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  1. I think you can create your own station to do this.   Under the Library tab, click “edit” in the top right hand corner. There should be a New Station option.   The “episodes” station is similar but it’ll pull from all your subscribed podcasts rather than specific ones. So for example, I’ve set up a channel of kid-related podcasts. 

    I hope I’m leading you down the right path. I always feel like I’m just hacking my way through the app and researching it more keeps falling off my to-do list. 🙄

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  2. Ha!  I found the answer finally on pg. 133-134 of  Bishop’s The ABCs and All Their Tricks ... 


    A J sound at the end causes one additional problem in English, in the words that rhyme with change.  By all logic of the English spelling system, the N in change should make the vowel short, just like the N's in hinge and plunge.  But this is a problem that has no good solution.  Using a letter team for the Long A sound ought to do the rick.  But the only letter teams we have for long A within the root are AI and EI.  Spelling change with one of these would make it look like "chainge," or "cheinge."  Either of these solutions makes the word look as though it had the suffix -ing buried within it.  This is too confusing to be practical.  Therefore, we have to be satisfied with the letter group ANGE for these words.  There is quite a group of words where -ang- indicates long A, both in one-syllable words and in longer forms, as in range, strange, danger, angel, changing, mangy


     In other words:   We didn't like the possible solution, thus there’s no good reason.  😂

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  3. 14 minutes ago, 2_girls_mommy said:

    That's probably what I would say to my kiddo, not knowing for sure. I would tell her I am not completely sure, but that possibly the n and g are kind of together for the ending sound, and the silent 3 is still making the vowel long. I have no trouble telling my kids good question, I don't know the answer 😛 

    😁yeah - that’s exactly what I said. And I then I promised him I’d look into it; so here I am!

  4. My kiddo asked today why the “a” in the word “strange” is long. (His first attempt was str-ang-e.) Can anyone help me with an explanation?  I’ve already looked in the dictionary, and it gave the etymology as [Middle English “straunge” < Old French “estrange” < Latin “extraneus.....]

    Is this just a exception/twist on being  a CVCe word?  

  5. When you, as the parent/teacher, feel discouraged about your kiddo’s progress, or lack thereof, what do *you* do to help yourself?  

    (I’ve got a dyslexic kid in lower elementary, if that matters. Combined with the change in seasons, I think I feel discouragement creeping in and want to have some ideas on hand.)

  6. 8 hours ago, Not_a_Number said:

    But again — no experience with dyscalculia. So I have no clue about whether the uncountability is essential or not.

    Number, I know you like to problem solve, so I bet you’d find it interesting to teach math to a kiddo with dyscalculia or dyslexia. It’ll make you rethink everything!  Then once you’ve taught one kid with learning challenges, find another one to teach.   It will be a whole new set of challenges!

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  7. 21 minutes ago, Kassia said:

    Thank you!  That's what I got, too.  But I assumed I would get something different for ordering the $40 in gift cards - a new promo credit.  Maybe I'm just being greedy!

    I think we need to wait for that credit. At least I hope it’s still on it’s way ....

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  8. 12 hours ago, FuzzyCatz said:

    If you aren't taking a regular multivitamain, I would introduce that first.  You really need to watch balance between some minerals and that can give you a good base to work from.   

    What are good websites for newbies to learn about Vitamins & supplements?

  9. 3 hours ago, katilac said:

    If the idea of jacking up the car is just too stressful for you right now, there are still plenty of things to clean and adjust under the hood even if nothing needs 'fixing.' Just learning what things are called and what they do can occupy some time. 

    Plus little maintenance things like changing the windshield wipers, cleaning or defogging the headlights. 


    Other easy maintenance things:  Changing the air filter(s). Topping off the windshield fluid. Inflate the tires to the proper pressure. 

    eta:  what about doing bike maintenance?  Or winterizing the mower / power tools?

  10. If you can sit on the floor, then you could do that with your back against a couch or bed. Then you have two spots beside you on the floor and two (or more) spots on the bed.  

    or you could do the same idea with you in a recliner/upright chair with the kids on their own barstool peering from behind. 

    or switch to audio books or non-picture books. 😛. I think some picture books are read aloud on YouTube or amazon premiere or books or Tumblebooks (we get access to this via our library). You could cast/project that onto a screen and all watch the “read aloud”. 

  11. On 10/8/2020 at 9:00 AM, Carrie12345 said:

    The top two things would not be found in my house today.

    Flank steak (at least, I believe it was flank steak, but it seems weird as it’s quite expensive today) topped with ketchup and onions.  Served with mashed potatoes. I actually loved it, but dh has a whole “secret recipe” for cook outs and would die if I suggested ketchup.


    Back in the day👵🏼, flank steak was a cheap and undesireable (the word hadn’t gotten out that you could slice it against the grain to avoid being chewy).  We had some great stir fry with flank steak, but now it’s considered a splurge due to the cost. Boo. 

    On 10/8/2020 at 12:10 PM, Carrie12345 said:

     My palate at the time restricted me to egg drop soup, crunchy noodles, and shrimp toast.  What a dang waste!!!

    To this day, I haven’t found another Chinese spot with the same type of crunchy noodles they stuffed me with.

    I don’t think these are any particular dish but rather the side accompaniment to the soups that Chinese restaurants served (at least in the Midwest).  I think diners were expected to top their soup with them like one would break saltines into their soup to add a bit of crunch.  

    I don’t know that they were actually noodles that were fried by rather wonton wrappers (Or some type of flattened dough) cut into small rectangles and fried.  

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