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    I see you live in Richmond VA. MCT is presenting on Friday 11 March at William and Mary and the organisers of the Curriculum Network Conference have agreed a special rate (though it's $50 and we have not been able to persuade them to lower it), for homeschoolers for his session. And this is if they get enough takers. And keep in touch if you would like to meet MCT there.

    2. You wrote about MCT and we'd love to use it with your permission, on the website and in the homeschool brochure. If you agree, let me know how you would wish it to be attributed. This was it:

    "many parents learn a LOT from going through the program. Plus its really a great read! Some of the books started with an example of using socratic questioning in a classroom - I think discussing the materials with your child is really a significant part of it. This is the only subject we are really doing this way and I feel like it is the richest part of our homeschool experience. "

    Rachel, Royal Fireworks Press
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    Seems you are the only "senior" member in Virginia. I'm new to homeschooling and the teen years! Hoping to build support and friendships with others.
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    Hi, Cara! Hope you have a great day! (Read your post about dealing with a bi-polar child. Pretty sure my daughter has the same thing. Her father does, so we have lived with mental illness for a long time. A tough road to say the least!) So I am sending happy thoughts your way! Here's hoping for a happy day for you and yours and happy days to come!
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Mom to 3, homeschooling 17 yo boy and 10 yo boy, very eclectic, food issues and some behavioral issues . . . lots of challenges.


Cara, homeschooling one
Raven, ds 10, all around intense kid
Orion, floundering recent graduate
22 yo dd, not at home
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Cara's weekly panic 25 December, 2009

by dbmamaz on 12-25-2010 at 11:03 AM
Originally posted in the forums on Nov 28, 2009, but one responder suggested it would make a good blog post - maybe you can relate?


Ok, am I the only one? On a regular basis, maybe after reading a blog, or a post on a group, or talking to other home schoolers, or seeing some curriculum reviews, or seeing other kids . . .I'm sure I'm doing it wrong, or dont have what it takes, and the reasons

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First Week!

by dbmamaz on 09-18-2010 at 11:04 AM
Ok, we survived our first week of home school!

I think overall it went about as expected. It was a big adjustment for us all

Although Raven continues to insist he will not do or enjoy anything, he continues to, in fact, do and enjoy almost everything. He especailly seems to love the reading game I've made up: First of all, I have three colors of index cards, with the letters you find in the beginning, middle and end of 3-letter words

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First day! 14 September, 2009

by dbmamaz on 09-14-2010 at 11:05 AM
So, today was our first day of home school! It went . . . about as expected.

Raven screamed 'NO' any time I suggested anything. But thats what he does . . . any time i suggest a chore, a walk, a meal .. . he screams NO! but then does fine as long as I ignore the no. Which often involves picking him up and placing him where he needs to be. Luckily he's only 6, and very skinny - not even 40 lb yet!

Orion was a total sweetheart - he did every single thing I asked,

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Teaching math to 'the one who doesn’t NEED to be homeschooled' 4 January, 2010

by dbmamaz on 01-04-2010 at 11:03 AM
The main reason people think I'm homeschooling is because of my 13 yo autistic/bipolar/gifted/processing disorder son. Ok, its true, he really NEEDS to be homeschooled. Finally everyone agreed, he was learning nothing but in trouble all the time, and the school was clearly doing more damage than good.

Everyone thinks that my bright, better at social situations, better at controlling his emotions 6 yo son does NOT need to be homeschooled. But I don't agree. After

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2009 in Retrospective(plus decade)

by dbmamaz on 01-01-2010 at 11:03 AM
This was another challenging year for me.

In January, Daniel accepted a permanent position at the job where he'd been on contract for 18 month. He really hated the job and his boss, but with the economic crash, he didn't feel he could refuse a permanent job, esp at that salary. Most days, though, he comes home in a foul mood.

I was not enjoying driving Heron to her three different schools, but at least her grades were doing better.

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