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In the Rain

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  1. I agree with this. I alternate IEW with W&R, or MCT writing assignments. I notice that my kids independently apply some of the skills they've learned in IEW. The IEW framework has been very helpful for better organizing the ideas of my oldest dd, who is a natural writer with a strong voice. It is much more difficult for my younger dd, but I am seeing progress.
  2. Thanks for the further responses and review. I decided that I couldn't handle the frustration of possible repeated errors and poor customer service. I have enough of that in other areas of my life right now. (Yes, I'm talking to you, Comcast and Whirlpool!) :glare: I ordered a Plum Paper planner. It isn't as pretty as the EC, but they seem to have more consistently favorable reviews.
  3. Thanks, Lucylu. I'm actually looking at the Life Planner, so your review was helpful. It is nice to know you are getting your third. :) The unlaminated cover of the Plum Paper was one of my concerns. I also love the bright colors of the Erin Condren LP.
  4. I was wondering how you felt about the planner now that you've had it for several months. Are you still as pleased? Do you feel it was worth the money? I'm also curious how your dc's PlumPaper Design planner has held up.
  5. :grouphug: I'm so sorry. I can't imagine. :grouphug:
  6. My oldest showed no signs of working independently until 6th grade. She went from wanting to be by my side all of the time, to working quite independently. It was a drastic change that occurred rapidly. My youngest has always been independent in all aspects of life. She worked independently in 2nd grade, which wasn't always desirable. She'd just keep going and going, even if it was all wrong. Grr. Even now, she shoots ahead in her piano book because she is always trying new, hard things.
  7. I just found this while doing a search on mythology. That was awesome! Please tell your dd I thought it was really well done. The like/dislike feature on the comments was especially funny.
  8. My youngest was 5 or 6 when we read it the first time. She was already used to long chapter books, and enjoyed it immensely. We listened to it on CD, and loved the way the British narrator pronounce "princess". It is interesting that a pp found it creepier than the Narnia books. For my girls, the opposite was true. Dh read the Narnia books to them several years after TPATG, and my oldest was pretty traumatized by it. The younger one was fine with it though.
  9. I'm not sure what to make of the emotional outburst over The Indian in the Cupboard, but I think the other reading issues sound normal. I've noticed most fluent readers substitute small words when reading aloud (the/a/that). Are those the kind of substitutions you are talking about? I've talked to my kids about times exact word choice is important- reading aloud for a running record, poetry, quoting, etc. It doesn't bother me in casual reading situations though. I think sometimes the brain fills in those small words while the eyes are looking ahead. Being able to scan ahead while reading out loud seems to help fluency.
  10. I'm sorry to hear that. It is frustrating, isn't it?
  11. I tried that. I've now also indicated that I want to receive notifications at the top of the screen. At least that will catch my attention when I log in.
  12. geodob, Thank you for the tips. Everything in my notifications options indicates I should be receiving email. I'm not sure why it doesn't work. I would have responded to you sooner, but of course the board didn't let me know anyone had responded to my post. :glare:
  13. That sounds like me. Only I like a very concrete plan to adapt. :lol: I appreciate you and Amy tolerating the hijack and explaining your book groups. It is helping me come up with a plan.
  14. I used to be able to subscribe to a thread and receive notifications of posts. Now I subscribe, and request instant notification, but I never receive email. Does anyone have an idea of what I need to do? I've double checked that my email address is correct. TIA
  15. Amy, did you discuss each book over the course of several weeks? We've only been in book clubs that met after the whole book had been read.
  16. Wow, Amy! That helps a lot! Thank you for sharing. Your information was helpful and your worksheets are excellent! I have TTC, and the first book of Ready Readers. We were in a coop this year that worked through a dozen or so picture books using TTC story charts, so my kids are familiar with that process and the basic terminology of analysis and figurative language. I listened to one of Adam Andrews' talks a few nights ago. My dd commented that the analysis we had been doing wasn't as complex as what Andrew was mining out of the books. . I think I need to find a way to go deeper with my kids next year, especially the oldest. Do you mind sharing the list of books you read that also had movies available? My other dd would love to watch a movie for every book.
  17. Texasmama, if you have time, could you describe how you adapted Deconstructing Penguins to make it into analysis for middle schoolers? I read the book a couple of years ago, and couldn't really see how to make it work. My middle schooler is begging me to start up a book club for her, and I'm floundering. EndofOrdinary and Lori D, thank you for the short story lists!
  18. My MIL gave me the program about 9 years ago. I recall being hungry all of the time, and thinking the stuff tasted bad. I did lose weight, but it didn't stay off after I ran out of products. Good luck though. I hope you are one of the people who does great on the program. :001_smile:
  19. I know it is a lot of work. A few years ago, we had to do the kind of major overhaul you are talking about- in 3 bedrooms! It really worked though. Even with curtains and carpet in all of the bedrooms, all three of us were able to reduce our medications and have fewer symptoms. It really is worth the effort. This is an excellent point. We use a saline rinse and take a shower after cleaning and it makes a huge difference.
  20. I love Margot, Margaret, and Marguerite. To me, Miriam sounds more old fashioned than any of the others. Flower names for girls seem popular, and that is how I think of Marguerite- a pretty daisy.
  21. I had never heard of Erin Condren planners, so I did a google search. Wow! I can't believe how many very long youtube videos there are featuring this planner. And now I've learned about washi tape too. LOL. Washi tape, and Martha Stewart teardrop stickers, seem like mandatory accessories. Let us know when you upload your video. I think I spent two hours watching those videos last night, while supervising a sleep over. :lol:
  22. I think homeschoolers using that term against other homeschoolers mean it in a negative way. Personally, I wouldn't be offended by the term since nobody knows exactly what we are doing at home or how I am presenting new information. I would not want to be part of a group that was regularly judging and insulting my methods though. It is a rude thing to do.
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