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Re: Sandi's 2019: Wow This Is A Challenge!

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:30 am
by Dgflorida
Sounds great. Congrats. It is great that you home school. The public schools are not so good anymore in my opinion. The teachers are great, but the politics that has seeped into the schools is bad. If I had children, I would have to home school them as well.

Re: Sandi's 2019: Wow This Is A Challenge!

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 9:34 pm
by SandiSAHM
Oklahoma is consistently ranked somewhere in the 45-49th spots out of the 50 states when it comes to quality of education.

Which is just weird, really, because it's not a 'poor' state. But spending per student is low. Don't mess with their football programs, though - those appear to be funded separately, I have no idea.

At any rate, when the first kid started school we were in the middle of a pretty rural county, the schools were not well-rated at all. I was home anyway, why not teach her? More recently with chemistry and plane geometry (stuff I lost my grip on around 6 weeks after my last exam :lol:) DH takes over, he actually remembers the stuff. It's easy here, written in to the state constitution and they're not too terribly dictatorial about how you do it as long as the kids get 170 days a year of instruction. Ours school year-round so they don't have that 2-1/2 month summer gap to forget everything, we spread week-long breaks out over the year. We also get to vacation at times of the year when it's not 110 degrees outside.

This summer, though, the heat will come in handy, they're building a solar oven, one of their friends lives in Canada (BC) and has built a mud oven, really wild process, she sent pictures of the stages, and plans to test it out with bread, beans, and pizza! So they decided to build a solar oven and cook outside. THIS...should be interesting.

I lost one of my no-spend days to DH buying some speculoos, Belgian cookies, apparently for every human we know. I give him the eye because I'm gluten-free, but he knows it's for fun, even in my wheat-fueled carb-addicted running days I wasn't a speculoos fan. I'm a purist, just bring me chocolate ;)

So.... 9 for 17. 52.94%

Re: Sandi's 2019: Wow This Is A Challenge!

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 10:39 pm
by Jackielou
We have built many a solar oven in Girl Guides. They are lots of fun to use.

Re: Sandi's 2019: Wow This Is A Challenge!

Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 9:38 am
by alliesmama4
SandiSAHM wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 9:34 pm
Oklahoma is consistently ranked somewhere in the 45-49th spots out of the 50 states when it comes to quality of education.

Which is just weird, really, because it's not a 'poor' state. But spending per student is low. Don't mess with their football programs, though - those appear to be funded separately, I have no idea.

At any rate, when the first kid started school we were in the middle of a pretty rural county, the schools were not well-rated at all. I was home anyway, why not teach her? More recently with chemistry and plane geometry (stuff I lost my grip on around 6 weeks after my last exam :lol:) DH takes over, he actually remembers the stuff. It's easy here, written in to the state constitution and they're not too terribly dictatorial about how you do it as long as the kids get 170 days a year of instruction. Ours school year-round so they don't have that 2-1/2 month summer gap to forget everything, we spread week-long breaks out over the year. We also get to vacation at times of the year when it's not 110 degrees outside.

This summer, though, the heat will come in handy, they're building a solar oven, one of their friends lives in Canada (BC) and has built a mud oven, really wild process, she sent pictures of the stages, and plans to test it out with bread, beans, and pizza! So they decided to build a solar oven and cook outside. THIS...should be interesting.

I lost one of my no-spend days to DH buying some speculoos, Belgian cookies, apparently for every human we know. I give him the eye because I'm gluten-free, but he knows it's for fun, even in my wheat-fueled carb-addicted running days I wasn't a speculoos fan. I'm a purist, just bring me chocolate ;)

So.... 9 for 17. 52.94%
Sounds like fun building a solar oven and a mud oven. Let me know how the solar one works out for you. We do have really hot days here as well except this Spring it has been so cold and rainy.

One of my nieces has home schooled all of her kids (6). The oldest DD wanted to have the school experience her junior and senior years. She said she was so far ahead in some of the classes she could not believe it. Also she had enough credits to graduate at the end of her junior year but took some classes in her senior year. She is now a freshman in college.

Re: Sandi's 2019: Wow This Is A Challenge!

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 4:56 pm
by SandiSAHM
The one place higher ed 'gets' us - for whatever reason (bias of some kind), home schooled kids in OK have to get higher ACT and/or SAT scores than public-schooled kids in order to get into college.

Not fair by any stretch, but it is what it is and we're prepping for that, too.

A friend of DH's has a daughter who graduated 2nd in her class in a school not 25 miles from here. When she was applying to local colleges (because $$), everywhere she applied, even the community college, dropped the bomb on her that she'd have to take a whole lot of prep courses - english, several bouts of math, generally her whole jr and sr year over again - before she could qualify to get in, because the school where she did so well is very poorly rated. How does that even happen?!? She tested out of a few of them but had to take all the science and math, so she lost a year of momentum. Boy that would have made me mad!

But I came to say - 10 out of 19, 52.63% DH went to Home Depot for a change of pace. :?

Re: Sandi's 2019: Wow This Is A Challenge!

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 9:47 am
by alliesmama4
Sandi I hope you and your family are safe? I saw on the news where the state of Oklahoma canceled school today due to the severe weather. Stay safe and let me know you are all ok.