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  1. This is so hard, I am sorry you have to go through this and make a decision. It will be the right thing to do though.
  2. The publisher is assuming all 5th graders at this point are at the representational level, but some kids still need the concrete level. Common sense tells us to at least show a larger area for the part that should be larger, even if it isn't proportional. These are children, don't you remember what it was like at age 11? Publishers just don't seem to remember what it was like to be a child. It is just teaching that it is ok to be lazy, just get close. So why should the kid learn to spell 'piece' for example when 'peice' is close enough? It's about the same...yes, I am being facetious. But for those kids where math doesn't come naturally, or they are visual learners, not using some sort of proportion just boggles the mind. I can only imagine what this does to the kid who notices these kinds of things, and just can't move on because the picture doesn't make sense to him, yes our Asperger kids for example. And I don't see how problems such as these helps the kind of kids who were already struggling with the old method. This would take so much more time to have to teach. I love what regentrude said: Of course this is a good way to achieve equity. If nobody can do division, then no child is left behind.
  3. Dang, and I got my hopes up that Timez Attack was still out there for general use! That was such a great program, but I believe it is now used in schools with a license? I was going to ask about it! But now that Common Core has been in use for several years, and this is still a strategy for division, it would be interesting to hear how it is accepted now and if liked or not. BTW, I am not related to the original poster, nor did I copy her signature!😉
  4. Organic coconut water from who would believe but Walmart! It has great flavor, slightly sweeter than most with no additives. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Great-Value-Organic-Coconut-Water-11-fl-oz-4-Count/892266353
  5. Sure, as long as you don't mind that I continue to stay anonymous. In case, just in case... my kids ever homeschool and join this forum, I would not want them to come across old posts and put 2 and 2 together. I am just private in that way.
  6. Good idea about hanging a quilt. I have heard to hang tapestries as well. Do you have high ceilings? A friend of mine had those and you are right, the echo is crazy. It didn't bother her, but it bothered me.
  7. I hate it as well, I guess I don't like being the center of attention. If I were in a group of my friends and asked a question, when all eyes are on me, I get flustered. But I have no problem in front of kids as far as being their teacher, go figure!
  8. Those in education for sure/ I have had first hand experience as a teacher who stayed home for 2 decades to homeschool my children, then returned to the public school system. As a homeschooler, I was exposed to a variety of curriculum, child-led learning and hands-on/project based learning, I went back into the system with a whole new way at looking at learning. For example, teachers often teach just what is in the math book, and don't give a second thought to the pre-skills kids should have, or even deviate to think how a lesson could be taught better, they just go with what is in the book. Also, I raised my kids in the era when home computers and the internet were a new thing. We didn't go to classes to learn how to navigate, we just learned it on our own. (I never knew there were names for things on Microsoft Word, such as Task Pane...) Or when the school year of 2020 ended and I showed my administrator what I had used to teach online, (I support private schools so I have some flexibility) she asked if I learned how to do it all on my own, Zoom and everything. I was shocked by that question, why of course, I thought. It dawned on me then that most educators take 'professional learning courses' to stay current on credentials. Again, they/we are being fed with what administrators want us to teach. As homeschoolers, if we want to know something, we just jump in and discover it, don't we?! Or the teaching of reading, how many times has the wheel been re-invented? Educators jump on the bandwagon to whatever the new buzzword is. I just shake my head... When I work in the public school system, I try to hang on to what I learned about learning as homeschoolers. The testing shouldn't be the driving force, pure curiosity, reading real literature and the love of learning can work.
  9. Hi, I would like to have a mass said for my parents who used to go to a church many years ago before they retired to another state. I was wondering what is a customary donation? Online I see $25, but want to make sure if I am in the right ballpark?
  10. Storygirl, thank you. I am quite surprised not to get any suggestions, I am sure someone must have some experience. I may try cross posting...
  11. Make sure you jot a list of things you want to do (maybe nothing, which is fine, too!) I can remember finally having time to myself, time to get things done that I did best when by myself. But when the time came, I just couldn't think of where to start first. Or what it was I wanted to do. Hence, I wasted a lot of that alone time!
