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  1. 6 points
    Okay. I got the grocery list down from $190 to $166. This includes a lunch box since Matt has been working for nearly a year without one, and a thermos to keep his chili warm. So big money saved this week. We picked out our Christmas tamales. I'm so excited!
  2. 6 points
    i would and now i am probably the next post on "what grosses you out" lol
  3. 5 points
    I came back to reiterate a bit of what Katie touched on. "Play to their strengths," is one of the best pieces of advice I've gotten so far with this whole dyslexia thing. It's very easy for us as Moms (me at least) to want to hone in and want to throw the entire focus onto their weakness, and invest all of your time and energy there to fix it. That's normal, because we worry, right? No one wants to see their child struggle or fall "behind." But, I think it's easy to fall so much into that that it makes it tougher and more stressful for the kid and then starts to dominate the teaching relationship. I did that with my oldest with math (with help from her school), and it ended up causing so much anxiety for her and I regret it terribly. So my biggest piece of advice, no matter what program you use, is to focus on what they are good at and emphasize that even more than you work on the reading. Let her have the wins, if at all possible to where there are more wins than losses, if that makes sense. I'm not a trophy for everything and everyone sort of person, but I do think that when kids have struggles like these that can seriously impact self-esteem long term, they need to be picked up and propped up, and not falsely, but in a real way they can be proud of. So much hinges on reading, and the kids realize that sooner or later; so while you remediate, find something she is good at and don't over-formalize it, I'm not saying that- but support it. Cheer it. Brag about it. Shamelessly, LOL. If it's her generosity, or her cheerfulness, or a physical skill or if she's a walking fact book on Dinosaurs or something. Make that a huge thing you cherish and emphasize- build up that area of the esteem. So much in our society hinges on academics, I think that's part of why dyslexia can be so absolutely devastating- kids realize that sooner or later, because honestly, so much of how non-family adults relate to kids have to do with school, progress, grades or what have you. "What grade are you in?" "What do you like to read?" "How's school?" "What do you think you want to be when you grow up?" . I honestly cried reading some of the stories of adults who grew up dyslexic and how they were treated by schools and parents. Anyway, my chief goal is to make sure my daughter never feels second rate to anyone, be it her siblings, her friends, whatever just because of her reading difficulties, so I am maybe over the top on this propping up strengths, but I figure better that than my natural tendency to focus on the weakness. My dd7 is the only kid in the house that is really interested in cooking. The others are probably just going to starve when they grow up LOL, but she adores helping me cook. And she wants to "do it herself," so I bought a toaster oven that can bake as well (actually better!) than my built in ovens, because it's easy to operate, it's on the counter, and she can do it herself. I got kids' cookbooks that rely more on pictures than anything, so while she may need me to tell her a couple of things, she can figure out most of the rest. And then when she makes us eggs, or makes us cookies, or makes most of dinner with mom just assisting, or whatever, she actually has that special win- that she did it. Herself. She didn't need help. No, she can't really read a book yet, but she can cook, and her older siblings can't/don't. So if you could find something- be it cooking, sports, music, art- whatever, search for it and build, build, build. I don't know if you are familiar with the writing program, IEW, but they are a writing program we've used and they have a podcast. (Coincidentally IEW is what Barton recommends for writing program, but i just happened to use them for a previous kid, am a fan, so was already listening to the podcast for years before I knew that.) Anyway, the founder, Andrew Pudewa, has a son who is profoundly dyslexic. He's featured on two episodes of that podcast, and I found them overwhelmingly helpful, as they are from the perspective of the actual Dyslexic- not just everyone telling you how to deal with a Dyslexic child/student. I thought I'd link here in case anyone else would find them helpful. It's two parts- I've listened to it several times, but he is who overwhelmingly convinced me to play to my dd's strengths and let everything else come second.—-interview-chris-pudewa-part-1—-interview-chris-pudewa-part-2 (If you look on your podcast app you can search for The Arts of Language podcast with the IEW logo, and should be able to pull up these episode numbers, since that's maybe easier than listening on your computer!
