
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