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Once more into the breach, another Friday is here! Given that the 3rd is a Sunday, FlSNDad should be getting his SSI today instead. So I may not be here until later to moderate this diary because we'll have errands to run, and we want to run them BEFORE it gets too hot outside. Errands today include: pulling part of the rent money out of the ATM and doing some back to school shopping.

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Now public school goes back August 18th in this county this year. We don't start ours until after Labor Day. But August is when I start doing school prep. This year the 'tax free days' are August 1-3, so today's shopping is really the beginning of our home school journey for 2014-2015 (well kind of I've done some early curriculum decisions already). We don't need as much as many parents do. There will be no new wardrobe, or backpack, or lunch box. I don't have to worry about the latest shoes, or school uniforms. I do have to get note book paper, pencils, pens (for me), some new colored pencils because we used those a lot last year, maybe a new box of crayons, though I have to check, the one from last year may be sufficient. I need a couple of three ring binders to put completed work in when it gets to be too much for the plastic pocket/three tab folders we use for subjects. Luckily the folders are still in good shape from last year, so I won't need to buy all new folders as well.

Some things we're looking into will be bought later in the year, for example, she wants to do some 'life cycle' experiments later and maybe get a tadpole or ladybugs to study. But we won't do those until spring because the weather is too hot for anyone to ship us any live critters right now (can't go over 85 degrees out).

This year I have only one kid to shop for. Draco graduated last year, so it's just Bit. However, this is 6th grade for Bit, so we are expanding beyond the subjects we've done previously, and going more in depth with some others. She was already doing a high school/college level anatomy course last year, we're going to continue with that this year and finish it out. She's in 7th grade math, and depending how that goes we'll start pre-algebra later this school year. We're also going to go into a vocabulary course based on roots, prefixes and suffixes this year instead of her customary spelling.  

And she wants to do NaNoWriMo in November. There's a 'youth version' specifically designed for middle schoolers, and they have a curriculum available for the month before, so we're doing both of those. In September we're working on writing short essays, then getting into the Novel curriculum supplied by Nano, then doing Nano in November. Then we'll probably work on editing in December until winter break.

History we're starting with Ancient India, then moving into the middle ages and on through the Renaissance. We'll probably follow that time line with some literature and reading as well. I found a teacher's guide for the Hobbit and we'll likely put that in there, she's seen the cartoon version and listened to the audio book when she was really little (like 4 years old) but it's been long enough to give her a fresh perspective. Most of her reading is on audio because of her vision issues, so really I screen mostly for age appropriate content rather than regular 'reading level'. She does a lot of recreational reading as well.

So while I have a few things to buy to get ready for the new school year, most of my preparation will be preparing lesson plans and curriculum, reviewing curriculum and web sites I intend to use, and altering what doesn't. I have to write up a lot of things for her because she can't see typical book type, or printed sheets.

She also wants to learn to sew on the sewing machine, to expand her crotchet stitches, and her cooking skills. So we'll work on those as well. Lots of things to do and explore this year!

So what are your plans for the last month of summer? Will go sneak in an extra vacation? Will you go explore museums and new places locally? Are you just going to stay home and relax when you aren't working? What plans and preparations do you remember making when you were a kid? How are they different from what kids today need? Have you looked at those long printed sheets at the store telling parents what to buy for their kids recently? What do they do with 4 boxes of tissues anyway???

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  •  Sounds like Bit (10+ / 0-)

    is going to have an interesting year!

    When I saw your title, I thought "Back to school already?" then remembered that by the time I got out of work, it was already August.

    Best wishes for you & your family!

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Thu Jul 31, 2014 at 10:58:39 PM PDT

  •  g'day all; got this last night for granddaughter (9+ / 0-)

    on auction:
    "Titanic Book ''The Night Lives On'' Signed by the Author & 6 Survivors -- Michel Navratal, Eva Hart, Bertram Dean, Edith Haisman nee Brown, Maggie Robb & Louise Pope"

    Daughter is upset because she is starting to figure out what I paid for the Titanic chessboard.  It arrived yesterday and is an impressive bit of work.  There was also a 2004 auction catalog from Guernsey Auction House with a list of Titanic items and their hammer price included with the chessboard.  It is amazing the me the number of Titanic bits and pieces are floating around such as a pocket watch pilfered from a victim, several pieces of the Grand Staircase, a lifejacket taken from a body and some 550 other such items.  It was amazing.

