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  1. 6 points
    My kids went from public elementary, and they're going back into public high school. So there's really no benefit in us dropping grades for the few years of middle school. Besides that, though, I just don't... care that much? I'd rather say "Yup, sixth grade" (or whatever) than be That Person who has to get into a long, involved conversation about how homeschooled students don't really belong in grades per se blah blah blah every time. If you care a great deal, good for you, I respect that but... I just don't. I don't think it's that big a deal. (And even in classrooms, children don't work in lockstep. Every elementary classroom with more than three students has "math groups" and "reading groups" and "spelling groups" sorted by ability. Older kids have individual programs.)
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  3. 5 points
    I have been in a book club for several years now where we take turns hosting and moderating. People suggest books they want to read/discuss in the coming year, we vote on the choices for the year, discuss a schedule (longer works after summer and winter break, shorter works towards the end of the semester), set the dates (this often happens closer to the actual date). One person is in charge of sending out the schedule and the reminders, but that is not a big chore. Each person whose book was chosen hosts that book club meeting, prepares some information about the background or poses discussion questions or adds whatever content he or she feels is valuable. Each person is "it" max once a year. ETA: Last year, we read a piece of Islandic modern fiction led by a lady who lived in Iceland for decades and is fluent in Icelandic, a novella by a Kirgiz author led by a person who grew up in the Eastern block and studied that author in school, a story by a 17th century female author moderated by an English professor who studies the period, an anthropological essay about Balinese cockfights moderated by an anthropologist who studied the author in college.... For the coming year, we are thinking a chines sci fi moderated by a political scientist with China expertise, an East German author moderated by a person who grew up in East Germany, Milton moderated by an English prof with period expertise, and I forget what else
  4. 5 points
    There's a whole website for that. It's amazing. You won't believe it, but all the pictures are from actual real estate listings.
  5. 4 points
    Then I think reading things you're already familiar with is a good strategy. This will help a lot with picking up vocab from context - if you already know what it's 'supposed' to say, then it's easier to figure out. I often try not to look up a word until I've seen it three times and it's still niggling at me - usually I have a pretty good guess from the contexts I've seen it in. You could also make a running list of words like that and make a Quizlet set, if you're finding that context isn't working as well as you'd like. When I first started reading more challenging texts, I often found that I'd have to look up a lot of words for the first chapter or two, but exponentially less for the rest of the book because authors tend to re-use a lot of the same vocab - they have 'favorite' words. As you say, you need a lot more vocab to read, but that's also what makes reading such a great way to increase fluency. :) Also of course make sure to use word root hints - I don't know how similar the Northern Germanic languages are to German, but German vocab almost gets easier after a point because virtually all the 'big words' are just lego constructs of smaller words, which makes reverse-engineering meaning easy. Spanish is actually more annoying with advanced vocab, because it just makes up entirely new words for things, and then uses different entirely new words in different Spanish-speaking countries. ? Not sure what you're using to look up, but I've actually become a bit of a fan of Google Translate. It absolutely sucks for any text string longer than one word - gobbeldygook! - but for single words it's not bad. It's gotten particularly good in Spanish (not that that helps you) in that besides the 'translation', which is often inaccurate or just missing for trickier vocab, it has a Spanish-Spanish dictionary appended below with multiple shades of meaning (without translation). But I don't think they've added that feature in German, so probably not in Danish. ? But another nice feature is it has a "history" so if you see a word you've already looked up but forgotten again, you can look to see if you're right and see the definition without typing anything in. Anyway, except when it doesn't have the word, beats the days when I had to sit with a 10-lb dictionary and flip through it... also means I have something with me on the go. :) I don't have to look up much anymore, but there's always a few words that get me. LOL then there was that made-up word in Signs Preceding the End of the World. But I ended up getting it from context after seeing it a few times, as the native-speakers (and readers of the English translation where the translator made up an English word for it!) had to. ETA: If you do find you'd like to keep a running list of words to make a Quizlet set, the History feature in Google Translate actually kinda does that for you, if you know to look for it!
  6. 3 points
    Beth, try not to worry. It seems that your employer likes you and the work you do. That means a lot. I bet you are also reliable and that also means a lot. Even if you did slip up in this communication, it doesn't mean you won't be able to get along going forward. I have been working only about a month but the other day I did something that showed I either completely misunderstood or completely ignored something the manager told me to do. Whoops. I received correction for my error, and that was that.
