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About yellowperch

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  1. Hi there, I haven't been here for a very long time. (We are all well but no longer homeschooling.) Today I received a note from a friend, and thought its content might be of some interest here. I hope it is okay to post this here, thought I understand if it is not. Please note: this is not an attempt to begin an evolution/creationist discussion. I think we've all had that conversation enough, at least we had back in my day here. Do you remember Charlie's Playhouse? When I was homeschooling younger, science-minded children, Charlie's (as in Charles Darwin's) Playhouse was just about
  2. They are sleeping now so I can't really ask them but here's what came up the last time we discussed this: DS11--a surfing instructor DS9--a herpetologist, but a rich one. Or an engineer at Lego. DD7--a famous artist, editor, teacher, animal rescuer, and a mom of at least six kids, mainly girls and some twins. DS5--Zeus, or someone like him. Or a Ninja.
  3. Me too. Who wouldn't? I keep moving my "i'm giving up" deadline, and am now in the last week of a 2 week wait. I'm aging out of the game fast.........fingers crossed for all of us.
  4. I'll be the oldest here, I think, coming in at 65 when DS finishes college, assuming he follows a traditional track. That seems old to me, but the way I see it, I'll end up 65--here's hoping anyway--no matter what, so I'll happily trot of to his graduation. It'll beat playing Bingo. Editing to add: I just read a little more of the thread, and I'm not the oldest. Let's just make sure my guy finishes at 22. My grandmother was 61 at my college graduation..
  5. Lightening Thief and the rest of that series. Not heavy lifts but action-packed.
  6. First, don't be alarmed yet! My 11 yo is a voracious reader, but as late as nine reading was not a pleasure for him. Our house sounds like yours, and so it was perplexing to us to say the least. He was in PS for fourth grade, but we pulled him out that spring. By summer he was reading as if his life depended on it. The ops give excellent advice. What clicked for my guy was a perfect storm of boredom (his younger siblings wouldn't talk to him because THEY were into their books when he wanted to play, plus we have no tv or computer games), skill (he had finally arrived at true fluency) and
  7. Here's the link to the post in the writing forum: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?t=325945&page=4 I think comments on writing only should go there. Thoughts on the program itself should go here. I live to confuse! Thank you.
  8. Pats fan (sort of, I don't hunk I've ever watched a pro football game) here. My older boys are at my moms to watch the game. I hope they have fun!
  9. I read somewhere the people who don't watch commercial television spend about $3,200 less a year. I have no idea if this is true or not, but I thought I'd put it out there. Certainly, watching the parade of consumerism would normalize it, even though it probably isn't ver normal.
  10. love these ideas. princess of lovely flowing blond hair. love it. Tonight some of these ideas will be tested. It's a mad scramble night with swim, a fast meal at the pizza place, a bit too much driving and one ds has a hard piano practice ahead, plus probably a good bit of homework....I'm ready though. Humor might be my best ally.
  11. Here you go: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/business/media/mad-for-downton-publishers-have-a-reading-list.html?src=me&ref=general
  12. Just bumping to hear some more ideas. Love especially the physical tasks. My kids will really respond to that. (Hi Nan!)
  13. My kids would think that was very funny. It might be just what we need sometimes!
  14. I'm looking for ideas that: 1) Don't really affect the other children or ruin my day (i.e. since I am often on my own on weekends with the kids having a child stay home form an outing is a bit unfair. I'll do it if the situation warrants, but would rather find other ways) 2) Quick and easy to execute. These are for small infractions. I am trying to reduce the drama around discipline by applying it more often to correct things like calling a sibling an idiot (for example), leaving the piano multiple times during practice, or excessive griping. There are other examples, some related to c
  15. I could have written the above. I was 33, 35, 37, 39 and 42 when my babies were born. Hoping against hope for one more, but between DH's travel and my last (45th) birthday, I fear it is just a dream. My mom was 18 when her first child was born. I see the beauty in that, too. But DH was the right guy for me, and it took me a long time to find him.
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