  12. A friend's daughter, 20, waitress, (I heard she had the Pfizer), tested positive. Tired, lost sense of smell, but otherwise mild. We just got out of quarantine because we had been around her before she showed symptoms. We are fine. Glad we had gotten Moderna from what I am hearing...
  13. I live on a state border, so I saw differences upfront from public and private schools last year. Pretty interesting to see, but I still don't have an answer. The kids in the private, unmasked schools that did little else to contain possible spread had very low cases. There was some transmission initially with high school youth at 1church, and some adults in that school did get covid. I was concerned for some adults who I would consider fragile health-wise, but they did not get it. I hope with the Delta variant, they take it more seriously this year, idk. I do not want to see sick kids or worse...
  14. I got shingles in that same area 6 years ago. Initially, it felt like the tag on my shirt was irritating me. I realized 4 days later when I had blisters what it finally was. Even though resources said to get the shot (I think it was a shot at the time, not a script?) within the first 3 days or it doesn't help, I got it on the 4th day. Then I was treated by my acupuncturist also for an appointment or 2. This did it for me. I had blisters starting on my right shoulder, but they subsided then. I was lucky and had a mild case compared to what it could have been like. The only lasting effect was fatigue, for maybe a month(?) or 2 longer, which I had not realized was from the shingles until much later. Like needing to take a quick 10 minute rest, not quite a nap, here and there. Definitely take care to get lots of rest if you do have shingles.
  15. I heard (but never bathed a cat) to put him in a bucket, or something that he can 'hold' on to, you know, as you hold him by the scruff of the neck with 1 hand and scrub with the other. Maybe put that in the bathtub or sink so you don't mind the splashes. That way, he isn't clawing you. But I would make sure to clip nails first!
  16. Regarding dry eyes: Something I discovered quite by accident a few weeks ago, was that my blush, yes, my blush (Thrive brand) was causing eye irritation that felt like dryness. My story that I was going to post on in this forum as an FYI: I was in the passenger seat of the car, reading. The sun was bright and I suddenly noticed I had all kinds of sparkles on the backs of my fingertips (smaller than glitter). We had just left an airbnb, so I knew I had not been in any kind of craft situation. Thinking about what it could be, I realized it must've been my blush, that was the only thing that would give me luminescence on my skin. Then I realized if my fingernails were sparkling, what do my fingertips look like? Sure enough, it was all over my hands. You know, whenever you rub your face, scratch, whatever, the blush got on my fingertips. And my eyes have been very irritated for a few years, so I naturally rub them. Guess where the sparkles went? Yep, into my eyes, and the irritation starts continued ..So I went cold turkey on the blush (darn, because I really liked it). I have not had irritation since, because the blush I use now does not have those luminescence ingredients or whatever that sparkles on my skin. Hope your dry eyes can be simply corrected as mine were by changing skin products!
  17. Funny, I was just thinking of this topic the other day. I had persistent ones 20 years ago and had a large one removed from the ophthalmologist. When they are using sharp objects next to your eyeball, you move nothing, not even a breath!! I was so happy to get out of there when I was done and thought I would never have to see them again. Then, I got another one...that was when we had just gotten a home computer, so I began my research. A friend mentioned her son used L-Lysine for a cold sore, and his chalazion cleared up. So I researched that and found that foods containing arginine reduced the absorption of Lysine, one of the essential amino acids. Foods high in arginine: chocolate, nuts...all things I loved. So after 3 months of dealing with the chalazion, I went cold turkey off the chocolate. It was the Christmas season, and not easy to do. Maybe I laid off PB too. And I started on L-lysine tablets. I didn't go overboard, just took 1 a day. And each day, the chalazion got smaller, and smaller until it went away on its own. I had a few start over the years, but Lysine takes care of it. I rarely take Lysine now, and eat all kinds of nuts daily, chocolate in moderation, and I don't have a problem any more. I am so glad I have never had to get another chalazion removed again. Let food be thy medicine...
