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Everything posted by KrissiK

  1. I used to teach middle school for 11 years. I don't have much advice, sad to say, but I will say that it's fairly typical. We used to just tell parents to find something that will motivate them, trial and error, and if you're consistent and keep on them, they will grow out of it, generally. That age, while I really enjoyed teaching them, is very difficult for some kids.
  2. I didn't do a ton of stuff with my kids when they were that age, but we did a lot of unit studies. Lots of holiday/seasonal stuff. You can pretty much make it through the year just on the monthly holidays and seasons. I found a lot of free craft ideas and printables from DLTK's websites that were great for that age.
  3. I agree with the others' opinions on WND. With that said, I do think we need to be vigilant and aware of what's going on in other countries. Our govt. seems to be highly influenced by the opinions of other countries and what happens elsewhere could make it here.
  4. I haven't actually used it yet, but it has 100 lessons for first grade and I'm thinking that averages about to about 3 lessons a week. That's my plan. I'm using A Beka phonics program and that's still pretty intense, so I will try to do FLL on the days where the phonics are a little more laid back. We'll see how it works out. I'm not sure about the writing aspect, so I can't answer that part of your question.
  5. That was a great book. However, his other books kind of creeped me out. I made it through "Dandelion Wine" and then picked up a book of his short stories and put them down quickly.
  6. Here in California we say, "you guys" for any gender, plural of you. We don't have very interesting speech out here. I spent a year in rural Kentucky and was fascinated by the way they talked. I tried to pick it up, but it never stuck.
  7. For us, it was never so much when they went down, it's how long we let them sleep. We'd wake them up at 4:00pm period. If they slept after 4:00 they wouldn't go to bed at the normal time.
  8. Adoption is complicated and no two cases are the same. My own brother is adopted - a closed adoption from the early 1970's. He wants to find birthparents simply for some answers to medical issues, but the files are sealed. My own children are adopted. My boys (bio brothers) are from foster care. I think their b-mom would like to meet them sometime in the future. She was devestated when parental rights were terminated, but she's a mess. I hope my boys can meet her some day when they are adults and are able to process what kind of person she is. I hope she is alive. My daughter, OTOH, is a Safe Surrender Baby. I have no idea the circumstances her b-mom was in and so it'll be a little touchy when/if she wants to search her out.
  9. Oh, how fun. I used to live in the East Bay and we'd take BART over to the City a lot. I can't remember what we used to do. We just would go over and goof around. One thing I do remember doing, but it took all day, was ride bikes over the GG Bridge to Tiburon and then take the ferry back to Pier 39. That was a great day. I just kind of browsed through the rest of the posts, and I can't remember if anyone mentioned kayaking around Sausalito. I did that at night once with a group of friends and you could see all the lights of the city from there. Beautiful. One thing for sure, don't drive in the City. It is a nightmare. It's an easy city to walk from here to there, and if you can't walk, there's a good bus system.
  10. I learned nothing. And, believe it or not, I went to a University for my credential that is highly acclaimed, cutting edge, etc. etc. I learned what I needed to know about teaching from actually being in the classroom and gaining experience. That's what's helped me know how to homeschool.
  11. I'm ashamed to admit that I voted, "huh?" I really have no idea. I know what I believe, but I'm don't know enough about those two philosophies to know where I fit in. I hate that I had such a shoddy education (I don't blame it completely on the system, I wasn't terribly interested in history, and maybe that's the fault of the system) and when I finally got to the point in my life where I'm motivated to do something about it, I'm so tired that when I sit down to read I fall asleep - even if it's in the middle of the day.
  12. I have zucchini and yellow squash coming out of my ears. My plants are out of control. It hasn't been warm enough for my tomatoes to ripen, but it will be this weekend and then look out. Holy Cow! We're having a nice amount of green beans and I have 15 canteloupes at about the same stage of development and about 3X that many set on. My garden is completely exploding and I have no idea what to do. I sent a huge bag of zucchini with DH to work today and told him to give it all away. And we only have 3 plants. I need to harvest my carrots and I've been getting about a cucumber a day, which is perfect for eating. I don't make pickles.
