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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.
  14. My kiddos are rising 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders and could probably still use some practice with facts, especially multiplication and division. Anyone using these books and finding that they really do work? Do they work well to use with multiple kiddos at the same time, like in a mini classroom? Do the PDFs print well?
  15. We got our pup from a rescue that does a two week foster period, and I highly recommend that if you can. We gave them a very short list of breeds we would consider and let them know that we had a lot of children, including a baby. We ended up looking for about nine or ten months before the right one appeared (just after I had the baby and lifethreatening postpartum complications, because why not, right?), but he has been perfect for us. Ours is a lab-boxer mix. He is a bit hyper sometimes and very enthusiastic, but also really sweet and very gentle. He learned very quickly that Mommy is not for jumping, and he is super gentle with our now 16-month-old. (They adore each other, actually.) He knows which parent is the fun parent (that would be DH), and which is the sucker parent (ahem, that would be yours truly -- he sits, makes the sad boxer face, and I can't resist giving him treats). And he likes the crate too, although mostly he is pretty content to lie next to my son while he is working. Lab was definitely on our list of breeds to consider because they're often great with kids; ours totally thinks he is just one of the boys. I think German shepherd was also, although I was a bit concerned about the size. Golden retriever too, possibly border collie. Nothing too small or too huge. I will also add that the dog is really my 15yo's dog. DH and I do help, but DS1 is the one who wanted a dog, and we waited until he was old enough to be both willing and capable of doing nearly everything.
  16. We miss ours, but I do love not having to go anywhere, chase the toddler, or cut up my day. Four of my kids do karate, together, and a fifth kid does an art class. Yes, we will go back, but I am savoring the open week as long as I can. (I can't switch to night or weekend classes. The art class is only offered one morning, but it is also my grocery shop time normally. And karate is a homeschool class and their main chance to see friends. Plus evening classes are by age, so I'd be there for three hours instead of one.)
  17. I bought whiteboards, assorted markers, and magnetic clips, trying a new organizational idea for the boys. And I bought a new-used laptop. We have needed another one for a while because my 11yo keeps wanting mine to play minecraft with his best friend. So I bought a new one for myself. (It isn't here yet.) Oh, and a couple of big packs of paint and drawing paper for my middles, which they needed anyway. I would say I would buy school stuff for next year, but I already did that before the plague hit.
  18. This! It has been four weeks here since they shut schools (two since they started online learning, and now schools are definitely closed for the rest of the year, which is normally mid-June here). I am seeing rumblings on social media that people are getting frustrated and worried. I think if they don't find some solutions, people are going to say, "Screw it, I'm not bothering with any of this." And we are seeing cases rising but the rate is pretty steady, around 1500-1600 new cases a day, around 70 deaths, for the last several days; people in the hospitals are creeping up but not jumping (and they went down at some in my area), so I definitely do think we need more weeks at home to keep things heading on a good path. Rural PA needs to remember that they are rural PA for a reason and just stay home. (Our county has less than 50 cases, one death, and the county near us with the big hospital only has two deaths so far. Let's keep it that way.)
  19. I really appreciate that poem -- thank you for sharing!
  20. I'm so sorry. How scary! Prayers for all of you.
  21. My husband got up early Saturday morning and hit four stores to find toilet paper. I think three of them had a little. We still don't have tons, due to limits, but we have enough for a couple of weeks. This was after we went to four other stores Thursday night, and NONE of them had any. I think you may just need to keep trying. I was quite annoyed that we had to go to eight stores, thus exposing ourselves and everyone else that many more times. I was very happy with WalMart pickup, but lately, I just can't get much of anything we need from there, so we still have to go to stores.
  22. The year we lost N, I found myself not getting bothered by things that I might have been bothered by otherwise. Compared to losing a family member, everything else just sort of pales in comparison.
  23. I think I will feel safe when the number of new cases is dropping/has dropped, and when the doctors and hospitals are back to their normal routines of appointments, visitors, etc., or when they decide that things are back to normal and that they like the general precautions and are sticking to them. (If they all decide that stricter limits on visitors and more telemedicine is a good thing, then fine.)
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