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  1. The one scene with the baby made me feel physically ill when I read it, and that was as a young adult. Just thinking about it now makes me feel icky, tbh. I like Lowry in general a lot, but I decided I will never make my kids read that. (Or "The Lottery" either.) And then we lost a much wanted baby, so it got doubly nixed.
  2. We have a cheese drawer. It's usually full, so there are additional cheeses elsewhere in the fridge, in the spare fridge, and in the upstairs mini fridge. We have six kids; we eat a lot of cheese! At any given time, we have at least goat cheese, some sort of mozzarella or other shredded Italian cheese, shredded cheddar, blocks of some sort of cheddar, parmesan, some sort of fancy-ish snacking cheese from Aldi, cottage cheese, something sliced and suitable for grilled cheese, feta and/or bleu. . .
  3. I'm just chiming in to say that I would trust Garga's suggestions. Her photography is beautiful! I love the idea of the boys in jeans and one in a red polo and the other in blue, one girl in the denim with some red accents, and the other in the red dress.
  4. I did use part of the one McKay book a few years ago, and we liked it pretty well. I'm planning to use the medieval chapters for my rising 10th grader, plus some Great Courses and some other supplements.
  5. It doesn't seem to. He doesn't seem to be confused at all, just appreciates that he doesn't have to write across the binding.
  6. My lefty (almost 9) showed his preference very, very early, easily by a year. Most of my babies went back and forth between the two, but my lefty did not. He would reach across his body with his left hand to get a spoon plunked into the right side of his bowl, rather than move it with his right, things like that, consistently. (Interestingly, my current 17mo will do exactly the opposite with his right hand.) I bind his notebooks on the right with my proclick, and he has lefty scissors. We typically arrange for him to sit where he is not right next to a righty. I know not everything will accommodate him in life, and he will need to adapt, but in the meantime, we do what we can for him. He tends to be a bit shy, so I let co-op teachers know he is a lefty, but when he went to art class, he felt pretty cool to take his own special scissors to leave there. 😉
  7. That is correct; they are just for this school year. We are hoping that they will eventually become permanent!
  8. You get to choose your evaluator in PA, and you pick one who matches your philosophy. In MD, yes, there are umbrellas, but I have heard that they don't necessarily work for everyone; one friend has had a hard time finding an umbrella for her area, and she does not get to choose the person evaluating her children. PA looks hard on paper, but it really is mostly just minor paperwork. We don't stress about the portfolios. Yes, I'd love not to have any of it, but I know we've also looked at other states that looked easier on paper, and when I went searching forums, I got the feeling that they were actually harder in real life. IRL, PA is quite easy, and it only takes a few minutes to get the paperwork done, plus an afternoon in testing years, and a few hours per kid to put together some samples and photos of work, plus 15 minutes per kid for the evaluation. ETA: This year, covid made it a ton easier for us! No tests, no evaluations (high schoolers graduating still need them, and some other high schoolers may also, depending on the evaluator), no 180 days to check off. I don't need test for my two test age kids this year, and I don't need to pay for four evaluations either! I hope we get those changes permanently!
  9. Oh my gosh. Now *I* just leveled up. I don't know why I didn't see that before, but you have just made my day. Thank you!!
  10. If we took a break from other math, yeah, they'd probably go for it, lol!
  11. Thanks so much! That is a really helpful review. It does sound like it may work very nicely for us. I love the idea of a binder as well. We are a bit bored with math lately, LOL; the younger two are in the 2nd and 3rd grade Singapore books, and tbh, there are a lot of parts that are necessary but kind of tedious, plus we have been enjoying a bit of change due to the lockdowns, so I'm thinking they really may like doing a bit of playing while solidifying their facts.
  12. We stopped at the end of 5B and moved on to AOPS Prealgebra but took it slowly over a couple of years, starting in 6th grade and finishing in 7th. (That was also the year we had a preemie in the NICU who eventually died, so we didn't keep a great pace for a lot of that year.)
  13. Congrats! I love my ProClick. I need someone to make cardboard backs for it. I use a couple of layers of cardstock, but I really could use some sheets of cardboard like spiral notebooks have.
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