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  5. 5 points
    Matt was 7 when his sister was born. He remembers bathing her and changing her and all sorts of things. He was more of a father figure than a brother figure, but they were really close none the less. BABY SISTER BOOYA!
  6. 5 points
    Because after a random bad night night with the baby we were able to just sleep in until 10.
  7. 4 points
    I can't deal with pictures of kids in sagging diapers, smeared with food. I unfriended someone on facebook because she constantly posted pics of her drooling 2 year old, naked except for a sagging diaper, smeared with food. Why is this child never clean?! I get it; toddlers are messy. They drool when they are teething. Sometimes it's just easier to feed them this way. But oh lord, please no more photos of your child covered in a slime layer of boogers, drool, and spaghetti sauce.
  8. 4 points
    Turtle poo. Yep. Weird. We have a 150 gallon pond in our basement, it’s beautiful. We have three turtles, and one is ultra friendly. She’ll follow you around, and just flap and flap to get your attention, This sends water droplets over the 18” glass divider and if it lands on my face I go full on Lucy from Peanuts. I love that little turtle but the thought of turtle poo on my face... No. Just No.
  9. 4 points
    I hate bad smells. I have a super powered nose so I smell everything all the time. With bad smells I KNOW I can only smell them because particles of badness have traveled from the source and INTO my face. It’s gross.
  10. 3 points
    I don’t understand this fixation on “cleanliness” of the bakers/ baking process. Does everyone have compromised immune systems? I have one (though less so now that I am on an immunoregulator) and normal bodies can handle most germs just fine. I doubt that most home bakers are dealing with extreme filth.
  11. 3 points
    Lynn for the Win!! Great idea!!
  12. 3 points
    two posts? And a suspicious looking photo of a tree (lifted off the internet). I think they're a troll.
  13. 3 points
    I've completely messed up the Nordic Walking for the weekend: appointments when the tide is low, free time when it's high, very little daylight to fit everything in. Oh well. I'll walk the dog today, then do yoga at home later. Tomorrow, if I wake up early, I'll NW in the early morning, but then I'm going to a Christmas market at 10 (it gets too crowded later) and talking to my eldest child at 2, after which it's high tide. Otherwise it will be yoga at home and dog walking in the dark. Husband has just bought fresh tuna for supper, so that's yummy. I might manage to swing my shift to take long lunches and walk then this week. I'm considering moving to a more expensive place for yoga classes. The one that is run by my place of work doesn't work with my schedule (it's mostly designed for students and academics) and there are long stretches of the year when there is only one class that I can kind of make, and not always with a good teacher. Cheap isn't cheap if it isn't what you need. I'm looking at a place that has small classes (10 students rather than 30) and costs more, but has better class times and (I hope) more predictably good teachers. I'll see what the new schedule for my current place is like when it's published in January, and decide from there.
  14. 3 points
    These are great: (Includes North and South mentioned above)
  15. 3 points
    Yes! I would rather eat anything homemade over store bought unless I know for a fact that the person is not cleaning their dishes after the dog licked them. At my office people have brought gallons of homemade chicken soup and it's gone within an hour. Nobody I know would refuse it. 🙂 Oh, Samantha, if you have leftovers, feel free to send them to me.
