Zekesmom10

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  1. I still haven't received my copy, but I never received Wulf until I emailed about it either.
  2. My oldest son is moving across the country with his girlfriend this weekend. He's all grown up, but he will always be my baby. He's never lived more than 30 minutes away before!
  3. It's first-winter here in Vermont. We got a few inches of snow yesterday and the temp this morning is 14*F. Brrrr... I'm glad it won't stay that cold all winter! One of the boys is giving me a heap of grief because I didn't let him buy a snowtube the other day. Some of our seasonal roads are closing, too. It doesn't take much before 108 is closed on Mt Mansfield because there is just no way to get plow equipment through the winding pass. It closed last night, making the trip to Stowe significantly longer. And we haven't gone over to buy our cider and donuts yet! And how is it that winter boots that fit YESTERDAY don't fit today?
  4. So this year I am teaching jr/sr high kids at co-op. I've never done that before, taught big kids. I am teaching zoology and am looking for ideas/resources. I've got most of the classes in idea mode. The only "dissection" we'll be doing this year is an owl pellet. Some of the high schoolers elected to take Apologia's biology. My class is kids who were looking more for "bio-light." They were clearly relieved when I told them we weren't dissecting animals this year. So, some of the classes will be taxonomy (last week), a week each for mammals, insects, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, biomes/habitats, predator/prey, symbiotic relationships, *exceptions* to classification (platypus, bat, I thought of a few others, but am blanking), stuff like that. I have 16 weeks to plan for. Some of my sources are SchoolhouseTeachers.com, Apologia's Marine Biology, Easy Peasy All in One. No one has everything I need to fill an hour and provide a reasonable amount (whatever that is) of homework for a two week span. Any ideas? Know of an actual zoology lesson plan or text book for 12-17 year olds? Thanks!
  5. Some we have watched, not sure if they're still on, are Popular Mechanics for Kids, Liberty's Kids, Carmen SanDiego. It's Amazon, but if you have Prime you can see Steve Spengler's DIY Sci. My kids are choosing it for their free time show! And New Dimension videos have TONS of videos for almost every subject and age group.
  6. I've been really thinking about this one. I love Well-Planned Day (which I mentioned above), but I was mulling over some needs I can't meet well with it. I just realized, even though it's spiral bound, it is also three hole punched. Not sure I'd have the courage to do it, but it would be easy to take it apart, put it in a binder and add pages from Schoolhouse Teachers or any other planner you can print or punch.
  7. We "school year round," but this year I am having a really hard time finding our groove. I think I took off too many days in the last two months for us to just get going again. Today was OK, but we do the bulk of school in the afternoon and the crew was here finishing our roof, Xav and I had dental appointments, and then I started tae kwon do (I must be CRAZY!), so we didn't get as much done as I wanted. Over and over I console myself with "tomorrow is a new day."
  8. That's odd. I listened to about half of it (Bartholomew) with no trouble about a month ago. Can you download it?
  9. You both have great ideas. Unfortunately, other moms had them first. We had a bird class last year and this year there is a more formal biology class just for high school (mine is sixth grade and up). They will be doing the dissecting. Thankfully! My budget is zero. I inherited the class idea from someone who couldn't teach it, so no fee was attached. I don't mind buying a few really great things that will stay on my shelf after the class though. I might be able to get a few small critters. One of our (great!) grandmothers teaches a class for littles and usually brings a chicken and a lamb or kid at some point in the year. Maybe we can borrow those...
  10. You both have great ideas. Unfortunately, other moms had them first. We had a bird class last year and this year there is a more formal biology class just for high school (mine is sixth grade and up). They will be doing the dissecting. Thankfully! My budget is zero. I inherited the class idea from someone who couldn't teach it, so no fee was attached. I don't mind buying a few really great things that will stay on my shelf after the class though. I might be able to get a few small critters. One of our (great!) grandmothers teaches a class for littles and usually brings a chicken and a lamb or kid at some point in the year. Maybe we can borrow those...
  11. What is your favorite curriculum, component, book, video, etc to teach zoology to middle schoolers and up? I am teaching a co-op class, so it has to be something I can throw together without forcing all the families to purchase anything. I want the course to have some meat and plan to give homework. We don't meet enough for a high school credit, no matter what, but I'd like for it to count toward a bio credit or other science credit. SchoolhouseTeaachers.com has some great stuff, but since it's a co-op, I can't really use one of their classes. I'm searching the web and finding some great stuff, but since my kids are just reaching this age, I've never really taught this level before.
  12. I just went to the HA website and nothing newer than Captain Bayley's Heir is listed.
  13. Haven't heard a thing. I hope so, but things are so weird. There were at least two HA people in here regularly and now, nothing.
  14. *singing and dancing in the aisles* SCHOOL SUPPLIES! My preshuses....
  15. Wonderful. Have a safe and productive trip.