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I sure hope you are wrong about that Avalon; the punishment part.

...When vaccine requirements start it will be a mass exodus. I'm sure the government will feel the need to punish homeschoolers. Once again you are giving your child a wonderful gift . The garbage in the school system is increasing every year.

My kids and I are discussing pulling my grandson out of public school when the vax mandates take effect in a few weeks.

I am fully committed to homeschooling.

Great thread, by the way!
 

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I sure hope you are wrong about that Avalon; the punishment part.



My kids and I are discussing pulling my grandson out of public school when the vax mandates take effect in a few weeks.

I am fully committed to homeschooling.

Great thread, by the way!
I hope I am wong too.
 

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Friday is still Art day at Daddy Homeschool.
This thanksgiving is the 1st anniversary of the kids recurring character (a turkey).
The card is "done" now; and he is working on the story. Will Teeky survive? His readers are on the edge of their seat for his next adventure.
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So a few weeks back, my son put the number 69 for some value in one of his stories. I asked him why 69.
He said, "because its a funny number, right? People always joke about it online. why is it funny?"
I told him it was an adult thing and I would explain it when he was 13. that was the end of that.

So today, one of his math problems had 69 in it and he had a moment of inspiration.
"Dad, I know why 69 is a funny number! Because it has rotational symmetry! That's why its funny, right?" You can keep turning it and it looks the same.

edit: also, he pointed out that all odd numbers have the letter E in them. never noticed that myself.
 
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So a few weeks back, my put the number 69 for some value in one of his stories. I asked him why 69.
He said, "because its a funny number, right? People always joke about it online. why is it funny?"
I told him it was an adult thing and I would explain it when he was 13. that was the end of that.

So today, one of his math problems had 69 in it and he had a moment of inspiration.
"Dad, I know why 69 is a funny number! Because it has rotational symmetry! That's why its funny, right?" You can keep turning it and it looks the same.

edit: also, he pointed out that all odd numbers have the letter E in them. never noticed that myself.
Yin and yang.

We had a teacher in high school that was really intelligent but also had a personality. One of his questions was and you could also ask your son, "What's the square root of 69? 8 something".
 

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Yep
sqrt(69) = 8.30662386
 

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When your kid writes a video game theory as part of a persuasive speech project. Then names the government as the predicted "antagonist" and says governments are corrupt.... All to your surprise... yes, this is the way.

 

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Had the kid do all the calculating and measuring to hang a few pieces of art of the weekend. (real work use of measuring and math).

More storywriting and adding a new component to it: text-based games.
Found a cool free application for creating them.

Also learned about cyphers for gaming/his stories.
 

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Monday is writing day at "Daddy Homeschool"
The last couple weeks he has been watching writing tips videos from various authors.
He is starting his christmas story this week and trying out using 2 of the ideas from the videos.

1. Character development:
Pick a single main trait and a single main "irony" about that trait

2. Scene development:
Goal oriented scenes: Goal -> Conflict -> Disaster
-> leads to:
Reaction oriented scenes:
Reaction -> Dilema -> Decision

Every other story has been just winging it, this will be the first time he outlines and develops the story with an actual process.
 

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Pick a single main trait and a single main "irony" about that trait
The hero can survive any amount of physical trauma. He heals quickly and cannot be killed. But he feels the full amount of pain from the trauma. So he is careful about getting into bad encounters.
 

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The hero can survive any amount of physical trauma. He heals quickly and cannot be killed. But he feels the full amount of pain from the trauma. So he is careful about getting into bad encounters.
Yeah. It makes fun dinner conversation. Last week were going around the table making up characters.
 

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Yeah. It makes fun dinner conversation. Last week were going around the table making up characters.
Specs, if my calculations are correct I suspect Ill have my 5th grade granddaughter for homeschooling soon. I feel competent to help her except for math. We are looking for groups and materials already.
 

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So the family was out walking the other night and the kid is talking about a video game level/story he is developing. He says it is called "the cold war" because it is set in snow/ice level. DW questions the kid, "that's cool, but do you know what the cold war was?" She thinks she has got him and is gonna school him. The kid then proceeds to give a textbook answer explaining it was a "cold war" because it was a "war" between the US and Russia and it was called cold because there wasnt any shooting/bombs, etc. Then goes on to explain that his was a "pun" on that term. Then into a lengthy explanation about how we got to the moon because of the cold war and how military uses are often used as an excuse for scientific advancement.

After all that she asked, "That amazing specsarekid, where did you learn all that?! I bet no other kid your age knows that."
His reply, "Daddy Homeschool! Next I'm going to build...."
She looked at me.
I smirked.
 

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So the family was out walking the other night and the kid is talking about a video game level/story he is developing. He says it is called "the cold war" because it is set in snow/ice level. DW questions the kid, "that's cool, but do you know what the cold war was?" She thinks she has got him and is gonna school him. The kid then proceeds to give a textbook answer explaining it was a "cold war" because it was a "war" between the US and Russia and it was called cold because there wasnt any shooting/bombs, etc. Then goes on to explain that his was a "pun" on that term. Then into a lengthy explanation about how we got to the moon because of the cold war and how military uses are often used as an excuse for scientific advancement.

After all that she asked, "That amazing specsarekid, where did you learn all that?! I bet no other kid your age knows that."
His reply, "Daddy Homeschool! Next I'm going to build...."
She looked at me.
I smirked.

stuff like that is even better when the "normie" is not a family member.

My homeschooled son is an adult now but still calls normies like that "government school kids."
 