    Like I told daughter, the Anubis funerary statue and the 1793 half cent went off way out of my range so she should be happy

  •  I have prep too (9+ / 0-)

    Four courses this semester. three I've taught before. The US since 1865 syllabus is DONE. So is the US before 1865 syllabus, only the page numbers for the textbook changed with the new edition of the textbook and I have to update that. United States History in 14 weeks  for the specialized film school is done too; I just have to find it and make some cosmetic changes.

    And then there's American Environmental History. That's going to occupy most of the month, and it means I'm bringing a flash drive with me for my last summer trip, which will be nine days in the greater Bay Area August 15 - 23.

    Happy Friday, all.

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 04:39:08 AM PDT

  •  Good morning. (7+ / 0-)

    It's supposed to go up to 76, and we may be getting rain again this afternoon.   Riiiiiight Mr. Weatherman!

    After I walk the pups and walk myself at the Garden, I'm going to a mall.   I need to go to Lush, a bath store that smells yummy.   Walk, walk, walk.   Actually I'm getting to like it, and that's a good thing.

    Have a good day.

    I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

    by broths on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 05:04:19 AM PDT

  •  Morning folks (8+ / 0-)

    Eating breakfast and browsing through, then we're going to get gone while the temps are still pretty cool. Right now it's 72, but it's supposed to go up into the low 90's later on. Walmart is about an hour, hour and a half out, and that's where we have to go for school supplies, unfortunately. The dollar store won't have much of what I need, because I need large ruled graph paper and large grip pens and pencils, otherwise my hands will fall asleep while I'm trying to write up work sheets. And paying $7 for 2 at dollar general isn't going to get me very far (I've already priced things). Walmart will have good sales for tax free days.

    Also have to get ant traps because we were invaded over night. The cat food bowl was full of ants and so was the kitchen sink and the sponge. Also need to buy more sponges, because I can't get the little buggers out of the other one. I think one of the kids left kool aid sit last night, probably Draco after I went to bed.

    We get a free cab ride home because we let the cab guy use our fuel perks from Winn Dixie yesterday and saved him .85/gallon. So at least we don't have to walk home in the heat, and we save that expense. Hooray! I love our cab guys!

    Ok, going to jet. I'll be back to check in better after we get home with all the goodies.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 05:20:59 AM PDT

  •  Four boxes of tissues is about right. (8+ / 0-)

    Every classroom has at least two boxes out all the time for student use.  My classroom always ran out before the end of the year.  Kids use kleenex for all kinds of things, including snotty noses.  Sometimes, they just need a diversion or to stand up for a minute, and getting a tissue is good for that.  There is no way a teacher would tell a kid s/he can't have a tissue.  There'd be a real stink that would probably go all the way to the school board.  Don't even ask me about trips to the bathroom.....

    Today looks like errand day for me, too.  I have library books that are due and receipts from the convention to turn in to the church.  I broke my watch the other day and need to hit Walmart (as much as it pains me to give them business) for another cheap one.  When I super-glued mine back together, some glue got into one of the buttons.  I can't reset it and somehow it got stuck on the "chime each hour" mode.  Drives me nuts.  Admittedly, that's a very short drive...  ;-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 06:05:38 AM PDT

  •  For me August is a month to can tomatoes. (6+ / 0-)

    The back to school sales tug at me, of course, and sometimes I find things we need for the office so I can scratch that (diminishing) itch.

    I only asked for one box of tissue, but I did ask for 180 pencils each.  Truth is, most of my students didn't give a thought to school supplies and I wasn't fussy; the actual work was in their heads not on papers.  The school also had tissues, but they were very "inexpensive" and not nice for sore noses.  

    If one or two brought 180 pencils, the rest of the kids could use the ones abandoned each day.  I did have one student who became upset when the pen she had been using for a year and a half ran out of ink before she got her GED;  never a dull moment!

    I provided nice pens and pencils to everyone when they were ready to take their test, it reduced frustration and showed them how I cared for them.

