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  1. You could also look at the Dr. Thorndyke novels/short stories by R. Austin Freeman. They would pair beautifully with a forensic science class (and often get more "scientific" than SH.)
  2. I work night shift every weekend, which means I sleep during the day on Sat/Sun, but have to adjust back to a "dayshift" schedule during the week. I have the best luck with Unisom - it's the only thing that helps me stay asleep during the day. I generally stick with benadryl/diphenhydramine or a half dose of Unisom for those actual nighttime nights that I can't get to sleep (or when I need help switching back to a "normal" schedule) as there's less risk of waking up groggy. Melatonin doesn't do much for me.
  3. This type of lease isn't typical in my experience (which, granted, is somewhat limited.) I wouldn't buy this horse and plan on keeping it for the long haul, it just doesn't sound like a good match for a kid that's looking to move up. (Minus the red flags you mentioned in the OP.) We've been pretty fortunate so far with horses, but we've had a ton of lease and purchase options available. We have leased, half-leased, purchased, and free-leased horses over the years. We have never gone through our barn to buy a horse, though we have had our trainer's opinion when looking. Right now, we own
  4. Class meets weekly for an hour. There are weekly reading assignments (looking at maps in an atlas, some websites or current event articles, occasional videos.) There are also discussion board questions and responses each week. Exams are actually essay assignments - three per semester - the guidelines for these were pretty broad and allowed for a lot of flexibility with topics. He probably averaged 2 hours a week outside of class. This was not his most demanding class this year, but definitely one of his favorites.
  5. We've had good luck with our school district regarding participation in sports and band; currently, DS participates in the middle school band. Initially, when we asked our district's homeschool liaison, she told us band wasn't possible, since it was a graded class and not a true extracurricular activity. However, when we contacted the band director, he gave permission with the caveat that DS wouldn't get a grade for the class. Not a big deal. It's been a great experience for him, and he plans to continue band through high school.
  6. DS took the class this fall with Mrs. Ostaff and absolutely loved it. He was reluctant to sign up - geography is "not his thing" - but had a great experience. The assignments were meaningful and the workload was reasonable - neither of us felt like it was busy work. He learned a lot, not just about geography, but current world events and history as well.
  7. Our pack is registering our first girls this week. We've had a lot of excitement around girls in scouting, the response in our specific pack has been overwhelmingly positive. Several parents have volunteered to help so far, many of which have girls too young or too old to participate - they're just excited and want to lend support. Our pack works closely with both a scout troop and a venturing crew, and the crew helps run our Lion den. Our venture crew is more than 50% girls, and I think the great experience we've had with them has really given people a positive view of girls in scouts. I
  8. That was awesome!!! Watching those boosters land was like watching a movie! It didn't seem possible that it was real!
  9. We've been with them a long time and have no complaints. We do everything online, which is how I prefer to do things. I've only had one instance where I had to visit a branch - closest one is about an hour away. (We received a large insurance check from a car accident and it was too big to deposit online. It's the only time that has ever happened. Sadly, we don't get ginormous checks in the mail very often.) They have great customer service. I had my debit card hacked one time and they were great to work with. They had closed the card before I even realized what had happened and refund
  10. I'm the night-shifter in our house. For the past decade (!) I've worked weekend night shifts 7p-7a. I'm on a regular day schedule during the week, so I do a lot of flipping back and forth. I was part-time (2 shifts) for years but have been full time (3 shifts) for the past 4 or so months. DH works a normal 9-5 schedule. He handles everything on the weekends - kid activities, laundry, food, church, etc. It took me years to let go and let him do his thing....I should have done it sooner. He's great. We try to keep dinner time consistent, so that we can all eat together before I leave to
  11. My dad had high blood calcium levels for years with a normal range PTH level. He was ultimately diagnosed with a parathyroid tumor, which he had removed about 2 years ago. A co-worker of mine has also had high calcium levels and only recently had her first elevated PTH level. She is scheduled for surgery in the new year. According to my dad's surgeon, parathyroid tumors are frequently missed or misdiagnosed. This is my favorite page - I love the charts. If it's not helpful, feel free to ignore.
  12. My premium went up $10 a month, or 5%. This is coverage for myself and the kids. DH has his own plan through work, his premium went up about the same percentage. I am fortunate that my employer (healthcare organization) has their own insurance and it's both high-quality and affordable. Prior to this fall, when I went back to work full-time, we were on DH's insurance and paying double what I pay for a high deductible plan, plus what we put into an HSA.
  13. In the third grade, the entire grade built a dinosaur museum. We had massive paper mache models of dinosaurs, some were probably 8 or 9 feet tall. I think there were half a dozen models built, with backdrops painted behind them. We recorded a tape of dinosaur songs (which I still have), wrote papers/books about dinosaurs, did art project, and at the end of it all ran our "museum" for the school and acted as docents for a couple of days. We had a parents evening as well, where we gave tours and taught about our dinosaurs. In total, it took about 3 months to put together. We had tons of pa
  14. DS did CPO Earth Science in 7th grade. For 8th he's doing Derek Owens Physical Science. It's been a great fit so far.
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