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Otaku.

10 Sep

Once a month I’ll be taking my kids to a local library for Otaku Anime Club. My daughters (mostly the oldest) are obsessed with anime, mangas and Japanese culture. I thought it would be a great club for them to join. It would also take care of some of that pesky socializing that non-homeschooling people tend to worry about.

Their first meeting was Saturday. It was to last an hour and a half and I figured I’d get some work done for ABH and let the boy and little one mingle with the kids in the children’s section. When we arrived, there were only two people there. Two teen boys that were very otaku anime typical. I mean, I couldn’t have pictured them any other way. SM even told me they argued over what was better…Netflix or Hulu and other geeky stuffz. Anyway, they started introductions and the little ones and I went about our way.

 

I really wanted to go medieval on a few of the little kids that were playing in the children’s section. Their parents dropped them off and they were acting as if they were at the playground. Outdoors. In some underdeveloped country. Uh. The librarian came over a few times to quiet them down. I gave her a look to let her know that they definitely weren’t with me. RS read a few books, and NK gave the stink eye to a kid for 20 minutes before deciding to try to play with her.

I got no work done. Figures. After an hour and a half, I went to see if the girls were ready. The lights were out in the room and they were watching some anime that I couldn’t recognize because they all look the same to me. I know. Blasphemy. I figured they started a bit late and may have needed more time, so I went back to the Hell’s Angels in the children’s section. After 5 minutes I couldn’t take it anymore, and moved the Littles close to a table of boys playing a Dungeons and Dragons card game. They were less rambunctious and my tension eased.

20 more minutes passed and the fact that food was calling my name sent me to check on the girls again. Still watching?? I had enough and risked embarrassing them. When I opened the door, there were 3 boys near the front of the room and my girls sitting in the WAY back together. WHAT? This is NOT socializing. I waved them over and they said goodbye to the club supervisor and kids. Once outside I complained that they could have done THAT at home. I mean, they were watching a show that we could have watched on Netflix, and they were sitting together. =/

They said they still enjoyed themselves and want to go back next month. Not sure what for? Maybe they’ll open up next month. Geez.

Stay tuned for our adventures in bowling. I’m putting together a bowling league for the homeschoolers in our area. So far there are 15 kids interested. This could get messy.

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Shots Are Evil.

18 May

I have a headache today and the baby is still sick.

Needless to say, this will be another quickie.

ImageNK’s fever comes and goes, and she’s battling a bout of loose bowels. This is totally uncommon for her. I’m almost positive this is from last week’s immunizations. I have a rant on that. But no energy to post it today. I’m peeved and sad for her at the same time. Some of the immunizations she got, I don’t think are necessary right now. If the risk factors are unprotected sex and drug use, why does my year old baby need it? *sigh*

It’s been one of those days.

On top of her being sick, I still have a ton of papers to grade before Tuesday. (Our school week runs Tues-Fri). Actually need to finish before then to plan next weeks assignments. Yes, I plan week to week. I really wish I had time to plan further out. (By plan, I mean get everything typed up in the planner so my daughters can login and view it from their computers and Kindles. I already know what we need to do.) Maybe in the future I’ll be able to pull off a month at a time.

Some good news is that SM (14) pulled a 100% on her math quiz. It was really just review, but hey, we like it! LOL

Absolute Value.

15 May

Algebra (and all other math) is fun time, yes?

No.

But we must.

I have one child that loves math. The boy child. The rest? Well, they wish they could do math without so many numbers.

One of the lessons SM is studying this week is on absolute value. We love absolute value. Why? Because it’s simple.

Below I’m listing what I used to teach av.

  • Compass Learning has a learning activity in their Algebra 1 curriculum. Activity A1111. Don’t quote me on that because we are using CL through an outside source and they re-number their activities. You might find that Time4Learning has this activity in their Algebra 1 course. I’ve never used Algebra with them, so I can’t say for sure.
  • Khan Academy’s video: Absolute Value 1 along with the practice. You can run through the practice more than once. (You can also login and get cool achievements and points! — ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: COOL MOM BADGE) – Seriously, Khan Academy is an ABSOLUTE God send.
  • Saxon Algebra 1 (3rd Edition), Lesson 5.A and 5.B, along with part of the problem set. Numbers 1 and 4-9. Yes. I realize the setup of the 3rd edition leaves something (everything) to be desired, but the 4th edition is just a dream right now. *sad face*

For extra practice (in case it’s needed):

Games:

And for the serious scholar, WORKSHEETS!

I don’t guess anyone needs that much ABSOLUTE VALUE in their life…but just in case.

Absolute value is generally taught in 6-8th grade. We’re doing review right now. Since they despise math so much, I really have to make sure those concepts are still with them.

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