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  1. So I'd be a highschool junior this year, but I switched to homeschool due to the pandemic. My dad keeps telling me that I need to just study and learn everything needed to get into college. I've asked him so many times what I need to do, sent him so many resources asking what to do, but he just ignores me and basically says to school myself. I don't know what to do and it's really stressing me out because now I have to deal with this on top of mental and physical illness that he refuses to address. My mom is working all day and she's too busy to help, but my dad has not had a job in years; he literally spends all day every day in his workshop building things for fun.
  2. Can anyone tell me which mouse is best for graphics designing? I need for designing my projects. Waiting for your suggestions.
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    Hello, I’m really hoping this helps. I have a 3 year old son, was throwing up, with a fever and took him to dr where they said “stomach bug”. Then he was getting worse and worse, took him to the Er where they found pneumonia in the left lung. He got antibiotics and seemed okay. Flash forward to 15 days later, my baby sitter gives me a call, he’s throwing up, feeling yucky, take him to a new dr, again, stomach bug. Flash 3 weeks, we’re in the Children’s Er with fever, throwing up, diarrhea and they’re saying stomach bug. How can we truly know if it is stomach bug if no ones listening to us. He shouldn’t get a stomach bug 3 times within 1.5 months right?
  4. A yellow Help button has popped up on the lower right of my screen, and I can't figure out a way to close it or move it. It almost exactly covers the posts I am quoting - when I go to respond, I click the Help button instead. It's muy annoying, and also a constant distraction. Can I ditch it? Move it?
  5. Hello all, My kids and I love the Harold Jacobs Elementary Algebra and Geometry books. Has anyone found an Algebra 2 text that has the same feel to it? Engaging and not for naught? I really do prefer a physical textbook as opposed to an online approach. Thanks, Debbie
  6. Hello All, I'm looking to buy jeans for dd and am hoping that some of you can point me in the right direction so that I can find an affordable, durable, modest pair of jeans to fit her. The problem is that she has a small waist and a full seat and thighs. We found a brand at Kohls that fit wonderfully (Sonoma) , but they keep getting holes in the inner thighs. We need to find a new brand. Thanks for the help! Debbie
  7. Hello All, DD would like to get a camping pack for Christmas, but as we're new to this I'm not sure what brand to get. She wants it to be big enough that she could use it for a long camping trip or in lieu of luggage for a short trip. I'd like to get something that would last for years, but don't want to spend $400 on a bag. ; ) Probably in the $200 and less range. Thanks! Debbie :bigear:
  8. I'm researching essential oils and from what I've been told, the longer you use them the less you need because the EOs work on a cellular level and actually help the body to heal. However, with homeopathic medicine I know you're only supposed to use whatever it is you're using for 7 to 10 days max and then give it a break for at least an equal amount of time. Anyone with a biochem backround that can help me out.
  9. I'm new to homeschooling and would love any and all recommendations for other homeschoolers/parents/unschoolers/etc. It's helpful to get advice from others who have gone through it before ya know? Here are a few resources I found on one site that popped up on my Facebook page from the similar site. getting started homeschooling guide looks promising but who knows! this 7 styles of learning activities looks like a great list of resources that i may consider but still need to do some research on them (has anyone used these before?) 10 most important things to know about homeschooling - simple, direct, easy enough here. As you can see my list is limited. Still need to do more research. I cannot believe how long it takes to prep for the homeschool year!
  10. I just recently purchase a copy of Jacobs elementary algebra for DD13 because I had read that because it is so incremental it eliminates the need for a pre algebra program. My oldest DD has not until just this past year ever talked of learning calculus, but after reading on coolmath.com she thinks it looks like fun. So, is there a calculus book that moves incrementally enough that I wouldn't need to purchase a pre calc book? Thanks for your suggestions! :bigear:
  11. Hello All, Years ago I found a book that I thought BJU had suggested using as a supplement to their biology program and now I cannot find it anywhere. Ugh! Anyhow, it's a drawing book and the intention is to reinforce what the student has learned in the readings. I guess maybe it came out before so many of the science coloring books were available. If anyone has a clue as to what I'm talking about I would really appreciate the title. Thanks! Debbie
  12. Hello all, Please someone tell me that I am not the only one with a child that says they cannot take notes. My husband says that he understands because if he takes notes while listening or reading it stops his train of thought. Any ideas as to how to teach ds? Dh is no help, he says he's not good at taking notes either. ; ) Thanks in advance! :bigear:
  13. I appreciate the help with the social issues yesterday, and so, I thought you might help me again. It is almost a daily struggle with my 10 yr old and instigating, teasing, picking, back-talk, just 'ugh' behavior. Under handed messing with peoples' stuff and pretending he didn't, saying he's not playing a game and then declaring himself the winner, etc. It drives his brothers nuts, which drives his parents nuts. When we talk to him about it, he doesn't seem to understand what he does, or doesn't remember, or claims not to remember, or says that everyone is always fussing at him. Well, he's always messing with people or their stuff, unless he is highly focused on his own thing. He honestly doesn't seem capable of learning to not piss people off or understanding what he did. Recall that we've had evals and are waiting on results. I did email to tell her these things, which we did talk about before, and ask if we could get in any sooner. In the meantime, I don't have any idea how to fix or improve this. Do we need ABA, more excitement, meds, counseling? Any ideas?
