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  1. 17 minutes ago, ElizabethB said:

    I have a transcript, too, in my syllables program that explains it.  You can teach from the transcript if you don't want to use the videos.

    From the transcript: 

    "Unaccented syllables are often mushed to the schwa sound of uh. This is especially common at the end of words. However, e’s often mush to short i: rur-al fill-et (pronounced rurul and fillit)

    When the last syllable is accented, the sounds will not schwa: com-pel, la-ment(accented syllables underlined)

    The letter u is already a relaxed sound, so it is already mushed! The letter i usually holds its sound, or at least some of its sound. The letters o and a are most likely to “mush” to a schwa uh sound. (as noted above, e’s will generally mush to a short i if they schwa, especially at the end)

    At the end of a word, the letter y will have its normal long i sound when it is accented, but will have a long e sound in an unaccented syllable (accented syllables underlined):

    de-ny, mis-ap-ply; cru-el-ty" (underlined in transcript, p. 20)

    Transcript link: Reading/Resources/SyllablesSpellSuccessTranscript.pdf

    I really appreciated (and used) the transcript.  Thanks for offering it!

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  2. 5 hours ago, Thatboyofmine said:

    Thank you all!   💛  

    It’s in the crockpot.  I’ll never cook a turkey again.   🙅‍♀️🦃

    The end.  😱


    You’ll never cook turkey again because it was such a horrendous experience?  Or you’ll never roast a turkey in the oven because the crockpot is so easy?

    I hope it’s the latter!

  3. Yes, defrost in the fridge.  Yes, you can cook it in a crockpot.  Google for the basic instructions; it's pretty straightforward.  Make gravy on the stove in a saucepan with the packet.  Instructions on how to make gravy should be on the gravy bag or on the turkey wrapper.    You can do it!


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  4. 1 hour ago, AbcdeDooDah said:

    I just want them uniform. Is there something obvious I am missing? Or is it obvious I am overthinking it? 😂

    have you pondered how you're going to keep the laminated margin even?  Are you going to round the corners (they'll be sharp otherwise)?  If so, how will you do that uniformly?  (I've personally run into these issues in my homeschooling journey).

    For a uniform hole location, you could preprint a dot on the card where you want it to be punched after lamination.  Or are you planning on punching a hole in the laminated margin?

    Won't this take a lot of class time?

    Why do they need to be laminated?  do they need to last that long?  What about unlaminated but with hole reinforcers that you can sticker on?  Can you use page protectors instead (probably more expensive, but it'd be faster and ensure uniformity).

    EDIT:  What size are you making these cards?  if the kids won't be writing much on them, what about making them baseball cards and then putting them (unlaminated) in a baseball card sheet protector and then putting that in a 3 ring binder.  That's what our co-op history teacher did last year.

    Overthinking?!?!  I don't know what that is.  hahahaha.  

  5. JCPenney has slim jeans up to 16Ss ... maybe even the rare 18s.

    Lands' End has the dimensions *of the item* on their website. Look under the "Fit & Size" tab.   It's the first text at the top of that tab.... a small link that says "Item dimensions".   It was the only way I could figure out the difference between 12S, 12, 14S, 14, Young Men's 27", 16s, blah, blah, blah.

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  6. 3 hours ago, beckyjo said:

    Can you have him write the new problem underneath instead of immediately adding it to the column to the left and erasing? It's not compact, but it's essentially what he's doing. It would be about the same as a multiple-digit multiplication problem in writing, which may be too much for him at this point though. 

    Using Wendy's example of

       +  45

    he would write down:


    +  279

    +   45



    +  19

    +   16



    + 10

    +    6




    Thanks for the idea!  It's a possibility, but it kinda muddies the idea of place value.  And understanding place value is very important in my tiny realm of teaching.

    Perhaps if he wrote:



    + 16



    oooof.... I don't think I like that, especially since this problem would need another layer below what I typed.  This technique would be called "really, really Long addition."   😄 haha.

    oh, please let this stage pass by quickly!!!! 😉


  7. 5 hours ago, wendyroo said:

    Does he need to actually write the numbers, or would a different form of "notation" work.  What about if the problem was written fairly large (perhaps on a small white board) and then he used magnetic numbers as the answers.  Then he could plunk down a 3 in a certain column, and then physically swap it out for a 4 if necessary.