    The rest of the time, I took what ever the cleaners would save for me and re-used the paper from last years spiral binders. Like many public school teachers, I provided a lot of supplies to the students, even if the project was for their other class.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 06:30:05 AM PDT

    •  See, we don't use kleenex at home (5+ / 0-)
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      If someone is sick they carry around a roll of TP, it's cheaper, more efficient, and doesn't run out all the time :). As for pencils, I don't use wooden ones that need sharpening, we use the big triangular mechanical ones that Papermate makes. They come with refills and new erasers, and last year 5 a piece lasted the kids all year. I can't use regular pencils any more, my carpal tunnel is too bad, the thicker ones mean my fingers don't fall asleep all the time. I use the thicker pens too, I can't just get a pack of cheapy bics any more. But again, a pack of 6 will last me most if not all of the school year. This year I got Z grips. Also I get a 12 pack of colored pencils and a new pack of crayons, a couple of glue sticks, etc. Last years colored pencils and crayons go into the "craft box" so we have a new set to start the school year every year. But those two things together cost me a whole dollar lol.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 10:02:19 AM PDT

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  •  The four boxes of Kleenex are for the (7+ / 0-)

    classroom, as are the tubs of hand wipes. The schools can't afford to buy them. At DD's school, the 24 pencils get dumped into a drawer for communal use, too.

    Busy day. Have to see if I can get an appt with billing office at club. We went back to 1/1/12. Looks like trainer was honest as long as DH was working out with me. Then he started bilking us, when it was just me once a week instead of both of us twice a week. His income dropped, so apparently he needed to cheat us. Hope that that appt goes well.

    Must do yoga. I just started Iyengar yoga, with a DVD at home. I have a shocking lack of flexibility in my spine and hamstrings. Must touch up roots, too.  Also have to make appt to donate blood. ARRRGH. Hope that I can get it all done!

    Wow, awesome curriculum, FLMOM!

    I yam what I yam --Popeye

    by BadKitties on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 06:59:39 AM PDT

    •  We stopped at Petsmart along the way (3+ / 0-)
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      this morning, and they have tadpoles for $1, that are native species. So we're probably going to go through Petsmart rather than sending away for one, cheaper that way and it won't be some breed from Africa that we won't want to release if that's what she decides to do.

      I can get a terrarium cheaper at Petsmart as well then through amazon, so we'll probably do the whole thing that way this spring. Now if we decide to go with one of the insects, that we'll have to buy online and send away for.

      Have fun with the Yoga! I need to start up my Tai Chi again, Bit and I were doing it together. Probably once it gets cooler outside and we don't want to go out and walk.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 10:06:53 AM PDT

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  •  August is slow for me. (5+ / 0-)

    Tutoring jobs don't start coming in until after the school year has started and students begin to find themselves treading water. There isn't much preparation because a) almost all the students fall down at the same point so I am ready for that or b) if it is a new problem so I have no idea now what it will be to prepare in advance.

    This September I will have four adults learning to read. One of my nicest memories is meeting an adult student who had finished the course and have her recommend a book to me!

    The grandkids are all off on their family vacations during August. This year it is Williamsburg for one side and Denali for the other. Then everyone will be here for Labor Day weekend for one last blast and some rapids running. Till then I can chill and do what I want - after I split the firewood!

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 07:40:20 AM PDT

    •  Bit is going to be doing a reading fluency (5+ / 0-)

      program this year. She has some major vision issues, and does most of her reading on cd, but she gets frustrated that she reads so slowly even in large print. It's lack of practice and tracking issues. I'm going to hand write it out for her large enough for her to see it, and we're going to practice. I found a book on Kindle of kid's poetry, we're going to use that. Shorter pieces but not little kiddie stuff, so she'll be more comfortable with it. Her vision is bad enough that she has trouble reading books that are set beyond a 2nd grade reading level because the print is too small. And even on some of those, if the contrast is bad or it's printed over a picture she can't see it. It's not that she can't read, she just needs the practice for fluency, and that's almost impossible to do for her with commercially printed books, because even the 'large print' is a bit too small and too close together for her to follow.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 10:09:47 AM PDT

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      •  Eye tracking problems are very common with (5+ / 0-)

        the adults I teach, and I think it is a major reason (along with dyslexia) many of them gave up trying to learn. They were told over and over that it was their fault they couldn't read so they gave up.