  14. Hello all, I'm looking to supplement a get it done economics curriculum with historical fiction that would teach economics concepts. Could you all please help me out??? Thanks so much! Oh, and if some are juvenile fiction that's fine too. Here are the topics I'm trying to cover... US Founding Pre Industrial Revolution Post Industrial Revolution Great Depression Communism A broad sampling of world history focusing on economic development I have thought of several books... Pride and Prejudice or Mansfield Park The Great Gatsby The Merchant of Venice Animal Farm The Grapes of Wrath
  15. I bought an old copy on eBay (2000-2001) and it is missing pages 17-24. Does anyone have the program and could maybe email me those pages? I'm so sad because I really love what I've gone over so far. I can send pictures to whoever to prove that I have the program if you are worried about copyright issues. Thank you!
  16. Hi! I am new here to this forum, new to homeschooling, and feel new all the way around lol. I have nailed down all of my son's curriculum for his 3rd grade year. Except math. I think because I am not so hot in math I get worried he won't excel. Although in school he tested about half a year ahead. He just seems like he struggles when I watch him do it. Blaze turned 8 on Aug. 9. He has ADHD and Autism. (Asperger's) He is very smart but has processing issues. Things can take him longer to do due to his processing speed. We decided to homeschool this year after he begged me. He went through such bad bullying last year from two kids that it ruined his love of school. I hate that because he really did enjoy going and playing with other kids. I decided on My Father's World Adventures in US History, a free online spelling and language arts curriculum from k12reader, extra science requested by him is Apologia Astronomy, Handwriting Without Tears (he has dysgraphia), and Keyboarding Without Tears. I am so stuck on the math. I am leaning towards, Teaching Textbooks, Life Of Fred, and Singapore. What is your experience with these programs? Any help is truly appreciated. We are starting the first week of September so I need to get on the ball haha. Thank you in advance!
  17. I'm trying to place my daughter in a 4th grade Saxon math program next year. She is at the end of 3rd, and 9 years old. And math is just not sticking with her at all, in spite of a few different approaches over the last 2 years. She is bright, and quick to pick up most any other subject. She is a wonderful reader and storyteller. Her writing and spelling are fine. But we've been trying, in vain, to learn our basic multiplication/division facts this year, without any forward movement in months. We will do flash cards & drills, but the answers are forgotten in moments once we move to the paper. Every day is very, very challenging for everyone in the home when math is being done by this young girl. Tears and tantrums are daily happenings for us. So I am hoping that others with more experience (or experience with a child like this) might offer some advice as to what course to take. We are using R & S 3 this year, because I thought the simplicity of the program would appeal to her. We have moved a little more than half way through the book after 2+ hours a day plugging away at it. I've tried doing math orally with her to move away from the dreaded paper, but she honestly likes independence in most of her subjects. Math is so different and I can't find her "key." I've had some experience with most of the major math programs, although math is not my strong point. Singapore, R&S, Right Start and a few other summer type programs. My oldest is finishing up 6th grade and Saxon 7/6 with great success though, and after a few rocky years with Saxon, that seems to be a good fit for him. I'd like to move her over to the Saxon program simply because I don't think I can juggle multiple math curricula with 3 children (my other is a 3yo) and all the other subjects to keep up on. I can barely keep up with the way Saxon is teaching things. Between 3rd and 6th grade, we are finishing between 3-4:30 pm every day. This is technically our 7th year homeschooling, and I'm really burned out as it is by the end of the day. I'm not sure more time will get us where we need to be, either. She tends to hit a wall, and be unwilling to let new information in. I'm tempted to hire a tutor to give her that extra one on one time though, but thought I'd try to find some ideas here first. The idea of a tutor terrifies her. According to the S & S I would put her firmly in the middle of Saxon 3, and not strong there. But going back to easier facts hasn't been helpful either. So we are in this terrible middle ground. Specifically: What can I do between May and August to get her back on track? I feel like the last 2 years, I've been too relaxed and "waiting" for her to mature enough to tackle this (while working more on character development, which was, and is, sorely needed.) But I need a practical solution at this point. We are addressing it on the "parenting" front, but as her teacher I want to see her move forward, as her abilities are so strong in all other areas. So I don't think waiting is a good approach. I need to work with her, but in a different way. Any ideas? Has anyone experienced this with their dc? Any short term programs or online bridge programs? I apologize for rambling on. I've been reading these forums for years and for some reason this one issue is taking our whole school down a sad path every day. I'm having trouble summarizing here without crying myself. She is such a smart girl and I feel like I am failing her miserably in this area. I'm very open to ideas!
