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    Wednesday Roll Call, 9/20
    Apologies for not being more regular in the Roll Call posts!

    How are you all doing? Specifically, how are our Florida and Texas members that were affected by Harvey and Irma? I hope everyone is ok and that any property damage was minimal!

    It is Homeschool Math Wednesday for me here--algebra class in the morning and geometry in the afternoon. The algebra kids are learning to solve for a variable, while the geometry kids are learning to write proofs!!

    DH and I have been spending any spare time removing old cedar siding, replacing it, then staining it. This is the side of the house we're working on now.
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    I've always had respect for those in the construction trade--now I really do. My hammering arm is exhausted. DH even gave me my own tool belt. Sexy.....

    I've also been madly canning and freezing produce. Last night it was tomato sauce and raspberry jam. We also picked the 11 pumpkins that we grew. With some we will play "Pumpkin Fairy" and deliver them to neighbors with little kids. The others we'll make pie out of at Thanksgiving time and deliver them to a homeless shelter for their dinner.

    On Friday my daughter turns 21!! Where did the time go? She and her friends are going to go out for bubble tea!! They're not college partiers in the normal sense of the word. Her underage friends are just happy that she can buy cooking wine for them....

    What sorts of fun, projects, and mischief have you and/or your family been getting into?
    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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    Carol - that is a project! It sure looks pretty! Happy birthday to your daughter and birth day to you.

    Hooray fall is just around the corner! I know this because Starbucks tells me so - just kidding. It is still quite warm here, but I can see yellow leaves at the very tops of the trees and the geese are arriving. We are camping in Santa Fe this weekend and I'm hoping to grab some Aspen twigs / yellow leaves to decorate my Dia de los Muertos alter. My grandmother loved aspen trees, and would take me as a kid to look at them in the fall, so I try to make sure to have them for her every year.

    School is plugging along. Everyone really likes the approach we've taken this year, which is to get all the work done by Friday (for sure by Sunday - ha!). We, so far, are having one of our best homeschool years. The kids are both doing swim team, and can I just tell you how much we all love it. The coaching is great, it is 3 blocks from my house (I hate driving and they can walk), practice is offered 5 days a week and you can go / not go when you want. It's working wonderfully.
    Rebecca
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    Year 8

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    RTB that is awesome! I can't imagine being able to walk to anything. Carol, your project looks not-too-daunting, assuming this is the last side of the house to be done

    And happy birthday to your daughter. 21. Wow.

    School is going pretty well here but the outside classes and her job are kind of cutting into her school time, so for the first time ever, she needs to look ahead and know what's coming and PLAN. Can I tell you all how huge a milestone I think this is? ADD flaky child...to think that she has to think more than 5 minutes into the future...the world is changing here. And she's taking responsibility too.

    I know Hawaiigeek's daughter had a bit of an epiphany when school started, all the going to lockers and making sure you have what you need. In some ways I sometimes feel homeschooled kiddos are at a bit of a disadvantage in the organization/time management department. Am I wrong? I know these skillz will come eventually but wow it's been a shock to the girl's system here, folks!
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Im glad things are going well for my friends here.

    School is going. Finishing up week 6 of the BYl curriculum (North America Unit). The baby is going to the charter for Kindergarten twice a week, Im cautiously optimistic about that, but am ready to cut the hours if I think it will be better for him.

    At home, Im still done with gardening for the year, although my tomato bushes disagree, and are still making new flowers. Grrrr!
    Ive been busy quilting, one project is a lap quilt for the Chemo-lounge my friend attends, and another is a rooster and chick applique project that Ive had around here forever.
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    Theres the front with the borders not attached yet. (And the Angel project.... sample for a stained glass technique thats more work than I want to do.) I wanted it to be very hot colors, just to add extra warmth.
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    Theres the back, all the scraps and my entire stash of purples.

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    And there are nine blocks with scenes like this - to be put into a wall hanging. Its not really my color palette, so I will find someone to take it once Im done.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    School is plugging along. Everyone really likes the approach we've taken this year, which is to get all the work done by Friday (for sure by Sunday - ha!). We, so far, are having one of our best homeschool years. The kids are both doing swim team, and can I just tell you how much we all love it. The coaching is great, it is 3 blocks from my house (I hate driving and they can walk), practice is offered 5 days a week and you can go / not go when you want. It's working wonderfully.
    Wow, RTB. It looks like you found your family's homeschool sweet spot. I hope it lasts. Does the team complete locally, or are road trips involved?

    School is going pretty well here but the outside classes and her job are kind of cutting into her school time, so for the first time ever, she needs to look ahead and know what's coming and PLAN. Can I tell you all how huge a milestone I think this is? ADD flaky child...to think that she has to think more than 5 minutes into the future...the world is changing here. And she's taking responsibility too.

