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    Feeling the effects of the slightly longer hours of daylight in the N. hemisphere yet? Hmmm......me neither.

    My homeschool math classes and my after school tutoring picked back up this week. We are all a little rusty after a few weeks off, me included! But things still went well, especially the physics class. Usually it feels really rushed, trying to answer questions, cover new material, do demos, and have the kids do a lab, all in a two hour session each week. But things flowed pretty well yesterday. Currently they are studying fluids: Archimedes principle, floating, pressure, Bernoulli's principle (the idea behind airplane flight). This semester's topics are bit more interesting and the labs are more fun, so we're all looking forward to it.

    Still looking for yoga, meditation, and the like that seems to "fit" for me. Thanks for the recs in the last roll call!

    What is up for you and your family lately? Is there something you are also searching for?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Im waking up “earlier” so Im feeling it! Or something. Presolstice, mornings were getting pretty tough for me.
    It might be that I stopped drinking coffee then, too. I take two slow-release caffeine pills each morning (instead of half a pot of coffee, cream, and sugar), and Ive felt better through the whole day, even into the evening, with no energy crashes. (It could also be the breakfast efforts, too.... less sugar, more fiber.)

    DS13 has decided that he wants to learn Japanese this spring.... he had wanted to do it in the fall and chickened out. I hope it sticks this time. Over the summer I had gotten a head start on the language, but stopped when I saw he wasnt going to do it. We will adventure through it together. If anyone knows amazing awesome resources, Im all eyes. I have apps, writing books, and the school is giving us a textbook and workbook. And we encounter native speakers, so Im optimistic that if DS takes learning seriously, we can succeed.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    It is finally out of the 20s here - 40s feel down right balmy. The ice is gone, so we can come out of our homes again - ha! I usually enjoy the dark and cold weather through the end of January - but after that I'd prefer to fast forward to April or May.

    Normally I feel sluggish this time of year, but I am bursting with energy. We delayed our start back date by a week, so we could Marie Kondo our house. I'm fairly organized, but was ready to step it up a little. The pantry, in particular, looks amazing! I went back to my capsule style wardrobe after abandoning it for about a year for closet chaos. What can I say, I still enjoy nice clothes, I just like fewer choices . We also have the kids / dogs / cars up-to-date on all the appointments, so hopefully spring will be peaceful. I have a vision for spring semester, now just getting it to paper. The freezer is bursting at the seams, so my January meal plan is good to go. I really like starting the semester feeling focused and not pulled in a variety of directions.

    Have a good week all!
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    It’s getting colder out here in Chicago but haven’t seen much snow this season for my son to have any fun playing in the snow.

    Have a great weekend.

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    We just got back from camping for 7 nights. Three in the tent at a private camping ground on the south coast of NZ with kitchen/shower facilities etc. It was windy and wet most nights there, and relatively cold during the day. One night at a walk-in campsite on one of NZ's great walks (the Kepler). Thankfully the weather was nice for this. As walking 1.5 h in the rain carrying a tent and all the DD's stuff would not have been fun. Then two nights a car camping site (long drop toilet and water from a river) in Fiordland National Park. And the last night was a walk-in at a hut on another great walk (the Routeburn). We have not stayed in a hut before and I think we all prefer the tent. Sharing a hut with 26 others is rather inconvenient with kids.

    For yoga, I like Five Parks Yoga. Its free on You Tube and there is also a website that you can navigate from and it has all the yoga classes ordered by time and style etc. The instructor is really calm and nice. She does not do meditation though. Its all about finding what fits. I know Yoga with Adriene is popular and I tried that when I was first looking for some free yoga, and her manner and the way she says random stuff all the time just irritate me. Good luck finding what you are after.

    We also have some organizing to do in the house. First camping gear to get away, and then I need to get onto to clearing out my sewing stuff.

    I also have a capsule wardrobe and am at the point where I need to replace some things and find it takes so long to analyze all the choices over what I will buy as the replacement as I need to buy the right thing so that I don't go down the non-capsule wardrobe route again.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    Homeschool wise half of December was a bust between illnesses and the general chaos of the holidays - traveling to visit various family and all that. We did go to Medieval Times and the MoST museum in Syracuse but those were about the only thing that resembled education.

    This week we were finally getting back into the groove of things. DD has a couple of classes on Outschool that started and her outdoor survival class is back on for winter. I had a light work week so we managed to get to the Cloisters to check out the MET's Medieval Art collection - A field trip that I've been looking forward to since DD said she wanted to study the middle ages! I had forgotten how much religious iconography is there. We had a good discussion about the role religion played at the time and how different that is for us today.

    Tomorrow is the No Pants Subway Ride here in NYC and we are planning to participate. We did it a few years ago and had a blast. Last year it was brutal cold so we chickened out. Hope it is nice weather tomorrow. Forecast is for 32 and cloudy.

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    NZ_Mama: Your hiking trips sound interesting, if not varied! We hike a TON but have never camped. The closest we've done is staying in National Park cabins. So kudos to your family!

    Thanks also for the yoga video rec. I'll take a look at it.

    Artmama, share pics of the No Pants Subway Ride? They do it here in Chicago as well, but I couldn't convince DH to head into the city, even just to see.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    No Pants Subway Ride? What is that?

    Here there is / was an annual Mooning of the Amtrack in Orange County, in July.... weather nice and its the non passengers.
    https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/moon-amtrak
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    It originated in NYC, but here is an article on Chicago's version this year.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Our kids love camping. Camping and public transport. I think they would quite happily live a nomadic lifestyle.

    We used to camp more in the US than here, and we preferred the campsites there too. They are all quite pretty and with private areas of each site. Here, many of the campsites are just an open grass area with no privacy between sites. We try go for one long trip (7 to 10 nights) in summer, and then a couple of weekends. However, last year I don't think we went at all. In the US, we went about once a month. So we really need to get back into it more. Once you have all the gear it is easy to do.
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 5 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 0 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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