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  1. If she wants to learn how to read music and is really motivated to learn theory, The Music Kit by Tom Manoff teaches everything one would want to know about reading music.
  2. Thanks, Jamajo and Candid. Jamajo, I may use so of your phrasing, if that's okay.
  3. Elegantlion, I agree about this forum. I haven't run into anything like it anywhere else. And it does defy description. Thanks for your input.
  4. Thanks! This is very helpful. So exploring this a bit more---Part of the application process is including any training I have completed for any employment I've had. Should I include home school conferences I've attended? All of my other training for homeschooling involves lots of reading, hours and hours of time spent on these forums ( :lol: ), and books read. Should I include any of that? And how would I do that? Any other suggestions. I need to sit down this weekend and get this together.
  5. Hello, I don't post so much on this board and haven't posted much at all on the forums for the last year or so, but I am hoping for some help brainstorming. After 15 years of homeschooling, I am taking a turn at going to school. The program I am applying to requires a resume as part of the application process. I haven't worked outside the home since before my children were born. We do have our own small business, and I will be including that as well volunteer work, but I also want to include my experience homeschooling. I'm just not sure how to include it. After talking to the admittance counselor, I am sure she does not have a clue about what exactly most homeschool moms put into homeschooling. I am also wondering if I should include the work I did with my blog. Is that something that would go on a resume? I wrote for several other blogs as well as did reviews for a homeschool company. Thanks for any help. I'm feeling overwhelmed at the thought of putting this together.
  6. You may want to look at National Geographic's Almanac of World History. I found the articles included in this book well written and added a lot of logic stage appropriate information and background to our history studies.
  7. Early Times The Story of Ancient Rome The Roman News Horrible Histories: The Rotten Romans a game we really enjoyed was Catan Histories : A struggle for Rome
  8. I have a detailed review of the science books on my blog. http://missmoe-thesearethedaysofmylife.blogspot.com/2011/02/teacher-and-student-quest-guides-for.html
  9. No, we do not allow bikinis because we don't feel it is modest. My girls are allowed to wear tankinis as long as the top is long enough to cover her up. As young children, my girls wore rash guards and board shorts for swim suits. I don't require this, but I've noticed that as they've grown into teens they still feel most comfortable wearing board shorts over their swim suits. Wanted to add--we have a pool where we live. We live a few blocks from a community pool where my kids swim almost everyday during the summer and we live 10 minutes from the beach. Makes no difference in our swim suit standards.
  10. Steak salad. Southern California. Feeds 8 adults/teens Steak---I buy steak from the clearance section at Fresh and Easy. I can buy two steaks there for 6-8 dollars. Or this week they had tri-tips for 2.50 lb. I have also seen tri-tip on sale at other grocery stores for as low as 1.99lb during grilling season. The whole tri tip is about 8 dollars. This makes about 12 servings of meat. The two steaks will be make about 10 servings. Grill seasoning--guessing I use about 25 cents worth. as well as another 25 cents worth of oil. and about 25 cents of garlic cloves (which I peel). I rub the tri tip with oil and rub grill seasonings all over it. I cut slits and insert garlic cloves. Roast in oven or put on grill. Slice thin. I like to put a few thin slices(about 4 oz) on each salad. I have enough left over to make about four sandwiches the next day. or to chop up and make steak and eggs. Salad---1 1/2 heads of lettuce. Each head of lettuce is 1 dollar for a total of $1.50. Clean and rip up. 4 tomatoes--1 dollar at Fresh and Easy. Tomatoes are also available at farm stands here for various prices depending on if you want basic romas, beefstake, yellow, orange, heirloom, ect. chop and season with salt and pepper Cucumber--59 cents a piece during the winter months. Less during the summer. I use two cucumbers for a total of $1.18 Oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper for dressing. About 50 cents. I also have been known to blend this with mint (free from my yard) and throw in a few tablespoons of yougurt. Guessing about 50 cents of yougurt. If I have the extra money, some kind of cheese is good on this salad--we like feta or blue cheese. Not including this in the cost because it is perfectly fine without it. Total cost---$13.43 or 1.68 per serving.(includes meat for another 4 servings) Not the cheapest meal, but this is my go to meal for entertaining. Steak salad seems special and is super yummy.
  11. yes, you can boil it to kill any bacteria. I believe it is for 3 minutes. Don't want to give bad advice--you may want to google that find an answer.
  12. Also, I'm wondering if prices are the same for Azure Standard no matter where they deliver? If so, I could help with lots of recipes made from their ingredients. And I believe they deliver as far east as Michigan at this point.
  13. Potato Soup. Southern California Feeds eight adults/teens 5 pounds of potatoes--3 dollars at local farm stands ( I am also able to buy 50 pounds of potatoes for $30 from Azure Standard) (and in certain seasons of the year I grow my own)---peel and chunk potatoes 1 onion--3-4 onions come in a bag for 1 dollar at Fresh and Easy--also peeled and diced---25 cents 3-4 diced peeled carrots--I can buy a 3 pound bag for about 1 dollar at the local farmstand. The three pound bag has about 8 carrots. Making the cost of the carrots I use about 50 cents. 2-3 cloves of diced garlic---4 heads of garlic for 1 dollar at the Farm stand or 2 heads for 1 dollar at Fresh and Easy (also able to grow this in my garden)--3 cents per clove for about 10 cents for garlic Various seasonings--hot sauce, worchestershire sauce, salt and pepper, fresh thyme (which I grow in my garden) ect--25 cents 4-8 cups Chicken broth---2 dollars for 4 cups at Fresh and Easy, I also boil chicken bones and scraps with veggie scraps (onion ends and skins, carrot tops, ect) to get free broth.--I add water to make up enough liquid. 2 dollars Splash of oil---not sure how to figure price. I buy oil a gallon at a time from Azure standard for 20 dollars a gallon. That gallon lasts me 5-6 months. 1 cup of dairy--I've used cream, half and half, milk, yougurt, and buttermilk before. What ever I have on hand. Yesterday I bought a quart of buttermilk on clearance for 1 dollar at Fresh and Easy. So using that the cost would be only 25 cents, but if I bought milk at reqular price it would be 1 cup of milk for about 67 cents. 1 cup of shredded cheese--I buy Tilamook cheese at Costco for 7.99 for 2 1/2 pounds. That makes the cup about 1.60. (there is cheaper cheese available at the local market, but I like the quality of Tilamook). So total cost of soup is $8.02. I most likely would serve this with cornbread which cost me about 1.50 for a batch or with whole wheat toast purchased at the bakery outlet for $2 a loaf. And three in my family eat this without the dairy and like it just fine (or better) without the milk and cheese. Without the dairy this meal would be about $5.93 Saute onions and carrots in oil until onion is soft. Add garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add potatoes and seasonings. Add broth. Add enough water to just cover potatoes. Boil until carrots and potatoes are soft. Mash with potato masher or puree in food processor or blender. Add milk. Add shredded cheese to each bowl before adding soup. This soup lends itself to any veggies you have. You could add broccoli, mushrooms, ect.
  14. How about your older children? I see that you have adult children. Have they made close friends as adults?
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