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  1. On 1/20/2021 at 10:52 AM, 2_girls_mommy said:

    If he is going to continue latin further, I would say you need to learn it, unless you are going to enroll him in an online class with a teacher who knows the material.  If you just facilitate, it would be like handing a kid an Algebra textbook to figure out on his own.  Yes, some kids could read the text and grasp it.  But most need a teacher to work out practice problems with them and to help correct work and to know what they are looking at.  (when you grade Latin translations, there can be different translations that are correct.  You don't want to be counting off because it doesn't look exactly like the book's answer if it is correct, etc.)  He might do fine this year.  I am just thinking about as you get deeper into it.  We went through Henle 3 over the course of high school with my dd for Latin credits of 1-4.  We also prepped for the National Latin Exams each year.  If I wasn't working the material and learning it with her, I would have most definitely needed to pay for an expensive online class to teach it at some point.  

    The MP guides for Henle that I have seen (just for Henle I, I don't know if they have them for after that?) are good.  They break it down into lessons similar to their Form series which is an even better program for beginners.  First Form uses their own exercises and uses Henle I as well.  We did First over two years for Latin 1 and 2 in 8th and 9th grades for high school credit it was so good.  And dd scored amazingly on the NLE exams for levels 1 and 2 with it.

    Thank you!

  2. DS11 has had three years of slow, gentle Latin with Little Latin Readers, from 3rd-5th grade. We took the first half of 6th grade off from Latin because I was teaching three courses online and just couldn't fit it in the day. So, we've just started Henle Latin after Christmas. I am using the Memoria Press teacher's book for scheduling and correcting answers. (He's doing the exercises orally, because writing would slow it way, way down.) 

    When we worked before, it was simple enough that I learned the material just by sitting with him, helping him with the workbook, and listening to the audio files. However, we're only three weeks in and I can tell that I am not learning the material like he is the way we are working Henle now. So, my question is this: Should I try to find the time to do the work ahead of him and learn it myself, or will he be okay if I simply just facilitate and correct answers using the book? (We can't do it at the same time, because that would require him writing his answers, will definitely make it take longer for him, and might cause a revolt.) It might also be possible to sign him up for an online course in the fall. 

    Can anyone share their decision and/or experience? Thanks!

  3. Thanks, that was helpful to see how you have your son breakdown the directions.

    I'm confused with the given excerpts... Is he expected to incorporate language from those? Isn't that plagiarism? I'm not sure how to have him combine the lists and excerpts together into a description. I've had him reread the descriptions from week 13/day 3 to give him a model, but it doesn't seem to be helping.


  4. DS11 has been working through WWS level 1, and has been doing well so far. His outlining ability is much improved, and his descriptions of narrative writing are getting better as well. However, we have reached week #14 and are having trouble with writing a scientific description. In week 14/day 4, he was given a list of facts about Mars and an excerpt description and told to write his own description. What he did was write down EVERY SINGLE FACT and try to form them into sentences. I don't know how to help him write this description. He did have trouble a couple of lessons ago doing the same type of lesson about volcanoes, so it is definitely a scientific description thing he's having trouble with. 

    FWIW - I have read that I am supposed to "work through the book first", but I DO NOT have time to do that. Also, I'm no writing slouch - I have a couple of degrees and was ABD in my Ed.D. program. I just don't know how to TEACH this to him. We will spend as much time as we need to on this before moving on to the next lesson. 

    Help, please? 

  5. My FIL volunteers as a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs to help them write/improve their business plans and get startup funding. He passed along a link to me for one of his clients, who has a Kickstarter campaign right now that includes a homeschool-specific component. I thought I would share it here in case anyone was interested in it. 

    Career Launchpad

    If you had any feedback that I could share with him to give to his client, that would be awesome, too!

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  6. 12 minutes ago, Toocrazy!! said:

    My dr friends said to take Tylenol, not Advil or Motrin. Not sure if that is still current advice. Maybe someone else can chime in. 

    I'll have to look into that. Tylenol does nothing for me. My brother mentioned that they had tylenol and aleve, so i figured I would throw in a small bottle of advil, just in case. (Aleve makes me puke. Ick.)

  7. 13 minutes ago, Spryte said:

    Do you have everything you need, in case your household does come down with a case?  Maybe check your vitamin stock, and paper plate supply, if it gives you a sense of control and comfort?

    Yes, I think so. I stocked up in February. We still have plenty of cough medicine, advil, tylenol, powdered pedialyte, paper products, sanitizer, and lysol wipes. I have an O2 meter, new thermometer, and we have a nebulizer and plenty of albuterol.

