Homeschooling: Even Better Than You Think (Part 2) [Bluebell]

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From another trip, here's the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point near Bristol, Maine. I will share a funny story about this in the comments.

In my continued quest to encourage those interested in homeschooling, I now bring you more reasons to consider it. If you missed the first part, you can find it here. Ready? Let’s go!

Schedule to suit your needs

As I mentioned in Part 1, there is no need to start school at the same time every day. Now, many people like to do this, and there’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, I liked doing it, and most of the time we were able to. But, if you have to work around doctors’ appointments, speech therapy, etc. it’s easy to do. Or if you have a baby during the school year, you can adjust your schedule to be able to take some time off, perhaps by starting the school year a few weeks earlier. And of course, you can also schedule around your off-peak vacations.

This flexibility is especially helpful if you have a child with serious medical issues, or if you have a sick family member such as a grandparent. I know families who took all the schoolwork and the kids and went to stay with the grandparents when one of them was seriously ill, to help care for them. That’s a real blessing to be able to do that when you live far away, and the kids learn a valuable lesson about caring for the sick and elderly, as well as compassion.

Help others

Most homeschoolers belong to some sort of homeschool group, and I highly recommend that for many reasons besides the obvious academic ones. One of them is that you and your children will gain valuable opportunities for service to others. My homeschool group (and every one I know of) would bring meals to families with a new baby, or with a sick parent (perhaps going through chemotherapy), or for any other reason that warranted it. My children also went to a lot of funerals, which may sound strange. But we taught them that even if they had never met the person who died (usually a grandparent of one of their friends), we go to show our respect and support our friends with our presence and our prayers. Of course, we also had plenty of volunteer opportunities through our homeschool groups and our church and with our flexible schedule we could participate often.

Surround yourself (and your kids) with like-minded friends

This is a blessing that really can’t be overlooked. Many of our closest friends are families that homeschooled with us. Not because we don’t socialize with others (we do!), but because we know them from our homeschool days and we know that we share the same values. When you live in a blue area as we do, it’s really comforting to know that there are some like-minded people around. The same goes for our children – they grew up with friends whose families we knew well and we never worried when they were over at their houses. Do all homeschoolers think (and vote) alike? Of course not. But, we were all very respectful to each other. Think how rare that is nowadays.

Take care of the house

You may be wondering, if my kids are home all day, how on earth do I contain the mess? Well, you don’t (just keeping it real here). But, your kids can and should help, and I count this as a benefit because you get help cleaning the home and the kids learn how to contribute to the household. Were there people who did this better than I? You better believe it. But my method was kind of fun, and it worked.

We would generally have a lighter school day on Friday (front-loading some things earlier in the week), and then we would do a little cleaning so the house would be presentable for the weekend. I made a list of jobs on index cards and as each kid would finish their schoolwork, they would get to choose 3 or 4 cards and tackle those chores. The kids were incentivized to finish up early so they could choose the chores they wanted, and in the end the house looked presentable. Fairly. Ish.

Field trips

We touched on this in the comments of my very first homeschooling piece, but the sky is the limit when it comes to field trips. Museums are thrilled to put together tours according to the ages of the students, and many places that are crowded on weekends are pretty empty during the week. Field trips could be just a couple of hours, or a day-long thing (or even overnight, for the overachievers out there). Many places offer special days for homeschoolers with reduced pricing, and you can take advantage of these with a group or just with your family. Colonial Williamsburg is one such place here in Virginia – check to see what your state offers!

Field trips are not only educational, they are fun. When the Nationals first came to town, I could take the kids to a baseball game during the day for $5 per ticket in the nosebleed section. The kids didn’t care where we sat, they were just excited to be there. During a school day!

There are countless other blessings and benefits to homeschooling, and I invite the HordeSchoolers (my term for the Horde homeschoolers who showed up in force two weeks ago!) to share them in the comments. If you have questions, please ask away and we will do our best to answer them. Thank you for allowing me once again to wax poetic about the most important thing I ever did for my family.

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1 First!

Posted by: Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead! at November 23, 2021 04:00 PM (z5Vrg)

2 FIRST!!!!!

Posted by: Sponge - Michael Byrd MURDERED Ashli Babbitt at November 23, 2021 04:00 PM (Zz0t1)

3 Off to get a haircut.

Too shaggy......

Posted by: Sponge - Michael Byrd MURDERED Ashli Babbitt at November 23, 2021 04:01 PM (Zz0t1)

4 Top 5!

Posted by: Greyman27 at November 23, 2021 04:01 PM (RKLPC)

5 FLOUNDER

Posted by: Bill Frist at November 23, 2021 04:01 PM (l8gTz)

6 Yay bluebell!

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at November 23, 2021 04:02 PM (PiwSw)

7 Off to get a haircut.

Too shaggy......
Posted by: Sponge - Michael Byrd MURDERED Ashli Babbitt at November 23, 2021 04:01 PM (Zz0t1)


Wasn't me??

Posted by: Doof at November 23, 2021 04:02 PM (mZUr4)

8 That's not a nood, that's a lighthouse.

Posted by: Zombie Robbo the Llama Butcher at November 23, 2021 04:02 PM (dfRN6)

9 First!!

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:02 PM (KOlLu)

10 So when do you take the kids to a gay bar for tranny night?

Posted by: Puddin Head at November 23, 2021 04:03 PM (Hudry)

11 There is a prohibition against making the same comment as another.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:04 PM (KOlLu)

12 There are a gaggle of snipers in the lighthouse!

Posted by: irright at November 23, 2021 04:04 PM (SchQD)

13 That's not a nood, that's a lighthouse.
Posted by: Zombie Robbo the Llama Butcher at November 23, 2021 04:02 PM (dfRN6)


You asked for it...

https://youtu.be/lHJZQlpiy18

Posted by: Doof at November 23, 2021 04:04 PM (mZUr4)

14 Lighthouse isn't level.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:05 PM (KOlLu)

15 14 Lighthouse isn't level.
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Its on the heavy side of Guam.

Posted by: Puddin Head at November 23, 2021 04:05 PM (Hudry)

16 Bluebell, Just to check, were you ever a part of either MARCH or Lumen Christi? I know that there are a number of homeschool groups in Northern Virginia, and didn't know if you were near PWC or further in the blue.

I agree, homeschooling has had many blessings for our family, but it's never been one size fits all. As one father put it at a conference when we were first considering the idea (many, many years ago), homeschooling can be a year-to-year, child-to-child proposition. Just because you do it once for one child doesn't mean you're "stuck" or committed to K-12 for every child.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at November 23, 2021 04:05 PM (a/dOO)

17 10 So when do you take the kids to a gay bar for tranny night?
Posted by: Puddin Head at November 23, 2021 04:03 PM (Hudry)
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Around here we can just take them to the library for that. Saves on the bar tab.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:05 PM (wyw4S)

18 There is a prohibition against making the same comment as another.
Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:04 PM (KOlLu)


There is?!

Posted by: Amy Schumer at November 23, 2021 04:06 PM (Ez6QX)

19 Was going to post on last thread but this works too. Tennessee ebook library has the Arkangel dramatic recordings of most Shakespeare plays. Full cast of actors, not just one person reading. I listened to a couple and they are wonderful. Music and everything. Would have loved having those around when I was a teen. If I were homeschooling I'd certainly make use of them.

Posted by: skywch at November 23, 2021 04:06 PM (sKjat)

20 Know what every homeschooling parent needs first thing in the morning?

Posted by: King Harv at November 23, 2021 04:06 PM (wQ1KQ)

21 11 There is a prohibition against making the same comment as another.
Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:04 PM (KOlLu)

This is about me, isn't it.

Posted by: Amy Schumer at November 23, 2021 04:06 PM (dfRN6)

22 As predicted, Bluebell's Part 2!

Love the lighthouse. Glad I don't live there.

Posted by: KT at November 23, 2021 04:06 PM (0ghg2)

23 Extremely good stuff on these homeschooling posts, bluebell!

Posted by: Doof at November 23, 2021 04:07 PM (mZUr4)

24 Willowed:

Most other Democrats, perhaps. Even at the time a lot of people rightly called it out as obviously racist.
Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at November 23, 2021 03:53 PM (olroh)


Oh, I'm not denying the film's underlying message, as TJM pointed out (and the NAACP boycotted the movie in Boston), only saying that Griffith did not deliberately set out to make a 'racist' movie. He adapted a popular book, trimmed some of it, infused it with his own background and put out a product he thought not only would be entertaining but (and here is the catch) would tell what he believed to be the 'true' story of Reconstruction.

As opposed to my particular bete noir, Eli Roth, whose entire perversion of motion pictures seems to be a deliberate intent to project his own disgusting internal self onto the world by illustrating in ever-more-graphic example how to torture and kill people.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 23, 2021 04:07 PM (2JVJo)

25
There is a prohibition against making the same comment as another.
Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:04 PM (KOlLu)


IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE ALMOST EVERY JOKE ON AOSHQ IS A NOSTALGIC REPEAT OR CALLBACK OF OTHER COMMENTS.

Posted by: BEN ROETHLISBERGER at November 23, 2021 04:07 PM (n+4am)

26 Homeschooling was an idea that appealed to me except for one thing. One big thing. I didn't know if I could stand to be with my kids all day, every day, all year long. I know that sounds horrible and probably is, but it's how I felt. I don't think I could do it 24/7/365. I don't think I have the patience or the temperament.

Posted by: grammie winger at November 23, 2021 04:08 PM (45fpk)

27 I went to the 2021 school board sanctioned holiday smash-and-grab, and all I got were these Bruno Maglis.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at November 23, 2021 04:08 PM (BPuaD)

28 Virginia SoCon, I wasn't a part of those groups but I know them well. Good groups.

And yes, homeschooling, or any schooling for that matter, isn't one size fits all. I know people who would send their kids to school for a year or two because of circumstances, then bring them home. Or some siblings in school, and some homeschooled. Every family needs to sort out what works for them. I just want to encourage anyone who is thinking about it!

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:08 PM (wyw4S)

29 Our home-schooled and Catholic Co-Op schooled 20 YO daughter will enter spring semester of college in January as a senior and will graduate a semester early, with a major and 3 minors. 4.0 GPA, Dean's List and Chancellor's List every semester. Sounds like I'm bragging (a bit...), but it's all thanks to my amazing wife, and the other co-op moms and families back in Michigan. God bless her, and them. So very blessed.

Get your kids out of public school as soon as you can. (Wife was a public / parochial / private school teacher for 15 years.)

Posted by: Greyman27 at November 23, 2021 04:08 PM (RKLPC)

30 The flexibility for field trips also extends to doctor appointments. When your children are in traditional school, tons of parents are competing for those limited, coveted, first in the morning or after school medical and dental appointments. If you homeschool, the hours of 10am to 2:30pm are wide open for you.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at November 23, 2021 04:08 PM (a/dOO)

31 The concept of grouping with like-minded families is important.
One daughter and her group actually started a private school. Teachers get paid (or trade out, as needed).
They're growing and adapting as needed.
They bought the property they had been renting, and it's become a kind of lifestyle for them.
I think it's great!
I went to grade school at a small Catholic school. 12 kids in the 6th grade. Pretty private.

Posted by: MkY at November 23, 2021 04:09 PM (PCVXU)

32 There is a prohibition against making the same comment as another.
Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:04 PM (KOlLu)


It's a totally different kind of flying. Altogether.

