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    Default Roll Call, Monday 11/13 - Post Veteran's Day

    So Veteran's Day was Saturday. If your family has or had members who served, thank you so much for their service.

    We try to do something special for the veterans we know personally. For example, our next door neighbor couple are both veterans: she served in the Air Force, while he is a Navy Vietnam war vet. We bring them foods they like, rake leaves for them, and generally tell them how much they are appreciated.

    For all of us, does your family talk about the significance of Veteran's Day, and/or participate in memorials or services?
    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 (20), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    For all of us, does your family talk about the significance of Veteran's Day, and/or participate in memorials or services?
    I think what you do for your neighbors is a great idea.

    We do not do anything in particular, but we do talk about why the day is observed. We do this for other holidays as well - Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc.
    Starting 8th grade (our fifth year homeschooling)
    Dumplett (girl - age 13) and Wombat (boy - age 13)

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    Carol, what you do for your neighbors is so kind. They must really appreciate it.

    We don't have Veteran's Day in NZ, but we have Armistice Day on the same day. There are small services, but its generally not a 'big' day here. Our day when we remember those who served/died in war is Anzac Day, which is in April. I try take my kids to either the Dawn Service or some other thing. My oldest has done wreath and posy laying on soldiers graves at the cemetery for the past few years, and that is at a later time (mid-morning), so we have not been to the dawn service. The getting up before dawn can be difficult with kids, and then trying to get them to eat so they don't feel faint half way through. However, I do love the dawn service. The Ode of Remembrance and The Last Post always make me feel like I am weighted down by overwhelming sadness but they also make me determined to try contribute positively to the world and I find it more of a pick me up/kick in the butt than New Years and its resolutions. So, I hope to start going to the Dawn Service again now our youngest is a bit older.

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    I actually wish we celebrated it as Armistice day still. I am a veteran and I would much rather remember the end of war and try to make sure that less wars happen, then just pay lip service to veterans. Inmom - what you do is Wonderful, but in general this country trots out veterans to look patriotic but then honestly treats them badly with cuts in funding and sending them to questionable wars. Only 20% of congress were veterans and very few of them have children who serve, so it is much easier to agree to wars for them when they have no skin in the game.
    Beth
    DS14 with ASD, DD11 and DS8

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiGeek View Post
    I actually wish we celebrated it as Armistice day still. I am a veteran and I would much rather remember the end of war and try to make sure that less wars happen, then just pay lip service to veterans. Inmom - what you do is Wonderful, but in general this country trots out veterans to look patriotic but then honestly treats them badly with cuts in funding and sending them to questionable wars. Only 20% of congress were veterans and very few of them have children who serve, so it is much easier to agree to wars for them when they have no skin in the game.
    Totally agree! It's easy to send other kids into harm's way. Also, I think the medical, mental, and other services for veterans are just appalling. The number of suicides each day by veterans is just out of sight. I know one of our Indiana senators lobbies for veterans' issues all the time, but there are not enough of them that do.
    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 (20), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Hi everyone, I'm back again.

    I joined this forum in April 2017 (in the last school year) last year saying that my son was withdrawn from high school and doing an online school (aka Cyberschool). But that has not worked out. I asked him recently if he preferred to do his school work on the computer or with books. He said Books. So it looks as though I will have to start homeschooling him the "proper" way. He has had 9 months off for "deschooling" which is good. He barely did any lessons at all. I have decided that come January we are going to start again.

    In the meantime i have to find some books to cover High school subjects. Now that we are no longer "tied" to the requirements to do however many credits for a high school diploma, I have looked at the minimum admissions requirements for the 2 universities here in Toronto (U of T and Ryerson - York U is too far away to get to on a daily basis) They both require the top 6 subjects from grade 12 with an overall minimum mark of 70%. But 2 of those subjects have to be English and Maths, and each Faculty also has their own requirements as well. This means we only have to concentrate on 6 subjects. He wants to do Computer science, so these subjects will probably include English, Maths with calculus, Physics, Computer studies, and 2 electives.

    I spent the day yesterday looking for High school curriculum for Canadians and have decide most of what I want. I found a new MathSmart Maths series for the High school grades at Indigos. The Grade 9 workbook was released in September 2017, and the others (Grades 10-12) will be released on 28 Dec 2017. So that's the maths curriculum organised. The publisher is Popular Books from Richmond Hill in Ontario. They have only done Elementary grades up until now, and so far Maths is the ONLY High School subject they have released.

