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    Wow...it's been a while since I updated Roll Call. Summer doldrums, I guess.

    The public schools here started Monday, but most of the non-year-round homeschoolers locally are still in summer mode.

    The math and physics classes I offer don't start until after Labor Day, so I still have two more weeks before I have energetic high school kids learning new stuff! I'm excited as I added two classes, so now we have Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and physics.

    DD and DS both start their college school year next week. DD stayed at college this summer and worked, but I got to see DS for two weeks here after his internship. He's so responsible now!! What happened to my dinosaur-obsessed 5 year old?!?

    Garden is plugging along-beans are done, but we're still getting a ton of snow peas, tomatoes, okra, swiss chard, and pickles. Raspberries have no fruit, but I figured that would happen as I pruned them way back and transplanted them this spring. But I still miss them....

    How are the rest of you doing? Anyone getting this weird weather, fires, flooding that's been in the news? How are the kiddos doing? Did they return from camp/relatives with new skills, knowledge?
    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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    We just returned from a 3-week vacation in Italy. It was pretty intense - we traveled a lot, saw a lot, experienced a lot, learned a lot. Now I am pretty exhausted and jet-lagged. Still feels unreal to be back home. Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night and panicked because I had no clue where I was - which city, which hotel, where was the bathroom All I want to do is sit and stare at the pictures and pretend that I am still swimming in the Mediterranean. The kids asked if we were going to do math today, and my response was "no way, I am not ready for math, just go play"
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Hello!

    We are completely smoked out by the fires. We have a major fire about 20 miles to the south of us. The rest, while farther away, are still sending us their smoke. We are surrounding by smoke and fire. Right now the smoke is more dangerous than the fire.

    I was gone most of the summer on a research trip and just returned last week. For the past week I was getting things ready for DS to start. This year we are increasing the formality and consistency. We started this week. I wanted to get DS in the flow of things before I returned to teaching. College starts next week too. So I am writing lesson plans for 5th grade and college. It isn't much different except for the subject matter. It takes the same time. The only thing with college is that once I am happy with it, I don't have to change it much, but with homeschooling it is a new thing all the time.

    So we started this week. It is going well.

    I just want to get into my routine soon.
    A mama who teaches college writing, as well as help her 11-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    H So I am writing lesson plans for 5th grade and college. It isn't much different except for the subject matter. It takes the same time. The only thing with college is that once I am happy with it, I don't have to change it much, but with homeschooling it is a new thing all the time.
    That is so true!!
    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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    Trips to Italy, flourishing gardens, and wild fires all sound much more interesting than what we have going on here.

    We are just plugging along, which is good. I have figured out a routine that works for both DD's and they are fighting less, interrupting each other less during independent time, and having more fun both playing and learning together.

    Now I just need to get my work sorted as I currently have too much dependence on one client and it really stuffs with my focus/organization when I suddenly end up with a week of no work from them. Then I get all out of my work mode/routine and really struggle with procrastination and lack of focus when I do get work again. It all goes much more smoothly when I know I have to do X hours of work at points A, B, and C during the day, and intersperse it with homeschool, chores, errands, and after school activities.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    I finally got my new car, a silver Subaru Forester with moon roof. I drove it home this morning and fell in love with it. This car is so well thought out, it might as well be called "My Car, My Self." And I happened to get it just in time before we pick up the in-laws this Saturday.

    Then the in-laws and us are going to hunker down for two weeks, and I'm going to cross my fingers that the house doesn't blow up. MIL already told me to empty out my fridge because she's bringing a lot of food with her to give us and all our relatives. And they're going to shop for more food when they get here. This is problematic, because around dinner time, they're going to look at me and go: "What's for dinner?" I dunno. I have nothing in the fridge. Yes, and they don't like to eat out because they consider it unhealthy.

    My son played baseball with friends, biked in the dirt with the next door neighbor, and took an electronics workshop with a college professor who had no idea how to talk to kids. So the guy often lectured for 1-2 hours to 9-11 year olds. So DS got a taste of what college is like.

    Yep, just (praying) for these next to weeks to be over. Then back to business usual. We officially start again after Labor Day.
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

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    We are still in summer homeschool light mode - read something / write something / pick something - that is the routine along with camps and trips. DD's last day of a horticulture/art camp at the botanical garden is tomorrow. She did a week of ocean sports and environment in July. She loved it and decided she wants to surf so we found 2 day surf camp that she will do at the end of this month. She is a fish in water but doesn't want to be on a team, so I am happy to have her trying something new that incorporates her swimming skills. She spent 10 days on the family farm with my dad, and she has had a couple of weekend jaunts with us too. I will be honest - I've been a little jealous of all she has gotten to do this summer.
    The public schools here start on September 5th. We will start to ease into a routine around the same time. Our paperwork to the DOE went in last week which is my kick off point each year. It forces me to get going on a plan for the 1st quarter, ordering supplies and all that. We are eclectic - don't follow any set curriculum - but I try to be at least a bit structured about it. I have learned that if I am not, it quickly becomes a fight to get anything done - for her and I.

