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    Wow, it's so quiet around here I think I hear an echo!

    What's working for you this week? What is NOT working for you this week? Can be homeschooling-related or not!

    For me, I'm still plugging away on the flower bed overhaul. We managed to get both of our gardens planted, so I have beans, peas, okra, swiss chard, and pumpkins coming up so far.

    Not working for me--my age! With all of the digging, pulling, lifting, and mulching, I ache ALL THE TIME. I guess I should just count it as a good workout and be happy with that!

    So everyone, share!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

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

    Son (20), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    I don't know if anything is really working or not working for us. It is all just kind of going by without a lot of drama but not super successful either. So that is ok.

    Work is blah. I have taken 2 weeks off because I was just really over it and I need to try figure out this DD 5 being home thing. But it is so stressful having time off when you are self-employed. All I can think of is that I am not earning money, and that I have no idea where I will get more work from as I am not currently searching for stuff and will have fallen off the list with the company I have contracted with in the past.

    Homeschool is fine. Older DD is loving her linguistics still. She is really happy at dance at the moment. Every subject is going well except science, which is terrible since I am a scientist. Its still all so disorganized. I have the RSO chem, physics, and earth science. We have done about half of the chem, but she does not like all the paper worksheet stuff, and frankly I can't stand the cut and paste things. We have not even looked at physics or earth science. Usually we just decide to do a random kitchen science experiment, or read her Usborne Encyclopedia or watch Youtube videos. Sometimes she does Mystery Science. I know its enough and its way more than she did in school (hello two days of science in her science book over half of a school year), but I would rather have some semblance of order so I know we are going somewhere. Maybe I will just print out our national standards and check off what she has done, and then try to focus on the things she hasn't.

    Younger DD just had her fifth birthday. She spent it unwell and vomited all over the car (all through her car seat and over the back of the seat in front of her). Then vomited again four days later. I think she has tonsillitis as this is what my older one would do when she had that. A bit off, a slightly sore throat, then a sore tummy and randomly vomit.

    Otherwise she is better now and we are doing some schoolwork. So far we usually manage math (card games + some ipad time), reading (Progressive Phonics + sight word practice), and occasionally writing (some workbooks we have). She has said she wants to start Jot it Down (she did some projects with her sister last year) and that she wants to do a study on birds. So today we planned all the bird things she wants to make. Bird feeder, bird bath, bird hospital (a box with soft towels to put hurt birds in), a book about birds (she started cutting out and sticking pictures on card), photographing birds, drawing birds, reading about birds, and doing bird watching. So that should keep us busy!
    New Zealand-based homeschooler of DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) who is gifted with processing speed issues, and trialing it with DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is a whirlwind of energy.

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    Whats working: Tomatoes, if thats all I wanted to grow this summer. Since the plants have overgrown the entire planters, I guess thats our plan! DS6 is enjoying Progressive Phonics (we use the worksheets as our writing practice). DS12 is reading the last three books for the BYL year, so I think overall BYL was a success for him this year.
    Not so much: Adding “start a load of laundry” to my morning routine. I still hate the folding, despite my best efforts. The rest of my housekeeping has gotten better, but folding laundry is like an infected toe. DS6 and the minus sign. He can mentally subtract, he can answer “whats 6-2”, but if there is a page of mixed addition and subtraction problems, he only sees plus. Or when you show him an equation out of the blue, he reads it as plus. We saw an opthamologist recently, and there doesnt appear to be anything wrong with his vision (he went in for excessive sensitivity to light). We will figure it out Im sure.

    NZMama, Im sorry your little one was sick on her birthday! And I hope you can relax for a couple weeks off, and that you will enjoy schooling both your kids.

    Inmom, other than the aches and pains, Im envious of your gardening! The little I produce is more a novelty, but you actually produce substance!
    Do you do a summer session for your math students?
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

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    Working:
    Both kids are gone. DS is in CO and DD is at Girl Scout Camp. I miss them, BUT, it is nice to get some stuff done around here without having to stop for 900 different reasons. It is also nice to just take myself to breakfast or lunch - much cheaper.

