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  1. My son is in Latin II this year and it’s a big step up from Latin I, I think. He’s been doing fine but it feels harder. He had finished Lively Latin before starting so I think Latin I was somewhat of a review which made it easier but I was glad he had that review to get used to the pace and intensity of Lukeion. And it wasn’t by any means all review. He loves the class (he has Amy Barr) and is signed up for Latin III next year. I think if he’s young there isn’t a lot of downside to letting him have a year that might be easier.
  2. I tried to PM you but your mailbox is full, or so it said.
  3. Do you have a Trader Joe’s near you? They have a large selection of frozen and other convenience type of foods. I don’t specifically have vegan/gluten free suggestions but we like some of their stuff and keep it handy for a quick meal.
  4. Welcome! My kids all did that and I’ve heard from other people that theirs did also. I think it’s a normal stage...it’s less work to guess from context than to decode hard words. Do you use a reading program rather than just books? The advantage of that would be that it introduces words in a systematic way without pictures. We used Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading but there are tons of others. I’m not familiar with Children Learning Reading but it wasn’t clear to me if you are still using it or just used it until he was able to do basic words. If you aren’t using a phonics program, I would go back to that and use it as well as the readers. A game I played with all three of my kids that worked well for this issue is this: I would put out 10 M&Ms and explain that they could have all 10 M&Ms if they could do their reading without guessing. They were allowed to ask for help and they were allowed to get it wrong but if they just guessed I would eat an M&M. When we got to the end they could have whatever was left. I think I only had to eat a couple of M&Ms for each child before they got the idea. :)
  5. I did it last week. I had Mag Citrate (not sure of the brand name) that was a yucky lemon flavor. I used a lot of crushed ice and a straw. I put the straw fairly far back in my mouth to try to limit the amount on my tongue. That helped a little. And I did it as fast as I could.
  6. So, this is an interesting question I think. What does that mean? Is it enough to include Scouts with disabilities in all activities of the troop and to provide opportunities to earn merit badges, etc. in ways that are appropriate to that Scout? Or does it meant that there might be circumstances where a disability means that that particular individual cannot achieve the exact same things that others without that disability can achieve. For example, a school has to (and should) provide accommodations for all students as far as academics. But if a student who had a disability tried out for basketball and didn’t make the team, they don’t have to allow them to play. Same would be true of theater or the academic team or orchestra or whatever. (And not just for kids for disabilities, true for anyone that tries out and doesn’t make it..they aren’t given an alternative activity.) Is Scouts similar? They provide paths to Eagle for those with disabilities. But is there a point where it’s ok to say that you can be part of the organization and fully participate in every way but perhaps will not make Eagle? After all, most kids that do Scouts don’t get all the way to Eagle and many find value in the activity without that final step. I genuinely don’t know the answers to the above...either legally or what I think ethically. I don’t know enough about the details of the ADA. And it’s more of a broader question than a comment on this specific situation. ETA: I know a lot of people on this board have kids with disabilities. I hope this post doesn’t sound insensitive. I’m not trying to argue for exclusion at all. I’m just trying to educate myself.
  7. I’m always a little wary of making judgments about articles like this. I feel like often there is more to the story than is portrayed in the press. And I’m not necessarily more sympathetic to big organizations, but I do think that it’s easier for an individual to appear sympathetic and for judgments to be made without really hearing all the details of what happened. For example, I’m not sure what it means that his Merit Badges were voided. Did they ask for him to physically return the badge? That would be cruel. Did they say they didn’t count towards the Eagle requirements...also upsetting but perhaps less cruel and more understandable depending on how they were earned. They mention offering a path to alternative badges to the parents. It’s not entirely clear what that means. It could be “start over†or it could be “he needs to also do these things in order to say he earned the badge for Eagleâ€. Those would be different. It also struck me that he’s only 15. Many kids don’t earn their Eagle until almost 18 and I believe there is precedent for allowing kids with disabilities to have “indefinite time†to work on Eagle. It looked to me that the BSA didn’t close the door completely, but instead said there were other things he needed to do and the parents are saying those aren’t fair. It’s hard to know without knowing all the details. The BSA does come out as being mean and insensitive, but I feel like that happens often in the media and may not always be fair (not just to the BSA but to any organization where the story is “little guy vs. big groupâ€.)
  8. I would say, yes, messy. It would bother me in my house. I’m like other people who posted saying they have a hard time resting or feeling mentally at peace when there is clutter or things are untidy. But I wouldn’t think much of it at someone else’s house.
