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  1. I remember hearing that too, back when all of the curriculum publishers were moving to common core. I think we didn't realize that SM would be cool with having 4-5 different editions of a curriculum (looks like we were wrong, lol) Math in Focus has too much of a traditional US textbook look to me. Text all over the pages, "fun fact" sort of blurbs (they aren't called that) Not good for ADHD me or DS. Hard to figure out where the important stuff is, and they explain things in a much more wordy and (IMO) confusing way. Sterile-looking squares and circles instead of teddy bears and boats. A LOT more practice and worked problems though, it seemed. We've been using Standards since we started (hooked me because if the early inclusion of metric system) I don't think I've ever bought the books new from the publisher (including workbooks.) I've always bought used and there's never seemed to be any sort of shortage of the books (going into my 5th year now.) Even if they were to stop publishing standards edition it probably wont be too difficult to find copies of it. I've seen Dimensions. Seems more like the Common Core edition than like MIF to me. Both are paperbacks, both are relatively simple compared to MIF (no long drawn out explanations.) Can't comment on the comparison of the scope of it though since I was using common core for elementary schoolers and saw Dimensions at the middle school level. Just to comment on Common Core edition - it was the same as Standards edition, but with a bit taken out. No metric system, for example. Otherwise it had exactly the same worksheets as Standards Edition. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the common core textbooks - the school I was working with seemed to think only the workbooks were necessary (couldn't be further from the truth!
  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 for boba tea at all. I boil them in water until they're cooked through. (5-20 min depending on if I'm paying attention to how long it's taking - I've learned it's impossible to over cook them.) I like to drain them, then pour a bit of sugar over them so they can absorb the sweetness. 1/4 cup of dry boba per person is enough for a glass of bubble tea for one person. I haven't been able to figure out how to prepare/store cooked boba so that they stay soft for later (the next day or even 4 hrs later) I steep black tea separately, and layer the following in a glass: boba, mostly milk, 1/8-1/4 cup steeped tea (I try to make the tea stronger so I can use a higher percentage of milk) and a couple of ice cubes. For sweetener, I either add enough sugar to the boba after straining them, or I dissolve the sugar in the hot steeping tea. OR, flavored syrups (torani, for example.) I've added vanilla extract to it before too. So good!
  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, too!) when their father is currently in the process of opening the door with the key? There are days I feel like disabling the doorbell.
  4. Hopefully it's not, but my first thought was stroke too.
  5. yes, but ours our metal. We had some thin cheap ikea ones for a while to see if the system would work for us, it was working but it was looking like i'd be buying new magazine files every year and it didn't look so nice, so we got the more sturdy metal ones. I don't have any experience with the thick cardboard like in your link, but if you aren't super rough on them I suspect they'd hold up fine.
  6. 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-gaAikOEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds I'd been shampoo-free for about 7 years until meeting that shampoo. I've tried 2 different shampoos after and had been severely disappointed. (one of them was apothocare and one was herbal essences - purchased because I thought I had remembered liking the smell of it - there's really no lingering smell) We have the swimming variety of Babo brand shampoo, and the smell is good, and lingers, but it smells like bubble gum or banana - or banana bubble gum? LOL! I believe it was the cucumber aloe scent ETA: oops forgot to include the link
  7. 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 regularly hold lego events, but we're never able to make it out to them. They have a little reading cubby place where 1-4 kids can go inside and hide out and read. They have ipad/smart computer stations. I don't like those, and would prefer if they had a time limit or if they weren't in such a prominent place in the library. We have a section for parenting books including curricula and extra practice type workbooks (spectrum books, what your X grader needs to know, summer bridge books, etc.) Oh - just remembered - we DO have a bunch of tied down puzzles and toys spread throughout the children's area. The puppet area is also a baby/toddler area with one of these such toys (it has a busy board on one of the walls and one of those giant puzzle block things that has mazes, beads on a wire, etc) Some of the tied down puzzle things are on the ends of the long bookshelves. It gives me the opportunity to go look for books within the children's area while DD plays on the end of the shelf. She's playing with the toy rather than pulling all of the books off the shelf, plus she's close enough that I can keep an eye on her. All of the board books are in forward facing pull-out shelves, organized by first letter of the book's title. I absolutely love this! DD loves to pick her own books and now she's able to put the books away in the right places too (I have her match the N on the book cover to the spot that have all of the other N books, for instance) We also have a fish tank. Love the fish tank. The kids love it too. The library regularly hosts ducks (they tend to lay their eggs in the courtyard, so we get to watch ducks hatch and grow up from outside the window) and butterflies (each spring they grow a few caterpillars-releasing once they become butterflies) A nearby library has done so much to cater to the homeschool community - they have purchased so much popular curricula and I believe they have a study room especially for homeschoolers to use. Our library has been doing boxes too - they've had "book club" boxes/bags for a while now (a few copies of the same book +discussion questions, I believe) but have also started doing discovery boxes (A few books on a certain topic in one box, or books +materials to do the activity in the book - like a field guide about birds, a CD of bird calls, plus a pair of binoculars and a sketchpad in a box that you can check out.)
