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justamouse last won the day on January 10 2013

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  1. I love this. I think some of us by instinct do the latter. I don't know what propels some to follow the former--I see it as a lack, somehow. Like teaching what you haven't read (and what you must measure), so you have to follow a hollow format. Kinda like my siggy.
  2. 'They' are the moms and families just starting out, and slogging through the weeds and using the tools they find to help direct their homeschool. I think you mistake me. I don't disagree with you at all--this past post I wholeheartedly agree with. I took one way to get there--you took another way--but we both have come to the same conclusion. I would hate to say, 'this path is bad' to a mom starting out, who's looked to that help, blog, website for help. After years, they'll get to the same place that we have. I think it just comes with time and experience. And as far as Kern is conce
  3. Baking the bread was a metaphor for re-centering life around he home. Not being consumers. We're already not using the public school system, which is completely counter cultural, and, somewhat doing (some of us more purposefully) what ElizaG talked about--building culture. It may take more than our children, but my own children already are being producers, not consumers in their own life choices, so I have hope.
  4. "If the teacher is already strongly motivated to do this sort of thing, and has some background knowledge, then it's a different situation. She might not need prepared materials, and if she chooses to use them, she'll be using them as a tool, more than as a method." I think they're trying to get there. And I don't begrudge them that.
  5. Again I totally agree. There's a very interesting conversation going on on Andrew Kern's Facebook wall that is a part of this discussion, and he only mentions it in a comment on a post. That we are hundreds of years away from truly regaining what we have lost in Western Civilization education. And how truly the first part of that regaining, is living. That we first have to make home and family the center again, and that itself is a daunting task. And perhaps not reading ALL of the books is the answer, but baking the bread is the answer. And the rest will follow, but perhaps for your
  6. Only you could make me come post. :p I don't quite disagree with you (especially on my days when I have spoken with a mom who is trying to save her child's education, and hasn't even understood yet how her own education is lacking-and she doesn't care, which is the part that sends me reeling) but I DO think that we have to be hopeful, and encouraging. Especially since most new homeschoolers have no other alternatives but to try this whole experiment out. What I can offer from my own experience, is that my own sad education had glimpses of the great. And I would say that my oldest and
  7. You know for fun I just checked out Realtor.com and looked up Chatham? http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/24-Willow-St_Chatham_NJ_07928_M66854-55859?row=2 484,900 and on .16 of an acre Stock laminate cabenits, plain walls, run of the mill furniture that many of you might have in your house. This is not elite living.
  8. You know, I was thinking of the Chatham area when I said that, but I think you are right, a small cape in Chatham/Peakpack/Madison probably will run you 500k these days. And the taxes, fugheddaboutit.
  9. It's really cruddy when people we love do things that make us want to punch them, and things we know are really wrong. People do change, and I hope that you have the opportunity to help your Dh do just that.
  10. Why not? just make sure that if you are going to do between their eyebrows, you don't go over the inner corner of the eye because that hair will not grow back if overwaxed and their faces are still growing. If it's their lips, wax away. If it's their eyebrows, just do a little strip.
  11. In a high cost of living area, that is enough to put a roof over your head if you have a few kids. Maybe a modest sized cape, with a small yard. We have areas of NJ where the property taxes are 40,000 a year. People are leaving NJ in droves just because that 'elite' amount of $ gets them nowhere. That's what I hate about stats like that, they never take into account COL, and dependents.
  12. People who abuse and control will always find a way to abuse and control. Let me tell you about a grown woman who was president of a bank who would wear sunglasses to work. They don't need homeschooling, they don't need anything. In some systems it is easier to hide than others, but they will still do it. But I'm not going to give up my homeschooling freedom for the few that use it to abuse their kids. Public schools don't shut down because some teachers sexually abuse. I'm glad the girl got out and it worked out for her, but the armchair quarterbacking in situations like this is utterly
  13. A lot of times men who were cared for by Mommy have just learned to not pick up after themselves. They have never gotten out of the bad habit of leaving stuff out. It doesn't occur to them that they are being selfish by creating more work for the other person. I think Charlotte Mason called this laying down the tracks.
  14. The only reason our Benz was a deal was we had an actual German mechanic who was trained by Benz. The cars are designed to never break down. At ___ miles they get this belt replaced. At ___ miles they get that replaced. He was a gifted mechanic. People weren't keeping the Benzs in section 8 housing because they were dependable. Please. And she sees the owners almost every day in court as repeat offenders. How DO they have the $ to post bail all the time? Want to see the problem up close and personal? Go work in the judicial system in the inner city. Delayed gratification. How about
  15. This is me. Two years ago (three now?) I was firmly in diabetic numbers (even though I was not obese). I cut out all grains, and sugar, and my latest A1C #'s came back stellar. I no longer have diabetes. AND I lost 40 pounds. You are totally right about them looking at you like you have two heads.
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