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  1. Another option in TN is registering with the local school board. You fill out a basic form at the beginning of the year and turn in a calendar showing you schooled 180 days (minimum of 4 hours a day) at the end of the year. A high school diploma is required of the teachers. Kids must take standardized tests 5th, 7th and probably 9th depending on subjects studied. Certain subjects are required for high school only. That's basically it. I've done it for the last 7 years with no problems.
  2. I had absolutely no risk factors for gestational diabetes, yet I had it with my third pregnancy. I was on a low carb diet for a majority of the pregnancy. My son was just over 7 lbs. at birth, and my blood sugar went back to normal. Two years later, I realized I was having sugar spikes again. My fasting glucose is now at the high end of normal, though it was much lower when I was pregnant. Just a warning that you need to continue to monitor your health post-partum.
  3. Does anyone have experience with Challenger British Soccer Camps in the US? We have one coming to our town, and I am curious about the quality.
  4. Own it. Love it :) My view is completely washed out to the south, and I'm surrounded by trees. My parents live only 5 more miles away but have an excellent viewing location. One of these days, when my toddler is older, I want to pull an all-nighter over there. The closest astronomy clubs don't do the marathons, unfortunately.
  5. Subscribing! I have to eat very low carb due to blood sugar problems. Tonight, we had San Francisco pork chops (food.com), and I had mine with julienned zucchini noodles. The amount of brown sugar in the sauce doesn't bother me, and I never add the cornstarch. I just cook it down until it caramelizes.
  6. I register with the school district. We fill out a short application at the beginning of the year and turn in a calendar with our school days circled at the end of the year. They don't call, they don't show up at the door, and no grades are required. This year, my 5th grader took the writing assessment and the TCAP in the school she is zoned for. They made the experience as comfortable as they could for her, placing her in the classroom with an extra-friendly teacher, etc. We had a little bit a difficulty getting her scores back, but the office has been very cooperative. It does pay to research the county you are going to live in, as some districts are not as homeschool-friendly as others. However, try to get recent information. Many people shun registering in my county due to things that happened many years ago, and the hostility is no longer present. Feeding this fear is a bit of a hot button for me, and I think many umbrella schools make money off of fear instead of the services they offer. Another thing to consider is if you think your children will desire to play sports in the public schools. It is now law in TN that schools are obligated to let homeschoolers try out for the teams, but you must be registered with the district (not an umbrella school) and there are deadlines to register your intent to play.
  7. I've breastfed three babies, two skinnies and one chunk. Just took my only boy in for his 1-year-check. He has only gained about a pound in the last 6 months. He is in the 75th percentile for height and around the 5-6th for weight. He is mostly breastfeed with a few veggies on the side (his choice). BUT his blood work was great, his iron was excellent, and his parents were sticks when they were kids (I don't even think I was on the growth chart). He is healthy and happpy, and the pediatrician was fine with it.
  8. Homeschooling with a newborn is a whole lot easier than homeschooling with extended morning sickness. Our latest edition was born in June. I planned out as many things as possible prior to his arrival, including making copies of materials. Based on my research of the Hive archives, most people said it was easier to homeschool during the newborn sleepy stage than later on. We were in the NICU for a week, and we started back with school a week after that. Things have worked out really well for us this year, and we have all enjoyed him. I try to save the teacher-intensive subjects for nap time, and go with the flow.
  9. Usually, doctors tells you to tell two hours from the beginning of your meal.
  10. Not sure how Manning was able to turn down free Moonpies for life. http://timesfreepress.com/news/2012/mar/19/tennessee-food-companies-make-last-ditch-effort-ap/?breakingnews Maybe Little Debbie should have stepped up.
  11. I hope you didn't misunderstand. Advanced Language Lessons is tough grammar, on par with Harvey's. Starting around lesson 55, you get into the steps of noun parsing, etc. The difference is that ALL spends more than one lesson on things that Harvey's only spends one lesson on. For example, Harvey's spends one lesson on verb mode. ALL has an overview lesson, plus an additional one for each mode. However, if you need Harvey's for the diagramming, ALL only has diagramming in the appendix in the back. Either has grammar that most high school students never master. I can PM you the TOC that I typed out if that would be helpful.
  12. Is this for 1st grade? I have been using With Pencil and Pen for my 1st grader. We have skipped an exercise here or there, or sometimes we might spend a week copying one of the longer poems, but I really like it. You can do narration from your reading or history easily. I don't think you need a separate curriculum for it. For Mandy in TN, you might want to take a look at Advanced Language Lessons by Sheldon. It seems to break things down better than Harvey's, especially for younger students.
  13. I like NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.
  14. Great info here: http://kellymom.com/babyconcerns/reflux.html. Lots of short feedings, feeding only on one side if the mother has an overactive supply, keeping the baby elevated opposed to flat on the back, etc., has helped the most.
  15. Make sure you have "proof" of homeschooling in hand or they won't give you the discount, though.
  16. My periodontist said having braces as children can lead to receding gums many years later.
  17. Change for vending machines, snacks, a soft-sided cooler if you don't have a room fridge, Depends (better than pads, no leaks), Lansinoh if breastfeeding (not provided in my area), over the counter pain reliever if you are particular (I can't swallow the horse pills they give you), diaper cream if you have a preferred brand. Those are the things I used the most, but we also ended up having a week-long NICU stay.
  18. I have *never* seen these in a Church of Christ either. Generally, churches of Christ do not teach the "Sinner's prayer" (although what you find done at an individual church could vary because there is no governing body). I do remember seeing these tracts at school or in Halloween goodies.
  19. I'll be in the minority and say I won't let my daughters participate in ballet because of immodesty of the costumes/leotards/etc. If leotards and tights weren't required, I would let them at least take lessons. My views on modesty aren't as conservative as the Duggars, but they are much more conservative than most people I know.
  20. I got the download because of lulu.com's shipping policy and prices.
  21. For the record, I am a "crunchy" momma that supports natural childbirth, as few interventions as possible, etc. I read every study on pubmed I could find on gestational diabetes when I started headed toward that diagnosis. I've been living with it for the last 5 months. However, most of that information from the article you linked is around 30 years old. I wouldn't discredit it because of the age, but I would consider that when weighing it against other research. Yes, the placental hormones block insulin, but the normal pancreas can make more insulin so it isn't a problem. If someone has gestational diabetes, it is because their pancreas cannot keep up with the increased demand for insulin. Once again, the numbers are lower than for non-pregnant women because normal pregnant women usually have lower blood sugar than when they are not pregnant. Whether taking insulin to control diabetes crosses the placenta and whether the child manufactures insulin to help control your blood sugar are two different issues. I could be wrong, but I don't think there is any question that the baby can make too much insulin if your blood sugar is high. It is one of the reasons natural childbirth supporters recommend against a glucose IV. I do think some doctors go WAY overboard on treatment of gestational diabetes, particularly when it is only a borderline case. Overly strict control of weight/blood sugar does not show positive outcome for the babies, and an abundance of testing and worrying about a "large" baby can lead to unnecessary interventions. I still think the research shows there are real concerns there, though. Good luck with your research and however you decide to proceed. Wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy. I'm expecting my little one at any time :)
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