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  1. She's baaaack....

  2. Hello, I was here for a long time when DD was a small one, thinking I would homeschool or afterschool her. Life threw us a few twists and turns and I find myself in Turkey with a third grader going to a Turkish private school. We've done well with just her school - she even reads at or close to grade level in English thanks to their English program and Harry Potter (All hail JK Rowling!). Today she expressed a desire to learn American history (which is obviously not covered in school). I looked in my cache of resources and I have nothing on American history. Ancients, yes. Middle Ages, a bit. Early Modern - nada. I know SOTW covers it, and I can use that, but she wants JUST American history - not combined with the rest of the world. I'll get there eventually, but she's been resisting any form of afterschooling so I want to approach this carefully - you would resist too if you left for school at 7:15, got home at 5:30, and then had homework! Oh - and I need a downloadable curriculum. Shipping to Turkey is sometimes a bit unreliable, and always a looooonnnnggg process. Thank you! Giraffe (aka Hope)
  3. Giraffe

    First time visitor to Texas

    Dallas also has the new Perot Museum (yes, THAT Perot) which is fantastic. One of the only museums I bought a membership too and have enjoyed every visit there. Lots of science, lots of hands on things for little and big kids.
  4. Bat in the living room! AAAIIIGGHHH!!!!

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    2. 54879525

      54879525

      Eeek...(to both bat and happenings).

       

       

    3. Giraffe

      Giraffe

      Batty appears to have found the exit!

    4. swellmomma

      swellmomma

      I'd be going batty if that happened here

  5. Putting the exploded pieces of my brain back together again...

  6. Interesting time to be in Turkey...

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    2. Giraffe

      Giraffe

      We'll see what happens tomorrow when the work week starts.

    3. Starr

      Starr

      Praying they all like their jobs. :)

    4. Giraffe

      Giraffe

      They also like freedom. Lots of people wearing black today in protest.

  7. Giraffe

    Developing advanced reading skills

    Me too! I'm overseas so everything I do must be online. Then I order the books and have them sent home in the US for pickup in the summer.
  8. 99 cent sales can still be expensive!

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    2. Giraffe

      Giraffe

      No kidding! But all the downloadables were awesome!

    3. Um_2_4

      Um_2_4

      Yah, I"m loading up a flash drive ;)

    4. Giraffe

      Giraffe

      Flash drive? I've got an external HD I'm loading!!! :P

  9. Giraffe

    Developing advanced reading skills

    Thank you for a very thoughtful post, that I just might print out and save. It was very relevant for me, as I recently realized that I don't know how to READ, not really. I'm teaching myself now. DD is at learning stage t-5, identifying phonograms, but I think about this stuff for her all. the. time. Again, thank you!!
  10. Planning, planning, planning.

    1. Isabella

      Isabella

      My favourite activity!

  11. Thank you! DD has to have music and her "star factory" to sleep. This just might make my life easier, as I've just been randomly selecting my favorite "relaxing" music from the 70s & 80s. Classical would be so much better!
  12. Insomnia. I hate worrying about things for which I can do nothing.

    1. freeindeed
    2. Mommy22alyns

      Mommy22alyns

      I feel your pain, so sorry.

       

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