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    My apologies for being AWOL a bit. Between shoveling our drive and our neighbor's drive after snow falls, tutoring, and my math classes, the days seem to have run away from me.

    DH and I had a not-so-romantic but still enjoyable Valentines Day dinner at a Legion fish fry with our navy veteran neighbors, 30 years older than we are. They have been an extra set of grandparents for our kids, and we've gotten quite close over the almost 20 years we've been neighbors.

    DH and I are prepping for our annual Mardi Gras party. So much good food and friends--neighbors, college friends, homeschooling parents, a coworker or two. AND our son is coming home for the weekend from Purdue with his girlfriend to join us!

    I've been planning out my class schedule for homeschoolers for next year. It looks like I'll be offering five courses: algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, stat/trig, and physics. Surprisingly, the physics class is larger than all the rest! (so far....). DH wants me to take it virtual, but I'm not so sure. I like the interaction with the kids. Plus, I can tell when my students are loosing focus if I can actually see them slowly slouching in their chair with a glazed look on their faces.

    Do your kids take outside classes that are not computer based?
    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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    What's on the menu Inmom? Your menus always sound so tasty! Sounds like you are super busy with all your classes.

    We have yet to do an online class, but DD has her eye on a few Outschool classes. We'd like to start with something fun and easy, to see if we like the format. DD takes an in-person science class. DS didn't want to take any classes at the local high school, but will start classes at the local community college a year from now (or that's the plan). It's hard to find in person classes around here, most of the programs around here are religious or for younger kids (early elementary school).

    I started feeling the late winter slump - that when you'd really rather be doing anything else, other than homeschooling feeling. But in 2 weeks, we have a 4 day weekend scheduled, which we are all looking forward to. I tried to be proactive this year and schedule a handful of 3 or 4 day weekends in the spring. I've been doing this long enough that you would think I could be more fluid with my breaks and just take them when we need them, but I don't trust myself to be that disciplined (I worry we'd take all of February off - haha!), so I still feel like I need to schedule them.

    We also decided not to do a second semester .5 credit course, which we did in the fall. DS and I decided to spend more time on biology labs this semester. He said he'd rather work on the .5 credit over the summer. It's nice as he gets older, school feels more fluid, and the idea of 'summer school' does not seem like a big deal as long as it is an hour or so max a day.

    DD finally made it through a whole swim practice almost exactly one month after being in the hospital without taking a break - so hooray! Small victories. Her goal is to be 100% by the end of April, which seems reasonable.

    I've been walking in the mornings, now that it is cold (temps in the 30s) vs. freezing as well as lighter in the mornings. I've noticed the birds are extra vocal lately - so hopefully spring is on the way!
    Rebecca
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    Roll Call, 2/18
    At least February is almost over!
    We are in “Ski Week” where the schools get the week off. DS14 has been taking classes at the charter’s learning center, so having him home for the week is a holiday for me not driving back and forth.
    Inmom always seems to have such yummy inspired food parties!

    And yay for your daughter being back in the pool RTB!

    I’ve been making baby quilts seemingly nonstop since December.... three quilts with no advance notice that a baby was imminent! (Two were hubbys coworkers wives, one was my friend who adopted.)
    I really enjoy making them, but feel stressed when I dont find out until after the baby is born... I feel like Im late.
    Heres the latest one, shipping once I beg a shipping box off a neighbor (or buy stuff from Amazon).
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    Also, puttering and recovering from that marathon, I finally finished off my “Happy Duck Pond” wallhanging. (All I had to do was put the outside binding on it.) Lots of applique, thats what I love!
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    Thats all Ive been up to!

    We only tried t4l as an online course... and it was a disaster in that nothing was learned. Whether that was due to the quality of the program or my son’s lack of self discipline, I dont know.
    I think some kids will learn no matter what the presentation is, and others wont. Online learning takes the self-discipline and motivation. I think it depends on the kids!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Beautiful work AM!
    Rebecca
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    So happy your daughter is doing better, RTB. Also, the birds seem extra chirpy around here as well, even yesterday when the high temp was 10!

    We only tried t4l as an online course... and it was a disaster in that nothing was learned. Whether that was due to the quality of the program or my son’s lack of self discipline, I dont know.
    I think some kids will learn no matter what the presentation is, and others wont. Online learning takes the self-discipline and motivation. I think it depends on the kids!
    We didn't try online learning until high school, and even then, we were less than thrilled. Both kids did an 8 week TFL SAT essay writing prep course (back when the SAT essay portion was mandatory). Turned out to be something I could have done with them, in terms of teacher feedback. Each kid did one course through Indiana Univ High School online--one took Women in Lit, the other Art Appreciation. Both were better than TFL, but still only ok. DS took a MOOC that was AP Computer Science. He already knew the content, but I had him take it just to have outside verification of what he knew. It was a decent course, though.

    I think outside courses in person are still better, but even the quality of those vary greatly. Locally, a retired teacher offers chem classes, listed as having labs. But then he decides more often than not to have the labs, because it just takes too much effort. I know the kids are disappointed (some are in my math classes); I hope the parents are as well.
    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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    What's on the menu Inmom? Your menus always sound so tasty!
    DH spends a lot of time putting the menu together--some stand by recipes and some new ones every year. Luckily, most of these we can make a day or two ahead so that keeps us from cooking all day Saturday.

    Appetizers: Hot Crawfish Dip, Shrimp Toulouse, fluffy cornbread drizzled in honey

    Entrees: Okra creole & Mardi Gras salad (peas, beans, pepper, onion, celery, pimentos in a vinegar/oil dressing)

    Mains: Chicken & Andouillie Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Catfish Latunache (catfish with a sweet shrimp sauce)

    Dessert: King Cake Bread Pudding (we order the cake from a New Orleans bakery) and home-made pralines.

    ....and of course Hurricanes for drinks!

    So.....of to work on some more food!!
    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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    RTB, are you still working with the refugees?
    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 inmom View Post
    RTB, are you still working with the refugees?
    The work slowed way down and evolved into a different type of project after the Remain in Mexico stuff. I haven't been working with the group lately, because I've been extra busy. I haven't mentioned here yet, but I'm having an adult Bat Mitzvah in April. I didn't have one as a kid, because I'm a convert to Judaism. Anyway learning to read Hebrew and chant Torah, on top of first year high school, and helping my daughter get ready for her Bat Mitzvah (in November) - let's say I have more gray hair. Anyway, I was at a dinner party last night with the woman who heads the program, so I'm still in touch with the group, and hopefully after April I can get back involved.

    Hope your party went well! Everything sounds delicious.
    Rebecca
    DS 14, DD 12
    Year 8

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