    The irrigation ditch that runs through our property has been turned on. This is good because last year it was off more often then on, and I loathe watering my plants with drinking water. We've been pumping the ditch water into our rain barrels to store (no rain yet).

    Not working:
    Fire! Ugh! All the forest near me are closed due to the fire danger and some of them are actually on fire . That means no more hiking, which stinks. June is my least favorite summer month - it is so hot and dry here. I looked at the weather this AM, and the humidity was 8%. Ack! No wonder why I was still thirsty after 4 L of water yesterday.

    Working (to end on a positive note):
    DH took the rest of the week off to do a little yard / garage work and hang out with me.

    Have a good week everyone!
    Rebecca
    DS 12, DD 10
    Year 6

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Whats working: Tomatoes, if thats all I wanted to grow this summer. Since the plants have overgrown the entire planters, I guess thats our plan! DS6 is enjoying Progressive Phonics (we use the worksheets as our writing practice). DS12 is reading the last three books for the BYL year, so I think overall BYL was a success for him this year.
    Not so much: Adding “start a load of laundry” to my morning routine. I still hate the folding, despite my best efforts. The rest of my housekeeping has gotten better, but folding laundry is like an infected toe. DS6 and the minus sign. He can mentally subtract, he can answer “whats 6-2”, but if there is a page of mixed addition and subtraction problems, he only sees plus. Or when you show him an equation out of the blue, he reads it as plus. We saw an opthamologist recently, and there doesnt appear to be anything wrong with his vision (he went in for excessive sensitivity to light). We will figure it out Im sure.

    NZMama, Im sorry your little one was sick on her birthday! And I hope you can relax for a couple weeks off, and that you will enjoy schooling both your kids.

    Inmom, other than the aches and pains, Im envious of your gardening! The little I produce is more a novelty, but you actually produce substance!
    Do you do a summer session for your math students?
    That IS weird about your son mentally getting subtracting, but not seeing it on the page. To look at it positively, though, he does understand it conceptually. I know it's work, but in the meantime can you verbally give him practice? Or find a website that shows the problems but also reads them out loud?

    Our growing season is so far behind yours. My tomatoes are only a foot tall. Beans and peas just germinated. Strawberries, however, are doing well. I finally have enough to make a batch of jam. DS will definitely "borrow" some since he has his own apartment now.

    No summer session in math, but I do a wee bit one-on-one tutoring. This year its two homeschooled students trying to finish out their course and the parents have decided to get outside help to move it along. I also work with another public school student whose parents want me to work with her to prevent math brain-drain over the summer.

    That reminds me--I need to really get serious about planning my physics class. Much more involved than planning math!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

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

    Son (20), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    Working:
    Both kids are gone. DS is in CO and DD is at Girl Scout Camp. I miss them, BUT, it is nice to get some stuff done around here without having to stop for 900 different reasons. It is also nice to just take myself to breakfast or lunch - much cheaper.

    The irrigation ditch that runs through our property has been turned on. This is good because last year it was off more often then on, and I loathe watering my plants with drinking water. We've been pumping the ditch water into our rain barrels to store (no rain yet).

    Not working:
    Fire! Ugh! All the forest near me are closed due to the fire danger and some of them are actually on fire . That means no more hiking, which stinks. June is my least favorite summer month - it is so hot and dry here. I looked at the weather this AM, and the humidity was 8%. Ack! No wonder why I was still thirsty after 4 L of water yesterday.

    Working (to end on a positive note):
    DH took the rest of the week off to do a little yard / garage work and hang out with me.

    Have a good week everyone!
    I have a hard time imagining that kind of dry weather, although I've experienced it while on vacation there. It's almost always so humid here in the summer. Some people run the AC when it's only 70 because they don't like the "stickiness." Me, I prefer fresh air.

    Enjoy your kid-free time.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

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

    Son (20), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    What's working? What's not working? I think I'll start with the bad news first and end with the good news.