Posted by: Doof at November 23, 2021 04:09 PM (mZUr4)

33 Know what every homeschooling parent needs first thing in the morning?
Posted by: King Harv at November 23, 2021 04:06 PM (wQ1KQ)
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You ain't whistling Dixie.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:09 PM (wyw4S)

34 Colonial Williamsburg is one such place here in Virginia - check to see what your state offers!

With the caveat that you must be attentive to what museums and 'living history' places think ought to be the focus of your attention:

https://tinyurl.com/k72xspz4

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 23, 2021 04:09 PM (2JVJo)

35 Can you buy this highly discounted Niemann Marcus gear somewhere.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:10 PM (KOlLu)

36 My homeschooling group had each mother who could, teach a class once a week to the group of kids. One mother taught art (I couldn't). But I had been a stockbroker, so I taught our group of middle schoolers how the stock markets work, bank systems and basic economics. Each kid got $100,000 play money to buy stocks. Some bought stocks from other countries, so we added exchanging dollars for yen. The kids never forgot it.

Posted by: Akua Makana at November 23, 2021 04:10 PM (YkUJb)

37 26 Homeschooling was an idea that appealed to me except for one thing. One big thing. I didn't know if I could stand to be with my kids all day, every day, all year long. I know that sounds horrible and probably is, but it's how I felt. I don't think I could do it 24/7/365. I don't think I have the patience or the temperament.
Posted by: grammie winger at November 23, 2021 04:08 PM (45fpk)

You could've them loose in the woods now and then. If they don't get eaten by bears, odds are they're smart enough to keep.

Posted by: Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead! at November 23, 2021 04:10 PM (z5Vrg)

38 insert the joke about a Navy destroyer and a lighthouse.

kidding aside, great content Bluebell. I dont' have skin in the game, but really we all do.

Posted by: Quint at November 23, 2021 04:10 PM (NXntH)

39 Grammie, you would be surprised what you could do. But, your children turned out great and it's because they had a caring and involved mom.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:11 PM (wyw4S)

40 hiya

Posted by: JT at November 23, 2021 04:11 PM (arJlL)

41 t's a totally different kind of flying. Altogether.

Posted by: Doof at November 23, 2021 04:09 PM (mZUr4)

it is a totally different kind of flying.

Posted by: Quint at November 23, 2021 04:11 PM (NXntH)

42 My 3rd and part of 4th grades were spent with maybe 3 or 4 other kids around the kitchen table of a German lady teacher who taught us in English. I remember her as large and strict. Might be why my spelling has always been a bit off. I stick a "u" where it isn't a lot. Almost like Home Schooling.

Posted by: Javems at November 23, 2021 04:11 PM (rTbbK)

43 Good news, everybody!

The Democrats
@TheDemocrats
Record job creation.
Record economic growth.
Record new small business creation.

President @JoeBiden is building an economy that leaves no one behind.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks Now With Pumpkin Spice! at November 23, 2021 04:12 PM (FVME7)

44 "Surround yourself (and your kids) with like-minded friends"

Amen! My kids grew up not being afraid to voice their opinions and beliefs and not feel like a "weirdo" for believing what they believed. I've known public school kids that (no lie) actually covered their ears when hearing an opinion that their teachers wouldn't agree with. They were afraid that they might start believing something that would get them in trouble at school.

Posted by: 29Victor at November 23, 2021 04:12 PM (BJKQV)

45 Glad I wasn't homeschooled.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:12 PM (KOlLu)

46 Thanks, Bluebell. I was asking just in case we ran in the same groups. While many people in those groups might agree with AoS on many things, some of the Horde inside jokes might cause more than a few raised eyebrows.

One of these years, I might even make the NoVA Moron Meet-up. I'd love to meet some of you in person.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at November 23, 2021 04:12 PM (a/dOO)

47 I'm terrible person for being OT so early but I missed the day running around for holiday prep - only 16 this year but still slacking. Anyway, thank you for the earlier thread about giving and saying thanks, gratitude and grace. These are quintessential American habits and traits of character. I enjoy thanking people for courtesy, service,or attitude - much as I thank God for things he does for me with almost every breath I take. There is no overuse to gratitude as it (as mentioned) builds society. It's why the reply of "no problem" drives me insane. Rant over, thanks again!

Posted by: Too Bad Costa Rica Sucks at November 23, 2021 04:12 PM (oWBc3)

48 I really liked both threads. Really.


I'm just skeptical about the lack of shivving reported.

Posted by: Muad'dib at November 23, 2021 04:12 PM (sjdRT)

49 You could've them loose in the woods now and then. If they don't get eaten by bears, odds are they're smart enough to keep.

Posted by: Red Turban Someguy - The Republic is already dead! at November 23, 2021 04:10 PM (z5Vrg)


If I'd let them out in the woods, there was the very real possibility that they might have crossed state lines. (Border town.)

Posted by: grammie winger at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (45fpk)

50 If you're considering home schooling and you haven't made up your mind yet, you should audit two or three education classes at your nearest college. Attend in person and then engage in some conversations with the professors and all of the future public school teachers.

Posted by: Furious George at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (9vQJW)

51 Politifact Argues Jen Psaki's Inflation Claims Are Incorrect

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Well, I'll be go to Hell!

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks Now With Pumpkin Spice! at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (FVME7)

52 It's a totally different kind of flying. Altogether.

Posted by: Doof at November 23, 2021 04:09 PM (mZUr4)

it is a totally different kind of flying.
Posted by: Quint at November 23, 2021 04:11 PM (NXntH)


Softball status -- crushed!

Posted by: Doof at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (mZUr4)

53 One thing I didn't see mentioned (or maybe you did and I missed it), is that it doesn't have to be 6 -7 hours a day every day (or any day). If you've only got one or two kids, you can get by with far less time.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (CAJOC)

54 There are so many homeschoolers in our part of MT that our local ski area schedules special days for them, just as they do for the schools. And they fill up the place, believe me.

Posted by: Wenda at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (tHGM4)

55 Close to half a century ago my parents took us to Colonial Williamsburg. We were able to participate in some of the activities such as candle making, working a forge, animal husbandry, etc. All with colonial tools. Very cool. I still remember how to make candles. Sort of.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (BFigT)

56 I'm just skeptical about the lack of shivving reported.
Posted by: Muad'dib at November 23, 2021 04:12 PM (sjdRT)
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We covered that yesterday in the comments. It's a grad school course.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (wyw4S)

57 Do you homeschool all year long?

Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (S7ieC)

58 Thank you, bluebell. And I mean that in an All-American way.

Posted by: grammie winger at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (45fpk)

59 26 Homeschooling was an idea that appealed to me except for one thing. One big thing. I didn't know if I could stand to be with my kids all day, every day, all year long. I know that sounds horrible and probably is, but it's how I felt. I don't think I could do it 24/7/365. I don't think I have the patience or the temperament.
Posted by: grammie winger at November 23, 2021 04:08 PM (45fpk)

That's why, when they are young and most annoying, you sign them up for cheap music/rec classes, not so they learn anything (although they do), but to give yourself a break.

Biggest thing homeschool parents forget - you still need to take time for yourself and your needs and your fun.

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:15 PM (exHjb)

60 One thing I didn't see mentioned (or maybe you did and I missed it), is that it doesn't have to be 6 -7 hours a day every day (or any day). If you've only got one or two kids, you can get by with far less time.
Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (CAJOC)
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I talked about that in Part 1 yesterday. Weasel! Put that on his permanent record!

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:15 PM (wyw4S)

61 If you're considering home schooling and you haven't made up your mind yet, you should audit two or three education classes at your nearest college. Attend in person and then engage in some conversations with the professors and all of the future public school teachers.
Posted by: Furious George at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (9vQJW)


That should properly scare the fuck out of you.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at November 23, 2021 04:15 PM (BqGLP)

62 Homeschooling is where it's at. Our daughter was homeschooled and tested out of all her f her freshmen college classes. Graduated cum lade in 3 years. She also drives a manual transmission and writes in cursive.

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:16 PM (CjHGv)

63 Would rather not think about what sort of animal husbandry exhibits are going on these days.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:16 PM (KOlLu)

64 Mr Aspirin Factory at November 23, 2021 04:15 PM

Yep. At most colleges.

Posted by: KT at November 23, 2021 04:17 PM (0ghg2)

65 Do you homeschool all year long?
Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (S7ieC)
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Some people do. We stuck to more of a traditional school year (although we started a few weeks earlier and ended a few weeks earlier) so my kids could play with their neighborhood friends in the summer. And mommy needed the break too, believe me.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:17 PM (wyw4S)

66 The Gibson Man had to work long-distance as a consultant for eight months, due to a lack of IT jobs after the dot com crash. I could easily pack up our daughters and their school work and drive out to spend a week with Daddy. Plus we got to visit all the museums and such in a new location.

Posted by: Gibson Girl at November 23, 2021 04:17 PM (KXY4V)

67 I don't know why anyone who's not an insane leftist would willingly send there children to public school.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker at November 23, 2021 04:17 PM (0mAW3)

68 60 One thing I didn't see mentioned (or maybe you did and I missed it), is that it doesn't have to be 6 -7 hours a day every day (or any day). If you've only got one or two kids, you can get by with far less time.
Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (CAJOC)
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I talked about that in Part 1 yesterday. Weasel! Put that on his permanent record!
Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:15 PM (wyw4S)

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Well, now I suppose I should go read that one.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 23, 2021 04:17 PM (CAJOC)

69 Close to half a century ago my parents took us to Colonial Williamsburg. We were able to participate in some of the activities such as candle making, working a forge, animal husbandry, etc. All with colonial tools. Very cool. I still remember how to make candles. Sort of.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (BFigT)


that was as cool place. I love that area and i am not alone. Funny thing about Williamsburg, they also had a Civil War battle.

Posted by: Quint at November 23, 2021 04:17 PM (NXntH)

70 Thank you bluebell! This is great stuff.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 04:17 PM (jZSOU)

71 blueBELL! blueBELL! blueBELL!!!

Posted by: Weasel at November 23, 2021 04:17 PM (0IeYL)

72 Public schools need to be defunded. Get off the taxpayer tit.

Posted by: Hold My Montrachet, I'm Off To Make Some Truffled Porcini Risotto at November 23, 2021 04:18 PM (juH8z)

73 While many people in those groups might agree with AoS on many things, some of the Horde inside jokes might cause more than a few raised eyebrows.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at November 23, 2021 04:12 PM (a/dOO)


Whatever do you mean?!

Posted by: Surprise Otters at November 23, 2021 04:18 PM (Ez6QX)

74 65 Do you homeschool all year long?
Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (S7ieC)

I do not. I have believed in having a summer.

In summer, the kids hit the pool, work a little (my top 2 anyway), and go to a few camps (my bottom 2), and I enforce some "required" outdoor and no electronics time...but other than that, I relax and use the time to plan for the next year (the Lit and debate classes we teach and my regulars stuff), to purge/clean the house, and to go on vacation (which we do every year).

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:19 PM (exHjb)

75 Daughter attended a small, very strict Pentecostal school. Her graduating class was 12, so she got a lot of individual attention.


Pentecostal school went under, so Son went to a conservative Lutheran school. Principal met him at the door and said, "We don't do nonsense here."


It was a good compromise.

Posted by: grammie winger at November 23, 2021 04:19 PM (45fpk)

76 Our local park and recs has homeschool swim lessons scheduled throughout the school year. The evening lesson times would fill up quickly, and if you had a number of ages/skill lessons, you'd be coming almost every night. With homeschool swim, you'd get all the kids swimming within a 2-3 hour time window during the middle of the day, and still be able to get everyone fed and to bed on a regular schedule.