  16. 3 points
    Last night I finished The Snow Angel by Jayne Fresina. This was an enjoyable historical romance that I suspect I'll be rereading. It contained elements of Dickens' A Christmas Carol; it also contained a surprising twist near the end which I did not foresee. "It's Christmas 1877 and Anne Follyot— of little beauty and no fortune, but sturdy spirit and an excess of imagination— is invited to stay with her favorite aunt in Cornwall. She's all anticipation, waiting for the man chosen to escort her on this journey. According to her aunt, she met him before, many years ago, but Anne cannot remember him and she's positive that he must long-since have forgotten her. She's never been memorable. But J.P. Deverell, Esq. is now a grown man with a dangerous reputation, of which her aunt cannot possibly be aware. And Anne means to make the most of her aunt's mistake and this adventure. She considers herself a modern, independent woman, for whom a little scandal is well overdue. If she doesn't seize this chance now, she might never have another. As Charles Dickens wrote, "No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused."* * * *He's in no temper for eggnog and mistletoe; no mood to tolerate the painfully polite company of some plain spinster, in a carriage, for three days. It's probably a contrivance to get him home for Christmas.Remember Anne Follyot? He doesn't care to remember himself sixteen years ago, let alone recall the dull vicar's five year-old niece.He'd planned to spend his Yuletide working, alone and in peace. But a letter from his mother has guilted him into this act of begrudging chivalry, aided by the whispers of his best friend's mischievous ghost."Bah, Humbug!" As Charles Dickens also wrote.* * * *But this journey will not turn out quite the way either traveler expects, for when these two opposites collide, so do ghosts of the past, the present and the future.It will be a holiday season with all the usual fare—peril, pandemonium, family quarrels, mulled wine and bodily injury. Certainly a Christmas adventure never to be forgotten this time.At least, by one of them. " Regards, Kareni
  17. 3 points
    Whitehawk, I bet we are closer in age. I was older than Maize when Captain was born. The pregnancy was great, well, not the few weeks of all day sickness and the last 2 where I contemplated 'drastic measures' to get him out! But the middle was good. Delivery is a whole other story. Scotsman and my body say we are done. Bookie, if I came to visit, could I hold Cheeto, maybe? I've had all my shots!
  18. 3 points
    great....thanks. It's in the oven now baking...
  19. 3 points
    As soon as I saw the tree in the field, I knew it was the one! My kids make fun of it saying it’s a Charlie Brown tree. Youngest is the one who decorated. It has fallen a couple times now because dh broke the tree stand last year and I’m skeptical of his fix. It has more ornaments than what shows up in the picture. I don’t smell a tree scent from it, so we burn a Christmas tart for the tree smell.
  20. 2 points
    I passed my first TKD belt test in years. I stopped going for a long time, but I always intended to go back ... but was hoping it wasn't just one of those empty good intentions. In a couple weeks, I plan to do a "camp" that will hopefully enable me to pass another belt test. Then just one more test (probably in February) before I can join my kids' advanced TKD class and we can do it as a family again! Still need to improve a lot of other things, but this feels good to me. 🙂
  21. 2 points
    I love the end of the driveway giveaway program. Our neighbours are really good about quickly cleaning up anything that might remain. We used to live in a neighbourhood where stuff was left out in the back alley. It was guaranteed that no matter what was left out would be gone within minutes. If nothing else, a junk truck would come by regularly and sell whatever he gathered for scrap, I guess. We utilised his free “services” heavily when moved and ran out of time to properly donate everything.
  22. 2 points
    She liked Forsyte but it's dreary to me and I don't want to get her anything depressing. I think I recall Middlemarch and Berkeley but I'll look into the other. Thank you! She likes Little Dorritt. And this is the type I wanted to get her... something long with many episodes that she'll watch for awhile, not a 1 hr movie. She needs things a long distraction. I'll definitely look into the others. THANKS ALL! I have a lot of research to do, now.
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    I had forgotten about that one! It is part of my Overdrive so I put a hold on it. I knew someone here had read Tea with a Black Dragon! I haven’t read Dragon Bound either so I put a hold on that too. I did read her Lionheart series and enjoyed it.
  25. 2 points
    How about a nice set of knives for the kitchen?
  26. 2 points
    Dude! Like... dude. Yeah.
  27. 2 points
    My son never took the exam, but I agree that The Language of Composition is excellent. We used pieces of it last year and the year before.
