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Ellie last won the day on June 19 2013

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  1. Cranking up the music and stalking kittehs with nerf guns, 'cuz you can sit on the sofa or a comfy chair so your body is still being quiet.
  2. It's a well-known dish, but not where I'm from (southeastern Virginia/northeastern North Carolina, California, central Texas). Although I've seen people online talk about it, I've never had it IRL.
  3. When you're feeling good, congratulate yourself for resting, and rest some more. You gave birth to the little persons (regardless of how old they are at this moment) in your house. You have contributed to family life. Now stay quiet. 🙂
  4. ((((Terebith)))) Honey girl, it takes much longer than you imagine it will to heal, mentally as well as physically. You must, must, must rest.
  5. If you require your dc to do the written work in all of the lessons, not just the actual writing lessons, then YES! R&S's English totally enough.
  6. Many people like Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons for young children, because it doesn't require writing. You could do Spalding. It's very adaptable to children of all ages; it teaches to read by teaching them to spell, and simultaneously teaches penmanship, capitalization and punctuation, and simple writing. With a 4yo, you could have him do initial "writing" with his finger, and move to an actual pencil (or pen) when he's ready. You only need the manual (Writing Road to Reading) and a set of phonogram cards, and you're good to go forever.
  7. You could consider Rod and Staff Publishers (not as a supplement to CLE, though). There are really good word problems.
  8. You don't need to spend that much money. Srsly. Zaner Bloser is an excellent penmanship series. It teaches first the strokes that are used to write letters, then the letters using the strokes. It emphasizes correct pencil grip, as well, and placement of the paper. Children who hold their writing implements incorrectly can have a difficult time, so yes, it's important. 🙂 You might also think about giving him a fountain pen, because it is impossible to have an iron grip and press it into the paper. You could also consider doing Spalding, which teaches children to read by teaching them to spell, and simultaneously teaches penmanship, capitalization and punctuation, and simple composition. You only need the manual (Writing Road to Reading, the fourth edition if you can find it) and a set of phonogram cards, for which you'll spend less than $40.
  9. A little six-year-old person doesn't need formal spelling (except for those learning to read and spell with something like Spalding, which teaches children to read by teaching them to spell). I think copywork would be good, and reminding her to do things like begin sentences with capital letters. 😉
  10. There is no one who represents all homeschoolers. When someone is writing an article, he will try to find sources to cover all aspects of the topic. HSLDA covers one of those aspects.
  11. It isn't that HSLDA doesn't "have a stake in that game." It is that charter school people don't need HSLDA, as their children are in enrolled in a public school system and therefore technically not homeschoolers, and shouldn't need anything HSLDA has to offer.
  12. Yes!!!! Only one of my wisdom teeth came in, and it came in sideways. A dentist who did some work for me when I was around 24 said it was NBD and I should wait until it caused me problems. So I waited for another six or so years, and then it was an oral surgeon, not the dentist, who had to extract it, because it was pressing on a nerve and I had pain down the front of my neck. Then I had a dry socket, which required a week or so of narcotics for pain and every-other-day visits to the oral surgeon so he could remove the packing and repack it. Yes, have that puppy out now.
  13. He's had a boatload of grammar already. Are sure he needs more? Surely at this point correcting any grammatical mistakes in his writing should be enough.
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