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  1. I've had good experience with their customer service. I do lower my expectations, Very Good, etc. are all subjective and I need to remember that.
  2. I do think the Art History by Barry Stebbing looks interesting. If I get the Premium Build Your Own, I will probably get the Renaissance one of those.
  3. I see a couple of things I want, but I'd have to get the Premium Build Your Own because the Guest Hollow Language Arts is $20, not $19.99. Grrrrr....... Probably cheaper to just get the individual things I know I'll use.
  4. I have a bookshelf full of the white magazine holders. I use them to organize our homeschool books!
  5. I know. I figure I'll make some or cobble things together I find online.
  6. Oh, use Give Your Child the World. Great book that lists so many books for around the world!!!!!!
  7. We are doing this next year. Mine will be in 3rd, 5th, and 7th grades. I am using Bookshark's Eastern Hemisphere as a rough outline. I loooooove the notebooking pages that go with it. We will definitely be covering the entire world, though. I'm going to schedule Children Just Like Me, How People Live, What the World Eats, and lots of projects. Cooking, crafts, Google Earth, basically, whatever we feel like learning about.
  8. Similar boat here. We have homeschooled from almost the beginning. We have always done mostly traditional curriculum - Story of the World, Easy Grammar, etc. Well, recently I read SWB's new book, Rethinking School, and it hit me that what we were doing wasn't working. All 3 of my kids have various learning disabilities. So while most of my friends with middle schoolers are ramping things up, we are going the opposite direction. We are changing over to Unit Studies and projects. Next year, we will be using Bookshark's Eastern Hemisphere program as a starting point for a year of world geography study.
  9. I teach online college classes and homeschool 3 kids with various special needs. Some semesters, I teach a night class. Honestly, I do most of my work after the kids go to bed. Or I go to a coffee shop with my laptop while DH stays home with the kids. Now that my kids are a little older, it's easier. I can do some work while they are doing video game time in the afternoons. For me, it's not so much the actual income - although, it definitely helps! It's important to me to stay active in my field so that when the kids are gone, I have something I am trained in.
  10. I take an SSRI for panic attacks and it has made such a difference. It has been a while since I started it, but IIRC I tried Lexapro first and it didn't help. But now I take Zoloft and I haven't had a panic attack in years. Everyone is so different and sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right medication and dosage. This sounds like a hard situation all around. I'm sorry.
  11. Crockpot. My kids have karate 2 night a week 5:30-6:30. So we do Crockpot meals those nights.
  12. Slab here. No issues - knock on wood!!!!!
  13. My cats have this same issue - I posted about it here a while ago. We have started feeding them smaller amounts 6 times a day (of course, that only works if we're actually home). I also tried a couple of the slow feeding bowls people here recommended. The one we finally settled on is a soft, flexible one. The hard ones were too big and my cats couldn't get their noses in!!!!! These haven't completely solved the problem, but I do think it's better.
  14. I have no idea. It's a blur. One night, I did have a dream that the forums were back!
  15. I don't know. I have: 11 y.o. DS (ADHD, gifted, SPD, Dysgraphia), 10 y.o. DD (severe anxiety, academically advanced, but not gifted), and 7 y.o. DD (ADHD, SPD, gifted - possibly profoundly, maybe CAPD). And to add to the fun, both of my girls were adopted from China w/ cleft lip and palate, so we have surgeries, speech therapies, etc. All 3 kids see Counselors for all these issues. I just don't know which way is up most days. I am in the process of ditching all the textbooks (except math) and moving everything to project-based learning and unit studies.
  16. Our GE electric dryer is 12 years old. For the last year or longer, it has been shutting off in the middle of a cycle. I think it's overheating and shutting off. Last week, it started squeaking. Google tells me it could be a bad roller or bearing somewhere. An appliance repair place charges $70 for the diagnosis, and then obviously, the repair. Or we could just buy a new one. We do have a little extra cash right now. If we buy a new one, I just want something fairly basic, no frills, just a dryer. Thoughts?
  17. We bought our current sofa on Wayfair. We picked it out in person at a local furniture store. Then saved ourselves $400 and ordered it on Wayfair!!!! Bad Reviews - People with bad experiences are more likely to post a bad review than people with good experiences are likely to post good ones. So read them, but take all of them with a grain of salt.
  18. White chicken chili w/ cornbread Crockpot Pork Tenderloin Asian Grilled Chicken Potato Soup Red Beans and Rice
  19. I must be unusually sensitive, but it does hurt for me. It's not too bad, but it's definitely pain. But then it's over and I go on with my day.
  20. I took Algebra 1 in the 8th grade, also. I made it to Calculus in 12th grade. I always got As in math, and I teach math at the college level now, so it all worked out. I currently have a 6th grader who is excellent at math - makes sense because his dad is a computer programmer and I'm a math professor!!! Anyway, he was getting bored in math, so I started him in Algebra this year. HOWEVER, we have been going very slowly and it will take us at least 2 years to get through it. Right now, we are taking a step back and focusing on some fraction work. Long story, but we jumped around math curriculum with him, and fractions didn't get covered enough. I do think it depends on what path the student wants to take - if they know. I tend to want my kids to take things slowly and just be kids - but then all of my kids pick up on things quickly and get bored.
  21. I have a Sienna and love it. I do HATE the leather seats. Yes, easier to clean, but so hot in the summer. We got this model honestly because of the power lift gate (back door to acces cargo area). Honestly, that is just something that was important to me. My kids are 7, 10, and 11, and a couple of them are too short to reach that door. So I wanted to be able to hit the button in the remote to close it. DVD - my kids use their own devices on trips and we don’t use anything just in town.
  22. I do, but I haven’t watched that episode yet.
  23. Does anyone have any information about what this new curriculum will be? I am switching one of my kids to Singapore, but I'm not sure which edition to go with, or if we should wait for the new one.
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