  13. John Adams by David McCullough and the autobiography of U.S. Grant. Boy, talk about two different men and two completely different writing styles. The U.S. Grant one is fascinating, since I have absolutely no knowlege of the Mexican-American War, or basically any 19th Century history besides the fact that the Civil War was in there somewhere.
  14. I was just wondering the same thing. But, I guess it's just giving them jobs, expecting them to do it well and without complaining and also being a good role model. It's tough living in town because besides housework, there's not a ton they can really do right now. They aren't old enough to push a lawn mower or wash the car. But, they have to clean up their toys at night, do their laundry and a few other household chores like dusting and cleaning the bathroom, and my oldest ds (6 yrs.) is learning how to cook, which he loves.
  15. I'll just throw this in to the mix- but I've read that chronic sinus infections can be due to fungal (i.e. candida) infections. So, getting off the sugar, taking pro-biotics may help you, too.
  16. I have a set amount budgeted for the major curriculum purchases for the year. Then, I have a small amount budgeted each month for spur-of-the-moment purchases, field trips with our support group, etc. Also, I have an Amazon Visa and I get a $25.00 Amazon gift card for 2500 points. I use that exclusively for school books. But, with the way things are going with dh's job, etc., I'm really going to try to rely on the library more this year than ever. We really need to cut back.
  17. I pick them when they look right. You can tell when they're too small, but when you can see the individual bean inside the pod, they're too mature. Somewhere in between that. And then, eat them. If they taste right, then you done good!;) I'm sorry I'm not much help.
  18. I have the opposite problem - my 3 yr. old dd and 5 yr. old ds like to play together and leave the 6 yr. old ds out. I don't blame them -ds#1 is a pain in the neck, but I also feel badly for him. He wants to play, but he's such a "boy" and he doesn't like to play house. He likes to wreck the house instead. I keep telling him that if he wants to play with them, he needs to play like they're playing, but he insists on just pestering them, so I usually have to send him away. I feel bad, but I'm not sure what else to do.
  19. LA - A Beka Math - A Beka History - BJU - Heritage Studies 1 Geography - I'm still trying to decide if I want to stick with what BJU has in HS1 or if I want to go a little more in depth Science - What TWTM recommends Music - our homeschool group has a choir and music appreciation Bible - CLP
  20. I know what you mean. I've hit goal with WW and have had the darndest time staying here. I have these Hershey's kisses I use for rewards for my SS class for learning their verses and I'm eating them hand over fist tonight when I'm studying my lesson with this "I'm going to eat them, and I don't care!" attitude. What is the matter with me?:confused:
  21. I did A Beka's K4 & K5 with my boys. I didn't buy most of the bells and whistles. The games -- I didn't find them too thrilling and the boys seemed to do all right when we only did them occasionally. I found the flashcards to be expensive, so I made my own. I have been happy with A Beka, though and haven't felt too overwhelmed. The think I've found with A Beka is, you have to show it who's boss. It's a curriculum you can easily become a slave to if you're not careful.
  22. For Kindergarten: Winners - A Beka Phonics and Math programs Losers - A Beka "history" and science Not sure - CLP "The American People and Nation".
  23. I heard this on the radio. I think it's the dumbest thing and I have no idea why he brought this up. Cost effective? How? I'm sorry, the guy is an idiot, our state is in a complete crisis situation from every angle and he comes up with this.
  24. I use Stevia to sweeten my coffee and other drinks. But, what's the deal with Splenda. Other people I know say, "Stay away," but they won't say why!
  25. I have no suggestions for you. You don't want to come to Central California. The weather's great most of the year and it's beautiful out here, but the politicians aren't giving us any water (they must save the Delta Smelt), so the farms are getting ready to literally dry up and blow away. A lot of them have done so already.
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