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  2. LynnS

    Right Start Math still worth it?

    We loved Right Start and did A-C before switching to Beast Academy. Between the manipulatives, the games, and the wide variety of topics it teaches, I really feel like it's a holistic introduction to math like nothing else on the market, and it gave my son (2e) an amazing math foundation.
  3. Jean in Newcastle

    Ignore this thread!

    Good morning. 🌞 Good morning ☀️ I’m glad to be alive. Good morning. 🌞 Good morning to you!
  4. Lady Florida.

    Book a Week 2019 - BW3: 52 Books Bingo - Something Old

    Thank you. We're getting real time updates from ddil. Emma is currently in surgery, on the bypass machine which keeps her going during the operation, and doing great so far. It's a 4 hour surgery that began shortly after 9am Eastern, then about a 45 minute recovery time.
  5. Jean in Newcastle

    Ignore this thread!

    Junie has a bouyaugh (French spelling)
  6. busymama7

    Speaking of weddings...

    There is a language barrier too but we can try. I hope that is the case but the actual largeness and length of the party doesn't sound fun to me and isn't what I am used to at all. In my head I feel like if I still least knew the party would be fun it would be easier to get to that point but the truth is it just sounds exhausting. Like tons of work leading up and still no pay off either. But I just have to deal with that as I know it's my issue.
  7. Seasider too

    Speaking of weddings...

    Does the church have a wedding coordinator? Many do. I agree with you about the food issue - you do NOT have a meal time reception without providing a meal, unless you have an odd schedule with an early ceremony followed by a meal break before the reception (unusual but some do this - but still there would be a meal provided for the entire bridal party and parents/grandparents/parents of youth attendants). Good luck to you. Three months is deadline time for invitations, you need time info to get those printed with enough time to address and stuff and mail out soon enough. ETA. Ask the coordinator for a timeline of what needs to be done by when. Also, can your dh have a heart to heart talk with your son?
  8. For what it’s worth, I ordered from them for the first time recently. It took a week before they shipped my order. It felt really slow! I’m spoiled by two day shipping from Amazon and next day from Zappos.
  9. happysmileylady

    Speaking of weddings...

    Yeah, it sounds like a pretty stressful planning process. Can her parents be like face timed in or something when you all get together so that you can be sure that you are getting the right information about what their plans are in terms of paying, family and friends helping out, etc etc? Also it seems that you might be projecting some of the stress of the current planning process into the actual celebration itself. You might find that once the planning process is finished, you are looking forward to the reception as a chance to relax bit more.
  10. Scarlett

    The after lunch slump

    The first time this happened to me I was very shocked. I called it crashing fatigue. As in I couldn't listen to my son read to me for 5 minutes without falling asleep. My Vit D level was very low. Now I notice it every Feb. I take Vit D supplements, and I seek out the sun as much as I can.
  11. @Lady Florida. Kathy, prayers and thoughts for Emma, her parents, and you today.
  12. I don’t know anything about soccer, but I know plenty of international kids who got full ride (tuition, board, and in one case even a small stipend) for tennis. They were girls. I remember being very surprised, but apparently this happens.
  13. Seasider too

    The after lunch slump

    This is me, too - I have to plan an active task or actual exercise for early afternoon IF my day started early and active. On days I’m at the office, I used to be attached to that afternoon cuppa joe, but have recently switched to hot chai tea with coconut milk or a steaming mug of bone broth. I also have a standing option for my desk and will engage that as much as possible, which helps. My ideal schedule for maximum productivity: easy wake up, followed by coffee and reading time, morning housekeeping tasks, exercise around 930-10am and then dinner prep, meal around 11am when I’m in the kitchen doing dinner prep. On this morning schedule, my peak creativity/productivity happens appx 1-7pm, working in my home office or out on some project. What really drains me is having to operate around other people’s schedules. 😂 Stopping because someone needs to be picked up from school, or because folks start sniffing for an evening meal at 4pm, really breaks my stride (dinner prep early in the day helps!).*** The late afternoon chauffeur duties are a productivity killer. On the upside, actual drive time is often solid time conversing with my kid. But oy, the sitting and waiting! I’ve started keeping an extra pair of sports shoes in my vehicle so I can go for a walk while waiting when location and weather permit it. ***I know that these “interruptions” are part of being an engaged mother, wife, homemaker; I don’t resent them. I will confess to some restlessness, though, as I find myself in a weird transitional stage of life, ready to move on to some personal endeavors that have been set on the back burner during my 20 years of homeschooling and so far 25 of full time parenting.
  14. busymama7

    Speaking of weddings...