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  8. My brother tested positive for covid yesterday (Wednesday), though asymptomatic. His MIL had fallen ill on Monday and tested positive on Tuesday; she shares babysitting duty of his daughter, my 1yr old niece, with me and my mother. My mother watched the baby Saturday for a few hours in their home, and I watched her most of Sunday & most of Tuesday in my house. My SIL tested negative on Tuesday, but she spends much more time with her own mother, so expect she will also be positive soon. Their doctor won't test anyone under 3, so we have no idea if my niece is positive or not.

    My mother went home from work yesterday as soon as she got the news that she was a close contact, and her employer will pay her to stay home for 10 days. My brother will likely not get paid while he stays home and my SIL is a hairdresser, so she's obviously in quarantine and not getting paid, either.

    I am considered a close contact, so I'm not going anywhere, though I don't really go anywhere anyway. My husband and kids were around the baby, but only I was around her parents. So, I'm attempting to keep space between me any everyone else in the house (thank goodness it has been unseasonably warm and we have had the windows open) and I will likely call today to make an appt for a test, just in case. DH read a lot of advice online and went to work today; he'll continue to work unless/until I were to test positive or have symptoms. I'm worried for my brother and his family. I'm worried for my mother, an asthmatic. I'm worried about my kids and my husband. I'm worried about me! My anxiety is in overdrive.

    This sucks.


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  9. My eight year old (3rd grader, all assigned subjects are on grade level) has, in the past 6 weeks, taught himself the Pythagorean Theorem, how to solve quadratic equations using factoring, special right triangles, and basic trigonometry. He eats, sleeps, and breathes math lately. He loves math books. I'm constantly shocked by what new concepts comes out of his mouth. 

    Maybe it is because I am simultaneously teaching many of these same subjects to my 6th grader (AoPS intro to algebra) and my college classes (remedial algebra and college geometry for non-math students), but this just....seems like a lot for an 8yr old, even a very bright one. It is honestly a bit disorienting.

    This can't keep up at this pace, can it? Has anyone else been in this situation? I feel completely unprepared for this kid as he gets older. I have a B.S. in math, and he's likely going to be past my abilities during middle school. *wimpers*

  10. Okay, I've just read the original post and skimmed a few answers but I'm going to jump in without reading the entire thread...

    NaN - your oldest girl and my middle boy are so very similar. We also have trouble here with what can be called attitude issues. We butted heads just this afternoon over an oral narration and spelling! It's not that he isn't capable or didn't understand what I was asking him, it was that he just *wouldn't* do it.

    After many months of serious thinking and talking about these issues (with my DH, my BFF, and my mother), I've come to realize that it has to do *exactly* with the intersection of his maturity (or lack thereof), his being an autodidact/gifted, and my own control issues.

    It took along time to see the pattern, but when DS8 is going through a period of intense THINKING, he just won't/can't do the stuff I want him to do (brush his teeth himself, care for his belongings, do the schoolwork I have assigned, etc). The past few weeks have been rough around here for that kind of stuff, and I only just put two and two together and realized that, in the last three weeks, DS8 had gone through an explosion of math concepts (he taught himself about trig functions, then factoring quadratic equations, then two days ago he wrote a visual proof for finding the length of the hypotenuse of any right isosceles triangle). His brain is just so damn BUSY, that he doesn't have the brain space left for any of the other stuff! We used to have these issues before he was school-aged as well, but they manifested them as tantrums and heightened sensory processing issues. I hope that, as he gets older and continues to mature, the negative aspects will lesson or at least be more manageable.

    What I have to work on is my own response to his behavior, and that is the hard part. I grew up with an emotionally abusive father, and when I get tired/angry/frustrated, I open my mouth and my father comes out. I hate it. My kids hate it. Being able to finally recognize that what is causing the issues (his giftedness and his age), and that it is not willful disobedience, is making it *slightly* easier for me to keep my patience and try to find better solutions.

    I can't offer any better advice than others already have, but I can offer you solidarity. (((NaN)))


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  11. 2 hours ago, stephanier.1765 said:

    I hope the dishwasher holds out for you

    I fixed the dishwasher! I needed to replace the part that connected the upper spray arm mechanism to the water at the back wall (the seal was broken, so water wasn't getting to the upper spray arm, which is why my glasses kept coming out dirty.) Cost less than $50!

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  12. 4 minutes ago, ktgrok said:

    DDP Yoga has a kids version that is free. The "extreme" level is for older kids, but he should definitely do the first two workouts first, if only to learn how to do the moves. https://ddpyoga.com/pages/kidz-workouts-for-free?gclid=CjwKCAjw5p_8BRBUEiwAPpJO6weed74GDIgXkmN_pcEHx1JK2YBP-0WASRceBJ5KumFxNkfoYuNTQBoCkUgQAvD_BwE

    This is hilarious. In a previous life, I think I saw him wrestle in person... Thanks!

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