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  1. We visited another co-op today and both kids left smiling and excited. They even asked if they could work over the summer because there's a class they want to be prepared to take. Now that's what I'm talking about! This experience just reinforced the truth that we all homeschool for our own reasons. We (my family) homeschool the way we homeschool because it best fits our needs and desires. I need to be sure that I stay true to our personal goals for our homeschool. Thanks for the input everyone. It helped with perspective.
  2. We are going to look at some other less structured co-op and class opportunities. Thanks for the support!
  3. This sounds just right for her right now. We've started researching a gap year/writing sabbatical and it feels so much happier than hurry up and pick a college whether you like it or not!
  4. We've seen the syllabuses/syllabi used for several of the classes. It is solid academically. Similar to what we might do but without the flexibility of our normal routine. This particular co-op is all or nothing. Thanks for the empathy! Thank you for the empathy.The first reason for joining a group is connection to support and potential friendship. We go to church, scouts, soccer, martial arts, so we aren't isolated but those (except church) are individual activities. In our previous home our co-op provided a sense of community that we are really missing now. My other motivation is that there will be a sort of accountability for work that we don't have right now. That might be a positive thing for my ds15 as he prepares to begin dual credit classes in a few years. I'm feeling kind of whiny so whiny Barbie sounds about right. If we sign up for this it's a full year commitment. Ds15 will be a sophomore. Yes, the classes will be fine for his transcript. Thanks so much for the input! I'm thinking maybe looking for something more in the line of an elective option might be a better choice.
  5. Thank you! We took a tour and had an interview with the director last week. It seems like a well run program. Both kids are unsure about the change. There are good things and bad. We attended an enrichment co-op for years and we all loved that. None of us are sure about having someone direct our academics.
  6. My sister and her husband just did a week in an airbnb near Joshua Tree. Their pictures are amazing. Any island in Hawaii would be wonderful too. The Chesapeake Bay or the outer banks of North Carolina might work.
  7. We went with a professional. They treated the effected area and the rest of the house. There was a guarantee. No more ants. We diy fun things. Ants aren't fun.
  8. We moved half way across country in the middle of my daughter's senior year. It happened relatively quickly and created chaos in her plans. Regrouping is challenging. She's been accepted to a school she's not sure she wants to go to that is 18+ hours from home. She won't qualify for in-state tuition until January 2018. She has 32 hours of dual enrollment classes under her belt. Her passion is writing. Her desire is to be a YA fiction author. If you were to consider your child postponing college in order to pursue a passsion, what kinds of parameters would you establish?
  9. It's been awhile since my last visit. I'm hoping that my past involvement in the boards earns me a bit of consideration for my crisis. I need practical advice and being an introvert who recently moved, real life input is limited. We have been homeschoolers for 8+ years. Two of our children (12) & (15) will be homeschooled next year. For the first time, I'm considering joining an academic co-op. The curriculum seems fine. It's not what we've used but it's solid, reputable curriculum. It's one day of class covering history, language arts, science and an elective. Following co-op day there are four days of assignments to prepare for the next class. Assignment are turned in and graded. My children are academically able to do the work. We've just recently moved so meeting people would help us all feel more anchored in our new area. That being said, I'm feeling hesitant about turning over my control and freedom to a co-op. I'm swinging back and forth like pendulum about this and need a dose of perspective from some who have btdt. What says the hive?
  10. Take it slow. Your dd will really benefit by feeling successful at some things rather than overwhelmed by many things. Keep a normal routine as much as possible. Let her try something new that she's interested in trying just for fun. Learning happens all the time not just in the courses we can put on a transcript. It sounds like your dd may be doing some of the most difficult kind of learning.
  11. When I review what I've planned for my DC I find it helpful to ask myself, "Am I encouraging life long learning or am I trying to make sure they learn it all now?" Since my goal is to foster life long learning, when I find myself packing it in I try to take a step back and remind myself that I don't have to be in a rush.
  12. Definitively high school for all but the most enthusiastic reader AND history hound.
  13. Training is key. For children the ages of yours, you are going to want to work with them for quite awhile, then instruct step by step before you expect them to perform the job independently. They can do lots of helpful things but they need training and lots of repetition to be successful. The game changer for us was assigning jobs for a longer term. For whatever reason I thought jobs should change weekly. I guess I felt that would give variety and limit the feelings of dissatisfaction and consequent complaints when doing a hated job. The one week period didn't work for us. I learned that keeping a job for a month allowed me to fully train for the job. It allows the kids to master each job. And, this is huge, when it's their turn to do a job again they remember what to do. This makes any retraining minimal. Rotating jobs at our house are washing dishes, putting dishes away, loading the dishwasher, taking out garbage and recycling, sweeping, and vacuuming. Lots of other jobs are more or less permanent. Those still require training for mastery, occasional retraining and lots of praise.
  14. Amazingly enough, everything from the dorm pile actually fit in the dorm room. She's all moved in. Convocation was this morning. Now to figure out a new normal.
  15. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. I'd recommend most of his other books though Bucking the Sarge would probably be too mature.
  16. Stephen King, especially The Stand, which happens to be one of my favorite books, I would say not until high school, at least. And then only if your child is not prone to nightmares or replaying book scenes mentally. It's pretty graphic. I would rate it at an 8 on a 10 point gore scale. John Grisham, maybe The Pelican Brief or The Client.
  17. We enjoyed this story too. My children were very impressed.
  18. They don't really line up. HOTAW has more than twice as many chapters and a different pace. It goes much deeper and is more chronological. The content is much more mature. I would suggest you pre-read sections before you assign them to your oldest. When we transitioned from SOTW to HOTAW I had my DC concentrate on note taking and outlining from a reference book. We use The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. We also added extra literature related to the history content.
  19. Thanks for the ideas and encouragement. I had another conversation with dd15 about requirements, expectations, etc. We came up with a plan to catch up from last year and move forward that makes us both comfortable. Once we hashed through everything she is much closer to finishing last year than either of us realized. During our negotiations she said all the right things about applying herself and her desire to complete high school in a timely manner. I am hopeful. We start on Monday.
  20. When my children were younger all our literature consisted of read alouds and the normal conversation that results from an interesting story. Any kind of comprehension exercises or literary analysis was part of sharing the story. Which character do you like best? What do you think might happen next? etc. I also usually asked a different child to give us a brief update of the story each day before we start reading. My older DC have no difficulty reading and responding to literature on their own now.
  21. Looks good to me. Can you tell me about the research paper program? I had planned to buy the program from AG but it's no longer available. Tentatively, our year will include: History of the Medieval World and corresponding literature Writing Strands Jacob's Geometry First Form Latin/Second Form Latin Astronomy Toast Masters It seems like something is missing, but that looks like enough.
  22. I bought a new very basic model Janome online several years ago. I taught myself everything from threading the needle on. I love my machine!
  23. Providing healthy all you care to eat snacks might be a good place to start. Smaller plates is also helpful. Plating their food for them rather than serving family style works here too. If they are still hungry after finishing a reasonable portion they are always welcome to eat more salad or cooked veggies.
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