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  1. MistyMountain

    Gymboree is closing

    I liked their stuff. I would get it at the thrift store when it was available or for good sales and it always held up and they were comfortable and cute. My ds likes these pants I got there and I was going to see if grandma could pick some up for us but I guess I should do that.
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    Sleep deprivation from snoring spouse

    Yea I do wonder if things will improve if he fixes the sleep issue. I have recently seen something about mouth guards that can be molded and it changes the jaw shape enough to prevent snoring. He used to have a mouth guard for tooth grinding and he stopped using it and ended up grinding down his teeth. I am not sure if it stopped his snoring too because this was before we were married and I think the ones designed to prevent snoring may be newer. I also saw from this social media thing on kids and mouth breathing that getting tonsils out can also prevent it in some people. He is a mouth breather at night too. Like others mentioned he also uses his computer in the middle of the night if he wakes up which wakes me up every time and I have to tell him to put it under the covers at least and he falls asleep shortly after hitting the pillow.
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    Much older neighbor kid

    My 12 year old plays with much younger children in the neighborhood because there are no kids in her age range but she is not talking about drugs or using curse words used to demean a group of people. I think especially for the kids that are small for their age because they will hit puberty late that playing with younger kids is not concerning in itself. My dd takes on a mother hen type of role with younger kids and she tends to be at a similar peer or maturity level with kids a year or two younger or the kids her age who are also small for their age because they will be late developing. I would have an issue with what this kid is introducing but since you said his parents seem cool I would maybe bring it up with them and give them a chance to address it if you wanted to give him another chance.
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    Sleep deprivation from snoring spouse

    He used to fall asleep with th tv a lot and end up in the living room all night but lately he has not. He actually did offer to sleep elsewhere but he has back issues from a car accident so I figure I can sleep elsewhere for now. I have bought up going for a sleep study or to look into why since it could be sleep apnea but he does not like going to doctors and did not want to. Right now we have high deductible insurance and lots of costs come up at once. A car is on the fritz, a bathroom is being repaired, and our boiler just went out plus other stuff. We just get by as it is. When I mentioned sleeping elsewhere he dd say maybe when other things get taken care of he will go in for it.
  5. My spouse snores really loud and it causes me to barely sleep and constantly be sleep deprived. I keep trying to get him to do something like look into getting tonsils out, a mouth guard or the apnea machine etc but he will not hear it. Last year he traveled for work for a month and it was so nice to be able to sleep that month. Recently my kids had a sleep over in each other's room so I used the extra room to sleep and it was so nice. He falls asleep immediately and it takes me forever to fall asleep and poking him to change positions does not stop it. We do not have any extra bedrooms but I need to sleep separately. What is some sort of comfortable long term sleeping option that can be moved every day? We can't have a bed taking up space in another room.
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    Not retaining SOTW 2nd grade

    I have that issue too and we are at about the same place in it right now. I usually have to follow the procedure of rereading the section the answer is in for so much of it with dd since she cannot answer it the first time. She is good at answering questions in other books we read. I was thinking of dropping it for that reason. She remembered and answered the questions about Greenland and Australia but most other topics she needs me to do the reread thing for a lot of them.
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    Buying something knowing that it will be returned

    I think it is fine if you return something before it is used to make sure it fits or to see if it fits in with other decor in the home. I do not think it is ethical to buy something that will be used and then return it completely planned because you only were going to use it once or a few times and not because it did not fit.
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    vision therapy...does this sound right?

    For just tracking skills and not other vision issues I was given a sheet of activities I could work on but it did have directions and it was mostly stuff that was not only paper. I did similar activities to what you were given for my child who had other issues besides just tracking but it was in a certain sequence in which that part was not first and only a small part of what was done and they showed me how it was done first.
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    Barton not working

    Dd has actually grown by leaps and bounds because of the I See Sam sets. It was hard to see at first because the books started out so low but the further along she gets in the sets (set 6 now) the better her reading gets and she learned enough patterns for it to transfer so it is much clearer now how she has improved. Her reading level is going up as it says it should and her fluency is growing too just as it should. The sets should get her to a mid 3rd grade to 4th grade level and then we will work on the bigger multisyllabic words. I just felt the sequence of Barton was a bad fit for her and it was. I shudder to think of where she would be if I tried sticking it out. Certain lessons were so hard for her and with the Barton sequence it would have taken years to read how she is in just a few months of the sets. The few things that give her trouble at times are the words that Barton taught as site words or as a unit. Barton stretched out lessons so each skill needed many days before we even got to the reading passage plus she needed the extra fluency work which made lessons take even longer. Some lessons were hard for her but then not seen much for a while and it just was not sticking. The one thing that was helpful about Barton the tapping one sound at a time and then blending I think I could have gotten elsewhere.The way words are trickled in and reviewed in the I See Sam sets is what she needed. I see the light at the end of the tunnel now and she is catching up. I wasn't even going to worry about writing or spelling this school year to focus on reading but she is doing so much better that I am going to start adding it in now.
  10. I am thinking of using Dictation Day by Day with my 2nd grader because I think she would benefit from practicing spelling in the context of a sentence. I would probably work with her on segmenting the days words and then dictate the sentence to her. For now it will be writing and spelling and I also work on oral narrations. I would skip any bible verses mainly because the wording is akward using words like thy and change names like changing Dick into Nick. Is there anything similar that has spelling words in context of sentences that gradually get longer and more complex and will have new words in subsequent lessons that is more modern? At least it is free to try out. Does any one use Dictation Day by Day and like it? I was focusing more on getting her reading this school year but she is making good progress and I wanted to start a little bit of spelling and writing.
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    ISO: HS or college level Anatomy and Physiology

    I would not use Ellen McHenry as a stand alone because it is not truly secular like I know she teaches classification in an outdated way.
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    Cold weather clothes... where to buy?? Help me, please.

    We layer for warmth. You can probably find inner layers locally but you will need a good oatercoat too. On cold days we will have an outercoat an inner fleece coat and the clothes we wear outside will be synthetic with either a silky or a fleecy inner layer. Stay dry or althletic type clothes should be in most stores. Make sure to layer up on socks to and go synthetic or stay dry with that too. A balaclava is good for the air hurts your face days. That is only if you will be outdoors for a while. We do not bother with all that if we are going from place to place just if we will be outside for a while.
  13. I go on both type of hikes but I do stick to hikes that have obvious trails to follow whether they be narrow or wide or less traveled or somewhat popular.
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    Multisyllabic words and REWARDs

    Those Parker readers seem like they may work but I think it may hard to track down an actual copy. I do not like working from a screen or printing a lot out.
  15. I am trying to decide what to use with my youngest in 2nd grade when she finishes with the Sam readers but will need more work on the bigger multisyllabic words. I have a copy of Webster's that I used successfully with my older kids but she has been tougher then them. I also considered Syllables Spell Sucess or ABeCeDarian levels C and D. What is REWARDs like? Is it easy to implement? Do you only use the intermediate level and not the secondary level? I think she will do best with lots of practice reading words in stories. Are there any good readers to practice with?
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