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    A sunny morning here. Nice to see, even if everything is encrusted in snow. Went outside, got the paper, put the trash bin back, fed both the wild birds and the chickens, then came back inside to get my first cup of coffee. While taking the first sip looking out the front window, I notice car headlights amidst my neighbor's huge evergreeen trees. It's nestled in there almost like it's a xmas present. It's a high school kid who slid off the road. He's fine. He is trying to drive out, but I don't see it happening--the car is too low and the snow too high. People are coming to pull him out, which is good, because it is COLD here, with a wind chill of -8 degrees.

    Today I have a couple of tutoring kids--one homeschooler and one public schooler, both in algebra II. Besides that, I'll be finding things to do INSIDE!

    How is the weather in your part of the country? Anyone else working today? Do your kids have jobs too, shoveling snow, for example?
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Pretty much a regular day around here. DD has her last Girl Scout meeting for the year. Yay! I always enjoy December - we take breaks from the majority of our commitments. It is nice to not have to be somewhere all the time.

    Today I'm going to brave World Market Cost Plus, a store I try to avoid after Thanksgiving. They have a fabulous sparkling Elderflower cider (nonalcoholic). I'm not a big drinker (the older I get, the worse it makes me feel), but still like something fun for the holidays.

    Weather is warm and sunny here. We are in the 50s which is unusual, it tends to be a bit cooler.

    Yes the kids do chores and it is helpful now that they are older. Today is our mini-clean day. The kids are responsible for wiping down the bathrooms, vacuuming the main part of the house, and taking out the trash and recycling. They have different chores during the week and on Sunday, our big cleaning day.
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    Mostly sunny and high of 68 here, but we are supposed to get rain tomorrow night! Very exciting!

    DS10 just asked what he could have for breakfast - i told him some of the cookies I made yesterday. Such a happy boy!
    I think today I will try regular sugar cookies, then give the cookie press another try in a couple days.

    And thats it for excitement around here - unless you count negative numbers as exciting!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    And thats it for excitement around here - unless you count negative numbers as exciting!
    Actually, I DO think negative numbers are exciting. But then again, my daughter thinks I'm weird that way.
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Oh, I like them, I told him Monday that he has been using negative numbers all along, adding them when he thought he was doing subtraction.
    He still isnt sure why -2 groups of -3 gives 6 as an answer though!

    Im giddy with the thought he might get imaginary numbers soon! LOL I havent peeked ahead to see if they are addressed in this math book. We are on the last chapter in his arithmatic career, thats pretty exciting too imo!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Oh, I like them, I told him Monday that he has been using negative numbers all along, adding them when he thought he was doing subtraction.
    He still isnt sure why -2 groups of -3 gives 6 as an answer though!

    Im giddy with the thought he might get imaginary numbers soon! LOL I havent peeked ahead to see if they are addressed in this math book. We are on the last chapter in his arithmatic career, thats pretty exciting too imo!
    Sal tries to explain multiplying of negative numbers here, but I still think it would leave some kids really confused. It's all based on prior math facts we assume are true. The best explanation I've found is this:


    • Imagine a number line on which you walk. Multiplying x*y is taking x steps, each of size y. Negative steps require you to face the negative end of the line before you start walking and negative step sizes are backward (i.e., heel first) steps. So, -x*-y means to stand on zero, face in the negative direction, and then take x backward steps, each of size y.


    Imaginary numbers are even cooler than negative numbers. They're basically the result of mathematicians going "WTF" when they tried to take the square root of negative numbers, which any kid who's messed with a calculator long enough realizes gives you an "ERROR" answer. That's because the answer doesn't exist amid the "real number" universe. Hence, the origin of "imaginary" or "complex" numbers, which don't exist on the number line. But it also opens up solutions to so many previously unanswerable problems.

    Sorry...stepping off my math soapbox now.....
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I was supposed to teach my last history class to my children and their friends today. I stayed up late preparing and making chocolate chess pies because it is one of the boy's birthdays.
    An hour after I went to bed, I woke with horrible stomach pains and was sick for hours. So I cancelled class. I am not sure if I have a stomach bug or if it is something I ate. I am afraid it is a bug.

