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  1. My boss flew to China recently for work. He had to take THREE COVID tests, subject to another one rather invasive one there, and then spend two weeks in actual, literal quarantine--they took him (and the other travelers) from the airport to a hotel, where he stayed, by himself, with food deliveries, for the next fourteen days. And then he had to spend another week "self-isolating" before he was allowed to conduct his business. So, while I'm sure the numbers are massaged a bit, they do have VERY strict protocols in place.
  2. I'm so sorry to hear this. He's in my thoughts.
  3. A $15/ hr warehouse job with a somewhat regular schedule (I mean, these jobs aren't great either, but relatively) seems like it'd be much more appealing than a minimum wage or less restaurant job with short, irregular hours and mean customers. I'm definitely not an expert in our local economy--I only know what I've been reading in our newspaper and local sites. I do know that our extra unemployment money is long gone and our county unemployment rate as of May 2021 is 2.7%. People are working. If service jobs aren't being filled, it's because they're not offering competitive pay or conditions.
  4. I live in a conservative state that ended extra money quite a while ago, and we have tons and tons of unfilled service jobs. These are bad jobs and people have better options right now. I read one newspaper article about a restaurant that couldn't fill its positions. Poor hard-working restaurant owner, right? In the comments, someone said they'd applied for the job and the manager tried to schedule them for 1.5 hour shifts ... so they turned it down. I don't know how much the pay was going to be, but I'm sure it was at or near our very low minimum wage. Meanwhile, our housing prices have practically doubled in three years. I should add that our unemployment rate is at something like 3%, so people ARE working.
  5. I haven't exactly run the the numbers or anything, but I would say proportionally no. If there are five problems, she'll get one wrong. If there are 10, she'll get two wrong.
  6. Yes, she was. She mostly understands the concepts just fine, and when I have her look at a problem again, she can fix it. (I have explained to her and modeled over and over how/ why to doublecheck answers, but she doesn't do it.)
  7. We have a house that's really close to a townhouse--the walls aren't shared, but they're about 7 feet apart. Three stories, tiny rocky side yard, a great balcony. Our community is big with two pools, bike paths, trails, and green spaces. We're 1/3 of a mile from our city's beautifully planned and maintained river greenbelt. I LOVE it. We used to have a backyard and hardly used it--we just spent all weekend doing yard work. That was a few years ago and it might be different with the kids older now, but I wouldn't go back. My kids are 6 and 11. The 11 year old can walk and bike around the neighborhood by herself. We use our alley and have a lot of outdoor stuff inside--hammocks, exercise balls, trampoline. I take them outside for an hour every day and to the park or some sort of natural area almost every day. We also have a dog, who gets walked every day. Edit, in summary--there are tradeoffs for sure, but they're worth it for our family.
  8. Of course not! I gave up added sugar entirely (this has made a huge difference); go for a 20 minute walk every morning (I do other exercise later in the day, but getting out first thing makes a huge difference); scaled back on some of my out-of-the-house commitments; and do 10-20 minutes of yoga every night. I'm sure there are other things I could do that would help, but I only have so many hours per day to coddle my brain chemistry :D
  9. Mayyybe. That said, we did LoF for a long time, which may has fewer problems, but she made about the same # of errors. Mathematical Reasoning just doesn't feel complete to me--it's more of a supplement than a curriculum. I worry about her being ready for algebra in a couple of years without a strong teaching program.
  10. I decided to try meds because they were helping me so much, but they just didn't seem to have much effect--no side effects, either. We could have tried her on a different one, or a stronger dose, but I figured--like you say--that she's at home, where I can make accommodations. I don't think there's a rational reason to worry about it; I just felt like the fewer drugs on her developing brain, the better, I guess. I quit taking my meds a while ago because they were elevating my blood pressure and I chose to make some lifestyle changes instead. The lifestyle changes do help, but not as much as the Ritalin 🙂
  11. I totally get this. However, just as a counterexample--I have multiple degrees in English (terminal PhD), and honestly dissecting a book/ poem/ what have you often makes me like it more because I come to appreciate the complexity/ beauty/ craft/ skill! I think in school, just as in other subjects (ahem math), the teacher has a lot to do with this. A great teacher can make you love a book by conveying love and enthusiasm for it, even when you're deep in dissecting it. That said, I know that some people just don't like picking things apart and never will. I get that! Just offering another perspective.
  12. This is what my gut tells me. I'm still not sure giving her a calculator is the best solution, but there might be a middle ground where she sets the problem up and then I only have her work out one or two arithmetic problems per set.
  13. Over the past three years we've tried a few different math programs (and quite a while of not really doing math at all), because coming out of public school she'd developed some real math anxiety and I wanted to give her as much support as I could. In 4th grade, we worked through most of the elementary Life of Fred series, which was fairly successful. We then did RightStart for a good few months, and she HATED it. Too many manipulatives, too disjoined. Most of last year (5th grade), we worked through Mathematical Reasoning F. It was fairly successful because it's short and to the point, and she scored well on the standardized test that she had to take. I'm okay with continuing that this year, but I'm concerned it's not robust enough and so she's currently doing Saxon 7/6. She does the warmups, I work through the example problems on the whiteboard and teach the material (I'm very comfortable teaching through Algebra 1), and then I sit with her while she does the lesson practice and mixed practice. I mentioned below that I'm not comfortable calling her work sloppy, because I don't think it's intentional. She does sometimes goof off, like any kid. But mostly, she produces good work--her spelling is great, her sentences good, her responses thorough.
  14. Based on what you've said about your kids, I suspect that we're looking at different issues 😄
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