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  1. :iagree: I think Rosetta Stone would be a *great* supplement to language learning. When it comes to vocabulary acquisition and such, it would be very helpful. But honestly, the only way to really learn a language is to speak it. You can be as fluent as you want while reading/listening, but actually producing the spoken language is much different! No program will give the same experience. (I'm dealing with this now.... I can read in both French and Spanish fairly well, but while speaking I often switch back and forth between the two in the same sentence! :tongue_smilie:) But really, who
  2. :bigear: Am I hearing some of you right, that you have subfolders and such with google bookmarks? If so... how?!? Maybe I just haven't looked in the right place... Right now I use google bookmarks, but I don't particularly like it. I have 90 different folders (!!!!) broken up into categories such as Jenna: Science, Jenna: Math, Mommy: Reading Challenges, Mommy: Spanish, Mommy: French, Jenna: French: Programs, Jenna: French: Games, etc.etc.etc.etc. (plus categories like homeschooling blogs, family blogs, craft blogs, graduate schools, scholarships... ahh!) I'd LIKE to be able to create a
  3. You should! My French professor (who also speaks Spanish) has been an awesome resource for helping me find foreign language materials for my DD. She didn't know any curriculums, but she has pointed me towards a number of websites/online bookstores and such. (They also might be able to point you towards a good program to jog your memory. Have you checked your local library to see if they have anything? I don't particularly like the audio programs as a primary learning tool, but I have found the French/Spanish programs useful for reinforcing what I already knew. It might help you remember enoug
  4. I haven't really explored Rosetta Stone for us, since my DD is so young (just turned 5) and I most need to be able to read/write Portuguese. But there aren't many options out there for Brazilian Portuguese for kids, so Rosetta Stone may be it. I haven't yet nailed down a specific topic, but I'm interested in 19th and 20th century Brazilian social/cultural history. I'm currently writing a paper about civilizing attemps at the turn of the century - "whitening", public health intiatives, etc. I'm also interested in changing conceptions of gender and sexuality. :D
  5. I'd be interested to see how the kids progress with Rosetta Stone. We are doing French right now with a different program (L'Art de Dire) and will be adding Spanish next year (La Clase Divertida). But I'd like to add Brazilian Portuguese in another 2-3 years, since there is a strong possibility we will be living in Brazil for 6 months or so in a few years while I do research for my dissertation. Are you using the Rosetta Stone for yourself also? I need to learn Portuguese myself... planning on doing it in graduate school, but it would be so much easier for me to start now!
  6. I'm using a YouVersion app also! I'm officially on day 25, but I've read ahead and caught myself up many times. I actually only started about a week and a half ago and I'm on Exodus 16. I was actually inspired to read it again by a young adult fiction book I read. This will be my second time reading the Bible from cover to cover, and of course I've read bits and pieces throughout the years. My first time was as a child. I found my grandmother's Bible when I was 9 and decided to read it.
  7. I have horrible headaches. Migraines a couple times a week, and often "normal" headaches on other days. I couldn't ever find a cause for mine, but they are exacerbated by a lack of sleep as a result of various sleep issues. What helped me was Topamax. It was amazing. For an entire year I didn't have headaches. Then my insurance lapsed and we're back to headaches... :glare:
  8. Just wondering what conferences everyone will be going to. This will be my first year going to one and I'm excited! Haven't decided WHICH one I'm going to though. (I'm on the Eastern Shore, but would most likely be going from my parents house in southern MD if I don't want to bring DD).
  9. August 10th is my birthday... come on time baby!! :D I've heard that even in a car accident, babies that early are unlikely to be hurt because they are so well protected. A teammate of mine found out she was pregnant in the middle of the season and her doctor told her she could keep playing soccer if she wanted, because the baby was well protected by fluid and such. I wouldn't worry about the doppler causing injury.
  10. I've loved ES. We are doing Intro to Science and so far all the experiments have been both exciting and fairly quickly. Plus, word on the street is they are putting together experiment kits, which I am so excited about, and will make finding some of the more random items easier to find.
