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    Ick! Freezing rain here, so I stayed home from the YMCA. Guess it will be exercise time with weights in the basement. At least I'll be moving and doing something....

    The algebra brothers finish today. They learned what normally would have been 12 weeks of content in about 5.5. When one is motivated, watch out!! They move as soon as their house sells. Their mom will have them keep their skills up with Khan Academy for the rest of the year, so that's good.

    I also tutor one-on-one another homeschooler in the afternoon. I love working with these kids. So much less moody and whiny than the ps kids I see.
    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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    Well for whatever reason, my homeschooled kid is moody and whiny. I blame the nasty weather. Sheeit, I nearly bit it going down the back steps today, so icy!

    Do you have one preference for a math series you use, Carol? or is it student-determined?
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Well for whatever reason, my homeschooled kid is moody and whiny. I blame the nasty weather. Sheeit, I nearly bit it going down the back steps today, so icy!

    Do you have one preference for a math series you use, Carol? or is it student-determined?
    Kids, no matter how they are schooled, are usually better for other adults than they are for their parents. I often stood with my jaw dropped when someone told me how cooperative and nice my teen was. "You are sure that's MY kid??"

    For the math classes I plan and teach, I bounce around. It's mostly public school texts. First, some of the kids enroll to get "up to speed" for entering public school. So their parents are wanting something similar. Second, older editions of these are dirt cheap (usually $3-4).

    For the kids who come for one-on-one tutoring, we use whatever they picked at home. Right now Math-U-See and Teaching Textbooks seem to be common locally, at least for the more churchy crowd. (Yes, I tutor religious homeschoolers. I just keep my mouth shut about religion and politics, and the kids do as well, as I suspect that, for the most part, they don't really care.) I'm not a fan of either, to be honest. The kids typically stop watching the accompanying vidoes and come to me for the instruction instead. Hey, it's their $$$$.

    On another topic, after watching Hidden Treasures, my daughter forwarded me the link to getting hired at NASA. I guess she's parenting me now? Telling me to follow my goals? It's sweet, anyway.
    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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    TT was so awful for us. All the questions were so easy and she ws doing a grade ahead. Anyway I am looking into Jacobs Elem Alg now, so I was curious.

    and of course your dd would be encouraging your 2nd career!
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Yes, I'd love some more math suggestions. RIght now we are using Jacobs and Arbor School books. I really like the AS books, but the Jacobs is boring and dDD doesn't like it (and I paid $150 for it and the videos UGH!). She has no interest in TT, thinks it looks babyish, but a few HSed friends are using it. We are starting to look for next year- I get confused. SOme courses have you finish AL2, others want Geometry, then AL2. DD is ready to just go back to Saxon b/c it was so straight forward. If I do that, I think she needs to do Al1 and 2, so that she gets all the geometry. I really wish she had liked Dr. Callahan better. She does like the AOPS videos, but is afraid the books will be too hard. I have the PreAl one, and she was not a fan. If she really wants to switch back to Saxon, I would switch hre NOW, not at the beginning of next year. She is finishing 8th grade.
    Mom to 5 great kids~

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    My kids loved TT - for 2 weeks. We are using JUMP math right now, and just plodding along. Girl will be in 8th grade next year, so I'm gonna have to come up with some pre-algebra option, I guess, if she's ready. I'm so ready for Hubs-the-high-school-science-teacher to retire and take over teaching math. Depending on the variables, that could be next school year, or just before she's college-aged.

    I think my "ruining" of dinosaurs for my Boy (by trying too hard to turn his interest into a school project a few years back) has finally passed, since it is 7:15 am and he just read me the list he made of "English meanings of dinosaur names in LEGO Jurassic World," said he finds irony in the fact that Jurassic Park/World has mostly Cretaceous dinos (which he then listed), told me that there have been variations in bone structure discovered in the brontosaurus/apatasaurus specimens, leading to the rehabilitation of "brontosaurus" as a legitimate species (haven't heard that from anywhere else), and explained (without prompting) that dilophosaurus would not have attacked stegosaurus, even if they had been contemporaries, because stegosaurus, though only about 3 feet longer, was much more massive. And on and on (and on). He seems to have recovered.

    FWP - wanna trade kids for a week? We could each have a week with no moody whininess!

    Be careful on the ice, my friends.
    Melissa

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    Be careful on the ice, my friends.
    The commuter train here to Chicago stalled out only one station away from where dh gets on. He sat on the train for at least a couple of hours. He ended up calling me to pick him up, drop him off at his station for the car, then come home. Roads were snarky here and there. Most of all I was NOT thrilled with the steel mill trucks right up my A$$ on the highway. But, we both made it home safely, and the roads are getting better.
    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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    High school math:

    Maybe I'm just old fashioned, but I could never cozy up to video taught courses. They seem rigid. The interaction between a student and a teacher seems so much better, but I know that's not available to so many. I guess I don't know what the answer for the best math curriculum should be.
    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 thinking I hit the winter blahs yesterday, especially after I read your post Carol about t-shirts (oh how dreamy that sounds), but today I woke up with a cold. So maybe I've been spared the winter blahs until my more typical time frame of February. Today, I'm thinking we'll get most subjects done (quickly). We may skip writing, because it requires the most patience for me and I'm low on that today .

    I watched a Coen brother's movie yesterday, A Serious Man. Beautifully filmed, but I'm still irritated today over the non-ending ending. I should have expected it though. Ha!

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    We're going to ease back into school this week. We opened up the science kit from the library yesterday. I think we'll try to start back up with the regular schedule next week. I'll also have to sit down and plan out next week adding in foreign language soon.
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