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  1. There are some great graphic novels out there... Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson El Deafo by Cece Bell the ones by Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama) maybe not so though provoking but if your goal is to get her to read more, The Baby-Sitters Club books were recently remade into graphic novels. My daughter devoured those. Maybe less intimidating because it’s less words on a page would be some of the excellent novels in verse... Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai Crossover or others by Kwame Alexander The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan I also agree with the idea that reading for pleasure should be reading for pleasure, even if it’s “below” reading level.
  2. I got my daughter this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071W2S48Z/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 She loves it. It was cheap, but seems to be pretty durable and works well. She doesn’t wear it at night, so I’m not sure how it is at sleep tracking but I think it is supposed to do that. It doesn’t have a battery, which I like, so she she takes it off and plugs it in every night. I don’t think you have to do that, it’s just her routine. It’s not waterproof but is water resistant, she’s worn it accidentally in the shower and it was fine. It has an app you can use, we put the app on my phone and she likes to see her steps overtime. You don’t have to use the app, but it was fun for her that it was available.
  3. This is why we didn’t do Girl Scouts. My boys do Boy Scouts and when dd was in 1st or 2nd grade she was interested in being a Girl Scout. So I contacted a couple of different local Girl Scout Troops and was basically told I had to start my own becuase they were all full. I’m happy to volunteer and have been very involved in Boy Scouts and all our kids activities. But starting my own troop was way more daunting than just being an adult leader or volunteer. I couldn’t take it on at that point. So I told dd we’d wait a year or so and see if we could find another troop and maybe I’d look into what it took to start one. She then lost interest. We now have friends in other troops who have been actively recruiting her as I think their numbers are low but she’s busy with other stuff and not interested anymore. That’s fine but I really felt like it was a weakness of the GS system. Within other organizations, I’ve seen the value of growing volunteers. You give the new person an easy job, then something more involved, then put them in charge when they know the system. But to just say you have to start from scratch is kind of overwhelming.
  4. I don’t know about the bluetooth aspect, but dh got me one of the things you can plug in that is supposed to allow you to access the phone over a radio station. I think the one you linked basically works the same way. The problem we found is that it has to be a radio station that has no other signal, and in the busy area we live in there are literally no stations that it will work with. When we’ve traveled and there are areas with very few radio stations it works great but it just won’t work around her.
  5. We volunteer regularly at a food bank. They have bags for the kids that have things for school lunches...shelf stable boxed milks, single serving applesauces, granola bars,etc. They also have a bin with random candy and small snacks like single bags of chips that have been donated by people. When we are packing the bags we can throw in something extra for fun. They try and keep the main food healthy, but it is nice to have treats as well.
  6. This is us also. My goal for my kids was that they would know how to cook and clean and that they would see the household as one where everyone chips in when needed. Some days, they have more school work and I do all the cooking. Sometimes I’m in a hurry to get to work or need to go somewhere and they make lunch. Or dinner. We all work together. I’d guess they spend about an hour a day on average, including things like cleaning up after themselves after breakfast or feeding the dog. But it’s all spread out and just part of life.
  7. Two thoughts... My SIL is an ER doctor. She always thinks of the worst thing first. She doesn’t think “let’s rule out the most obvious” but “let’s rule out what will kill you or be really serious”. My kids laugh because she is super overprotective and germaphobic. I tell them it’s because she sees all the weird accidents and infections. She sees a sore throat and thinks “better make sure it isn’t epiglottitis”. I think “probably strep”. The other thing is that I’ve been in that setting, where as a doctor I feel like something needs to be ruled out or considered and I have to decide whether or not to mention it and freak out the patient or to be deliberately vague. It’s a hard decision, and even harder if you don’t know the patient/family. For example, a toddler with bruising might be leukemia. Do I mention that to the parents and then have them freak out and be in complete panic for 24 hours until the labs come back? Or do I not mention it but tell them to get bloodwork just to “be sure” and then take the risk that they won’t take me seriously and go get it done or that I will then blindside them if it ends up being something serious? It’s easier for me because I know the families and can try and tailor what I say to their personality. But I’ve definitely erred both ways...freaked out people who were more anxious than I realized and had people feel like I didn’t give them enough info when I was trying not to panic them. Also, ER doctors always tell people to follow up. Always. And probably the doc thought that mentioning a specific potentially serious diagnosis would make a busy college student more likely to follow up than just saying “make sure to see your doctor”. Sorry she had a bad experience. Sounds like the bedside manner could have been better, but I’m not sure that the doctor made a mistake.
  8. Well as an only child myself, I can say that probably is the cause of most issues. ?
  9. I don’t have a great solution but a story...I sleep with earplugs because noises really bother me at night. My husband is a pretty deep sleeper. One night I was super tired and could hear a dog barking but it was kind of muffled by the earplugs. I kept thinking “Who is being so rude to leave their dog outside?” Then I heard a weird noise in our hallway. I got up and met my oldest son who had gotten up to let in our dog who we had forgotten to let in before we went to bed. ?