  11. We started with French because that is my strongest language, and since I know it and DD saw me studying, she was eager to learn it. We'll add Spanish soon, because.. well, that is my second strongest language, and thanks to Dora and Diego DD really wants to learn this also. She is constantly asking me how to say words in both French and Spanish. We'll add Latin eventually, but not until she can really understand the grammar.
  12. Uhm, I do. I'm laughing just thinking of ways a laptop could break a fan! No experience with VAIO, but I know someone who had an HP and had lots of problems with it. (FWIW: I love my Dell. I *really* want a MacBook, but will probably get another Dell soon because the MacBooks are out of my range)
  13. Just got home from the library and picked up WTM again. This will be my third reading in.... a year? Maybe a year and a half. And I'm as excited as I was the first time, possibly even more so since I know what awaits me. Help me feel less crazy and admit that you re-read it often also! :D
  14. Well... I'm not married, so take this with a grain of salt, but. (And I'm probably going to explain this all wrong) I read on a blog somewhere that sometimes it is about the actions. So, you should hug, even if you don't necessarily feel like hugging. The physical contact is supposed to release... something in your brain, that makes you feel good. I guess the theory is that if you act like you love each other, you will love each other? I'm sorry, I know this is completely vague. When I get home I'll try and find the specific blog for you. In the meantime, :grouphug:, and take heart in
  15. We generally don't watch anything except Disney channel, so no worries about those kinds of commercials. The ones that get me the most are the animal shelter ones. Playing the sad music, showing all the sad animals... DD will be hysterical by the end of the commercial if I don't catch it and turn it before she realizes what it is.
  16. :party: I love the curriculum (we are doing Intro right now) and was planning on doing biology next year, but I had been checking this thread because I knew I could convinced to switch if I found something with the experiment kits. Great timing!
  17. Our system is complicated to describe, but easily implemented. DD has 5 chores a week. (Feed the cat 2 times a day, brush her teeth 2 times a day, clear her dishes after mealtime, make sure toys are all picked up at bedtime, go to bed without whining). I have a chart for checking these items. For each chore she completes the entire week, she gets a dollar. If I have to speak to her about whining, or she throws a temper tantrum, I take away 25 cents. At the end of the week, whatever she's earned gets paid out in the following manner: First, .50 to donate. Once she's saved up a coup
  18. :glare: Well, luckily I realized that everything was closed BEFORE heading out today, but of course I had already told DD yesterday that we'd be going to the library. Plus I had FINALLY found the second ID I needed to get a post office box (my voter registration card), and need to have some things mailed to me. I was hoping to get that taken care of today. Tomorrow will just be extra busy, we have a lot to do now!
  19. I was taught one, so I always used one. THEN, just last semester, I was told that we were supposed to use two. TWO? It threw my whole life into a loop! :tongue_smilie: So NOW you people are telling me that the correct way is to use one? -sigh- I'll never get this. (FWIW: I use one normally, and two for formal writing. Guess I'll go back to one? I give up! :lol:)
  20. I don't have too much to say, but one of my professors went there and always has good things to say about it.
  21. My DD went through a phase of about a year where she was determined she was going to go to school, and it was about 3.5-4.5. Many of her friends are older, so they were all going to school, and her one younger friend started school this year. She kept talking and talking and talking about going to school. I just kept reminding her that she DOES go to school, just at home, and making sure she had many chances to be with other kids. She doesn't ask about going to school anymore, and when other people ask her if she's in school yet she happily says "I'm homeschooled!"
  22. I started homeschooling for a multitude of reasons, but mostly because I feel I can provide a much more superior education to that which she will recieve in public schools, and even better than private schools. Well. I don't have to report until next year, so technically we haven't even started. But once I made the decision, I knew I was in it for the long haul, but that I'd also make the decision each year. So, my default position is homeschooling, unless something drastic happens to change my mind. My favorite thing about homeschooling.... oh, this is tough! I absolutely adore being
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