  28. 2 points
    I have found Ellen McHenry's materials to be absolutely fantastic especially for the 6th-8th grades. Even my science bored/hating students have loved Kitchen Chemistry, Carbon Chemistry, The Brain, etc.
  29. 2 points
    @Penguin Beautiful pictures! Your trip sounds wonderful. Like others I have started planning.......spent quite a bit of time with the Largehearted Boy while watching the election returns last night. I am looking forward to the Bingo because I think many of the categories will work with my series reading quite well. For 10’s I am struggling....... Last year I started planning a category for the books behind the Alfred Hitchcock movies. I think I found 7 in terms of both easily sourced and appealing to me and may see where that takes me in terms of vintage mysteries. I read 39 Steps from the list this year and really enjoyed it. I also have a list of various detectives located in places I couldn’t easily group into my Nordic, Asian and Brexit country reads of this year. Maybe just 10 detectives, all from different from each continent except Antarctica. I have done some rereading this year and want to do more next year. I had forgotten how much I enjoy it. Books with Dragons is another thought........I want to reread The Lord of the Rings so loved Robin’s list which led me to this list Some of those series are ones I have been considering for years but wasn’t in the mood for that many huge books. I have never wanted to commit to Wheel of Time which is another thought.
  30. 2 points
    Thank you for this. I have a bunch of siblings and all of us are working together to make things work. He was hospitalized a few months ago and from there went to live with one sibling. We are taking turns having him live with us for several months at a time, but everyone is still helping all the time and we have kind of naturally divied up responsibilities. One takes him to appointments, one manages his finances, etc. But we work together well. We have also had an in-home nurse coming to help. For the most part we agree on his care and we all get along great, so I am grateful for that.
  31. 2 points
    Please do not judge your dad’s character based on anything you see now. He is reverting to primal instincts, and behaviors will become driven by basic human needs - food, comfort, attention/companionship and yes, sex drive. It’s not his “real self,” not his hidden adult character. What you described, exposing himself and thinking it funny, is something a lot of 4 year olds do. Your father will cognitively revert, but still live in an adult body. It’s weird and it’s normal, all at the same time. It’s important for you to keep in mind that he can not control this behavior. Just handle him with the same love and care you’d show a little kid. [eta it is amazing how a dementia patient can mask behaviors when tested, and a spouse often does a lot to cover for the one with dementia, so it is not uncommon for demented behavior to appear sudden once the non-dementia spouse passes] Yes I know, much easier said than done. I hope you have a lot of help there and are able to take turns so no one burns out. Business-wise, this is the time to make sure the right names are on his HIPAA forms with his doctors, and that there are appropriate PsOA in place. It would be good to also check with his insurance provider to determine what coverages are there in terms of in-home assistance as that becomes necessary. Also ask the doctor's office and insurance company about nurse navigators and/or social worker assistance as you might need counsel as things progress. Please do get a copy of that book (36 Hour Day). I often hand out copies IRL, it’s that helpful.
  32. 2 points
    Go get yourself a copy of The 36 Hour Day. You will find it exceedingly helpful. It will help equip you with strategies like deflection, redirecting, etc. Your goal should not be making him see the truth. It should be to deescalate the discomfort and anxiety your loved one is feeling (even if it disturbs your own sense of justice to do so). I’ll echo that you - and your loved one- are in the most difficult stage in terms of coming to terms with the diagnosis and loss of cognitive function. May you find a deep well of compassion and patience as you walk this journey with your folks.
  33. 2 points
    IME, you can’t logic your way out of the paranoia. IME, the paranoia is driven by an emotional feeling that something is missing, and they feel insecure because of that feeling, and their mind tries to latch onto a reason why...
