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    How is everyone doing? Around here it's been quiet. I'm done tutoring for the summer and won't pick it back up again until mid-August when the public school kids return to school. Gardens look great and flowers are in full bloom. Kiddos are both doing well. Although she has an online job, DD just started a part-time job at the Iowa City Public library to get out with people. She's a "Maintenance Aide"--cleans, picks up books at remote drop sites, etc. She could have applied to be a clerk, but the maintenance job pays $4/hour more! And as she said, we definitely taught her how to clean and fix things. She had to help wake up a drunk man the other day; library staffers were afraid he was dead as it seemed like he wasn't breathing. Definitely a slice of life!

    Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the US. Personally, I'm not into all the overt patriotism and backyard fireworks...oh well. US folks, what are you doing for the 4th of July?

    Members in other parts of the world, what do you do to celebrate your country's independence/origin?

    I was Australia a couple of years ago on Australia Day, in the Blue Mountains. The best part of the day was walking through Wentworth Falls looking for the Charles Darwin Trail. We happened upon the town's celebration. The local, small community brass band was playing Men At Work's Down Under. It was quaint and funny at the same time. Far better than the fireworks over the Sydney Bridge, in my opinion.....
    Carol

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    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    BalletBoy is deep into his ballet intensive. Mushroom is still doing a little school. It's so hot that I swear I could SEE the air outside earlier. It was downright thick. Too miserable even to go to the pool.

    I had a busy week. I got arrested at the big Senate protest on Thursday. I really did it for my own mental health as much as for the border separations, but I'm so glad I did it. Best I've felt in ages. Still need to go pay my court forfeit though.

    Also, I published my book about homeschooling middle school. I'm super proud of it. I still haven't announced it on my blogs or anything, but I'm psyched. I'm nearly ready for the SEA Conference in... gosh... less than two weeks. Anyone here going to Atlanta for it?
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    I quite liked Independence Day when we lived in the US. We were in San Diego, so no backyard fireworks, which I also can't stand. (We have them here on Guy Fawkes and they should just be banned as they cause so much trouble with fires, anxious pets [and kids in our house].)

    Anyway we don't do anything for our independence because we are not independent. We are still a Commonwealth country, which I just see as so outdated and archaic. I would rather we were not. I mean, we pay them (royals) to come and tour here. Why, what exactly do they contribute, it is just weird!

    I like Independence Day because it seems a positive thing. The only thing we have is Waitangi Day, which is more of a national day of discussion of the negative implications of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which we need, but it would be nice to have a positive celebration day as well.

    We are all good. Surviving winter, although our firewood stocks are getting very low. Both DDs are pretty good about their school work at the moment. I mean, both of them get up and want to do math first thing in the morning at about 8.30, so I can't really complain. The only issue is still time. I have three jobs due this week (of 25 pages, 21 pages, and 13 pages), which is the minimum I like to have money wise, but it is really hard to fit it. It would be much easier if they just got ready for bed when they needed to without needing reminders every 2 mins to stop mucking around or reading and to do what they know they need to do. By the end of that, I am exhausted and can't sit down and work straight away. So they waste a good hour of potential evening work time with their mucking around and then the distraction it causes in my brain. Any tips for evening routines? We have tried all variations of having a checklist, natural consequences, rewards, punishments. They just never ever do what they know they are meant to.

    Otherwise the only other thing I need to sort out is DD5's writing. She is a lefty, and her writing is very unique. I don't know how much of it is regular lefty things (crossing t's the other way, doing her ticks backwards?) and what I should correct (she writes all of her letters from the bottom up and lots of letters backwards? – edited to clarify, they still look right, she just does the steps to form them backwards to what I would do and the writing book recommends). We have Handwriting Without Tears, but I think she is pretty sick of me reminding her of what way to form her letters.

    Anyway, back to work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post

    Also, I published my book about homeschooling middle school. I'm super proud of it. I still haven't announced it on my blogs or anything, but I'm psyched. I'm nearly ready for the SEA Conference in... gosh... less than two weeks.
    Congratulations!
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    BalletBoy is deep into his ballet intensive. Mushroom is still doing a little school. It's so hot that I swear I could SEE the air outside earlier. It was downright thick. Too miserable even to go to the pool.

    I had a busy week. I got arrested at the big Senate protest on Thursday. I really did it for my own mental health as much as for the border separations, but I'm so glad I did it. Best I've felt in ages. Still need to go pay my court forfeit though.

    Also, I published my book about homeschooling middle school. I'm super proud of it. I still haven't announced it on my blogs or anything, but I'm psyched. I'm nearly ready for the SEA Conference in... gosh... less than two weeks. Anyone here going to Atlanta for it?
    Congrats on the publishing of your book. I would have loved to have had that resource when my kids were approaching that age.

    And thank you for standing up for your beliefs by protesting in DC. Were your sons with you, or did you go alone?
    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 usually like the festivities...but, this year feels different. DD asked why were skipping our tradition of our small town annual parade. I told her it was hard to feel patriotic when kids are in cages like animals. Sigh. I let her know we will still grill, etc., quietly at home but that would be it. This is the first year I feel like I have no right to celebrate "independence" when others have none; I hope that makes sense.