I know that some trampoline parks, skating rinks (they still exist) and other sports/training venues also offer homeschool days/hours. It's often a good price at a reasonable time, and the vendor gets some business at what would otherwise be dead time. Teach the kids about supply/demand and you can make deals like this an economics lesson, too.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at November 23, 2021 04:19 PM (a/dOO)

77 Softball status -- crushed!

Posted by: Doof at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (mZUr4)

lol.

Posted by: Quint at November 23, 2021 04:19 PM (NXntH)

78 Will always remember the piece by George Will about visitors to Civil War battlegrounds being amazed how many battles were fought on national parks, and how there are no bullet holes in any of the monuments.

Posted by: SMOD at November 23, 2021 04:19 PM (RHGPo)

79 For us, it's nice our daughter grasped the concept and could apply said concept, we moved on. She had class 3 hrs or so a day and spent the rest of the day competing or training for equestrian 3 day eventing. The training and up keep was the economic portion of homeschooling. The value of a dollar.

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:20 PM (CjHGv)

80 Here's the story about the lighthouse. Do we have any Mainiacs here?

We were on one of our extended off-season vacations, and we stopped at this lighthouse in Maine which is open for you to go in until 5 pm. We got there at 4 pm and there were only a few people ahead of us, which was good because they could only let a very few people up at a time. No one came in after us.

At 4:55 the group ahead of us came down and we started towards the stairs. Nope. "We're closed." But it's not 5:00 yet, said I. Well it will be before you finish, so you can't go up.

No one else was there but us. It wasn't as though they were going to have to stay there until 8 pm to let everyone in.

They had some old fish nets and fishing rods and hooks and things that you could look at while you waited, which we did for an hour. The kids to this day still tease me about "the fishhook museum."

That photo was taken at 4:57 pm, after we got the boot.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:21 PM (wyw4S)

81 I'm sure most parents know that in addition to the social engineering crap in public schools, generally the instruction in math and hard science is appallingly bad, there is no love taught for reading history and literature and on why they should be appreciated and zero focus on good study habits. The latter two most parents can manage quite well and should. Math is an area people should seek out any help they need.

Posted by: Too Bad Costa Rica Sucks at November 23, 2021 04:21 PM (oWBc3)

82 Two working parents are eliminated from homeschooling. I was a key latch kid. Luckily public schools weren't politically based like they are today. Only propaganda that they dropped on you back then was anti-drug films that frankly made you more curious.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 23, 2021 04:21 PM (shMPn)

83 In terms of actually teaching: we "unschool", but our 10 y.o. has been getting a lot of mileage out of the Khan Academy math sequence. (I'm not crazy about the screen time, but it's been much more effective for him than the Kumon workbooks, which were the other thing we tried for math.)

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at November 23, 2021 04:21 PM (sGnvY)

84 They scheduled many of the battles at battlefield parks. There wouldn't be room elsewhere.

Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:22 PM (KOlLu)

85 "For all their flaws, Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln strike me as significantly better national heroes than Jacob Blake, George Floyd, and Joseph Rosenbaum."

Wilfred Reilly

Posted by: KT at November 23, 2021 04:22 PM (0ghg2)

86 Around here we can just take them to the library for that. Saves on the bar tab.
Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:05 PM (wyw4S)

Pharisee French: "Yet another blessing of liberty that I wholeheartedly endorse. That and the blessing of seeing other men plow my wife."

Posted by: Thrawn at November 23, 2021 04:23 PM (Rl7KJ)

87 Also homeschooling allowed each of my kids to go as fast as they liked. They were required to show me, through test or quiz, that they had understood each chapter. My son flew through his English books; my daughter through her math. She went on to get her Masters in Microeconomics. My son got a perfect 800 on his SAT English.

We also took the month of December off to participate in our church pageant (18 performances. Took over 1,000 people to put it on. Church won an Emmy for it. Was given yearly for almost 35 years until new minister shut it down.) We usually finished the year in March.

Posted by: Akua Makana at November 23, 2021 04:23 PM (YkUJb)

88 The scheduling aspect is so amazing.

You don't have to stick to an arbitrary schedule. You don't have to take summers off. You can take weeks off due to illness and make it up, or you can "frontload" as bluebell said, in anticipation of future events.

If there ever was an argument for factory schools and training kids to move according to bells according to the determination of arbitrary authorities, it does not exist in today's world.

Posted by: moviegique at November 23, 2021 04:24 PM (asXVI)

89 For younger homeschoolers math I highly recommend "Life of Fred". Helps kids grasp mathematical concepts in a fun way.

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:24 PM (CjHGv)

90 82 Two working parents are eliminated from homeschooling..
Posted by: Just a side note at November 23, 2021 04:21 PM (shMPn)

That's not true. I know a few single moms and dual working parents who homeschool. It's harder and requires a rethink on schooling timing, but it is doable.

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:24 PM (exHjb)

91 I didn't know if I could stand to be with my kids all day, every day, all year long. I know that sounds horrible and probably is, but it's how I felt. I don't think I could do it 24/7/365. I don't think I have the patience or the temperament.
Posted by: grammie winger

HA! Bold talk for a woman that can put up with the likes of us!!

jk - everyone has their own factors to take into account. I don't think I could handle being responsible for the whole enchilada.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 04:25 PM (jZSOU)

92 Quilters Irish Death, Lot of valuable life lessons come from riding horses, as you well know.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:25 PM (S7ieC)

93 I had a friend who taught in a one-room schoolhouse, grades k-12. Yes, still in the 21st Century. Although it closed when she retired. She said she had to make all new lesson plans every year, because everybody heard her lectures every year so she couldn't repeat. So that by the time they graduated, they had heard the same subject approached many different ways. If one didn't sink in, another would.

Seems to me something similar might be true of home-schooling. A more rounded understanding, because the little ones have already heard it once when the big ones heard it. And maybe the big ones help with the little ones.

Posted by: Wenda at November 23, 2021 04:25 PM (tHGM4)

94 I don't think I could handle being responsible for the whole enchilada.
Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 04:25 PM (jZSOU)
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I hear ya! It's nervewracking but once you teach the first kid to read and write you get a little heady.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:25 PM (wyw4S)

95 57 Do you homeschool all year long?
Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (S7ieC)

Not really. We'll finish up most things in May, but if math hasn't been completed for the year, we'll go into the summer. My wife will also start math early (beginning of August) so that there's never too much time for sliding back.

But you need to recall, a lot of homeschooling isn't formal education. You have conversation with the kids, explain to them things that you see and enjoy, whether that's part of a formal class or something you're doing on a vacation. And once you create a familial culture of learning, exploring, and searching, you find the kids doing that all on their own.

Sure, we still watch a number of movies, hang out at the pool, do swim team, etc. But all of the kiddos love going to the library by the time they're 3 or 4. In that sense, they're miles ahead of many of their peers and will always stay that way.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (a/dOO)

96 Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:21 PM (wyw4S)

Ayup. That's a Maine story, all right.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (2JVJo)

97 Even though he's homeschooled (more or less, he's starting to take courses at the local community college), my son still has to do the standardized testing. Now, the scores are not reported to anyone but us, but he still likes to do well.

What sucks is that I have literally no idea what's going to be tested until I get the tests. The company that provides them won't send them to homeschoolers until about 3 weeks before you plan to give the test (schools, however, can get them at the beginning of the year). And from experience, the topics can vary wildly, particularly in science and social studies. Bugs the heck out of me!

Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (CAJOC)

98 Many life lessons on the farm.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (BqGLP)

99 That's not true. I know a few single moms and dual working parents who homeschool. It's harder and requires a rethink on schooling timing, but it is doable.

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:24 PM (exHjb)

I sure would like to hear about your suggestions to make it work.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (shMPn)

100 Thanxs again Bbells for your time in putting these two posts together. I've pointed Daughter #2 to them and she is becoming an advocate. She is actually getting anxious to get started.

Posted by: Diogenes at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (axyOa)

101 So when do you take the kids to a gay bar for tranny night?

Posted by: Puddin Head at November 23, 2021 04:03 PM (Hudry)

...and thats when the new hyper velocity shiv got tested. lol

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 04:27 PM (VwHCD)

102 Wikipedia has changed the name of Sunday's vehicular attack from the "2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade Attack" to the "2021 Waukesha Christmas Parade Car Crash".

Posted by: SMOD at November 23, 2021 04:27 PM (RHGPo)

103 I wish my homeschooling had been conducted by someone like you, bluebell.

Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Sexual Racist. at November 23, 2021 04:27 PM (1SMSr)

104
jk - everyone has their own factors to take into account. I don't think I could handle being responsible for the whole enchilada.
Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 04:25 PM (jZSOU)

Again, you don't have to be.

I never have done a language or science lab yet. Instead, I helped teach Lit and debate (which as an Accounting grad who was a high level Math tutor at one point, this amuses my spouse greatly - of all the subjects I'd plan for older kids, it'd be Lit)...I found tutors in the area and worldwide for Japanese, German, and Polish for my kids so far, and my science labs were taught by 2 PHDs and a former honors public school teacher...

Teach what you know - outsource what you don't or what you hate (I could do labs, but I hate the set up/clean up).

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:27 PM (exHjb)

105 A more rounded understanding, because the little ones have already heard it once when the big ones heard it. And maybe the big ones help with the little ones.

Posted by: Wenda at November 23, 2021 04:25 PM (tHGM4)
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Yes! And you repeat time periods of history over the course of the years so you've always got new books and new things to learn. Same with science.

It's astonishing what the toddlers will pick up when you don't think they're paying attention as you teach the older ones.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:27 PM (wyw4S)

106 What does this have to do with recipes?

Posted by: wth at November 23, 2021 04:27 PM (v0R5T)

107 There is a prohibition against making the same comment as another.
Posted by: Boss Moss at November 23, 2021 04:04 PM (KOlLu)

There is?!
Posted by: Amy Schumer at November 23, 2021 04:06 PM (Ez6QX)

no way...

Posted by: carlos mencia at November 23, 2021 04:27 PM (8D42x)

108 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.

1) so much for worrying about ocean rising
2) yeah, those taxes in SanFran are high
3) DeSantos must be doing something right

Posted by: SMOD at November 23, 2021 04:27 PM (RHGPo)

109 The scheduling aspect is so amazing.
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Bluebell mentioned this last time, but just to second it:
even if there were no other benefits, homeschooling would be worth it just for the freedom to travel whenever you want to, visit museums and national parks on weekdays, etc.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at November 23, 2021 04:28 PM (sGnvY)

110 Well, made it back from the laundromat in one piece!

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 23, 2021 04:28 PM (nxdel)

111 I sure would like to hear about your suggestions to make it work.
Posted by: Just a side note at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (shMPn)

Some change work hours, some school at night, some put their kids in a "homeschool day" program 1-2 days/week, some have other family or friends who help, some hire a tutor, some only school on weekends. I've seen and heard it all b/c my area is full of homeschoolers, but not the normal "classic circumstance" ones...

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:29 PM (exHjb)

112 Another thing that I presume home schooling would allow are field trips to relevant and instructional sites. Like a working coal mine, a national forest without the global warming shit in your face, an aquarium with no docents harping on saving the whales, etc.

For adults of a certain persuasion there used to be a 2-3 day ATV "hike" along several trails while learning all about the Hatfield and McCoy feud. Copious amounts of booze was included. Eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia IIRC.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 23, 2021 04:29 PM (BFigT)

113 Quilters Irish Death, Lot of valuable life lessons come from riding horses, as you well know.
Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:25 PM (S7ieC)

Very true, She was shooting for the Junior Olympics. She had the talent, but not the funds to import a $500,000 Oldenburg from ok Belgium. She set aside riding until she was done with college. Graduated and now married she has the bug to compete again.

