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    DD is finally home from Ireland!! I get to have both kiddos home for the next 4 weeks!!! This is probably the last summer they'll both be home for any time at all, since ds is hoping for an internship in computer science and dd is hoping to intern in the publishing industry next summer. When did they turn into adults?!?

    Our gardens are progressing nicely. We're starting to get summer squash, beans, green tomatoes, and raspberries!! The plants are also getting large enough they are shading out the weeds, so that's helpful. Ds and I also picked blueberries last week locally, so it's been blueberry pie and blueberry muffins, usually for breakfast!!

    Around the house, ds and I have been staining the deck. I absolutely HATE doing it--my old back and knees can only take so much. I get to put on the third coat today alone since he's at work. Then it's mowing time; we push mow our acre. But dd will get to help this time around.

    I've had another student join my geometry class starting in September, so that's fun!

    What's new, or not new, in your part of the world?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (19), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    We decided to join a coop for the fall semester (spring too, if it goes well). The classes are hands on and project based, so not too school-y. I think it will be good for us. We need a little energy bump in our HS, and I'd like the kids to have the experience of learning with a group routinely. It is minimal time commitment, just one morning a week for 3 hours. I will be on a team with other parents to plan and lead a class since it is a true coop. I'm crossing my fingers that it ends up being a good fit for us, because they go all the way through high school.

    DS gets braces this week. Tomorrow is the day! He has been busy filling up on gummy candy, carrots, apples and other soon to be forbidden foods. It is, otherwise, a mellow week for us. No daytime camps or classes, just swim team in the evening, which the kids can walk to .
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    Trying to find my cleaning groove today.
    Had a yard sale on Sat. that blew. We are done trying to have them in our area. They just do not go. HUGE load to thrift store.
    It did light a feather under DH butt. Shed got cleaned out and we bought 4 sets of shelves for it. Boys are assembling and installing today. Then this whole week, I will label and we will create a shelf for each thing that goes in there.
    Friday we are tackling another section of garage. Tossing trash/broken stuff, recycling boxes, hauling old paint to Metro and start filling trailer with junk. Will take another load of whatever we don't think we can sell on craigslist to thrift store.
    So, since last Friday was grocery and errands and yard sale prep day and Sat. ended up being almost whole day for yard sale between set-up, sale, clean-up and finishing shed... I did not get house done like I want.
    Only 2 littles today. Nice and easy day since rest of the week will be CHAOS as usual.
    Boys have a long list, though most of it is the shed stuff to do today.
    Good news is while cleaning part of garage, found the piece we need to stack washer and dryer again. WAHOO.
    DH and DS's will do it this coming weekend and I gain more space for the daycare kids!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    We decided to join a coop for the fall semester (spring too, if it goes well). The classes are hands on and project based, so not too school-y. I think it will be good for us. We need a little energy bump in our HS, and I'd like the kids to have the experience of learning with a group routinely. It is minimal time commitment, just one morning a week for 3 hours. I will be on a team with other parents to plan and lead a class since it is a true coop. I'm crossing my fingers that it ends up being a good fit for us, because they go all the way through high school.

    DS gets braces this week. Tomorrow is the day! He has been busy filling up on gummy candy, carrots, apples and other soon to be forbidden foods. It is, otherwise, a mellow week for us. No daytime camps or classes, just swim team in the evening, which the kids can walk to .
    Good luck with the co-op. I hope it is indeed a good fit. If run well, they can be fabulous. There is one in the next county over that a friend of my son's went to for several high school courses. It worked well for him.

