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    Official President's Day today. Neighborhood and town are quiet this morning. The local ps kids had Friday and now today off for mid-winter break, which are actually built in snow days, if they need them. They didn't this year, so the local kids have been enjoying the freakishly warm 60 degree 4-day break.

    Dh and I went up to the Dunes, where I completed my first solid 5K run on the trails since mid-October. It felt GREAT! I promised him I would rest my knee/foot tomorrow and swim instead, but I'm already looking forward to running again Wednesday.

    I'm mulling over what I want to offer as a second math class next year. Opinions? I already offer algebra I. If YOU had a choice, would you have your child complete algebra 2 next, or geometry? There are pros and cons to each, but I thought I'd see what you all thought.

    Those of you around San Antonio and in California, I hope you are safe after the storms and rain!

    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Not the best start to the day here. Baby woke up around 6:30 puking last nights dinner and chocolate silk pie dessert. And had the runs. Hes sleeping with no fever now, so Im just going to let him sleep.

    Does Ski Week count as snow days? School has never been cancelled here for snow, but the schools take a week off for going skiing. Our neighbors private xtian school took Friday and today off, but everyone else we know has the week off.

    I gave DS the assignment of teaching his brother what hes been learning in Earth Science, and it was a huge success yesterday, and the only thing DS has done so far today. The idea was itd make sure older had a solid understanding, but it seems to have made a big impact on younger too.

    We were going to do our nature walk / tire-out-boys-and-dog, but we will see how the baby feels when he wakes up.

    I love the cooler weather!

    Hmmmm. Algebra II or Geometry.... I dont know Inmom. I did Algrbra2 first, and then Geo/Trig in 10th grade, then precalc in 11th. Math seems sped up though nowadays, kids taking calc in 10th!
    Are there college tests that make it more logical to do one before the other? Maybe follow the local PS sequence unless there are pedagogical reasons to do it the other way?

    Im excited about our math, too. This week is introducing letter variables into expressions. Its exciting getting past arithmatic and on to the fun stuff! Its all still coming naturally to DS, so we are rolling along.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Today is a holiday for our HS, for DH and for the PS kids. A friend texted at 8 and asked if I wanted to go to the soak spa down the road from us. DO I?!?! So we met at 9:30 and had the entire sauna and hot tubs to ourselves - so nice. Then I took myself out to lunch at the Chai shop down the road. DS went to a friend's house to play video games / Nerf guns and DD and DH are at the park playing a neighborhood family pick-up soccer game.

    Is there a benefit to breaking up Algebra I and II with Geometry? Now I'm curious. I took I, Geometry, then II.
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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    I think some of it may depend on the text/curriculum one uses, but I think it could go either way in terms of geometry and algebra II. A private school here sequences math algebra 1, algebra 2, then geometry, for the reason that it preps kids for the SAT math portion better. They DO have good results, I must admit. Other than that school, though, everyplace else here schedules geometry before algebra 2.

    Maybe I'll just base it on demand?

    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Today was a holiday here for PS. I'm still fighting the cold from hell. DH, Tech and I curled up on the couch this weekend and played Minecraft. OMG is that game addicting! Nothing really got accomplished this weekend, but then, Tech is finally starting to get over his cold and I'm still dealing with (hopefully) the tail end of it, so nothing was really planned that got to STAY planned. Today will probably be cleaning, and some games. Tech and I may wander back into minecraft (he wants to make a house like mommy's house). It takes SOOOOOOO long to do anything in the game, that it's a great lesson in patience for our child who has none.

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    Today was free day at the Denver Botanical Gardens so we went with the attitude "it's free" and if its too crowed we will just walk the old beautiful neighborhood around it (there are some great old mansions)... to my surprise the dudes REALLY dug it and asked if they could come back as we were walking out.

    It was a nice day (nice weather). Oldest DS was not looking forward to dealing with protesters downtown (they can be rude) but he bought himself a new phone (well an iPhone 6s) today so hopefully it THAT will keep his spirits high. They have him working so many days in a row (9) because he is taking 4 days off to visit "friend girl" at school next weekend.... doesn't make for a happy man child ;-)

    Glad everyone had a nice Monday

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty-one year old man-child

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