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    Phew! Where did the time go? My apologizes for dropping the ball on Roll Call. (A poet and didn't know it!)

    Those of you in the path of hurricanes and wild fires have been in my thoughts. I can't imagine having to deal with those on top of everything else. Let us know if there is anything we can help with from afar.

    Personally, I've been dealing with some general health issues, but right now the docs are thinking it's not as bad as they initially thought. Waiting on the results of some last lab tests. On the good side, I'm 6 weeks past my knee surgery and I ran a 5K this week......over the course of 3 days. But it feels good to be going a bit faster than a walk, even if it is hot and humid out.

    My first week of math and physics classes start next week. With all of the precautions taken (masks, distancing, disinfecting), I feel pretty good about 4 of the 5 classes, because there are only 2 or 3 kids in each. The physics class, though, has 8 kids. Right now we will have class outside, with masks on. But eventually we will have to move inside. I used to use a classroom we set up in the basement. However, I will use my sun room this year, since it has its own entrance, can be closed off from the house, and has it's own heating system. The downside is that I can only get the kids 5 feet apart, not 6. But the families all know that. I have one kid who will join via Zoom. It will certainly be different!

    How is life in your part of the world? New homeschoolers, how is it going?

    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    School start has been delayed until Sept. 14 in our area, and we’re still waiting on safety measure details for local schools. One of the Band schools released their numbers and will have less than 50% of enrolled students returning, which was a bit of a shock. Other schools are getting nervous about enrollment numbers (and associated funding).

    DD16 will be going to the local HS on a quarter system (2 classes at a time) within a 50% in person, 50% distance model. She’s a little nervous about getting the courses she wants for G11, as there will be fewer offerings. On the upside, she’s out of the closet! So wonderful. When your kid is closeted, your kind of stuck in there with them, supporting and waiting. It is good to be out.

    DS9 is adamant that he won’t return to PS. He tried it for one year and it wasn’t a good fit. We ordered our homeschool supplies last spring and picked up his ‘indoor’ shoes last week, so we’re ready either way. He’s itching to get back at speed skating, which will move ahead on a staggered schedule.

    All the discussion around benefits of outdoor learning has created a huge spike in requests to the outdoor ed charity I run. It’s a little overwhelming, but I’m zooming my butt off and doing my best.
    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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    It's been a few years since I've been on the forum, but I found my way back . I'm Andrea, and I'm an American currently living in Belgium. My 19 year old son graduated this spring, but is continuing self-education at home for now. I've been homeschooling my 12 year old son from the beginning, and this year we have a pretty robust course-load. Since we can't really do any activities, we're focusing our energy on learning at home.

    Carol, you must be pretty committed to run on a healing knee! I'm toying with the idea of doing a Couch to 5K program this year. I've never been a runner, and was previously too heavy to really do it safely, but I've been at a healthy weight for a couple of years so I figure I should give it a try... although I have lots of excuses.

    After months of staying home, we're starting to do some little field trips. Last weekend we went to a Nazi concentration camp, and this weekend we are going to an art museum. Belgians take the mask mandate seriously, so I feel pretty safe with the precautions.

    Solong, my kids have/had no interest in PS. I've brought up the option of at least trying electives there, but there is no interest. My ds12 just asks why we should change anything if what we are doing is working. He doesn't care about the social aspect at all and just sees it as limiting his freedoms. Can't really disagree with him, plus I would hate to be limited by the school schedule. So it looks like we are in this for the long haul.
    Andrea in Belgium

    DS 12: AoPS math, History of US, HST Physical Science, Spanish for Children, Novel-Ties literature units, Easy Grammar, Essentials in Writing, Vocab from Classical Roots, Art of Argument, American Government, Economics, Health ....

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    Inmom - sounds like you have a great plan for your classes! Glad you are able to start running again.

    Going with the covid flow around here - meaning we get a routine and then the rules change a bit and we get a new routine.

    The organization we usually take our outdoor science class through is still offering in person classes. The plan was for the kids to gather for a little bit for teaching (outside) and then go on the trail with their parents vs. as a group with the instructor. DD didn't think that sounded very fun, so we are skipping this semester.

    DS is still swimming, one kid per lane, but his age group is being moved to the pool at the Air Force Base. I'll need to pack snacks and have a full tank of gas to get there - not really, but it's far from where we live. DS is not hot on this idea, since before he could walk or ride his bike to practice. But, not to be a downer, I wouldn't be surprised if in a couple of months swim is totally shut down, so I think this is temporary anyway. I've had to delay the start of A&P, because I bought the wrong book - doh! Now I have to wait for the correct, used book to come via USPS (ugh) - so hopefully we'll start by November lol.

    We recently went camping and what a treat that was! Cool temps, complete and easy social distancing. It was nice not wearing a mask for several days and not thinking about it (we have to wear masks here when outside too, but with nobody else around we skipped them). We have plans for a few more trips in early fall. DD and I have been walking to a cafe about a mile from us on Mondays and having coffee on their big, tree filled, outdoor patio. It is usually pretty empty and sitting on a patio with an Americano feels very old-normal and it's a nice way to start our week. I pulled my summer garden and planted stuff for a fall one - kale, chard, beets, turnips, lettuce.
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