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  1. I am wondering if I could ask the Hive for suggestions for large family vacations. We have never taken one before, and I did not grow up taking vacations. I was thinking maybe beach or maybe lake... I want to rent a house (not camping). Can you share your favorites? Do you go back to the same place year after year? It needs to be for 10+ people. We are in Maryland, and I think 6 hours (which is travel to Outer Banks) is our travel limit. Thank you!
  2. Thank you so much. Yes, it is for professional publishing/editing. The company I work for specifically uses Adobe and InDesign. I have never learned the program, and I would like to because I am limited in what I can do there because of my lack of skill in this area. I was mainly wondering if there was a reputable online tutorial besides going through my local community college. -Rebecca
  3. Thx. It would help in a job I currently have. I saw Udemy offered a course with a certificate. Our local community college offers it as well. I would really like to be proficient- so just trying to figure out best options. Also wondering if I should try to learn Adobe Creative Cloud as a whole rather than just InDesign. Appreciate any thoughts/help!
  4. I would like to learn and become proficient in Adobe InDesign. Does anyone have any recommendations for where/how I can do that online? Thank you!!
  5. I love Beauty Counter. I am a big lipstick/lip gloss girl and wanted to move to non toxic/better chemical situation. You can order right from their website without a consultant. As far as shades of color: I love the caramel cream blusher stick for eyes, cheeks, and lips. For lipstick, I love 9-5 but that is more of a sophisticated fancy color. I also love Little Black Dress. These are bolder lipsticks but I do not like an orangey tint on me and want a color that lasts a little through my day. For lip gloss: magnolia shimmer (so pretty) They do have a return policy but I haven't tried it to know how easy it is to use. I think I might have similar coloring: brown hair/hazel green eyes Freckles Irish heritage I do use the fairest shade of their foundation (twin skin) but I think I could go either way. I love lipstick! Brightens the day! Hope this helps!
  6. My son has a herbst appliance to fix the lower jaw/underbite. He is currently almost 18 and will be finishing the treatment this year (February). We began when he was 15 or 16, I believe. Is it the herbst appliance your Ortho is recommending? It has worked beautifully for my son. My other kids used headgear and bands, but his was too severe. I don't regret it at all, but I wouldn't have done it at 9. Just a note that I don't recommend this late either. It is no fun to go through senior year with orthodontics. HTH!
  7. This is my biggest stress right now. Every SAT test date my senior son has signed up for has cancelled so far. The ACT is a total mess for us. In desperation, we had him take the CLT on August 22. We are awaiting those scores. I would really like to know if anyone else is applying test optional. We literally have not been able to test. He has no score.
  8. I take bioidentical progesterone and have for awhile. I am currently taking it in trochee form which dissolves under my tongue. I also take estradiol via a patch. I am menopausal (and young). I had a lot of symptoms with the cream. They were physical not mood/hormone related. I also had a lot of symptoms with micronized progesterone pills. So far, the troche is the only thing I can handle. Please feel free to PM me!
  9. It is the mental visualizing she struggles with- and the mental flexibility- not literal visualizing.
  10. Does anyone have experience with NILD or know anything about it? Thank you!
  11. So, I bought this and gave my daughter the assessments. According to their procedure, she placed out of this. However, per their guidelines, she did not have to take assessment 2 which is the one she would have failed. I know that there might not be anyone on this board who has used this resource (corrective reading and comprehension) but I am just reaching out in case. -Rebecca
  12. Does anyone have any experience with Visualizing and Verbalizing with an older student? I am interested in implementing this- but I don't think I need the whole classroom set. I am uncertain what components are absolutely essential. Thank you for your help!! -Rebecca
  13. Good thoughts for MUS!!! I do not have to use an outside provider. Yes. I am homeschooling. Yes, I outsourced math. I do not have to use an outside provider. Math is her strongest subject, and I wanted to make sure she was getting the instruction that she should. I began outsourcing math because of my experience homeschooling my older three sons. I wish I would have outsourced their math. I regret that I didn't. I began outsourcing math this past school year- and had one in PreCalc (tutor at co-op), one in Honors Alg 2(live online with a local instructor) and same one in regular Geometry (tutor at co-op)-doubled his math because he is heading into Computer Science) , one in Honors Algebra (my Language Learning Challenged DD) (live online with a local instructor), and one in PreAlgebra (live online The Potters School). Absolutely- it does not have to be honors. I had placed her into a regular Algebra 2- at a co-op we have been a part of for five years- for next year that I felt very, very comfortable with. Unfortunately, the tutor is stepping down, and I am left very unsettled and UNcomfortable. I appreciate your feedback! I also begin outsourcing other high school courses starting in 9th and 10th grade as a general rule. My 9th grade DD took the Algebra online, and she also took Language Arts Intervention online through Wings to Soar Academy. She was in their adaptive apps (Lexia, Reading Plus, Quill (for grammar), and their Intensive Writing Intervention all year. I have to provide intensive instruction to my three younger daughters (age 7, 7, and 6) one of whom has severe dyslexia for 2019/2020. I also have a rising 6th grader who has not been mentioned. He will be taking Saxon 76 next year. I share this to provide some context as to why I begin outsourcing in high school. I feel (in general) it is in the best interest of my students based on our unique family. Also, I am a Reading/Writing Tutor and Math is my weak subject. It is frustrating for me but very true. I hope this makes sense! I was considering Math U See for my younger DD but was strongly encouraged to choose Right Start instead. Good thoughts about easing my older DD's math so she can focus on language. -Rebecca
  14. Ah, PeterPan- yes, you nailed it. She STRUGGLES with the word problems. Struggles. However, she is a very hard worker- so she managed to get a grasp/handle on them by rewatching lectures, correcting homework; test corrections were allowed on the regular tests/exams but not on the mid-term/final. She did test corrections for everything she could. The textbook was Foerster. It was hard. I didn't sign her up for Geometry with the same teacher because it was so hard- and I had a comfortable line-up for Algebra 2 somewhere else. However, that instructor (Alg 2) has now stepped down- and I am left wondering what to do. I am worried about Geometry and the Algebra 2 was VERY difficult with the above teacher. They are listed as honors courses - and they most definitely are. And- the sequence is Alg, Geo, Alg 2 - and I was considering having her take Alg 2 BEFORE Geo. The only bonus with Algebra 2 (at the same place she took this year)- is that her older brother took it this year- so he would be available to tutor her and help her when she got there. The Alg 2 word problems were VERY hard, and I felt very concerned for her- which is why I was switching her. As you can see, I am just really struggling with placing her for next year. Hope you can make sense of that muddle. 😞
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