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  1. We live in a suburban neighborhood with houses selling that are similar to ours. Zillow values our house about 50K higher than Realtor.com and from what I've seen, Zillow's estimate is much closer to what selling prices are around me right now.
  2. I buy swimsuits for the kids from Costco each year, if you get them when they first show up they are around $12 for Speedo brand. I like to buy our dairy products there: milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, heavy cream. Bread is a good price. Snack items for the kids: granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, etc.
  3. We bought a memory foam mattress from Costco a couple months ago, we are happy with it. https://www.costco.com/comfort-tech-10"-serene-foam-mattress.product.100424711.html
  4. I have experienced this too. It's hard to find a good, trustworthy dentist! I took one of my kids to a pediatric dentist when she was 3 after she fell and damaged a tooth. After the initial damage was corrected, he wanted to see her every 6 months. So I took her in and he told me she had 8 cavities he wanted to treat. I said no, waited 6 more months and took her to our family dentist who told me she had no cavities. When I told him what the other dentist said he told me that she probably had spots on her teeth that might become cavities, but he didn't like to treat baby teeth unless they were causing pain or bad enough that they would become painful before they would fall out on their own. She ended up needing 1 filling a couple years ago and has 1 tooth they are watching, but are pretty sure she will loose soon. All that to say, I think some dentists want to fix everything, whether due to greed or just wanting perfection, while others seem to take a more wait and see approach. I prefer the latter. I love our dentist, but he is older and will probably retire soon. I dread looking for a new one.
  5. I don't know if this will work for you, but the only thing that has helped me to sleep well for in the last 10 years or so is to get up by 6 am and go for at least a 5 mile walk. Every day. I was doing really well with this until it got too hot last summer, then school started again and I fell out of my routine, but when I was consistent I at least slept soundly every night.
  6. Giving the specific details of how, why, and for how long, you use the poker chips. I think from your past posts about poker chips, I had always assumed they had denominations on them, and I thought, ok, I'm doing that already. I use base 10 blocks, or Singapore's place value disks or whatever, but by explaining that the chips have no significance until you tell the students their value, that to me is what is different from what I am doing. I see that you are not saying one must use poker chips, but I do find it helpful to list one specific tool and how you have successfully used it. I guess the one other thing I would want to know is how or when you transition from chips to numbers. In other words, do you tell the kids that these chips in front of you have a value of 524 at some point? Do they figure it out themselves? Or is it from day 1? Sorry, I feel like neither my question or response is very clear.
  7. Ok, this is helpful. Thank you.
  8. I don't understand this, can you give an example? Thank you for taking the time to explain.
  9. Your blog post says: "So what can we do? We can present them with tools that let them explore the immediate consequences of the mental model itself." What does that look like exactly? What tools are you presenting? I know in past posts you have discussed using poker chips. Is this the only manipulative you use? How does that look exactly? Do you use them for building numbers? So do you have a child make the number 5,784 with poker chips and then... ? Do you use anything besides poker chips? Am I completely off base in thinking that you are even referring to using some sort of manipulative to teach? It is interesting because my DD who is my strongest math student really does seem able to visualize a lot of math, which gives her a deeper understanding of what is happening and allows her to solve problems in creative, yet accurate, ways. Using a 10-frame was a big help for her as well as base 10 blocks. However, despite using the same methods for my younger DD, she does not seem to visualize as easily. The tools are all available to her, but it doesn't seem to "click" the same way. I just put it down to different brains working differently, but maybe I am simply presenting the material incorrectly.
  10. I went to the grocery store just a few days after our mask mandate was lifted for vaccinated people. I saw only one person without a mask in the busy store (so probably 99% were masking). However, I saw several with their mask under their nose, I found that really odd. Why wear it at all if you're going to wear it wrong?
  11. I saw a show or YouTube video where they used a rolling wire shelf in a deep, but narrow closet like you have to make it more functional. It could be rolled out to access the items as needed. You'd obviously have to measure, but maybe something like this:
  12. You might look at Kate Snow's Math With Confidence. The program is fully scripted and a mix of mastery teaching with spiral review built in. The lessons are hands-on and playful, the workbook is colorful, and the lessons are short. I believe you can find a sample of unit 1 for grade 1 on The Well Trained Mind website.
  13. My DD15 and DS13 got their 2nd vaccine about 2 days ago. DD said she felt lousy right after receiving the vaccine: headache, nauseous, dizzy. DS complained of a very sore arm the next day. Both seem to be fully recovered now.
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