        I found a simple exercise that helped many. Hold a pencil vertically in one hand, put your arm straight out in front of you, move your hand left to right and back again in an 18” arc. Keep your head still and let your eyes follow the pencil in a left/right movement. Do this for 20 seconds, 5 to 10 times a day for 10 days and there is an impact on eye-tracking. I found the exercise at easy-read.com.

        You do some wonderful stuff with Bit. She's a lucky kid.

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 10:49:05 AM PDT

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        •  She has an astigmatism bad enough (3+ / 0-)
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          That it can't be fully corrected with glasses. Even with her glasses she's nearly legally blind, without them she is legally blind. So I'm writing them in a wide ruled composition notebook, double spaced. It takes up a lot of room, but she'll be able to see them.

          We will try those eye exercises as well, thank you. Maybe it will help her. This is part of the reason we decided to keep home schooling her even though her lungs are a LOT better than they were when she was younger. She would never be able to see the text books, or the work sheets, and she'd have to be right up next to the chalk board. Some teachers are good with that, some aren't.

          Add in the dyscalculia issues, and I would spend half my time fighting with the school over accessibility, and she would spend more than half her time struggling to catch up. This way, we can do things so that she can learn without having to be worried about what she's missing.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 10:56:09 AM PDT

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          •  Schools, at least some of them, try... (2+ / 0-)
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            but they can't keep up. And there does not seem to be the will to fund them and structure them so they can help everyone.

            My youngest grandson is autistic. It took many battles before my daughter and SIL got him the help he needed in school. They still have to supplement with tutors and behavior modification outside of school; but his school has come a long way.

            Sounds to me like you are doing what Bit needs. Lots of work, maybe, but so worth the effort.

            "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

            by Most Awesome Nana on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:10:27 AM PDT

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            •  My oldest is autistic (4+ / 0-)

              We fought with the school through elementary. For Middle school they didn't even want to talk IEP because academically he was doing ok. Never mind he couldn't stand the noise on the tour of the middle school and freaked out and they had to take him back to the elementary school early. They didn't have the programs or the funds for what he needed they said, they would just main stream him and 'hope for the best' and 'see what they could do as problems came up'. We said f&&k that, and pulled him out to home school. I was done. I'd missed so much work and college myself trying to get something in place for middle school, then to be told that? Forget it. My other half was home anyway. And since we were home schooling him already, when we started getting trouble before he even started kindergarten about what Bit needed concerning her asthma, and even getting her to school was going to be a problem, we just kept her home too.

              The bad thing with my son: The school was on a bus route, he had a bus pass and knew how to use it. He'd walked out of elementary school TWICE because they didn't watch him close enough. How often, being overwhelmed with noise, etc, was he just going to show up at home half way through the day? Even if I took his bus pass away he'd just walk home. It was only about 4 miles, he can do that in his sleep, we haven't had a car since he was around 6 and have walked everywhere ever since.

              "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

              by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:22:19 AM PDT

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              •  Lucky for them you were there to take over. (3+ / 0-)
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                So many children are just left to flounder.

                Daughter and SIL bought their home because it is in an area with a good school system. Still, they had to fight (with lawyers no less) to get what the school was supposed to provide BY LAW! The odd thing is, most of the therapy he gets is covered by their health insurance (and yes, the school does bill for it); so the school system is actually out very little. And that little is certainly covered by the outrageous school taxes they pay.

                I really think it is a lack of will on the part of most citizens. If you or your kids don't need help, why should you have to pay for others' programs? I wish someone would prove me wrong about that; but I don't think anyone will.

                "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

                by Most Awesome Nana on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 12:24:01 PM PDT

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          •  And let me know how the exercise works! (3+ / 0-)
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            Good luck.

            "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

            by Most Awesome Nana on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 11:12:15 AM PDT

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  •  What a great curriculum, FloridaSNMOM! (3+ / 0-)
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    Bet you both learn a lot! Just curious - do you plan on teaching a foreign language in the future? Or maybe Bit's already learning one and I just missed that. Interested in how it would go - do you know one, would you learn one together, or would Bit take an outside class in one?

    I do remember the long list of school supplies sent out for my son before the start of every school year. It has been a while, but I think they ended in h.s., possibly middle school. By that time, kids (and parents) knew what they needed and that they didn't need everything all at once.

