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  1. 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.)
  2. My son did chemistry first, for no reason other than he doesn't like biology and wanted to put it off.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. This is how I would've responded and this is what I would've meant by that response.
  7. That's how my home is as well, and our windows are new (but the home itself is 50 years old.)
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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 year, and if we don't remember to move our shutoff valves every few months, they harden and break when you try to open them. It's ridiculous! Dh has agreed that we need a softener. We have friends that use Culligan, but that is not in the budget and it's not something we're even considering. I'm just wondering if anyone has had luck with a cheaper one. (I'm looking at a GE from Home Depot. We were considering a Waterboss because it has a built-in filter, but they're not highly reviewed.) Whatever softener you have, chime in and let me know that it has helped! I'm so tired of using 1/8 cup of shampoo every time I wash my hair, whether I use salon shampoo, DIY homemade soap, or anything in between. I want clean hair on a regular basis!
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. My daughter did this for years! I had never heard anything like it. She finally outgrew it around age 10.5-11. She was eventually diagnosed with ADHD, so I wonder if there was a bit of a brain-mouth processing delay. Even now, when you ask her a question, it takes her quite a long time to begin to answer. At least the pauses now are *before* the words, rather than in the middle.
  14. I would go with Option 2. My son had expanders and didn't end up needing to have any teeth pulled. He also didn't need headgear. Woohoo! He spent 3+ years in 2 phases, but I think it was worth it. Now we need to get those wisdom teeth out before they come in and mess everything up. ETA: They were able to go right into Phase 2 and use the wires already on his teeth from Phase 1, thereby saving us some money. His Phase 1 went on at age 11.
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