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  1. High School, 1981

    BS in Accounting, 1991

    CPA, 1992

     

    I was applying to law school when I met dh and ditched it in favor of getting married. Later, I was accepted to seminary where my dh is a student, but never had time and money at the same time. I looked into online or correspondence MS - Accounting programs, but then I had a 3rd child instead. When she was a year old, I began homeschooling my older 2 while still working outside the home, so going back to school in any form is just not doable. I will be 55 yo when my youngest is 18, and I think by then I'll be too old and tired to care about going back to school. :(

  2. I used to work with someone whose college roommate threatened to kill her. The college would not do anything about it. No new room, no new roommate, no counseling for the roommate, nothing. So I doubt the college will do anything about this situation. I think your dd and the roommate are going to have to work this out themselves. I'm sorry you're having to deal with the fallout.

     

    Edited to add: I guess I should have read the other responses first. I'm glad it's been resolved.

  3. We have a septic tank, but we haven't had a bit of problem using Charmin. I know it's been discussed before, but I don't see why it would be a problem for septics. It's thicker, but you don't have to use so much because it's thicker. Other brands, you have to use a million sheets to make sure it doesn't tear through, ewwww. And there's one brand, Scott, I think, that is like using sandpaper.

  4. She just wasn't ready to sit and concentrate at 5 years old. She liked math, but that was about it. So we did math. After she turned 6, I started building more of a routine. She has to do some phonics, reading, and math every day. When she says she doesn't want to, I tell her she's in first grade and this is what first graders do. If we get 20-30 minutes of formal schoolwork done, I am okay with that. We do other less formal, less schoolish things, but not a lot of seatwork. Now that we've built the routine, she is enjoying her schoolwork and I will gradually increase the time requirement.

  5. I always buy cheap cuts of beef roast. There is no cut that you can't make tender by cooking or baking it with a fair amount of liquid. For a 5-6 lb roast, I'll use about 1/2 cup red wine and 1/2 - 1 cup of water, plus a couple beef boullion cubes, pepper, basil, and a bay leaf or two. I like to add carrots for the last 45 minutes or so of baking time or 20 minutes if I cook it on the stove. A roast takes 15 minutes of prep time and you end up with an elegant meal. I'll serve it with mashed potatoes if I have time, noodles or rice if I'm in a hurry.

     

    Also, the cheapest way to buy chicken is to buy whole roasters. I cook 2 at a time in a 9x13 stoneware pan with a foil tent over the top. I'll add 1/2 cup white wine, 1/2 or so of water, some crushed garlic, chicken boullion cubes, pepper, and lots of basil. This makes a lot of broth. We'll eat 2 meals, then I'll chop up the chicken that's left and make chicken and rice soup with the broth. Again, 15 minutes of prep time and you have an elegant, delicious meal.

  6. A school shooting used to be big, big news. Now, unless there are multiple deaths/injuries, the shootings get only a small headline on FoxNews.com and other media sites, rather than a big headline at the top of the page. There have been shootings here in our area of NC that never made the national news at all. I wonder if school shootings (and other types of assault, such as stabbing) in schools have become much more common than we might think. If there have been shootings in NC that didn't make the national news, surely there have been shootings in other states that weren't reported nationally either. Of course, keeping our kids at home is no guarantee of safety, so I agree with the others that we should not overreact. But it is concerning and depressing.

  7. Even when my kids fall behind in the curriculum, they still test very well every year. I think students who have a strong foundation in the basics of each subject can sometimes use that knowledge to answer questions that they might not have covered yet in school. You are giving your child that strong foundation, and he might surprise you with how well he does.

  8. My question to you is, which should come first in the US--the constitution or the UN? Do you believe that all the other countries in the UN have the best interests of the US at heart?

     

    Are you asking the collective you or just the op? My answers are:

     

    1. The constitution; Our forefathers shed their blood for the right to govern themselves; it is our heritage, our right, and our responsibility to continue to govern ourselves.

     

    2. Absolutely not.

  9. My oldest is a natural speller, but my middle child was a huge challenge. She's a great reader; she reads slowly, but absorbs and remembers everything she reads. But spelling was another story.

     

    She had 4 years of phonics instruction (including a year of SWR) and 3 years of SWO. We are not curriculum hoppers. But at the end of third grade, she still could not spell simple words, could not write a paragraph because of her frustration with spelling, could not take a spelling test because it was too traumatic, and had started pulling her hair and calling herself stupid.