    Not working:
    1. California politics suck. Don't know why Californians are always passing propositions to borrow more money. It seems like voters just don't understand what being fiscally responsible means. I feel like we're being nickel and dimed to death. 'Nuff said.

    2. Our insurance situation. This month, my son and I don't have insurance, though next month, we will make sure that we enroll in Obamacare. Over the weekend, my son was on his bike and slipped going down a wet driveway and banged the back of his head against the lower part of the bumper of my husband's car. Luckily, it was flexible. But that decided for me that one way or another, we need to be covered. The idea of paying for a CAT scan or MRI out of pocket boggled my mind.

    Things that are working:
    1. We spent today at the beach, and it was awesome!

    2. Homeschooling is humming along and we're planning to do it throughout the summer, and we don't feel like it's a drain like the public school parents who are looking forward to a couple of months of no learnin' for their kids.

    3. The garden is coming along. I already see tomatoes, tomatilloes, and eggplant forming.
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    We had a "worked" day today for DD 5.

    Yesterday we went to a local garden center and bought various things to feed the birds (suet balls and pellets and some powder to make a nectar). Today she put out a coconut feeder (coconut shell filled with suet feed) and a plate with a suet ball and pellets on it. Then sat at the window all day and did bird watching. She photographed lots of birds, watched them with binoculars, and ran outside with a magnifying glass to see what their peck marks looked like on the suet ball. She also decided to do an experiment and see if they liked mandarin. So she put out a few slices on the plate, and they ate them. Then at the end of the day I wrote up a birdwatching diary entry that she dictated to me. It was great because she did it all pretty much on her own, and was so motivated and excited about it all.
    New Zealand-based homeschooler of DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) who is gifted with processing speed issues, and trialing it with DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is a whirlwind of energy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicsmom View Post

    2. Our insurance situation. This month, my son and I don't have insurance, though next month, we will make sure that we enroll in Obamacare. Over the weekend, my son was on his bike and slipped going down a wet driveway and banged the back of his head against the lower part of the bumper of my husband's car. Luckily, it was flexible. But that decided for me that one way or another, we need to be covered. The idea of paying for a CAT scan or MRI out of pocket boggled my mind.


    3. The garden is coming along. I already see tomatoes, tomatilloes, and eggplant forming.
    I hope you can find some insurance that is affordable! I must say we do not miss the whole US health system. It's crazy expensive. We have public healthcare here (or socialized medicine as some of friends in the US like to call it – I never got that term, it makes it sound like a bad thing). So pretty much everything is cheap or free, except dental care. There can be long waits for certain things through the public system, so some people opt to have private insurance as well. We have not had it since we have had kids but we used to have it pre-kids and it was only about $420 NZ for the two of us adults to be covered for the year for all hospital and specialists. It did not include GP (general practice) regular doctor visits because they are pretty cheap here. They are free for kids up to age 12 I think, then graduated costs depending on age/income potential. I think my husband and I are in the most expensive bracket, and it is about $25 US a visit. I have looked at private insurance for hospital + specialists for us with two kids and I think it was going to be about $700 US a year. Anything accident related is generally fully covered by the public system, so you will get your doctor, physio, etc. paid for. Same with serious illness. Our youngest had to have open heart surgery and it was 100% paid for, including flights for all of us to another city and accommodation in that city for the time we were there (2 weeks), then after that we got a disability allowance for 2 years because of the increased costs of looking after her. It was minimal ($45 a week), but still better than nothing. The only places it may let you down are if it is something that is not considered very serious (there is a points grading system for getting on waiting lists) or is more elective than essential, which is where some people opt to have private insurance as well.

    Edited to add – And your garden sounds great. I would love to be able to grow eggplant!
    New Zealand-based homeschooler of DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) who is gifted with processing speed issues, and trialing it with DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is a whirlwind of energy.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

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    Roll Call, 6/11
    First canned produce from the garden--strawberry jam!

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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

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

    Son (20), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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