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    Back to a regular Monday around here. Dh and I returned from our Australia trip Saturday night. I seemed to have escaped the worst of the jet lag (by staying awake most of the 36 hours home), but the poor guy was up most of last night. The trip was fantastic--lots of great animals and scenery and food and hiking. And the people we met, for the most part, were terrific. We had lots of great conversations with both locals and other travelers. We stayed in Airbnbs for most of the time, so it was interesting staying in neighborhoods instead of the tourist areas.

    So, today we head to the YMCA early--me to swim, him to run. Good thing it opens at 5:00 am, as we're both wide awake.

    Then I only have one tutoring session this afternoon. Later this week my homeschool algebra class resumes for the second semester. We will also add a student to the roster!!

    Weather-wise, it's supposed to be in the 50s today, so some of the vacation laundry will make it on the clothesline outside today!!

    What's new in your neck of the woods? Have the February doldrums hit yet, or are things smooth-sailing for you this time of year?
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    Welcome home, Inmom!
    Ive gotten not doldrums, but soo itchy to start my gardening for the year. Got my compost mixed in, bought a couple flowery plants to attract birds for the cat to watch from her window (one is an "emu bush"), and yesterday I bought a sage plant and some edamame seeds. Oooh and I started some sugar snap seedlings in little eggshell cups. I read it on the internet, so you know, it must be a good idea. March 1 is the date that Cooperative Extension says I can plant in the ground for spring veggies. Sigh.

    Homeschooling is going fine. DS is whipping though his pre-algebra, and just changing from a workbook to a textbook has solved our problems of him "not showing work". Yay for that.
    His writing has also taken a giant leap forward... when he is in the mood, his essays have introductions, a body, and a conclusion. Run-ons still trip him up sometimes, but so much progres!
    The other area I had been dissatisfied with was "Reading Comprehension". I was trying to solve it with Mosdos, but honestly Ive seen a lot more improvement just from using the (free) workbook and tests that go with the CK12 Middle School Earth Sciences course.
    So. No doldrums here.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Welcome back Inmom! Glad you are having a successful Feb alexsmom

    What is February doldrums??

    Monday is our meet up at the park with the HSing families in my area (just for an hour). We live in a school district that people move here over so I was worried I would never find some HS'ing families close to us. SO glad I found them. Interesting fact, half the moms were once teachers

    Weather is awesome (knock on wood). It will hit 60... my "On This Day" from FB last year I posted "Good morning -11" SO I know I am lucky and the 3 of us (DH, eldest DS and I) will go for a run when the dudes do their math warm up "Dreambox".

    That is it for us
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    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Mom View Post
    What is February doldrums??
    From my experience, February is the time of year when homeschool families hit a rut. Things suddenly turn boring, or don't work. It happened to us a few time, but not often.

    So happy to hear things are going well for both of your families!
    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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    This week we'll be getting back into things, our week won't start until Wednesday though. So we'll see. I'm still in weekend mode right now. A bunch of errands to run and I have a drawing to work on. I'm just all caught up with Letter Mo too. I'm going to write my letter for tomorrow tonight so I can get it mailed out on time. I'm almost out of people to write to. I'm going to have start looking for new people to write to soon.
    I have a bunch of reading to do too. I have a giant stack of graphic novels and a book I haven't even opened yet.
    Teemie - 11 years old, 6th grade with an ecclectic mix

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    We were out of town for ten days and started back with formal schoolwork today.
    I don't feel February doldrums; I actually feel motivated and the kids seem focused.
    I hope the motivation continues!
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    March 1 is the date that Cooperative Extension says I can plant in the ground for spring veggies. Sigh.
    I'm the QUEEN of year-round gardening, so do NOT listen to that pesky old Co-Ext office. That's what cold-frames are for. Or if cold-frames are too much trouble, there's always the beloved milk-jug cloche to get things kicked off early!! Home Gardening: Use Milk Jugs To Protect Seedlings I can't possibly recommend the book "Year Round Vegetable Gardener" highly enough...I read it every year, probably twice. I've learned so freakin' much from it and I'll have to say that with a warmer-than-normal winter I've had at least SOMETHING growing in my cold frames since last February. All winter long we've had fresh kale and brussels and that's just dreamy for this soil-a-holic.


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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    Dh and I returned from our Australia trip Saturday night.
    Thrilled to have you back!!!


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    February always hits me hard. It's usually when we get our coldest weather, if we get snow it's in February, and Feb 4th is the day we lost our first. Ironically, at the end of the month is also when DH and I got married, but that day only exists every 4th year. So, BLAH February.

    On the upside on non-school notes, we discovered we also have several forsythia bushes,(in addition to the giant camellia that has been blooming for weeks now) which my husband loves and are GREAT for butterflies. Tech had fun in his first attempt at bowling over the weekend. My parents announced they are going to build Tech a HUGE playhouse in our back yard. Our roof is officially checked as good, and the roofer said they used top-grade material so we are good for several more years there. (YAY). We scored a bunch of plug in pendant lights in styles we liked at Ross over the weekend (20's houses don't seem to have light in the best of places.

    On the school side, The Magic School Bus chemistry kit came in today. Tech LOVES it. He's learning his states (yay puzzles), and we are learning about beaches. Lots of questions about spring coming (because mommy is so excited about spring) and plants. We're following a shell-less egg project someone is posting on a FB page I follow. Lots of questions about embryonic development and blood vessels.

    Trying to keep the "i'm so tired of the short days!" from killing us. At least the camellia has kept us from hating the winter too badly this year. It's so cheerful all decked out in it's bright red-pink blooms!

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    Oh, and today I finally looked at the links to the secular groups in my area. A group basically that is "south (my city) secular homeschool". I was SOOOOOOO excited! Because I'm on the south end of my city and most of the homeschool groups (secular or otherwise) are on the north side. Except, it's not in my city. It's 20+ miles SOUTH of the city. In a whole different city! GRRRR I get that ppl refer to themselves as living in the metro area, and if it was south METRO (my city) secular homeschool, i'd have at least expected it to be nowhere near the actual city, but come ON people!

    Also, Oregon Trail is as addictive today as it was 25 years ago. DH or I will be playing and one of us will say "you got snakebit!" or "oops, you drowned!" We seem a little too gleeful when the other person is injured/dies on Oregon Trail.

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