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  1. DS15's math credits are all messed up and I'm not sure how to represent them on a transcript. He's looking at a few competitive schools. Please no flames...we had a lot of attitude difficulties, disorganization on my part trying to cover four grade levels, an unexpected late pregnancy, and a special needs baby who has spent 8 weeks in the hospital and had 6 surgeries in 8 months. Here's what happened starting with the first "high school level" class: MUS Algebra 1 - taken in 3rd grade AoPS Prealgebra - take in 4th and 5th grade...I learned about advanced math curriculums too late, and we found the transition difficult so we had to backtrack when we switched to AoPS. AoPS Introduction to Algebra - Started in 6th, continued in the first half of 7th, detoured the second half of 7th, and finished in the first half of 8th. Algebra 1 - I put him in the public middle school for the second half of 7th grade, and this was all they could offer him. He fiddled his thumbs for the semester and passed the required end of course exam with special recognition for getting a perfect score giving him official public school credit for the entire course. AoPS Geometry - Started in the second half of 8th and finished in 9th. AoPS Intermediate Algebra - Started in 9th and finished in 10th Khan Academy - Mastered all of the Trig sections and some of the Precalculus sections (just didn't finish others) He's going into Running start next year and tested directly in Calculus 1. He also plans on taking Calculus 2 and then Calculus 3 or Statistics.
  2. I was just talking to someone about this on Monday. She says she is able to keep it at bay with daily fish oil supplements (Nordic brand). If she misses even a day, she says she can feel her eyes start to swell. I hope you find a long-term solution!
  3. We have both: chores that must be done without pay and chores that are paid.
  4. You're right. We need to make more opportunities for them to use their spending money.
  5. Do you allow the kids to skip their chores if they choose to do so knowing they won't get paid for the ones they skipped? We just started last week, and like the last time we tied chores to allowance/commission, they simply chose not to do their assigned jobs. They knew they wouldn't get paid if they didn't do it. So my 5 year old only earned $0.25 out of $2.50. My 7 year old earned $.70 of his available $3.00. My 12 year old got $4.50 out of the $6 he could have earned (he likes being big ticket items). My 14 year old earned $2 out of $7. They are not allowed to pick up extra chores unless their regular assigned ones are done.
  6. I tried all kinds of diet tricks, being careful to eat frequently enough to keep my blood sugar up, and sea bands to no avail. B6 (50mg) and half of a Unisom (regular strength*) at bed time each night get rid of it completely. I was on it until 19 weeks, 24 weeks, birth, and birth respective of each pregnancy. I should have stayed on it until birth with the first two because I was miserable even if I wasn't throwing up anymore. * You must use regular strength Unisom only. The extra strength is a different medicine. This combination of B6 and Unisom creates a medicine that used to be on the market called Bendectin. It was voluntarily removed from the market when a different medicine caused problems. It continued to be used in Canada under the name Diclectin for the next 30 years with no safety concerns. The FDA has recently approved Bendectin for use again in the US.
  7. Darn! It sounded like it might be helpful after your last post. I hope you find your miracle!
  8. Each tablespoon contains: 60 calories 0 grams of fat 730 grams of potassium 14 grams of carbs, 10 of which are from sugar Each tablespoon also gives 10% RDA of calcium and 15% RDA of iron. Per wikipedia, it also contains up to 20% RDA of B6, magnesium, and manganese.
  9. I take a tablespoon (the silverware kind, not the measuring kind) stick it in the jar, and run the bottom of it across the mouth of the jar so that I have a heaping tablespoon that isn't dripping. I've started just taking it straight and chasing it with food or drink to get rid of the taste. I just had my fourth cycle. It was 5 days early for some reason. I had slacked off on the blackstrap molasses last month, and had a slightly heavier period than the previous two. It was still manageable. I left the house on my heaviest day for a few hours without issue. It was over in five days. Oh, and no PMS at all. I had no clue that my cycle was coming early at all. And that is totally weird because the whole reason I was on the pill was to battle PMS, because my whole family is miserable with my PMS. I have no idea why it is working so well for me.
  10. Here is a report from Berkeley showing increased ER visits and deaths related to bacterial intestinal infections immediately following San Francisco's ban on plastic bags. They chose San Francisco because it was the first major municipality to enact a ban. According to the report, other areas enacting a ban has seen a similar rise in illnesses. I'm not a germaphobe, but I wash my bags.
  11. You'll want to read that article posted by Kathkath. Reusable bags need to be washed weekly because of the germs they pick up at the store. Our city is banning plastic bags as of July 1st. I've made myself a few and need to make a few more before I'll have enough to carry all of our groceries each week.
  12. Talk to the librarian. Between the lack of permission and the financial issues, they should remove the fine.
  13. I wear almost nothing but my $120 Brooks running shoes. If I want to walk without constant and significant foot pain, I must spend the money on the shoes. I have one pair at a time and wear them every day.
  14. Lacey. Guess I should have said that initially. Thanks for pointing it out.
  15. Hey everyone! I'm hosting a get-together for local homeschoolers from the board at my house on June 7th. We'll do this potluck style at 11am. Let's shoot for an end time of 3pm. I have plenty of room inside and outside in a fenced back yard. We have a dog and three cats. The dog is old and friendly. PM me for an address and phone number....in the Olympia/Lacey area.
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