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  1. A Place of Greater Safety is one of my favorite novels. Bring Up the Bodies was not my favorite - it seemed like a way station between Wolf Hall and the end of the trilogy - but I will gladly reread both in anticipation of the final installment.
  2. Just saw this thread after having an epic fight last night with both of our TWO printers. I almost threw them out the window. (And DH almost followed when I realized that though I bought him new ink a month ago, his printer still had no ink...) So clearly, I'm not one to recommend a printer, but I empathize with your dislike of them. May other wise Hive minds provide you with the Perfect Printer.
  3. I made mine into porridge this morning with some hemp seeds and flax meal. I usually make the Minimalist Baker's chocolate chia pudding (with about 1/4 of the sweetener, because wow!). I always toss them into my kids overnight oats. Any kid in my family who is constipate gets a tbsp of chia seeds in some apple juice to make a "gel". Chia seed jam is also yummy.
  4. Adding to above... - retrieving beads or other small things from a ball of putty - cutting a wide variety of materials (string, straws, dough, cooked noodles, different kinds of papers) - work with tweezers (lots of picking up small shaped erasers and moving them, from container to container or rescuing them from a volcano or fishing them out of the sea, etc) - perler bead art - q-tip painting - hole punching - squeezing bottles (glue, vinegar solution into tub of baking soda, water painting outside or in the shower) - geoboards with rubber band pictures/patterns - pokey pin pictures (these are a favorite of my kids)
  5. I’ve got a little guy who’s going to be 4 in May. He’s my wiggle worm and outdoor enthusiast, so I don’t know what we’ll be doing. Both big sibs have done RSA, but I can see myself holding off until Jan for that. He currently loves Timberdoodle’s Farm math mat, so he’s mathematically ready for RightStart but perhaps not emotionally/physically ready. We do fine motor work during family read aloud, so I’m going to present some more challenging work for him: lots of play dough and stiffer compounds, more cutting, and introduce stringing beads/small hole pastas. But mostly I think this guy needs to be chucked outside for lots of gross body movement and messy outdoor play.
  6. I have an in betweener. She turned 5 in Nov, so technically pre-k this year and K next, but we’ve just been moving at her pace. We’re currently doing RightStart A, reading with I See Sam, and penmanship. In the fall I imagine we’ll continue with RSB, see where her reading is and start spelling if she’s far enough along, introduce copy work, and start intentionally joining big brother (grade 2) for history/science. Lots of reading and snuggles.
  7. I think you've been given good advice about working through challenges with narrations, but if he really dislikes ancient history... switch to something else. At 7, I would talk to him about what he wants to learn about and go the pile of books from the library route. Knights? Dinosaurs? Airplanes? He can practice the skill of studying history without the four year cycle.
  8. Mustard, burgundy, light blue, white, orange, bright green...
  9. I use RSA for Kindergarten, but Miquon is great and inexpensive. Reception from MEP is free and easy to add manipulatives.
  10. I probably wouldn't consider it a health food, per se, but it certainly has less sugar than your average chocolate cake. In the world of treat snacks, it's one I don't feel guilty about serving.
  11. I was also skeptical, but chocolate hummus is amazing. It tastes like cake. My kids love it. I serve it with graham crackers and assorted cut fruit. In theory I put it out as a snack for the kids. Usually the adults at the party get there before the kids do. I have made my own, but I've purchased several as well, including a brand at Target that I can't name off the top of my head and Trader Joe's. Most have been very good.
  12. It takes my current K student somewhere between 15-20 minutes per lesson in RightStart A. Her older brother was a bit quicker, but he was also an older K. The lessons in B were about the same length for him. The games can push a lesson longer, if it's a game they enjoy. For reference, I also have four, and we're exactly a year ahead of you with almost 7 (in Feb), 5, 3, and 2 (on Wednesday!). For RightStart, I have everything organized into a file box. The manuals/worksheets I'm currently using + the game manual are in file folder in the back. Dry erase boards and abacus slide right in front, and I have two small boxes holding the rest of the manipulative in the very front. Almost everything fits in one box, and certainly everything I grab on a daily basis. I flip through the lessons on Sunday evening to make sure I don't need to prepare anything else (rare), and we're ready to go for the week. And to speak to your other question, I do no worksheets or textbooks for literature (or any subject) with either my 1st grader or my K student. My oldest in an advanced reader, and he reads what he wants from a "school list" I have given him (and truly what he wants outside of school time). He starts by reading aloud to me for 5-8 minutes to work on fluency and then reads independently for 20 minutes while I work with his sister. For literature, I don't have him narrate until the next day, when he fills me in on what I missed in the story. I specifically work on narration with other subjects - usually history or science - and I let him know that he will be required to produce an oral narration before I read the relevant section of the text. His only writing is copywork. I use copywork to discuss grammar and mechanics, any spelling issues that might pop up, observations about the writing itself, and penmanship. Honestly, as someone who came from classroom teaching experience (five years in 2nd grade, and five years in 8th grade LA), I'm thrilled to ditch the lit guides and move strictly to rich conversations about what we are reading.
  13. Living Proof for me with very similar hair. Batiste is my favorite for the lower budget option.
  14. I needed to read this exact thing today, because I came perusing this thread to ask for concrete ideas to help teach subtraction. My oldest is balking at subtraction, and I'm realizing I just need to let him internalize it much more. I am completely confident that he has internalized place value and addition, but I'm realizing that he needs to spend more time with the relationship between subtraction and addition and just plain more time with subtraction. Any ideas to help him practice subtraction? I am wildly fascinated by math because my own education was so lacking, but it makes me insecure in teaching things I probably know better than I feel.
  15. It is abstract clouds with this wispy thing sticking out the... well, it should be bottom, but now all the wisps are blowing up! Fortunately for me, I have a bunch of airplane prints that will shortly be hung on the wall, so hopefully that will obscure it a bit.
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