     

    That summer, I went to the HEAV conference in Virginia and attended Andrew Pudewa's seminar on spelling. He explained that auditory input is necessary for learning to spell (which is why old-fashioned spelling bees work so well - we did tons of that sort of thing when I was in school). Visual input is stored by the brain randomly, while auditory input is stored sequentially; since spelling is a sequential activity, auditory input is necessary. The problem with visual methods for learning to spell is that kids can recall the correct letters, but fail to put them in the correct order.

     

    He nailed my dd's issue - she could pick the right letters, but couldn't put them in the right order if her life depended on it. Furthermore, she's a pretty extreme visual learner with weak auditory learning skills; no matter how much I stretched out a word, she literally couldn't hear the separate sounds in the word.

     

    I moved away from phonics-based methods (SWR) to more visual methods while integrating auditory input, but we were still making very slow progress. On a whim, I bought a Calvert Spelling CD from the sale and swap board. At that point, I had nothing to lose except $15. Calvert Spelling is primarily visual-spatial with a dose of auditory and rules thrown in, and spelling finally clicked for my dd almost overnight. She has excellent retention with Calvert and she sorely needed the boosted confidence she gained from learning how to spell.

     

    As a side note, a friend of mine also attended Andrew's spelling seminar, and we discussed it afterward. I have always been a natural speller, and it's primarily an auditory activity for me. If I need to write an unfamiliar or difficult word, I sound it out, write it, then look at it to see if it looks correct. If it doesn't look correct, I try again. My friend said that she thinks spelling is a visual activity, but when I asked her if she considers herself a good speller, she said no, spelling does not come easy for her. Her VSL (visual-spatial learner) son also struggles with spelling, which is why she attended the seminar.

     

    All that to say, based on my limited experience, observations, and research, I would argue that spelling is primarily an auditory activity with a strong dose of visual thrown in. People at either end of the extreme (auditory or visual) will probably struggle with spelling. Thus, you have the extreme auditory learner who spells completely phonetically and the extreme visual learner who chooses the correct letters but jumbles them.

     

    For kids who have extreme learning style preferences, I think you have to figure out what their learning style is, then choose a program that fits or tweak the program you have. I am a huge proponent of phonics, yet I have to admit that phonics did not work to teach my middle dd to either read or spell. In the long run, phonics has been useful for her and she now has excellent decoding skills. But I wish I'd known more so that I could have taught phonics differently, in a way that was appropriate for her.

     

    The authors of Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World make the point that with certain children, you have to teach phonics and spelling rules in context of what they already know. For example, you have to teach some kids to read by sight, then teach phonics by pointing out how the rules apply in the words they've learned. You have to teach some kids to spell 10 or 20 words that use a certain rule, then teach the rule by pointing out the pattern. Almost all phonics and spelling programs do the opposite - they start by teaching a sound or rule first. The book also give some strategies for teaching visual learners to spell, such as making flashcards where each letter or each syllable is written with a different color marker; closing their eyes and spelling the word out loud while picturing themselves writing it on a chalkboard; closing their eyes and spelling the word backwards while picturing it on a chalkboard.

     

    I hope something in this very long post is helpful to you.

  10. I realize that this is generally true but I was under the impression that this particular tax rebate was to be considered taxable income for next year.

     

    I've not read that anywhere except on the boards here. In the next few days, I should start getting some official guidance at work. The IRS has a webpage up, but there's not much information on it yet. I'll repost later if I can find any official source that says it will be taxable.

  11. There's a test for the flu now, but I don't know how accurate it is. Also, the flu will make most people ache all over while a cold typically doesn't do that. The flu will totally wipe you out. When I had the flu, I could not stand to even watch TV because it hurt my head and made me feel dizzy. All I could do was lay in bed. Even after I was up and around, I got cannot-hold-my-eyes-open-tired after any exertion.

     

    Someone else posted that there is a bad strain of cold going around, and bad colds can lead to bronchitis and pneumonia. It wouldn't hurt to see the doctor even if you think the illness is viral.

  12. What? How does the tax credit belong to the child? Since when does the child pay taxes? Does your sister realize that $300 will be included in *her own* taxable income for next year? That's craz-eee!

     

    Federal income tax refunds are not included in taxable income. State income tax refunds are included in federal taxable income if you itemized in the prior year and received a tax benefit from payment of your state income tax.

     

    To answer the original question, it never crossed my mind to give my kids any part of the rebate. I agree, that's craz-eee! :)

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