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  1. It's our summer break, but last school year I had one in Town and the other in Literature. I didn't usually spend more than 30 minutes/day with each kid, and often less - it depended on what we were doing. One of my kids chooses to do a little extra in the beginning so that we have a break later in the year, and the other procrastinates and does the minimum and then has to work hard to finish, so I feel like I spent more time in the fall with one kid and more in the spring with the other. Although it's made to be done together, my kids often do the reading and then we stop and talk every time there's a question - in other words, they might read 2 pages of Caesar's English on their own, then we discuss the questions, then they read another page, then we talk, etc. So, I'm involved and available, but I can answer a question for the other kiddo if I need to. It was less time when I had one in Island and one in Voyage, but the complexity kicked up for us when younger had to start writing paragraphs and older was reading some of the complicated writing in the Voyage and Literature levels. But, I will say that my education was sorely lacking in reading literature, poetry, and classic essays, so this has been fantastic for us. Older got through with the literature level early and we started level 5. We just did the first part of the grammar book, and the complexity of the grammar definitely kicks up a notch at this level.
  2. If we need truly dressy we'd get something different, but my son likes these!4035!10!81776184082196!11120801005&ef_id=Wr2kDQAAAGM-7X4Z:20190612203049:s#&origin=category&srule=&start=0&sz=36&prefn1=lifestyle&prefv1=Loafers&prefn2=variationSize&prefv2=15&prefn3=refinementColor&prefv3=&prefn4=fitGuideFit&prefv4=&prefn5=refinementOccasion&prefv5= for 'dressy casual' - they go with khakis and a polo most of the time.
  3. I deal with this every year, too. This year I had a student copy and paste a correction that I had made in a previous assignment as a test answer. I know because their answer had been off-base and I corrected with 2-3 from a list of 6 things (A, B, C, etc) which would help them find the correct list in their notes/the book. The answer that they gave on the test was 'A, B, C, etc,' with the etc included. In my platform, I can look to see if they 'clicked away' but that doesn't solve the problem of them looking things up on a different device and then just typing in the answer that they find. They seem surprised that I recognize the first few sentences from wikipedia about most topics. I try to ask questions that aren't easily searchable, but there is only so much that you can do with mitosis and meiosis. 🙂 I have also had students cut and paste info from articles, leaving the hyperlinks in place. If I taught history I might be able to get around it by asking about interpretation, but in some science questions, there' s just one right answer. I sometimes console myself with the fact that at least I won't end up writing recommendations for the cheating students...and I actually make that point at the start of the year. I can write a good recommendation that talks about all sorts of desirable traits - work ethic, pleasant to work with, conscientious, etc - for a B or even C student, but there's not much that I can say when there is cheating.
  4. If you live near a university, you might be able to get them from researchers. In grad school, my advisor used to get mice from one of the mice labs and keep them in the freezer for his snakes. They weren't diseased - the process of breeding to get specific traits creates a lot of unneeded mice without those traits, for instance. Our research organism was yeast, so we were a little shocked to come in to work one day, open the freezer to get out some tubes, and find a stash of mice!
  5. If you like hiking, the Albuquerque area has some neat history that you can see on hikes that aren't terribly difficult (when we lived there, we enjoyed Bandelier, El Morro, El Malpais, Jemez, and Sandia Peak - you can hike the whole thing or take the tram up). This might give the 'not looking at scenery' people something to do. There are also several museums (hands-on science, art, natural history, the atomic museum has military history, a hot air balloon museums) and a minor league baseball team if y'all like that sort of thing. If you went south to White Sands or Carlsbad there is interesting stuff even if you're not looking at animals. 🙂 In our area (east TN) I'd recommend a cabin where you could alternate between outside things (hiking, tubing, playing in water, etc) with touristy stuff like Dollywood, go-karts, Ripley's aquarium, or a minor league baseball game. If it's not summer, both places have colleges where you could watch assorted sports (or, for that matter, do a walking tour of the college). We have similar challenges in our family - only 2 kids, but one loves 'learning' trips with museums or national parks, with a ball game for fun, while the other likes rides, shows, shopping and other 'fun touristy' things. We usually try to plan days that alternate activities.
  6. Klmama gave a great list - I'd add floor mats for bath and kitchen and maybe a folding clothes drying rack if they would use it to dry delicates/sweaters. I agree that the standard kitchen lists are bonkers, even for somebody who loves to cook. I'd think about what they might actually use and pick a few if they'd be helpful. A crock pot with a crock-pot cookbook? A hand or stand mixer? Some sort of blender for making smoothies? Lidded pyrex for making/storing food? Lunch bags/containers? Also, if they are registering at target, they might also include spices or other kitchen staples - those can be a hefty start-up expense when you have to buy them all at once.
  7. @Jyhwkmama, they included it. It's one with a very large cutting deck, which you need when you live on a couple of acres. They were older and had decided to move to something in a subdivision (she wanted something in an upscale community, not a semi-rural plot perfect for a giant garden). We had negotiated it as part of the cost, like many do with appliances, because if they didn't come down on price we knew that we'd be tight enough on cash during that expensive month with moving expenses that we wouldn't want to spend thousands on an expensive mower but we definitely would need to cut the grass (we moved in the summer, in the south). The realtors speculated that he didn't want to pay them commission on it, although, like any add-on, it was a tiny percentage of the purchase price of the house. The seller signed the paperwork in the morning and we signed in the afternoon and the title folks were amusing as they described it - they had never seen something like that before.