    I know Hawaiigeek's daughter had a bit of an epiphany when school started, all the going to lockers and making sure you have what you need. In some ways I sometimes feel homeschooled kiddos are at a bit of a disadvantage in the organization/time management department. Am I wrong? I know these skillz will come eventually but wow it's been a shock to the girl's system here, folks!
    FWP, I think you are on to something. Some homeschooled kids don't quite ever get the time management thing. However, I think your daughter is getting it early, so I don't think you should worry. My kiddos didn't start working until they were almost 16 and didn't start managing their time better until then. Your dd will figure it out. She may be frenzied for a bit, but she will.

    Alexsmom, I love the chick panel you have done. Does quilting take a lot of patience? It seems it should!
    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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    AM I meant to ask if--as it appears--that your applique is hand-quilted? Maybe that is the point? all the quilting I have done has been pretty seat-of-my-pants so I haven't bothered with too much hand quilting. It's cold here in Michigan so I tend to use that as an excuse to have more quilts lying around. And I have always admired how tidy your things are. We should have a quilt-off maybe in the Groups section. I am all about what I call crapting. Keeps me sane!

    Carol, yeah, I wonder. I just know of all the homeschooled kids I am around, they to a child are all so disorganized. Only one friend of dd's is a bit manic-panic about school and makes lists and checks things off but I think that is really how she is wired (and it's kind of a bright contrast to her not so tidy family; I remember needing lots of control at certain periods in my life so I would think exercising it over school workloads would be, uh, soothing, tho that sounds really counterintuitive I know). Anyway, well yeah, it's "only" 8th grade but I feel like I have loaded her plate pretty high with stuff. I know how freshman years (high school and college, and hell, grad school too) tend to be shocking in their workload to students. So I started early (kidding/not kidding) with dd, getting her revved up a year early. But maybe it's because homeschooled kids always have the backstop, their parent/teachers, so they don't need to agonize about organization? That we'll always have their backs? I wonder how much of a disservice we're ultimately doing. I mean, I know high school will be different, and that she'll have DE classes and the like and she'll NEED to step up. But no boss or college prof or even high school teacher is really going to let you slide quite like your parents will.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    I know how freshman years (high school and college, and hell, grad school too) tend to be shocking in their workload to students. So I started early (kidding/not kidding) with dd, getting her revved up a year early. But maybe it's because homeschooled kids always have the backstop, their parent/teachers, so they don't need to agonize about organization? That we'll always have their backs? I wonder how much of a disservice we're ultimately doing. I mean, I know high school will be different, and that she'll have DE classes and the like and she'll NEED to step up. But no boss or college prof or even high school teacher is really going to let you slide quite like your parents will.
    Very true. Playing devil's advocate though, sometimes situations warrant "the parental slide." My daughter started suffering from depression in high school. She still worked and took DE classes. So having me be able to let her "slide" on subjects she did at home was a life-saver for her. She emphatically states now that had she been in ps, she would have quit school. (Has a very bright cousin who also suffers from depression do just that!)

    Strangely, though, as they've gotten older and their depression has gotten worse, my kids organizational and study skills have gotten better. Talking to a brother and sister of mine who also suffer from depression, they tell me it's because it's an area of their life that THEY CAN control. So they do.


    By no means am I advocating for depression as a solution to time management issues!
    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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    Itd be nice if we could blame lack of organization / time management on homeschooling, and not some lack of innate ability. Maybe its not so much that us as parents are suckers, but in our school size of 1, if Darling isnt getting the concept, we generally root around until its understood before going on.

    I think quilting is more about perseverance than patience. Not running out of enthusiasm before the job is done. Like redoing the exterior of your WHOLE house.

    FWP, all my work is machine appliqued, because me and hand sewing dont get along. Somehow needles stab me mercilessly. Even pins (like for holding material in place) tend to assault me. Even for doing the binding, if its at all possible, I will machine topstitch it.... or I ask my mother in law to finish it for me.
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    Maybe that shows the applique stitching better.
    A crafting group sounds great, but you cant attach photos to posts there.
    I love looking at other peoples crafts. So much of their personality (or voice, if it is writing) comes through.
    Mmmm. So soothing.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    Wow, RTB. It looks like you found your family's homeschool sweet spot. I hope it lasts. Does the team complete locally, or are road trips involved?
    Yes all in town. Unless you win at State, which I don't think is an issue for us. Ha!

    Love the quilts Alexsmom!
    Rebecca
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    Our area is exploding with activities for homeschoolers. Seems like every place in town realized that they can make extra money by offering something for homeschoolers during usual school-hours (their down-time). Every single day I have to battle the urge to sign the kids up for 'just one more thing'. Then I lay awake at night trying to convince myself that they are not missing out on life experiences and making friends just because I did not sign them up for the aerial yoga/watercolor workshop/parkour gym etc etc. It is hard!
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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