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  1. I am so happy for you! I'm so glad you found something satisfying and I'm sure it will lead to even more. I don't know if I replied to that thread or just started one of my own, but I was in the same boat. I am happy to say I'm much more satisfied today as well. I started volunteering which led to starting a math club for elementary age kids. This semester I am taking classes toward a teaching certificate and a substitute teachers license. I don't know how it will all end up, but I'm so much happier on this current journey. It has really been good for my soul.
  2. This is the brand I've been hearing about. There are consultants but I think you can also buy it from the website Here is a review - the balm is only thing I have really tried and I do agree with this review. My teenage son had really good results with the charcoal cleanser/mask.
  3. Hope your class was better this week. I am a volunteer at an afterschool program for this age group and we started this program this year. We are in season 2. The kids enjoy it and we keep it pretty loose. They do have time afterschool though for a snack and free time before we start. It's completely free and they send all the main materials. Thought I'd pass it along in case you're interested in it for another time.
  4. I am also taking classes right now for an alternative teaching certification. I have a good full time job, so changing careers would result in a significant pay reduction, but I feel called to teach math. Mostly from discussions on this board. DS had always been mathy and has always been in public school. Thanks to learning about what a good math education consists of from reading this forum, and books recommended on this forum, we went above and beyond to make sure he had mastery and a complete math curriculum. As an aside, in my state, AFAIK, there is currently no program available to become a math teacher at any university in our state. I will be certified in social studies and then see if I can find a way in, which given our shortage of math teachers, I think will be possible when the time comes. Right now the plan is to take all my math classes independently and pass the math praxis in addition to the SS praxis I will be certified in. Makes total sense, huh? We're definitely headed to a math education crisis in our state.
  5. I am intrigued with the whole subject of math instruction, which just can't seem to go right. My DS is very mathy and in public school, but we doubled up with after school programs and I made sure he had mastery. I do homework help with at risk 2nd-5th graders and I am blown away by the homework problems they bring. Before Christmas, a third grader brought in a three step word problem with a multiplication problem (8*9) as the middle part. These 3rd graders are just learning multiplication, they draw the groups out in order to solve. The 3 parts combined into one problem was so convoluted I had to read it 3 times just to understand what they were trying to ask, let alone start explaining the math to get them to the answer. I like the different approaches and I have seen kids use different ones depending on which one clicks with them, but when you make math so wordy and confusing and then throw in a difficult multiplication problem they are just now learning, it overwhelms these kids, Then they keep moving on without ever mastering the multiplication facts they need to know in future years.
  6. That's a beautiful spot! I love your idea! I've been putting off the whole resolution thing, but what I really need is to DO more. 52 specific things might be just the ticket. Thanks for sharing!
  7. This is a pretty fun website to start looking around for information. You can plan the whole trip on it - starting point, destination and all the in between stops. It's a time suck:) I haven't planned a trip on it, but did find some good routes and stops for our west coast drive last summer.
  8. I'd like to gift my parents some homemade meals for Christmas - just a few meals for 2 that they can heat up. They hate to cook much anymore. What is the best way to give them meals that makes it easy for them to re-heat and eat? I'm thinking chili, meatballs and sauce, breakfast breads. Any other foods you think freeze well are welcome suggestions. I don't LOVE to cook either, so simple meals work for all of us☺️
  9. So sorry for your son's news! That's rough to be so close to something you want so badly. It is uncommon to have colleges that offer so much more for National Merit vs comparable SAT scores. I hope he can find some other options he's happy attending that will work financially for your family.
  10. Do you have a boys and girls club nearby? Their rates are usually drastically less than other places and might offer something. I'm sure they vary by location but ours has a pool, a big gym and amazing opportunities for all kids up to age 18. We are in an area with very little going on and I'm truly impressed with what they offer for such an affordable price.
  11. I had to show ID. DH forgot his so I had to sign a sworn statement that it was really him so he could vote. I also had to attempt to sign my name the same as I did 20+ years ago when I first registered to vote. DS16 went with us to vote, but they said kids over 14 but not old enough to vote aren't allowed to be with the voter in the little booth area? I thought that was weird. Sticker - yes Candy - yes
  12. When my son was that age he made duct tape wallets in the recipients favorite team colors and logo. Not sure if that's still a thing? They used to have tape in tons of patterns and colors. My husband carried his for years. They held up well.
  13. There are lots of places to buy wine online and ship it. Although some states will not allow it to be shipped in. You could start somewhere like and it would probably list states they ship to.
  14. I have to admit, I don't like it at all! I will be following to see what others think so maybe I will learn to appreciate the benefits. I concede it might be advantageous in high school, but I really hate the idea of elementary school kids sitting around looking at screens all day. I think there's enough evidence out there relating it to attention span problems and other issues that it shouldn't be a part of school. That said, I have been volunteer teaching a math club with 10-15 kids of varying levels and I don't see how teachers instruct a large classroom of so many kids on different levels! It's really frustrating and hard for me and the kids. My DS was very advanced in elementary school, and if he could have done his own math on an ipad instead of bored to tears during class, I would have been thrilled.
  15. I appreciate all the links and advice. I admit, I don't know anything about music and I'm pretty sure he has no clue how much musical knowledge you really need to be involved in a musical career of any sort. He has no experience other than a year of piano lessons through the high school and what he has learned trying to teach himself on his computer. He's smart and a quick learner, so I think he's completely underestimated how hard this will be for him. I'm not really sure where to go with him on this. He did one of the free berklee classes online last year, but it wasn't exactly what he wanted either. I have only found one college that has something similar to what he wants to do that doesn't require a music submission of some sort. Of course, he is a sophomore and who knows what he'll want to do when he gets to college! This is certainly not a life long obsession, although looking back I can tell that he has always had a natural instinct and interest in music. I think the local CC classes might be a good idea. I'll look around and see what we have that might fit. I'd like him to get more exposure somehow. I don't want to ruin his dream, but I would like to open his eyes.
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