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EmilyGF

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  1. I don't have a choice; I'm allergic to normal deodorant. They give me really painful nodules under my arms. First, your body cycles through hormones and you'll find that two weeks or so per month you need nothing and two weeks per month you stink like crazy. During those two stinky weeks, use deodorant soap on your pits (if you are OK with that) and then swab with rubbing alcohol each time before you go out. I do think the first year is the worst (when your body is adjusting to no longer having to fight the chemicals it makes a ton of sweat). Then the sweat really decreases and it gets a lot better. Are you OK with the non-aluminum crystal sticks? I use that on days I will be out all day and am concerned that I might be hormonally stinky. I use it maybe 2-3 days per month. So this minimizes deodorant use without completely eliminating it. Emily
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    Acquiring a taste for plain greek yogurt

    Dittoing the fruit. I eat mine with a banana and a cup of berries. I buy berries in the big 10-lb frozen bags and then defrost a cup of them before dumping on the yogurt. I also like yogurt with garlic and salt. I dip cucumbers in it. Emily
  3. These are really great resources and I'll be using them throughout the year. We've decided that DS13 will go to school next year, so he'll miss out on this class, but I'll still get to do some of the reading. Thanks again! Emily
  4. We came up with a plan - he's doing the AOPS Geometry online class starting tomorrow and he'll be studying up with a self-study geometry guide to prep for the test throughout the summer. He reminded me that the summer math camp he did last year for four weeks focused on Geometry (though in a more creative and less systematic way), so he has more background with it than most kids. Also, he finds his current AOPS class not that hard, so I think it should be OK to have two going at the same time for a bit. It'll be interesting to see what he thinks of school math next year... Thanks, everyone. Emily
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    Alcumus - is this enough?

    I'd do read chapter + alcumus + 7-8 challenge problems at the end of the chapter. Emily
  6. That's a good point. We have five weeks left and one kid in public school (where it is clear they are winding down!). Basically, when I actually went to minimize the schedule, I realized I'm just cutting out the things he hates and I feel we get the least return on. He's really not visual at all, so all his "draw a map" stuff is going away, as is illustration of books he's read, learning to draw birds, and such, and dictation. These were battles I was willing to fight when I saw them as long-term scaffolding of increased visualization ability, but not when I see them as a series of fights for five weeks, KWIM. We've got some amazing books across all subjects that we're finishing, though, and a long format essay, as well as AOPS Algebra II and AOPS Geometry (just added and going over the summer). Emily
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    Another AoPS Academy: Princeton, NJ

    Makes me wish we still lived there! Emily
  8. I'm going to follow this thread because I want to do something similar with ds13, who is going to public school next year and really needs to just work on reading speed beforehand. Emily
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    Summer math plans

    I have also had a bad experience with Singapore (my dd9 used it for a semester at home this year). She sort of "figured it out" - she could do the problems and demonstrate understanding because she didn't have to change her way of thinking frequently. But there was no recall at all. She's doing *so much butter* now that she's using MEP, though at first she was in tears every day because she had to think in different ways throughout the lesson. I also really hated the way the TM was set up and found it completely non-intuitive. She liked Singapore because it was comfortable to her - she never had to switch gears. But it didn't stick or lead to a deeper understanding. I used a placement test from a different math curriculum as her semester exam and found she was way behind where she'd been before the beginning of the year. That was when we jumped ship. Emily
  10. Thanks for the encouragement to follow my gut with this. Emily
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    Need new techniques to get them on board...

    I encourage my kids to take pictures of things they like but have no space for. I also say, "I think you don't love this any more. But if you think you do, you need to designate a space for it." Often that leads them to realizing they don't love the thing enough to give it a home. Obviously there are kids that this won't work for, but it works fairly well with my run-of-the-mill packrat. Whereas before it was too much work to declutter, it becomes too much work to keep. Emily
  12. How does he pay for the music lessons? I don't think there's any way my DH would be willing to pay for lessons on three instruments. I could see him requiring a 16-year-old to pay for lessons on one or two of the instruments. That would then give DS16 incentive to work but the freedom to work in areas he chooses. Emily
  13. Oh, he's a slow reader so "reading books he cares about" also means work on his reading speed. The idea is that just reading for a few hours each day might lead to speed improvement, something that'd be helpful next year.
  14. We're putting our oldest (DS13) in brick and mortar school next year for 8th grade. The decision was tricky but makes a lot of sense for many reasons. It isn't up for debate. Now that we've made that decision, I'm don't really care to finish our homeschool curriculum. I just want to let him do the math he loves and read books he cares about. I am thinking about 30 min/day of workbooks in areas that are weak for him (the ones that we were slowly working on bit by bit, but now maybe want to review quickly). Otherwise, I just want to drop everything he doesn't love. Any reason I need to finish up this year's curriculum? Emily
  15. In my mom's circle, it would probably be a gift card to a nice restaurant - the type one wouldn't go to otherwise. Starbucks gift cards, in my mom's circle, would be more like thank-yous for youth group leaders ("You don't have much money but you probably like this."). This would warrant a "I really want to treat you to something nice" gift card. It wouldn't be expected, but my mom would want to give it anyways. She did something like that for her friends who helped her plan her big anniversary party. Emily
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