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  1. Don't lose all hope. I almost failed 10th grade, was kicked out in 11th, and for all intents and purposes failed 12th (they only passed me to get rid of me, and actually told this to my parents!) After a couple years floundering, I am now finishing my junior year of college with a 3.8 gpa, 4 minors, and a member of my school's honor's program. Your DD may just need time to mature, or a reason to get things together, or... something. I don't really have any answers for you- just :grouphug:. Her future isn't entirely ruined because of a bad high school experience. (Tougher, yes, but not
  2. I got 32/32, but to be honest, it should have been 31/32, since I guessed on the Maimonides. (Off to google...) And the only reason I answered correctly about the predominate religion of Indonesia is from Heather's posts. :D
  3. I'm concerned about the emotional health of my daughter. I don't feel comfortable sharing all the details publicly, but if there's anyone out there who has dealt with emotional/behavioral issues in a child who could answer a couple questions, I'd really appreciate a PM. Thank you.
  4. I'll commiserate with you. I speak both Spanish and French at a mildly proficient level, and can read both even better than I speak. DD is very, very interested in learning both. And yet..... :glare: She understands a little French and a little Spanish, but not anywhere near what she could. Life has just gotten in the way, and we've been unable to do language consistently lately. (I've only been trying to teach her French, the little bit of Spanish she's picked up on her own.)
  5. :iagree:We're using AAS plus Progressive Phonics and just speeding right along in learning how to read.
  6. :grouphug::grouphug: Losing a pet isn't like losing a family member... it IS losing a family member. I'm so sorry that you are going through this. Maybe the new kitty was brought into your life precisely because the other kitty is sick and something out there knew you were going to need the comfort that only a pet can provide.
  7. University of Maryland College Park has a Korean studies minor and a couple years of Korean language offered. I'm not sure of the specifics, I just know someone who goes there and takes Korean. :tongue_smilie:
  8. We got picked too!! So exciting. I was a little nervous because I thought maybe they'd want someone with more children and/or older children, but apparently not! :D (Add me to the list of never-get-picked before. I'm probably over-excited about this.)
  9. :grouphug: I had DD at 20, and also would eventually like more kids (bio, or through adoption). But since I am in school, the earliest it would happen would be when I'm 35-36!! I know there are things that I would do differently, but I don't think you every do it 'perfectly', so in that sense they are all practice kids!!!
  10. :lol: For the longest time, I only took out one color of playdoh at a time for DD. She has started to get upset about that, but still keeps them very separate. As for the OP... DD sleeps in panties. I'd be happy to get her in clothes, PJs, anything. But nope. No matter what she starts the night in, by the time she falls asleep it has all come off but the panties. She also hates blankets and kicks them off before you can even get her tucked in. Of course by morning the poor kid is curled in a ball, shivering. :tongue_smilie:
  11. My daughter's tubes fell out on their own (it took quite awhile though. She was 11 months when they went in and 4/5 by the time both fell out. But when I was a kid, I had tubes put in at 4, came out on their own at 7. Tubes back in at 8, taken out surgically at... 13? There was a hole in one of my ear drums and I needed a paper patch put on.
  12. I had this problem also- a child ready for the math, but not ready for the writing. I started out letting DD use number stamps and stickers to "write" her answers. I also wrote the answers for her, and did a lot orally. We've been able to shift most of the writing to her now, but occasionally I'll still scribe for her if she's a little more tired, or just doesn't feel like writing.
  13. Curious... are you in north or south PA?? south PA is definitely close enough for a good artist... :D I'd do the book theme. It's more personal than flowers and... sounds awesome. Then again, I'm getting a book quote tattooed on me soon, (as soon as I find someone to go to since my old artist left!). But, it doesn't sound like you are particularly attached to either idea, so I'd wait. I only get the tattoos I can't live without, not the ones I can just live with. (You know, sort of like picking a mate. :lol:)
  14. We usually start bedtime routine around... 10:30. :D Brush teeth, go potty, wash hands, in bed by 1045, reading for the next 30-45 minutes, then she usually watches a movie before dropping off by midnight. DD is 6, and usually wakes around 10, 1030. I'm in class until 1 some days and 315 others, so by the time I get home from school she is awake and dressed, has eaten, and is ready for whatever we're going to conquer that day. The schedule works out wonderful for us. I'd just feel terrible putting her to bed at 7 or 8 when I've only had a little time with her.