  18. Okay, so I've tried posting a couple of times with no response to questions about Read With the Best. Has ANYBODY used the program? I would love to hear some feedback and to know what you used alongside of it for history. If anyone has found another American Literature based wrting program I'd love to hear about that as well. Thanks so much!!! Debbie :bigear:
  19. Quick Background: I've been homeschooling for 15+ years, and I've burned out. Actually, I've probably been burned out for several years, because we've gone from TOG, to unschooling to basically no schooling. *sigh* It doesn't help that I have a very strong willed 10yr that turns everything school related into a battle if it isn't "fun." I've been seriously considering putting DS in public school just so that he gets SOME kind of education and structure. So, he's 10yrs old and technically 5th grade. But although bright, he's behind where he could/should be (based on his abilities), because of our lack of regular schooling, esp in math. On top of that, we've recently converted to Catholicism, and I'd like to use homeschooling to help us continue to learn about our new faith. I need an open and go curriculum. I don't mind it teacher involvment, but I need to be able to just open up a schedule and do what it says. I'm usually a "tweaker" and have been mixing and matching curriculum forever. I've been using TOG since before there was a Classic version, so I'd say I'm sort of a eclectic CMer. :lol: I'm just so tired of trying to figure out a schedule for every little thing. I'm looking at Kolbe, CHC and MODG. Any suggestion about which one might be a good fit? I'll prolly stick with our Math and Science program. If possible, I'd like a curriculum where the different subjects tie in together... so that our Lit Books match the same time frame as History, which matches Geography, etc. KWIM? Do any of these three do that? I'm not looking for rigorous at this point, just something easy to implement, that will help him catch up and move forward, and help us get back on track. Thanks!!!
  20. Hello, I'm trying to get some information about how to use graph theory in order to reduce the time spent on a route. It could only pass once through each vertex and, at the end, return to the initial one. I will be really glad If you could send me information, samples or essays talking about this topic, etc. Thank you very much.
  21. DD14 is determined to go to PS for a SOCIAL Butterfly LIFE! She wanted to go to another county but that simply was not an option. There are no Private schools anywhere near us. This is upsetting to me to say the least. I planned on hs all the way if we could through 12th grade. Anyway, if she does go, I need a plan. I already have Latin, Math, English, and Writing for her. She wants to join ROTC. I know that I have read that most PS do not mind after schooling. I don't want to put too much on her so I am wondering how to even figure out how to after school her. Reading the website for the local PS is not helping me either. I did email the Principal to ask how to get her tested. I know I want her to read some Classics, keep up in Math, and Writing. I want her to learn more Latin since she has not retained much and had a couple of years of not being interested. I am thinking I will see if she wants to take another Foreign Language. Also, I am wondering if I should get her signed up for Study Hall if it is offered in 9th grade to give her quiet time to read or work on math. Any advice is welcome!