  9. It would not bother me from a kitchen sink being contaminated standpoint. In our current house, it would bother me because it would mean the person had to leave the bathroom and intentionally walk to the other end of the house to wash their hands. That would seem weird and I would ask them why they were doing that. Also, I make the kids wash their hands in the bathroom because they always seem to want to use the kitchen sink right at the moment that I’m busy in the kitchen (and we have a smallish work space). It’s more of a “get out of my space thing†than a “ick†factor. I tend to worry very little about germs and infection. And we get sick as a family really really rarely. Not sure if I don’t worry because we are lucky and have good immune systems and don’t get sick that much...or if being less worried about it helps us have lots of good bacteria that strengthens our immunity. ***Since most people know I’m a pediatrician I feel like I should say I wash my hands all the time at work. Before going in a room, before touching the patient, after touching the patient and after coming out of the room. In the office or the hospital, I believe in being very cautious. But at home with my own family, not so much.
  10. They just changed their classes this past semester. What was Kidswrite Intermediate has been split into three different classes, each called Essay Prep (and then a subtitle). My 9th grader took Kidswrite Intermediate in the fall and is taking the Essay Prep: Reading the Essay now. They have both been great, and I think for most kids 8th grade would have been appropriate. Wrirting is my son’s least favorite and weakest subject and Bravewriter has been a godsend. It’s the first writing approach that he not only seems to enjoy but seems to help him produce good results. I have done basically nothing with either class as far as instruction. The instructors give fantastic feedback. I can access his assignments so I can see what he does but I don’t have to do anything unless I want to.
  11. I have thought the same things. We also have many good friends at a very good small classical private school that is literally 5 minutes from our house. We could swing the tuition, especially if I wasn’t homeschooling and worked more. There are times when I hear about the things they do and question why we have chosen not to be part of what is by all accounts an amazing school and community. The way I have reconciled it is to say to myself that we choose TO homeschool. It’s not that we are choosing NOT to go to school elsewhere. There are lots of good things we can’t do...in either the private school or public school. And lots of good things that we do that they can’t do. Any choice is going to come with a tradeoff. That’s true of other things in parenting other than homeschooling. We like what we’re doing and my kids are thriving. And I’m open to other options if they end up wanting to do that. But right now this works for us.
  12. Yes, only American history. I’m not sure if they have one for each historical doll, but the “Welcome to Kit’s World†books do line up with the character’s time period. So the one on Kit went a fair amount of detail (for an 8 year old) about the 1930s and the Depression. Each one we’ve read also has a section on the fashion of the time, pop culture things, food they might have eaten, kid’s games, etc. So very accessible for a kid that age. I believe there are also cookbooks for many of the girls but we only used that for one.
  13. My middle son had blepharitis (inflammation of the sebaceous glands along the eyelashes). He would complain of pain and itching, especially with reading. What helped him was to wash his eyes with Johnson's Baby shampoo. It truly is no-tear, didn't sting at all. We would wash it gently once or twice a day (twice to start, then once) and then use a dry eye drop.
  14. This year my 8 year old and I have been reading the American Girl books for history. We are concentrating on twentieth century so are doing Rebecca through Melody. It’s been great. She hates history so my goal was just to convince her that it could be fun and interesting. We read the novels and then also read the “Kit’s World†or equivalent book for each era. You could do a lot more with it...crafts, cooking, etc. I haven’t done that much just because of time but even just reading the books has been a good broad overview of American history for her.
  15. We don’t do assigned chores. Instead what we do is all work together to do what needs to be done. Daily that means that everyone helps cook or clean up after meals. Everyone helps with laundry on the days we do it. For the weekly chores, we generally all work together on Fridays to do the work. And occasionally on a weekend we do bigger cleaning together. For us this works as it’s just part of life. For the weekly chores or bigger days, I make a long list and everyone picks what they want to do until it’s all done. I find they work harder if they can pick what they do and avoid the chores they particularly hate. That’s true for me too. :) And I have some kids who like the ones I hate so it works well. I also try not to ask for help in an arbitrary way. So if they are all working on school, I won’t make them stop to help me cook lunch. But if it’s a day when I need to get to work and am in a hurry I’ll ask one of the kids to make lunch while I help another one with Math. I find that they help more when they see that it’s really needed. If one kid is less busy with school I might ask them to go and switch the laundry but if they are all busy I do it myself. I also think I have lower standards than others as far as cleanliness. :) I don’t expect the 8 year old to clean the bathroom to the same standard that I do...but it’s cleaner than if it’s not done at all. So I make sure that I do all of the jobs some of the time so everything is at the same “ok†level of clean. ETA: As my oldest has gotten to the teen years this approach has paid off. He will now often come and help me fold laundry without being asked. Or he’ll wash the dishes after we have an afternoon snack without being asked. Just now he went down to switch the laundry because he is looking for something he needs and he knows it’s laundry day. My goal with chores was to get them to the point of helping when things need to be done because they need to be done and that seems to be working for us.
