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  1. Most universities don't care which language is studied, I think an uncommon language would be more of an advantage than otherwise. I have heard that some universities want the students to study a modern language rather than Latin, and some may not accept ASL as a foreign language. You could contact specific universities you are interested in to confirm, but I expect Indonesian will work just fine.
  2. It's near the pancake syrup in our store. Personally I would have put it with the baking supplies. Do people eat molasses on pancakes?
  3. I would like to find something like this as well. I've heard about the Childhood of Famous Americans series--maybe those would work?
  4. Hi Reya, I had a chance to look over the first Sassmannshaus violin book today and was thought about you. I actually do think this book would work with a motivated four year old, especially if your dd is reading already (I think she is?) The book has large notes, which I like, and the pages are not too busy. The first several pages are just open strings, with half notes and quarter notes introduced. Other notes are introduced a few at a time, starting with the "cuckoo's third" (open E down to C# on the A, for example). By the end of the first book all of the first position notes have been
  5. I would actually interpret this behavior not as an "I don't care" attitude, but as a sign of stress. When I am stressed about something my mind automatically tries to avoid thinking about the stressful thing--so I think about everything else. It's a sort of unconscious avoidance behavior, and I personally think it underlies a lot of what we call ADHD in kids. My personal guess is that your son is overwhelmed by the whole school academics situation, and so his brain has been avoiding thinking/doing anything about it as a self defense mechanism against stress. As the situation has deteriorated--
  6. I love Moroni's awareness of and humility concerning his own human imperfection and weakness. He both encourages us that our weakness can be made strong through Christ, and reminds us not to judge others for their weakness. Ether 12:27 was my first favorite scripture as a teenager--I always felt like I was failing in so many ways, and was comforted by the thought that we are meant to have weaknesses and if we continue in faith those weaknesses could become strengths. I used to think that meant we would not be weak in those areas anymore, more recently I am thinking that the weaknesses themselv
  7. :grouphug: Elizabeth, I'm sorry you were so let down today. Those talks would have had me raising my eyebrows for sure--and thanking heaven that not all LDS men are so shallow in their thinking about what makes a good wife! Actually, the first inkling I had that my future dh might have some real interest in me was when I told him I had received my mission call and he said enthusiastically "I've always wanted to marry a returned missionary--they seem so much more serious about life!" Honestly, when church members say or do things that make me cringe I think of Moroni's advice in Mormon 9:31
  8. Hey Bill, your baptismal service is all planned. My niece is being baptized next Sunday in a hotel swimming pool, and just so happens there's a hot tub right next to the pool--water jets and all. Come on over, we'll get you set up with some white clothes and you're good to go :D :D
  9. The LDS church teaches that marriages performed under proper authority in a sacred temple are valid not only for this life but for eternity. Members of the church are strongly encouraged to have their marriage sealed in the temple, and that was what both dh and I planned on so the only real question was which temple to choose. I chose this temple in the tiny town of Manti, Utah because that was where my parents were married. We were both living in Utah at the time. My parents had recently moved to Virginia after being overseas, dh's parents had just moved from Ohio where he grew up to Texas. S
  10. I think under those circumstances I would at least try for the exception. I would probably explain to the organizers that the children your dd is closest to will be in the older group, and since you participate largely for the social experience it only makes sense if she is with the group she enjoys and you're not interested in participating if they insist on putting her in the lower group. Good luck!
  11. OK, my memory is faulty--sorry. I tend to be a "take what I like and leave the rest person"--so it makes sense to me to take what works from Suzuki and not worry about what doesn't work for my family or my students. Honestly, I doubt more than a tiny minority of American Suzuki students spend hours every day practicing and listening to recordings as beginning students. I think I really haven't understood what you are looking for though. If you're not interested in teaching fingering yet, I'm not sure what you were looking for in a reading based program. Or you want a program that really fo
  12. Yet another vote for Math Mammoth. We tried at least 4 other math programs before we settled on this as our core, and we haven't looked back.
  13. Thanks for posting this! We love putting memory work to music.
  14. I'm a big advocate of foreign language study in general, but it can be really hard to tackle alone. In this case, I'm inclined to agree with Miss Marple--if he doesn't need it to attend CC, it can wait. Have him use the time that was going towards the foreign language for his other studies--where he might get a better return on his investment.
  15. Reya, have you read Dr. Suzuki's books? It's been awhile but I don't remember him recommending more than 10-15 minutes for a young child. I certainly wouldn't expect more than that from a 4 year old. The things I like about Suzuki are 1) it gets children playing quickly; 2) music is memorized so they can focus on tone, intonation, posture, etc.; 3) Once a song is learned it is continuously reviewed, giving the child a repertoire of songs they can play well. Those are all elements I try to use in teaching my own children and others, whether we use Suzuki repertoire or not. Actually, my favorite
  16. Another thought Reya--if Suzuki is a possibility in the not-too-distant future, you could start by getting her the CD for violin book 1 and having her listen to that every day. Then when she does start she would be prepared to progress more quickly. That's probably your best bet if you're trying to make this less time/parental involvement intensive--just have her as well prepared as possible before she starts. Beginning violin is just not something a 4 year old--or a 7 year old--is going to be able to do without a lot of hand holding.
  17. :iagree: The learning curve on string instruments is really steep at the outset--the student needs to think about intonation, bow hold, bowing, violin hold and general posture. Adding in note reading right at the beginning will only make those things harder, and a student that young will need help practicing anyway. I like the suggestion to try something like kindermusik or maybe piano lessons, as preparation for later doing violin. Piano is a bit easier to get started on, and she could learn music reading skills that could later transfer to violin.
  18. We don't do birthday presents (because I don't like to accumulate things). Instead, the birthday child gets to go out to dinner at their restaurant of choice with dad or mom. We also have cake and ice-cream with the entire family.
  19. :iagree: Many excellent programs don't even introduce long division in 3rd grade. We use Math Mammoth and it doesn't teach long division until the second half of 4th grade.
  20. We do something very similar to the OP, reading passages and discussing, along with some memorization. We went through the Golden Children's Bible last year, and are reading the KJV New Testament this year. The kids know the stories so the language isn't a problem. Well, mostly it isn't. We're reading Paul's Epistles right now and sometimes even I can't figure out what he is getting at. Occasionally I look for commentary on a passage, but mostly we just discuss what we can and move on. I figure studying this way is closer to what I expect my children to do for the rest of their lives, so it's
  21. The underlying concept is good, but implementing it in a classroom as a required activity takes most of the creativity and all the joy--and therefor much of the benefit--out of it.
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