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    California peeps! How are you all doing? I hope you are all safe, given the horrendous fires out there.

    Life is relatively calm here in the Midwest. I've got some out of the ordinary things going on this week:

    1) I'm going to hear Eva Kor speak. She is a Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz. She is one of only a few child survivors of Josef Mengele's experiments. The talk is about forgiveness. I think I'll leave it crying but inspired.

    2) This weekend we're headed to Iowa City to visit with and cook an early Thanksgiving dinner with DD. She wasn't able to get away to come home, so we found an Airbnb with a kitchen and we'll cook there! DS will be home for his break next week--we'll have Thanksgiving #2 then with him and some neighbors.

    Anything out of the ordinary in your life right now?
    Carol

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

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I smell Malibu! We are under Red Flag warning, meaning big fire risk due to winds and low moisture content in the scrub. Generally the fire wind is blowing from the east (deserts), so the smoke gets blown out to sea. Yesterday, we had the normal breeze coming from the coast, which meant the smell of brushfire was in the air. I think our noses get attuned to the smell of fire, and it gets me in a state of anxiety. I noticed yesterday I was jittery, without any other explanation. It was that feeling where you know you need to meditate and clear your head for a few minutes, and I just wasnt settling.
    NWS has our rainfall outlook, as well as explanations for california’s weather, if you are interested in meteorology, why we have fires, or possibly ASMR. Our president could certainly benefit from a little education on the subject!
    https://youtu.be/tcp0RIkqaOI

    Other than that, Ive been working on a baby quilt for my sister, and not doing as much schoolwork with the boys as I should.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    I have been out of the loop for a while around here! The CARR fire was in my town. We did not lose our home, but it impacted us in many other ways. Don't really want to go into the details, still working on healing and taking it day by day. Now the CAMP fire is about 90 miles southeast of us, and again so much loss. Thankfully our family down there was located safe (after 2 days of frantic searching!). We are trying to find our new rhythm with our days. We moved to a new home 2 months ago, which is fantastic. Our last home of 12 years was a happy place, but a tiny postage stamp with 1100 square foot home which was no longer meeting the needs of our family of 9! We now have more room in a quirky house from the early 60's on almost an acre with vegetable garden and fruit trees. Oldest started college this semester and is acing all her classes. She was homeschooled her entire life, our guinea pig! 6 more to go..... 11th grade, 8th grade, 5th grade, 2nd grade, kindergarten, and preschool.

    Nothing out of the ordinary planned for the week. The usual: karate classes, 1 kid volunteering at our local museum (he is volunteer of the month!), yard work, learning about the great depression, starting a new read-a-loud, library trip, math on many levels, writing (NaNoWriMo!), deciding what is next on our science exploration, lots of baking inspired by British Bake-off show, and surviving.

    Hope you are able to breath easy alexsmom, I hear you on the anxiety! We are on edge with every siren, plume or whiff of smoke, and helicopter overhead. One of my kids freaked out last week because they saw smoke coming from a neighbor's home, it was a barbecue.

    Carol, nice to hear how you work out your time with your grown kids.
    Learning, Living, and Loving Life outside of the norm with 7 kids.

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    ChildooftheMoon: I hear you on the 1100 sq ft home. That's what we live in and we're a family of three.

    AM: I had been feeling anxious also, but I thought it was just because I was growing really tired of seeing the same group of people at little league three times a week. Maybe it was the fires? Lol

    The fires aren't very evident where we are. Mostly we are just experiencing the crazy Santa Ana winds. A couple of days ago, DH was riding home on his motorcycle and he said he felt like a sail. He and a couple of other motorcyclists had to granny it down the freeway, he said.

    I collect and restore dolls for fun and profit. Can't keep all my babies. This weekend, I discovered a great find in a thrift store, a pair of Ada Lum cloth dolls. Ada Lum was a famous Hong Kong doll designer in the '50s and '60s who used refugees displaced by the Communists in China to hand make her dolls. Tucked in their shirts were their original tags with price and location of the camp in which they were made. I was so thrilled!
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    Roll Call, 11/12
    We are just getting the winds down here today.
    I went up to Irvine to visit my sister (could be North Dakota for how often I see her), and the ocean was gorgeous.
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    Sorry COTM that its been rough for you. I miss your totoros.
    My uncle lives in Magalia, it was harrowing watching the perimeter creep up on him. Saturday it was this:
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    So, its now too close to tell whether his house burned or not - those maps arent totally accurate, and even if something is within the perimeter, it might be fine.

