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  1. Is it green juice or green smoothies? I use a “slow-juicer”. It’s not slow, but it juices in a way that won’t heat the fruits And vegetables with friction thus killing the nutrients; something like a Hurom or the like or a similar machine made int he USA; Omega VRT. My slow juicer is easy to clean and fast clean up is conducive to use. If you were super serious about juicing for healing and price was no object then you would go for a cold press machine. If you want a green smoothie and to keep all the fiber then I prefer Blendtec over Vitamix. I don’t juice wheat grass, so if he is looking to drink wheat grass juice then you need to consider a different machine. When I first started juicing many years ago, I watched a lot of review videos by Jon the Juicer from DiscountJuicers.com He also talks about gardening to supply your own organic ingredients on his channel/website.
  2. America’s Test Kitchen’s did a Dutch oven review. You can find it on YT. I have a LeCruset Round that I use all the time and love it. It has not chipped and so far, no baked on discoloration. I have an off brand oval one that I haven’t tried out yet, so can’t compare it. I think ATK said one of the brands they tested was just as good as LeCruset but chipped fast; I think it was Cuisinart, not sure. It got bumped when it was still hot and chipped, I think. They said it didn’t impare the cooking quality but it was a disappointment.
  3. It didn’t last long. I think we are now on Epsilon. (7/7/21) https://nypost.com/2021/07/07/california-epsilon-strain-of-covid-19-could-evade-vaccines-study/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter
  4. I’ve had issues with neighbors and trees in the past. Tree removal can be expensive, but if you are willing to help with the cost or do the cutting yourself and just need permission, I don’t think they’ll be upset. It’s a beautiful pavilion! I suggest talking to your neighbor in person and take a walk together to the edge of the property. Show them your pavilion and the trees that are concerning and see if you can come to an agreement.
  5. My oldest two have graduated, but I used the SWI videos and the continuation course videos with them. We did some of a theme book one year, but they really enjoyed watching Mr. Pudewa teach and hearing the students share their thoughts during class. I would sometimes pause so my kids could share their thoughts, too. Maybe, you can make writing the first thing you do after lunch, so it becomes a routine? You do not have to watch a video every day. Some days there is just an assignment. There are usually more than one source documents for each skill, so if you do the second source document, you wouldn’t need to watch the teaching again unless you want to. You can just do the second document as a skill reinforcement. There is a weekly schedule with a 4 or 5 day breakdown of what to do each day in the Teacher’s Manual. You can see it under Samples/Teacher Sample PDF here: https://iew.com/sites/default/files/videocourse/fileattachment/SSS-1A-T_Sample.pdf (You can see it on page 23) You can certainly use a theme book on your own so you can adjust for your son’s attention span. Seeing the suggested scheduling and Teacher Sample might help you plan your days better.
  6. I second Sherman Williams Sea Salt. I used it in several rooms, love it, my contractors loved it and took note, too. I found it on Pinterest, so you could see it there for ideas of what it looks like in different rooms.
  7. Evan Moor has a series of books called “Grammar and Punctuation” that would cover all those concepts. The books are labeled by grade and only goes to sixth grade. For the older student, she might consider “Applications of Grammar Book 1: Basics for Communicating Effectively”.
  8. I forgot about that one. My kids enjoyed watching How to Be a Superstar Student. 😀 Good choice!
  9. I used the DIY student books for two of my kids several years ago and remember being disappointed. I don’t feel it helped them with time management or different study skills. Afterwards, I ended up purchasing DK Study Skills for a reference and choosing a few strategies to use with them. Your PS student may benefit from the Order Out of Chaos planner that helps them see their free time so they can plan their “free” time wisely. There’s a video explaining how it works here: https://products.orderoochaos.com/collections/academic-planners Another helpful resource was The Learning Strategies Center at Cornell. Lots of topics covered here: https://lsc.cornell.edu/managing-time/
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    You can now buy gold in smaller increments. (Grams) You may find physical silver to be more affordable. The prices of silver are artificially low right now. Do not buy silver certificates.
  11. I’m all set to complete the above plan, but then MCTLA was calling me. My son is the perfect age to start at the beginning. What do I do? LLATL doesn’t take long to complete, so do I do both. Do I set it aside and try MCT? Do we just stick to the plan? Any advice about either ELA curriculum is appreciated. 😂
  12. Happy Mother’s Day to you also! My husband did the grocery shopping early this morning with my oldest son. I’m getting caught up on laundry, and then I’m going to work on a quilt. Have a lovely day!
  13. It’s possible that there is a connection. I’ve heard of others who have experienced this. My friend IRL has had painful cycles since her shot. Lots of painful abdominal cramping which is unusual for her. You should definitely mention it to your doctor, so he can include it in his notes. There has been a lot of discussion on social media about it. So much so that a professor at the University of Illinois who also experienced menstrual issues is collecting information. She has an online survey. I can find the link if interested. You can also look on VAERS and search bleeding. I have also heard that unvax’d who are close to vaxd have had symptoms due to transmission via secretions, so it’s not unheard of @Hen.
  14. Moderna has many mRNA medicines in the pipeline. https://www.modernatx.com/pipeline
  15. We are required to school 180 days a year in Pennsylvania, so it wouldn’t be possible here. I try to do two light days a week to work in activities outside the home and errands. ETA: I see you plan to have them work the other two days. I think you can do it that way, but it would be beneficial to have math more than three times a week if possible. It could be flash cards or extra practice sheets, but teaching concepts on three days and extra practice the other two can work if needed.
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