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  1. So what would be different about this compared to just programming python on a normal computer?
  2. I like Summarized Bible: OT: https://books.google.com/books?id=FUdDAAAAIAAJ NT: https://books.google.com/books?id=4EZDAAAAIAAJ
  3. My son has an enjoys playing with his arduino. He's interested in getting a Raspberry Pi. Other than the fact that it exists, I don't know much about it. What does it do? What does he need to get started with it? Anything you want to share or resources you can point me to?
  4. I talked to my doctor, and she's good with me switching from 50k D twice a week to two 5000 every day to see if that improves my symptoms. What brands do people recommend for 5000 IU D3?
  5. So let's say that I do have some undetected genetic issue that can cause B vitamin issues. Isn't the B-right formula one that would be ok with that?
  6. It won't let me see the article without a login. What is it about?
  7. My D level is 16. The last time I had taken this dose, eight weeks brought my D up by 20 from where it was, so I know this form and dose works for me. My MTHFR result was homozygous normal, no mutation on either copy of the gene. For T4, they gave me both the free T4 number and the range, and mine was in the range.
  8. I'm taking the large dose of D to get my levels up. The plan after that is to take more frequent smaller doses. I'm in an area of the country where it's likely I'm low on D due to lack of sun. No vitamin K. The MTHFR testing was by my doctor many years ago by my doctor. I think there was only one gene tested?
  9. My TSH and free T4 have been tested, but not my free T3. The TSH and T4 were normal (numbers given, in normal range). My adrenal hasn't been tested. I just finished my period, so it's not that. My depression has had hormonal fluctuations in the past, and I'm at a point in my cycle where I'm typically OK. As for being weepy, it's at a point on my personal depression scale that is worse that I have been, but not my recent worst. Before I started medication, I was worse than weepy, where the depression was affecting my day to day functioning. I have had MTHFR testing, don't have it. If something was missed, the vitamin I'm taking is this one, which is supposed to be OK for MTHFR. I've been on this form of D before, and it didn't cause issues then. It's a 50k D, twice a week.
  10. Is it possible for taking vitamins to make depression worse? I got my vitamin D level tested, and I'm deficient. I've started taking a mega dose of vitamin D along with a B-complex vitamin. It's only been a week and a half, but it feels like the depression is worse. It's been a long time since I've been weepy for no reason, but I'm on the verge of crying for no reason right now. Is this a it-gets-worse-before-it-gets-better vitamin issue? Should I stop the B-complex (my B levels weren't tested, but my doctor recommended them)? Prior to starting the vitamins, my anti-depressant has made the depression manageable where I'm melancholy sometimes, but not depressed to the point of affecting my daily function.
  11. I'd say for K she's fine doing it the way she is. If it bothers you, change her to doing math by time rather than lesson when you start 1st grade. She may wind up flying through the 1st grade material, but that's fine. Just move her on to 2nd grade books when she finishes the 1st grade books. Doing it by time also ensures that when she hits new material that takes more work on her part, you won't be pushing her faster than she's capable of.
  12. With my kids, Prodigy tends to skip around too much. Even though it advances them in grade level, there are topics they've never touched on. You could use the teacher override to set plans to make sure he covers the topics you want. But with the lack of teaching, it could cause problems further on.
  13. We use the grammar, practice, writing, and vocabulary books (we skip the poetry book). I read a small bit each day from one of the books, starting the year with the grammar book. After the grammar book is completed, we rotate through the other books. I skip the writing exercises/assignments, but still read the writing books because (at least at the island and town levels, not as much at the voyage level) the writing book reinforces the grammar book nicely. We do all work either orally or on a dry erase board.
  14. I forgot a program we've used! Fix-It Grammar, book 2 (Robin Hood) * The student is supposed to copy the sentence(s) after going over it with the instructor, so, yes, it has a lot of writing. One could theoretically skip that, but I counted it as copywork and had my kids do it. * Unless you aren't a fan of copywork, it doesn't really have busywork. * No diagramming taught. I found that with MCT, we could diagram the practice sentences--this is not the case with Fix-It, as the sentence structure is too complex for my kids to diagram on their own. * It gives a lot of practice identifying independent and dependent clauses, more so than the other programs we've used. It also gives more practice with punctuating quotes than other programs. I did tweak it heavily, though. We used our own terminology (adjective clause rather than "who-which clause", independent clause rather than "main clause", etc). I also had my kids mark the part of speech for every word (which Fix-It does not require) and also mark subject complements, direct objects, and indirect objects (not required in level 2, perhaps required in higher levels). Since my kids knew about participle phrases and infinitive phrases, I had them mark those, too (not required, and not too many, since level 2 isn't meant to teach those). As we did it, it became a rigorous grammar program. I think it would have been light for my kids and where they were at without those modifications. If used as written and without prior grammar exposure, it probably would be fine. * In some ways it was easy to jump into level 2 for my kids who had prior grammar teaching (nothing too hard, some parts were just the right level of difficulty). But in some ways, it was tricky, because the program was assuming less knowledge than my kids actually had. * I might use it again simply because I already own it. If I were to do that year again, though, I'd likely use Daily Grammar Practice (DGP) instead, as it includes diagramming and requires more marking. The downside of DGP is that the teacher needs to know grammar to teach it, as there are no lessons included to teach new (to the student) concepts.
  15. ELTL levels 1-4/A-D * It is integrated (writing, grammar, spelling through prepared dictation), so, yes, it has a lot of writing. If you just did the grammar, it wouldn't be much writing, but it would take a lot of time to do all the reading/lessons just for grammar. You can easily do the grammar work on a white board. * I didn't do it exactly as written (skipped dictation, only one copywork a day). Done that way, it didn't feel like busy work. My kids didn't like having to diagram so many sentences each day, but I think that was what made it such a strong program. * Yes, diagramming starts in level 3/C. * I don't think it would be hard to jump in, especially since each level has so much review. * I've moved away from it. I really liked the grammar instruction/exercises (especially in levels C and D). But the writing didn't work with my kids, and, as stated above, it would take too much time to use it just for grammar. MCT: Island, Town (currently using Voyage) * Although writing is included (if you do all the books), we don't do the writing assignments. We do almost everything orally or on a white board. * I think the vocab books can have busy work (word finds, roman numeral math, etc), and the writing books have assignments that don't seem useful, but the grammar portions don't have busy work. * No diagramming taught, it does analysis that is helpful for diagramming (although it bothers me that the analysis doesn't by default include the student stating what is being modified by any given adjective, adverb, or phrase). * The instruction was very clear and concise. The practice sentences help cement the material. * I think one could easily jump in. There's a lot of review and the sentences to analyze start out very simple. * I do want to do it again. I'm trying to figure out how to fit it in with my youngest while also teaching diagramming. Beowulf Grammar (only one level available) * I did a lot of it orally with my kids. Done as written, it's not writing heavy, but there is writing. * It had some busywork. There are a lot of activities to learn about prepositions, for example. We skipped those. * It does teach diagramming. * It's fun and colorful. I'm planning on using at least the first half again as an introduction to parts of speech for my youngest. * It's a stand alone program. Easy to jump into and skip parts that your kids have solid. * This would be expensive to print (it's a PDF curriculum). But if you can do it on a tablet using a PDF viewer that lets you write/mark up the PDF, that's a great way to use it.
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