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stuff like that is even better when the "normie" is not a family member.

My homeschooled son is an adult now but still calls normies like that "government school kids."
indeed. i mentioned before the reaction all adults had when they had a stargazing event at our swim club and my kid rattled on for hours about space stuff. He doesn't know he is "weird" yet. But all this govt school kid friends seem to appreciate it and dig it.

And DW has been more supportive than I expected but I still get these comments from her and MIL about the kid going back to public school. it is events like this that might help sway that sentiment.
 

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we got to the moon because of the cold war and how military uses are often used as an excuse for scientific advancement.
My only correction would be to say " All scientific advancements start as a potential military weapon".
The military holds the purse strings to most grants, awards. & financial monies for "Research".
 

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The swim league announced a holiday card art contest, so we dropped everything else so he could bang one out.
I routinely monitor what he is working on via afree tool VNC.

He drew all the elements of his card independently by hand, scanned them, and is now putting it all together. looking good I think...

I always circle around to pointing out how projects he is working on are possible careers or starting jobs and thats why the skills are important. in this case "graphic designer". If he homeschools again next year, I might have to upgrade him to photoshop or similar professional design tools rather than the free stuff.
 
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The swim league announced a holiday card art contest, so we dropped everything else so he could bang one out.
I routinely monitor what he is working on via afree tool VNC.

He drew all the elements of his card independently by hand, scanned them, and is now putting it all together. looking good I think...

I always circle around to pointing out how projects he is working on are possible careers or starting jobs and thats why the skills are important. in this case "graphic designer". If he homeschools again next year, I might have to upgrade him to photoshop or similar professional design tools rather than the free stuff.

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Adding the shark creates class.
 

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Adding the shark creates class.
yeah, he was laughing to himself about the hat on the shark. we storyboarded the whole card on my white board, similar to writing a story.
 

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If he goes to public school he's going to hate it.
 

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If he goes to public school he's going to hate it.

My son did home school through 8th grade. It gets more difficult to homeschool as they get older, the amount and intensity of the curriculum gets more challenging. Sometimes you can leverage a co-op or a private school for things like band or sports, but that takes planning.

My son has a friend who is very motivated. He's "attending" a public school but in our state they have dual enrollment with the local college. Its part of the state university system so he is guaranteed to have those credits transfer to the 4-year college. He's going to graduate high school with more than 60 college credits. He's at the point where all of his courses are "at" the community college, and he's elected to do them virtually.
 

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Specs, I have a lot of respect for what you are doing. Your kid is going to be so much better educated and balanced than most. We are spending our time fighting porn in the school library while your kid is learning.
 

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If he goes to public school he's going to hate it.
And I know it. At least we are all in agreement that it is the kid's choice on the matter.

My son did home school through 8th grade. It gets more difficult to homeschool as they get older, the amount and intensity of the curriculum gets more challenging. Sometimes you can leverage a co-op or a private school for things like band or sports, but that takes planning.
My lil brother homeschooled from 2nd-8th grade. He enjoyed the public high school experience, even though he was way advanced for his grade levels.
 

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Kid submitted his final design for the card contest.

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and an example of how we storyboarded the design on our whiteboard.
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Kid submitted his final design for the card contest.

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and an example of how we storyboarded the design on our whiteboard.
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he is doing cursive.. :)
 

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he is doing cursive.. :)
yeah he takes notes in cursive every day. probably the only kid in his grade that knows it any more since they skipped it with virtual school when covid hit. then they didnt learn it last year when they returned to the classroom.
 

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Remember they used to teach Latin in schools as well...
 

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Math question for our bored loyal readers. I'm sure the kid got the answer to this question correct; but they are saying he is wrong.
What do you all calculate for:
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Is this a trick question? 7 unless its new fangled math :don't know: This was my homeschooling experience


 

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Is this a trick question? 7 unless its new fangled math :don't know: This was my homeschooling experience


7 was neither his answer nor the answer that the curriculum states is the correct. answer. :)
 

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Do we know how many sailors were alive after the attack? Just because they ran, screamed or a combination of both, we don't know how many were alive after the attack to run and/or scream.
 

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Do we know how many sailors were alive after the attack? Just because they ran, screamed or a combination of both, we don't know how many were alive after the attack to run and/or scream.
you sound like my son. thats the exact type of thing he would skew towards asking rather than doing the work. He'd probably start crafting a story about the battle...
 

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Do we know how many sailors were alive after the attack? Just because they ran, screamed or a combination of both, we don't know how many were alive after the attack to run and/or scream.
Would be helpful if we knew their choice of pronouns too?
 

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Strikes me as an unsolvable problem. 20 sailors total, 8 run, 3 don't run. What about the other 9? Best I can say is some indeterminable number between 7 and 16 screamed. My other guess is the problem writer wants you to make a careless assumption to say the answer is 16.

Or is it more of a parsing problem with neither/nor that I don't get?
 

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Strikes me as an unsolvable problem. 20 sailors total, 8 run, 3 don't run. What about the other 9? Best I can say is some indeterminable number between 7 and 16 screamed. My other guess is the problem writer wants you to make a careless assumption to say the answer is 16.

Or is it more of a parsing problem with neither/nor that I don't get?

Correct. it is 16.
20-7-1-3 =9
9+7 = 16
 

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Correct. it is 16.
20-7-1-3 =9
9+7 = 16
can you please explain how you got that answer? It clearly says 7 sailors scream. This is why I hate math.