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  1. My girls both use the "regular" sized OB tampons, which are pretty small. One started using them at 10 and the other at 12. I just showed them a couple of instructional YouTube videos to get them started. No problems!
  2. I enjoyed Rules of the Game a lot! We used all three books from 4th to 7th grade. It's been a while and I can't remember the details, but I remember really liking it. I have a degree in linguistics and get a little picky, but it was good stuff.
  3. As a foster mom, I interact a lot with child welfare social workers. They are generally overworked but well-meaning and I would not hesitate to report a seriously unsafe situation. But if the kids are loved, fed, and minimally safe, then nothing needs to be reported. They can catch up academically as adults and be entirely productive people.
  4. Homeschool helper app on my iPad was the best 4.99$ ever spent. I've been using it for three years now.
  5. How about the jousting armadillos series? They're three slim kid-friendly books intended for middle school sliding from pre-algebra into algebra. I bet you could do one each semester and call algebra done.
  6. http://www.theonion.com/article/mariana-trench-once-again-named-worst-place-to-rai-34530 In case anyone was considering a move... 😄
  7. Our geometry plan for this year (Jacobs third Ed) ended up needing to be adjusted a little bit to work further on some areas that needed more practice (ch 11 - trigonometry). Now I'm realizing there's no way to get through the final chapter 16 on non-Euclidean geometrries before she heads off to camp for a month. I'd like to just give her the final exam before she goes and not worry about Lobachevsky and such... But will I be doing her a disservice? Will she need to know this later on? Should we work through ch 16 when she returns? Thanks!
  8. Math mammoth is similar to Singapore, though I don't know if it has kindergarten and pre-k levels .
  9. We have cobalt also for all place settings. I also have some red for serving dishes. I like consistency and plus know how it works at my house and I hate arguments about who gets the purple and who has the yellow (or whatever).
  10. My daughter finished Singapore 6b, but would not have been ready for a full algebra course. Just looking at those giant textbooks was shocking having come from Singapore's small friendly colorful format. I think she was 10 though, so if you have an older kid, it might not be an issue. Instead we moved to galore park Syrwl maths 2 and 3. Those books were a pretty gentle move towards algebra, though I liked Singapore better. If it had been available at the time, I would have done the math mammoth pre-algebra. I think MM and Singapore go nicely together.
  11. I like them for teaching essay writing in content areas (mainly history I guess...). Especially when kids don't have the resources or time or ability to uncover primary sources on their own, a DBQ provides the relevant sources and are great for teaching how to analyze primary sources and develop an essay. I don't think you need to be preparing for a test to appreciate a DBQ.
  12. I like EPS Writing skills 2 by Diana King. It's got grammar, mechanics and writing in it and is easy to implement.
  13. My daughter is doing a second year of algebra 1 while studying geometry (Jacobs) at the same time. I'm happy about giving her the second year. Last year she used Foersters and this year she uses Saxon, which is great for review and approaches algebra in a different way. The concepts aren't new, but there have been plenty of things she had forgotten (long division of polynomials, for instance). I have her just do odds one day and evens the second day. On the odds day, we work the example problems together, on the evens day she does the practice a and b problems. She's on lesson 100, and we'll probably go over the summer with the additional sets in the back. She does miss more problems than I'd like... Usually 3-4 of the 15 problems are wrong. I have her fix all answers on her own and she might on average miss one of those a second time, which I review with her. Usually the problems are stupid errors, not conceptual problems. Anyway, you might consider, for instance, having your daughter move on to a traditional geometry year next year while continuing with Saxon algebra 1 and then 2 at half speed (odds/evens). Then switch full time to Saxon algebra 2 the following year which will include some geometry review too. That way your daughter won't feel like she's repeating anything, but she'll get the extra year to mature.
  14. Seconding The Americana. It's a bit dated, but safe, inexpensive and close to the metro.
  15. My foster daughter's parents showed up trashed an hour late to a meeting and said hateful things in front of her. Silver lining - the case worker and supervisor and therapist and casa and everyone was there and now they understand why she does not want to go to visits.
  16. I don't know... Take a look at the samples and see what you think your students are capable of. The more advanced books are more interesting - adaptations of classics and bestsellers and such, the lowest level (easy) tend to be a little more insipid, easy reader type writing. They're good for practicing fluency, but not actually good literature.