    Farrar!! How exciting (your book). Completely stoked for you--do tell when it is available, please. Also, wow: being able to go--awesome; getting arrested--a little scary but also awesome--you probably can sleep a bit better knowing you are doing what you can.

    This is probably my most political post--times are weird right now. I watched the RBG documentary; I am trying to keep myself from being totally bummed about the state of affairs knowing things have gotten really bad before and we have come out on the other side better than before.

    I have been gone from the forum for a bit--just life. I am SOOO happy I can always "come home". I will think of you all as I quietly ponder the state of our nation tomorrow. We may not have met IRL but I do care for you guys.

    My two favorite signs from the the protests: "Dissent is patriotic" and "Voldemort called. He said, "Take it down a notch."
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    Wow Farrar, jail and publishing! That is a busy week, and congratulations! The advice Ive seen from you here has always been so sensible, I hope it is able to help lots of people!

    Inmom, Im with you on the more personal, smaller scale celebrations.

    NZmama - speaking as a lefty, there shouldnt be much difference. I believe downward and left to right strokes originated when pen ink was very wet. And just try pushing a calligraphy nib upwards! Crossing a “t” right to left is going to leave a trailing mess going over the letter before you start the next one.
    I would suggest that when you practice “handwriting” that you focus on those issues, and not when it is the content that is important. My oldest didnt consistently write with proper case and direction until he was in firstish grade. DS6 (who has been in OT since he was 2) mixes his upper and lower case together in words.

    Ive spent the last month or so learning (to write) the japanese syllabaries, and am starting on the kanji (2k symbols/words taken from chinese). They tend to write their horizontal lines first, then the verticals, which causes me grief. Must it be in order? The internet says 1) order makes calligraphied text more legible, and 2) writing-to-text is based on stroke order (and direction). There were a few letters that were just hard for me to look right. (ふ, ね, and す, when written in handwriting font, took a while, and I investigated other handwriting samples for my ふ interpretation.)
    Maybe some of it just takes time to feel fluent writing?

    A weekend ago, we went to the (Scottish) Highland Games. Sheepdog trials, scottish games, food, and.... Wicked Tinkers! Theyve been my favorite celtic-rock group for decades, and apparently my mother in law is now a new fan. Her church doesnt allow for dancing, but she said there was nothing wrong with “walking along” in time with the music. DS6, the sensory-seeker, was enthralled, but DS12 the sensory-avoider, thought it was too loud.

    Im going to start a 30 day drawing course with the boys, just to get them some time off the video games. Aiieeks, maybe we shouldve just continued schooling through the summer. Too much gaming makes them unpleasant little critters!
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    Farrar, congratulations and I'm looking forward to hearing more about your book!

    Nothing much going on here. DS is getting over a cold. We're going to have a quiet bbq and then light some fireworks at a neighbor's house, since fireworks are banned in our city. We're schooling through the summer, so I'm looking forward to using the day to just tidy up a bit and make some donations.

    Alexsmom, I teach my son how to write Chinese and I'm learning it myself. Stroke order is essential to the writing because--it's hard to explain--but somehow it helps you read the word, but it also helps you figure out how to look it up and write words that you hadn't learned before. Parts of a Chinese character, especially the more complicated ones, fit together like a puzzle and you can learn things about its origins from looking at parts of its characters. So as an aside, when the Chinese government decided to adopt a simplified script so it was would be easier for its people to learn, a lot of the history of the characters will eventually be lost to future generations. As another aside, knowing how to write cursive helps with writing Chinese/Japanese characters.

    And yes, it takes a lot of practice. Mine don't always look right either. I just think, as long as it's legible....
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    Vicsmom and Alexsmom, I think it is so admirable (and cool) that you're learning Chinese and Japanese. I can barely keep my high school Spanish fluent!

    But honestly, what great examples for your kids to show life-long learning!
    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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    Things have been chaotic for us. I am on a research trip and I left the family at home for the month I am gone. The dogs are upset and misbehaving (I didn't realize they would notice so much because I am out the house more than anyone else in the family.) *sigh*

    Like many of you mentioned, it is hard to feel patriotic with the current state of affairs. I didn't go to the protest, as I didn't want to go alone and really didn't want to chance getting arrested with no support network available.

    Before I left, DS picked up my Arabic app and wanted to try it out. He is fascinated now. He is simply learning the alphabet and I think it is in part, he just wants to know he can do it more than wanting to learn the language. We are focusing on Spanish as part of school since that is the one language that all of us can speak and use at home and hopefully in the community.

    I am sad I am missing the SEA conference this year. I enjoyed it last year. This year it overlapped with my work, so I will have to miss it. I was disappointed it was on the east coast again this year. Hopefully they will move it west. Even better, the PNW!


    Farrar, congratulations on the book! That is wonderful. It is very satisfying to finish a project like that.
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