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    @ Carol - Maybe I should have given you a 'hug' over a like! That is crazy!
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    Roll Call, 1/27
    Text exchange with my DD at 5 am today.

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    It's weird hearing one's house pop and snap as it is contracting in the cold.
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    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    Roll Call, 1/27
    So here is an afternoon with my homeschooled six year old...

    On the drive home from picking up plank flooring from a local store that was on sale...

    6yo: What's for dinner?

    Me: Burgers and waffle fries

    6yo: What are waffle fries?

    Me: The ones like they serve at Chick-Fil-A

    6yo: So where are they?

    Me: Where are what?

    6yo: The waffle fries.

    Me: In the freezer.

    6yo: How cold is the freezer?

    Me: Below freezing... which is why it's called a freezer...

    6yo: Well it is freezing outside...

    Me: It's 40 degrees outside according to the thermometer on the car. That close to the same temperature as the refrigerator not the freezer, the freezer is colder.

    6yo: What would happen if the fridge was 50 degrees?

    Me: Then the food would start to spoil because that is too warm to keep food from spoiling.

    6yo: What would happen if it was 100 degrees?

    Me: The food would start cooking, that's really hot.

    6yo: What happens if it was 1000 degrees?

    Me: The only way it would get that hot is if it were on fire. The oven doesn't even get that hot if it's not on fire.

    6yo: What about the microwave? How hot does it get?

    Me: It doesn't use heat to cook. It uses microwaves to get the water molecules in the food moving and that makes friction and you already know that friction makes heat so the heat from the friction makes the food gets warm.

    6yo: Yeah I still don't get it. (with a sly grin that says he really did get it, he just didn't understand everything that I said which I expected)

    Me: Maybe we can see if there is a video on Mystery Science about microwaves.

    6yo: Ok... wait will we get to make a microwave?!?!

    Me: (lol) I seriously doubt the experiment will be making your own microwave but maybe they can better explain what microwaves are than I can.


    This is why I homeschool. I love hearing the excitement at learning for learning's sake and how asking what is for dinner turns into a simple physics discussion. And just FYI, Mystery Science doesn't have a microwave video that I can find but Aumsum channel on Youtube did. He spent about an hour this morning watching the various science videos on that Youtube channel of his own accord.

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    @MapleHill - I love that! I miss the conversations with kids that age.
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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

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    Roll Call, 1/27
    I love the pinto and the appy too!

    Hah! It’s “cold” here, too! Because the only hearing of “vortexes” (vortices?) was from nu-age stuff in Sedona (which I will admit is a magical place), my initial reaction to the news that “the polar vortex was moving” came as a WTF moment. A little National Geographic sorted me out.
    Its so cold that the addition of my winter shirts makes my Kondo-folded shirt drawer look overfull (because some days I am still in tank tops). (Some are missing. I dont trust myself to have less in case I dont wash for weeks. The shelf above has DH clothes - he likes his clothes stacked on top of each other. )
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    We made naan today! Cooking with yeast has always been creepy for me, I shared with DS6 that we were making naan with “zombie bugs” in it. He was interested, and took it in stride, until the yeast was soaking in warm water, and he cried out “I see its face!” as weird brown scum floated up to the surface. “Now its a spider!” He loved it, and then the naan turned out okay, too. (We used it as pita bread for avocado-cream cheese “sandwiches”.) Maybe next time I will add how we are eating the zombie bugs’ farts, poops, and sex juices. Creepy. Its an aspect of food Id rather not think about.
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    Looks like the backside of naan to me!
    And I think that counts as “science”?

    Oh, my tomato hedges are just regular cherry tomato plants from Lowes or Home Depot. I did give them a dose of MiracleGro but that was when they were tiny. I cut them way back a couple months ago, that progress is nullified by now. And one day, I will have plentiful citrus growing in my yard.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Dh and ds have informed me that I must make naan again lol! I miss just being able to get it from the curry restaurant in Japan. Neither, dh or ds like curry but they love naan bread. That's ok, more curry for me :-D

    Yeast isn't so bad, but I love making bread. But arthritis in my hands is making it hard to knead by hand. I have a bread machine that I pretty much only use the dough cycle. Dump everything in, turn it on, 90 minutes later, it just needs to be punched down, shaped and allowed to rise again if needed before baking. Easy peasy.

    Inmom, ds is the youngest of six kids so I'm savoring every last minute of these conversations. I remember my oldest asking these types of questions and it just makes me wonder where the heck these past 15 years went! My oldest turns 21 in May... the days really are long but the years are extremely short. :-(

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    That was a darling story, MapleHill! Yes, these conversations and learning opportunities are the best parts of homeschooling (maybe parenting in general). Workbooks really arent the things that make memories!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Hi to Fairymegs. Welcome back to homeschooling! What is CR, Costa Rica? The private school option of just going for some classes sounds great. I wish we had that, my DD5 would love it. She really needs some regularly time around other kids in a class environment and time away from her older sister, but she also enjoys homeschooling. Here in NZ its all or nothing. If you homeschool, you are completely out of the school system and cannot access it for anything. And if you are at school, you legally have to attend and are only allowed nine days of "unexplained absences" (i.e., anything that is not illness) before they get antsy. So, DD5 is at school. She starts back Mon

    We are on a late Jan/early Feb to mid Dec school year with four approximately 10 week terms, three mid-term breaks of 2 weeks, and a summer break of approximately 6 weeks. We usually follow the same dates as public school for DD10's homeschool because there are lots of activities to join in with during the term breaks and most of her close friends are public schoolers so we can do play dates then.
    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).

    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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    Oh such a cute story Maple.

    I miss that stuff about homeschooling DD5. The little sparkle in their eye and how you just about see their little brains whirring away. Sadly, as life is right now, I don't really see how I can homeschool her again. DD10 is just really volatile at the moment, and I can see why DD5 does not want to be at home.

    Naan yum! That is so funny about seeing faces in the yeast AM. Do other microorganisms freak you out (e.g., all the ones that make yogurt, cheese, kefir, and kombucha, or that live on our skin or in our gut) or just yeast?

    Inmmom, I just can't read those temps. I am in denial that anywhere can be that cold. It makes me feel cold to even think about it. I wish you a long, hot summer when it comes.
    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).

    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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    All the microorganism foods gross me out, conceptually. You wanna do WHAT to your tea? Why!? Moldy cheese? Gross! Somehow rennin (cow digestive enzyme) doesnt curdle my stomach. And I love eating yeasty bread, and adding yogurt or sour cream to food... but cooking with it crosses some psychological line (that Im working on). Trendy fermented foods have no appeal to me, Im safe from kimchi and kombucha. Next theyll probably be fermenting quinoa and acai / gogi berries.
    Other things that turn me are the yellow food dyes made from petroleum (its Petroly-yummy!) or the “natural” red made from beetle exoskeletons.
    Weird, I know!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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