  7. 3 points
    I have this copy of KL and don't have any trouble with the size of the text.
  8. 3 points
    Church Rest, read and relax. Dinner is ribs, potatoes, green salad and watermelon.
  9. 3 points
    I have found they all have a bit of an aftertaste.
  10. 3 points
    Good morning! Today is dd1’s birthday! We are either going out or having a nice meal here- she hasn’t decided yet. It will be a relaxing day here-packing for ds1, some laundry and homework for dd2, general clean up for me. Have a great day!
  11. 3 points
    I don't think a shower curtain would sway my opinion of a rental one way or another. It's just one more thing I'd inspect for cleanliness. And even if I did rent I'd more than likely take it down and replace it with one of my own choosing. If I were browsing pictures online I'd much rather see the tub/shower than a curtain. If I couldn't see the tub I'd wonder what the curtain was hiding. But I'm all about clean. I'd much rather see a clean, well caulked tub/shower than I would a flowery curtain.
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    It's been two hours since anyone posted. People are not taking this thread seriously.
  13. 3 points
    Parks and Rec is fantastic *but* it gets funnier after season one.
  14. 3 points
    I don’t care how many babies she has, if her husband is the biggest one then that’s the one she should have thought twice about having. Don’t blame the actual babies for the faults of the big baby father. By default, the brunt of the work in this house wrt to the family and the household is mine bc I’m the one that’s staying home and bc for so many years my dh traveled for work. I get that. But when he was home, he pitched in with the kids just as much or more than me. I think the perspective that men didn’t care for babies in the good ol days is BS. Only the wealthy men could have that option. If the wife was layed up on the prairie, which happened often, then the man had to suck it up and take care of the house and kids. If the man injured himself, which also happened often, if the woman wanted her family to eat, she got out there and did man work. The men that absolutely refused often did so to the selfish detriment of their wife and kids. Yes community matters greatly but if a man only wants to be a paycheck, he needs to accept a woman doesn’t need to live with his crap to get that for her kids anymore. /end rant
  15. 3 points
    I have gotten a few frozen dinners that my husband likes for days like that. “Where’s food? Open the freezer. “. I am still fulfilling my (mostly chosen) role of providing the meals on days like that. I might not have cooked it from scratch, but I hunted it and gathered it. ?
  16. 2 points
    Regarding the Becky Chambers series.... I loved the first book in that series but simply liked the second. I agree the second could be a stand alone but I think I needed to read the first in order to actually like the carryover characters in the second. I hope that makes sense. The third in the series, Record of a Spaceborn Few is currently sitting in my stack. Maybe I will actually manage to read it this week, my stack is huge and I have been busy abandoning books to get the size down. I don’t plan to abandon the Becky Chambers which actually puts it further down in the reading order. The Tarquin Hall series has been on my list to try for quite awhile. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
  17. 2 points
    It sounds like you made a lot of progress at the rental! I would think of a towel bar and at least one hook (for a robe or whatever) as being absolute requirements in a bathroom, and multiple towel bars and robe hooks would be a bonus.
  18. 2 points
    Becky-if I were you, I'd probably put the money in a separate account to ensure that it was there when I needed it.
  19. 2 points
    Best advice I got when we were landlords: look at the prospective renters’ car/s. It’s an indication of how well they take care of material goods.
  20. 2 points
    It might be time to have a conversation with tour DH about “work hours” and how dinner falls outside of those times. I’m assuming you are tending to and feeding the kids plus making a dent in the housework during his 9-5 all while being CONSTANTLY interrupted. Evening (including dinner) and weekend work definitely fall into the overtime category. He needs to be willing to split that stuff 50-50 or, at the very least, learn not to complain while you’re shouldering HIS share of this load. What you DON’T want to do is get a good night’s rest then start making excuses for him because it’s easier than dealing with the problem. You do not want to become his default setting for everything he doesn’t feel like doing. Nobody FEELS like pulling an evening shift after a long day.
  21. 2 points
    From previous board discussions I thought Fallacy Detective was not secular, although it might fit into your gray area of not, but workable. Last time I bemoaned a dearth of secular logic resources someone pointed me to Harry Stottlemeier's Discovery. Looks interesting, although I have only looked at the beginning. It is available freely on the web. Another book i found was "Nonsense" by Robert J. Gula. It describes a lot of logical fallacies, but doesn't have exercises, you would have to build on the discussion yourselves - which might be fun. A similar approach with a bit more humor can be found in "An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments". It had a descriptive page about each fallacy, and then a page-sized illustration.