  15. I'll answer for right now, since it's pretty much the norm. We have: 1. bedtime read aloud (currently The Very Little Princess: Zoey's Story) 2. SOTW vol. 1 3. Stories and Poems for Intelligent Children (:lol: Sounds so pretentious doesn't it? But we read 2 selections a week, and I love that it has me reading Shakespeare and Keats to my 6 year old, and she's actually interested!) 4. Random House book of Poetry. (2-4 pages a week, 3-6 poems a page.) 5. a book of Aesop's fables, usually two fables a week. And then we read picture books in between all that.
  16. We do 2-3 hours a day, 6-7 days a week. We do quite a bit of "extras" though. The core subjects probably take an hour, hour and a half a day.
  17. I have one up. An impromptu violin concert, given to the dog. :D here.
  18. Here's what we do (but we're only 3 chapters into 1A, so this can be taken lightly! :D): Introduce the subject with some hands on examples/games. The HIG has good teaching ideas. Do a section of the textbook and then the corresponding section of the workbook. Finish the chapter this way. After we've finished a chapter, go back and do the problems in the extra practice. Ta-da! All done! :lol: When we finish the textbook, workbook and extra practice book I'm thinking we'll do the IP and CWP before starting 1B.
  19. You didn't mention how old your children are, but I suspect you will run into the same problem with Portuguese as I am having with French. I can't find a program that will work for us. I'm strongly considered switching to Spanish for the availibility of materials. The goal is for DD to speak Spanish, French and Portuguese with at least a minimal level of proficiency, and at least one of those with high proficiency. Portuguese will come a little later, and most likely while we are in Brazil, because the options are very limited. (And I don't speak Portuguese yet, I won't be starting my own
  20. We do so much it's ridiculous, so don't take this list as any sort of gospel! We do school 7 days a week for 2-3 hours a day because DD begs for it, I don't believe all this is necessary. Phonics: Progressive Phonics. DD really likes this, it's the first learning to read program that actually worked with her. And it's free!!! Spelling: All About Spelling 1. Literature: loads of read alouds, focusing on some of the "classic" children's books. About once a month we are also doing a book/movie comparison, and twice a week we read from a book I have called... something like, Stories a
  21. I understand. I just went through the "not wanting to stop playing to pee" thing with my own daughter. It is hard trying to distinguish between a true problem and just not wanting to miss out on something fun. I just wanted to share my story because I feel like it is better to check and find out nothing than to not check and find out much later.
  22. :iagree:I had this as a child. My mom thought I just didn't want to quit playing and punished me. She still feels bad about all those times she punished me for what turned out to be a medical problem.
  23. You sound a lot like me. I just posted a list of what we use to my blog. (See signature.) I've been using to-do lists to keep on track. Once a week I make lists of everything that needs to be done on a specific day. I list EVERYTHING, and take nothing for granted. (schoolwork related). On the back of the list, I put a list of the things I need to gather in the morning, again, taking nothing for granted. I list every book, every worksheet, even if we need crayons or colored pencils! I also keep a running list of library books I need to check out in the bag I carry everywhere with me, and k
  24. First I have to say, I absolutely love this topic. Very interesting the different viewpoints... :001_smile: I like the idea of multi-generational homes. Growing up I was very close to my parents, and have remained so (except for a little bit of turbulence in my extremely rebellious teens...) We also often had other family members living with us. All of my uncles, some of my aunts, some of my cousins, and a couple family friends have lived with us throughout the years. It's nice, as a child, to have so many adults around to love you.
  25. I think Oliver goes so well with those names!! I like Oliver Cory William, it seems to "flow", but so does Oliver William. :D Well, that was no help.
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