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  1. I have always been a trusting rule-follower by nature, so I have never questioned requests for SSN's--mine or my children's. I see most of you are adamantly opposed to providing those, especially for children. May I ask why? And if they don't need the numbers, why do they ask for them in the first place? Forgive my naivete.
  2. I have a 2006 Sedona that we bought new. I've put 159,000 miles on it. I absolutely love it. We are very hard on our vehicles, especially the Sedona, and it rises to the challenge. No major issues with it, and the dealerships (in different states, as well as Guam) have been great. I would absolutely buy another KIA.
  3. That doesn't sound like a small step to me. That really is huge! You both should be very proud!
  4. Another Horizons fan here. With my 3 kids over the last 2 years, we've used Horizons 1 through Pre-Algebra, and I have Algebra I ready and waiting for this year. I like to dream that they will publish a Geometry set, but I don't expect that to be a reality.
  5. No collar on a cat does not mean no owner. Ideally, yes, it would be wearing a collar and tag and/or have a microchip, but I have seen more than one warning about the dangers of collars on outdoor cats, and not everyone gets a microchip. It could be that it's someone's indoor cat who got out of the house somehow. Or someone's outdoor cat who wandered to a new part of the neighborhood. Or a newly adopted cat that spooked and got out. If you are not willing to try to find the owner (found signs, an ad in the paper/on CL, a post on a FB Lost and Found page, etc.), I at least would not confine the cat to your house for a while. That way it can go home if it wants. Personally, I would feel awful thinking someone may be missing it. ETA: Whoops, I did not see your last post about the collars before I posted this.
  6. In my experience, I always end up overpacking for my boys, and I am a notorious UNDERpacker in general. I send my boys off with underwear, shorts, shirts, etc for every day, plus extras, and they come back with only a couple sets having been worn. When I see pictures later, they're always in the same outfit or bathing suit. Last summer, I sent a brand new toothbrush for my 11 yr old. When I was unpacking his stuff after he got back, I found the toothbrush--still in the package. Ewww. But there it is. And the person above who said that anything extra will get loaned, lost, or destroyed is 100% correct. Pack as minimalist as you can. If you'd like, pack each day's outfit in a separate Ziplock bag, but in my experience, that is mostly so that you don't have to re-clean clothes that were never used. For some reason, even though my boys never wore most of the clothes I sent them, they still came back wet or covered in dirt/sand. One full size suitcase/duffle bag should be fine, maybe with a backpack as well, but I would not send more than that, especially if it's only for a week. Our first time at camp, I packed a full size suitcase, plus his backpack, plus his pillow and sleeping bag were separate. He got teased for bringing so much stuff. :(
  7. I'm sorry I don't really have any ideas for you, but I am looking forward to hear the suggestions from others! Thanks for posting!
  8. Definitely inspiration worthy! That is beautiful! And if that is "summer disorganization", I'm not sure what to call our space right now. "Armageddon"? Thanks for posting!
  9. It sounds like you designed this yourself, and it sounds amazing!!! If you're willing to share a template, I'd love to see it!
  10. I haven't used Jump In! yet, but I have it sitting on our bookshelf waiting to be used next year. I was hoping for the same things you are hoping for in a writing curriculum, so I am glad to see others recommend it. Thanks for posting!
  11. We are fairly new to homeschooling--we're in our 2nd year--but from everything I've learned on this board and elsewhere, you don't want to fix what isn't broken. If she likes Horizons, and you like Horizons, then by all means, use Horizons. Also, I have not ever heard that Horizons is weak, at any level. What I have heard from many different sources is that it tends to be more rigorous, or at least move faster, than most other programs. With my 3 kids, I have used/am using Horizons 1 through Pre-Algebra. Each grade level has provided a very solid, balanced math education. I have heard people complain that the teacher's manual is not straightforward/detailed enough, but I have not personally had that problem. I am not a math whiz, but I don't struggle with it either, so I guess someone who struggles with math might have a harder time teaching it. I don't know. Horizons 5 is written by the same authors as Horizons 4. My Horizons 6 is packed away, so I don't know about the author for that one, but I know the format was the same (1 1/2 pages per lesson, for example), so I would be willing to bet the authors are the same. Pre-Algebra (7th grade) has a different author.
  12. Tests, yes. I completely forgot about the worksheets. D'oh!
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