  17. When she has free time, my 14 yr old generally prefers to hide in her room -- away from younger siblings: -reading -snapchat, Instagram -writing fan fiction -drawing -listening to music -watching tv or movies on her phone Or downstairs -playing sims, minecraft -watching movies on tv Or walking downtown on weekends - going out for pizza or to the park with friends - going to the library or coffee or ice cream or shopping
  18. I have a nine yr old foster daughter and I would say my expectations are pretty low right now. The first month or two was just about routines... Going to bed without struggle, sitting at the table to eat a meal, doing homework without anger, getting dressed in appropriate clothes, basic hygiene, getting ready for school... I figure the first few months are a time to get used to a family and begin to feel secure and stable. I'm now in what I think of as the "second phase", working more on interaction-- The honeymoon is over and the routines are set and now we work on avoiding screaming, avoiding attention-seeking behavior, stopping escalation of bad behaviors,... I try to chip away at these one by one, but it's a long term project. In time, I'll shift to focus more on the details -- the clearing the table or putting away clothes or the being useful around the house. I can't think yet about these details when my child is too volatile and unstable. It's not worth it to me to focus energy on these things just yet. With my own biological kids, I absolutely have higher expectations. At 9 and 11, they were cleaning the kitchen every night and could be counted on to be fairly helpful around the house.
  19. You probably are looking for something like the penguin readers series for esl students. http://penguin.longmanhomeusa.com Also, "Hi-lo" readers are good for kids with low reading levels. http://www.sdlback.com/hi-lo-reading
  20. I have let my kids choose whether to attend public school or be homeschooled. One chose home, one chose school. Our foster kids don't get that choice since they're required to attend public school. Anyway, school can be great and has some wonderful points. I'd let her choose. You could always re-evaluate if she does not thrive.
  21. I kind of agree that a wilderness trek sounds like a lot for a first camp experience. Why not try a typical camp for his first go? We're in Oregon too and my kids have enjoyed farm camp on an organic farm, Girl Scout camp on the coast, horse camp in the Wallowas, YMCA camp on a ranch, and Nike tennis camp at OSU. I know there's a ton more opportunities than that, and I'm sure you can find a program that your son would be enthusiastic about trying. Have you seen the programs that OMSI runs? I want to go to Astronomy camp in the high desert! The nice thing about going with an established camp through an organization like scouting or YMCA is that there is oversight and background checks and policies in place to keep kids safe. Also, if it turns out your child hates it or isn't ready or something, a traditional camp that has a base will make it easier to contact you.
  22. I don't know your parenting style or your son's specific needs, but I know how I feel about this topic. Assuming it's an ACA accredited camp and your child wants to go, and the camp has generally positive reviews, I would not dig into the specifics of the food or material of the tents or the length of mattress or the type of insect repellent that will be worn by other campers. Camp is not about us parents and what goes on at camp is outside of what we can or should control. No camp can be a perfect idyllic experience that will be tailored to a specific child. It can't be. Camp is inherently about sending your child off to have an experience without you. Sure, they may come back with mosquito bites and sunburn and a random sock from another camper that got mixed with their stuff and having eaten some food you'd never let into your kitchen, but it's okay. They'll also come back with awesome memories and friendships and all sorts of new experiences and songs and skills. Generally speaking, 14 year olds are resilient and can handle experiences that are less than ideal and it's good for them to get out and have a taste of life outside of their own homes. In a few years your child will probably go live in a college dorm or apartment and these early experiences of independence in the world are going to be helpful. So... Other than ensuring that the camp meets some general safety standards (that is, ACA accreditation) and that your child wants to go, I would ask as few questions as possible and just trust that your child is capable of handling the experience and having a good time.
  23. This will be my daughter's third year in the French village. She loves it! Both previous years she flew in to MSP (first with unaccompanied minor service, second without) and was picked up by camp staff as arranged with no problems. Same thing going back. It is a little pricey, but cheaper than me flying with her and staying nearby for two weeks.
  24. Class 2 rivers won't be particularly thrilling, but will be a fun little trip. I like wearing keens or Tevas or water shoes. You will get wet so I'd avoid sneakers. Everyone will be in life jackets so you'll probably toss the kids in the river and let them float next to you. For everyone, I'd go with swim shorts and rash guards that'll be waterproof, protect against sun and dry quickly. I wouldn't bother with fancy rafting gear, though the hydroskin shirts and shorts from nrs are awesome. The rafting company will almost certainly supply a dry bag, but it's nice to have a little personal one (like a "fanny pack" dry bag for your phone/camera/sunglasses) that's right there with you. Have fun!
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