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  1. I have a rising 6th grader who hasn't done much formal grammar, and am wanting to do something about that. I went back to school, so I am looking to add something that he can mostly do on his own. I prefer something with the lesson + exercises in one book. We tried KISS for a few weeks, but it didn't have enough explanation in it. I'd also prefer just buying a book so that I don't have to print out the worksheets every day. (and we don't have a color printer, so printing out the lessons wouldn't be too helpful) My hope is that he can get at least a good survey of grammar, some e
  2. I get ours from the local chinese store. This is the brand I get: https://www.amazon.com/WuFuYuan-Tapioca-Pearl-Black-Net/dp/B00PLTLG4O/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=bubble+tea+ball&qid=1560401303&s=gateway&sr=8-2 I've gotten these too https://www.amazon.com/Wufuyuan-Tapioca-Pearl-8-8-Oz/dp/B00PLTPSOI/ref=sr_1_20?keywords=bubble%2Btea%2Bball+taro&qid=1560401356&s=gateway&sr=8-20 and the taro flavored ones, but prefer the black ones (taro ones are smaller) I think the Bob's ones are probably more of a tapioca pudding size - not the same mouth feel f
  3. Check to make sure your doorbell isn't behind your screen door. 😂 I can see opening the screen door if there's no doorbell and you need to knock on the solid door. Maybe there is someone else they visit a lot who doesn't have a working doorbell so they just default to opening the screen door to knock, even after ringing the doorbell, just in case the doorbell doesn't work. A stretch, I know, but I'm the kind of person who has trouble adjusting to different situations like that. can't think of one right now other than - Why do my kids need to ring the doorbell (so many times, t
  4. We had bought this one for DD instead of "baby shampoo." The smell was sooooo nice and stayed in the hair for a couple of days if I recall correctly. https://www.target.com/p/sheamoisture-mango-carrot-kids-extra-nourishing-shampoo-8-fl-oz/-/A-14319200?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Health%2BBeauty%2BShopping&adgroup=SC_Health%2BBeauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9016910&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1248099&ds_rl=1246978&gclid=Cj0KCQjwwODlBRDuARIsAMy_28Uve3sNj_I-rsL7RPhMMgI_yb-z5AeQ4b_YQ27qY6K3q6BYkASRK
  5. Ours has outlets in all of the tables and all of the seating. And USB ports in the outlets. And they even have chargers for phones (they have the library's sensor tags tied around them so people don't steal them.) We have a bunch of puppets (you can even check them out to bring them home) and a little curtain stage thing so kids can do puppet shows. They used to have toys. That was nice for the toddler age kids, but they just had so many that it ended up always being a mess until they eventually took away all of the toys 😞 Something like a lego area would be awesome! Our library does
  6. If it's not something she can use as a middle or high schooler (and you're willing to keep it around that long,) I'd get rid of it. Mine does his work wherever I am for the most part. When we were homeschooling full time, having two desks next to each other was working well - I'd sit at one and do work/teach while he sat next to me at his and did his work. When mine wants some quiet or time alone to work he tends to work at a coffee table in the living room or basement, or on a clipboard somewhere else in the house
  7. of course not, you'd have to drop one of the "e"s to make it work. "homeducate" or "homeducation" LOL
  8. Background: About a year ago we were having issues with writing - even just the physical act of writing was too much for him most of the time. And when I'd ask him to dictate a story for me to write it down, he had so much trouble thinking about what to write. So I put it on pause, and just let him read independently, while we focused on other studies (that didn't require writing or composition.) Kept up the "surrounding with books and surrounding with other people who write" thing. ------ We happened by a book fair a couple of days ago, and he wanted to buy a journal.
  9. A couple of notes, sure. Not in homeschooling books, not in library books, not in textbooks that I'm going to sell. Not in my Qur'an. Post it notes and flags are my best friends in the above types of books. I do enjoy reading annotations that the previous reader(s) left behind, especially when they consist of "the reader's thoughts about the text." Recently came across this library book - it was from a college library, a book probably used in one of their more obscure courses. It was a book that translated and added translator/historian commentary into the book. A couple of
  10. I'd consider taking another look at building thinking skills for you younger kids, at least. I have an older version of the text (high school to adult level- I think it is level 3?), and have used parts of it for myself, my son, and some middle schoolers that I tutor. I put the focus on being able to give words to their mathematical reasoning, even if the solution is something as simple as "both squares have sides that are the same length." We skip around a lot and treat it like a book of puzzles. I might be totally abusing it as a resource though. I'll admit to my non-verbal reasoning, and un
  11. I mean, I know you said CC is your only option left, but wanted to bring up some of those things in case you haven't considered them- things like afterschool classes (like the public school kids might participate in) or classes that non-homeschool groups might offer to homeschoolers (like museums). These sorts of things don't call themselves co-ops but can fulfill the same need.
  12. Re: structure Look into "extracurricular" options in your area. In our area, we have plenty. Multiple homeschool field trip groups that meet regularly (set up through facebook.) Homeschool hiking or park group days (i.e. regular contact with homeschooling friends.) Classes offered through gyms, libraries, zoos, and museums (monthly or more frequently.) The "online public charter schools" (name varies by state - things like K12) in our state offers once a week classes. Enrolled students have the option of taking a certain number of classes. They even have the option to enroll an
  13. honestly - avoiding soap and avoiding hand washing as much as possible. When it flares up and I need to do something that involves getting my hands wet, I wear disposable gloves. I have found that the more "natural" brand soaps are better for me. But putting lanolin on my hands frequently helps the most. It's super thick, but it works so well. I try to put it on before bed, during the day when it's acting up/on a bad day, but particularly when it can stay on my hands for a long amount of time. I get this kind of lanolin (not a lotion that has a bit of lanolin in it) https://www.
  14. In the car, I have a couple of cloth bags for garbage. One is hanging within my reach and I empty it out every month or so when I clean out the car. I can wash the bag when it gets dirty. I do keep a couple of plastic bags in the trunk, but I've rarely had to use them. I keep a washable wetbag in my trunk too - for wet clothes or cloth diapers. We don't typically line the bathroom garbage cans - just dump it all out into the kitchen trash bag on trash day.
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