  22. 2 points
    Back from the judo picnic, dd2 went off with the car to see team friends. Dd1 and ds1 are working out at the Y. Ds2 and I are waiting for tennis to be over (had an extra doubles match) so we can drive to Mass later. The house is a small mess, but I am not motivated to pick up other people’s stuff.
  23. 2 points
    That's something I'd find a ton of fun! ... too bad German diverged so far from its northern cousins. ? I have thought of trying to get Kristin Lavransdatter in German, but it looks like the only translation was done ages ago, and I heard there's a great new English translation, so I think I may stick with that. Besides the fact that then I don't have to buy the book. ?
  24. 2 points
    Sounds to me like dad has just planned his next vacation: taking over ALL of your responsibilities for a week. You get to leave the house every day during the hours he is usually at work. Don't do any more of the stuff he does when home than he does. Sometimes a person has to experience something to understand.
  25. 2 points
    Someone mentioned ADHD, that certainly could be part of it, especially adding in hormones from pregnancy, lack of sleep (I get pregnancy insomnia) etc. And then add in if some of those kids have it too, and yeah. That would make routines, etc hard. Honestly, what she probably needs more than someone to cook meals is a mentor, someone with a large family to come over and help her get organized, help her find a routine that works, and mentor her through it until it sticks. Not stop gap measures, but a real mentor. I think mothers/mothers in law used to fill that role, plus we had other friends going through the same stuff to help us. Not so much anymore.
  26. 2 points
    I mostly cook from scratch but I have periods of cooking burnout where I just don't want to do anything. Convenience food definitely becomes my friend.Hamburger helper (and I just add a pound of veggies that seems like it would go with it and let them cook with the noodles/sauce/meat), spaghetti, tacos, frozen chicken tenders (or even rotisserie chicken), boxed starch (mac and cheese, dried pasta and sauce pouches, boxed mixed of rice or potatoes) and a bag of frozen veggies, frozen pizzas. But if I have a little more energy to devote to cooking, planned leftovers are helpful. For instance make spaghetti one night and when frying hamburger double the amount and remove half before adding sauce. Next night make another meat with mashed potatoes and a mixed veggie side but make double the amount of mashed potatoes and veggies. Night 3 combine the meat and veggies and make a white sauce or use cream of chicken soup top with mashed potatoes and bake. Easy shepherd's pie with almost no extra work. I find it easier to cook extra of a part of the meal and repurpose it than to create a new meal from scratch. Another combo, tacos night one (double the meat and remove half before seasoning), night 2 stir fry (and use precut veggies if short on time/energy) and make extra rice. Night 3 make stuffed peppers (and if stuffing is too much effort, just dump the rice, meat, chopped frozen peppers, tomatoes and seasoning together and have unstuffed peppers). So anyways I find if I don't have to make every component fresh each night, it goes faster and helps me recover from burnout.
  27. 2 points
    My kids were never confused by it. In 14 years of home education, I've never met a kid who was confused by it in any meaningful way. I mean, public and private schoolers also have kids working above and below grade level in various subjects. Yes, we can do it more easily and for every subject, it's a huge advantage, but it's not a baffling concept. I think that not using grade levels often leads to not being aware of grade level expectations. When you don't know what is routinely expected of students at a specific age/grade, it's harder to spot problems and easier to be complacent about what "working at their own pace" means. I've seen many parents talk about their children being a little behind in a certain subject or skill when they were actually very far behind. Why is that important? Learning disabilities might be identified sooner, the parent might realize that their chaotic schedule is artificially slowing down the pace, the student may realize their pace can actually be a lot faster, the student might be motivated to work through part of their typical break in order to advance. A variation on the theme is thinking that the student is advanced for their age when they are really just using weak material/curriculum. There may be no reason to tell very young children that they are working ahead in ABC and behind in XYZ, but older kids need to have some awareness. It's not fair to them to be shocked when they hit 14/15 and can't handle high school work, or wind up in school and get placed with noticeably younger kids. The same goes for taking the ACT and being prepared to handle college work. Knowing roughly where they stand may or may not result in improved performance, but it removes the cruelty of unrealistic expectations. OP, I am in no way implying that this is the case with you. It is very possible to not use grade levels and still challenge students appropriately. I have just seen a correlation and used your post as a jumping off point for a pet peeve.