    August and September will be fairly busy with work, hurray! Maybe a day trip or two. I would like to go up to Cold Spring, NY and walk through the antique shops. Maybe visit the Cloisters, too, or the Bronx Botanical Garden.

    Hope everyone is well and having a good day!

    •  Last year we touched on Chinese (3+ / 0-)
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      a bit. She liked it, but it was hard because there were a lot of visuals in the curriculum and they didn't use fonts or colors that worked well for her. I had to transcribe a lot to paper, and that really didn't work well with the characters for me. We do want to do a Spanish course sometime this year. I just haven't found one yet that will work for her and that I can afford. She's been playing with one that has an app for her tablet, Duolingo, over the summer. I may make that one more serious and expand it. It's very visual with pictures and such that she can actually see, but it's also very very basic. I took four years of Spanish in high school, I think with a work book or text book, plus duolingo I can put something together for her.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 12:47:40 PM PDT

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      •  I have no doubt that you could (3+ / 0-)
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        put something together for her! I think you're doing great work and that Bit is lucky. Your son, too. Duolingo sounds like a good app - basic, with pics she can see.

        I took French throughout h.s. and into college, but I speak only a soupçon of it anymore. Lately, I've wanted to learn at least a rudimentary level of Spanish. The community college offers a 6-week course for $125.00. It's online, which would be good in terms of scheduling, but I always thought being with other people and conversing (or trying to) would be good. I dunno.

        •  I'm sure I've forgotten more than I remember (4+ / 0-)
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          but it will come back to me as I work with her. It will be a learning experience for her and a refresher for me, which works. Hablo un poquito del Espanol ahora, but I used to dream in it when I was a senior in high school. We do use some Spanish in the house already so she's familiar with the way some words are pronounced, etc.

          I chose not to do a foreign language with Draco because he had a rather large speech/language delay in English and I was afraid it would just confuse him more to add a second language. He's been exposed to spanish through us, and to Klingon and a few other languages we use a smattering of, but I didn't want to get him into a full language course, instead we really focused on English vocab and built that up. Which did work well for him.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:24:59 PM PDT

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  •  good afternoon, ya'. (3+ / 0-)
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    i married people today but not as many as last time.  we had 3 no shows and 3 were in spanish.  my daughter speaks it pretty well, i do not so another person does those.  

    it is very hot here, but i see the breeze has come up so it will get better.

    i have found a little strip of green park, close by, built under the walls for the freeway.  it is in a industrial area but right off the main street so not isolated or scary during daylight hours.  no other dogs!  so i have been talking razzle to run there around 7p and it is helping with her evening "crazy dog" sessions.  they still happen but she doesn't jump over the couch so its getting tamer.

    no other news.  have a good day.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 01:49:29 PM PDT

  •  School Schedules for Indianapolis and surrounding (2+ / 0-)
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    Kit RMP, FloridaSNMOM

    communities were published in (OMG! antique) Newspapers yesterday. Some schools in the same area started as early as  July 20. Every day has more schools opening. Our local suburb is the last one listed, not starting until August 13. Later may be a good thing since the major North/South road through the center of the school district is still closed for major reconstruction. Dear Hubby transported Special Ed children for summer school enrichment, but had to be escorted by giant road tractors over rough road beds to get the children living in the Trailer Park.  

    In this fast growing school system, school has started in previous years with no street signs or house numbers in place for the most recently subdivision. Every day give road construction and builders get one more day to get their work completed.

    •  The schools here were opening in July (1+ / 0-)
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      drmah

      back when my son was in elementary. And then they passed a law requiring it to be closer to labor day. There were too many issues with summer camps missed, family reunions and vacations missed, as well as schools closed for hurricane shelters frequently one year. So now it's no earlier than mid August.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 01, 2014 at 05:02:11 PM PDT

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      •  If Indiana schools would just be consistent with (1+ / 0-)
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        one another, it would make possible some of the issues you mentioned to happen. As it is now, some schools choose to go late into June while other begin in mid-July. Try to find a week when one scenario or the other lets children be free is almost impossible!  When I was teaching in the neighboring school district while my children attended in our home district, there were always missed vacation days because of the different schools calendars.  Now the situation is even worse with the early/late controversy. This summer there was only week we had to visit with grandchildren between Hubby's end of helping with Enrichment Summer School Schedule and the Fall start of our School.

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