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  1. I don't know that a book will help, but if you decide to go that route Learning How To Learn by Barbara Oakley is good. There's also a coursera course that covers part of it.
  2. I have the pampered chef set with lids. I just store the lids under the bowls, so no extra space needed. Often I'm not storing anything so don't need the lid, but when I need them they're nice to have. If I fill a bowl with something (cookie dough, potato salad, etc) that needs to chill then it's nice to just pop on the right lid and then I can still stack things on top in the fridge.
  3. I don't keep assembled kits, but we keep plenty food on hand that could be eaten without power. We store tons of food in chest freezers, so if there was a long-term outage we'd be needing to eat through that if the weather was warm (we don't have a generator yet, but I could see us pooling resources with a neighbor who does). We have a gas grill that we could cook on, and this is making me think that maybe we should keep an extra tank. We also have a fire pit, so in a pinch we could use that and go all 'boy scout dutch oven cooking' if we had to. I also keep canned soups, canned beans, tun
  4. If you've got furniture that can be painted, that's also something that you can change, painting them red as an accent, or white or black, depending on whether you want it to play up the accent color, or make it look look brighter or more masculie. We've got bookcases and a couple of 'rustic' old end tables that get moved and repainted when we redo rooms.
  5. We have 3 chest freezers. The biggest is for fruits/veggies from the garden. Instead of bags, I use pint, quart, and 1/2 gallon plastic containers (the Arrow brand containers on Amazon). We store them in a giant storage bag as we empty them. The freezer has dividers so each square holds one type of thing - tomatoes, beans/peas, okra, applesauce/pearsauce, berries, etc. They stack really neatly. We also do some bulk buying, so if I end up with bags of store-frozen produce, we stack them in one section, on an end, or in the baskets that fit on top. The second freezer is a meat freezer. W
  6. This reminded me...we've used the soaring with spelling and it was similarly independent to the grammar, as are the Evan-Moor workbooks. Handwriting without Tears was also independent. And, similar to Ktgrok's system, I had cards with each day's work (so, one index card said 'math' and another said 'spelling', etc) in a pocket or box, and kiddo could work through the subjects on the cards. This year we had some OK days and then kiddo decided to argue about schoolwork. We decided to try something different Husband has worked from home for several years (when he's not out of town, whic
  7. One of my kids was happy if kid could occupy my time all day and didn't much care how that happened - arguing over every math problem would suffice. I ended up making some unexpected choices to avoid the sorts of fights you're describing. Have you checked the Critical Thinking Company? I know that we used some 3-4th grade materials so I don't know how young they go. i've been happy with everything that we've used - Science Detective, Reading Detective, Inference Jones, Language Mechanic, Editor in Chief, Balance Benders. Would she be able to read a chapter of Story of the World each day on
  8. Level 4 is different than the others. It's like the first 3 go together and the last 3 seem to (we're on the 6th one, which flows naturally from level 5 so far). I think that 4 was intended to be a bridge because the gap is big.
  9. Our kitchen/living area has a lot of windows so it is always bright. I've always loved having light, and my decade in New Mexico made it worse. Now that we're back in the south, my living room is often what most people would consider unpleasantly warm in the summer, but I don't care. If we get warm, we use the ceiling fan, but I'm so much happier with sunshine that I think my family would rather be warm than have me in a dark house. 🙂 Also, having a separate tub and shower in the master is huge. I like being able to soak and not have to plan around my husband getting ready. We also have
  10. Hah - until others said it, I hadn't realized that we, too, don't do the 4-level analysis in order sometimes. It depends on the sentence...sometimes my kids will do subject (which may mean they find the gerund) and then verb, sometimes they find the phrases first, often they figure out how many clauses there are as a part of figuring out subject and verb. But, the helpful thing is that every word has a place to go, so once they label the easy things (subject, verb, prepositional phrases) then they can figure out what the remaining words are. At that point, the options are limited - conjunct
  11. I think it's really about the specific area. Our first jobs after grad school were in a city with around 600,000 people. Most lived in houses but lots were tiny (0.1-0.2 acres). There were sidewalks and little parks everywhere, but it was still the kind of place where most people drove (instead of taking public transportation). There were several museums that we enjoyed taking the kids to, and the weather was amenable to making a lot of use of the sidewalks. We lived centrally and could get to either side of town in around 30 minutes. Yard maintenance took about 20 minutes a week. Every
  12. The first year that I homeschooled, we had moved across the country and lived in an apartment that we never fully unpacked because we thought that any minute we'd find our house and be ready to move. Somewhere around year 6, our house was struck by lightning and had a small fire, and we moved in and out of living with my parents several times between July and October as various repairs were done. Part of the time that we were in our own house, we had no functioning kitchen as they redid some things so every meal was cooked in an electric skillet. The kids remember it all as an adventure, an
  13. When I noticed some of the weirdness, I wondered how much was kid being young (and me not always being able to focus enough to figure out why he missed a question because i was dealing with some other things). I decided to slow us down by doing some non-essential things like Number Theory and the first Counting and Probability book, and kid enjoyed both. I don't know if its the nature of the content, the different authors, or kid's brain, but we didn't run into any problems with them, and geometry actually went pretty smoothly. We don't do the online classes because I want more control over
  14. Thanks for this discussion! Y'all are writing about some of the concerns I've had with AoPS. My husband and I were just talking about some of this recently. Husband is a tech guy who earned a minor in math in college. I was expressing concern that AoPS spent so much time giving problems with interesting rearrangments that you needed to just 'see' that I worry that students could miss the simple things and sort of lose the thread of what they were learning. I recently found that kid was brute-force working through problems because he had gotten used to there being so many (not always easy
  15. Is she reading from the Hakim series? I'm not clear on what you're using it for and how it fits with you needing to explain everything. I will say that, while i know a lot of people who have had great success with the Sonlight/Bookshark approach, my kids struggled with it because they couldn't tell what was real and what was part of the fictional story. But, maybe if you covered the basic facts (whether from you or from the Hakim books) first, she could read the books with the idea of 'This is how that part of history might have looked from the perspective of Pedro'. It's completely
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