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:29 PM (CjHGv)

114 Excellent Post.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at November 23, 2021 04:29 PM (8m1jA)

115 Thanxs again Bbells for your time in putting these two posts together. I've pointed Daughter #2 to them and she is becoming an advocate. She is actually getting anxious to get started.
Posted by: Diogenes at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (axyOa)
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That's wonderful! It's going to be exciting for them.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:29 PM (wyw4S)

116 I wish my homeschooling had been conducted by someone like you, bluebell.
Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Sexual Racist. at November 23, 2021 04:27 PM (1SMSr)
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I do too, my friend.

And just think, you could have been helping me clean my house for years.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:31 PM (wyw4S)

117 Biden has another press conference and once again doesn't take questions.

Press is getting a little miffed. Could hear at end, one reporter yelling "when are you going to answer our questions you doddering fool!"

I may have made up that doddering fool bit.

It's interesting that in his first few months he would take one or two questions. Now? Just turns around and shuffles off. I think he knows this is all a house of cards about to topple.

Posted by: WisRich at November 23, 2021 04:31 PM (G0vdT)

118 The lighthouse picture reminds me of my mama. She had a couple of beautiful lighthouse pictures and too many to count lighthouse figurines. One of the morons graciously accepted them and gave them a new home. Mom would be happy. I wish I could remember who it was.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 23, 2021 04:32 PM (nxdel)

119 Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 23, 2021 04:29 PM (BFigT)

We lived in an RV and field trips included Gettysburg, Mt Rushmore and York. History has a better perspective when you see it instead of just reading about it.

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:32 PM (CjHGv)

120 And just think, you could have been helping me clean my house for years.
Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:31 PM (wyw4S)

A trifling price to pay.

Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Sexual Racist. at November 23, 2021 04:33 PM (1SMSr)

121 Someone in the previous thread mentioned Louis L'Amour, and that he even wrote an SF novel. Yes: The Haunted Mesa, written fairly late in his career, explains what happened to the Anasazi who vanished suddenly from the U.S. Southwest. Alternate dimensions, I think was the concept. I need to reread it.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at November 23, 2021 04:34 PM (txdEq)

122 Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:29 PM (exHjb)

That changes my understood definition of homeschooling , mainly the expense part. Admittedly I'm looking at it as a lower middle class perspective.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 23, 2021 04:34 PM (shMPn)

123 Like a working coal mine, a national forest without the global warming shit in your face, an aquarium with no docents harping on saving the whales, etc.

For adults of a certain persuasion there used to be a 2-3 day ATV "hike" along several trails while learning all about the Hatfield and McCoy feud. Copious amounts of booze was included. Eastern Kentucky and parts of West Virginia IIRC.
Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 23, 2021 04:29 PM (BFigT)

Best trip I planned was to a working mine - it was mind-blowing to me, let alone the kids. And I know they put on a "good show" b/c my area and mining don't tend to go together, and getting a lot of moms on board the concept in a positive way could only help PR, but that and the Japanese Embassy were stand outs for my kids...

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:34 PM (exHjb)

124 Any HordeSchoolers care to make me an offer for my near-mint VHS copies of Schoolhouse Rock?? It's a 4 tape set -- all in their original boxes!

Yup -- I said VHS.

What?? That stuff is available for free online?? There goes my retirement plan.

Posted by: Doof at November 23, 2021 04:34 PM (mZUr4)

125
Two of my home-schooled grandsons already received scholarships and about a year of free tuition at a local first rate college. Before they even finished high school.

Posted by: Traitor Joe's Military Surplus at November 23, 2021 04:35 PM (dQvv7)

126 Bluebell thank you. We also helped establish a few HS co ops and a micro school. Never regret homeschooling our kid.

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:35 PM (CjHGv)

127 At 4:55 the group ahead of us came down and we started towards the stairs. Nope. "We're closed." But it's not 5:00 yet, said I. Well it will be before you finish, so you can't go up.

Posted by: bluebell

See also any Government offices.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 04:35 PM (jZSOU)

128 Funny this came up, just got done doing some math with my youngest, so frustrating some times, her elder sis could grasp it right away, this one is like pulling a pyramid across the desert tumbling tip to side to base. Thing is she can tell you just about every line of book she just read. So if you are gonna do it, patience may be a virtue.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 23, 2021 04:35 PM (r5BVk)

129 53 One thing I didn't see mentioned (or maybe you did and I missed it), is that it doesn't have to be 6 -7 hours a day every day (or any day). If you've only got one or two kids, you can get by with far less time.
Posted by: No One of Consequence at November 23, 2021 04:13 PM (CAJOC)

I will emphasize this.
While schooling the grandkids we never went beyond 4 -5 hours a day. I hit the standard spelling, reading, math stuff and then an hour or two for fun subjects. Kept them active, engaged, and best of all, up to speed with their peers once the online stuff started with the schools.
Let their interests drive the schedule.

Posted by: Diogenes at November 23, 2021 04:35 PM (axyOa)

130 Was waiting over 100
Another interpretation of young David and Goliath
Triumph of David by Pietro da Cortona

https://tinyurl.com/p5zst3v7

Posted by: Skip at November 23, 2021 04:35 PM (2JoB8)

131 These are all great benefits to homeschooling, and I would just add one that I think belongs in any top ten list: you can tailor the education to your child. Whether it is in terms of style, or speed, or focus, or anything else, you have a classroom of 1 (even when you have 4 kids, like we do). If your kid absolutely devours something, feed it to them twice as fast. If they struggle, take the time to go more slowly until it sinks in. We homeschooled all 4 of our kids, and they have been so different in styles, yet we could tailor the education to perfectly suit each of them in a way that could never have been done in any classroom.

Posted by: Mad Max in VA at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (H/wdc)

132
I wish my homeschooling had been conducted by someone like you, bluebell.
Posted by: Insomniac


Okay, Eddie Haskell.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (f9z5j)

133 Bluebell thank you. We also helped establish a few HS co ops and a micro school. Never regret homeschooling our kid.
Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:35 PM (CjHGv)
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It's hard work, and it's not always sunshine and lollipops, but it's a great investment in our kids, isn't it?

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (wyw4S)

134 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.

I wish to God DeSantis would eminent domain the fuck out of that place and have a squadron of Florida state police throw the bitch over the border at gunpoint the moment she steps through the door.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (2JVJo)

135 please no teaching Moronology

Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (M+Lyo)

136 One advantage of homeschooling is that your children learn that when a learning program does not work for them, it is not that there is something wrong with them, but that we need to change our approach.
They learned to look for solutions that worked for them.
We built our present home while I was homeschooling our youngest. The flexibility of homeschooling worked really well & he enjoyed seeing all aspects of the construction from a safe distance.
Our homeschooling group was excellent. Lots of good memories.

Posted by: Trudy at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (J2vnE)

137 good stuff Blue Bell. This is important. I would advise any parent to do it, even over most private schools. Een they are graft they can often be worse. It is like when someone asks me my favorite city, I always tell them San Diego in the 70s.

The point is you can't go back again and it is always time and place. Schools are the same way. I know schools where I grew up were rated the best in the nation. Even my elementary school was rated among the best in the USA. For sure I didn't know it, it never came to mind. The parents did not these things,and housing property was based on this. In the end, the left took over because the right didn't fight back.

Posted by: Quint at November 23, 2021 04:38 PM (NXntH)

138 Quilters Irish Death, Lot of valuable life lessons come from riding horses, as you well know.
Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:25 PM (S7ieC)


relationship lessons too:

There are two of you responsible for success, you must read each other and compensate for each other's moods, only one of you gets to freak out at a time, and it is never your turn.

Posted by: Kindltot at November 23, 2021 04:38 PM (P9T5R)

139 The one thing I always wondered about home schooling. How do you prove the kids are getting schooled? Is it monitored? Is there a test they need to pass? I remember regular school, and it could be a meat grinder. Surprise tests, regular tests, etc. I had one bastard of a teacher who graded your test answers incorrect if it was spelled wrong even if you got it right. It was like being on a game show.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 04:38 PM (VwHCD)

140 It's hard work, and it's not always sunshine and lollipops, but it's a great investment in our kids, isn't it?
Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (wyw4S)

My wife is still helping people pull their kids out of public school and get them started with a real education.

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:39 PM (CjHGv)

141 I always wondered if learning to read a ruler and applying it to building even a simple project would be beneficial for teaching math.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:39 PM (S7ieC)

142 Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:21 PM
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Hah. Had same type incident at the 1880's Settlement at Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. They were asshoes.

Posted by: olddog in mo at November 23, 2021 04:39 PM (ju2Fy)

143 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.

I wish to God DeSantis would eminent domain the fuck out of that place and have a squadron of Florida state police throw the bitch over the border at gunpoint the moment she steps through the door.
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (2JVJo)

He should go on record and say, we don't want her here and mock her for buying in Florida. Will make great campaign material

Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at November 23, 2021 04:39 PM (M+Lyo)

144 that is why we need home schooled, these lefty unionists might care at times, but in the end, they are out for themselves.

Posted by: Quint at November 23, 2021 04:39 PM (NXntH)

145 He should go on record and say, we don't want her here and mock her for buying in Florida. Will make great campaign material
Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at November 23, 2021 04:39 PM (M+Lyo)


"This is how concerned Nancy Pelosi is with the rising of the oceans..."

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at November 23, 2021 04:40 PM (PiwSw)

146 blueBELL! blueBELL! blueBELL!!!
Posted by: Weasel

Sucking up for more food?

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at November 23, 2021 04:40 PM (mMQZc)

147 I always wondered if learning to read a ruler and applying it to building even a simple project would be beneficial for teaching math.
Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:39 PM (S7ieC)

Basic Handiness 101 - Teach it

Posted by: Hatari somewhere on Ventura Highway at November 23, 2021 04:40 PM (M+Lyo)

148 Not to denigrate this most excellent post you understand...

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at November 23, 2021 04:41 PM (mMQZc)

149 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.
........

Well, she helped turn SF into a shithole, so now she's on to greener pastures.

Posted by: wth at November 23, 2021 04:41 PM (v0R5T)

150 Admittedly I'm looking at it as a lower middle class perspective.
Posted by: Just a side note at November 23, 2021 04:34 PM (shMPn)

The homeschooling groups we've been a part of have had a number of blue collar and white collar working families in it. There are families who have nice mansions and multiple streams of income and families who have a sole breadwinner as a mechanic or plumber with limited if any benefits.

The nice thing about these groups, as bluebell said, is that you create that community. If there are weddings, funerals, illness, or job losses, people will step up and help each other. The family whose father is laid off in December will have Christmas presents, food, and possibly a job offer taken care of immediately.

And what's more, many of the kids say "thank you" constantly.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at November 23, 2021 04:41 PM (a/dOO)

151 Berserker, it depends on the state. Some states require testing, some don't. Some accept evaluations, some don't. Really, it's to the parents' best interest (and of course the students') to do a good job because some day it will catch up to you if you don't. And also because you should do a good job!

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:41 PM (wyw4S)

152 Homeschooling = Critical thinking skills
Public Schools = Activism and butt stuff

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:41 PM (CjHGv)

153 139 The one thing I always wondered about home schooling. How do you prove the kids are getting schooled? Is it monitored?

