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  1. I have a Love Sac Sactional. I liked that it was so easy to move and is reconfigurable. I needed something that could easily go up some stairs that had turns in it. It would have been extremely difficult with a long sofa. What really impressed me was that all the coverings zip off and can be washed in your washing machine. When I bought this, my children were still very young. You can buy new coverings to change out the old ones if you want to change the look, too. The cushions are comfy, but I never fit quite right. I’m 5’2” so I’m used to not fitting perfectly on a sofa. The bases are rectangles so you can configure them deep and they are too deep for my short legs. You can configure them the other way and have a longer sofa, but then it is actually a bit too short for me. I just sit sideways until I’m comfortable. Later down the road, we bought our first ever sectional for our primary residence. It’s very comfortable and has recliners that I love. It’s fits lots of people. The sections lock together or come apart to move around. Of the two, I prefer the regular sectional. I can’t take off the fabric and cushions and wash them, but the sectional is definitely more comfortable and can be taken apart to be moved around although the pieces are a lot more heavier than the sactional. Sactional back cushions can be stored under the bases for easy moving. They are perfect for walk up apartment moves.
  2. I bought my first sewing machine when I was 11-years-old. Looking back at what I could do on my own, children’s sewing books available today seem a little too easy for a middle schooler. I would probably start with a small stack of cotton fabric pieces and the manual with the machine she will be using. Follow the manual for how to thread the machine, wind a bobbin, and put that in. Then I would use the fabric squares and go through each stitch that your machine can do. Knowing how to use her own machine and knowing when to use each stitch is helpful. If she has a buttonhole feature, that would be fun to try on the practice fabric. You can probably find lots of basic sewing books at your local library. If she wants to make clothing, take a trip to the store and help her find the pattern, size, and how to read the pattern. There are beginner sewer patterns and “easy” patterns available. The type of fabrics best for the project will be suggested on the pattern. Pattern sizes and sizes we buy in the clothing store are different, so you can talk about that, too. Learn by doing. My kids teach themselves a lot with videos and I understand not wanting to use YT. If you’re not opposed to video learning, Craftsy.com is offering membership for a year for $3 and there are a lot of sewing and quilting classes on there. There are usually downloadable/printable materials and patterns that go along with each class. 4H may have some sewing curriculum books. I see they are working on online classes for sewing, but they’re not up yet.
  3. I was thinking this, too. Headphones would help them pay attention while deterring them from hearing and distracting each other. I bought Biblioplan this year because I have a ton of history resources already from homeschooling for so long and it schedules so many different resources like a buffet that you pick and choose from. Plus, it is only three days a week. I don’t think it would change anything in your situation though because you would still need them to sit for the reading together. I remember when my older kids were young, I had to make partitions from poster board to keep them from distracting each other. So, I vote for headphones and pdf activity sheets to make it easier to print what you need. Maybe, some physical activity before sitting down to read would help release some of that energy so they can sit and focus.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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”.
  11. I forgot about that one. My kids enjoyed watching How to Be a Superstar Student. 😀 Good choice!
  12. 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/
  13. Mona


    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.
  14. 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. 😂
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. Moderna has many mRNA medicines in the pipeline. https://www.modernatx.com/pipeline
  18. 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.
  19. Do dentists even use amalgams anymore? I thought it was standard practice to use composite only these days. Okay, I had to look it up. I guess the ADA says it’s okay, but the FDA warns about it. However, the last four dentists I talked to all said that they don’t use amalgams. My dentist retired and I’ve gone to different ones for myself or with family members on the search for a good fit and none of them use amalgams.
  20. I had originally planned on giving our books away after my youngest finished with them, but now I plan on getting some more bookcases and save most of the readers and some of the curricula. In addition to books being canceled, early last year I saw news reports of schools throwing away the books and it seemed that it was mostly historical fiction in the dumpster. I think this was on the west coast; maybe it was in Washington state. Then I saw a mayor in Chicago giving an outdoor speech about no longer teaching history until it is rewritten.
  21. My youngest child is going to be in 3rd grade this coming year. I’ve been struggling with putting a plan together and have been popping in here a few times to see if there is anything new and interesting I should take a look at 😊 Bible, History, Geography, Lit: I think history was the subject that was the hardest for me to decide on this year. I’ve ordered Biblioplan Ancients for the first time and I’m waiting for it to arrive. If this works for us then we’ll be able to cycle through it twice before he graduates. I have so many of the resources already on my shelves from homeschooling the older kids. Math CLE 3 LA LLATL yellow, I also have Cursive First if we need extra handwriting and I picked up Spelling Workout C (We added SWO B this year and it is easy for him, but it gives him confidence so we’ll keep going with it.) Science MB God’s Design for Life as a spine with extra supplements to keep things interesting swim lessons in the summer, Piano lessons and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu year round He doesn’t want to do this anymore 😞 Art I don’t have anything really planned, but the history comes with a craft book that we may use
  22. LoL, I think like that, too. There’s a book called “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” that explains the differences in how men and women think, so they can better communicate to each other. I read it many many years ago. Basically, women’s brains are like spaghetti. Women’s thoughts are like noodles and each noodle overlaps and touches another noodle, so one thought can be associated with another thought and so on. However, men’s brains are like waffles. They have thoughts in each separated compartment (nook). They can focus on one thought and not get distracted by other thoughts. Women can find this annoying and think they are not paying attention to what’s happening around them, but they are not in the other nook or cranny. They can only be in one nook at a time. So, jumping around from nook to nook to make associations can be tiring from men. They also have completely empty nooks where they just rest. So, if you ask a man what’cha thinking about and they say, “nothing”, they really can be thinking about “nothing”, so don’t be annoyed and think that they don’t want to share their thoughts with you. After reading this, I remember explaining my associations so my husband can keep up with the way I was associating things.
  23. I bought an older set from them years ago. https://www.worldbook.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=brandencyclopedia&msclkid=c9ba044cf9d415df556b641d05bc6054
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