  34. 2 points
    Favorite ways to use leftover turkey Eat it. Regards, Kareni
  35. 1 point
    I am kind of frustrated with my house. I have been working on getting rid of stuff, and I still have a ways to go on that. But there are things that I just cannot figure out. Things that I want to be able to do at home, but don’t know how to stash when I’m not doing them. I do not have ‘an extra closet’. I don’t even have ‘an extra wall for an armoire’. All those great ideas only work for people who don’t have books, I think. People who don’t read much, or who read library books one at a time and then take them back for one more. SO not me. I did figure out the kitchen stuff. Well, much of it. OK, not the 5 gallon overflow staples buckets with alpha seals, which I love but which I don’t really have a spot for so they are stashed along a wall on the floor, looking ugly. And not the electric frying pan, which I just plain need but don’t have a shelf spot for, so it’s on the floor under the bin table on the next wall, looking stupid. But at least I sorted the baking and Tupperware stuff and found homes for all that deserve space in the kitchen, and then offloaded or basemented the rest. (We have a tiny quarter basement, not much room but I can keep a little overflow kitchen stuff in there.). I am particularly proud of figuring out that I can put stuff on top of the top of the cabinets as long as I put a decorative baby blanket or little tablecloth over and around it. The only challenge with that is remembering that it’s there so I can find and use it. But it’s a workable strategy and quirkily decorative. But I don’t know where to put wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbon. I don’t really have a spot for exercise gear—would love to get a treadmill but can’t figure out what to do with it. I have free weights and they are on a bookshelf looking stupid. I have rather a lot of yarn. A LOT. All kitted up in project bags, but not really with a specific home. I have SO MANY BOOKS. I’ve been getting rid of them, but I still have far more than I have shelf space for. I know that you can’t organize clutter—you must get rid of it. And I do have that issue. But this stuff is not clutter. It is stuff I use and need to organize. And I just have no clue how to do it.
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    I hope I can get to that, but it would require me being a tidier person than I'm currently capable of being. It's getting easier by the day, but my husband was gone for military stuff during most of my fourth pregnancy and the first six months of this baby's life, so I'm working on shifting out of "survival mode" habits and finding our new normal. My seven year old is a neat person, and I think the six year old will be, too, once he gets his own room. We are shifting furniture around now. I'm also caught in my mind as I don't want to make tidiness so much the goal that they get overly upset when little brother dumps something out which he shouldn't. Eventually that won't be a concern either, but we have probably two or three more years of that being a distinct likelihood.
  37. 1 point
    This. I thought of this last night. We have started our discussions based on what we have been discussing on this thread. Can't do it all at once, because then it seems like a lecture or a chore or 'oh, mom is trying to convince me of something.' So the first step was the reading. I'm going with the positive angle, so avoiding the screen conversation. I read him lots of the ideas on my other book thread, and he was really into explaining to me why not this book or that. What he liked about the ones recommended that he had read etc. He also informed me that he is *not* interested in social commentary. haha. So I definitely missed the boat on that one, but the thread helped him figure out what he *was* interested in. I talked to him about whether he needs something a bit deep than what he is reading so that he can really dig his teeth into it, but also told him that sometimes it is also nice to have lighter reading when you are in the mood -- so validating light reading so he didn't feel judged. He agreed. I also asked him what he got out of books. First, I told him what I get, simple easy entertainment when I'm tired and go after an easy book, or analytical engagement when I go after a hard one. He really surprised me and said that he gets out imagination and creativity. Um, oh. He is so not like me. We had a good laugh. But it was really helpful to think about a literary person and how he experiences books differently to me. He told me about his favorite book, and why he liked it. He really likes books with complex plots and characterizations but that are story based rather than scenario based. He told me that many sci fi books try to lead him to a certain conclusion, and he much prefers books that have morally ambiguous characters because they help him think deeply about human interaction and draw his *own* conclusion. So basically he is into grim-dark fantasy, which is very mature and complex, but then he likes some easy YA fantasy that is good vs evil simplicity. So, went to Amazon and bought books to fill my older boy's suitcase with both complex novels and easy ones. Older ds is coming home in a week -- so free shipping! My ds is a *deep* and *insightful* reader. But he is also very social. So I am trying to decide if I am willing to listen to the books that he reads like I used to with my older boy. Older ds was very motivated to get through some tough stuff because we were doing it together. The difference is that Crime and Punishment has free audiobooks, and for younger ds's modern fiction I would have to pay for audiobooks. But may be a good investment. Need to think on that one. Next up is thinking about what he wants to accomplish over school holidays. Then a couple of days after that we can lay out a schedule which is when we will discuss screens. Slow and steady wins the race. I will continue to reinforce the book discussion over the next few days. Encourage him to embrace what he loves -- imagination, creativity, morally ambiguous characters. I'll ask him more about what he learned from his favorite book. Validation is key. That and actually listening.