  8. When we bought our current house, we had a limited window for closing - my husband travels for work and we had to do it when we were both in town. The agent called us the day before and said that we might have to delay because the seller was refusing to sign the tax disclosure part of the paperwork because the large lawnmower was listed as part of the purchase price (imagine that the house and acreage was listed as $500, 000, including the $3,000 lawnmower - not the real numbers). Nobody could figure out what was bothering the seller - his wife was ready to walk out, the 2 agents were ready to hand over cash for the small part of their commission that would have come from the lawnmower price...and it's not like they wanted the lawnmower, since they were moving away from acreage and didn't need anything that big. Eventually the title folks figure out that we really didn't need him to sign the paperwork for use to buy it - it would delay him getting his $, but wasn't necessary for them to transfer the property and give us the keys. The kids and I were so happy to be out of the apartment with improper ventilation that pumped the smoke from the 2 chain-smoking folks who lived in the apartments under ours into our place that we spent a night sleeping on the floor of our new house in sleeping bags while we waited for our day with the moving truck.
  9. We do tinker crates and geography crates (by the same company) and also history unboxed. Only one of my kids likes them (the other thinks that hands-on projects are a horribly inefficient way to learn, and for fun would rather play ball or read). But, for hands-on kiddo, there are times when I wonder if these projects are the only way that kiddo cares about 'useless facts'. 🙂 Tinker and geography are the favorites, and the history unboxed ones are hit and miss- when they're good, they're really good, but some are just OK. But, knowing that kiddo loves hands-on, and that I'm never going to be pinterest mom gathering supplies, it works for us.
  10. I remember many times as a kid that my mom would have me use steam to try to clear up 'congestion' - it wasn't until I was an adult and saw an allergist that we realized that my nasal passages were often swollen completely shut. I'd try some combo of antihistamines (a daily plus benedryl until it kicks in), and maybe a flonase-type nasal spray. I would also get ear pain due to their being so much inflammation that fluid couldn't drain, and that was usually helped with a bit of tylenol in addition to the antihistamines. There's a prescription - sta-hist (not sure about spelling) - that for me is a miracle drug - a combo of sprayable antihistamine and steroid, I think. Obviously if there's infection, none of this will help, but the 'twice a year, fall and spring' sounds more like an allergy than a recurring infection. And, have him wash his face or rinse off frequently - just washing away the allergens can make a big difference. Edit - stahist is a pill and works really well, but the spray is dymista. I keep both in my cabinet,even though I use them very rarely. My allergist gives them to me as my emergency plan for when I start coughing and it won't go away.
  11. Knowledge-based games, where the only way to win is to know the material? There are online and board games that are quiz-like, or you can write questions and use an existing board game to play them.
  12. The further chronicles of my after-school homework help kids...last week I was helping a 1st grader with math. She had problems like 'If you have 3 pencils and 9 pens, how may writing utensils do you have?' and 'If you have 14 pencils and give 6 to your friend, how many do you have left?'. They were supposed to set them up, Singapore bar graph style...and then draw the correct number of dots in each part of the bar. So, I did the expected work of helping the kiddo see whether they were looking for the total or if they had the total and needed to subtract, and then they'd draw the bars and put the numbers in the right place. For addition, they would then draw the dots and count, starting at 1. For subtraction, they would draw the dots in one part, then recount the dots and add dots to the other part until they got to the correct total, and then go back and count how many dots they drew in the 2nd box (for instance, drawing 6 dots, then counting 1-6, then continuing on with 7-14 while drawing dots, then counting the 8 dots).
  13. I'm not in one of those super high COL places, but I think that both the owner and chief floor instructor at our karate school both have other jobs. I think one works some at the golf course (although he loves golf and may just work enough to play for free) and the other cuts grass. All of the other instructors are definitely part time - some are college students and one works as a personal trainer (but used to be a teacher). Also, everybody who teaches at our school earned their black belt at our school (athough some have trained in other martial arts with other people, too). I don't know how common this is, though. I have a younger kid who also wants to teach karate, so I've been giving thought to things that kiddo might want to do that would be compatible with a karate-teaching schedule.
  14. @MamaSprout, I have an older version of that book on my shelf - I tend to hoard bio books so that I have appropriate texts for whatever I need. 🙂 It gives clear but concise explanations for a lot of the molecular material. It doesn't include any of the systems material that is part of the SAT subject test (the endocrine sysetm, the nervous system, etc) and I'm not sure if it covers enough details of the replication/transcription/translation processes to be everything that she has to know (I skimmed through it quickly). But, she'll see a lot of the material that she'll need. And, the super-light non-majors classes are usually for folks who just need to check a box. I remember one of my kids' amazing preschool teachers was finishing up her degree in early childhood education? something like that - and was stressing over needing a science credit. She was amazing with the kids but would have struggled with some of the science. I'm guessing that the class is for folks like that.
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