  18. Interesting. Because I bought Fiscars kids' scissors for my kids when they were little., but now I will keep that in mind. I just tried them and they cut for either hand. I didn't follow a line, but I never noticed a problem when dd was little. One kid was right handed, the other, left. My lefty grew up not knowing there was such a thing as left handed scissors. So as she got older, she just grabs the right handed pair and adapted with her left. I am left handed, but cut with my right, so it never occurred to me that she was left handed everything. I would let your child try both and go with the stronger hand. When my daughter got into soccer as a teen, the coach asked if she was right or left footed. Huh? Not knowing much about soccer, it never occurred to me that one chooses the left if they are left handed. Again, I naturally kick right...ah, the things we learn!
  19. 👏👏 Or if you choose not to vax, quit harping on others that do. It is not a Christ-like thing to be doing. (I know some Christians that won't drop the subject...)
  20. I am looking for advice to pass on to a very small private school for an intellectually impaired student who will be in 9th grade, even though the school goes up to gr. 8. His math and reading skills are at about a 3rd grade level. Generally he is in math with the younger kids, and that has been fine, but I would like to suggest a 'Survival Math'. Any ideas on a good curriculum? He has been exposed to grocery shopping with family and was introduced to the calculator last year. Any other curriculum ideas would be helpful as well. I taught elementary special ed., but this age group is new to me. I can check with the local public high school as far as what would be taught if he were there. Being such a small private school, it is very much like homeschooling, so thought I would check to see what others have worked on at home. He is very verbal, utilizes computers well (connection at home is not great), likes to please and is motivated. He does animals for 4H and I know there are a lot of good projects in 4H as well. Suggestions appreciated!
  21. Definitely a rice bag. Not only for when they don't feel good, but if you live in a colder climate, it feels so good at night or damp days! Along with meds they may need if sick, I sent Sambucus/elderberry, or anything to help prevent getting sick in the first place. Zinc cough drops, https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/boiron-oscillococcinum-homeopathic-medicine-for-flu-like-symptoms/ID=prod366595-product. And Top Ramen, tea, crackers...the kinds of things they may need for when they are recovering. Don't forget clorox wipes and thin rubber gloves for cleaning. What didn't get used: stamps, envelopes...but once they were out of the dorms needed those kinds of things for some reason.
  22. Faith-manor, I didn't know you were in Michigan, I just thought the suggested wildflower site happened to be from Michigan. My Code enforcement quote came from Southfield btw, small world!
  23. I just texted and got more info from my friend. Native 'plants to the USA' is protected, even the aggressive ones, are all permitted. Wildflower is literally all wild flowers but can include invasive, illegal plants. Sometimes their dirt or seed packages unintentionally bring in native plant starts or seeds, that quickly establish themselves. Natives are encouraged, but invasive species tend to move in quickly. Many are roundup resistant, so the owner, by law, needs to put in a lot of effort to maintain the yard, or the owner can be fined for invasive species. (The owner had moved away, and roots had crept into my friend's yard. She tried to maintain by pulling, then brought in a weed company, who still could not eradicate them from her yard, as they were resistant to some chemicals.) You have to remember in cities/suburbs where every one has a manicured yard, a wildflower/native yard can look unkempt to some if not kept up. Because my friend did not have a permit to grow them (she has a huge lawn, but enough natives were growing to make her part of the yard look like she had weeds), someone complained and she got cited. Crazy, I know. Just stinks. This from her city: Code Enforcement covers a variety of codes and ordinances that the city has adopted over the years to address issues and concerns that affect all aspects of our city’s quality of life. By administering a fair and comprehensive enforcement program that corrects violations of municipal codes, our department enhances property values and preserves the community values that make ____ a highly desirable city in which to live, work and play. Common Residential Concerns include: Lack of landscape maintenance, including mowing and weed removal So listen ya'all, I was just trying to pass on my friend's warning about letting your yard go wild. Yes, I agree it is a great idea for insects and wildlife. I mean, who would've ever thought wild plants could be a problem, but it happens. Just be mindful of your neighbors, that was my message...
  24. The neighbor was all out with native plants. He was probably a member of the Wildflower or a Native plant society or something? But yeah, when you live in a suburb, there could be rules. I live in the country, so this seems foreign to me as well. But my friend has had a heck of a time reclaiming the boundaries of her yard, because the plants reproduce so well..., even with a fence. The things we learn...!
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