I think it varies by state. We had our kids take the Stanford Achievement Test (or something like that) every year. Not sure if that was required, or if my wife just did it to make sure the kids were on track. Also, we think of homeschooling more as "parent-directed schooling." We are part of a homeschool group that gets together for one day per week of classes. So it's not really like we are just off on our own. Great question...I was very much opposed to homeschooling initially because I had misconceptions about it. My wife begged to let her homeschool our oldest for kindergarten, and it just went so great we kept going and going...

Posted by: Mad Max in VA at November 23, 2021 04:42 PM (H/wdc)

154
Okay, Eddie Haskell.
Posted by: Soothsayer -- at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (f9z5j)

Bite me. What could've been one of the best things in my life was instead hell on earth that pretty much fucked me up for life. So yeah, I wish my homeschooling had been conducted by someone decent and kind like bluebell instead of a narcissistic ragemonster.

Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Sexual Racist. at November 23, 2021 04:42 PM (1SMSr)

155 Kindltot, so very true.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:42 PM (S7ieC)

156 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.

I wish to God DeSantis would eminent domain the fuck out of that place and have a squadron of Florida state police throw the bitch over the border at gunpoint the moment she steps through the door.

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 23, 2021 04:37 PM (2JVJo)

Border? Give the ocean a new buoy.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 04:42 PM (VwHCD)

157 I've lived in Maine for 25 years. That lighthouse story doesn't surprise me.

Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at November 23, 2021 04:42 PM (5YmYl)

158 I loved homeschooling. Everything became a teaching moment. Science was not just a class but was around us all the time, the land around us: geology. A trip to the beach: oceanography. And so forth. We went on business trips with Dad: museums, art, societal differences. We played geography tag (world and USA maps hung on hall wall. Kid that could touch country, city, natural feature first got a point). Kept a running score.
They were required to be outside for a certain amount of time each day to run and play and watch ants. Swim lessons, friends, basketball, Sunday school.
They are grown now. I'll hope to homeschool their kids if I get some.

Posted by: Akua Makana at November 23, 2021 04:42 PM (YkUJb)

159 Knew we was related, Insom! Same mom.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko gender fluid at November 23, 2021 04:43 PM (KPp8e)

160 How do you prove the kids are getting schooled? Is it monitored? Is there a test they need to pass?
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It varies by state. (And not always by red vs. blue, in the way that you might expect.)

In Indiana, you're 100% free to do homeschooling however you like . Other states require you to file plans for approval with the local school district.

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at November 23, 2021 04:43 PM (sGnvY)

161 139 The one thing I always wondered about home schooling. How do you prove the kids are getting schooled? Is it monitored? Is there a test they need to pass? I remember regular school, and it could be a meat grinder. Surprise tests, regular tests, etc. I had one bastard of a teacher who graded your test answers incorrect if it was spelled wrong even if you got it right. It was like being on a game show.
Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 04:38 PM (VwHCD)

Each state has different rules. Some require nothing, some require a lot.

VA is in between. You have to supply yearly standardized test results which hit the 4th stanine or above (in the CUMM) or create a portfolio to be reviewed by someone with a master's degree to "prove evidence of progress." You then have to provide a list of subjects you will teach each year with your yearly app and diploma for "regular" homeschooling (there are a few other paths). That's it for the paperwork (and my county wants both at the same time every year once you are done your 1st year).

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:43 PM (exHjb)

162 Long time lurker here and we homeschooled our 2 sons. Ended up pulling them out of private school after our youngest was diagnosed with dyslexia and my husband was sent overseas. We could have stayed stateside while he was gone or boarded our sons. Neither was an option for us. My first year, in China in 1998, I had nightmares almost every night about my kids making license plates in a Texas jail because I was messing them up with my homeschooling They are both nearly 30 now and I do not regret a second. We travelled the world as a family. Loved it!!

Posted by: traumakitty at November 23, 2021 04:43 PM (8IDiD)

163 I was home schooled until high school. I think that is ideal, as my parents weren't interested or capable of teaching the advanced topics, and I was getting behind on socializing.

Homeschool kids don't feel as strong a need to conform, for better or worse. Sometimes conformity squashes bad annoying habits, which is good. Sometimes conformity squashes curiosity and kindness, which is bad.

Posted by: goodluckduck at November 23, 2021 04:44 PM (V8zw+)

164 I've lived in Maine for 25 years. That lighthouse story doesn't surprise me.
Posted by: Taro Tsujimoto at November 23, 2021 04:42 PM (5YmYl)
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Afterwards my kids kept saying, "But they knew we had been there for an hour waiting!" And my husband said, "Welcome to Maine."

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:44 PM (wyw4S)

165 I would also recommend people use this thing called the internet. There are so many educational things there, not just videos, but free worksheets and tests and programs that track progress, it should be the golden age of homeschooling right now.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 23, 2021 04:44 PM (r5BVk)

166 Berserker @ 139, that varies from state to state IIRC. When I homeschooled in Texas we didn't have to use a specific curriculum or report to anyone, but there were tests you could request for the kids to take, to monitor progress or if you wanted them to get into college.

Posted by: skywch at November 23, 2021 04:44 PM (sKjat)

167 Some states require testing, some don't. Some accept evaluations, some don't.
Posted by: bluebell

One of the only good reasons to live in Illinois: total homeschooling freedom.

Oh, the lefties try to change that now and then, but the HSchool network in the state bashes them immediately, and they back off.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 04:45 PM (L3Rsz)

168 Basic Handiness 101 - Teach it
Posted by: Hatari

I could teach handies all day long. My signature move is "the supply chain", a blend of the elephant walk and the bucket brigade.

Posted by: Mayor Peen-Taster Pete at November 23, 2021 04:45 PM (9rNlX)

169 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.
........

Well, she helped turn SF into a shithole, so now she's on to greener pastures.
Posted by: wth at November 23, 2021 04:41 PM (v0R5T)

Permanently avoiding the high taxes and shitholeness she directly caused.

Posted by: LASue at November 23, 2021 04:45 PM (Ed8Zd)

170 I absolutely love this site. And as far as I can tell, this place is full of some real characters. A lot of knowledgable and witty and wise characters. So glad I stumbled upon this place in 2016. I get so wrapped up in reading the comments, I usually forget to post anything at all. Homeschooling though....I most definitely support those that do. With mine, I kinda take the approach of telling my kids to inform me if their commie ass teachers try their indoctrinatin' schtick, and as a result they end up learning a lot that the miserable commies dont intend, cuz I call that crap out.

Posted by: Theskepticalschnauzer aka Lonebadger at November 23, 2021 04:45 PM (lIDCz)

171 159 Knew we was related, Insom! Same mom.
Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko gender fluid at November 23, 2021 04:43 PM (KPp8e)

*fistbump*

Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Sexual Racist. at November 23, 2021 04:45 PM (1SMSr)

172 Well, made it back from the laundromat in one piece!
Posted by: Jewells45

Great! I was worried about you guys.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 04:46 PM (jZSOU)

173 Posted by: traumakitty at November 23, 2021 04:43 PM (8IDiD)

Really neat! I love hearing about folks who live outside the box like that.

Posted by: Pug Mahon, Crossing state lines like a Boss at November 23, 2021 04:46 PM (x8Wzq)

174 I hope Pelosi's ice cream melts and the Florida homeless people all shit in her driveway.

Posted by: wth at November 23, 2021 04:46 PM (v0R5T)

175 Permanently avoiding the high taxes and shitholeness she directly caused.
Posted by: LASue at November 23, 2021 04:45 PM (Ed8Zd)


Yep. Infuriating, isn't it?

Posted by: Jordan61 at November 23, 2021 04:46 PM (Ez6QX)

176 We travelled the world as a family. Loved it!!
Posted by: traumakitty at November 23, 2021 04:43 PM (8IDiD)
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That's wonderful! Thank you for delurking.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:47 PM (wyw4S)

177 So fresh off the 5th (6th?) Circuit Court striking down Biden's asinine vax mandate for workers, guess he decrees now?

https://tinyurl.com/kzdrwjmw

Now if you cross that land border down south without being vaxxed, you're still fine.

Posted by: Thrawn at November 23, 2021 04:47 PM (Rl7KJ)

178 Permanently avoiding the high taxes and shitholeness she directly caused.
Posted by: LASue at November 23, 2021 04:45 PM (Ed8Zd)

Someone should ask her why she bought ocean front if climate change is such a big deal.

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:48 PM (CjHGv)

179 Is there a vodka distillery in Florida? Maybe Nazi wants a guaranteed supply.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker at November 23, 2021 04:48 PM (s794k)

180 The one thing I always wondered about home schooling. How do you prove the kids are getting schooled? Is it monitored? Is there a test they need to pass?
Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division

In Ohio, in a word, no. You have to be interviewed once a year by a certified, licensed teacher. But, there is no evaluation or testing of any type.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 04:49 PM (jZSOU)

181 165 I would also recommend people use this thing called the internet. There are so many educational things there, not just videos, but free worksheets and tests and programs that track progress, it should be the golden age of homeschooling right now.
Posted by: Guy Mohawk at November 23, 2021 04:44 PM (r5BVk)

So true. You can find anything you want.
Every classic book, free and in audiobook form, so you can listen if your kid just can't read anymore.
Math videos to help any issue you have.
Full language curriculums and access to both worldwide paid tutors and free language programs at libraries.
Virtual science labs and full textbooks...

Etc, etc...the number of resources has grown dramatically over the last 14 years from the day I started.

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:49 PM (exHjb)

182 You have to be interviewed once a year by a certified, licensed teacher.
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That sounds kind of ominous, actually. Eventually you'll start getting interviewed by the young, woke ones, right?

Posted by: Geronimo Stilton at November 23, 2021 04:50 PM (sGnvY)

183 OT: "Terra Fied," the lipsticked pervert clown who lit off the tranny war against Chapelle, has resigned from Netflix. Via ZH.

Posted by: gp's Dark Energy Acceleration at November 23, 2021 04:51 PM (qpX6U)

184 Permanently avoiding the high taxes and shitholeness she directly caused.
Posted by: LASue at November 23, 2021 04:45 PM (Ed8Zd)

Someone should ask her why she bought ocean front if climate change is such a big deal.
Posted by: Quilters Irish Death at November 23, 2021 04:48 PM (CjHGv)

DJT should buy up all the properties surrounding Nanzi's lot, and then get DeSantis to rezone them for the scruffiest sort of trailer parks.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at November 23, 2021 04:52 PM (P3gRi)

185 Homeschooling = Critical thinking skills

Posted by: Quilters Irish Death

This.
I can not argue with my kids any longer, their use of logic is extremely annoying.
Unfortunately for them I turn out right when the results are exposed.

Posted by: AZ deplorable moron at November 23, 2021 04:52 PM (mMQZc)

186 I really miss the flexibility and connection of homeschooling. When Kate Winslet's Boobs passed, I had to put my kiddos in public school for the first time. They seem okay so far, but I feel a constant need to quiz them about what is said in classes. Luckily we live in a small heartland town that doesn't seem to have completely implemented the woke curriculum. I'm sure they're working on it, but I'm trying to stay hyperengaged so I can yank them and figure out how to work out homeschooling again as a single mother.

Posted by: She Hobbit at November 23, 2021 04:52 PM (ftFVW)

187 Yay! I get to chime in somewhat on time in a homeschooling thread.

I agree with everything bluebell has said about homeschooling. The absolute biggest benefit for my outside-of-the-box children has been the individual nature of their education. My autistic daughter has an amazing math brain that was left to languish in public school "until her language catches up." News flash: that ain't gonna happen. My all-around rock star (only neurotypical kid out of four) did 5th and 6th grade in one year because she wanted to. My musically gifted son has time for both piano and organ lessons. My profoundly dyslexic kiddo is finally getting the help he needs after kicking the public school (speech and OT because they assumed he was autistic) to the curb completely. Yes, they all have the same parents. In public school, you get in the box, or you get out. Getting out is the best thing anyone can do.