    Obviously that does not get you to a concise written notation, but it might work in the short term as he further solidifies his understanding.  Ultimately I would try to get him comfortable using the standard algorithm.


    He would love it if he didn't have to write numbers!!  Great idea!  Thanks!


  8. 5 hours ago, Sarah0000 said:

    My DS also works primarily left to right but in his head. When I make him write his work down he doesn't notate anything besides partial sums and final answers. Is it necessary for your child to notate? Perhaps show a few ways and let your kiddo figure out whatever makes sense.

    At this point, yes, it's important for the child to notate.  We're just starting multi-digit addition and careless addition mistakes are the norm.

    1 hour ago, wendyroo said:

    If I were doing it, I think I would just work in pencil and erase or cross out as needed:

       +  45

       +  45
         49      (tens column sums to 19, so I fill in the 9 and change the 3 in the hundreds to 4)

       +  45
         506      (ones column sums to 16, so I fill in the 6 and change the 9 in the tens to...uh-oh...I change the 9 to a 0 and change the 4 in the hundreds to a 5)

    In the big picture I am working left to right, but there is still a lot of right to left manipulation going on as well.

    I agree with others that true left to right is easier mentally.


    ^This is what we started doing, but all the (incomplete)  erasing was driving me a bit batty.  I mean, he was getting the concept (yay!) but the paper was a mess!

    We've tried Tanton's technique of noting the sum as 3 | 19 | 16 =4 | 9 | 16 = 5 | 0 | 6 = 506  with pretty decent results.

    This afternoon, I tried "previewing" where the explosions/trading will occur and making "reminder tallies" in the appropriate column, but it got a lukewarm reception and still a bit of confusion as to where the reminder tally goes.  Maybe it's really tricky, maybe it's just the initial confusion (like the notation for left-to-right subtraction).  Shrug.  I'm still holding out hope for a glorious, elegant notation to solve all the confusion.  😄


  9. 2 hours ago, daijobu said:

    Do you have a link to the Tanton video?

    He said it in earlier videos, but this was the most memorable/recent to me ...  (It's within the first 1.5 minutes of the video):

    It was the most memorable because Yes! I'm always telling this child to read left to right, left to right, left to right.  At this point, I'm guessing it will just be a passing phase until he gets tired of all the erasing, but I do want to validate that what he's doing (i.e., left to right is perfectly fine too.   Messy, but correct.)

    Here's Tanton's video for multi digit addition where he compares his algorithm to the traditional algorithm:

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  10. While watching James Tanton's Exploding Dots, he repeats the idea that all of life has us going from left to right, but with so much of math it is taught as right to left.

    I'm a devoted RightStart user, so I'm familiar (and now comfortable) with left to right subtraction.  But now, I've got a kiddo who wants to do multi-digit addition from left to right, and I have no good reason not to accommodate this.  Is there a neat, compact notation to deal with left to right addition?   Right now, the best I've got it to make a two-line answer similar to Tanton's demonstrations. It works, but it's not too elegant.  Perhaps look ahead and draw "reminder dots" before writing any sums, similar to how RS marks up Left-to-Right subtraction?!?! 

  11. 1 hour ago, Monica_in_Switzerland said:

    And my kids have LOVED graphic novel versions of many classics, some of which they enjoyed so much that they have gone on to read in the original.  Our preferred Shakespeare versions are the graphic novels that include the original language.  The pictures make the difficult text understandable, and my kids will happily read these for pleasure.  Their reading of a Les Mis manga and me showing them one of Jean Val Jean's songs from Hugh Jackman's JVJ led to what was probably the most profound conversation we've had- the difference between being condemned by the law of Man and being damned by the laws of God.  From. a. manga. adaptation!!!   

    Would you mind linking your favorites, please?  I like your ideas around compromise.

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  12. 6 hours ago, Frances said:

    Will they not provide any snacks on the plane? My husband and son always just ask for extras and eat them throughout the flight.

    I'm sure there will be snacks provided, but I *may* be an over-planner.  What if we are stuck on the tarmac?  What if my kid doesn't like the snacks?  What if it's not braces-friendly?  What if we get stuck in the terminal waiting to board and the shops are closed?