  28. 1 point
    You are amazing. Tell me you had this bookmarked otherwise I need some tips on the search functionality of this forum! So it looks like US Gov at PAH is problematic. Do you remember if the instructor was Reed it Burns?
  29. 1 point
    Yeah, there is a robe hook on the back side of the door, but that is not suitable for accessing a towel from the shower.
  30. 1 point
    True. I have seen places that make you do the labs at specific times over Skype or something similar. I would find that pretty obnoxious so I like the idea of just doing it and turning in the lab sheets. Trusting adults to do what they are supposed to.
  31. 1 point
    As far as dogs eating vegetation goes ours goes crazy for figs when they are in season. He sits by the fig tree begging! We also find fox scats full of fig seed when they ripen.
  32. 1 point
    Exactly! And no one should shame you for doing you.
  33. 1 point
    Mold and mildew in the folds. It's another thing you'd have to inspect, and it detracts from the clean appearance. Ymmv
  34. 1 point
    Krissi, what the Hades? I am so sorry.
  35. 1 point
    LoL no! Phhht, the laughs are worth the heavy and Visa versa ?
  36. 1 point
    Schitt's Creek was pretty funny. And another vote for Parks and Rec
  37. 1 point
    $150 to move. How much to replace? I'd bet more than $150! I'd probably stock up on another 30lb worth because international shipping is nasty!
  38. 1 point
    Have you seen the James Madison Critical Thinking course? It is a really neat way to approach logic. The review on RR says that a student can work on it semi-independently, but we enjoy working through it together. The conversations that have arisen have been really interesting, insightful, and fun.
  39. 1 point
    They tested those as well and they were within normal. The TSH was within normal but the vet said it was high enough they would want to redo it in about six months.
  40. 1 point
    Survived all the craziness! yay! Except ds didn't break boards on one of his kicks, so he'll have to try again in a couple months. ? Virtual and unknown hugs to him because he doesn't want real life pity. Which I totally understand.
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    Two more kitchen counters and the island and windowsills decluttered and cleaned. Coffee table cleaned off. Kitchen table and chair cleaned off. Have to start cleaning out the fridge soon. I dread it. Ds11 is working on his room with dh.
  43. 1 point
    I come from a family of 7, and grew up on a farm. My mom fed people non-stop, had a huge garden, did all the yardwork, canned all our food, refinished furniture, sewed clothing, took art classes and kept our house clean. . Of course, she trained her kids to take over the responsibilities as soon as they could, but I never felt over-worked. I still had lots of time to just be a kid. She was my example, and I am thankful for her training EVERY day. I have a large family (10) and I never had help, but because I had good training, it was manageable. My personal opinion is that if you can't manage a large family, you shouldn't have a large family, but that's not my call and if people are willing to help this mom, then that's their decision.
  44. 1 point
    I think all the celeb pictures were taken down. It's a shell of its former self.
  45. 1 point
    I'm sorry. Yeah, let the owner know so she doesn't do it to someone else!
  46. 1 point
    Honestly, I do think it is important for kids to know a grade level. Here's why: I work in a small shop with lots of teens. One is homeschooled. A customer asked her what grade she was in, and she couldn't answer that question. This customer called the owner because he was worried about the intelligence of the people she was hiring. I always told my kids which grade level they would be in if they were in public school. Going by age may not work. A lot of people, including me, will still make a grade assumption by the age given. So, if your son says, "I'm 9." He may still get a follow up question of, "So, 4th grade?" Kelly
  47. 1 point
    And you didn't string him up by his toes? OP, you have much more restraint than I would have! ? My dh knows how deep the role of "justa" goes. Sure, I'm "justa" mom right now, with a full schedule everyday and managing everyone's schedules. If he decided that it wasn't enough, one of his days off he would find out exactly how much it was because I would be taking off for the day.....or weekend.
  48. 1 point
    Yay! I just received my letter of acceptance into the Graduate program! Now to decide whether to start with 1 course or 2 this fall. I'm leaning toward one so that I don't over-do things.
  49. 1 point
    Self-teach piano and outsource languages.
  50. 1 point
    I use Purina One Smart Blend True Instinct on autoship from Chewy. I started feeding that when I realized my poor hound needed more calories. She’s still skinny, but she’s super healthy and fit. There are two shapes of food in it. A triangular piece and a rough, free form piece that looks like a giant grape-nut. She almost always goes for those rough ones first. My dog ADORES cucumbers. I don’t think you need a low calorie training treat for a puppy, but for a grown dog, this might be an option.
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