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  1. For output ideas, I don't know if your kid is a fan of Harry Potter, but if so he might like what we did last year. My oldest made a Fantastic Beasts book of his own, with a 2-4 page fully illustrated spread for each animal. He figured out how to group them on his own, and then bound with a leather stamped cover. It was a really fun, and very effective, way to have output for our homemade Zoology course. For a younger target age, but you mentioned him liking it: My second oldest next year is doing Zoology with output in WildKratts style. He will design reports with creature powers, and ho
  2. We have done this for the last two years, and its been a great challenge for us. I never realized it was an official thing with a website and everything. We used a paper tracker, with colored blocks for each 1/2 hour. During spring/fall we aimed for 5 hours a day. Winter an hour minimum, and summer 2 hours. We made up extra time with camping for 4 day weekends, which felt a little like cheating but still, outside is outside! Especially as half of my family camps in hammocks, it really does feel like outside. The first year we came in at just over 1000 hours, but for 2020 we fell a little short
  3. I've planned some fun middle school classes around my kids (and my own) interests. The main interests are learning to make video games, including game design, programming, and storytelling, historical cooking, and handicrafts. So far we have started: Programming - Python for Everyone, and Pygame using Tech w/ Tim on Youtube. Game Design - Basics using Extra Credits on Youtube Historical Cooking - There is a Great Courses we are watching and following. We also have a book on Sourdough through history we are cooking from and reading. Lots of extras here pulled from whatever h
  4. Nope. I do not think unnecessary body modifications are okay to preform on children without consent. I also really dislike the gender norms that require this. I'd be just as likely to get my boys ears pierced as my girls. It would just depend on what the child wanted, and if they were old enough to understand. I don't really understand why people prefer getting it done as a baby? Aside from ethical issues, it just seems like more work for both parents and child, for many more years, with no real benefit? I think even cultural things can change and hope this one does, but I'm also not g
  5. So do you say it with 3 syllables? Floor - ih - dah? This is so crazy to me, but maybe it's my Southern accents proclivity for losing syllables. Living in both GA and southern MS (near Biloxi) and I've only ever heard two syllables with no i sound. Learn something new every day I guess.
  6. Do you all say the "i" in Florida? I grew up in Georgia, and we say FLOOR-DUH, with no 'i' sound in between. I'm baffled at the Laura discussion. I've always said and heard Lor-uh, and I've lived all over the east coast.
  7. We are a few chapters into AoPS for PreAlgebra, but we do not do the discovery method as in the book. I will read over the lesson first, then provide a lesson using my own examples to the kid, and we will derive all the rules together - I will prompt him to see if he can come up with the right solution, but if not I just help. Then he quickly reads over the problems/discovery section, which is easy and quick since we did a lesson on that info already. Then he will do the problems, and we do the challenge problems together. IMO the value in AoPS is in understanding all the rules, and how to der
  8. I used to just be lazy and get them sporadically. Mainly if I or the kids were already at the doctors. Two years ago a relative died from the flu. He was immunocompromised, middle aged - however, no one but his parents and brother knew he was immunocompromised. He caught the flu from family who didn't bother with the vaccine, again due to laziness not being anti-vax. They were also of the opinion that flu just wasn't that bad, and for them it wasn't. However, now our relative is dead, and they bear so much guilt over it. Even at 50% effectiveness, the vaccine halves your chance of ca
  9. I also switched to white Corelle. I absolutely love it, lightweight, durable, doesn't take up space. In over 5 years, many toddlers, and me being so clumsy I probably drop at least 1 plate a day, we have only ever had 1 plate break.
  10. I could never keep up with the reading I assign for my oldest, let alone all his reading. He is a prolific reader, for both school and pleasure, and I am unable to read when little kids are awake (I need quiet to focus) and I spend my nights reading for my own schooling. Instead I skim assigned books, and we focus most of our discussion on the literature books we read together. For history/science I expect he will know more about a topic from reading then I do, and I simply have him share - mostly by informal narration. I have a solid enough science background to understand if he is misu
  11. I've gotten a lot better over the last few years. Kids getting bigger and eating more has really helped! We waste almost nothing, but we do underutilize a lot of food. Meaning, it goes to the dog, the chickens, or the rabbit once people won't eat it. Or composted if I completely missed it going moldy, but that is rare. Sometimes I "plan" for waste to go to the animals, but more often it's just when produce gets wilty. We eat dinner leftovers for lunch so that almost never goes to waste. The biggest waste we have is bananas. Sometimes we go through 6+ a day, and other times no one to
  12. Never? We empty old food weekly at trash night. But really more often because I only own so many leftover containers and tbh food doesn't last long in my house. I wash each shelf and drawer probably monthly, but never all at the same time. I don't have enough room in the kitchen to let them all dry at the same time, and where would all the cold food go during that time? I do clean the sides of the fridge, on the inside, once a year really well. I have a french door fridge so I just move everything to one side and clean the other. It never occurred to me that people would
  13. To me the first letter is fairly clearly a b. In isolation I'd say the second letter was an e, but given the question I would guess l. So 'bl' for black? But I do not know if that is how it would be recorded in the 20s.
  14. Whenever I think of hard work leading to success, I try to always keep it on a personal level. Any individual person will most likely be more successful if they work hard then if they don't. But that has no bearing on how their success compares to others, and it is extremely likely that someone who doesn't work hard at all but has all the luck (connections, innate intelligence, etc) will do better than them. But that doesn't negate the fact that an individual will do better working hard then not working hard. I don't really think hard work correlates to success overall in society.
  15. You are looking at programs which really cover very different aspects of LA. I would first look at what your goals are for first grade LA, then pick a program. Is your child reading? If not, you will need a phonics program. I would group the curriculums you are looking at into what subset of LA they teach. Phonics/Learning to Read: LOE and OPGTR. Grammar: MCT and FLL Writing: WWE Handwriting/Spelling: LOE Depending on your child's reading level, you may or may not need something from each category. Until they can read simple readers, I wouldn't start anything in
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