Posted by: Catherine--who generally doesn't curse. at November 23, 2021 04:53 PM (XnnHY)

188 I was worried about you guys.

Us guys? It was just me and the laundry. Unless you were concerned about the laundry's safety.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 23, 2021 04:53 PM (nxdel)

189 So fresh off the 5th (6th?) Circuit Court striking down Biden's asinine vax mandate for workers, guess he decrees now?

https://tinyurl.com/kzdrwjmw

Now if you cross that land border down south without being vaxxed, you're still fine.

Posted by: Thrawn


Anyone wanna guess what Joey Choo-Choo's bright idea is to deal with this?

Posted by: Brother Tim has nothing much to say, lately at November 23, 2021 04:53 PM (OUMaO)

190 I wish my mother had been able to go in for home schooling. But she was basically a single mom in the days before it became fashionable, and she had to work to support us.

And I'm not sure the state would have allowed such a thing back then -- they might have blocked it. Mom enrolled me in school a year late, age 7 instead of 6, and my teacher bumped me up from grade 1 to 2. That summer I had to be tested at the School Board office (I think it was that) to determine if I was ready for third grade. There must have been a lot of discussion about my field promotion, as it were.

But so much of school bored me that I probably would have welcomed home schooling. Except for arithmetic, of course.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at November 23, 2021 04:53 PM (txdEq)

191 Hatari, I had a plan to do just that. Liability insurance killed it.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:53 PM (S7ieC)

192 This.
I can not argue with my kids any longer, their use of logic is extremely annoying.
Unfortunately for them I turn out right when the results are exposed.
Posted by: AZ deplorable moron
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When your young, woke daughter is homeschooling her kids, and they're turning into little mini-mes of her, only thing you can do is pray.

She (and the g-babies) are going to have to learn the hard way, and I do not want to be around when that happens.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 04:54 PM (6euYL)

193 Amazing coincidence! Japan allows ivermectin to be prescribed for Wuflu. Cases drop like a rock.

https://youtu.be/E1GF0H9V_1g

Posted by: Notsothoreau - look forward at November 23, 2021 04:54 PM (YynYJ)

194 The flexibility of vacations is very true. We even combined trips with school work. When we lived in KSA, my wife wanted to go to Egypt more than anything and I had no desire to. She set our son's History curriculum around ancient Egypt that year and the two of them went on a tour of Egypt, from Cairo to Luxor. They had a great time, learned a lot and I spent a couple weeks with the younger boys (Filipina nanny helped a bunch). Good deal all around.

Posted by: Ken Grover at November 23, 2021 04:54 PM (6usM3)

195 Hey Ben Had.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 04:54 PM (6euYL)

196 One thing I also want to say...know who each of your kids are and what they need.

My youngest boys could only focus for 45 minutes to an hour when we first started with them in kindergarten. So, for their early years, I wanted them to read and learn Math skills, and then everything else was bonus. And then we had adventures and outdoor stuff to burn energy and get "some" learning and focus and classroom skills down. Whereas, my girls could sit and learn for a few hours, so they naturally covered more "book" learning before my boys did...and that was okay. And the boys have caught up.

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:55 PM (exHjb)

197 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.

I thought the seas were going to rise and make it in the ocean. Or maybe her visage will scare the water away.

Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at November 23, 2021 04:55 PM (SchxB)

198 I'm sure they're working on it, but I'm trying to stay hyperengaged so I can yank them and figure out how to work out homeschooling again as a single mother.
Posted by: She Hobbit at November 23, 2021 04:52 PM (ftFVW)
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I'm sorry for your loss, but very glad you are staying engaged with your children's education in whatever way you can. I hope you can work things out the way you want them.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:55 PM (wyw4S)

199 She set our son's History curriculum around ancient Egypt that year and the two of them went on a tour of Egypt, from Cairo to Luxor. They had a great time, learned a lot and I spent a couple weeks with the younger boys (Filipina nanny helped a bunch). Good deal all around.
Posted by: Ken Grover at November 23, 2021 04:54 PM (6usM3)
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Now, THAT'S a field trip! How awesome.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 04:57 PM (wyw4S)

200 Whereas, my girls could sit and learn for a few hours, so they naturally covered more "book" learning before my boys did...and that was okay. And the boys have caught up.
Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:55 PM (exHjb)

The Navy only gives classroom instruction for 50 minutes at a time. Then you get a break to walk around a bit. It's not a bad idea.

Posted by: sniffybigtoe at November 23, 2021 04:57 PM (Y5qcH)

201 197 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.

I thought the seas were going to rise and make it in the ocean. Or maybe her visage will scare the water away.
Posted by: Blanco Basura - moronhorde.com. Not insurgents, counterrevolutionaries. at November 23, 2021 04:55 PM (SchxB)

Or she could collect the bodies of all those covid victims caused by DeathSantis and stack them like sandbags.

Posted by: Zombie Robbo the Llama Butcher at November 23, 2021 04:57 PM (dfRN6)

202 Where is funny lighthouse story?

Posted by: JackStraw at November 23, 2021 04:58 PM (ZLI7S)

203 When your young, woke daughter is homeschooling her kids, and they're turning into little mini-mes of her, only thing you can do is pray.

She (and the g-babies) are going to have to learn the hard way, and I do not want to be around when that happens.
Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 04:54 PM (6euYL)

Encourage her to have her kids join a debate club when they get old enough. If it's a well run one, they'll learn to think for themselves, no matter what mom teaches...

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:59 PM (exHjb)

204 Posted by: Nova local
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My daughter has no desire to take any advice from me.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 04:59 PM (6euYL)

205 Where is funny lighthouse story?
Posted by: JackStraw at November 23, 2021 04:58 PM (ZLI7S)
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Comment number 80. And you're tardy. Weasel! Another permanent record needs to be pulled!

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:00 PM (wyw4S)

206 SMH, you got mail,darlin

Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 05:00 PM (S7ieC)

207 Material things, okay.

Advice, no.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:00 PM (6euYL)

208 202 Where is funny lighthouse story?
Posted by: JackStraw at November 23, 2021 04:58 PM (ZLI7S)

Well the film The Lighthouse is a trip, even without any substances taken before hand.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (F9322)

209 We have been homeschooling our son for two years now...it's absolutely fantastic.

Because he has learning disabilities, he is granted school tutors online who every week do one on one zoom meetings on the various subjects he is in...Finance, English Literature, Government, Sports Management, etc.

Because this method of teaching is non-stressful with regards to dealing with in-person personalities, overwhelming stimuli, interruptions, etc. - he's blossomed and the tutors, all picked for their ability to teach these types of kids, are really terrific.

He's so happy now. He'll graduate from High School with honors and he hasn't even stepped foot in the school in 18 months...

Posted by: Boswell at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (5iUNf)

210 That awkward moment when inflation is so bad and so obvious that your VP has to admit it outright.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, holy crap, John Ford made a lot of movies in the 1930s at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (3EWns)

211 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.
.......

We can only hope for drone footage of her sunbathing.

Posted by: wth at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (v0R5T)

212 Unspoken prayer request for my youngest, please. Routine but involves anesthesia and I'm a nervous wreck. Should be done by 7pm.

Hug your babies, horde.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - no significant difference in ability to spread or catch regardless of vax status at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (DISLn)

213 208 202 Where is funny lighthouse story?
Posted by: JackStraw at November 23, 2021 04:58 PM (ZLI7S)

Well the film The Lighthouse is a trip, even without any substances taken before hand.
Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (F9322)

Keepin' secrets are ye?

Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Sexual Racist. at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (1SMSr)

214 My daughter has no desire to take any advice from me.
Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 04:59 PM (6euYL)
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She's young and so are her kids. They'll come around, I'll bet you anything they will. It may take some time, but I bet it happens.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (wyw4S)

215 My daughter has no desire to take any advice from me.
Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 04:59 PM (6euYL)

Now, that stinks. Maybe backdoor it into the grandkids' Christmas gifts - there's some great, fun logical puzzle and fallacy books that start kids on the debate path...

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 05:02 PM (exHjb)

216 That's not true. I know a few single moms and dual working parents who homeschool. It's harder and requires a rethink on schooling timing, but it is doable.

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 04:24 PM (exHjb)

I sure would like to hear about your suggestions to make it work.
Posted by: Just a side note at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (shMPn)

When we first started homeschooling, my husband worked days and I worked nights. It was a sleepy few years, but worth every yawn.

Posted by: Catherine--who generally doesn't curse. at November 23, 2021 05:02 PM (XnnHY)

217 They don't celebrate Christmas.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:02 PM (6euYL)

218 Unspoken prayer request for my youngest, please. Routine but involves anesthesia and I'm a nervous wreck. Should be done by 7pm.

Hug your babies, horde.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - no significant difference in ability to spread or catch regardless of vax status at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (DISLn)
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You've got it.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:03 PM (wyw4S)

219 207 Material things, okay.

Advice, no.
Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:00 PM (6euYL)

Some people got to experience things for themselves.

What is that saying about a wise person learning from others mistakes, a smart person learns from their own and a fool learns from neither.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:03 PM (F9322)

220 Sure thing, Moron Robbie.

Posted by: KT at November 23, 2021 05:03 PM (0ghg2)

221 You got it Moron Robbie.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 23, 2021 05:03 PM (nxdel)

222 I wanted to do homeschool but #1 son had a double transplant at 11 mos and it's necessitated both of us working f/t for health benefits and $ to cover the associated costs. Now we have Surprise Extra Babies (7yo and almost 2yo) and I'm considering it again since #1 is an adult and #2 graduates this year.

I just worry that I'll end up needing Good Job again and....yeah.

Posted by: Alexis at November 23, 2021 05:03 PM (jTydA)

223 Our youngest had trouble with reading, but was way advanced in math. And both of our sons probably would be classed as some form of ADHD now. Homeschooling them truly was one of the best decisions we every made.
I wrote college professors and highly recommended teachers to give me help and insights on reading and math lessons. I even made a good friend in the department of Asian studies at the university prior to the China tour. She gave me everything from reading recommendations and recipes, to history and culture. Nothing like doing a study on propaganda when you are living in interior China!

Posted by: traumakitty at November 23, 2021 05:03 PM (8IDiD)

224 You're sweet, bluebell.

It's in God's hands at this point.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:04 PM (6euYL)

225 JackStraw #80.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at November 23, 2021 05:04 PM (PiwSw)

226 We can only hope for drone footage of her sunbathing.
Posted by: wth

!!??


Prayers Moron Robbie.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 05:05 PM (jZSOU)

227 The one thing I always wondered about home schooling. How do you prove the kids are getting schooled? Is it monitored? Is there a test they need to pass? I remember regular school, and it could be a meat grinder. Surprise tests, regular tests, etc. I had one bastard of a teacher who graded your test answers incorrect if it was spelled wrong even if you got it right. It was like being on a game show.
Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 04:38 PM (VwHCD)

I felt most vindicated when my only-homeschooled eighth grader earned a scholarship to help with the cost of a Catholic high school and my mostly homeschooled high schooler got a 32 on the ACT. Some families roll without standardized testing, some evaluate differently. Usually the kids are either obviously schooled or obviously not.

Posted by: Catherine--who generally doesn't curse. at November 23, 2021 05:05 PM (XnnHY)

228 Nancy Pelosi has purchased an 11,000 square feet $25 million mansion on the ocean in Florida.
.......
We can only hope for drone footage of her sunbathing.


