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About melmichigan

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    married 23 years to my wonderful husband
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  1. With my younger kids I have done FLL, although later than most people here. Then we have moved to GFWTM, although I don't do an entire book in a year. I have worked with R&S, but haven't seen the same retention, especially in my boys (I finally sold all my levels this last summer). My older kids did the grammar with Phonics Road, again on our own schedule and then did GFWTM.
  2. Michigan is different than many states. The state gives an allocated amount for each student seated in each school, but then the local school districts must levy millages to pay for the buildings/facilities. They may also levy additional millages as long as they are evenly distributed to all schools within the voting community. The other problem is that parents have final say in a students progress, so a teacher can recommend a child be retained, but the parent has the right to refuse that advice and move the child forward. It's much more complicate than that, but those are two big problems facing our schools today. This has been attempted before, and was dismissed because the Supreme Court has held there is no right to an education, or an equal education.
  3. Just a quick check in. Things don't calm down with my current schedule until Thanksgiving so it's chaos until then. With all the chauffeuring I'm on the third audibook in the All Souls Trilogy (at over 24 hours each they're perfect for driving). I'm also listening to Shattered Bonds by Faith Hunter, which I read as an ARC. 😍 My review is below. We pick up soon after Dark Queen and find the Yellowrock Clan has retreated to the Appalachian Mountains trying to find a cure for Jane's magically induced cancer. Jane is forced to spend most of her time in beast form and we watch as her family struggles to keep her engaged and fighting. We spend more time inside Jane/Beast's head in this book but don't let that fool you, there is plenty of action. The Son of Darkness doesn't care what is happening to Jane, and he is waging war on The Dark Queen and all those she holds dear. There is a lot of growth packed into these pages, you won't be disappointed!
  4. I have an apple watch 5 for the fall alerts and the HR monitoring. The EKG comes with the watch. It's just another app. It reads in a fashion similar to the device you linked. You can get the watch without cellular and just pair it with an iPhone (then it only works when you have your phone with you) or you can get it with cellular service. Mine costs $10 because it shares the same phone number as the iPhone it's synced with, but that way it functions without the phone. Here is more about it and the device you mentioned..
  5. A baby gate that automatically swings shut might work. With twins we had to super toddler proof the house and they were only allowed to wander unattended in the living room, where only age appropriate toys and such were allowed. I would try to further limit what areas she can access. (My DD is two years ahead of my twins, so any of her "older" kid stuff stayed in her room, which was blocked to toddlers.)
  6. @Robin M feel better soon! @Kareni I have read The Martian, and enjoyed it very much. I might have to look at the audible. I also downloaded Wolf Lost. It's on kindle unlimited right now. 😉
  7. I'm struggling a little more with this school year, so I'm not reading to much. I started Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews and quickly realized I'd missed the novella Diamond Fire, so I had to go back and read that before I went any further. I read some fluff from Kindle unlimited for quick reads and I also finished Vendetta in Death (In Death #49) by J.D. Robb. I've abandoned Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I download Stars Uncharted by S.K. Dunstall, but I will miss Ean. I'm looking for more audible books now that I'm chauffeuring the older kids four days a week, so keep any suggestions coming please!
  8. My husband had basal cell carcinoma. The only presentation on his face was the size of a pimple. He had plastic surgery to remove it, and ended up with major surgery not long after the first cut. It was much more extensive beneath the skin. It was visible for six months from discovery until surgery with referrals.
  9. I am buried in company and the first week of homeschool. I've only managed to read Nightchaser (Endeavor #1) by Amanda Bouchet. It the first book in a new sci-fi romance series. I haven't finished her Kingmaker Chronicles, but saw this on the new release shelf at the library (it's a cool looking cover). 😉
  10. @Catwoman was just logged on yesterday according to the time stamps.
  11. @Robin M I loved Crucible. It leaves one with a lot of scary thoughts! @mumto2 I haven't really looked at the Innkeeper series, I may have to do that. 🙂 @Negin I'm sorry to hear about your hands. I hope a solution is quickly found. I am lost in curriculum planning, but managed to finish the Shattered Bonds ARC. Wow! I'll write a review closer to release date. Anyone following the series will find this a must read, and boy is it packed with action, emotions, and lots of Beast.
  12. Thank you for the link. I will listen to this. I found the section on writing in rhetoric in the newer edition of WTM. It reinforces the idea of waiting until high school for the progymnasmata, and although it references Classical Composition it includes a suggested plan for the stages. I feel much more comfortable using W&R for high school.
  13. Do you have any idea where you might have come across the author's recommendations? That is exactly what I've been looking for, but haven't located.
  14. DS is now in 9th grade. He has struggled immensely with writing (dysgraphia). He did the Intro to WWS and WWS1 with WTMA, and last year he took a middle school writing class with Open Tent. I took a chance this summer and started having him work through CAP W&R because it is a different approach. He is doing very well with it, doesn't complain, and it's like night and day when it comes to what he is writing. Has anyone used CAP W&R for high school and how did you pace the program? Is there anyone who switched and accelerated the program, and if so how? I have been hand selecting assignments from each book and only doing review as necessary. I see that CAP is using it for the online academy in high school, but is W&R enough for high school, or at least for the first 2-3 years?
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