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  1. I scored a 96%. I am annoyingly good with faces--I'll see people out who are so familiar, and then I remember they're an employee at business I went to once. Meanwhile I've spent time trying to place them and figure out if I should greet them, and if I should greet them, WhatTheHaystack is their name??!! As good as I am with faces, I'm about as equally bad with names, even if I put in effort and really focus on remembering the name.
  2. You say relief, I say Bah Humbug! ::Shakes fist at Rosie::. 😉😂
  3. I remember all of them. My favorite was still the first, because while it was less practical, it was more akin to sitting in the living room with your friends, with several conversations going on at once. The second came and I adjusted, albeit grumpily. Then came this one and the change wasn't quite as hard to learn but I dislike some of the "features". To me the worst feature has been the fact the classifieds take a special click to reach. I used to find all sorts of things I didn't know I needed when the classifieds showed up like other posts. There are others, but I won't bore you. I don't know what this next change will be like, but I'll be over here scowling in my rocking chair, living up to the descriptor above my picture.
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    If by football boots you mean cleats, I'd buy them. The right footwear is important :).
  5. I love Saxon. I always started with 1 in K. 1. My boys loved the manipulatives. 2. It was easy for me to teach because it was scripted, so when I was tired or distracted I didn't have to think. 3. I didn't do the meeting time; instead we worked on those skills organically. 4. If my son understood the lesson, we cut it short. 5. Lots of fact practice built in. 6. Worksheets that didn't require a ton of writing and were laid out cleanly.
  6. I've been trying to kick my WTM habit for years. Maybe this will be the key.
  7. I'd go with Khan, but if she wants a book, I'd have her look at Algebra Survival Guide and workbook.
  8. Good coffee. Lysol wipes. Swiffer dusters. We also make room in the budget for sports. We pay more so they can play at a smaller private school rather than having them play at the large public school near us. It's been a great experience for my boys.
  9. It's not a workbook, but it has exercises throughout and is my favorite book on the subject: What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades. Optimum Learning. Minimum Time. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0517880857/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_eXqSAbC9Q0EX7 Also, the 2nd edition of The Great Courses Super Star Student is good.
  10. O Cedar Easy Wring Mop & Bucket system. I got mine at Sam's. I love it. It's the easiest, most effective mop I have ever used.
  11. Well, some of the staff would be waiters/waitresses and they might walk directly to the floor after using the restroom to serve customers, bypassing the kitchen. But I also think it's more of a feel good sign. People are either handwashers or they're not, regardless of where they wash. No one is going to pee, start to leave the restroom, see the sign, slap their forehead in a "d'oh" moment, and return to wash their hands :lol: .
  12. I would pull them all out at the end of the year. A mass produced education isn't what I want for my boys, and I am in a position to give them something different. I want them to have time to think and explore and pursue their interests. I don't want our family time to be usurped by homework time. I don't want a system telling me what constitutes a well educated child. I don't want to waste their time by doing work that is below their levels, and I don't want them to be pushed ahead if they don't understand something. I guess I have fundamental problems with our school system. While I would use it if needed (and I do take advantage of various options where I live, as long as they further our family's goals), I would also not hesitate to pull them out when that time was over. I'd work hard to sell the perks of homeschooling, and I'd get some fun things on the calendar. I'd let them pick an area they want to study and I'd make sure it took top priority.
  13. Stinky athletic clothing and/or uniforms on the floor in front of the laundry closet waiting to be washed.
  14. The fact is that TRU wasn't competitive with pricing. Why would I go to one chain and pay more than I would at another chain? I expect to pay more at our independent toy stores, but not at a chain. 2 years ago I ordered a Nerf gun from them for one of my sons for Christmas, but I haven't stepped into one of their stores in over 12 years.
  15. I think he should resign. There are two issues: 1. It's a miserable job in an environment not conducive to him doing his job with an unreasonable employer. 2. He's falling asleep when he's supposed to be doing his job. His job is to prevent tragedies, so even if the chance of one occurring is so miniscule it's almost zero, he's not doing his job when he falls asleep. Point 1 doesn't make point 2 okay, but it does explain it. I'm pretty certain I couldn't stay awake under the conditions you've described, so I'd have to resign as soon as I could, too.
  16. Dh is driving home from a week long visit to his aging parents', and I wasn't sure whether or not to expect him. However, he'll be home, so I think I'm going to run to the grocery and get some fried chicken from the deli and make mashed potatoes and gravy and a salad. I've been without a dishwasher all week (the new one arrived Wednesday, so he'll install it tonight or tomorrow) and I don't want to dirty a lot of dishes I have to handwash.
  17. Exactly. Kids are individuals. Different kids will make different mistakes and have different errors in judgement. I imagine some people on here would be horrified at how we handle SM/phones/tablets/computers/etc. But that's okay, because I'm parenting the children in my house. And I parent each of them somewhat differently, even though the end goal is the same for each, because each has their own set of character strengths and weaknesses.
  18. I just wanted to add that a benefit of starting Saxon a year ahead is that if you hit any bumps (or if the math part of their brain falls out during puberty), you have wiggle room and can still easily stay on course to hit Algebra 1 in 8th or 9th. I know Saxon gets knocked a lot, but it's been a great fit here for all my boys (I currently have 2 boys in 1/2 and 1 in Algebra 1, and my older 2 are DE in PreCalc and Calc 2 at the CC).
  19. I always started with 1 in K and have been quite happy with that decision.
  20. We've never done chore charts because, honestly, they never made sense to me--why would I double or even triple my workload? My boys have all been shown how to do various cleaning tasks and are quite capable. Cleaning isn't that hard to learn; it really isn't rocket science. If I'm cleaning and need help, I'll grab whoever it makes the most sense to grab and ask him to do something specific. Or if I'm running out the door, and something needs to be done, I'll ask whoever it makes the most sense to ask and he'll do it while I'm gone. They do these things without grumbling, and their efforts are passable, despite never having set, daily chores that required me to follow up. The set-up of our house is the older two share a room and the younger 3 share a room. They each have a loft bed with space underneath for their stuff. Between my 5, I've got the range from uber-minimalist to could-be-a-hoarder, and they've been this way since they were tiny. So I work with my hoarders on getting rid of stuff and figuring out what is important to keep, but I'm afraid their spouses/roommates will have an uphill battle because so much of being messy/neat is personality. But this has nothing to do with cleanliness. I can tell them "Get your rooms company clean" and they can all do it. They've learned that when I say company clean, the floors must be vacuum-able and all flat surfaces need to be wiped down, even though company never goes to that part of the house LOL. They've learned this without chore charts. When they were younger, their screen time was regulated quite a bit and they only had time on Saturday and Sunday. I did require the playroom was picked up before they got their game time, but I didn't care who did it. Sometimes they worked together and sometimes it was the one kid who really wanted to play video games that day, but I never nagged or asked. This was as close as we got to "assigned chore".
  21. I'd want the day to be no more than 3 hours, but would prefer it to be closer to 2. The amount of time it would have taken my boys to complete the work you listed would have varied greatly. I have slow workers, and they could have crammed your list of work into 6 or 7 hours ;), and I have fast workers who could have completed it in 1.5 hours. If it's taking longer than 3 hours, I would look at not doing everything everyday. First grade is still really little, and lots and lots of free time to explore the world is so important.
  22. And it seems about the time I can just walk up to the aisle and grab what I need, packaging or something changes and I have to pay attention again.
  23. I never have, either. I know dh would, but I've never had reason to.
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