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Ellie last won the day on June 19 2013

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  1. Easy Grammar, and the original Writing Strands. Easy Writing can be helpful, as well.
  2. It depends on what the actual condition was. I got over the flu in about six or seven days, but my sinus infection, followed by bronchitis, kept me down for a while month. I think the actual flu is about seven-10 days. What you describe sounds like a nasty cold, not the flu, and I would not worry about pushing anyone out of bed. And if you are tired, then you are still sick, so take care of yourself, too.
  3. He could write a little bit daily, but just a little, because he's just seven. Little seven-year-old persons don't really do "composition." They can begin to learn to write interesting sentences, and even put several together, but nothing comprehensive.
  4. She's correct as far as the Sara and Bill examples. Not sure on your second one. Of course, we all know we shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition; perhaps that's why we're confused, as the sentence in question is grammatically incorrect. I might agree with you.
  5. I don't believe that native speakers of English need to study English grammar for 12 years. I believe that it is possible to learn to write well without years of formal grammar. I do think it's good to have a couple of years of grammar study to catch all the things like gerunds and dependent clauses and whatnot; in our home, we do Easy Grammar when the dc are around 10 or 11 years old.
  6. Did you have him take the placement test before starting Alg. 1/2? If not, there's your problem. Give him the placement test now, and go with whatever the results are. Probably he needs to back up to Math 76; he would still be on track to do Algebra 1 when he's 14. If he completes Math 76 with at least an 80% average, then he would go on to Math 87, then Algebra 1.
  7. I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV, but yeah, it could totally be thyroid. In fact, if there are nodules on your thyroid, it is most likely Hashimoto's, which, it turns out, your rheumatologist can treat, because it's an autoimmune disease.
  8. Not all endos know how to treat thyroid issues properly. Happily, I found one who treats me, not my labs (although he understands the difference between "normal" and "optimal" lab results); for a minute he was not going to be part of my insurance group and I saw another endo, who told me that she only prescribes Synthroid. I will never take Synthroid again. Happily, my endo came back and I didn't have to suffer through interviewing a new endo. Anyway, the average number of doctors that those with thyroid disease see before finally being treated properly is five.
  9. She could do that. But then she'd still have to find a doctor who would accept the results, and who would treat her properly. And it's possible that she can help herself quite a bit with diet and supplements and whatnot, if she hasn't gone too long without proper treatment. I had mild sleep apnea, but now that I"m medicated properly, it is gone. Be sure that she checks out the links I included.
  10. I want to snuggle-bunny with my kitties and binge-watch NetFlix, but no. I have to do all the things. In my garden, my tender plants have died. It's supposed to warm up this weekend briefly, so I will dig them out. Oh, and also, prune the roses. Then back to hibernating next week. Until December 1, when Mr. Ellie and I fly to Orlando to visit the Mouse. 🙂
  11. If her doctor is diagnosing her based on TSH, then she's in trouble. And FTR, it's better if TSH is under 2.5. She needs a doctor--and it doesn't have to be an endo, who will be well trained in treating diabetes but probably less educated regarding thyroid--who will test not only TSH but also Free T3, Free T4, and Reverse T3. And then that doctor needs to treat her based on how she feels, not just on the labs. IOW, she needs a new doctor now. Her regular doctor is not doing the job. Also FTR, if my TSH were was 2.17, I would be hypothyroid and need medication. Which I do, because I was undermedicated for 20 years by well-meaning doctors who said my TSH was "in range," and only prescribed enough synthetic meds to keep me functional. By the time I saw a doctor who actually knew what to do, my poor thyroid had almost no function at all; I now take 300 units of a natural desiccated thyroid (NatureThroid). If she has nodules, then she most likely has Hashimoto's, which is an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. She might not know that sleep apnea is a common symptom of thyroid disease. Have her go to this site and read everything: Stop the Thyroid Madness. Also, if she does FB, have her check out Hashimoto's 411.
  12. I think just having a globe that you refer to sometimes and some big wall maps is a great thing. 🙂 We liked Kathy Troxel's world geography songs. I still hum some of them when I'm trying to remember where a specific country is. 🙂 Each person needs his own workbook (you can buy extras).
  13. There are only eight parts of speech and some thingummies like gerunds. I don't believe a native speaker of English needs to study his own grammar for upwards of 12 years. Nor do I believe that anyone needs to study grammar in order to write well. Let the grammar go.
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