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  1. I've used cardboard egg cartons, but noticed that I had to water more frequently than I did with a non-absorbent container. Also, they will need transplanting soon, and I'm too lazy to transplant unless absolutely necessary. I've gone to using small plastic pots or yogurt cartons with drainage holes added. Most things can go directly to the garden from their starting container, and I only have to transplant the more tender plants like tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers into bigger pots. 

  2. 2 hours ago, Matryoshka said:

    I'll recommend the cotton ones (they sell them for 'coin sorting', of all things).  I figure they are partly to remind you not to touch your face, and I always wash my hands thoroughly after taking them off and putting them in a ditty bag which will also be washed.  That way I use them more often rather than rationing the throw-away ones - and I'm not taking supplies from hospitals where cotton gloves wouldn't be tenable.  But for going shopping or bringing in the mail and such, I figure it's way better than just bare hands, and because they can be washed, the 15 or 20 pair I bought will last me indefinitely.

    Right now I'm wishing that I hadn't gotten rid of all of my handbell gloves, thinking I'd never use them again. 

  3. PSA: If you run out of granulated sugar, but you have turbinado and think that it can be smashed up in a food processor and subbed, it kind of can, at least for chocolate chip cookies. My cookies were somewhere between normal cookies and those made with all brown sugar. A bit browner and flatter than usual. 

    It occurred to me that cake flour could probably be used for quick breads, where gluten formation is less important. 

    As far as bacon, I would bake it on a rack in the oven, then save the drippings to cook with in case there is a future oil or butter shortage. Lol

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  4. WA Gov. Inslee's press briefing last night seemed more off-the-cuff than usual. He suggested threatening teen who are congregating with being written out of the will, and encouraged old ladies to stop going to sewing needle clubs (or something similar. DH and I were actually giggling at this point and missed some of the particulars.)


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  5. 2 hours ago, whitehawk said:

    This. DS (barefoot as usual) dropped a glass plate last night and it shattered. DH and I at the same moment: "FREEZE!"

    Last night we walked/biked around the neighborhood. I'm usually the killjoy when it comes to things like riding bikes with no hands, but last night DH was on the kids for everything. "I'm not taking you to the emergency room!" was said more than once. 

    But back on topic, I would RV camp no problem, and I'm kind of in the paranoid camp about COVID19. Isolation is isolation, whether at home or in an RV. And while camping, you'd at least have a different slice of nature to enjoy.

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  6. No, I don't see a realistic way of doing this. My kids are 12, 9, and 7, and their world already feels unsafe with all of the things going on. I want our house to be a refuge of love, affection, hugs, snuggling on the couch with a book and a cup of cocoa. If we had a grandparent living with us, we'd find a way to make it work. But knowing my parents/in-laws, they wouldn't isolate anyway. 

  7. 2 minutes ago, Æthelthryth the Texan said:

    Speaking of, where are the Schwann people when you need them. We need a good old Schwann's Truck to come though. He'd make a fortune. Also Girl Scouts. Y'all were a couple of weeks too early with the cookies. 

    Schwans is having a deal atm--50% off. We'd never used them before, but are taking advantage of the discount. 

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  8. Build Your Library has some secular unit studies. The prehistory unit study is one of my very favorite things we have ever done for homeschool, and my oldest son is loving the WW2 study right now. There is currently a 20% off sale. 

    Mystery science is free right now, I think. My younger kids loved it, and it is really easy to implement. 

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  9. 1 hour ago, EKS said:

    Is this the new form of the test?  Because we did the first grade ITBS many years ago, and I remember that the vocabulary section was read aloud by the adult and the student selected the answer from a group of pictures.  


    We used the old test a few years ago. I ended up having to explain some of the pictures--one was a rotary phone. 😄

    It's disappointing to hear that the test is so inappropriate for young kids now. I wonder if test prep in public schools includes common test instruction words as sight words. 🙄


    I've been wondering when this would be announced--all k-12 schools in King (main city Seattle) Snohomish (main city Everett) and Pierce (main city Tacoma) counties are closed through April 24. Our local hs music program has been moved online, and our coop is canceled. This will be interesting, locally--Tacoma school district and our local, smaller district are both high poverty districts. Hopefully they can continue nutrition and health services to families in need. 

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  11. 2 hours ago, Emily ZL said:

    I don't think it's crazy to have a side hustle going as a homeschool mom, especially if you are already putting together plans from scratch for your own family. The devil is in the details, though. When SCM or Pam Barnhill sells their plans, they are mostly using credible outside resources for the actual info. They aren't claiming to have the expertise to literally write the curriculum from scratch and be the primary resources too. There's a huge difference between GR telling you "here's all you need to know about this subject and you can trust that it's accurate" and the morning time plans that say "read this book by Demi" and "play this CD from maestro classics."


