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  1. I'm not sure that a 4th grader would know about simplifying by dividing by 4... but that is a challenge problem, right?
  2. Here's what I got... once you simplify to 49=x times x, a 4th grader should be able to recognize that 7 times itself will be 49 without discussing square roots.
  3. I don't think I would add grammar on for a 1st grader that doesn't like to write.... I like FLL 1 and 2 because they're done orally. And skip any of the lessons that you do at others times (poetry, picture study, narration). After having done all 4 levels of FLL, I see the purpose of levels 1 and 2 as establishing general understanding of parts of speech and beginning to memorize the definitions. You can speed up or slow down as needed. Or just wait a couple months or start next school year. If FLL isn't a good fit for you, that's fine. But again, I don't think I'd start a written grammar program with a 1st grader. Something else you could do... use the definitions from FLL to discuss copywork. Does he know what a noun is? Recite the definition for him if he doesn't. Then, together, underline any persons, places, or things in his copywork. Check, done. Same with all the other parts of speech. Don't add a new one until he's mastered the previous part of speech. By the end of 2nd grade, we were using colored pencils to analyze copywork about 2 times a week.
  4. Bravado. Expensive, yes. But after nursing 3 babies with subpar undergarments, I slurgged on two from them... I can't find the exact ones I have, but this one is close: rremovable pads and no underwire. As for tanks, I didn't wear tanks for a shirt, but i wore them to cover my belly while lifting my shirt to nurse. I found these fron Undercover Mama with my 3rd: I don't super love them, but they're better than anything else I've found and do the job well.
  5. I would do FLL 2 first. It introduces parts for speech and definitions orally (very little writing in FLL2) and helps get the concepts in the student's head before they have to apply them in FLL3. I'm doing FLL3 with my daughter now (we did FLL2 last year) and there's many times in FLL3 where it says "if you didn't do FLL 2, spend some time memorizing this definition/list of words on your own". I don't like having to add things in on my own like that, so that's why I suggest doing FLL2 first.
  6. DS is 5th grade, 10yo, and we did FLL 1-4 and loved it. FLL is a great fit for me and my kids. So I really wanted to continue Grammar for the Well Trained Mind, which we've started this year. I read lots of reviews that said it was too hard for 5th grade (the first advertized year for the sequence), so I decided to slow it down. We do 2 lessons a week instead of 4, but we're also doing a grammar based Latin. Overkill? Maybe. But he's my oldest and my guinea pig. 😉 We're at lesson 15 and I like it so far. I can see why people would say it's too much for 5th grade, even having done FLL first. I'm glad I slowed it down. DS is doing well, but he seems to get the concepts easily regardless - good thing because I'm learning a lot of the material myself! Many of the reviews said week 20 is where it ramps up, so we'll see!
  7. Pampered Wolf. Focuses on 35+ and her mom comes on a lot too to demonstrate mature skin.
  8. I haven't used this, but I plan on it! Novare's Physical Science: They also have a secular print of this through Centripetal Press.
  9. That happens here too. It's SOOOO HARD not to take it personally. I've tried to cater to the tastes of my 5 yo because, you know, I want him to EAT. But it's apparent to me now that if it's not homemade pizza, Mac and cheese, or spaghetti, he won't be pleased....
  10. Thanks for all the great ideas and success stories! Do you have any suggestions for what to do during the visit? With a 5 hour round trip, I'd like to spend a good part of the day with her, not just an hour. So far I'm thinking: share a meal, watch a movie, take her for a walk in a wheel chair if allowed. Anything else? I also thought of my older kids writing her letters that she can take her time to answer during the week. She's fairly close to my kids, we all get together 4-6 times a year and she loves hanging out with them. ETA: I'm not a talker by nature, and she and I don't have too much in common besides extended family. But we get along well and enjoy each other when we are together. So I just feel I need a list of options to draw from so I don't end up sitting with her just staring at her! 😉
  11. First, if you're inclined to, please pray for my family member. She and her husband have tried for several years for a successful pregnancy and are on their 5th try. This one is the first (and only?) IVF baby and she's 21 weeks today - none of the others got past twelve.... She's leaking amniotic fluid. They'll admit her for hospital bed rest at 23 weeks, if they get to that point. For those of you who have gone on bed rest for such a long time, what can I do for her or gift her that would be helpful? We live 2.5 hours away from her, and I have my four children who probably shouldn't visit under such delicate circumstances (or am I wrong about that?). I am considering visiting her every two weeks or so while DH stays with the kids on the weeekend. Right now, it's just her, her DH, and her MIL - who lives 5 hours away from them, but is staying there for a few weeks until things get "settled". Any suggestions would be appreciated, thank you!
  12. My SIL is certified in PA. She finds it easier to file as a tutor than a homeschooler, though I don't know the details.
  13. When my daughter was 2.8 years old at the start of the school year, I used Confessions of a Homeschooler. But she had excellent dexterity and a natural affinity for language. I've used those R&S books too - I forgot about them actually! But I don't think my current 3yo would go for them. What else have you landed on? Has anything been working?
  14. For K: We do reading instruction (phonics with leveled readers), math, and handwriting (usually copywork from the readers) every weekday. The rest is done on a rotating cycle. I aim for 4-5 "lessons" a day, so reading, writing, math, + 1 or 2 (a science picture book for example). We also do Morning Time as a family where we do prayer and a read aloud chapter book. For 2nd: reading+phonics, copywork, and math everyday. Grammar and composition (we use FFL amd WWE at that age) get woven into that. History, science, geography, and catechism get done 1-2 days a week each. The Takeaway: reading, writing, and math are skill subjects. They happen everyday. Content subjects like history and science get cycled through during the week, however often you want to do them - frequency is up to you, there's no real standard.
  15. I've used Annual Credit Report in the past. When you ask for the report, you have to answer very specific questions about previously owned cars, residences, etc to verify identity. I've been able to retrieve DH's with a touch of difficultly. But it doesnt inform the person of an attempt if you get some question wrong (or if you get them right and get access). You would have to pay money to get the scores, but everything else in the report is available. Though, if your DH has credit monitoring, he might get a notice, I'm not sure.
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