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  2. I had a severe case of chicken pox in 5th or 6th grade. I am 52. Never had the chicken pox vaccine. I just had my first shingles shot. My 2nd is in a couple of months. DH had chicken pox as a child also. He is 57 and has recently finished his 2nd shingles shot. From people I've talked to that have had shingles, I do not want it!
  3. The long term memory and true understanding is interesting. I recall a psychology prof from a local university giving a talk at my college during my senior year, and he was using his research on learning in mice to explain how the block plan was not a good system for learning. I think one of the crucial points he missed was that learning during college does not only take place in classes. Students are learning in all different venues from sports to music to jobs to research, etc. Based on my and my husband’s experiences, neither of us found his predictions to be true. We were both extremely well prepared for grad and professional school and actually found the subject matter exams we had to take for admissions quite easy after modest review. I distinctly remember being very pleasant surprised at how quickly everything came back to me when I was reviewing for the Psych GRE, and my husband said the same thing about the MCAT. Plus, with the block plan, he had the luxury of taking a block off to prepare.
  4. DS#2 made a lot of Star Wars tie-fighters and other creations with multi-link cubes and MUS rods 😂 Similarly, he wasn't fond of using the math manipulatives as *part* of a math lesson, but he did enjoy "fun pages" (solo-working "reproduce the pattern" types of workbook pages, as well as just exploring), using Geoboards and multi-link cubes. So just thinking that you might try setting out something like that as her solo-time -- especially Geoboards, as they make very artistic patterns. 😉
  5. We do have all of those, but for some reason this one kid in particular hates most manipulatives, but for some reason loves the pattern blocks. She was my very anti-Right Start child. She didn't take to MUS either. She will play with the MUS blocks by herself to just make things, but she hates being made to use a manipulative during an actual math lesson. To her the pattern blocks are more like art and less math, LOL. Also thanks for the huge list you gave. I'm also seeing some other things pop up in the suggestions as I browse through so I think I will be able to find enough to keep her busy a few more months. 🙂
  6. With lights etc and given difficulty of finding components it may have been relatively reasonable. San Diego should be way easier, especially if they have a balcony or yard of any sort, but even a good window spot would probably do a lot.
  7. That sounds crazy. I’ve never actually heard of less than 3 1/2 weeks for a full, regular college course, so fitting two into three weeks sounds almost impossible and a recipe for burnout. I know that at the state schools here, four weeks is the shortest time for summer classes, and others are taught over eight or ten weeks during the summer. But students are definitely advised not to take more than one per four week term.
  8. It's really weird how they've disappeared-- on Google Books I can find a ton for older kids published back in the 90's, but I can't see them and a most are out of print and I don't want to gamble. It's so weird to me how things ebb and flow on popularity. I'll look into Tanagrams too.
  9. She showed me a picture of it and it was pretty elaborate. It had its own light electric light source🧐I’m sure finding something that shipped to Japan was also a challenge. They are now living in San Diego so growing herbs may be easier😊
  10. PS You might also consider branching out into geoboards, multi-link cubes, and cusienaire rods. There are some good printables and books out there for all of those manipulatives. And both DSs here who had loved pattern blocks also really got into those other manipulatives as well. 🙂
  11. Dr. Edward Group is speaking now in room 1. I hope you can watch, or check on youtube. these series can be purchased after the weekend. TTAC is the Truth about Cancer.
  12. I see! Well that does sound like quite a lot for seeds, soil, container! but, maybe she wasn’t up to finding individual components in her circumstances 😌 perhaps a few high quality seed catalogs would be good for her to have! I recommend the Fedco Seeds from Maine catalogs. Plain black and white, not glossy enticing pictures, but hugely informative! And excellent seed (and tools) quality for fair prices.
  13. And no. I wouldn’t be concerned in your shoes about getting the vaccine, because catching it as an adult without the vaccine having students least prompted some antibody development would be so, so much worse.
