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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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. 🙂
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. I don't know that you need to "add copywork;" at this point, surely writing all of his assignments would be enough. That is, less oral, more written. Just doing RFW would not be enough handwriting; there has to be actual usage, on a daily basis, for it to become second nature.
  11. My favorite writing instruction was the original Writing Strands.
  12. I haven't used any of them; my dc are all grown up and adulting on their own. 🙂 The Franklin Primary Arithmetic and the Franklin Second Arithmetic look quite good.
  13. I cut way back on Christmas cards a long time ago. I used to send out quite a few, but IDK. I just sort of backed off. I might send 20, to old friends and family members.
  14. There's a boatload of public domain materials here.
  15. When my dc were younger, we only had two Official School Days a week, Monday and Tuesday. I put whatever Official School Stuff we had on the kitchen table; dc could do it or not, but since we didn't go anywhere on Monday and Tuesday--no errands, no outside classes, no field trips, nothin', until late afternoon or after dinner--dc would often work on their OSS. I did do Spalding for a few weeks when she was five, and then six, and then seven...:-) Sometimes we did bookwork, if necessary, for Camp Fire badges. We went to the library every Wednesday. Dc could check out as many books as they wanted or none at all. We hung out there for a couple of hours, then went home and had lunch and goofed off for the rest of the afternoon, which could mean all of us in our own rooms reading, or working on OSS, or whatever. We left the house every Thursday for a field trip. Usually just us, once in awhile with friends. Sometimes we were working on Camp Fire badges, or checking out something I had read about in the newspaper, sometimes just going to the mall in another town and having an Orange Julius and people watching ("social studies," lol). Friday we cleaned house, top to bottom, all the laundry, everything; once a month park day.
  16. I love to encourage the newbies. 🙂 But I cannot do that by telling them what they want to hear. I have to do it by telling them things they might not want to hear, such as the fact that even though you think your little 8yo learns better from a video on her handheld device, it's better to do things with her yourself, because not only can a screen *not* compete with the whole wide world, but your child needs *you.* If she doesn't think she does, what does she know? She's just eight. Anyway, the newbies don't always want to hear it, no matter how gently and diplomatically we say it.
  17. Um...I've never heard it phrased that way, but ok.
  18. I never felt the need to assign books for my dc to read. We went to the library weekly and they could check out as many books as they wanted or none at all. I read aloud to them from the books I thought they should experience and left the rest to their own interests. The top three on my list are The Chestry Oak, The Little White Horse, and Understood Betsy. I read each one to each child at some point (I usually wait until they're older for The Chestry Oak). Here's a list that might help you: The Classical Christian Education 1000 Good Books List.
  19. I don't take any supplements at this point, but I have eliminated dairy products, and that has made a huge difference in the pain in my hands. Like Martha in GA, I have Hashimoto's; when I was [finally] diagnosed with it, I did the Autoimmune Protocol, and discovered that the only food that hurts me is dairy. In any form. I can have cheese on the tacos once in awhile, and a nice cup of hot tea with cream once in awhile, but two or three days in a row of dairy and my hands ache.
  20. Well, see, to me, if you have sign-ups, it isn't a potluck. If it's a pot*luck*, you provide plates and eating utensils and napkins and whatnot, and the guests provide everything else. If you end of with all chocolate desserts, awesome; and some people might think to themselves that maybe they should bring something else next time.
  21. KONOS. It's everything except English and math skills: Bible, history, geography, science, arts and crafts, drama, literature. Children learn everything while studying godly character traits such as attentiveness, orderliness, obedience, inquisitiveness. You could even do KONOS with both of your dc, in which case I would recommend Vol. 2, which does American history chronologically, starting with the early scientists and explorers. There are as many crafts as you want to do; a boatload of activities is presented for each unit and sub-unit; you pick the ones that you want.
  22. If you're pretty strongly in favor of not putting your children back in school, and you're determined to do the on-line college, then it seems to me your option is to quit your job.
  23. It's the giblets that come in a little baggie with the bird. They're cooked separately to make a tasty broth for making gravy, and some people chop 'em up and mix them into the gravy.
  24. Oh, yeah, Texas it totally a Southern state. Not only is it one of the 11 Confederate states, its cultural is totally Southern. Now, if you go way west to El Paso, it isn't Southern so much, but it's still part of Texas.
  25. I live in Texas, although not on the coast (Austin area), and I've never heard it used. I don't know the difference between "coastal south" and "deep south." o_0 I'm originally from Norfolk, Virginia, and have spent much time on the OBX because I have family there, too.
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