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  1. Thanks for al the replies! Funny thing was I was thinking I should look into MM or JA. Now it looks like I should look at both. And the online book looks promising too. Now to decide. Or make her decide since she is the one who will be using it.
  2. At this school they give it the first week of 7th grade, so what she learns over the summer will affect how she does on the test. I know, it's kind of different.
  3. My oldest is in public school this year, and will continue in ps next year. She is finishing 6th grade, and wants to learn pre-algebra over the summer so when she takes the 7th grade placement test she'll go right into algebra. Her math teacher suggested this as she is at the top of her class. We've gone through all the Singapore elementary books, and they are a great fit for her (which is one reason why I think she's so far ahead of most of her public school peers). If I was homeschooling her next year I'd use AoPS, but I think it would be too much for just a summer course. What is your favorite solid, but not too rigorous (so it can be finished in just a few months of hard work) pre-algebra program? Is there something very similar to Singapore? Thanks!
  4. Aren’t ears and brains fascinating? Sometimes our brain will detect a sound wave, but not quite have all the information, so it will fill in the blanks with what it already knows and we will hear something that isn’t there. For example, once I was sitting in my room and I distinctly heard squirrels in the attic. I had had squirrels in a previous house so I knew exactly what it sounded like. I could follow their movement across the ceiling. But we lived in an area without squirrels when I heard it this time. I figured it must be some other critter up there, maybe bats. We checked the attic and there was no sign. I heard it again another day and KNEW we must have some infestation. But a little later I noticed a cable cord chewed up by the puppy outside the room where I kept hearing squirrels. The next time I heard the noise I could tell it was really the sound of the puppy chewing up the cord, and the cord jiggling in the walls. After another time of hearing it, it sounded barley like critters, and I wondered how I had ever mistaken the sound. Our brains make mistakes with sound all the time. Here is a cool video that explains it a bit. (I love Vi Hart videos, so I couldn’t resist posting). So for the OP, and all you others with unexplainable experiences, I second the advice to investigate! You could find out (most likely) that it was caused by something completely different and your brain interpreted it the only way it knew how from the experience it had. You could find out that you need to call the police about intruders (less likely, but still possible, and something very necessary if this is the problem). Or if you manage to prove paranormal existence, I bet these folks would give you a million dollars, so it’s totally worth conquering your fears to find out. (It looks like the rules for the Million Dollar Challenge recently changed, but it's still worth a shot.) So there is every reason to figure out what the sound is. And no reason (except possible entertainment value if you like a mystery) to not find out.
  5. I've heard of Yowie eggs, but I've never seen them. I can easily get Kinder Eggs because I live on the Canadian border. We eat them before we cross back. I know other people who sneak them across. It's sort of the principle of the thing. In my mind there is really no good reason to ban them here, and any resources dedicated to the enforcement of this law are resources wasted. But mainly, I don't want to give my address to a website I'm not sure about, and would like to know if anyone here is familiar with it.
  6. I just saw a post from a friend on Facebook asking to sign a petition from I can fully get behind the cause - to remove the ban on Kinder Surprise Eggs in the USA. But I don't know if is legit. I hesitate to give my address to an unfamiliar website. A google search came up with mixed opinions. I thought I'd ask here.
  7. No, we never plan to leave her outside at night. We do leave her outside when we leave the house though. There is no barking every night in our neighborhood by any dog. Whenever we hear her bark at all during the day we bring her in. She is free to come in and out as she pleases when we are home. But when we are not home we leave her outside because she's much happier there than inside. If we're not home we can't bring her in when she barks. We're thinking now that we'll probably have to leave her inside when we leave the house. She won't be happy about it. She loves the outdoors. I just wish whichever neighbor is having problems would have talked to us, so we could find out what exactly their problem is and work on solving it. We really don't want to cause problems for our neighbors.
  8. Thanks for the responses. None of the dogs in our neighborhood bark all night. I did hear one bark for about 10 seconds at 10:30pm last night, but that's as close as it gets. I think we have a neighbor who just doesn't like our dog. In the neighbor's defense, we did leave the house Saturday evening. We were back by 8:10pm, but it was already dark, and it's possible the dog barked while we were gone. I don't think that constitutes "all night," but that's just my opinion. I think we have left our dog home alone after dark less than five times total since we moved here in March, and we're always back by a reasonable time as we have five little kids who need to go to bed. The good news is we are renting, and in about a year will probably have enough to buy a lot of land and move to where nobody will hear the dog should she bark. Thanks again for your help.
  9. The short question: can you recommend a good shock collar for teaching a dog not to bark? We want to be as humane as possible, but still effective. We don’t know anything about shock collars so we need advice. The long story is this. We have a big dog. She is friendly and sweet. She does bark when people walk by (which doesn’t happen often), when a dog across the neighborhood barks, or when a critter wanders into the yard and she wants to play chase. She does not bark all the time, or even the majority of the time. But we have a neighbor who thinks otherwise. They complained to the police. They say our dog barks all night. We bring her in at night and she doesn’t bark at all then, but if neighbor complains again we’ll get a summons. We have our suspicions of who the neighbor is. We are new to the neighborhood. We have met many neighbors, and even discussed our dog with them to make sure things are okay. Most people on this street have dogs. Many of them bark. Many of them even roam free (ours is behind a fence). Ours is the only dog getting complaints. We have one neighbor across the street who we haven’t met yet, who owns two yappy little dogs. When they get yapping, our dog barks back. When this neighbor has very loud conversations on her porch, our dog barks. It seems like this would be the neighbor who would call the police, but we can’t be sure. Whoever it is, we wish they would’ve talked to us instead of the police. We do want to be good neighbors. But the police say we need to get a shock collar that teaches a dog not to bark. So get one we will. Please help us find the right one.
  10. After SOTW....something meatier? Maybe ham? Or steak? Honestly, I don't know how you got SOTW down in the first place (maybe a lot of bbq sauce?), and I see why you are craving meat now.
  11. No More Discovering Mathematics!!! Good luck enforcing that! I think mathematics will continue to be discovered no matter what rules you give the mathematicians. I would think a classical educator would encourage discovering mathematics in their own home rather than outlawing it.
  12. Dumb question about hair cuts, gasoline and kids in college. I know college kids can be dumb sometimes, but I hope they know better than to try the gasoline (and presumably fire) method of cutting hair.
  13. I agree with others on Song School Latin, and Tales from the Odyssey mentioned above. Also Michael Clay Thompson English, Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, Getting Started With Latin, Miquon math, and All About Spelling. Another great book we've used as a spine for a year of science is The New Way Things Work. I also agree with others that more information on how to homeschool or recommendations of your lectures would be lovely.
  14. You won the page 2 contest. But I'm getting page 2 post 2. Is that special somehow?
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