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    Brrrrrr, in for some very cold days here. wind chills in the negative range. That with some lake effect snow and drifting will definitely make things interesting here today.

    Happily, things are relatively normal around here. DD seems to be working herself out of her funk with her final semester starting at U of Iowa. DS is really enjoying his classes at Purdue. One of them is on caves, and they get to go on optional weekend field trips to caves in southern Indiana, with a spring break trip to Mammoth Cave. He hasn't been there since he was 12, so that should be fun.

    MLK day is tomorrow. When the kiddos were home and older (middle/high school), we would spend some time talking about his work, and his legacy. One year we also analyzed his speeches, both how they were written and delivered, to determine why they were so powerful. Do you mark the day in your homeschool?

    So, that's what's new for me. What are you and/your kids up to?
    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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    Inmom, Im glad your kids are doing well. Crazy that DD is graduating soon! Ooooh caves! That sounds like fun. We are contemplating a vacation to Southern AZ and NM, (Thanks RTB for reminding me how fun City of Rocks is!) and they have several privately or state run parks with caves in them. (We are holding off on the trip until we see what the government shutdown is looking like... or planning non-national park / monuments. Sorry Carlsbad Caverns!)

    We usually have discussions and look over quotes and speeches for MLK day. Unusually for me, two of his quotes sprang to mind last week - being judged by content of our character and not how we look, and the evil of being a spectator when something isnt right.
    Neither DH nor I label people by ‘color’, and I noticed both my boys gravitated to hair not skin tone to distinguish people of African descent. “That person has hair like (my gymnastics friend (DS13) / my music teacher (DS6))”. They do notice it as a difference, though. Maybe theres so much blending of ethnicities here that grading on skin tone isnt effective?
    I will ponder that, and if Im doing a disservice to my kids by them hearing ethnic designations as only having to do with restaurants.
    Thats all Im up to! (And quilting!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    We usually have discussions and look over quotes and speeches for MLK day. Unusually for me, two of his quotes sprang to mind last week - being judged by content of our character and not how we look, and the evil of being a spectator when something isnt right.
    Neither DH nor I label people by ‘color’, and I noticed both my boys gravitated to hair not skin tone to distinguish people of African descent. “That person has hair like (my gymnastics friend (DS13) / my music teacher (DS6))”. They do notice it as a difference, though. Maybe theres so much blending of ethnicities here that grading on skin tone isnt effective?
    I will ponder that, and if Im doing a disservice to my kids by them hearing ethnic designations as only having to do with restaurants.
    Thats all Im up to! (And quilting!)
    I am located in what we term "Wonder White Bread" Indiana. We're not as bad as other places in the state since we are close to Chicago, but it's pretty bad.

    One of the best lines-funny but true--about ending racism come from comedian Neal Brennen. He thinks we can just F*&% ourselves out of racism, and the current young people can do it. No black or white or asian, but more "taupe" and "khaki" where one can't detect a particular ethnicity at all. (You can find his routine along these lines on Netflix right now).

    He has a point.
    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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    Sounds a fun course for your son InMom. No way I would be signing up for that though. I am so claustrophobic and can't even walk through large old train tunnels let alone go into a cave. I would love to see the Carlsbad Caverns AM but don't know if I would physically be able to do it. Hope you get to go.

    We are not up to much. Still on vacation from school. 2 more weeks. Picked blueberries yesterday at a blueberry farm, and went on a short hike. Today I think I have to give the garden some attention. Otherwise, just a few play dates planned for this week.
    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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    I worked and DD attended a Families Celebrate Africa event today. African dancing, instrument making, story telling, folk sining, crafts, a big display where people added their dreams for the future - you get the idea. It was fun and exhausting.
    DD has her outdoor survival class tomorrow in the windy cold! We pulled out her snow pants and heavy gloves for the first time since we visited family upstate for the holidays. We didn't get any snow here with last weeks storm - just a lot of rain - but the temperature dropped down into single digits.
    One of the benefits to living in NYC is the diversity. So many people are first or second generation Americans. There is a vibrance to it that I never knew growing up in a rural nearly all white Protestant area. There are plenty of things I miss about my home town but the homogeny isn't one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    DS is really enjoying his classes at Purdue. One of them is on caves, and they get to go on optional weekend field trips to caves in southern Indiana, with a spring break trip to Mammoth Cave. He hasn't been there since he was 12, so that should be fun.
    Sounds fun! UNM had a cave exploring class when I was there, but it was a PE class. I miss that about collage - cheapest PE classes you can buy. Where else can you take a 16 week kayaking class for $100?

    Not much new here . . . just. . . January, bleh. School carries on as usual. DS dropped 17 seconds from his 200 yard IM - which is a bunch of time. All the extra practice is paying off, and it was rewarding for him to see that manifest. Plus the allergist moved around his asthma meds, and I think that is helping too - breathing effectively is good

    AM - I'm thinking about summer trips too - winter does that, huh? The kids will be at a summer camp the same time this year - just up outside of Santa Fe, with people I trust, and with my mom nearby. So DH and I are thinking of doing a simple trip just us - we'll see what comes of it.

    Hope everyone has a good week and stay warm!
    Rebecca
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    Sounds fun! UNM had a cave exploring class when I was there, but it was a PE class. I miss that about collage - cheapest PE classes you can buy. Where else can you take a 16 week kayaking class for $100?

    Not much new here . . . just. . . January, bleh. School carries on as usual. DS dropped 17 seconds from his 200 yard IM - which is a bunch of time. All the extra practice is paying off, and it was rewarding for him to see that manifest. Plus the allergist moved around his asthma meds, and I think that is helping too - breathing effectively is good

    AM - I'm thinking about summer trips too - winter does that, huh? The kids will be at a summer camp the same time this year - just up outside of Santa Fe, with people I trust, and with my mom nearby. So DH and I are thinking of doing a simple trip just us - we'll see what comes of it.

    Hope everyone has a good week and stay warm!
    OMG, a 17 second drop for a 200 is HUGE. Way to go for your son! Just curious...do you think the swimming helps with his asthma? As a kid I had a friend who suffered from asthma and went out for cross country. The asthma got much better.

    BTW....my DS needed one more credit hour to keep his total high enough to maintain his scholarships. So the class---bowling. He's enjoying that one too. He's not all that great at it, but he has to admit he's not as bad as a classmate that bowled a 25....total. It's a nice break from his computer science and theoretical math classes he has right before on those days.
    Carol

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    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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    I didn't know it at the time, but when I graduated college I had something like 16 hours of PE - oh my goodness! I took a little bit of everything. I always wish I had taken racquetball, but never got around to it. Bowling sounds great! What a great way to zone out. It can be his hidden talent when he goes out with friends .

    Thank you. I'm really excited for him. Yes, I think the swimming helps with the asthma. He almost never feels like he is having problems when he swims. I think the moist, warm air is helpful. I have exercise induced asthma and the cold, dry air is a big trigger for me.
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    WOW! That 17 sec drop is amazing. Congratulations to him!!
    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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    Hello all!

    I'm still around Things are getting a little more interesting over here. My little guy is 21 months now, running all over the place, and this week he seems to be picking up several words a day! I'm just so amazed every time he repeats a word he hears and I keep thinking "OMG, he's an actual little person!" Maybe that sounds weird haha, or maybe "y'all" (I've been living in Georgia too long!) know what I mean.

    The other day, I found a printable color matching game thing. I bought a laminator and started doing some laminating! I think it was more learning for me than anything else, finding and creating materials.

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