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  1. Thank you for your replies. I should have read the entire guide before I posted--it turns out that at P's level, the math story problems are read aloud anyway. Most of the sections are untimed. The vocab section consists of line drawings with four word choices to best describe the drawing, so I'm comfortable reading him the choices. Our usual schedule is to alternate doing school subjects with outside play, games, art, etc, so we'll continue with that. The guide suggests two short testing sessions per day, so it won't be onerous. I think that parts of it will even be enjoyable to him. I was rolling my eyes at some of the social studies pictures, and can't wait for the sarcastic remarks he comes up with.  :laugh:

  2. My son will be doing his standardized testing next week, and I am trying to determine which accommodations will help us to obtain the most accurate results. P has been officially diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD.


    My plan is to see how he does filling in bubbles, and help him with that if necessary. The front of the proctor's guide gives advice about how to repeat directions, so I will follow that. I will read him the vocabulary section, so that his knowledge of vocabulary is tested, rather than his reading ability. When he has to add or subtract 2 or 3-digit numbers that are presented in a horizontal format, I will help him line up the numbers vertically so he doesn't get tripped up by misaligned place values. If he has trouble with reading story problems I will help him with the reading, but not the setup. 


    Do these sound reasonable? Thank you. 



     Shakers, but that religion is almost extinct. There are approximately 15 adherents living in two communities - one in Maine, one in New Hampshire.


    Who could have predicted that a religion that requires celibacy would go extinct?  :laugh:

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  4. My sensory kids like boots. Rubber rain boots. They like them a size or two big. But they're younger--I don't know if an 11 y/o could get away with that look. Have you tried a croc-type shoe? Yes, they're ugly, and yes, they have no support, but...if you need shoes for entry to places, they'll work. 


    Little Ds is getting a light table and accessories:

    transparent c-rods

    transparent tangrams

    transparent geometric shape tiles

    transparent letter construction set

    transparent geoboards



    We will be making the low-budget version of a light table using a transparent storage bin and a string of battery-powered Christmas lights. My kids love the light table at the local children's museum, so I'm pretty excited to recreate a version of it at home. 

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  6. Really?  All three of my guys changed majors in school from what they originally started with and none had trouble or needed more time to graduate because of it.  Youngest has changed his major three times and has finally settled on a fourth.


    I'm guessing this is very school dependent, but it's also common for kids from the ps where I work to change majors in college once they see what they like.


    This would vary a lot depending on school, but also on major. It's much easier to switch mid-stream to social science or some humanities majors, in which the prerequisite structure is more flexible, than to switch to science, math, or foreign language majors, in which courses must be taken in a particular order. 


    I changed majors several times, in the 90's, at a small LAC, but my friends at state universities who were studying bio or chem had trouble getting into the 101-level courses as freshmen. 

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  7. We can watch a selection of History/Discover channel programs through our Apple TV, but the available shows are not the nice documentaries, but the silly reality shows. Do those channels even do documentaries anymore? When I turn them on at my parents' house it always seems to be shows about aliens building the pyramids or one of seventeen variations of a pawn shop reality show.

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  8. She was definitely correcting my language. I had picked up my dog and was trying to carry her across the street while the other dog was running around me, growling and snapping, and my dog freaked out and was flailing her legs, scratching me, and trying to get back down on the ground with the other dog. I let fly something that I do not normally say, immediately felt bad about it, but was more worried about getting my dog away without any bites than apologizing for my language. 


    The neighbor apparently felt that my language was more important than preventing a bite. Maybe her dog just acts like a little meanie and would never actually bite, but circling me and my dog, growling, and snapping didn't give me a good feeling. Besides, there is a leash law. Dogs are not supposed to come running out into the street, period. I'll give them a pass if they are not threatening in any way, or if they are on strict voice control. But this dog was growling, snapping, circling, and the lady was laughing about how she was calling him but he wasn't listening. I started out very polite. "Please call off your dog." "Please call your dog." But now I'm the bad guy, and I'm ticked off because I feel like my language did make me the bad guy.  :crying:

  9. When I said tacky, I really meant the atmosphere at the place dh went. I wasn't calling the profession tacky per se. I think I said one of the more pro-stripper things on this thread actually. I meant it when I said I wouldn't be bothered if it was someone's thing as long as the women (or men) involved don't feel exploited and any significant others don't feel bothered by it either. My friend I mentioned who stripped short term definitely didn't feel exploited. She enjoyed the work when she did it. It was sort of artistic expression for her. I had a chance to see her dance and it was definitely interesting.


    Now, glittery pasties on the other hand, that's tacky and nothing anyone can say will convince me otherwise!  :tongue_smilie:


    Glittery pasties make me think burlesque, which for some reason I see as an entirely different thing than stripping. Maybe it's the intent of the audience? I'm not sure. 


  10. It's definitely not restricted to certain groups, and patrons definitely don't all meet your stereotype. 


    Like zoobie pointed out, there are strip clubs in abundance in the bible belt, some of them in areas that don't seem to have a grocery store or a stop light. 


    Yeah, I was just giving my impressions. But if I find out that someone frequents a strip club, yeah, I will think they are tacky. 

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