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  1. Martin Luther's Small and Large Catechisms would be good. The Small Catechism gives brief (but very apt) explanations of each commandment, while the Large Catechism gives more extensive commentary. Luther also has a hymn he wrote to help teach the commandments that is very good, These Are the Holy Ten Commands - I used it while teaching a Sunday school class on the commandments. As well, Luther's A Simple Way to Pray shows how to pray the commandments (as well as the Lord's Prayer and the Creed) - the method it illustrates meshes very well with the more polished explanations of the Smal
  2. Yeah, when you really dig into rhyme, there's all sorts of nuances (I found it very overwhelming). Rhymer (an online rhyming dictionary) lists six different kinds of rhymes you can search for on their site: *end rhymes (shoe/blue, cat/hat) - beginning rhyming starts here, I think *last syllable rhymes (timber, harbor) - that would be your action/application, I think *double rhymes (conviction/prediction) - where the last *two* syllables match *triple rhymes (transportation/dissertation) - where the last *three* syllables match *beginning rhymes (physics/fizzle) - same initial conson
  3. This was much like our experience with oldest. At four she couldn't rhyme to save her life - when I'd try to do little informal rhyming activities with her, she'd just stare at me with no comprehension of what I was trying to ask her to do. Despite my teaching her with strict phonics, she ended up reading almost completely visually (although with great speed and comprehension), with extremely horrific spelling. Turned out it was because she didn't have the phonemic processing skills needed to learn to read phonetically. We did a lot of homegrown remediation, and her spelling improved from
  4. That's good. Boy, this is *not* what Dad planned to spend his retirement doing <sigh>. You know how some people retire and realize they have no idea how to spend their days? Not Dad. He's been working on and off on a research project my whole life, and he was looking forward to doing it full time. And he was, too - he'd been really pleased with how much work he was getting done. And he only got 5 months of it before this stroke came out of nowhere <sigh>. But on the good news side, they're setting him up a workbench in his home office where he can work at it in his wheelchai
  5. I'm assuming without proof that's not an option - that they don't have the number or whatever, because otherwise it's the obvious option - but I'll check when I talk with them, just in case we're all overlooking the obvious, lol.
  6. No, we don't have a copy, but the speech therapist has a copy. She gave Dad some of the reproducible worksheets from it, only she forgot to give the directions. Since they won't see the speech therapist till Wed and Mom doesn't want to delay the at-home practice so long, I'm trying to see if anyone here happens to know what the directions might be, either because they know the book or because they know what "cancellation activities" are. In my googling, it seems that the basic directions they followed for previous activities - circle all the H's, say, and cross out all the O's, for exam
  7. Or any knowledge about what "cancellation activities" are? My dad had a stroke last Oct, and his speech therapist gave him homework from this book, only she didn't give any instructions and what to do is non-obvious from the pages themselves. They're "Cancellation Activities", on pages 101-115, under the "Attention" section. Each page looks like a word search - a 30x30 letter grid - and the page headings just say "Cancellation Activity - Letter 1" and "Cancellation Activity - Letter 2" and such. Earlier this therapist gave him word searches where she'd had him circle all the H's, say,
  8. One thought about the rural in-between area and your dh working from home: what's the high-speed internet like? We live in a rural area, and the options aren't super great in town (very small town) - middling dsl and (new) cable, plus mediocre satellite options, and outside of town there's only satellite. Even cell reception's not that great. We ended up living in town in large part so we could have decent internet.
  9. My oldest dd is a lefty, and she calls it "rock, paper, scissors," as does my lefty ds. My righty middle dd and I also call it "rock, paper, scissors". None of us have heard it any other way. Offhand I'd think family/friend/regional influence affects the name more than handedness.
  10. We have a just-barely-adequate system, that breaks down some during winter (when southern winter alternates with short periods of winter-winter). We have no entry way or closet or anything convenient like that. Instead, we have a jacket/bench/shoe holder thing next to one side of the door, and boot trays next to the other side. The jacket holder is sufficient for jackets, but not for winter coats - they have separate command hooks stuck to the side of available bookcases (ds's is across from the back door, while the girls' are on the shelf right next to their bedroom; dh's and mine fit on t
  11. I didn't even know ceiling fans were considered "bad" - I considered ceiling fans in all the rooms as a *selling point* when we bought our FL and TX houses. (In our rental house in IL we ended up buying floor fans for every room, which is way more "unsightly" and annoying.) Here's one more reason why I'd be a poor fit for those reno shows - you'd have to pry my ceiling fans out of my cold, dead hands, lol.
  12. When we lived in suburbia, I was driving 20min one way three nights a week (one dance/gymnastics class per kid) and 5-10min one way one night (piano for 2 kids). I never went home in between; I mostly read in the waiting area, but sometimes I'd walk to the library to entertain youngest. Now that we live in the middle of nowhere, I drive 45min one way for dance/art one night (we dropped dance because of covid, so I'm just reading for an hour now, but last year we were there for 3.5 hours), and 1hr one way (in the opposite direction) for piano lessons (we are there for ~2.5 hours).
  13. Watching this last night, I thought the same. I watched a documentary on 60s space program a few years ago, and Wernher von Braun exploded a *lot* of test rockets in trying to develop the Saturn vehicles.
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    Gotcha. I was thinking in terms of ACEs and such.
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