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  1. Hi, Folks, I have been absent from this board so long that I had a notice on a post 3 years old! 😂 Today, however, I decided to pop back in and say thanks to my people who got me through the early years and on the right track. Next week we graduate our youngest. Homeschooling, despite its successes and stomach-pitting vertical drops, has been good to us. I won't go into the full story here, but with the youngest fully dual enrolled and now about to ship off to college, the dc have made the transition well. DS has a 4.0 and loves university, which is an amazing miracle to those who know our story. DD is headed to her dream school, a top ranked, small Christian college in the Midwest, fully funded for the first two years, with a hope to pursue a calling to use data analytics to help rescue victims of human trafficking. She is an overcomer. All those years spent in patient, sometimes frustrated, slogging away—accommodating learning "differences" and whatever else was going on—they all paid off. DD wound up with multiple scholarships and awards, and worked diligently, steadily, and determinedly for each and every one. 🎉🎉 (What happened to the party emoji?) I want to thank you all for my best homeschooling finds. It began by focusing on the true, the beautiful and the good and making liberal use of nature study and narration of all types in the younger years, thanks to Charlotte Mason and Classical Education. After good old Charlotte, you all introduced me to Don and Jenny Killgallon and Michael Clay Thompson (who collectively got my kids 35s or 36s on the English portion of the ACT), as well as Singapore Math, and Singapore Science, which landed me my career after active teaching wrapped up. I never would have been in a position to take the leap if not for you. I just got paid for writing the Math in Focus 2020 Edition teachers manual (grade 4). Rejoice with me! Thanks for being a community I could come to and find answers to questions I didn't even know I had. For those of you exhausted today from working with a seven-year-old you know is incredibly bright, but who has trouble holding a pencil and melts down occasionally from sensory overload, the successful end to all this is a lot closer than it feels. If sometimes a tear slips down your cheek from being overwhelmed, or the resistance you face is fierce and you're not sure you can make it, let me reassure you that you can, and the rewards that follow are that much sweeter. I've been a member here since before the board euphemisms teA and bOOks came into being, way back when Ree wasn't the Pioneer Woman and she would give stuff away from her junk drawer. It's been a long time, but not long at all. Thanks, SWB for making it all possible, and for hosting this community so we can set our kids up for success. I am so grateful for the space, and for all of you who spent the time making research and execution a bit easier for the rest of us. 💜
  2. I second EmergenC/Airborne and elderberry. Take them often and for as long as you are stressed or until you can crash after the wedding. It will help a lot.
  3. DD had many of the same symptoms and it was just a vitamin D deficiency. The underlying reasons for your troubles may not be as scary as they appear. :) Get checked, it could give you peace of mind.
  4. Source of Joy, thanks for sharing that. I hope you find healing for her soon! Long term illnesses are sooooooo difficult!
  5. Hi, ladies, The short version of a very long story is that after a 2.5 year recovery from TBI due to two concussions, my son just got full tuition to the state school by getting accepted to a program called Governor's Scholar's Program (also see ) and getting a high enough result on his ACT. I am pinching myself to see that this is really happening! It's been such a difficult road and I am so relieved and happy. :) Thanks for letting me brag a bit. It feels like a miracle. :party: Actually, it *is* a miracle. For a time he couldn't really carry on a full/deep conversation and struggled with reading because his language processing was so adversely affected. Now he's turned up with a 35 in reading on his ACT. It's more than perfect and better than amazing! I am in a place beyond gratitude. :hurray: Susan

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    I have Singapore Math (Math in Focus) at all grade levels. Teacher Editions Student Texts Some workbooks. Let me know what you need and I will try to help you out! :) Susan


  7. The materials you have to do the essay include a piece of paper that is the equivalent of two 8.5X11 sheets folded. DS can't remember how they identified it was his, or if he wrote his name on it. However, whatever happened, we got the score for it. :)
  8. If you park in Riverdale near the Henry Hudson Parkway, you can park in a fairly nice neighborhood and take the subway or the train in to the city. It won't take you long. Just make sure you observe the signs for alternate-side parking rules. I think the closest train stop is Spuyten Duyvil, just above Manhattan. It's worth doing it that way to avoid the traffic. Susan
  9. :lurk5: I was thinking of doing this very thing this summer, and am interested to see your replies! Thanks for posting. Susan
  10. From my experience, both personal and observed, either you get yourself on even ground now or you'll do it later. Either way, you'll still need to do it. If you're not on firm footing yourself, it is a rare person who can be both a great teacher and a great mother while hurting. One or the other inevitably will suffer unless you yourself are rock solid emotionally and mentally. Take the time to care for yourself and then pull them out when you are ready. There's nothing to feel guilty about in taking good care of the mother of your children. :)
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