    1 hour ago, AmandaVT said:

    no nuts? DS did not get that as a braces restriction - I wonder if that varies between orthodontists? They just told him not to bite directly into apples, but slices were fine and no gummy candy or gum. 


    9 minutes ago, whitehawk said:

    We were told no nuts, no popcorn, no biting directly into hard fruits or vegetables, break up pretzels and chips, nothing chewy/gummy/sticky. They have a whole display on the wall with (empty) packages of Good foods and Bad foods.

    OP, you may find a recipe for muffins or "breakfast cookies" with the nutrient profile you're looking for. Maybe something like this?

    Yup, the orthodontist said no nuts -- almonds and peanuts being the worst.  Our list is very similar to whitehawk's  list, with the exception of popcorn.  They told us "You can eat popcorn, but you'll be in for a lot of careful cleaning for days afterwards."  And as someone else pointed out, I really don't want to be finding an orthodontist to do repairs miles away from home.

    Thanks, @whitehawk, for the breakfast cookies; that's a great idea that hadn't crossed my mind.

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  13. After some sleep and further thought, OP, I think what you really want is a smooth (as smooth as it can be) transition to life with another person in the house.  I think what you are *really* after is that your DD has a heart that is willing to do what you ask and with a good attitude.    Because if she's independently doing her work -- but doing it with a resentful or grumpy attitude -- then you'll be frustrated with your day.  I think her independence is a symptom/outward appearance of a deeper heart attitude, which is really what you want to establish in your daughter.  So, I'd encourage you to focus your vision on what you'd like from her .... then figure out how you can develop and make progress (not necessarily completion) towards that goal that in the weeks before baby comes.     (If only we could snap our fingers & immediately our kids have a joyous, compliant spirit ....... hahahaha.........)

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  14. What about making your goal to have a "School Routine" in place before the baby arrives?  So that when you say "It's time for school now."  She knows to expect subject X.  Then come Subject Y.  and so on.    If a mom can make the routine predictable, that's one less battle you have to fight.

    Sometimes the novelty of a personal timer from the dollar store might provide some incentive to focus ... but start with short, short time periods and work your way to longer duration.

    A memory binder is working magically for us this year.  Of course some things need to be done together (the memory part ha!) but I started adding math worksheets or handwriting worksheets under a section.  I think my DC likes that he has control and knows which tabs to go to.  (Daily, Odd/even, day of the week, number of day in the month).  And often, there will be a whole worksheet for that day, but then  I just ask him to do half of the problems.  It's a little motivating to know you only have to *half* a worksheet.  Oh- and make these worksheets (that are really ,meant for training independence) below what she's learning; make it easy for her to succeed.

    As for copywork, assuming she has the letter formation mastered, perhaps start with just a small chunk to copy - but make sure it's DC's best, most beautiful handwriting.  If it's sloppy then they have to do it again.  .... And I'd start this with just one, short word, so that they get practice in "doing-it-right-the-first-time."  Once the habit of careful, neat handwriting is mastered, then you can increase the required output.  Could DC listen to classical music while doing copywork?  or get to burn a scented candle nearby?  or use a smencil? something peppermint to get DC to be alert & focus?

    But with all these suggestions, I'd be starting with  2 min or 5 min of independence ... in other words, short periods!

    ETA:  you could start teaching her to use a check-list.  "Ok, we did our 15 minutes of math.  That's number 3 on our list, so let's cross that off our list!"  Again, it's not really independence, but you're laying the groundwork and knowledgeable and habits for when it IS time.

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  15. Lands' End has Uniform/Khaki pants for "Young Men" that let you pick the waist and then have them hem it to whatever length you need.  They may be more expensive than other pants (especially if they will be outgrown in a matte roof months), but if you factor in the hassle of trying a gazillion different stores with the size, it may be worth the extra expensive.

    I just ordered some Old navy *Men's* pants, too.  No idea on the fit or quality, but they do start at a 26" waist and a 28" length option.

    OP, it was wise of you to try on the clothes before the program start.  I did not, and just assumed pants that I bought in May with room to grow would fit in August.  Poor assumption on my part.  sigh.

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