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    How is everybody?!? The heat broke here for a while, so I've been madly catching up on yard work. We may actually get some produce out of the garden after all. We weren't sure since we got planted so late because of all the spring rains. Driving to Iowa City, we noticed that many, many farm fields were just never planted through the northern part of Illinois.

    Moved DD into a new place this weekend. House-mates seem nice, neighborhood is safe. And there is the communal house cat, which is always a plus for my daughter.

    I saw some back-to-school displays in the stores locally. Are some of you already back to academics? Never stopped? What's new for you?
    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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    Awww man, is it back to school time already? Im vacationing from it, I guess.
    Last week one of my Pokemon friends asked me if there was some one tip that made decluttering and housecleaning easy (apparently as a housewife, Im supposed to know these things!). “Try everything, and then when what was working stops, try everything again.” was the best advice I had for her, but I did give her links to the flylady and apartment therapy sites.
    I learned about flylady from here, and thought she was a little crazy insisting on being dressed to shoes first thing in the morning. Anyways, Julys habit is a daily bathroom cleaning.... and Im absolutely astonished at how happy its made me! Ive done it every other day, and I find myself doing a little bit extra, too. Less than 5 minutes of work, and my bathroom might pass as my mother-in-law’s! Maybe I just wasnt ready for flylady last time I was working on improving my housekeeping. (Still gonna be barefoot!)
    So thats me right now - the pinnacle of achievement for the past couple weeks has been sparkling clean toilets, countertops, and mirrors.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    So thats me right now - the pinnacle of achievement for the past couple weeks has been sparkling clean toilets, countertops, and mirrors.
    You're doing better than I am in terms of housecleaning. And I agree, barefoot in the house all the way!
    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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    My favorite cleaning/tidy things that seem to keep our house tidy are that everything has a place and you put things away when you are finished with it. Also, if things do get left out, I do 5 or 10 min of relocation. Whatever room I am in, I pick up 1–3 things that don't belong there and go put them away. Then, in the room I finish in, I repeat, and keep repeating until I have run out of things or am bored.

    I don't think I could do daily bathroom cleaning. I would really like to do daily vacuuming but never have time to do the whole house. At the most I get 1–2 rooms done each day. Our house gets a lot of dirt in it from dog, kids, and being round horses.

    We go barefoot or wear socks/slippers inside. I can't stand wearing shoes inside, I just feel its dirty, and I don't like wearing shoes all the time either.

    We are back to school work after our 2-week break. Only on our first week so not much to comment on.
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    I did the best thing for myself and bought a Roomba. I liked it so much, I bought a second one. I have them set to vacuum every night at 9 PM. I wake up to a clean house every morning and it is heaven. They are part of my plan to keep my sanity as both kids start totally different educational paths this next year. I've read Fly Lady and I use some of her tips. I wipe down the bathroom twice a week and it keeps it tidy. But, @AM, when I had the house full of boys in June - eeww, yep a daily wipe down was a must!

    I have apples ready - and no time to deal with them. Isn't that the way it works every time! DD made a couple of state times in swim - so Friday and Saturday will be spent at the state meet a couple of hours from here. The kids are off to camp for a week starting on Sunday. Then DH and I are headed down to the boarder (TX / Mexico) for a rally for asylum seekers. I'll spend the rest of the week adding in all the other school subjects and we'll start for real on the 5th.

    NM just clarified the law on HSers participating in public school activities and it's good news. Kids can take up to 3 classes at the local high school / year. Our local school offers several levels of forensic science (once you have finished biology and chemistry) - which is great because DS wants to work in law enforcement.
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    RTB, congrats to your kids for their swimming times! I'm in awe of swimming athletes--it's almost like they are flying.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    NM just clarified the law on HSers participating in public school activities and it's good news. Kids can take up to 3 classes at the local high school / year. Our local school offers several levels of forensic science (once you have finished biology and chemistry) - which is great because DS wants to work in law enforcement.
    That is amazing! I wish they would do something like that here, but they just seem to dig their heels in more in the opposite direction (how many things can we exclude homeschoolers from?). Even things like school-level sports competitions. I was reading one the other day about cycling and a homeschooled child had placed in some races but was not eligible to actually have the place or receive a medal because they were homeschooled. So mean!

    What different educational paths are your kids taking this year?

    (Also the Roomba sounds great but they are like $1000 here and that is so many horse riding lessons. They have two at DD's ballet studio and love them)
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    I did the best thing for myself and bought a Roomba. I liked it so much, I bought a second one. I have them set to vacuum every night at 9 PM. I wake up to a clean house every morning and it is heaven.
    DH has a co-worker with two large puppies. While the owners were away at work one day, the puppies, being contained in a carpeted basement, couldn't wait until their owners came home, and pooped in the basement. Unfortunately, the owners had programmed the Roomba to work. I guess the result was quite a mess. To top it off, the dogs had chewed through the electrical cord for their carpet steam cleaner.....
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    That is amazing! I wish they would do something like that here, but they just seem to dig their heels in more in the opposite direction (how many things can we exclude homeschoolers from?). Even things like school-level sports competitions. I was reading one the other day about cycling and a homeschooled child had placed in some races but was not eligible to actually have the place or receive a medal because they were homeschooled. So mean!
    NZ_Mama, in the U.S. it all depends on locality. In our state, homeschooler participation in schools and extracurricular activities is totally left up to each school district. My local one is very anti-homeschool, while others allow quite a bit of participation.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    What different educational paths are your kids taking this year?

    (Also the Roomba sounds great but they are like $1000 here and that is so many horse riding lessons. They have two at DD's ballet studio and love them)
    It is just not going to work well to lump them together this year. They have very different personalities, interests, and learning styles. Keeping them on the same path just leads to bickering. DD in particular needs her own stuff this year - so she will be doing Build Your Library 7. I'd like DS to start a more of a formal approach, since he is in high school.

    $1K Wow! You'll have to put it on your list to buy if you all sabbatical in the States!

    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    DH has a co-worker with two large puppies. While the owners were away at work one day, the puppies, being contained in a carpeted basement, couldn't wait until their owners came home, and pooped in the basement. Unfortunately, the owners had programmed the Roomba to work. I guess the result was quite a mess. To top it off, the dogs had chewed through the electrical cord for their carpet steam cleaner.....
    Ugh gross!!!! But, DS thinks that's hysterical.
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