  38. 1 point
    If you're up for a little craziness throw throw burrito is the newest game by the exploding kittens people. It is hilarious and very easy to play but does involve throwing squishes at people.
  39. 1 point
    Wow! And here I thought my mom and I were the only people on the planet to have seen A Town Like Alice! It's a great book and mini-series.
  40. 1 point
    Yes! Plane pants. And socks for when you slip off your shoes for the security check. And then never ever ever ever EVER use the blankets they provide.
  41. 1 point
    I'm sorry that happened. I know someone who knew someone who had a bedbug infestation and they couldn't afford to get rid of them. Sounded appalling. It's absolutely a concern to me. I ask hotels when we book and when we check-in if they have had bedbugs. We stayed at a fancy ski resort a couple years ago and the uppity clerk got really huffy when I asked. Though fancier than most hotels we stay at, it wasn't cleaner. I found a beer cap and a plastic wrapper on the room floor in the open which made me think they didn't even vacuum. I don't put luggage on the hotel room floor. I always wash everything when we get home, all clothing items and kids blankets, and all the luggage goes immediately outside to storage. I will also say that in my state there have been bed bug reports. I'm just so not interested in dealing with it. My motto is basically "an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure". ((Waiting for someone to call me OCD))😁
  42. 1 point
    This WEEK I love homeschooling because I have been sick and lost my voice, so we have done very minimal amounts of school. I just got to stay in, nowhere for any of us to be and just rest up. The weather has been rainy and the boys have loved all the extra video game time this week too. I love the flexibility and not being stressed about needing to take the week mostly off for rest.
  43. 1 point
    I didn't say that, but it's quite likely that I do reread one book for each new one read! I suspect you'd enjoy the series. My daughter and I read the first few several years ago, and my husband did the same more recently. He'd have read more but he ran out of summer! I read that from a friend's shelf some ...uh...three decades ago. I was thinking recently that it might be interesting to reread it. Have you read Dragon Bound (Elder Races Book 1) by Thea Harrison? It's a paranormal romance that I quite like. (Adult content) Regards, Kareni
  44. 1 point
    Your goals sound good to me. That is a cute story.
  45. 1 point
    Set the house afire. Yeah that’s totally impractical but that smell is hard to get rid of. I’d try bleach if H2O2 didn’t work.
  46. 1 point
    We had our first experience ever with mice this year when people started building next door and cleared out acreage that had been uncleared for 40+ years- and they were a much bigger PITA than roof rats in the attic, which is all we had dealt with before. I'd never had anything get into the actual house, and I'll be honest, it freaked me the F out. Honestly the only thing that worked was exclusion- we hired a company and they came and blocked every single place- even the weep holes- with mesh, and then they kept coming back every week to check the snap traps (they used slim Jims). We actually had the mice that were trapped in the attic eat through the SHEETROCK by one of my water heaters and then come into the house. It was excessively eventful. My dd17 caught a glimpse of one running down the hall into the hot water heater closet and OMG, no one slept for days. The floor of my hot water heater closet was literally covered with snap traps side by side. We set up cameras all over the house to track it. A tiny mouse caused so much havoc and excitement LOL. And of course the kids wanted to tell EVERYONE about it. Luckily we have a dog who eats anything living that is not supposed to live in her house (inside or out) and she actually is who took the one out that made it inside, while the cats totally slacked. I have never been so happy to see nature red in tooth in claw in my life. About two weeks after the exclusion was done, we saw no more evidence of activity and after 3 more weeks of clean traps, the Pest Company pronounced us rodent free. But I hope that's a once in a life experience. I vote hire someone if at all possible.
