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    Default Roll Call, 1/15 - MLK Day

    Ah, it's been too long since the last roll call. With my kids home for the holidays, time got away from me. My son returned to Purdue on the 4th, but we didn't take our daughter back to U of Iowa until this past Saturday. Luckily we managed to do it on one of the few days w/o ice or snow. It was so nice to have them home. However, they were ready to head back to college life and friends.

    So life here is settling back into routine. My algebra and geometry classes started back up last week. It was nice to see that the students retained most of what they'd learned, even though our break was 5 weeks long.

    I'm still working on cutting clutter and purging the house of items we no longer use. The trick is finding places that take things that would otherwise head to landfills, like unwanted Linux CD-Roms from my son, or old 3.5" floppy disks. Through a friend, though, we found a place that recycles them!

    How is your January progressing? U.S. folks, are you observing/discussing MLK day with your kids? Without getting too political, I think awareness of discrimination and all that goes with it is more relevant than ever.
    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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    In the southwest, we've had a warm winter - all my fruit trees have buds on them - ack! Not usual at all, and I miss the mountain snow, yet at the same time, this weather makes me yearn for an open pool and camping.

    We started strong, but have had a bump in the road as dd has the flu. She has been able to watch all the TV and eat all the meals she wants in her room. She thinks this is a big treat, I think it's secret quarantine. Hopefully the rest of us stay well!

    Let's see . . . what is new. . .
    The kids have started an 8 week learn to skate (ice) session for HSers. I've made a commitment to my yoga practice. January is ticking away - now to hang on until May (spring in NM is the worst - so much wind).

    Hope you all are well!
    Rebecca
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    Ack, my lemon and orange tree are budding, too. It was in the 80s last week, mid 70s this week. Where did our winter go? I had grass growing in my raised beds, and finally got that under control. February I was going to start my sugar snap seeds - I will start them in an egg carton and can bring them it gets cold.
    Homeschoolingwise, my oldest got a cough last week, and the baby spent the weekend with a fever, has now moved on to coughing. We are plodding along, some days better than others. Using our Indiana Standards Algebra One book is working fine, thanks InMom for the suggestion. Its not very reassuring when the first problem in their “brush up your skills” section, they made addition errors. But the rest seems fine so far. Im taking it slowly.

    No MLK discussions this year - I think with the boys being ill, and DS12 learning about the Israeli / Palestinian conflict (reading Habibi), we just didnt get around to it.

    INMOM - wow there are places that still take “floppies”?!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    We are going strong. Everyone is doing well academically at their respective levels, we are reading a ton of books, all of the activities are going full speed, my older girls have found good friends, my DD5 desperately needs some friends of her own, but that has not happened yet.

    We have 6 more weeks to go until our February break for 2 family birthdays and a vacation in Southern California.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Where did our winter go?

    Using our Indiana Standards Algebra One book is working fine, thanks InMom for the suggestion. Its not very reassuring when the first problem in their “brush up your skills” section, they made addition errors. But the rest seems fine so far. Im taking it slowly.

    INMOM - wow there are places that still take “floppies”?!
    I think your winter is stubbornly hanging around the midwest. I'm getting tired of temps in the single digits.

    Sorry about the math book errors. I learned long ago to never trust the answers in any math or science text.

    I'll be recycling the 3.5" floppy disks, and our county has a recycling site that actually takes them! However, when I found them in a box in the basement, I realized I had no idea what was on them---no labels, of course. I no longer have a computer with a floppy disk drive. BUT, public library to the rescue! They have an external floppy disk drive that I was able to connect to my laptop. I found pics of my kids from 1998-1999, when they were 1 and 2 yrs old. I didn't even remember taking the photos. So that was cool.
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    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 going to try to find a movie called Pride about swimming and discrimination..based on a true story because the kids swim. But, it was not to be. Now, since dd is into marine biology we have 2 movies 2 watch that we borrowed from a friend. Maybe MLK later in February when it is Black History month? I think we did something like that a few years ago but I don't remember. We don't really "follow" the "theme" months; maybe this will be a first.
    Weather in HI: we went from super cold and needing a heater at night to fairly warm days and nights literally from one day to the next. DD wants to do sunflowers this year that grow 16ft tall?? We will see how that goes.
    Kids are so much more than a test score.
    Qualities not measured by a test: creativity, persistence, curiosity, humor, self-discipline, empathy, humility and so many more!

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    I'm still alive! I don't know if many will remember me, but we had our baby! Actually he's 9 months now.

    And of course I'm already thinking about potential issues with a homeschool diploma and how he'll get into college/military/whatever lol! I'm such a spaz...

    From my *way too early* research, I had pretty much settled on wanting to try Connections Academy, at least for the first year until I figured out what I was doing, how ds likes to learn, etc. But I found out today that Georgia discontinued grades K-5. So I started looking into the private school version of Connections Academy, and found it wasn't exactly what I was looking for after all.

    So I'm back on board with "real" homeschooling and will probably use something like T4L to get my feet wet.

    I saw on another thread someone was joking around about looking for a curriculum for their 3 month fetus in the womb. I feel like I'm practically "that guy" planning ahead at 9 months old

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    Hi Relevant! I remember you! Is your wife back in Georgia now?

    I remember my first year, getting a pre-packaged curriculum, in order to “get the hang of it”. Its really not the kind of thing thats going to work out for you or your darling.
    As you get closer, you will see when he is ready for phonics, and will look at different formal phonics programs. You will see when he has masstered the silly preschool math workbooks you will inevitably buy. You will be immersed in dinosaurs or cars, and will want to do “science” and “social studies” based on what he wants to learn about. Thats going to work far better than a vanillan generic program that doesnt interact, that doesnt care whether or not your kid is interested or engaged.
    Just saying. Been there, done that. Still making mistakes, but theyre different ones.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Yes, she is! She was in Texas for the whole first trimester (which was pretty rough for her), and came back home right at the start of her 2nd trimester, and felt 100% better, so I missed out on all the sick days

    And yes!! What you described is my exact concern with ps and virtual schools. If my little baby is adding and subtracting at 4 years old, I don't really need for him to spend a year learning to count when he's 5

    It seems like with T4L, we can say "okay, got it, moving on..."

    But yes, I'm sure I'll get a better idea once he starts learning, and figure out what he's ready for, how he learns, etc. If you can't tell, I'm pretty excited for that part of parenting. Infant care isn't as exciting lol.

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    Hi RelevantDad. Congratulations to both you and your wife.

    While it is so, so typical to overthink this homeschooling thing, I have to agree with Alexsmom. I would avoid the generic all-in-one curricula if you can. The great advantage of homeschooling is that you can make the education fit your child, not make your child fit (what-someone-who-doesn't-know-your-child-thinks-should-be) the education. It can be nerve wracking but rewarding at the same time. It can work if you are a parent who pays close attention to what your child is doing, is interested in, and needs help in. Given that you are already giving this a lot of thought, I think you'd easily be one of those parents.

    Honestly, it's the approach I took with my kids all the way through the middle school years, and for some classes in their high school years. I did use textbooks, or online sites (like Standord's History Project), or workbooks. But I made sure each would fit my child's interest and abilities at that time. My kids never "fit" in the curriculum boxes anyway. Sometimes they would even use different books or methods for the same topic, as their learning styles were different.

    Anyway, enjoy this time with your little one. If he's not walking yet, this is the golden time where the baby is pretty much still where you left him but has tons of personality already developed. Keep us updated!
    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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