You are not a Great American.

Posted by: Sean H. at November 23, 2021 05:05 PM (nfrXX)

229 217 They don't celebrate Christmas.
Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:02 PM (6euYL)

So, the birthday, unbirthday, or "just thinking of you" present...or the "100 day present"...or the "New Year's fun" item...I got a million ways. My best ever sent gifts to families were the ones out of the blue. And send your daughter something awesome that tells her she's awesome at the same time, like a "spoonful of sugar making the medicine go down", so it's not obvious what you're doing...

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021 05:05 PM (exHjb)

230 Keepin' secrets are ye?
Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Sexual Racist. at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (1SMSr)

Sadly no. I'm the most boring person you've ever met. My substance intake is, outside of Communion, limited to what I got from the Drs for various procedures and like 5 alcohol drinks over 5 days in 94.

So I'm a Moran in bad standing on that account.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:05 PM (F9322)

231 nspoken prayer request for my youngest, please. Routine but involves anesthesia and I'm a nervous wreck. Should be done by 7pm.

Hug your babies, horde.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - no significant difference in ability to spread or catch regardless of vax status at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (DISLn)
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You've got it.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:03 PM (wyw4S)

hang in there. prayers up.

Posted by: Quint at November 23, 2021 05:06 PM (NXntH)

232 Good wishes thoughts and vibes for you and yours, Moron Robbie.

Posted by: Insomniac - Outlaw. Sexual Racist. at November 23, 2021 05:06 PM (1SMSr)

233 I know a few single moms and dual working parents who homeschool. It's harder and requires a rethink on schooling timing, but it is doable.

Posted by: Nova local at November 23, 2021


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My mother would have found it extra difficult to homeschool me and, later, my brother. A registered nurse, she worked nights and slept days. I don't know if she could have requested other shifts, though. She didn't work every single night, though, or even 5 nights a week unless she was on a long case. Maybe she could have managed it.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at November 23, 2021 05:06 PM (txdEq)

234 Prayers up, Moron Robbie.

Posted by: olddog in mo at November 23, 2021 05:06 PM (ju2Fy)

235 I just worry that I'll end up needing Good Job again and....yeah.
Posted by: Alexis at November 23, 2021 05:03 PM (jTydA)
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Just take it one year at a time, if you can start homeschooling. If you need to go back to work, you've still given your children many benefits that will stay with them. I hope you can do it.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:06 PM (wyw4S)

236 Hiya No-Cuss Catherine !

Posted by: JT at November 23, 2021 05:06 PM (arJlL)

237 I don't know why anyone who's not an insane leftist would willingly send there children to public school.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker at November 23, 2021 04:17 PM (0mAW3)

Leftists send their kids to *Private* schools. Now they are getting mad as the cancer spreads to their own schools.

Posted by: Oldcat at November 23, 2021 05:06 PM (eoQWY)

238 Weasel is the enforcer for the thread.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at November 23, 2021 05:06 PM (asBDP)

239 We can only hope for drone footage of her sunbathing.
Posted by: wth at November 23, 2021 05:01 PM (v0R5T)

The only use for that is for curing sechs addiction.

Posted by: Thrawn at November 23, 2021 05:07 PM (Rl7KJ)

240 Lighthouse content:

While working for the Fed, NOAA specifically in California on the central coast I had an office in an old USAF Nike surface to air missile control center (Pacific Grove.) We were right next to the Point Pinos lighthouse. Purported to be the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast. They also had a pretty scenic public golf course. We, on the other hand had a lot of broken windows.

Posted by: Martini Farmer at November 23, 2021 05:07 PM (BFigT)

241 Haven't received it yet, Ben Had.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:07 PM (6euYL)

242 I'm not a Maniac, of course, but I did live there for a while and I made it to the Pemaquid Lighthouse. The Maine coast is beautiful and the drive along Rte 1 is still very nice. More crowded now than back when but what isn't.

Great post, bluebell!

Posted by: JackStraw at November 23, 2021 05:07 PM (ZLI7S)

243 My substance intake is, outside of Communion, limited to what I got from the Drs for various procedures and like 5 alcohol drinks over 5 days in 94.

So I'm a Moran in bad standing on that account.
Posted by: Bete

Baby steps Betes.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 05:07 PM (jZSOU)

244 OT, but this killer in Waukesha seems like a model citizen. /s

They're reading some of his history in court right now.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:07 PM (L3Rsz)

245 The children who came into the public library where I worked were noticeable for their good manners and genuine curiosity, interest in Life and learning. Let me recommend online resources Project Gutenberg, Open Library, Open Culture, and see if your library offers Kanopy which makes the Great Courses available - all at no cost other than your time and effort.

Posted by: Linda Roberts at November 23, 2021 05:07 PM (NPfdt)

246
The Navy only gives classroom instruction for 50 minutes at a time. Then you get a break to walk around a bit. It's not a bad idea.
Posted by: sniffybigtoe


We used to call those "smoke breaks" back in the day.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at November 23, 2021 05:08 PM (63Dwl)

247 Unspoken prayer request for my youngest, please. Routine but involves anesthesia and I'm a nervous wreck. Should be done by 7pm.

Hug your babies, horde.
Posted by: Moron Robbie - no significant difference in ability to spread or catch regardless of vax status

Okay

Posted by: JT at November 23, 2021 05:08 PM (arJlL)

248 Boswell, what a wonderful thing you did for your son.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 05:08 PM (S7ieC)

249 Did you get to go up in the lighthouse, JackStraw? Did you have to get there at noon to guarantee you could go up?

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:08 PM (wyw4S)

250 Discussing bail, and if he gets it.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:09 PM (L3Rsz)

251 Moron Robbie, prayers for your family.

Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 05:09 PM (S7ieC)

252 I used to go to Maine a lot. New England is beautiful. My funny maine story goes back to when I was probably 18 or so. I took a cruise up there with a few friends on a whim. We were looking for some place, I can't remember the name now, but we ended up having to get directions. We see this dude who looked like Pa kettle, out raking a yard that had to be a foot high. We asked if he knew how to get to where ever the hell we were going, and he says in that accent Well, ya can't get theya from heya. It was the first time any of us heard that....and we were hammered. I remember rolling down the back window and saying what do you mean we can't get there from here? Are we stuck??? Where the hell do we have to go to get there?? Are we doomed to driving around the neighborhood for eternity??? WTF??? lol

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 05:09 PM (VwHCD)

253 250 Discussing bail, and if he gets it.
Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:09 PM (L3Rsz)

He'll probably be getting bail, but hopefully it'll at least be more than 1k this time.

Not holding my breath though.

Posted by: Thrawn at November 23, 2021 05:10 PM (Rl7KJ)

254 250 Discussing bail, and if he gets it.
Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:09 PM (L3Rsz)

$1500 this time!

Posted by: Milwaukee DA that did $1000 last time at November 23, 2021 05:10 PM (F9322)

255

When your young, woke daughter is homeschooling her kids, and they're turning into little mini-mes of her, only thing you can do is pray.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 04:54 PM (6euYL)

Even this is better than them being a duplicate of some nasty leftist stranger.

Posted by: Oldcat at November 23, 2021 05:10 PM (eoQWY)

256 The children who came into the public library where I worked were noticeable for their good manners and genuine curiosity, interest in Life and learning. Let me recommend online resources Project Gutenberg, Open Library, Open Culture, and see if your library offers Kanopy which makes the Great Courses available - all at no cost other than your time and effort.
Posted by: Linda Roberts at November 23, 2021 05:07 PM (NPfdt)
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I love Great Courses! I have some and checked out others from the library. I still buy them whenever i see them at thrift stores. I just looked at our library and it doesn't seem like we have Kanopy, bummer. Thank you for these great ideas, Linda!

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:10 PM (wyw4S)

257 The one thing I always wondered about home schooling. How do you prove the kids are getting schooled? Is it monitored? Is there a test they need to pass?

The answers are very state-specific. In TX, there is no certification and no mandatory testing although some SOBs in the legislature try push something through every session. Other states require approved teaching materials and standardized testing. See hslda.org for more info.

Posted by: Oddbob at November 23, 2021 05:11 PM (nfrXX)

258 He'll probably be getting bail, but hopefully it'll at least be more than 1k this time.

Not holding my breath though.
Posted by: Thrawn

Where's Kamala and her bail fund team? You know this is rayciss.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:11 PM (L3Rsz)

259 Even this is better than them being a duplicate of some nasty leftist stranger.
Posted by: Oldcat
___

Unfortunately, that nasty, lefty stranger is my daughter.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:11 PM (6euYL)

260 Unspoken prayer request for my youngest, please. Routine but involves anesthesia and I'm a nervous wreck. Should be done by 7pm.

Of course I will pray for your son.What Time zone are you in?

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 23, 2021 05:11 PM (poMoX)

261 258 He'll probably be getting bail, but hopefully it'll at least be more than 1k this time.

Not holding my breath though.
Posted by: Thrawn

Where's Kamala and her bail fund team? You know this is rayciss.
Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:11 PM (L3Rsz)

On it, you terrible right winger.

Posted by: Patton Oswald at November 23, 2021 05:11 PM (F9322)

262 Discussing bail, and if he gets it.

They are actually considering bail? Holy shit.

Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 23, 2021 05:12 PM (nxdel)

263 Unfortunately, that nasty, lefty stranger is my daughter.
Posted by: SMH

Feel your pain. I got one, too. And she WAS homeschooled. It's (hsing) not a guarantee of family joys forevermore.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:12 PM (L3Rsz)

264 262 Discussing bail, and if he gets it.

They are actually considering bail? Holy shit.
Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 23, 2021 05:12 PM (nxdel)

Welcome to the blue shit hole that is Milwaukee's political scene.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:13 PM (F9322)

265 I'm not sure when the next thread will show up, and they've been coming fast and furious lately, so I just wanted to say thank you to all who participated in this thread, especially you lurkers who delurked. I love seeing so many HordeSchoolers here.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:13 PM (wyw4S)

266 Of course I will pray for your son.What Time zone are you in?
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at November 23, 2021 05:11 PM (poMoX)
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I'm pretty sure he's in our time zone, Fen.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:14 PM (wyw4S)

267 Feel your pain. I got one, too. And she WAS homeschooled. It's (hsing) not a guarantee of family joys forevermore.
Posted by: lizabth
___

Yep.

I love her and the g-babies, but it's becoming more difficult to hold my tongue.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:14 PM (6euYL)

268 They are actually considering bail? Holy shit.
Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 23, 2021 05:12 PM (nxdel)

Welcome to the blue shit hole that is Milwaukee's political scene.
Posted by: Bete

After this litany of crime (still going), I doubt even this blue hell-hole will grant him bail.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:14 PM (L3Rsz)

269 264 262 Discussing bail, and if he gets it.

They are actually considering bail? Holy shit.
Posted by: Jewells45 deplorablethug#FJB at November 23, 2021 05:12 PM (nxdel)


Good thing all he did was murder 5 and injury 40... He'd never get bail if he was a Jan. 6th "terrorist" parader

Posted by: It's me donna at November 23, 2021 05:15 PM (88y63)

270 I'm pretty sure he's in our time zone, Fen.
Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:14 PM (wyw4S)

I believe this is correct.

Posted by: I am the Shadout Mapes, the Housekeeper at November 23, 2021 05:15 PM (PiwSw)

271 A child has now died from the Waukesha massacre.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:15 PM (L3Rsz)

272 Nood.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:15 PM (F9322)

273 Advertising nood.

Posted by: Tonypete at November 23, 2021 05:15 PM (jZSOU)

274 >>Did you get to go up in the lighthouse, JackStraw? Did you have to get there at noon to guarantee you could go up?

