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    Happy March!

    Not much new around here. DH and I had our Mardi Gras party. As always, lots of fun, but we were EXHAUSTED afterwards. We chopped, diced, cooked, and baked for 2.5 days straight to prep. We both agree we will cut back a bit next year on the food!

    Spring is almost here, but one wouldn't know it based on the temperatures. We've not been much above 20 degrees, with wind chills lower than that. I'm very much ready for warm breezes, tulips, and daffodils.

    The homeschooled high school students I work with are getting "squirrelly." I can tell we are nearing the end of our school year--about 5 weeks left of classes. On the other hand, I'm already making plans for next year. I think I'll keep Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, and add a Trig and Statistics class. May not offer physics next year as I don't have enough kids interested. It IS fun seeing the same kids year to year progress through the levels of math. It reminds me of when I taught in a smaller public high school and I would teach the same kids, in different courses, many times.

    How is life and schooling in your neck of the woods?
    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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    Glad the party went well!

    It has been dreamy around here - sunshine, 60s, and little to no wind. Normally March is awful around here, but it is off to a good start so far!

    We started our outdoor science class again. I really think having one day a week outside, surrounded by pines, and taught by someone else has saved my sanity this year. Normally, I'm feeling pretty toasty about now. We end up taking a 2 week spring break, and then slog through the remainder of the year. I'm looking forward to our spring break, but I don't feel we are in dire need of it.

    It looks like we'll be able to wrap up a few curriculum / courses that we've been working on this year. I don't really mind carrying over course work from year to year (we only take Memorial Day thru the 4th off), but I love when I can officially call it done!
    Rebecca
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    Your party sounds amazing but exhausting Inmom. Maybe in future you could do it like a potluck and everyone who is invited brings a dish to contribute? Even if they do like sides and desserts and you do mains. Then it is not all on you.

    It has been really hot here the past few days. About 80-ish °F. So I think we are set to have a warm and dry autumn.

    My horse riding lesson this week was on one of the hottest days and so tiring! I only got to walk for one lap, and then straight into trot and canter for the rest of the lesson. I have just started learning to canter again (first time since I was about 8 years old) and I find it quite mentally exhausting, as well as physically. All the things I have to concentrate on with position and aids for steering are amplified at higher speed. I did end up cantering 2.5 full laps of the arena without stopping though, so that pleased my instructor. We are only on my 5th lesson back since I stopped mid-Oct last year, and her aim for me this term (10 weeks), was to get me cantering up just one side of the arena.

    Helping at therapy riding sessions is going well. DD10 and I go for 4 h one morning per week. I help with the session when and where they need me, and DD10 goes and does chores in the paddocks and has breaks to do some school work (she takes reading, Beast Academy, and an ipod loaded with interesting podcasts) when she gets tired. Yesterday was the first time I got to help her with chores, and it was great to see her so confident and happy to do these jobs that many others would find gross (picking up horse poo, cleaning out water troughs etc.). She also taught me how to clean out the water troughs and was such a patient and encouraging teacher ("your doing so well mum, that's a great job" etc.). It was very sweet.

    Otherwise we are just settling into our year and getting back into after school activities that have just started up again. DD10 still has ballet and jazz for dance, and cello and ukulele for music. She also picked up orchestra for cello this year. It adds another 45 min onto her music lesson time, but it is all pretty one after the other (15–20 min break between each class) on one day, and she is happy to do it. We are also going to try out a cello instructor via Skype. Having a meet and greet with her this afternoon. DD's current cello lessons are great because they are cheap ($200 for the entire year) and include cello hire, but not the best in terms of instruction. There is only one other in her class and they move at a different pace, so DD is champing at the bit to go ahead and they practice the same song week after week. So I am hoping that cello Skype lessons will be a good supplement. Means I don't have to drive anywhere or try fit another after school activity in anyway!

    DD5 is just doing one iceskating lesson at the moment. Trying to decide what to do for a second thing for her. She was at athletics but became bored with that, and has been through beginner ballet/music and movement (not real dance according to her and she will try it again when she is older) and gymnastics (too structured). I could take her to another ice skating lesson or we could try a different type of dance or violin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    We started our outdoor science class again. I really think having one day a week outside, surrounded by pines, and taught by someone else has saved my sanity this year.
    Your outdoor science class sounds great. Is it just for homeschoolers? And who runs it? I wish we had something like that here. Just one day a week would be great, and two would be amazing, for us all to have a break from each other. DD5 would be happy homeschooling then I think.

    DH gets to go on sabbatical some time in the near future. He accrues some time towards it each year. I think he has about 3 months right now, and will have 6 months by next year. So we are trying to figure out a place we could go that has a more hybrid homeschooling model or education days that homeschool kids can participate in. If we come to the US, I have looked at Austin, Portland, or we could go somewhere in CA.
    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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    Yay for successful parties!

    We are going on vacation to Tucson in a couple weeks - *I* want to make a day out for going to City of Rocks and Gila Cliff Dwelling - but DH doesnt want to drive that far. (Plus we would get to drive by THE THING roadside attraction.) But we will visit Tombstone, and the Air n Space museum, and the Titan Missile Silo museum.... so I hope we can also sneak some naturey outdoor sightseeing too. (Colossal Caves is on our list, but doesnt really count as out in nature.) We are taking Grama with us (she hasnt gone on vacations since Grampa died), and trying out staying at an Airbnb. Fingers crossed! Im also looking forward to some good food! The last time I was in Tucson (March 2001), I had the yummiest chicken mole ever in my life. Mexican food is so different there than in San Diego!

    Other than that, we are trucking along. DS enjoyed Midsummer Nights Dream - we read through about half of it, then I relaxed and we just watched a couple different productions of it. Having the No Fear version in print really helped.

    I just finished a quilt shop hop today, so Im all excited and motivated to create. I have a strange affinity for bird and flower applique patterns, even though Im not really a bird and flowery kinda gal. Also for the “wool primative” style of quilting, but I am not a “straw hat and rocking chair” kind of person either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    I have a strange affinity for bird and flower applique patterns, even though Im not really a bird and flowery kinda gal. Also for the “wool primative” style of quilting, but I am not a “straw hat and rocking chair” kind of person either.
    Bird and flower applique patterns make me think of this recipe book that I got out simply because I was drawn to the cover. No idea if that is actually what you mean by flower applique. What is wool primative?
    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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    Thank you and everyone for all of the posts. I will be starting the homeschooling journey in July officially but finally am researching curriculum options for my special needs child. Everyday is busy!

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    Oooh! Neat looking cookbook! That would be more complicated, but yes its what has been appealing to me. Art Nouveau is pretty close to what I like too.
    If you do an image search for “primative folk art wool applique” you can see how felted wool is stitched onto a background. My aesthetic really isnt so country-ish, though.

    I bought this quilt pattern, and am super tempted to start it... in a colorway more suited to my tastes.
    https://www.amazon.com/Bullerswood-Q.../dp/B00JEIE1DG
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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