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    Default Roll Call, 10/16

    I'd say time flies when you're having fun, but this year, time just seems to get away from me.

    How are all of you?!?!?!?

    Anyone "doing" Halloween this year? I decorated a bit but will not have any trick or treaters. We are sufficiently out in the country that we never do anyway, so the COVID year doesn't really affect that. In the towns nearby, trick or treating is being held, but with modifications.

    My state and local areas are still seeing increases in COVID (local positivity rate around 10%), so that's disheartening.

    DH and I are headed out this morning for early voting and to get flu shots. Civic duty prevails!

    I am now 7 weeks into my physics and math classes for homeschoolers. We have been in-person. Five of the weeks, we had classes outside, with masks. We are now in my sunroom, with masks. In the sunroom, I can manage about 5 feet apart between non-sibling students. I keep the windows slightly open (with it's own heat system cranked if needed) for airflow. The sunroom has it's own entrance and I can close it off from the rest of the house. The students have been good about masks. If they forget, I have disposable for them. They also sanitize their table area and chairs when done, and I do again after they leave.

    Protocols aside, the classes are going really well. I'm really enjoying teaching the hands-on physics class. For each 2-hour class period a week, they do one or two labs each time.

    I'm finally back to running. About 5 weeks ago I gave it a try after my 6-week surgery rest and PT, but bruised a tendon. Four more weeks of rest. But it now seems good!

    Homeschool universe, what is new with you?
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    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    We will do something for Halloween, even though it is completely out of season for us here and not part of our history, but the kids like it. We do not usually go trick or treating but will see what there is on.

    DD12 just started an online forensic science course (run by a NZ ex-high school science teacher and ex-homeschooler), and is enjoying that. I just payed for an online art class for kids about bugs run by Carla Sonheim for DD7 to do.

    We just had our election here in NZ and I am super happy with the results. I split my vote (party vote to Greens and electorate vote to Labor) and it worked out well as both the person I voted for in our electorate got in and the Green party got over the 5% threshold to have seats in parliament.

    Otherwise, not up to much of interest. All the usual horse riding (me), ballet (DD12), cello (DD12), aerial silk (DD7) activities during the term. Looking forward to the end of the year. We are potentially getting a puppy (Irish terrier) in mid Dec. Keeping an eye out for new houses to move to as our main neighbour—our property actually borders eight others but this is the one we see the most—is a new person that is rather annoying (smokes a lot outside so if we are in the front garden we can smell it, lets her preschooler play unsupervised in the car and he toots the horn etc.).
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    Ooooh Glad to hear from you, InMom!

    And Hi NZMama! We posted at the same time! Congrats on the election results! Such sanity your country seems to have.

    Things are pretty much same old same old with homeschooling the boys.

    I do think Im a bit stressed about either the election or covid.... dont know whats worse! Id sort of just like to wake up at the end of January.

    No trick or treating this year - way too much covid here for our liking.

    We will be getting our mail in ballots any day now. In person voting starts Oct 31, and I think thats the route I will take, provided lines arent outrageous (I dont really expect that they would be). Ive never trusted that mail in ballots get counted (No rational reason for this, just the feeling of sending my vote into the ether.), and I dont even like electronic voting (no guarantee what im tapping is whats being recorded - again, perhaps irrational). The last several elections have all been using sharpies on a big ballot - easy for me to see, easy to verify. (In San Diego, we will have to surrender our mail in ballot to vote in person, or vote “provisionally”.)

    Anyways, I hope things are going well with the other shs-ers.
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    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Hi all!

    Sounds like the classes are going well Inmom, speedy knee recovery. NZ, sounds like it is going well! I'm with you, AM, sleep till January.

    Not much new for us. The weather is still nice, so we are outside a bunch. DS - high school swim team is postponed. Club swim team, don't ask me what is going on with that. Groups are limited to 5, but they seem to still be having practice. DS has not been going because I don't want him to. DD is doing well. She got into the DBT therapy program we had been waiting for, so far so good. We are on the count down to her Bat Mitzvah, which will be on Zoom, one month to go! We all are looking forward to wrapping that up. School is good. We are really liking the Oak Meadow classes we picked this year, I'd use them again and for the first time ever I don't feel the need to modify everything.

    Definitely have covid fatigue going on. We stay pretty isolated. For the most part this matches everyone's personality just fine, but it would be nice to see friends a little more frequently or be out and about more. We do have a camping trip to White Sands and City of Rocks scheduled for the end of October. Our little camping trailer has a bathroom, so we can manage the trip while staying isolated. We are really looking forward to it!
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    Oh! City of Rocks!! (And White Sands) Both were on our spring 2020 vacation itinery.... we were going to be staying in Las Cruces (even had the airbnb reserved.)
    Share pictures, please! And tell me if CoR is still windswept and desolate, and a ton of fun to wander around the giant boulders, please.
    And of course, I hope you have a great time.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    We do have a camping trip to White Sands and City of Rocks scheduled for the end of October. Our little camping trailer has a bathroom, so we can manage the trip while staying isolated. We are really looking forward to it!
    Yes, please share pics. We went to White Sands about 4 years ago....in July.....it was 105. I'm sure October is much better.
    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I made the move over to Homeschool Leftovers, and started a Roll Call there. Hope to see you all!

    (Or at least I'm in the process...it wants to keep kicking me out. But I'll get to the bottom of it! )
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    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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