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  1. I am not that big of a fan of the CWP either. We did use some FAN math books, and we used the Intensive Practice books. I felt like the IP books offered enough of the challenging word problems to stop buying the CWP books. We used the US Edition of Singapore Primary Mathematics, for reference. If you've not looked at the IP books, they have word problems, but they also have some exercises that sort of extend the concepts taught in the TB. I don't remember how cost compares, but I think the CWP books are for the whole grade level, and IP books two per grade level. I had one kiddo that thrived on the IP books (they really fueled his math intuition and shored up his confidence--we used it in place of the WB for him) and one that really didn't think that way. He could do the exercises, but they didn't turn on any additional lights.
  2. Has anyone had success treating grubs themselves? Our big concern is two trees in the front yard--the mature beetles had a field day with them last year. DH has been looking into treatments and has a bag of something ready to go when the timing is right. I am open to ideas, but mostly just hoping people can chime in with some realistic "Yes, that's do-able" or "Be prepared to get a pest person in" information. Or tips to maximize our chances of success.
  3. Now that you're there, I hope you enjoy the downtime between appointments. That's a big trip for every six months. You'll have to learn the ins and outs of staying there and give tours or something. 😉 Seriously, I hope all is stable and all of your DD's results are very ho-hum and boring! Good luck with the car woes. Is the closing finalized on the new house?
  4. I am glad you're finding information that seems to match what you are seeing. I just know it's difficult for people to get answers that provide day-to-day help when the diagnosis is not as high-profile. 🙂 If this gets what you need in place, it doesn't matter if it's not as well understood.
  5. There is not a lot of information online about visual memory LD. Did she give other recommendations or connect what you are seeing in her work to the diagnosis? I am very curious.
  6. Bedding sounds nicer than straw. Straw gets smooshed and ugly fast. I think mulch would be the best if this a long-term thing, but if you started with something like the bedding, it gives you a chance to maybe replace it a little at a time in a more budget-friendly way. Have you seen coir? I know nothing about it, but the other suggestions prompted me to see if it's a thing because I've used coir pots as a replacement for peat pots. I didn't price compare, but here's a link to one kind. It's light and expandable. Just an FYI on the pea gravel. You want jagged pea gravel, not smooth if you go that route. If you get smooth, it's also a walking hazard, but the jagged kind will compact a bit and not roll as much. We used large rocks from mulch in some places (along with traditional mulch), and while it's a little bit of a pain to move, it's very inexpensive. If you do want to plant grass again at a future date, I would not use small gravel--you'll have to dig it back out in order to replant.
  7. Sounds like human nature kicking in. I have never heard it applied as a measure of economics before, but it sure shows the power of time distance to help us forget negative events.
  8. This is really helpful perspective. Thanks!
  9. It really does help if there is something that makes you say no that's concrete, like a scheduling conflict. I've had to say no to lots of things I wanted to say yes to when my kids were little--my DH works weird hours, and I would be asked to do things that didn't include childcare, or we'd say no to sport activities because the kids would've had games on different nights, and I couldn't be in two places at once. It was nice to have that training, though I have to say that I didn't find that time of life or bucking everything that others were doing to be much fun at the time. Maybe you can harness some of the downsides to saying yes and make them seem more concrete to you--writing yourself notes, or whatever it takes. At the same time, maybe you can make what you want to say yes to very real to yourself and tell yourself you're saving your personal investment for those things. It might even make you more likely to pursue those things and enjoy them! If you combine the ideas, you might be able to make a rubric for saying yes or no with criteria like, "Is this a one-time thing?" It might not capture all the nuances you'd like, but getting deal breaking or goal-meeting criteria in there could be really helpful.
  10. I think it's a great reference for the parent or teacher, but yeah, I wouldn't do it over several years. We own the 2nd course, I think, as well as the complete course. I am trying to figure out if I want to stick with it (and find the whole series) or do something different. My kids tend to do better with a book they can write in, lol! That's my biggest reason for not using it as is. That, and I can't seem to help modifying every grammar program we use.
  11. Arcadia, the 4th picture looks like redbud to me. The leftover pods from last year reinforce that possibility.
  12. There are also ways to delay the finish of school until there is a bit more synchronicity between chronological and biological age--kids with IEPs are entitled to an education until the age of 22. Whether a diploma is delayed to allow for skills to be attained, to take advantage of maturity, or to take advantage of vocational training, there are multiple ways to slow that train down if it's something that could help the situation. Schools aren't going to want to talk about that until closer to the end of high school, but you can put the idea in your back pocket as a way to take the pressure off. We know a family that successfully had their son delay graduation because the vocational field he was going into turned out to not be a good fit for his people skills. He's doing another program in order to give him a better chance of having marketable skills at graduation. All IEP planning after a certain age (14?) is supposed to include transition planning, and this could be a sign that more specialized attention needs to be given to this young man's transition planning.
  13. I would try to figure out if your rear-facing seat will fit--that might just be a call to your local safety inspection place with the carseat model and the car make/model. If you can take it, then I would have the least expensive forward facing seat shipped to their house for your older child. If the grands are bothered by that, you can maybe arrange to have it donated someplace local to them. They might have a family in need that would be comfortable taking the seat from you. We did this once when visiting family after flying, and it was so much easier than trying to figure out other possible ways to work it out.
  14. It was in my Facebook feed today as reposted by Excellence Through Classics (the organization that does the National Mythology Exam, etc.). My kids watched it over lunch before I forgot it existed.
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