  14. I picked up a "free" shirt with Kohl's cash this morning - a basic white long-sleeve t-shirt that is a little more belly-clinging than I would prefer, but I have a ton of jackets it'll go under. The shirt was $14 on sale for $10, and the Kohl's cash I had was $10. So, I didn't even have to pay tax as it was a $0 transaction. The cashier was a little weirded out - "That's $10.83 before your coupon *scans coupon* Your new total is, um, uh. Well, I guess you can just take it. Um, good job!" I also picked up a free with coupon bath gel from Bath and Body Works this morning. MIL gave DH his dad's kindle, so he's happy about that. I signed my VIPKid contract this morning. I have a workshop tomorrow morning with them, which should earn me some tokens. My two youngest kids have already said I have to get the Dino plush - I was thinking more along the lines of Amazon gift cards, but we'll see once I have enough to spend. I have to wait until I get DD's medical appointments on the schedule/figure out if we're looking at surgery & rehab or what the deal is before I start scheduling classes though. DH dropped his class this coming 8 weeks due to DD's medical problems. He'll just have to do it later, but the drop in stress was worth it to him. The school worked with us to get him a refund even though he was 1 day past the drop date. It helped that I grew up with the lady who runs the department - she went above and beyond to push it through. My mother wants to buy me a new winter coat for the season, but I don't know when I have time to go shopping. On the not frugal side: My car went in to the shop and needed a lot of work. We've purchased a couple of crafty things for DD to do as she is not allowed physical exertion until she sees the specialist (info on her health issues here) DH and oldest are visiting a college this week. So gas for a 6 hour roundtrip drive and food for DH (DD will eat in the cafeteria on the college's dime). However, if she visits now during the application process, she's eligible for a $2500 scholarship, so this visit could really pay off if she chooses this school.
  15. I had chickenpox as a child as shingles at 22, which sucked - the nerve pain was absolutely brutal. They tested my antibodies a few pregnancies ago and they were fairly high, so I’ve never had any shots for it.
  16. It was some sort of kit, where you could grow several different types of herbs. She said she paid $250 for it😳
  17. Besides some of the other great suggestions, simple games like Yahtzee or the card game version of Monopoly or any regular card games might work. Something that is short and doesn’t require great concentration, but can be repeated many times if she is enjoying it. Also, since she enjoys your kids, maybe have some pictures to show her on a device and then you can talk about everything they’ve been doing. I really like your idea of having your kids write letters to her.
  18. I had chicken pox when I was six weeks old (youngest of five kids). I was tested for antibodies just a few years ago and am immune. I should get the shingles fax, but haven’t yet. My ds had the first chicken pox vaccine, then was exposed to someone who had a sibling with active chicken pox (don’t even get me started) that same week. Within a couple of days of the exposure, he had the chicken pox, but we don’t know if it was from the vax, the exposure or a combination. He got his vax not long after they started offering them. We do know a family where their 23 yo son just recently had shingles. He had chicken pox as a kid, but I don’t know what age. He missed a couple of weeks of work and still has some painful flares.
  19. I had chicken pox as a child and also have had shingles, a mild case. My doctor has encouraged me to get the shingles shot but I hate needles😢 DH recently got the shingles shot, the two series, and felt off for a couple of days. Guess I need to work up my courage🙄
  20. I don't think it's the best choice for most students, both for reasons of true understanding and long term memory and for practical reasons - even a short illness will put you far behind. Yes, timely feedback would be crucial!
  21. Dh did not work this weekend. Which is ok. He's trying to close out a specific project and it doesn't seem to be going well, so being home to de-stress is as ok as working the OT. And he does have OT on the check, it would just be more ot if he was working lol
  22. I actually feel less modest and more uncomfortable when my side or belly is showing than my breast. I found some nursing tank tops with a built in bra that are w.o.n.d.e.r.f.u.l. and keep all that stark white flesh from showing 🙂
  23. I had the chicken pox when I was 9 months and then shingles when I was 3 years old! My poor mother...of course I don’t remember either.
  24. I tested immune, but never had noticeable chicken pox. My doctor doesn’t feel I should worry about shingles until I’m older.
  25. I had chicken pox but never had shingles. all four of our kids had chicken pox and a couple of weeks ago Dd 27 had shingles. Her shingles were a mild case but she had viral meningitis at the same time and she was miserable for a week. I’m not sure if Dh or I will get a shingles vac. Heck I don’t even get a flu shot.
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