  8. I use magazine files to hold my instructional materials (free reading books and encyclopedias are on a separate shelf) I start the morning with a list of what I'm planning to teach, and ideally already have my photocopies done (I don't let him write in the workbooks.) When we aren't schooling at the desk, I carry the magazine files and whatever other materials I'll need for the day to the area we will be schooling in. (kitchen/livingroom if it's there, or into a backpack if we're going to the library or something) for the past 6 months or so we've been schooling in the livingroom/kitchen so I've just been storing the magazine files under one of the sofa end tables.
  9. 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
  10. of course not, you'd have to drop one of the "e"s to make it work. "homeducate" or "homeducation" LOL
  11. 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. I somewhat reluctantly let him (book fair journals = expensive, but he liked the design and also got a book and they were buy one get one free) He hasn't put it down. He finished "chapter 2" of his story last night. I'm blown away by how much he's written (by choice) in such a short amount of time. I'm just so proud of him and had to share! (feel free to share your recent "proud mama" moment)
  12. 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 different people had left their mark in it. One reader had very strong opinions about the commentator and/or translators opinion (and the fact that they chose to make the translation of the text rhyme rather than accurately translate it. - it was a book of love poems and in this case, the text did lose quite a bit of "feel" in translation) Reading the reader's opinion made me laugh out loud. s/he felt very strongly about it and basically wrote a complete argument against it in the margins. But I would never. (Ok, I might, if I felt THAT strongly, LOL) I tend to feel like writing out my notes and just leaving them there in a book on the shelf makes me too vulnerable. I wont write personal reflections in a book - I save that for personal notebooks. I do write in some of my textbooks. Especially if it's a correction/important addition to the text. Occasionally I'll do brackets. I've sworn off highlighting, underlining, etc. in anything other than pencil/erasable marker though. I used to be an over-highlighter, and I find that it later distracts me from the text. I surprise myself by how OK I am with writing in books, LOL. I mostly work with homeschool texts, so I have a strict rule for my students to not write in any books. I photocopy workbooks! Previous posters' mentions of tearing apart textbooks and carrying them one chapter at a time made me cringe so hard! (But if I'm being honest with myself, I've done it to homeschool texts! And countless workbooks! Tear apart and proclick!) But most of my college textbooks either weren't useful enough in my classes to spend the time tearing them apart or were expensive enough that they were rentals or I was planning to resell them.
  13. 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 understanding of how to teach it efficiently to be lacking 😄 In addition to what Suzan said, logic grid puzzles (I usually just google them) "brain training" type apps, like Lumosity. Brilliant is another cool app in this subject area that I found (there can be a bit of math involved though, so maybe only appropriate for your eldest.) I'd take the "maps" to the next level - give orienteering a shot! For the chess suggestion - chesskid was a cool subscription we had for a while. Lot of "which move would be the best to accomplish the goal" sort of puzzles.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 and not have the state pay for your academic curriculum in exchange for paying for more extracurricular classes. And this whole situation that they have going on benefits traditional homeschoolers too - the homeschool groups that offer classes to meet the needs of these online public schools also offer their classes to regular homeschoolers (for a fee, and with no additional state reporting requirements.) I've preferred the "pick one day a week (eg. monday) for 'field trip day' and turn it into a routine" ta-da! you've got structure. Add a day (let's say... wednesday?) for library school, and you've got yourself a busy schedule. Even more "structured" "group learning" type things when you add in things like sunday school, karate classes, swimming classes, soccer team, (etc.) the occasional spring/summer/winter break day camp. (not to say it's a good idea to attempt all of that at once - just listing ideas) Learning how to interact with other people in a group/class can definitely be a good thing, but too much of it can really be a bad thing for some kids/in some cases. Mine learns better one on one. Putting him in a class situation for his core classes would turn him into a "passive learner." He's had tons of group opportunities, but he's not the type to raise his hand and answer or ask questions in a group setting. As a result, he doesn't learn as much. I'd be really hesitant to turn the majority of his learning over to a group setting (especially one like CC that basically limits/dictates what I teach)
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