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  1. My problem, based on my research, with things like juice fasts is the low protein and steady carbohydrates. So lean body mass is not protected and there's still constant insulin. Sure, it's very low calories, but what's truly lost then? And if muscle is lost, how will one keep weight off when resuming a reasonable amount of calories. For very low calorie diets, I'd rather see a protein-sparing fast with mostly protein and enough fish oil to cover essential fatty acids. But those should be doctor-supervised IMO.
  2. :iagree: If you're willing to do a very low calorie diet, why not consider something like Medifast or Optifast? (I think those are the names) with doctor supervision. Those are at least monitored so you get adequate protein and some nutritional supplements in the liquid shakes. Since you've had good luck with low carb and you know you're very metabolically resistant, I'd really urge you to go back to that way of eating. No products, no sweeteners, possibly no dairy, keeping calories under 1800 or so to start. The book "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living" by Drs. Phinney an
  3. I wanted to say one more thing about why we use AO and Classical Writing. Like most homeschool moms, I don't have time to reinvent many wheels, so I need to rely on others who have gone before me for a few things. These two programs (and I know there are others, these are just the two that we use) were created by individuals that I know share the belief that the goal of education is cultivating wisdom and virtue. And so they have chosen books and exercises that they believe honor the humanity of the child and promote that goal. There may be areas that they fall short, as do we all. But the sta
  4. Okay, I'll give it a shot. :-) I'm a longtime Circe/Andrew Kern student, almost from the beginning of homeschooling. So those ideas always informed the way I read WTM or other methodology books. I use AmblesideOnline for a lot of our literature selections, and also consider lists from Great Books Academy, Veritas Press, and 1000 Good Books. I've never made a huge effort to read primarily historical fiction or watered down versions of classics. Ambleside provides younger adaptations of many classics that are great literature in their own right. Someone linked Cindy's blog (Or
  5. Hmmm...I read WTM when my oldest was still just a future idea. LOL. So 12? years ago I guess. I was reading everything I could get my hands on about liberal arts education--Charlotte Mason, Marva Collins, Doug Wilson and on some website I found The Well-Trained Mind mentioned and the subtitle hooked me. I had already been convinced that I wanted a classical education for my kids, but up to that point had mostly just read about the Classical Christian school movement. Do it at home? Use my history and lit background to teach my own children? Perfect! Wouldn't it be great to feel like y
  6. Ambleside Online for 4 years now, Rod and Staff Math for 4, Classical Writing for 3, Memoria Press Latin for 4...
  7. We're about to switch levels for a few things, but this is what I think we'll be ready for next Aug. when I call my then-8 year old a 3rd grader: Math--Rod and Staff 3, and some Singapore 2 Language Arts--WWE 2, CW-Primer then Aesop A, ETC 7 and 8, New American Cursive from Memoria Press and copybooks; not sure yet about grammar--I have R&S 3 on the shelf Latin--Latina Christiana 1 Ambleside Year 2--History, literature, nature study, geography, poetry, artist and composer studies Memory Work--2 Psalms, 1 Bible passage, 3 poems, hymns, Westminster Shorter Catechism
  8. And we've really enjoyed pairing the MP Guerber volume with the Veritas Press history cards. They match up pretty nicely. :-)
  9. We're currently using the Memoria Press volume which combines the two American history books. I haven't seen anything in them that seemed explicitly "Christian". I'd call them secular. But I'm a Christian and perhaps I don't notice phrasing or word choices that a non-Christian would. There is no providential slant. I haven't found any particularly offensive attitudes toward Native Americans, at least not beyond what I'd expect from an author of Guerber's period. I wouldn't expect at contemporary tone or view regarding colonization, but I don't recall anything that made me cringe either. Though
  10. I have a current 2nd grader, I don't really care about "rigorous", but we take academics seriously and work for excellence. And she enjoys writing, so does a lot more than my son did in 2nd grade. We use Rod and Staff math, because I expect the arithmetic foundation to be rock solid before they move into pre-Algebra and Algebra. I use it a level ahead. For our language arts we use Explode the Code through Book 8 to reinforce spelling; Classical Writing-Primers for copywork, some spelling work, narrations, picture and nature study; WWE--we're about ready for level 2; FLL--almost done wi
  11. My Not-so-humble opinion: Having a 4 year old memorize these things that mean nothing to him and have no context for him is ridiculous. Spend 15 min. memorizing lovely poems, songs, rhymes, *maybe* skip counting and ditch the CC. You could be filling his mind and soul with beautiful, meaningful poetry and images, songs that help his mind develop, culturally meaningful rhymes and stories. Or don't even require it to be memorized. Singing together, reading together, chanting lovely rhymes together--children naturally memorize, but *meaningful* memorization is important to.
  12. They're going by the name of the title, Earl of Grantham. The family name is Crawley.
  13. Oh goodness, I guess I'll have a 6th grader next year! :willy_nilly: How in the world did that happen? Well if we continue on with what we're using now I guess it will look something like this: Math--R&S 6, LOF Decimal, F&P whatever the combinations of those are. Latin--Second Form Latin Grammar and Writing--Classical Writing Homer B and Intro. to Poetry, frequent written narrations Mapping the World with Art for Geography Science--still working that out, possibly outsourced History--1815 or so to the present depending on how far we get this year. VP Cards, SOTW 4, Amblesi
  14. My dh is BP. The antidepressant he took during his initial depression kicked borderline BP into full-swing BP. Just so you're watching for a manic swing if you start an AD. He now takes Lexapro for the depression, and Trileptal (sp?) for the mood stabilizing. He's been on that combo for over 7 years and has been mostly stable during that time. There have been a few swings, but those were more weather (mild SADD) and situational (death of parent) more than chemical.
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