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  1. Thank you both for your input! I didn't realize that there were different facets of working memory, so that could be what's going on. No language testing was done and no further testing is available (state insurance.) My other child has dyspraxia & autism but I've never considered this as a possibility for my dd since she does well learning/doing dance steps. However, it sounds like those strategies might work for her. I glanced over the materials in the website linked, PeterPan, and I think that could be helpful too. Thank you for that suggestion. Kbutton, I really have not been able
  2. Wow, I guess I haven't been around in a while! I wonder what my signature will be when this posts. 😂 Does anyone happen to have a child with a developmental delay yet great working memory? We don't know what this is. It looks like ADHD and she takes Concerta (which helps) but we were told it's not "organic ADHD" because she has such a high working memory. Her processing speed is very low (13th percentile) and she has motor delay but she did quite well on the verbal comprehension & memory subtests. We've been told everything "looks like CP but she doesn't have CP." She does have a con
  3. Secular high school science that is basically Apologia without the religion. Challenging, self-directed, textbook format, affordable labs & books, etc. (Wile's Berean Chem was pretty close.)
  4. My son did chemistry first, for no reason other than he doesn't like biology and wanted to put it off.
  5. Locating the kids' social security numbers is the hardest part of doing our taxes (and we're not even EZ filers!) :lol: "They're in the safe. What's the code to the safe? They're on last year's taxes. I never printed that out..." Etc.
  6. Yes, they definitely annoy some of the focused ones, my children included. I have tried to get my children to consider finding a new group, but they insist that staying is overall worth the annoyance since they have close friends there and the classes really are fun. The children are usually not ill-meaning, so that helps.
  7. One of the age levels I taught a while back has 2 extremely difficult students whose parents were not available to help due to other co-op duties. I no longer volunteer to teach that class. This year I have 2 disruptive students, but I've been pairing them with the more focused or quieter students to help keep them on task. Additionally, one student's mom is often available to help redirect him.
  8. This is how I would've responded and this is what I would've meant by that response.
  9. That's how my home is as well, and our windows are new (but the home itself is 50 years old.)
  10. My friend's home is like this. She runs a fairly large dehumidifier all winter. I've never heard of anyone needing to run a DEhumidifier in the winter, but her home is the same as yours without it!
  11. Ooo, thanks. I didn't realize they made HE softeners. I will check into that. Our plumber suggested that we get one with 30k grains and an "on demand" (as opposed to "time clock") delivery system, but if HE is also an option I'd prefer that as well. We do not use that much water so we don't need a massive energy hog. Our water bill every month is just the city's minimum charge for water.
  12. Does anyone have a water softener from a home improvement store (Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.) and not Culligan? Has it held up okay? We are going to order a $400 one from HD and have it installed in hopes that we won't have the massive annual pipe/appliance/hardware damages we've had since we bought the house. We're on a city system, but our water is extremely hard. I just replaced our kitchen faucet 1.5 years ago and I've had to take it apart and soak it in vinegar twice already to remove the solidified deposit on it. Our other faucets are just as bad. Our dishwasher motor went out after a yea
  13. Neat post! My first purchase was a CD in October 2001. "Epilogue" by With Sirens Entranced. I don't remember them or the CD. It must've been someone I saw live and decided to buy their CD afterwords.
  14. Basic phone (for calls) iPhone (for grabbing WiFi, not on a plan) sunglasses compact mirror (just the mirror side, broken off from an old compact) wallet baggie of (2 ea) ibuprofen and Bean-o mini Altoids 5 ml syringe (for modified Valsalva maneuver on the go) pen 2 pads travel size tissues lip balm
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