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  1. We attend CHEA of CA every year; for their leadership conference and to assist through the remainder of the weekend. They are blessing, in many ways. I'm curious to try GHC though.
  2. We've used their Chemistry and it is full of hands on projects. We love their resources!
  3. Where you live do they run incentive programs for cutting costs? Near us, families who live in older houses are eligible for free upgrades through Edison. We had vents replaced, our ceiling re-insulated, LED lights put in - which we also hate, but more on that in a minute - and they checked the stripping on the windows. All for free. It was a blessing beyond belief. The windows are on us, but we'll install them ourselves a little at a time to help cut costs. As for LED's... We've discovered LED's release pulses of light. You can catch it on film, and find it on the internet. Thus, the constant pulsing of light might be what is causing those nasty headaches. In our home, for whatever reason, our LED's starting emitting a high pitched squeal. I finally couldn't take it anymore and had to change some of them out. Plus, the color of the lighting is always a bother. Why are they never true light?
  4. Okay... So am I the only one whose chomping at the bit and wondering if we get a possible release date? I hate being kept in suspense...
  5. Same here; they're excellent!
  6. Wow; major spoiler alert!! I wish I could unsee that. LOL Oh, well. I'm sure the story will be well worth listening to.
  7. Same here, but they're fun to learn!
  8. Woohoo! Can't wait to get started.
  9. I'd be interested in knowing the ages of everyone's children. I like a living book approach, but I've got high school students who need credits for transcripts so things are a little more tricky. Although, we do tend to apply our own guidelines to these courses. For my younger kids we do nature studies, learn more hands-on, take plenty of field trips and hikes, and more. For the older few, we're more focused, but lighten up on the textbook as much as possible. I did just come across Chemistry by Dr. Englin and I love it!! I wish I'd found this years ago. It's fun, simple to follow, and full of easily accessible experiments. Freshman year we studied Biology, Sophomore Astronomy/Oceanography, and this year is Chemistry. Next year will more than likely be Anatomy and Physiology. In regard to the OP, perhaps instead of focusing on a particular area of study, you might choose to look at scientific advancement during the particular era? For example, if I am listening to Wulf the Saxon, we might research major scientists during that time. We might learn more about scientific advancements of the time period. As there are many battle scenes, what scientific methods did they apply as medicines/cures, how did they treat wounds, and the like. I'm sure you get the picture.
  10. We finish in May as well, but as we school year-round things look a little different for us. As we get breaks every six weeks, it helps to not feel as though we're going for such extended periods of time. It works for us. Best wishes on finishing strong!
  11. They had an open exhibit here in SoCal two years back as a preview to the official opening in DC. It was a blessing, and most definitely worth the visit. Perhaps one day we'll have the ability to see the actual museum.
  12. We school year-round with a longer break at Christmas and summer, and a week's break every six weeks. This makes the year more enjoyable, but keeps us learning continually. Scalloping sounds fun!
  13. Oooo... way too many to count as we do a great deal of reading. Do you mean books I read or books we read for learning? For learning, I would have to say The Wild Robot - so excited about the sequel - Armstrong, See America, Pax, The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts, The Book of Bees, The Atlas of... (Series), The Fallacy Detective, and the Thinking to Toolbox. To name a few, and not including the kids' favorite reads. For me another long list. Present Over Perfect, The Boy at the Top of the Mountain, Thank You for Being Late, People of the Book, Man's Search for Meaning, and None Like Him are the ones I can come up with on the cuff. But there were many more we enjoyed as well. What about yourself?
  14. Photography. I know how to use our very expensive camera. (sigh) What I don't know is what makes a good photo. Only after a moment passes do I realize an angle I could have used or a setup which would have worked. I am inspired and frustrated by the gorgeous photos everyone posts online, but can't seem to get my kids to even be in the photo much-less smile.
  15. Yes; we own a copy. We have a lot of incredible resources, but rarely find anything here in Cali. Of course, perhaps this is because we are too busy look at the trees and not the ground? LOL