    Yes, I am organizationally challenged and I happily pay for a nice schedule and booklist that helps me stay on track. 

    7 minutes ago, Æthelthryth the Texan said:

    I think I have this figured out with a plan- after all, imitation is the sincerest form flattery, right?! 

    The secret to success appears to be appealing to the insecurities of a bunch of homeschool moms, telling them they can't do it alone,  and then getting them to pay you vast sums of money (which a large percentage struggle to afford)  to let them all join together in a Community™ (make sure you get that ™!)  with equally insecure mothers on a weekly basis so they can be insecure together, and make them also do all the work of reserving the space, planning the meetings, collecting the dues due to you, providing the materials, and doing the actual teachings.

    It will also be advantageous if you make up some catchy songs, yet spend vast amounts of time hire some lawyers for the purpose of keeping said songs off of YouTube, because heaven forbid someone hear your songs without paying through the nose to do so. Threatening legal action is highly effective. Then you get the Moms to spend money to go to workshops to learn the  singing of The Songs™ complete with Hand Motions™. Definitely, prohibit them from using any materials other than yours, or those sanctioned by you and your top MLM members (who also conveniently curriculum publishers!) while said Mothers are meeting in the Community™ they paid vast sums of money to enter into. This while also then slowly bringing in other curriculum publishers over the years that are *required* purchases they also can also pay to use within your MLM (joint exploitation!) and aren't allowed to buy used.

     And yes, you can have all of this income while no one actually produces any leadership or service value on your end whatsoever! Oh, and then the last step is you block anyone from your websites/forums who suggest these same mothers could do this all for FREE if they wanted, were one of them to do something so daring as buy a used Manual™ used online for $7 and then meet up with some local friends at the park of library. You should pretty much banish anyone who suggests that. Through those steps, voila. You will have a highly successful MLM, even perhaps Cult,  before you know it! At least from what I can tell where I live. Maybe start in Texas. 


    Expect a cease and desist letter in your mailbox tomorrow...👩‍💼 Does that emoji look like a lawyer? She's supposed to be a lawyer.

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  12. 4 minutes ago, lulalu said:

    Well, if it is this easy to make money selling a curriculum maybe I should give it a try. 😂 

    She seems to bypass talking about her qualifications. So I can only assume she has none. I have nothing wrong with moms designing and writting curriculum for their own families without any qualifications. But selling it to others is a problem. 

    I think this is a symptom of people wanting to make an easy dollar. It really just feels like she wants to make money easily. It really might be best for her to just get an established part time job. Making and selling curriculum is not this easy. It takes work and time lots of time, and knowledge. 


    Someday someone’s going to make a killing with a homeschool curriculum MLM...

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  13. 16 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

    I don't know if other people who live here will agree with me, but I think that the local news stations have done an excellent job covering COVID19.  They have explained what is going on where.  (Better than places like Life Care Center in Kirkland to their own patients and families.)  They  have put out warnings against panic and have explained the difference between prudent preparation and stockpiling which doesn't help.  They have given people timely information on shutdowns while also explaining some of the difficulties in making some of these decisions.  For example:  school closures.  Do you keep the school open if a staff member or student has been exposed knowing that for many families this means that their default childcare is the elderly who might them be exposed to more illness by these children?  And yet, parents have legitimate concerns and there are legitimate reasons to deep clean the facility. 

    Agreed. I have also appreciated the state and county health department briefings, and how open they have been that on many issues, they just don't know what's going to happen. 

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  14. 4 minutes ago, Sneezyone said:


    This makes me so sad. My most vulnerable family members are in elder care facilities in Pierce County.

    😥 I'm sorry. Dr. Chen made the point that being a bit behind King County meant that they could see what they did right and wrong and hopefully not make the same mistakes. I'm sure that any respiratory illnesses in nursing facilities are going to be scrutinized from here on out.

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  15. 55 minutes ago, maize said:

    Standardized test scores I have seen for home educated children generally follow a trend of above average in language arts and below average in math. 

    I think even historically those that showed above average scores overall were based on a very self-selected sample.

    I agree with your second point. Anecdotally, a family friend who is a math teacher had the opposite experience with previously homeschooled students doing fine with math, but having trouble with the required writing. This was several years ago. With all of the posts on our state fb page proclaiming that homeschool math programs are "a year or two ahead" I suspect that previously homeschooled kids who enroll in school will be surprised at what they haven't covered. A deep understanding of topics covered in 3rd grade is great, but if 4th grade topics aren't covered, a kid will not be ready for 5th grade topics. 

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