    Oy! We couldve taken everyones rain over the weekend and today, made the world a less contentious place.
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Carol – The talk sounds very interesting. I had to have a cervical colposcopy and biopsies a couple of years ago as I premalignant lesions (and then a LLETZ procedure = electrified loop to cut out the lesion = as disturbing an experience as it sounds). Anyway, apparently colposcopy was developed in medical experiments at Auschwitz. I ended up having two or three colposcopies, and its really unpleasant, and all I could think of each time was if I find it this unpleasant being someone who has consented to this for medical treatment, how unpleasant must it have been for the poor women they experimented on.

    We went to visit a school yesterday for DD5. Its one we have an out of zone place at. A couple of her best friends from preschool go there. We have to decide in the next week if we will take the out of zone place as it only lasts till the end of this school year (in mid Dec). Pros = within walking distance, her friends, the teaching method is alternative and might suit her. Cons = huge class sizes (70 to 80 kids with four teachers plus teacher aides but all in an open plan area, that is then pretty open plan with similar size groups for other ages), small and crazy busy playground, not many trees in the playground (and she loves things like bird watching), limited quiet spaces (they do technically have them but said with the class sizes it would be difficult for one of them to actually be quiet), they seem set on putting her in the new entrant level for all of next year even though she is already reading/writing/going well with math and could easily move onto the year 1/2 class with the other kids. The alternative teaching is that they have no desks at all and they get to pick what they are doing for much of the day out of activities that are shown on the wall with pictures. Only allowed three kids at each activity, and they can change activity whenever they want. They just stick a label with their name on it beside the picture of the activity they want to do. The activities are like water play, woodwork, ipad, and various learning games. Then they have times when they go in a group (say to do reading) up to one of the teacher's desk. I am not sure if they are assigned a specific teacher out of the four teachers. I have heard from friends that had their kid in a similar school that their child did not have an assigned teacher and did not know who to ask for help and felt quite lost in all the busyness.

    Our other options we would have to drive and all have both pros and cons. One has very small class sizes and a specific gifted program (that they do with all the kids and not just the gifted kids) and are open to acceleration if required, but they have a uniform (I don't like uniforms). Another has no uniform but is probably just a pretty run of the mill school, and it does religious education (schools here are allowed to shut during the school day so that a group can come in for religious education, and its all run by Christian groups who only teach what they believe and nothing else). The final option has really lovely grounds with lots of native trees (and would get birds), no uniform, no religious education, goes up to middle school age (so DD10 could try it out too if she would be open to it), but it is probably pretty run of the mill education wise and I have heard it is not good for gifted kids.

    DD5 wants to try the school we visited. Simply because her friends are there. But I don't want to get into a situation where she is enrolled and then its really hard to go investigate other options because you are not sure if its right. If you go look at other schools while your child is enrolled at one here, you have to inform the principal of the school you are enrolled at. With DD10, I found that made it all kind of awkward to investigate things when we changed schools with her.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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

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    This was my mother in laws house at 1 am Friday morning... luckily the firefighters stopped it from hitting her house. She was just allowed back on Monday. She said her house is fine but her front and back yard are charred (and even still smoldering)… We are from that part of Cali... so many friends were evacuated
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 ten year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty year old man-child

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    My uncle’s house was within the fire perimeter, we finally got news today that it is “okay”.
    https://services1.arcgis.com/jUJYIo9...achments/18755
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    This map is amazing for letting people know what the status of their home is! With pictures!

    CalFire has got it together, even if the counties dont.
    ArcGIS Web Application

    I saw the picture and nearly cried in relief. :_)
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    So DD5 is going to try out school. The local open plan/modern learning one. She starts in 2 days. I am actually feeling fine with it. She is very different to DD10 and should cope better with the school environment. I also find it really hard to fulfill her social/friend time needs homeschooling as she really thrives off having time in a busy, active group of peers every day. I am also not looking forward to the fighting between the two kids. DD10 will stay homeschooling. She obviously still has anxiety/trauma because she visibly shrank and became worried each time we had to go visit the school.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    So DD5 is going to try out school. The local open plan/modern learning one. She starts in 2 days. I am actually feeling fine with it. She is very different to DD10 and should cope better with the school environment. I also find it really hard to fulfill her social/friend time needs homeschooling as she really thrives off having time in a busy, active group of peers every day. I am also not looking forward to the fighting between the two kids. DD10 will stay homeschooling. She obviously still has anxiety/trauma because she visibly shrank and became worried each time we had to go visit the school.
    It's terrific that you have options that work for each of them!
    Carol

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

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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