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Everything posted by mellifera33

  1. Next week on Goop... Yeah, I forgot about that. It did a fine job on my tile floor, but I won't be using it for walls or upholstery. Thanks!
  2. You might enjoy the Educate podcast. The episodes by Emily Hanford about reading address the issues with how teacher training doesn't actually prepare teachers to teach reading.
  3. Huh...I have a steam wallpaper remover, and I never even thought to use it for general cleaning. It doesn't have scrubber type attachments, but I bet I can rig up something with vacuum cleaner attachments, rubber bands, and rags. It has an element, not a boiler, but I think it's worth a try.
  4. We have enjoyed the books from Nomad press (Explore Your World series, Build it Yourself series) for topical science in the elementary grades. They are self-contained and have many projects and demonstrations, most of them doable with common household objects.
  5. In my limited experience, Strattera doesn't work immediately and wear off like the stimulant medications. It's more like an antidepressant, in that it builds up slowly and starts to work over time. I don't know about long-term usage.
  6. Jon Kabat Zinn has been leading mindfulness classes and writing about mindfulness for years. I found his first book, Full Catastrophe Living, helpful years ago, and he has written many books since then. Many of the popular mindfulness books are written from a non-religious perspective, using mindfulness to deal with stress, anxiety, etc. rather than as a religious practice.
  7. Thank you! We love science unit studies. 🙂
  8. Hmm...I wouldn't assume those characteristics were caused by the bipolar disorder. That might just be a "difficult person" thing, or perhaps indicative of a different disorder.
  9. We just had a homeschool board game day and King of Tokyo was the biggest hit among the 8-12 boys crowd. Some other favorites of my boys (8 and 11) are Castle Panic (cooperative and lots of available expansions), Flash Point (ditto) , and Memoir '44 (2 players or teams, recreates WW2 battles).
  10. I saw this in the little preview in the thread list and thought "oh my, this thread has certainly taken a turn." I'm both relieved and disappointed that this is a movie quote.
  11. We are using Ellen McHenry's The Elements for chemistry this fall. It has been a hit for all of my kids, 5th, 2nd, and K. We are supplementing with Theodore Gray's The Elements, which is a pretty photo book with an entry for each element. It's not a full-year course, but it could be a fun supplement for a yearlong course.
  12. I don't know--when I was making decisions about OB care I was grateful to have studies that showed which course was more likely to have the desired outcome. OB has the added difficulty that the "safer" option is sometimes different for mom and baby. And in the US, adding in midwifery care further muddies the waters, since there are different ways of certifying midwives and not all types of midwives are recognized at a national level.
  13. Hits: Megawords. My dyslexic ds is doing well with this, and he usually doesn't grumble about it. lol Latina Christiana. On its own there isn't enough practice, but ds practices conjugations or declensions each day and we made a memory game for vocab review. All of the kids enjoy playing the memory game so maybe they'll be ahead of the curve when they start formal Latin study. Miquon. This is great for my K and 2nd kiddos. Cuisenaire rods are fun, and the worksheets are uncrowded and unintimidating. History of US by Joy Hakim. My fifth grader loves this. I love that he loves it. ? I think it's a little busy with all of the side bars, and I'm not crazy about the tone, but it's written to kids so that's not unexpected. Handwriting without Tears cursive. All of my kids are doing this. They are all doing great and are proud of their pretty writing, so that's a win. Ellen McHenry The Elements + Theodore Gray's Elements book. We all do this together, and the kids absorb the age-appropriate amount of knowledge. Misses: Torchlight K. Like a previous poster said, this has turned into an expensive reading list. We do like the books, and will continue to read them. We don't use the schedule or the assignments. Beast Academy. It was a hit last year, so I don't know what happened this year. Oh well. We'll try again in the spring or next school year. MCT language arts. I so wanted this to be a hit. I think that I need to accept that this is not going to work for my 5th grader. Maybe it will work for the next kiddo.
  14. My kids like the Crayola fine point dry erase markers, but I think the colors are kind of blah. They are fun for drawing pictures on the white board, but I prefer Expo for writing on our laminated schedules.
  15. I never used it until I used Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing with my kids. Now I over-enunciate wh words to an annoying extreme. Lol
  16. I usually don’t, but a few weeks ago we had a very confused elderly lady knock on the door asking for help. She had dementia and couldn’t find her way home. I was glad that I broke my don’t answer rule for her—I hate to think what could have happened if she had wandered around in the dark all night.
  17. I cover the edge for most of the cook time, and pull the foil off near the end if I want it browner.
  18. My ds is asking for more crossword puzzles for spelling and Latin practice. Does anyone have a go-to resource for making crosswords? The free crossword makers I've used have been so glitchy that at this point I'm willing to pay a few bucks for a good program for making word puzzles. Of course free is always good too, if you know a good source. Thanks!
  19. I was out last night doing my usual last-minute Halloween costume search and the roads were terrible. So many people. I have to finish up today and I'm dreading it.
  20. This sounds like my high school algebra 2 teacher. The class started with a full roster of 28ish students and by Christmas had about 12. At that point the administration refused to transfer out any more students. Why was he still teaching? His sports teams won state championships. I wasn't forced into homeschooling, but after watching what my friend has gone through trying to get appropriate education for her son who has many of the same difficulties as my eldest, I can't believe that public school would be any easier. Definitely a choose your hard situation. I can't believe how many requests I see on fb hs groups for just this type of program.
  21. I don't know anybody who plays. Or maybe they just don't tell me because I've occasionally made the crack about the lotto being a tax on people who are bad at math.
  22. We like Hive for a two-person travel game.
  23. Vandalism seems like a ridiculous way to describe being a goofball. I wouldn't be happy either.
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