  47. 1 point
    I used My Father's World as family style for Bible, history, science, art and music appreciation. It was designed for multi ages in those subjects and you leave out what is too advanced based on you knowing your kids. Then each to own in language arts/math. They'd tell you to look at their world geography year (exploring countries and cultures), but depending how learning difference impact the oldest, you might look at their program with the word Adventures (in the title) for 2nd/3rd grade. it's an Us history and states overview. It is Christian if that matters to have or to not have .
  48. 1 point
    So, at the end of two weeks of our new more streamlined approach, this is what we are doing. At breakfast I read a short chapter from Minn of the Mississippi, which has plenty of interesting science as well as being good literature. The chapters are short enough that I'm usually done when they finish eating. Then they get ready for the day and each child has a "daily work" binder with 5 dividers for the days of the week. On Sunday I put their "individual" work in there. For my 1st grade boy that means: -two phonics pages from this set -one handwriting page from this set (we already did the first book in the series and I have all of them) -3-4 pages I print from Mathematical Reasoning - I got the PDF so I could print the ones I want him to do, and skip the stuff he's already solid on. He's loving it. -a page I created/printed that has a cute photo of a dog reading a book that says "Read Something" which is his reminder to do independent reading. For the 4th grade girl (the one with dyslexia) -one lesson from Math Lessons for a Living Education -one lesson from Language Lessons for a Living Education -Either two pages from Abecedarian or a two page spread from Super Speller (alternating) -Then the cute homemade pages with photos to remind her to: -read something -do one handwriting page from Cursive Success -do a typing lesson from Touch, Type, Read, and Spell which reinforces phonics as well as teaches typing -practice her spelling cards (visual flashcards for most common words - we do about 5 a week- where there are pictures in the words and she likes to redraw them. Not a full spelling solution, but because she is so artistic it hits a sweet spot with her and gives her confidence in her every day assignments to at least be able to spell the most commonly used words and I do these with her, breaking them down into their sounds, etc as appropriate for dyslexic education) Then for our group work we are currently doing an advent unit study. The younger one was fighting it as he didn't want to write his answers on the reflection pages, but didn't want to just skip them when his sister was doing them. So yesterday I took the time to find an alternate page for him that went with the same theme as her reflection page - in fact I found a coloring page and a page with a maze on it and let him choose. That made him happy to have his own work, and everyone did well. We are also doing a Holidays Around the World unit, and then we are doing a Space Science unit from the good and the beautiful. But now I'm not trying to hit all three of those in the same day. Or at least, not push too much. So yesterday we did the craft from the Holidays study for Mexico, but that was it from that. And Space was a short lesson that we did outside. I subscribed them to more educational youtube channels and they chose on their own to watch some videos on bees and bee keeping, how candy canes are made, and others. they've been watching Crash Course Astronomy as well in the evenings. I am refraining from printing note booking pages about crash course Astronomy, lol. And I have art assignments from Art with a Purpose I was forcing them to do, and I realized that forcing art is not what I want for them. So I subscribed them to the Art Hub for Kids youtube channel and last night when they were looking for something to do with DH I put on one on drawing Rudolph and they had fun doing that. I've cleared my shelves of all the stuff I am not using RIGHT NOW. Stuff I may use is in a bin in the living room on shelving, out of sight. Stuff for another year is in two medium plastic bins in the closet in our room. Not having it out, taunting me, is a huge mental relief. I heard or saw some one talking about the silent to do list - the idea that your stuff is always talking to you, and it really hit home. So those flashcards left over from CLE that we are not using but I want to keep were just screaming "maybe you should do more fact drill, are you sure you don't want to use me?" every time I walked by. Etc etc. We are also going to try to do more out of the house stuff that I've been skipping in order to try to get all the academic stuff done. Because in the big picture my goal is not kids that made it through all the lessons of our history curriculum, my goal is happy, well rounded kids who love life. That is the perspective I've been missing - the long term view. When I try to think what my goals are for this year, I get bogged down in minutia. If I think about my overall, long term goals it is easier to see that not all of it has to happen this year, this week, this day. Yes, I want her to have an overview of history by middle school, but we have time. Yes, I want her to be able to write well by the time she graduates, but that doesn't mean she has to be writing a certain amount this week. Obvious, and yet not.