  10. I’m a little late to the thread, but we use Singapore and Beast Academy and I have a couple of kids who have expressed math hatred in the past. ? I have found that for my kids math frustration comes because of three reasons: 1) They are bored. 2) They are a perfectionist and afraid of getting it wrong. 3) They don’t understand it. How to deal with the frustration depends on which it is, so I think it’s good that it sounds like you are trying to figure out the cause. I’d also say that the same kid in my house has had times of being bored and times of not understanding. So it’s not always the same approach for the same kid. We use Singapore differently than most people. I just use the textbook and IP book (no workbook) because it’s more challenging and helps avoid boredom. I don’t require every problem. Often we will do every other problem on a topic. If they get them right we move on. I do have them do all the word problems. When I have a kid who is having trouble with a concept, I add in the problems from the textbook. All three of my kids mostly get frustrated because of boredom so this has worked for us. We use BA as well, as a supplement. We do it on Fridays as “fun math”. Generally they are working about a book behind in BA. So my 4th grader is in 4B for Singapore and 3C for BA. That has helped cement concepts in a fun way that doesn’t feel like review (which the ones who get bored hate).
  11. Never. ? I’m fairly laid back about science until high school. I was a Chem and Bio major so I love science and think it’s important but we mostly just read, watch documentaries, do fun experiments and learn about things they are interested in. I don’t have them do any reports. My oldest took Chemistry at our co-op last year in 9th grade. He did fine with writing reports without having done them before. I will say that my daughter is very different from her brothers. She likes things like workbooks and quizzes. So I’m going to use a more formal program with her this year. And when she does experiments she likes to write down things in a notebook. But I won’t require it.
  12. Welcome! We’ve done all of the above, at different times and with different kids. When we first started out I tended to try and strictly tie in our read-alouds with our history or with other things we were studying. The good thing was that we read a bunch of books we probably wouldn’t have read otherwise. The downside is that sometimes we got a little tired of a particular time period or topic. Or I’d think “we can’t read that book, it doesn’t fit with history” and so we’d miss out on other good things. Now I’m less concerned with making it all fit together and more comfortable with the idea that we don’t have to cover everything. I let my kids pretty much pick what they want to read in their free time through elementary school. We go to the library a lot and I suggest things I think they will like but I don’t assign books. My main goal is to have them enjoy reading. We’ve done book clubs, both on our own and at our co-op and that has directed their reading somewhat. My two boys did those in roughly 4-6th grade and I started one for my daughter last year in 2nd grade (it was mostly to at her request to have more time with friends than for reading but the reading was a bonus). We read aloud books that I pick. At this point, I pick a mix of things that go with history or things I just want to share with them or that we are interested in. We’re currently re-reading a lot of books that the youngest missed when we read them the first time. Our main homeschooling “method” is reading so really history and science has us reading a lot of books together, just non-fiction. In the summers I make them each a list of books. The goal is to read one a month off of my list but they read a lot more. I try and put books that I think they will like but that would be challenging. We are also pretty laid back about writing. I haven’t had them write a lot about what they are writing in elementary school or even middle school because I don’t have kids who like to write and the writing kills the enjoyment of the books. Some books we talk about and discuss orally. Occasionally they do a writing assignment paired to a book. Once they get to middle school and then high school I assign books for English and they do more analysis and writing. I roughly tie the English to History. My oldest wanted to do Modern History for 9th grade and most of his literature selections were 20th century, mostly American. This year we are doing Ancients so he’ll read things to go with that.
  13. I would also say it depends on the class. Our co-op Chemistry teacher switched to Jay Wile’s new book because she thought it was better than the Apologia one, especially the newest edition. But she had taught from it in the past and is a great teacher who was able to add in where the book was weak so I think the class was fine either way. I teach Anatomy at out co-op and I use the newer edition but it’s so similar to the older one that I tell students they can use either. I’ve had about three years of classes where people use the older book while I teach from the new one and they do fine in the class. Content-wise it’s really identical, it just has some updated nicer graphics and the style is slightly different in the text.
  14. I thought Paige went back to the apartment sort of looking for Claudia. She probably knew she wouldn’t be there but I think maybe she also wanted closure. Claudia had become kind of like an aunt to her and it made sense to me that now that her parents were gone she was looking for her...maybe for answers. I don’t think she knew about Claudia’s part in the overthrow Gorbachev plan. Then it seemed to me that when she got there and it was obviously deserted that she just sat down because she didn’t know what to do next. For those who like to read that sort of thing there are some interesting interviews with the actors about their takes on the show and what happens to the characters. Keri Russell said she wanted to believe that they got to see their kids again after the Cold War ended. Matthew Rhys had an interesting comment, that he though there would be issues in the marriage over the fact that Phillip had wanted to defect back in Season One. He said something to the effect that he kept thinking, if they had defected then that they would all be together and he imagined that Phillip would have a hard time not thinking about that now that they have left the kids. I believe the actress that played Paige said she thought Paige stayed for Henry.