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    Schools here started August 14th and since DS 16 is doing half days at the high school, we all started schooling. I am so pleased with how the public school came through for DS16, he is doing world lit, physical earth science and us history in the resource level classes (all kids with LD of some sort, but all kids who should graduate with a diploma) and then he has adaptative PE and finally I pick him up and bring him home for lunch. We are doing consumer math through keystone academy just to get him 5 credits this year. It is fine, but I wouldn't want my child to have all their high school education through it - pretty boring.

    DD and DS10 are settling into their studies. I really like the daily grams that I picked up last minute after deciding analytical grammar would bore us to tears. On that note, I bought them through Rainbow Resource and they shipped them by a local delivery service so I could get them quick at no extra charge. We live about 90 mins from Bloomington, Il where they are located. I though that was such a nice touch!

    The new Beast Academy online is awesome - highly recommend! DD loves Jacob's Algebra, so all it going well. Hopefully this will continue for a while, ha!
    Beth
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    Inmom, did you take your trip to New England? How was it? Was the hiking beautiful? Were there unexpectedly yummy restaurants?
    Oksana, wow, Italy! Dont we all need some time to recover from vacations!
    Mariam, sorry to hear about the smoke. I want to get into our routine too.
    NZMama, I hear you on the juggling everything!
    Vicsmom, yay! I hope you like your Subaru. They have a great reputation for reliability. And I hope the buying process was pleasant.
    Artmama - wow your DD gets to do some fun stuff!

    Last Sunday, DS12 told me he wanted to start on Mondayís schoolwork, that he was expecting to start right then. Which has left me scrambled and pretty busy all week. We havent even met with our charter yet, usually thats a couple weeks before school officially starts. So, we started.
    All of my household puttering along projects have been put aside, and even mopping the floors and doing laundry seems harder to get done. (I guess I just thought I got better at it over the summer. )

    Right now we are debating whether to buy (from Craigslist) a (dining room) table to dedicate to schoolwork, since we have never succeeded in consistently getting the dining table cleared in time for dinner. After a summer where it hasnt been an issue, eating between piles of books and school detritus seems very un-restive. Maybe just putting away all our school stuff will help bring daily closure to our work. Maybe thats too idealistic, and our dinner zen would be better served by all school stuff somewhere else. (And getting a school table means we can get one with curves, so can sit next to each other easier, and counter-height, so DS12 can stand and write...)
    If thatís the biggest indecision in my life, we are doing well.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post

    Right now we are debating whether to buy (from Craigslist) a (dining room) table to dedicate to schoolwork, since we have never succeeded in consistently getting the dining table cleared in time for dinner. After a summer where it hasnt been an issue, eating between piles of books and school detritus seems very un-restive. Maybe just putting away all our school stuff will help bring daily closure to our work. Maybe thats too idealistic, and our dinner zen would be better served by all school stuff somewhere else. (And getting a school table means we can get one with curves, so can sit next to each other easier, and counter-height, so DS12 can stand and write...)
    If that’s the biggest indecision in my life, we are doing well.
    I would vote get the table, as long as you have room to fit it in your house.

    We have dedicated homeschool desks/areas and only ever use the dining table for art projects or short things and tidy up straight away. Granted we do have a relatively large house, and have enough rooms to have a separate office, and I do work from home. In our office, we have three desks. One that is a double and has the computer the DDs use, space to do book work, and all of DD10's school stuff beside it. Then my work desk, which is usually pretty clear, and either DD can use it if they want. And a desk for sewing, which is never clear (hello pile of leggings/sweatpants with holes in knees that need mended). I keep some of DD5's school stuff in the lounge/living room (whatever you all call it) in a couple of baskets on a bookshelf, because we often sit on the floor in there and do her work.

    I just need my tidy spaces in the house to feel relaxed and a little bit in control of the mess. So the lounge and dining table all have to be 100% clear of kid/school at the end of the day. Then I know I can relax in the lounge in the evenings and not see mess and feel I need to clean it up, and I can go into the kitchen/dining in the morning and feel relaxed at breakfast time. DD10 is responsible for giving their desk in the office a bit of a tidy, but it does not really matter if stuff gets left out.

    Their bedrooms on the other hand...chaos and disorder. As long as they have a clear path to the door/window/bed, that is ok as I don't live in there!
    Last edited by NZ_Mama; 08-17-2018 at 10:09 PM.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    That's a kea (NZ parrot) in my avatar. You can learn about them on Beak & Brain - Genius Birds from Down Under on Netflix.

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