  22. Good afternoon fellow educators, I am in the current stages of planning out our 6th grade year. I have three children ranging in age from 3-11. I am struggling on how to teach the history portion to my 11 year old. It seems that the only way I will be able to check his work, and make sure things are moving in the right direction, is if I read along side him or pre-read the text. Is this correct, or am I missing something? This is a huge concern for me. I am also teaching 3rd grade and I have a toddler. The idea of having to basically do the history lessons before he does, is worrisome. Please correct me if I am wrong. Or if you have ideas or suggestions I would greatly welcome them. Thanks for your time, Tracy
  23. My son was in Kindergarten for six weeks before I pulled him out and started homeschooling him. Now we're mired in first grade, trying to get all of our Saxon math done before I have a baby in August, and he comes out with "I hate school." WHAT? I mean....WHAT? I have spent hours, days and weeks researching, agonizing over and planning his education over the past year and a half so I would never have to hear that again. So it wouldn't be true. So he would be happy and whole and well. And now...now this. He loves being home. He has no desire to go back to public school. But he doesn't want to complete his phonics pages or his math fact sheets or write science reports or practice his handwriting. He doesn't want to learn the basic things he needs to know before he can get to the more complicated things that sound interesting to him but that he won't be able to grasp without the proper foundations. He doesn't want to do things the way I know and love: methodical, logical, in order. I thrived in public school. I loved being told I was good and smart and getting an A and following steps. I love following steps. Recipes, algorithms that have predictable outcomes, formulas. I actually struggle with any math above algebra, but I seem to constantly search for formulas for everything nevertheless. I write fiction, a creative process, right? But I have to outline everything and follows seven steps and use a spreadsheet before I write the thing to make sure I know where I'm headed, because if I don't I'm too afraid of where I'll end up to ever start. *DEEP BREATH* So back to my child. He loves reading. He'll try anything, but mostly he likes Garfield comics and horrible junk like Captain Underpants and his ilk. He wants to do addition without carrying the one, despite how often he gets the wrong answer and can clearly not handle the problem without writing that little one in the ten's column. He wants to do all his spelling and phonics orally despite the fact that you remember things so much better when you write them down, and that unless someone yells to him, "How do you spell Wednesday?" the application of the practice will be WRITTEN. He wants to spend all day drawing stick figures in his steno notebook, and then explaining the picture to me with sound effects. He wants to play video games. He wants to do all sorts of things that are great and fun but are just NOT SCHOOL. And because I don't roll with the punches very well, and because I can't drop the weekly lesson plan and say, "Sure, today let's just throw the plastic coins everywhere and sing, "I'm swimming in money" instead of doing the math lesson," I get, "I hate school." (Side note: I did let him swim in money. I even took a video. Then I made him clean it up and sit at the table and learn how to represent a number pictorially. I even added things to his steno-notebook pictures, an activity he dubbed, "fun art.") He doesn't say it everyday. He doesn't say it all day long. It's mostly only whining about things he doesn't want to write down. But it makes me question everything I am doing and everything I have done for the past 2 years. I obviously don't know my child well enough if this is where his education is taking him. I should somehow become different, and learn to unschool *shudder* and step away from my plans of how it will all work out so nice and neat. But I can't. Or I haven't been able to yet. That's not who I am. So what am I supposed to do?
  24. My son is in 1st grade. Right now we are trying to do A LOT everyday. Our day is: Scripture study spelling phonics math writing (WWE) book report/story writing computers TTH memorization, grammar TTH history/science music- recorder practice We have a hard time fitting it all in, and we're often rushing through the fun stuff at the end of the day. I've been thinking of switching to a MWF/TTH schedule, something like math and LA on MWF and history, science, computers and art on TTH. BUT How can I get through a whole year's worth of math only doing three lessons a week? Saxon has 130-something lessons. If we only do three per week, taking three months off during the year (whenever those months happen to be) that would leave, at best, 40 weeks of school, which would get me 120 lessons of math IF I never missed a day (HA!). So, I know there are people who don't do math everyday, or phonics, or however you swap it, I know there are people who are not doing everything everyday. So what's the secret? Do you skip lessons? Do you do two in one day? Do you just not finish a grade level every year and not care about it? (NOTE: the latter is not an option for us. My son is in a state program that buys all our books in exchange for taking standardized tests four times a year and quarterly check ups with a teacher. Ick, I know, but, hey, free books of my choice!) How can I adjust our schedule so that the "fun" subjects get more time, but the "vital" subjects are still happening and getting done?
  25. I feel like I am finally getting a handle on all of this and now everyone is starting to talk about planning for next year...I am panicking a bit. Next year I will have a chronologically 6th grader and 7th grader...but it will be more like a 5th grader and 8th grader. They have been doing history and science together, along with art and music. Their math is varried and spelling is very different. Their literature and writing is sometimes the same type of assignment, but with higher expectations for the older one. We are doing Ancient History this year and plan to move to The Middle Ages next year. We started out using SOTW but it was too young, so now we are using it as a supplement along with lots of other books. In Science they just finished Ellen McHenry's The Elements, so now they will do Carbon Chem. I'm not sure what we will do next year, I think I will come up with a list and let them choose which way to go. For Math, we have determined text books don't really work, especially for my youngest, so I started just picking a topic and finding my own lessons and we started Math Journals...both kids have been doing geometry with the older one just doing a bit more in depth, but I know he is not being challenged enough in math. I still work outside the home, I'm gone about 30 hours a week. My husband is home when I'm not, but sometimes he is sleeping (he works nights) and sometimes he just isn't able to help them or sit and teach them. So I do like to have some things I can just leave for them to do without a parent. I have literally no plan for next year yet and I'm kind of scared. I feel like 6th and 7th grade should be more of a push for them, we have really taken it easy this year because it was our first year homeschooling. Any tips on curriculum, advice on what they really should learn, or any ideas or advice in general would really really be appreciated right now!!
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