    To add to it, my son is out of state at college and her parents are from another country. Most of this is falling to her and we are trying to help but they ask for help and then get annoyed that we offer any suggestions other than of course that's perfect.
  15. If the students had done something questionable, then it would/should have been flagged at the time or maybe immediately after the test in order to not disturb the other test takers. The fact that the student isn't questioned until the score is generated tells me it is entirely based on a score increase.
  16. Arcadia

    Thyroid--TSH only?

    What I read is that the free T4 test is not run unless the TSH results aren’t good. That tallies with the test results I got. My TSH result is in range and free T4 test wasn’t run. In my case it is a non issue as my extended family is large and only my mom had thyroid issues, so kind of one in a hundred chance. I would call and request the free T3 and free T4 tests to be added in as you have family history. The blood drawn is just a little more.
  17. busymama7

    Speaking of weddings...

    If I try to do this I think I will offend them (bride and family) as they say they have lots of family and friends who will help. But if they can't give me a commited list of those who have agreed to stay until it's clean then yes, hiring it out would for sure be a good plan. I will be asking her to put together that list at our next meeting tonight
  18. happysmileylady

    Speaking of weddings...

    Ok, wow, that sounds like the crazy train is starting to come off the rails and a wedding planner to bring it back on track is a good idea.
  19. 8 that sounds bad. If the Arbitration process is not fair to the students involved that would be horrible. I don't know what the percentage of students is with ACT, but with the SAT it seems extremely low. However, if one is in the 0.1% who have their SAT scores challenged, not a good position to be in. I suspect that some of the students involved in these disputes with SAT or ACT have in fact done one or more questionable things and that's what triggered the freezes on their scores. But I also believe that one should have a good shot at fair Arbitration.
  20. busymama7

    Speaking of weddings...

    3 months away. Things like the ceremony and reception hall are reserved, DJ and band etc are done. Some decorations. We are being held up by details changing like the start time for the reception. At first it was 7ish, cake and desserts only. Now as of yesterday they want it to start at 5 but still not serve any dinner/food. I'm pushing back with that as I think it's rude to do that. We havent given them a number as we were told her parents were paying for everything. Now we are being told that isn't fair. Like I said, complicated. I don't have a problem giving them a number and having them work with it but things like not feeding their guests is making me crazy so I'm wanting to hold back a second until the planner is involved and then say that we will pay for the food as our contribution so that they will agree to it.
  21. Mom22ns

    Make sure your kids keep copies of their syllabi!

    Also, if you need one and the teacher is no longer available be sure to ask the department office. I have to turn mine into the department at the beginning of each semester. I don't know how long they keep them, but I'm sure it is years (they store them electronically, so it isn't a big space issue).
  22. arliemaria

    favorite games for grades 3-5

    My son, age 9, got Carcassone, Ticket to Ride First Journeys, Clue, Settlers of Catan, and Labyrinth for Christmas this year. We play a lot of games.
  23. RosemaryAndThyme

    Make sure your kids keep copies of their syllabi!

    I agree that this is a good idea. Zip up copies of work and syllabi and keep them on Google Drive or some other back up location. Past syllabi can be helpful if a student applies to graduate school or would like to work on a different Bachelor's degree later in life. Documentation can help you get credit for prerequisites and in some cases can help get elective credits. I recently had to dig up syllabi from my graduate courses to substantiate my credentials, which was difficult. I found a couple fairly easily, but some courses were moved to different departments (new programs created since my graduation). Three of my courses changed their content significantly while still using same course numbers, so I couldn't really use the material. I was able to find a couple of course descriptions from academic catalogs during my years in school, but details were not easily found.
  24. We don't have to go on spring break, but I want too. My kids all attend a really expensive ballet school and I want to go over their spring break so we don't miss tons of classes that we can't make up. Virtual school I think will work with us on missing a week. I am not a huge fan of Disney. I mean for a day or two it is sort of fun to see the kids have fun. But that isn't where I want to be really for longer than that. And that is only every few years. We like to go to other countries for a long time and don't really need tons of things to do. We like to be out in nature and can do the beach for days. Or just have fun slowing down and experiencing another culture.
  25. Junie

    Ignore this thread!

    I just watched an episode of Little Einsteins... in French. It was dd10's idea because she wants to learn French. Wow, my French is really rusty and limited. I would say that my French level is: Toddler. I would be thrilled if I could boost that to: Kindergarten.
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