  16. I wouldn’t care about DO vs MD. Being in the same practice might be an issue. Some of the specialist groups around here are very reluctant to let people switch docs within the practice and as a PP mentioned she may be disinclined to go against a partner’s recs. It might depend on the size of the practice and how closely they work together. If they are more loosely affiliated (share call in a large practice for example) it might be less of an issue.
  17. If she just finished fellowship she may not have had the opportunity to take the boards yet. I don’t know about gastroenterology but I know for pediatrics there was a delay between finishing residency and being able to take the boards. It was about 6 months (just when the exam was offered). So during that time I was “Board Eligible†but not “Board Certified.â€
  18. Yes, I would. Painting with a very broad brush... Pros of a younger doctor: More up to date on recent developments/research. Often more up to date on techniques/newer ways to do things. For a general medical person usually better at procedures since you often do them as a resident but not as much in practice. For a specialist that is not necessarily the case. Possibly more used to complicated medical cases as residents/fellows usually are in larger university hospitals where more complex cases go (that might not be true if your experienced doctor is part of a university or research hospital). Pros of an “experienced†doctor: For specialists may have more experience at procedures. More willing to go against the standard recommendations because they have heard recommendations come and go. More able to see patients as individuals because they’ve had more experience. More experience in dealing with things when they don’t go well. I know when I first got out of residency I was way better at things like sutures and other procedures than I would be now. I also was more up to date with whatever the current recommendations were. However, I also know that I treated people more by the textbook because the textbook was what I knew. Over time you learn that people don’t always follow the textbook.
  19. I think what feels wrong is giving the emails to the school. That feels like an invasion of privacy. I would be more ok with a coach that asked each to contact 20 people personally to ask for donation. I don’t like mandatory fundraising anyway but if it is going to be done I think the kid needs to be the one doing it personally not just Hibbing the school a list of names.
  20. I don’t know how to quote on my phone. I have the Zip like VaKim. I usually wear it on my waistband or sometimes on my bra. It seems to count most things accurately except cycling. I know someone who bikes a lot and puts it on their shoe if they are biking. Also, for people that want to count activities that their tracker might miss...you can go on the app or site and enter the activity you did manually. Some will convert to steps. I only do that if I forget to wear it and want the credit. I look at the Fitbit similar to the person who said it gives an idea of background movement. And I aim to more increase my activity rather than worry too much about a specific magica number.
  21. Alice


    I would tell him that if he wants to do the BOR that you will do what you can to make that happen. Whether that is volunteering or fighting the requirement that tge BOR is somehow tied to family service/fundraising. We do Scouts and I agree with pps that isn’t right...or the time he has to wait. I would also tell him that I think he might regret the decision to quit. Then I would let him decide. He might regret it but I think there is value in letting him decide.
  22. Stacia’s post reminded me of another favorite of my kids...at the National Gallery of Art there is a “light installation†in the walkway between the East and West galleries. It’s a moving sidewalk inside a tunnel with lights that change. We used to ride back and forth like 20 times. I’m really bad at posting photos but here is a link to an old blog post that has a photo of it...along with some other DC field trip ideas. Scoll down to see the light tunnel photo. https://supratentorial.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/scenes-from-the-smithsonian/ I second (or third or fourth) going to Dulles Air and Space over the one on the mall...if you have a car. You can’t Metro there yet. One tip, I think parking is free there after 4 pm. It’s not that expensive before (I think $15 a car). It closes at 5:30 so it doesn’t give you a lot of time there, but if you time it right you can get in about 90 minutes free. And sometimes for kids that age, that’s all the attention they have anyway.
  23. Natural History is our favorite and very kid-friendly. American Indian is a beautiful building and has a good kid’s room. Also good food. Not on the mall but my kids always loved the Building Museum. It’s not free, although you can go in the building itself without paying. It’s a HUGE space and my kids loved just running around in there. It’s a good option if you are looking for a place to burn off energy on a bad weather day. It’s not on the Mall but you can get there by Metro. There is a good kids’ play area (you have to pay to go in). And a really fun exhibit called Work Play Build (or something like that). Legos, huge foam building blocks.
  24. Graphic novels are actually pretty cool. If they like them, there are lots of ones that you could offer them. We have ones of the Odyssey and Iliad, although they might be a too...graphic. ;) I found a lot of good suggestions from Farrar at I Capture the Rowhouse. Marcia Williams has the illustrated Shakespeare books that are really graphic novels. One thing I have done that has helped my kids to expand their reading horizons is to do required summer reading. I make a list of about 9-12 books and they have to read one a month from my list. They read a lot more than that but just the one per month from me. I try to make my list books that I think they will like but that they might not pick up on their own.
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