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  1. Merlin (amazon) fantastic beasts (library?) Bird box was interesting (probably wouldn't watch with kids around though) Death in Paradise (netflix) Monk, House, Psych, Lie to Me, Grimm, Once Upon a Time (all things I have watched over and over and over again) Dr. Who (gets it's own line) Documentaries about the plague/the black death are a favorite of mine when I'm sick and unwilling to leave my bed 😄 Hope you feel better soon ((hugs))
  2. Why not plastic totes? I don't see how putting those things in a big cloth sack would be any better than just piling them wherever you plan to pile them? Or are you planning to then sit on that "bean" bag? But I'd think it would be very lumpy and not so comfortable?
  3. We did book form read-aloud SOTW for a few years. Then I found the audiobook at our library. Made things so much easier. Now we just listen to it in the car. The chapters are about as long as our typical car trips around town. 10 or so min, I think. I pause it a lot for discussion. I do think he retained more when I was reading aloud, but with the audiobook, it's no big deal to just re-listen to the chapter. As for what to skip... I've skipped chapters at times. If I recall correctly, it gets pretty deep in European history. When we were in book 2, I felt like it was more important to cover "the rest of the world" so ended up skipping some of the euro chapters. Especially since he was getting euro history from elsewhere at the time.
  4. Mine still hesitates to read out loud, but he voluntarily spends hours during the day, and time at bedtime, reading. Some things we've done that I attribute to his love of reading: He's been surrounded with books and reading and audiobooks from toddlerhood. He's 10 and I still haven't given any assignments that require him to read a book and answer questions on his own. I view non-fiction, picture encyclopedias, and graphic novels all as 'legit' reading material. If I required him to read certain things (eg. books without pictures) he'd resist. That doesn't mean that I don't also seek out interesting looking books for him with fewer and fewer pictures. He does take the bait when the material appeals to him. DH and I both let the kids see us read. I have the tendency to react out loud to my books (laughing, gasping, etc.) - prompting DS to ask questions and allowing him to see how much I am enjoying reading. Nightly bedtime stories, even after he could read to himself - he gets exposed to advanced vocabulary and grammar, stories that are too long for him to read on his own, and comprehension/discussion takes place during the story time. Plus, it makes reading a habit.
  5. So the situation is comparable to a garage sale where the child is in charge of taking the cash? Assuming it's been the kid's job all day, and has his addition facts memorized (1-10) I'd expect it to take 5-10 seconds. Maybe 15 sec if he either doesn't have his facts memorized or doesn't realize that he knows how to figure out the change without counting it out. The 10yos I know would want to write out the calculations in order to find the change, not realizing they have the tools to do it mentally. 5 seconds is probably my average. Especially if the buyer is going to be needing $10-$20+ in change. I'd be impressed if a 10 yo could do that consistently.
  6. Not sure if this is what you're looking for, but what about 1001 Inventions (the children's version is mostly just pictures + captions, and the adult version has more details and explanations.) Lost Islamic History (AlKhateeb) is another you may find useful. I bought the book after seeing quite a few of their facebook posts (very interesting history/science). Haven't read the book yet though. It's probably too much for a middle schooler, but you might find it useful.
  7. Make another email address. It's easy to do, and easy to switch between the two accounts without having to sign out of either of them - in gmail at least.
  8. Have you tried a neti pot? It works like the spray, but without the pressure and surprise of a spray. It is a surreal feeling though.
  9. I've noticed that stress weakens my immune system, so cutting that out as much as possible, or taking time to take care of ME when I can't get rid of the stressors helps. Vitamin D has helped the most. I used to get sick (1-2 week long colds) 6+ times per year. Since I've been taking vitamin D daily (5000 IU, especially in the winter) I've been only getting sick 1-2 times per year, and when I do get sick, it usually only lasts about a day. It's also had a significant impact on my SAD/depression-like symptoms.
  10. Little House on the Prairie Anne of Green Gables The Mouse and the Motorcycle The little Prince A little princess The secret garden The Wizard of Oz The borrowers Indian in the cupboard Magic Treehouse series A to Z mysteries series The last two in my list are on the easier side. I read a couple from the series out loud then let DS read them on his own. The others are titles I read aloud to him that he enjoyed or that I remember enjoying around age 8. I would stop every few pages (or paragraphs even if I thought it was called for) to talk about what has happened. It was a natural stop - something was happening or about to happen and I'd ask who is doing what and why and what might happen next. I think using Writing With Ease also helped reading comprehension skills. But I will also say, Harry Potter was a mountain for DS too. I read it aloud to him, but he had a craving for it, and wanted to rush through it because it was so exciting. He ended up reading ahead and I, tired of reading aloud, let him and didn't re-read the chapters he claimed to have read on his own. But, by the end of the book, it was clear that he ended up just reading it for the action (or reading the pictures, since we had read from the illustrated edition,) and missing out on what was actually going on.
  11. I have a winter baby and a summer baby. Babies under 3-6mo are so easy to just bundle up and carry out to the car. But I suppose they're "easy" for the entire first year. I didn't use a infant "bucket" car seat, so the carrying out of the baby in a bunch of blanket was significantly easier the younger the kid was. Those fuzzy "can't walk yet" snow suits with animal ears on the hood are soooooo cute. The cute factor is greater the younger the baby is. If the baby is due before the really serious ice comes along, there's less chance you will slip on the ice (made worse by the strange center of gravity while preg/balance issues). With my summer baby, I slipped and fell on an icy patch, and it was really really not fun. I was maybe 3-4mo preg then? But, winter babies like to be born during snowstorms, so there's that to worry about too...
  12. Had a hard time deciding what to react with. that's insane! I wouldn't know a gang sign if it hit me over the head. So I googled it (not sure what exactly I googled, LOL) and it's not a rabbit hole I enjoyed one bit.
  13. That's exactly what the "responds accordingly" part sounds like to me.
  14. A note from an estranged relative to DS. Left in a children's book that was on hold under my name. Library holds are in a public area, and estranged relative lives in our city and visits our library. He thought it was hilarious that someone would leave a note from a relative in a book, and didn't realize it was written by his relative, or for him to read.
  15. I think it's beneficial to always work towards increasing the time you spend being active. Housework certainly counts as "being active," even if I wouldn't necessarily count it as "exercise."
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