  15. I agree. My son is doing the Into Class and has really liked it but I think it comes naturally to him. He’s been able to figure it out even when stuck. And I didn’t mind so much the lack of support with the cheap price. But there is no way I would pay $550 for a class without a significant amount of teacher support.
  16. Zithromax is the usual alternative, I believe. Amoxicillin would not work for typical GI pathogens. And I shouldn’t have used the term prophylactic...it’s not recommended to take ahead of time to prevent illness as there is a increasing rise of resistant bugs due to travelers who do this. Instead you can have the med with you in the case of moderate to severe diarrhea.
  17. You can get vaccines for Hep A and Typhoid, which are two of the most common food borne bacterial diarrheal illnesses. We see them in the US also and kids are now routinely vaccinated against Hep A. They are both safe vaccines and we see very little side effects with either. You can also get a prophylactic antibiotic from your doctor for travel. It isn’t always given but if you have had issues in the past and you tend to get sicker it might be a good idea for you. Talk to your doctor and see if he/she would prescribe it.
  18. It depends a lot on the Urgent Care. There are Urgent Cares here that are associated with the hospitals and are staffed by the same ER docs that are in those ERs. They have the ability to do Xrays, CTscans, etc. There are other Urgent Cares that are really just meant for things like an earache on a Sunday or something very simple. For younger kids, I usually recommend ERs as they are more likely to have pediatric ER docs or at least docs that are more used to seeing kids. I find Urgent Cares often misdiagnose kids. If I think it’s anything that is fairly likely to need a specialist I send people to the ER or I would go there myself. Like abdominal pain, I would send them to the ER in case it’s an appendix. It’s easier than going to the Urgent Care and then having to be transferred.
  19. Iceland, Iceland, Iceland. Cornwall Cinque Terre in Italy. Basically if you give me a rocky coastline, I’m a happy girl. ?
  20. I don’t have a hard and fast rule, it’s kind of more of a gut thing. There have been things I pushed my kids to do and things I let them give up on. I made them all do swim team until 8 years old. The 8 was somewhat arbitrary...I wanted them to be strong swimmers for safety so swimming wasn’t optional. We belong to a summer pool with an awesome team. I thought that if they did it they would eventually love it. It’s worked out well for us. The two boys went through a period of not liking it but I told them they could quit when they were 8 and a stronger swimmer. Then 8 was the year that they each got put in the more competitive and fun meets and started really liking it. Now all three are great swimmers and our summer revolves around swim team. My oldest swims year round fairly seriously and loves it. Middle son just does it in the summer for fun but loves the whole swim team culture. I love that it’s a sport that we can all do at the same place....that’s one reason I insisted on it. I think pushing them was the right thing to do. I also wanted music to be mandatory since I am tone deaf and I knew I couldn’t teach it as a homeschooler. We did piano. Middle son hated it and I let him quit. We took about two years off of any music lessons for him and just let him mess around on the piano as he wanted and then in the past year he has started trumpet and really loves it. Quitting was the right thing to do there. Overall it depends somewhat on the kid. My middle son really hates organized anything and is super stubborn (he gets it honestly from his mother so I can’t blame him). He knows himself and what he wants. We require physical activity but not a sport. We tried to work with him to find a music option that he would enjoy, etc. I can also tell if my kids truly hate something. If I’m watching a practice and they are having a good time, laughing, playing and then they say they just don’t want to do it...I might push them to keep going. That was how swim was. If they really truly hate something, I would let them quit. And when we do push them we try and give them the rational “I think it’s important for you to be a really strong swimmer so I want you to do this.” I also think knowing there is an end helps. When we did piano, I told my middle son in the middle of a year that he could quit at the end of that year if he wanted to. That helped a lot with his attitude because he knew that there was an end.
  21. Yes, but they end up practicing less than during the school year and having less lessons. Usually less due to teacher schedules, not ours.
  22. We were just in San Antonio and Austin for spring break. Ditto to a lot of what has been said but my favorite thing was bat watching at a bridge. Super cool. The bat bridge is near the Pearl Brewery so you combine it with a hipster dinner and ice cream. We also liked the Missions, the River WLk boat ride and the Art Museum and Zoo.
  23. I thought it was a fabulous finale. I did not see the ending coming al all but when it was over it seemed so obviously the only way for it to end. Phillip and Elizabeth needed to be punished and really it is the most horrible punishment, it’s like a death. The only thing worse would have been for either Paige or Henry to have been killed due to their spying and I think that would have felt too unfair to the audience. I’m also sad that it’s over as a show. It was so good.
  24. We have a landline that is VOiP. We also have had a “kids phone” for awhile. It’s an old smart phone that doesn’t have data on it. We use TracFone for the phone plan. Now ds has a phone which is his although he doesn’t really use it for much. We have parental controls on them so we can either block the ability to use the Internet with wifi or we can see the history.
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