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About StaceyinLA

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    Granny Extraordinaire
  • Birthday 12/28/1967

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    The boonies!
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    Cooking, gardening, traveling, reading, and loving on/spoiling my grandbabies (not necessarily in that order).

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    I'm a 51 year-old wife and mother of 4. We home schooled 18 years, and graduated all 4 kids.
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    Reading, cooking, gardening, scrapbooking, volleyball, and, ashamedly, Webkinz
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    Granny, retired home school mom, homemaker and Disney travel agent, in that order!

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  1. I spent about $70 at Wal-Mart a couple days ago (not by choice, but I was out of a few things and didn’t want to do an hour drive to the grocery), but that won’t all count toward groceries. I think I got milk and some cookies for dh, a couple things for sandwiches, and then dog/cat food. Right around $40 on groceries. I can still spend around $200 and be within my goal. I’m hitting TJs this morning, which will likely knock out $100 of that, but I’ll get a LOT of stuff for that hundred, especially since I don’t need meat or anything really pricey (except possibly nuts). If I have two more $50 trips after that, basically getting fresh items, I’ll be good! We shall see! I made a HUGE pot of something last night. I called it gumbalayoup. 😜 It was a cross between gumbo, jambalaya, and soup, and it was really good. It had all my gumbo goodies (chicken, local sausage, okra, a little tomato cuz that’s how I like mine best), but wasn’t made with a roux; organic broth instead. It also had carrots, potatoes, and I threw in a half cup of rice. If I would’ve had any fresh greens, I’d have added those (spinach or kale), but I didn’t. Either way, it was delicious, and it fed me, dh, dd, and her kids, I sent dh with 2 days’ worth of lunches, and there are 2 lunches’ worth in the fridge at home. Earlier in the week I did pork chops (I had gotten some really nice ones at Whole Foods - I RARELY buy pork) smothered down in gravy and made some yellow grits, collard greens and local sweet potatoes. Gosh that was excellent - the kids, who usually dislike grits, devoured it with the gravy on it. The pork was falling apart tender, and the collards were the best I’ve ever made. Not sure what’s gonna be on the menu for tonight - depends on if I pick up something yummy at TJs, or dig something out of the freezer.
  2. My grandkids are very interested in Geography right now, so I’d like to start them with something, but I have no idea what. 1st/3rd grades, and I don’t want to do a “community helper” type program. They are really interested in the map, states they’ve traveled to, etc., so I’d just like something to give me some direction. Also, is US or World preferable? They’ll be doing SOTW Volume 1. I have large maps in my school room, but should I have a globe also? I just can’t remember the thinking on this. Geography was one of those things we really skimped on back in the day, but we’ve all gotten a lot more interested in it over the years, so I’d like to do something more thorough with the grandkids.
  3. I always LOVED Veritas cards when my kids were younger. Now that I’m gonna be the primary teacher of my 2 oldest grandkids, I am rebuying the card sets. I have SOTW, and that’s what I plan to use because their mom can easily do the reading with them as part of their nighttime story time, and we can put it all together during school time. I just have to incorporate the cards. I know there used to be a list somewhere that tied them together; just wondering if that still exists.
  4. Would you share a link? When I look this up, I see a few different things.
  5. Are the MM pages in color? Any pictures? Doesn’t it incorporate mental math, word problems, etc.? I guess when I say boring, R&S is so much drill. It’s black and white, and the pages are just boring. Of course, math is kind of a boring subject, so I’m not bent on changing it for that reason. I think the learning method is also a bit boring, but if it works, it works. I just think my grandson (and his sister) might like it mixed up a bit more.
  6. ^ You mentioned some things that I think my grandson would do well with. 1) DIfferent approaches/methods of doing the same thing. I think sometimes if the traditional thing doesn’t click, hearing it explained differently might help. I try to do that, but because I “get it,” I think it’s harder for me to explain at his level. 2) A combo that includes a bit more mental math, but not totally different than a traditional program. I had thought after reading this thread I’d just stick with R&S, but honestly, your post makes me rethink it...
  7. I have a huge problem with this in Christian circles (and I AM a Christian, and I even like watching the Duggars). If you have a conviction to stay pure, but are unable to control it unless you’re being chaperoned, are you really that convicted? I have a serious problem with people not having personal responsibility.
  8. I don’t really get this either, and even though his manipulating them because of a ticket is a different scenario than them sleeping with him for a ticket, I guess I just still don’t get it. You gave me a ticket. I don’t owe you **** is more along the lines of my way of thinking.
  9. I think there are many women struggling with this very same thing. I'm in no way victim blaming because I'll admit to not knowing the whole story, but women participating in sex acts in order to gain something isn't real classy on their part either. I'm disturbed by the number of women who willingly do these types of things.
  10. I am following this thread for some new ideas! I have done a few of the things mentioned above. Also, over the last couple years, I've given really good kitchen knives to a couple of the adult couples. I bought some nice blade covers from Sur La Table to fit the knives, and put those in their stocking (each couple gets one). Also in the past I've put nice spices, olive oils from our local olive oil store, balsamic vinegars from the same store, fun little specialty food items they wouldn't typically buy themselves, bag clips, oven gloves, high quality stainless measuring spoons/cups, things like that. Williams Sonoma always has a bucket of inexpensive knives near the counter. They are all different colors. Some are serrated edge, some straight edge. There are a few different ones. I have bought those for myself, and really like them, so I am considering one of those for each adult couple this year, along with maybe some nice cheeses/salamis, good crackers, nuts, etc. I'm not planning to do true adult gifts for my kids this year - it's just been an expensive year for everyone - so I'm gonna do each couple a nice basket of edible treats instead.
  11. If you were starting a 3rd grader with little to no formal grammar knowledge, would you start in R&S 3? My oldest dd's friend was asking her about it, and she asked me - just wanted to see what others thought.
  12. I have spent about $140 so far this month (Whole Foods a few days ago). Hit the farmer’s market last weekend and Whole Foods during the week - did sales only except for my coffee creamer, and a rotisserie chicken (which will make us a double batch of whole 30 chicken verde chili and still leave some for chicken salad). I need some more fresh veggies, and will probably get to WF, Sprouts or TJs (or all 3 hunting sales) this week. I have my turkey for Thanksgiving (WF had a good price on the Diestels a couple weeks ago, so I grabbed one for under $20). I do need a few items for my dressing, and some fresh sweet potatoes, but nothing pricey. My girls usually each make something to contribute. My goal is getting through the month only spending about $250 more. We shall see.
  13. Honestly, we write some on paper, and also use the text as a workbook for some as well. I think in the younger grades, it’s a lot of writing. I know some don’t agree, but for stuff like writing the sentences and underlining, I always let my kids underline in the text, and we would do some orally as well. It just depends on the individual lesson and how much writing is required. I’ve always thought R&S was a great program, and dgs loves the spelling, so I guess if it’s not broke, I really don’t need to try and fix it.
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