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  1. What a neat idea! What were your favorite resources to use for this class?

     

    I use a wide variety of materials.

     

    Mathematics: A Human Endeavor by Harold Jacobs has some good ideas. I have also used some of the "math tricks" from Jacobs' Elementary Algebra textbook. 

     

    I collect inexpensive puzzle and brainteaser books from bookstores. 

     

    I love many of the puzzles from this site: http://dkmgames.com; they have given me permission to print from their site and copy for use in my classroom as long as I give them credit.

     

    I also like this site: http://www.puzzle-nonograms.com/

     

    I subscribe to the weekly KenKen puzzle collection for teachers through this site: kenkenpuzzle.com

     

    The Geometry textbook I use at our other Co-op has challenge problems at the end of most lessons, which I sometimes use. 

     

    Martin Gardner has written several books full of interesting puzzlers. Our library has several that I borrow from.

     

    I picked up a little Brain Games puzzle booklet at Ollie's Bargain Outlet store. The usually sell for a few dollars each, but I got them for something like 79 cents each. I bought one for each of my students, and I keep them with my supplies. I can just choose a puzzle, and everyone works on the same one. It has a variety of puzzles: word, logic, math, spatial, etc. 

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  2. So the son was taken to the ER from the college?  Even so, HIPPA should have protected your son.  I would take this up the chain of command at both the ER and the college because it was unethical on both of their parts.  

     

    Yes. I'm not sure the director really did anything wrong, per se. I think he was talking with the doctor while ds went to imaging. But the doctor certainly should have known better! When we were in the ER with dh last Summer, they wouldn't tell me anything until dh confirmed for them that it was alright to talk to me about what was happening. 

     

    The director told me the doctor asked if he was ds's father, and when he said no, he was the director of the college program, the doctor asked about the program. (It is a non-traditional, very cool program that ds is loving.) When the director told him about some of the activities they do, the doctor spoke up and said that someone with ds's condition couldn't do those things. I have no doubt that they both have ds's best interests at heart, but I think it still crossed a line. Some people with ds's condition are on very strict limitations, but his own doctor only said no contact sports like football or martial arts. 


  3. How about this:

     

    A doctor in the ER shared some information about my son's medical condition with the director of the college program my son is enrolled in, without my son knowing about it or giving his permission. (Ds is 20yo.) And to top it off, the doctor painted a very different picture of my son's limitations than what his own doctor has prescribed, and now the director has said that he will be withholding ds from participating in some aspects of the program. Ds is livid, and I am trying to not be in too much of Mama Bear mode. 


  4. The guy from the gap year program my son is planning on attending this year and the financial aid office who don't communicate very well. 

     

    The guy told me we could spread out the balance due after scholarships and grants over 10 months. The financial aid / business office sent a letter saying we had to set up the payments plan by September 1st. Today, I found out that the 10 months had to have started in July. So now, they want 20% like now, and another 10% by September 20th, when I was planning on just the 10% amount in September.

     

    And we found out yesterday that there is another $375 we need to pay in two weeks when we check him in. This is to cover the things that aren't included in the "all-inclusive" fees we knew about. 

     

    I have been scrambling to minimize expenses and maximize income to make this work because it is so incredibly important to my son. In the long run, it will work, but I just don't know how to come up with all this money right now. 

     

    This has turned into a praise. The gal at the business office worked with me and the numbers so that I can make 10 equal payments. There will be a crunch at the end of the year, but it is doable.

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  5. The guy from the gap year program my son is planning on attending this year and the financial aid office who don't communicate very well. 

     

    The guy told me we could spread out the balance due after scholarships and grants over 10 months. The financial aid / business office sent a letter saying we had to set up the payments plan by September 1st. Today, I found out that the 10 months had to have started in July. So now, they want 20% like now, and another 10% by September 20th, when I was planning on just the 10% amount in September.

     

    And we found out yesterday that there is another $375 we need to pay in two weeks when we check him in. This is to cover the things that aren't included in the "all-inclusive" fees we knew about. 

     

    I have been scrambling to minimize expenses and maximize income to make this work because it is so incredibly important to my son. In the long run, it will work, but I just don't know how to come up with all this money right now. 


  6. We have never lived anywhere with a HOA. But my sister lives in a community where they are not permitted to do anything with their front yard -- all of the landscaping is maintained by the association. In addition, they are not permitted to change the window coverings on any of the windows that are visible from the street. 

     


  7. Anyone into card games?  Our favorites are Skat, Pinochle, and Cribbage.  We also like Phase 10 Master.

     

    Almost every Sunday, my grandparents would come for dinner, and they and my parents would play some card game -- usually Hearts or Pinochle, sometimes Blackjack or Poker. My Dad and I played Cribbage.

     

    Now, I mostly play those games online against the computer. 


  8. Our libraries (headquarters and at least some of the branches) have Teen Only areas. But the emphasis is on the seating areas, not on the bookshelves. Some of them have rather funky cafe-style seating, or other specialized social areas.

     

    My 17 yos did get "carded" in the Teen area at Headquarters the other night. He has an awesome beard and does not look like he is 17. They weren't ugly about it, just checking.

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