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  1. Help me pick a name for a blog. I'm starting a blog with my students. They are aged 7-9. The idea is a platform where they can practice their writing skills and be writing for an audience. We did a class journal, but the parents and kids are wanting something computer based. The students ask a lot of interesting questions during class time, many of which I don't have the answers to. So, I thought the blog could also be a place for them to research these questions and write short paragraphs explaining what they've learned. But I'm stumped when it comes to blog names. Ideas?
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    I'm in such a funky mood. For my birthday dh took me to a super crowded Sephora to pick out some make up; it's on a shopping street I particularly dislike. I hardly wear make up. I have tons, I just don't wear bright red lip stick on a daily basis. I couldn't find anything I needed/wanted; so, then he said lets go out for dinner. We went out and he was on his phone the whole time, reading stuff (not aloud) and texting etc. -- a huge pet peeve of mine. I love that he did something for my birthday. I'm not complaining. It was sweet. I just feel sort of moody that my dh of 12 years doesn't kn
  3. A friend with eight kids told me about his three-foods rule when my eldest was four. It's worked out well for us. The three-foods rule: each child/person can have three foods they don't like and are not obligated to eat at anytime. If it's not on their list of three they must at least have a bite's worth. No complaining or bad-mouthing foods -- someone else might like it so it's disrespectful. This rule has saved us nagging and stressing. From time to time a kid will switch out an item on his list for a different one, but they aren't allowed to change at each meal. Everyone has a list
  4. As a former homeschooler: The first year I put my kid in school I had a similarly frustrating incident. I was told the reading curriculum would cover pre-reading concepts and the alphabet. After a month, ds who was already reading, was bored and distracting others. I tried asking for this to be acknowledged and was repeatedly told that Kindergarten students could not be tested for gifted-ness, but that I could talk to the principal. I did and was met with the same reply. I wore out my welcome. I didn't realize at the time that I needed to ask the teacher to "differentiate" the lesson. In t
  5. Thank you. Thank you. Been looking for this everywhere. :)
  6. I can't remember the name of this poem or how it goes. I know, a lot to go on! All I recall is that each line seems to make absolutely no sense until the reader realizes that a comma is needed in the middle of each line. Something like: I saw a bird making bread I saw a girl composed of thread I saw a ... I really want to use it with my class to teach them the importance of respecting punctuation. If it rings a bell...
  7. Thanks for all the ideas. i think I'm leaning toward Island of the Blue Dolphins. Is the content okay for third grade?
  8. I need a book for our book club, third-grade, that has water as a theme. It could be just a story that takes place on a boat or anything that touches on water. I'd thought I was going to use "A Walk to Water", and but based on the reviews online, it seems to have an older audience. Any ideas?
  9. My dad said I was completely potty trained night and day at nine months. I was walking at that age. None of my brothers or sisters were though. Every kid is different! All of mine have been potty trained completely (meaning no diapers in the night, in the car, at daycare) by eighteen months. I'd say take his diaper off and have a potty handy for him to go to.
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    I just found bed bugs in my bed! We bought a used bed frame! On inspection this morning it seems there were eggs on the frame that just hatched. Tiny little bright red buggers and my arm is covered in bites. None for dh. Arghhh! Dh just threw away the bed frame and our mattress and quilt and rug. I've washed the rest of the bedding in scalding water and put it through the drier on high. I vacuumed, and washed the vacuum with scalding water. I cleaned the baseboards near the bed with alcohol, and plan to wipe it daily for three weeks with alcohol. Is there anything else I should be doing? I
  11. Would strongly suggest NOT doing this. He is her daddy and whatever separated her parents does not claim the right to make her relationship with him formal. Speaking from my own experiences, she'll hate the awkwardness or worse yet eventually resent you or step-dad for the consequences even if she loves step-dad too. He can't take her biological dad's place. He has his own.
  12. Ds (6) has patches of spots all over his body for the past few months. This last week I noticed more patches than usual. They look like goose bumps. They don't itch or bother him. Has anyone seen this before? Could it be a possible food allergy? They heal up rather quickly, but reappear somewhere else just as fast. I put a picture of the spots on his leg.
  13. I'm looking for a debate on evolution versus creation. The ideal would be one where a geological observation is presented and both sides discuss why and how that same observation fits their theory better. I would like my son to be able to make an educated inclination. I don't personally care which side of the debate he ends up on. I hold to the theory that both sides are wrong. I saw the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye one but it wasn't really what I was looking for. If anyone knows one, much appreciated.
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