    My daughter has piano and both kids have a Percy Jackson book battle at the library. My husband is home so he can drive them around today. My daughter has her drama performance tonight...I am not sure I will be able to go. We were planning to go out to dinner afterwards, but that is off the list for now.

    I am going to throw in a load of laundry and get back into bed.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
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    Sigh. I'm having a day that's not bad, but I can feel an approaching gloomy mood. I need to do something to ward it off, but everything I come up with requires something else first - ie I could go paint, but I have to clean my art space; I could do some baking, but I have to clean my kitchen (and our water softener broke 2 weeks ago, so washing up in horrid iron water destroys my dishes and leaves my fingernails looking black underneath and around the cuticle). A walk outside would help, if it weren't 20 below and dark. The lemonade attitude is being elusive this morning.

    dbsam - I hope you feel better quickly and can enjoy your daughter's performance! Rotten time to get sick.

    Inmom - I love the walking backward on a timeline thing - should help my Girl. Was the kid in the ditch wearing appropriate clothes? Last Sunday some friends stopped on the way to church to help a couple of teens with a flat. They were wearing fleece hoodies. No hats, gloves, boots, parkas, nothing, not even just available in the car. It is Alaska in December. Their tire was shredded, and they would have had to walk a least a mile to get inside. They had moved up here last month from CA, so I guess I can sort of understand not having emergency gear in the car, but hoodies at 20 below? SMH.

    My kids are coming up with new lyrics for "Some Enchanted Evening" (no idea why, since they are playing Lego Star Wars). This is the Alaska version: Some cold, frigid morning, you may see a stranger, you may see a stranger, trying to start their car....."
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    Quote Originally Posted by BakedAk View Post
    Sigh. I'm having a day that's not bad, but I can feel an approaching gloomy mood. I need to do something to ward it off, but everything I come up with requires something else first - ie I could go paint, but I have to clean my art space; I could do some baking, but I have to clean my kitchen (and our water softener broke 2 weeks ago, so washing up in horrid iron water destroys my dishes and leaves my fingernails looking black underneath and around the cuticle). A walk outside would help, if it weren't 20 below and dark. The lemonade attitude is being elusive this morning.


    Inmom - I love the walking backward on a timeline thing - should help my Girl. Was the kid in the ditch wearing appropriate clothes? Last Sunday some friends stopped on the way to church to help a couple of teens with a flat. They were wearing fleece hoodies. No hats, gloves, boots, parkas, nothing, not even just available in the car. It is Alaska in December. Their tire was shredded, and they would have had to walk a least a mile to get inside. They had moved up here last month from CA, so I guess I can sort of understand not having emergency gear in the car, but hoodies at 20 below? SMH.
    Melissa, hope the gray cloud causing your gloom lifts soon. I can't even imagine having to deal with the physical darkness up in Alaska. For me the lack of sunlight is the worst thing about winter.

    The teen had on a hoodie, I think. I believe it's the age. Just spoke to my son at college, and asked if he's been wearing a coat in this cold weather. Of course not, since that would entail having to "carry it around everywhere." I don't think he understands the point of actually wearing the coat. When I go to pick him up tomorrow, not only will I have coat and two sets of hats, gloves and scarves, I will also have coveralls and blankets thrown in the backseat. Oh well.......
    Carol

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


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Melissa, I love it that they're coming up with new lyrics! DH has an infernal Xmas playlist going in the car. DD and I decided to do all the songs in the voice of Stitch, our biggest and stupidest sheep. So imagine any of your least fave carols, like my own most-hated It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year in the voice of Ethel Merman, if she were a sheep.

    Otherwise dd is finishing up her co-op classes, today's is the last environmental class at the Nature Center. If it weren't so damned cold out (well it's not -20* but it's a windy/brisk +20* so I am a wimp) we'd go x-c skiing after the class on the lighted trails at that Nature Center. But nope.

    Maybe we'll make kolachy, thanks dbsam for your holiday rundown for the suggestion! And i hope you're feeling well enough to go to the performance!
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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