  49. 1 point
    I don't understand. Proving to who? Your kids? The government? When my kids were young I actually kept a diary each week sorted by subject and simply filled in the correct box for what we had accomplished in that week in each subject. ALL things counted, from field trips to discussions to movies to books to crafts to PE to home Ec to violin. ALL of it. When you write it all down, it is absolutely amazing what you have accomplished during the week. As my kids got older, I organized the learning at the *end* of the year into courses we had completed. Planning is essential, but plans are useless. I always planned out my courses, but I never followed my plans, which is why I wrote up the courses at the end. I could then show the kids or the government or the universities what had actually gotten done. Rabbit trails could lead to entirely new courses as I dropped my plans in a related field. If your kids are learning every day in a deep and meaningful way, I just don't see how you can go wrong.
  50. 1 point
    Okay- so my initial review after going through two tanks of water. It definitely did a bang up job cleaning stainless appliances. Mine are really hard not to get streaky- the only thing that's ever worked is Simple Green. Everything else leaves streaks. I steamed the dishwasher, fridge, etc., then just wiped down with a dry paper towel and voila- no streaks. My dd17 was shocked. It definitely can clean a greased up oven rack. I only did one today, but I plan to tackle the whole oven at some point. I have a glass top stove and there were some spots that no amount of elbow grease and that ceramic cleaner was able ever to remove. Well, the steam did it. It cleaned the grout. I don't think my grout will ever be solid white again, but considering it's 10 years old, and has to endure a houseful of people and three big dogs constantly coming in and out, it made a huge difference. It did clean the shower door, but for built up soap scum, it's not going to be my tool of choice. I think my Mom's trick of using dryer sheets to use on glass shower doors it still the way to go as far as removing soap scum. Now, maybe if I get it spotless and keep it that way, then the Neat will be able to take over. On wood floors, it did well and actually didn't streak as much as the Bissell. The Bissell does a great job of cleaning floors (not grout) but you always can sort of see a "fog" almost left behind. Not streaks, but I can always tell I steamed it instead of sponge mopped it if that makes sense. The cord is long, as is the hose, so that made it pretty easy to haul around. I do think it's awkward the hose reel is underneath, but it's not a deal breaker. For ease of use, I'm still keeping my Bissell for quick mop jobs.I'm going to order the replacement cap (hopefully the one they have is still available- mine is the original so it's been around a while). It's heats up in about 60 seconds and is just easy, whereas the Neat takes I believe 8 minutes on the initial use and is just a much bigger contraption. But the Neat is so much more versatile and definitely comes in at a higher temperature. For the ladies, if you buy one and use it, be ready not to have hair and make-up done afterward. You'll be pretty engulfed in a cloud of steam while you are using it, LOL, and be a wilted flower when it's over. I also wish the wand extension was just a little longer. I'm 5'9, so what made me have to call it a day was leaning over to do the grout. I had to put some weight into to really scrub, so that's why I think after a while it was hard on my lower back. Of course my grout has never been steam cleaned, so it needed a lot of "elbow grease". I also pretty much smushed one of the scrubber brushes this first day, so I'll be ordering more of those for sure. But I am tickled pink and will definitely be telling some friends.
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