    Oh no! Braces!! I think my son hated me on some level for the first month or so after he got his braces. But he has such a beautiful smile now--not only bright white but all straight as well!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (19), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Good news is while cleaning part of garage, found the piece we need to stack washer and dryer again. WAHOO.
    Always the best part of cleaning--finding something you thought was once lost.
    Carol

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    Daughter (21), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (19), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    EXACTLY Inmom! I was like screaming at my son when he was getting ready to toss it. NOOOOOOOO
    My DH was like WTH is wrong with you.
    And our W/D are older and it is hard to find this little brace that connects them. Not to mention we paid $25 for it 8 yrs ago.
    Can't wait to see what other lost treasures the garage reveals as we clean.....
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    I've been cleaning and sorting too. I'm not going to have a yard sale, but I might have a book curriculum sale. I have cleaned out the bookshelves and I have boxes of workbooks and stuff I didn't use or am done with. We will see how it goes.

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    I have been dragging my feet about re-sorting the homeschool area. You know, putting away last year's books and bringing out/rearranging space for this year's. The hubs wants to know, exactly, what we're doing with the other 5 bins of curricula, sorted by year in its own box, in the basement. It's not like it's taking up a lot of room; they do stack after all. And in general we're pretty tidy around here. Marie Kondo has nothin' on me.

    I did spend part of the weekend figuring out next year's school for the first 8 weeks at least. We combine Language Arts and History; it just seems to work best to have her written production be about history than about something out of her head. And last year taught me that I need a daily plan, or she runs through it all too quickly. Within a week we commit to our extracurricular classes through the Parent Partnership, but we're doing less and less through it now that she's older.

    But she will be taking her first (graded) online class this fall. She's a bit freaked out (and I would think it was weird if she wasn't!) and that is fine...it's called motivation. More and more of her classes will be outsourced as she ages, after all. Baby steps!
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Cleaning and sorting has been my main activity as well. In April we had our downstairs floors done, and toys have been banished from the downstairs since. And the kids havent played with any of them since.... so how beneficial is it to keep them? Of course, they are all filling up the area I designated for them to play in. So Im pondering whether to thank the toys for their service and donate / sell them, or to juggle them around to make a decent play area for them.
    Ive also been trying to get some BYL spines so I can feel prepared for the fall, but buying from Amazon has resulted in a lot of "refunds given" after I order books and theyre apparently not actually in stock with third party sellers.
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    Is today Monday or was that yesterday?

    That's really enough update for me.

    We're rockin' the summer vacation unless we started unschooling a few days ago. I'm not sure which and I don't need to know which because it's July.

    AM we would totally be curriculum twins if everything I owned got lost in a natural disaster and I could actually afford renter's insurance, lol.

    Have you always used BYL or am I just an idiot, er, I mean a normal fiftysomething in the final stages of a less-than-lovely menopause with normal meno brain fog?

    I can list the titles of the "Julie liked this even before Bravewriter was Bravewriter" books I already have if they ever become relevant to the NEXT low income single mother by choice wide age gap anticapitalista who shows up at SHS, but it seems kind of pointless atm since I have no idea which ones are easily found in the dollar bin and which ones I should be ashamed of myself for not selling because don't I even know how much they cost now?

    Anyway, if I stalk you a bit over the next few months, that's all it is.

    I still haven't written any sort of lesson plans or schedules, but ds and I did sit out in our back yard sipping lemonade and watching the grass grow.

    btw, in case you didn't pick up on my attempt at humour, I absolutely do NOT want to known whether today is Monday or Tuesday because I have no need to know because we are doing an multidisciplinary hands-on interest led unit study on old fashioned (c) 1900-1970s children's summer vacations because we're just awesome that way.



    I'll get my pies on the new pie thread soon and save them to text file this time to make it easier for me and to save wear and tear on the stained 25-30 year old index cards with my dear mother's handwriting on them.

    Not sure what I did so I'm always logged in on this computer but wtf, yolo, and I'm going to enjoy it until I need this hard drive for something else badly enough to reformat it or until my cookie expires and I have to do the user-agent-switcher tango again.

    AandWsmom, in case you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, I use rather unusual devices and have always had issues accessing this site. Topsy and I just gave up ages ago. I'm here when I'm here and I'm not when I'm not and I'm perfectly capable of doing my own troubleshooting and tech support, thankyouverymuch, so nothing to stress about, just something to crack jokes about.

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