    I also discovered Barrons Books yesterday as well. While these still have an american POV, some subjects are universal - such as Science, Computer studies and World or European History. Barrons also sells AP Prep books as well. I was thinking that perhaps I could purchase the AP books, just to use but my son does not necessaily have to sit the AP exams - unless he wants to and if I can find a place that will proctor a homeschool student for those exams. I may try and ask the local public high school since they have AP exams in their curriculum. My son was originally enrolled in the Catholic High school and the only AP Subjects they offer are Maths, English and Science.

    I was also thinking that I could use the Dummies books for those subjects as well - Calculus for Dummies, Physics for Dummies, Canadian history for Dummies and so on. So all I really need now is an English Curriculum for High School. I also would like a Canadian HS reading list for each of those grades (9-12). While my son can read and does read very well, He is not muh for reading novels. He loves Manga and Anime. So the book reading would have to be the least he can get away with for each year - maybe 2 or 3 books per year - one novel, one play and one - something else.

    For Shakespeare I want him to do Romeo and Juliet and then have him watch Leonardo DiCaprios movie version of that play since it would appeal to a teenage boy who loves sword fighting in his online games. That movie is done from Romeo's POV and not Juliets, which I think is brilliant. He probably also needs to read at least one Margaret Atwood novel. The only book of hers that I have read, is the Handmaiden. THat's no good for my son since the main character is a girl, I dont think that would appeal. I need MALE protaganists - such as Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Lord of the flies, Catcher in the Rye, etc etc. I need a curriculum in order to know what kinds of questions to ask, other wise, I can just set an essay question or a book report for each book, and have him watch the film version for those movies that do exist.

    Does anyone have any good suggestions? Sorry for the long spiel.

    Thank you.

    Cesca Thomas
    Toronto, Ontario.

    PS the last time I posted here, I mentioned Athabasca University. We may still do that, but if my son doesn't like learning online, then I guess Athabasca may be out. Pity. It really had potential.
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    DS attended a small elementary school from grades 1-8 and did very well. The high school he was enrolled in was 4 times bigger and the transition did not go well - most especially in Semester 2 of his grade 9 year. So I pulled him out to homeschool him through high school. He tried doing distance education at home but that has not worked out. So now we have to start over again with REAL homeschooling. When my son is not doing any lessons, he is playing video games - MMORPGs - online.

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    Hey guys, just checking in We are finally back in our home after 2 months of moving around 6 times after Hurricane Irma. We had a total loss from flood water, so it took a lot to get everything back together. We are close to being done. Hoping the kitchen will be finished this week. We will still need to paint everywhere (they cut out 4ft of drywall)and replace all of our personal property, but we're getting there.

    I keep reminding myself of the lovely advice that I've gotten here for a long time - that it's okay to take a break! We've been on break for nearly the whole time. Unless you count online games - which I totally do. He says he'll be ready to start back up in January. Me too!

    Hope everyone else is doing well I'll get caught up here eventually. Or more likely just jump back in the middle.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    My site is somerandomlady.com and this is what to say and what NOT to say when you meet a homeschooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TFZ View Post
    Hey guys, just checking in We are finally back in our home after 2 months of moving around 6 times after Hurricane Irma. We had a total loss from flood water, so it took a lot to get everything back together. We are close to being done. Hoping the kitchen will be finished this week. We will still need to paint everywhere (they cut out 4ft of drywall)and replace all of our personal property, but we're getting there.

    I keep reminding myself of the lovely advice that I've gotten here for a long time - that it's okay to take a break! We've been on break for nearly the whole time. Unless you count online games - which I totally do. He says he'll be ready to start back up in January. Me too!

    Hope everyone else is doing well I'll get caught up here eventually. Or more likely just jump back in the middle.
    So glad to see you back, TFZ! Sounds like you and your family are very resilient--great qualities to have. Jump right back in anytime!
    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 (20), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    TFZ - Wow, what turmoil! Take a break for sure. Honestly I think there are probably more life lessons in what you just went through, then anything a curriculum could provide. Glad you will be in your house by the solstice. It is good to hear from you and know you are safe.
    Beth
    DS14 with ASD, DD11 and DS8

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