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  1. I'm interested in enrolling my children in Artios Academy at the elementary level because I liked the concept presented on their website, however I have no experience with the program and can't seem to find any reviews either even though they told me that they've been around for 20+ years. Has anyone used Artios Academy or know of anyone that enrolled? Or have any information about it at all? :-)
  2. Tinkercrates. Lots of Tinkercrates. And Kiwicrates. Even more Kiwicrates than Tinkercrates. However, they're actually really wonderful. Everyone is entertained, plus all the materials are included in the box.
  3. Right now our lives are very complicated and I'm looking for a simple science for grades 2-6. I would prefer something the way I'm using the SOTW - I read a chapter while they color a sheet from the Activity Guide, we do map work, look at the encyclopedia, chat for a minute, and then we're done. The next day we read the next chapter. Ideally I would like to open it up, read a short chapter or lesson, do a notebook page, have an occasional experiment, and done. It can be different levels for elementary and middle school; I just want something simple and easy to implement. Anything like that out there?
  4. My family and I want to live near NE Philadelphia for a month or two. I'd love some suggestions on how to go about doing this because our budget is very tight. We'd be driving there from the midwest. Hotels are too expensive, so thinking subleasing, but haven't done that before. Or open to hear other ideas for housing, where to stay. Ideally I'd like to stay in one place for the entire visit. Also, what's the cost of living, plus we'd be looking for child-friendly, educational things to see and do. We're nature, history, and art lovers. I think we'd make a few day trips to NY too.
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    ETA: The information was too self-identifying, so I've removed the original message to prevent any further misunderstanding or harm.
  6. I've not done this before. I'd like to have some flowers delivered to some one that lives in a different state and they don't get home until 6 or 7 in the evening. What should I do? Order them online and let the delivery person take care of getting it to them? It's too cold to leave them outside.
  7. For those that have used Sonlight, are topics and books fairly appropriate to the grade level? I'm looking at different Science and Cores and noticed that some of the books used are either above or below grade level recommended in other programs. Specifically, Science D says it's 3rd grade, but it requires Real Science-4-Kids Biology which the publisher recommends for 4th-6th, I'm wondering if my 4th grader would be okay using the rest of Sonlight Science D even though Sonlight calls it 3rd. Also, Core A Kindergarten has some intense topic books. Is this what a typical Kindergartener should cover or would it be okay to use it for later, say 2nd? Thanks.
  8. Is there something like this for an excellent reader, okay speller? I'm finding we're just not hitting spelling every day and I'd like to get something that he can do on his own - 4th grade. We usually do a combination of WRTR and Spelling Power, but it requires heavy teacher-instruction. Thanks.
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    Yes, I'd say it's a lovely time of year to visit.
  11. I cut my hand on a new knife because I was admiring how sharp the blade was, by swiping my hand down it. I'm still laughing at heartlikealion punching herself in the face. I've done that too, while adjusting a blanket.
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    Road rage

    Sounds like the guy in the truck was a dad with his wife and 4 children in the truck, being harassed by 12+ bikers for 14+ miles until he called his brother and friends in to help.
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