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  1. This is me too. I started to notice changes in my mid-late 30s (turning 40 this year). Carefully tracking my period helps - I know when to expect those episodes and send myself for a timeout. Other things I've noticed - weepy & emotional (usually a few days after the anger finally subsides), panic attacks at night (which I had no idea were tied to changing hormones - I thought I was going crazy), and the most recent - my period is much lighter and is a few days later than usual every time. Evening primrose oil helps, especially with the panicky episodes. I've made some other changes recently (gluten-free because of food sensitivities, which also resulted in less sugar since I'm not baking as much, and I started taking magnesium) and noticed that the emotional outbursts aren't as unmanageable. Not sure if that's tied to the dietary changes or not but I'll take it.
  2. I second this recommendation. DYT isn't just about having a makeover, it's about understanding how you present yourself to the world (and it will also help you understand other people - it's made a big difference in my family relationships).
  3. We loved using Magic School Bus Chemistry lab following the WTM method for recording experiments and definitions. Here's a link to how we did it: WTM & MSB chemistry.
  4. I'm hosting a week of giveaways on my blog. I just wanted to let everyone know - you're welcome to come by and enter! There are products from Classical Academic Press, Compass Classroom, Home School in the Woods, Pam Barnhill, and Harmony Fine Arts. Homeschool Fun Giveaway Week
  5. We've been covering two books a year with no troubles. First 2 books in 5th grade, 2nd two in 6th, and now dd is working through 5 & 6 this year (7th grade). DD did AAS first, I'm using this as a follow-up to solidify her spelling skills. It works well for us and she does it almost completely independently.
  6. We do a 4-year cycle - 3/4 through our second cycle (daughter's in 7th grade). I know that we can't cover every single historical event so I plan each year as an overview and then my daughter chooses the topics and events that interest her most as we work through my larger plan. It's working well for us. I don't think we're going to do a third cycle in high school, though. I'm toying with the idea of more focused history topics (and covering government/civics) combining literature and historical events.
  7. We're using MegaWords as a follow-up - my daughter needed a little more work with multi-syllable words. Other than that, we just keep a list of 'trouble' words and periodically go through those.
  8. WEM is my focus right now - almost finished with the novels. Yay! I'm also trying to figure out what to do with Latin. Right now I'm using Latina Christiana I with my daughter and her young brain is so much quicker at learning the vocabulary and declensions. I added in a daily recitation and that's been super helpful for me but I think I need to work ahead or something or maybe I'll just learn right along with her. Don't know. And I keep looking at different Coursera topics but I just don't have time for those too. And my library has a bunch of Teaching Company DVDs... so many choices and not enough time!
  9. Yes, Grapevine is the stick figure program. My dd really enjoys it. We'll be finishing up New Testament survey with Grapevine then we'll (hopefully!) try out the PHP program!

  10. Thanks for sharing how you're doing Bible time at your house! Grapevine is a draw through the Bible book, right? I'm interested in the PHP program also! :)

  11. Tea time and quiet time are two different things at our house. We have a daily quiet time for 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the afternoon. My dd is free to read quietly, play with toys, any sort of quiet activity like that. We have tea time when quiet time is over (not every day, more like three times a week). We have a small snack and listen to classical music, look at art books, or read poetry.
  12. Thank you. Sadly, my daughter has outgrown her Miss Spider phase so it was time to find a different picture. :)

  13. I love your new avatar!

  14. yeah, I'm guity of that too. My dh gets excited when he sees all my forms and list made out, but he knows as well as I do, that 2 or 3 weeks into it, I get side tracked. hehe!

  15. :) I'm organized on paper but many times it doesn't quite make it to real life application! :)

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