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2. ## Best way to teach carrying?

Working through lots of carrying problems with base-10 blocks (I used Cuisenaire rods for 1s and 10s, with large 'jewels' for 100s). With both girls, I needed to pause our main math program to do more work on regrouping (carrying and borrowing). I made up problems and we worked through them with our improvised base-10 blocks. I'd have them do a step with the blocks and then do the exact same step with the standard algorithm (it felt like 'recording' the block result on paper), making sure they saw the connection between what we did with the blocks and what we did on paper. Here's the basic steps: 1) make each number in blocks, 2) combine the ones blocks and find the total, 3) exchange groups of 10 ones for 1 ten, 4) write down the ones total in the ones place and write the number of carried tens over the tens place. 5) Do the same with the tens: combine the tens blocks (including the carried tens) and find the total, exchange groups of 10 tens for 1 hundred, and write down the tens total in the tens place and write the number of carried hundreds over the hundreds place. 6) Do it again for the hundreds. I would work problems together, blocks+writing, with me prompting each step. Then once the kids started getting it, they would work the problems themselves with both blocks and writing, recording each step as they went. I let them use the blocks as long as they wanted, and they eventually dropped them once they were solid.

4. ## Education Without Much Optimism for Future

I completely understand *why* you'd do it; I just don't understand how you (and people like you) practically *do* it, financially speaking. It's like owning a yacht - so far out of my reach that it's almost beyond comprehension. I mean, I have no idea how I will ever be able to pay for college for my kids. It's scholarships or grandparents or all the loans, basically. So if I can't picture how to cover my kids' increasingly-necessary-to-make-a-living-wage *undergrad* college, the idea of for-personal-fulfillment *graduate* education is so far out of my reach that I can't fathom ever being in that situation. (Which is odd, in that both my parents and my sister would have no trouble doing so, so it's not like it's actually outside my family situation.) I'd love to get theology and philosophy degrees. But as that's practically impossible, I self-study instead. I've had an ongoing research project for the past five years, and I've used the library and accumulated a lot of used books and used my dh's seminary alumni journal access. And my dad has been working on a research project for thirty years, and never really considered going to school in his pursuit of it, even though he actually *could* (financially speaking, at least). I heavily value learning and education, but I don't see college as central to that pursuit, just one path. And an increasingly expensive path, at that, that puts it increasingly out of reach.

9. ## Has anyone reviewed Grammar for Writers by Jonathan Rogers on Compass Classroom?

Bumping this. I bought it to do with my rising 8th grader in the fall; I haven't watched beyond the sample videos yet, but I downloaded the written materials today and read through all of the first module, doing about half the exercises. I quite like it so far - it's doing what I hoped it would do, and doing it well - but I'm having the worst time trying to organize my impressions into worthy words. What sorts of questions did you have?

11. ## S/o Movie Room Thread—What extra room would you want?

My top extra room would be a library (instead having bookshelves on every available wall in every room and hallway, plus a place to read in peace and quiet that's not a bedroom). Second would be a storeroom (instead of putting things in the non-climate controlled garage/attic). Third would be an exercise room (instead of putting the exercise equipment in the non climate-controlled garage). Fourth would be a hobby room (a place for dh's trains and such that's not the non-climate-controlled garage, and a place for kid creations that's not the dinner table or the floor of their bedrooms). Really, except for the library, what I want is a basement. Our previous house had a finished basement with a storeroom and plenty of room for exercise equipment and kid/adult hobbies. But there's no basements here, and the size of house to match having a full basement is ridiculously huge and expensive.
12. ## Hair going gray/white. Need help!

In general I've found aloe vera gel (the clear stuff, with just aloe, no added "medicated for sunburn relief" stuff) to work well for preventing flyaways when hair is pulled back. I appreciate it both because aloe is good for hair and because I don't have to shampoo it out - I can just comb or brush my hair out and let it absorb. So there's no build-up, no worries about having to clarify occasionally to get it all out.
13. ## 1 out of 4 Mississippi third graders fail reading test

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14. ## Writing for an 8yo boy

FWIW, at 8yo I wouldn't worry about teaching or facilitating creative writing beyond giving him plenty of time and materials to do his own thing and being an appreciative audience whenever he shares something with you (all of which you probably do already). I'd just keep working on the mechanics like you are doing, and I would personally do WWE with him as well. It's lit-centric, gentle, and quick, and ime the results give a lot of bang for your buck. Since he likes creative writing, he'd probably like the stories, and ime it's gentle and quick enough it shouldn't suck the life out of him and should leave him with plenty of time and energy for his own creative writing. One thing you could do to encourage his self-expression and creativity is to let him talk your ear off about his writing and really kind of engage with him as he does: ask questions to clarify his thinking, ask questions that encourage elaboration, brainstorm with him. I mean, kind of a joyful, engaged interest: like how people who are into a fandom engage with it. Paying really close attention and really thinking through all the logic and the implications and such, but in a "because I love it so much" way, along with just squeeing over the good bits because you enjoy them. Just kind of entering into his creative writing world with him and giving him the gift of an engaged, thoughtful audience to interact and brainstorm with (if/when he wants it). Not just being an appreciative audience, but a thoughtful, interacting one as well.