No, I didn't try actually. We used to do road trips when I was living in Maine just to check out various spots along the coast. And you know I have a soft spot for lighthouses so I try to check them out when I am in the neighborhood.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 23, 2021 05:16 PM (ZLI7S)

275 Jewells, I'm pretty sure I saw yesterday or the day before that in Wisconsin they have to set bail, they don't have the option not to.

I hope they set it at one billion dollars.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:16 PM (wyw4S)

276 Prayers up for that child's family.

Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:16 PM (6euYL)

277 Coming in late, but great job Bluebell! Homeschooling is one of the best things in the world you can do for your kids.

Posted by: f'd at November 23, 2021 05:16 PM (Tnijr)

278
After this litany of crime (still going), I doubt even this blue hell-hole will grant him bail.
Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:14 PM (L3Rsz)

Minus the events of the other day he got bail with that previous record.

Milwaukee is a special kind of stupid.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:16 PM (F9322)

279 They are actually considering bail? Holy shit.
Posted by: Jewells45


The reason he killed five is because they gave him bail.

Posted by: rickb223 at November 23, 2021 05:17 PM (OCTRt)

280 I love her and the g-babies, but it's becoming more difficult to hold my tongue.
Posted by: SMH

Yep. I hear you. Tongue holding is good though, esp since she can make it impossible for you to be part of those grandkids' lives anytime she likes.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:17 PM (L3Rsz)

281 A child has now died from the Waukesha massacre.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:15 PM (L3Rsz)

jesus. I hope they death penalty his silly ass.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 05:17 PM (VwHCD)

282 We took a field trip to Chicago and saw a bunch of great museums. I'm not sure I would want to make that trip anymore.

Posted by: f'd at November 23, 2021 05:18 PM (Tnijr)

283 The reason he killed five is because they gave him bail.
Posted by: rickb223

Yep, and now it's six.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:18 PM (L3Rsz)

284 A couple of years ago I made a high risk investment. The time has come for a return and I'm under extreme stress.
Long term i will be okay but cash flow over the short term is non existent.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker at November 23, 2021 05:18 PM (s794k)

285 Sheesh...it sounds like the judge is considering it.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:18 PM (L3Rsz)

286 jesus. I hope they death penalty his silly ass.
Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 05:17 PM (VwHCD)
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No death penalty in WI.

Posted by: WisRich at November 23, 2021 05:18 PM (G0vdT)

287 bluebell, Thank you so much for doing this. I find it a fascinating subject

Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 05:19 PM (S7ieC)

288 >>We see this dude who looked like Pa kettle, out raking a yard that had to be a foot high. We asked if he knew how to get to where ever the hell we were going, and he says in that accent Well, ya can't get theya from heya. It was the first time any of us heard that....and we were hammered.

Another famous Maniac saying along those lines.

Hey, how do I get to X.

Well if I was a going there I wouldn't leave from here.

Posted by: JackStraw at November 23, 2021 05:19 PM (ZLI7S)

289 FoxNews's "The Five" is our cocktail-hour background screen, but this Jessica Tarnov needs to feed her voice through a processor.

Posted by: Mr Gaga at November 23, 2021 05:19 PM (KiBMU)

290 jesus. I hope they death penalty his silly ass.
Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 05:17 PM (VwHCD)

WI does not have one.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:19 PM (F9322)

291 Monitoring device.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:19 PM (L3Rsz)

292 291 Monitoring device.
Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:19 PM (L3Rsz)

They're not giving him bail are they ?

Posted by: It's me donna at November 23, 2021 05:19 PM (88y63)

293 Yeah our Mr Brooks deserves swift justice.

Posted by: f'd at November 23, 2021 05:20 PM (Tnijr)

294 No cars, guns or contact with victims families.

Posted by: lizabtha at November 23, 2021 05:20 PM (L3Rsz)

295 291 Monitoring device.
Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:19 PM (L3Rsz)

It will help first responders get to the scene of his next crime faster.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:20 PM (F9322)

296 I don't know for sure. Maybe the judges is just talking about bail in general if he gets it?

Unbelievable IF he gets it.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:21 PM (L3Rsz)

297 294 No cars, guns or contact with victims families.
Posted by: lizabtha at November 23, 2021 05:20 PM (L3Rsz)

Wasn't he brought to attention for violating a restraining order?

Lol, this time it'll work.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:21 PM (F9322)

298 295 291 Monitoring device.
Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:19 PM (L3Rsz)


This is the same State that kept Kyle in jail for 84 days?

Posted by: It's me donna at November 23, 2021 05:21 PM (88y63)

299 This is the same State that kept Kyle in jail for 84 days?
Posted by: It's me donna at November 23, 2021 05:21 PM (88y63)
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89 I think. With no shower.

Posted by: bluebell at November 23, 2021 05:23 PM (wyw4S)

300 This is the same State that kept Kyle in jail for 84 days?
Posted by: It's me donna at November 23, 2021 05:21 PM (88y63)

There is a reason that in the 80's when the State's travel slogan was "Escape to Wisconsin" people would get the bumper stickers with that slogan and cut the "to" part out and then put it on their bumper.

Posted by: Bete at November 23, 2021 05:24 PM (F9322)

301 Now the judge sounds a little sterner. He said this guy, he seems not so good....he's not following rules.

No s***, sherlock.

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:26 PM (L3Rsz)

302 Why do these WI judges go on and on in their own weird little soliloquies?

Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:27 PM (L3Rsz)

303 302 Why do these WI judges go on and on in their own weird little soliloquies?
Posted by: lizabth at November 23, 2021 05:27 PM (L3Rsz)

Judges are premadonnas, pit a camera in front of them and they won't shut up.

Posted by: Judge Lance Ito at November 23, 2021 05:30 PM (F9322)

304 No death penalty in WI.
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Dress him in brown and throw his ass out into the woods somewhere. It's deer season.

Posted by: dartist at November 23, 2021 06:06 PM (+ya+t)

305 (26): " Homeschooling was an idea that appealed to me except for one thing. One big thing. I didn't know if I could stand to be with my kids all day, every day, all year long. I know that sounds horrible and probably is, but it's how I felt. I don't think I could do it 24/7/365. I don't think I have the patience or the temperament."
Read the Education statutes in your State. Nothing in Hawaii Revised Statutes requires that homeschooling parents provide instruction between 0800 and 1430. You can legally extend daycare to age 17 and take the GED. Geet five families together and hire a recent Zoology BS to take eight kids into her home.

Posted by: Malcolm Kirkpatrick at November 23, 2021 07:01 PM (kD3S+)

306 Bluebell - I have a cabin up in Maine. The local recycle/dump states open from 7am to 3pm. When you get there you're greeted by a big sign that says, "Gates Close at 2:45pm".

by the way, if you're not born and raised in Maine, you're referred to as "from away", but in a friendly manner

Posted by: JoeNYC at November 23, 2021 07:08 PM (sX15q)

307 I've been to that lighthouse! I bought my wife-to-be a set of dolphin earrings there.

Posted by: GWB at November 23, 2021 08:50 PM (Gcsm/)

308 And I am bummed I missed this post.

Posted by: GWB at November 23, 2021 08:51 PM (Gcsm/)

309 Do you homeschool all year long?
Posted by: Ben Had at November 23, 2021 04:14 PM (S7ieC)


You can. We didn't properly do so - we technically quit classes for the summer.
But we also practiced lifetime learning. So, a trip to the beach would still include some "teachable moments", or we'd go to Williamsburg (you have fun, but you're obviously still learning). Or a trip to the market and you make the kiddos tell the cashier what the change should be. All sort of little things.

Posted by: GWB at November 23, 2021 09:02 PM (Gcsm/)

310 Mine and the kids' favorite part was that we didn't have snow days, we had nice days. We worked right through the snow storms, but when March and April rolled around, when there was a particularly nice day, we went to Silver Dollar City and enjoyed the spring.

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at November 23, 2021 09:03 PM (WKFje)

311 Two working parents are eliminated from homeschooling.

Posted by: Just a side note at November 23, 2021 04:21 PM (shMPn)

Not true. I know of several who did it. What it *did* take was ingenuity.

No, it's maybe not for everyone. But it's for a lot more than think so.

Posted by: GWB at November 23, 2021 09:06 PM (Gcsm/)

312 Regarding working parents: I always worked at least part time and for the last two years, I was a single, working mom.

I schooled in the mornings and worked afternoons. The kids did a lot of reading, which worked out well because they loved to read. Also, Young Son loved guns and so did my dad, who lived next door. He was re-loading bullets by the time he was 8 and is nearly 21 now and a full fledged gun expert. He's amazing.

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at November 23, 2021 09:15 PM (WKFje)

313 Oh, and math. You should look into Singapore Math. It was great, even though back then it ended at algebra/geometry.

But up until then, it was amazing. I had to think so very hard to help the kids figure out the word problems. It was doable, but holy cow impressive levels of thinking required.

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at November 23, 2021 09:17 PM (WKFje)

314 Oh, and this won't be very helpful, but it will tell you what is out there. I read a post by a guy the other day whose wife was a university chemistry prof who is now home schooling their kids.

She put all her chemistry lessons on youtube for free, for the benefit of anyone who wants to watch them.

And don't forget Prager U.

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at November 23, 2021 09:19 PM (WKFje)

315 How do you prove the kids are getting schooled?

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at November 23, 2021 04:38 PM (VwHCD)

It depends on the jurisdiction. In Virginia the rule was that you submitted standardized test scores (they only had to show "improvement" year to year if you were under a certain percentile) or by submitting a portfolio of their work. The portfolio method was BY FAR harder. Some places you have to take the public standardized test. In general, if you look at the standards the public schools have to pass, you're going to clear it easily.

Some jurisdictions, btw, require homeschoolers to basically have a hall pass if out and about during the day. Homeschool orgs have spent a lot of time and effort to get those sorts if things eliminated.

These things are also why you join the HSLDA. They can prep you for handling it.

Posted by: GWB at November 23, 2021 09:19 PM (Gcsm/)

316 And don't forget, human beings are born curious. They start sticking stuff in their mouths, checking it out, when they are days old, not years.

If you can keep from stifling your kids' curiosity, teaching them is fun and easy.

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at November 23, 2021 09:23 PM (WKFje)

317 It's in God's hands at this point.
Posted by: SMH while awaiting His return at November 23, 2021 05:04 PM (6euYL)


Absolutely the best place it could be.

Posted by: GWB at November 23, 2021 09:33 PM (Gcsm/)

318 With the caveat that you must be attentive to what museums and 'living history' places think ought to be the focus of your attention:

https://tinyurl.com/k72xspz4
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at November 23, 2021 04:09 PM (2JVJo)

WTF? Sure glad I visited there pre pronouns and genderless bathrooms

Posted by: Bonnie Blue - says FU at November 23, 2021 09:58 PM (hlxe7)

319 I sure would like to hear about your suggestions to make it work.
Posted by: Just a side note at November 23, 2021 04:26 PM (shMPn)

My daughter home schools her kids. When they were in the first years of it, my daughter still worked part time. I took the kids and did school with them on those days/hours.

You can do teach swap with other parents so you only have to teach/supervise one or two days a week then work the other days. Lots of ways to work it.

And it is worth the "sacrifice."

Posted by: Bonnie Blue - says FU at November 23, 2021 10:07 PM (hlxe7)

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