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  1. I wore Keds when I was younger, but Converse have always hurt my heels (and felt very stiff). I now swear by Lems. I've had a pair of Primal 2's for four years now, and they are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn (particularly the back of the heels, which are often a problem for me).
  2. Is it possible you could help her work through this book? It's a self-teaching method aimed at adults, but if she had someone to help her with it? (I learned to play cello last year, and used that book in conjunction with a teacher. I really liked the book, and my teacher was impressed with it, too.)
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    I can not hear the name Regina without immediately thinking of Regina Phalange.
  4. Now I'm confused. TheWikipedia page linked earlier says he is predicting either "six more weeks of winter-like weather," or an "early spring." And farther down in the page it has a chart of his predictions, along with "Impartial estimates place the groundhog's accuracy between 35% and 40%." So that seems to be saying that he is predicting two different things, right? And the history page of Punxsutawney Phil says, "If, according to German lore, the hedgehog saw his shadow on Candlemas Day there would be a “Second Winter” or 6 more weeks of bad weather. " Also no mention of a joke? (I have now officially spent more time thinking about groundhogs today then in my entire previous life 😄)
  5. DS12 will be 13 in a two months, and his brain fog is driving us both crazy. In math, in particular, he can't remember how to do things he used to have down (which is know is common after summer vacation), but more worryingly, he is having a hard time re-learning those things. Basic logic just seems to be eluding him. He's a kid who's always been pretty mathy, and picks things up quickly. The past year or so not as much, but this year... I was trying to remind him how to find the area of a complex figure (break it down into things you know how to find the area of, then add those areas together). This was something he had down last year, but couldn't remember at all. So I backed up and broke it down into individual skills. I've now had to back up to the point where I'm asking him "if the whole line is 8m long, and this piece of it is 3m, how long is the other piece of the line?" And despite going over this repeatedly, from a variety of angles, for the past two days, it still seems a mystery to him. (This is just one example.) And it's frustrating both of us! He told me today that he feels like he's going backwards. Secretly, I agree with him 😟. (It's not that he's not trying - he is! And is frustrated with himself! But the connections just aren't being made.) It's not just math - in science I was repeating the same thing to him over and over again, but he couldn't seem to remember it. I wrote it down, pointed it out to him, but he still couldn't seem to figure it out. However! He loves chess, and is doing just fine at that. Taking classes, doing well, plays it a ton in his free time. So not all brain function has ceased. 😏 We just started week 4, and it's not gotten better. He's eating and sleeping fine. He doesn't appear to be currently growing (at least, not currently eating us out of house and home). He does recover well - is upset for a while, but later on is okay. I'm just not sure what to do. Any advice?
  6. I went looking for this (because I thought it might be useful for DS). Are you by chance thinking of the Buddhist Jataka tales? Because I found this, but couldn't find a Hindu version. (Which, btw, thank you, I'm totally going to use when we study Buddhism!)
  7. We're doing world religion this year, too! I'm going to have DS read Ramayana: Divine Loophole. I pre-read it this summer, and really enjoyed it (and loved the illustration style).
  8. I'm using this book with my son this year, and I really like it. A good overview of the five biggest religions, their backstory, what their followers believe, etc. Highly recommend. Along with it I got a children's bible, and I'll have him read the various stories mentioned in the Comparative book. I also picked up some picture books about Muhammed and Buddha (both by Demi), Ramadan, and Passover. You might also check out Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know from The Great Courses. (I really wanted to use it, but DS doesn't like videos 😕)
  9. We used EIW 6 last year, and while it didn't work for us as a writing program, the first half does cover grammar, and that went well for us. I didn't add spelling, because DS is a pretty natural speller (although we have used Sequential Spelling in the past, and liked that).
  10. When I was pregnant with DS, my first ultrasound showed me having a ovarian cyst. After it was removed, it was declared a "mature cystic teratoma." Mine had to be removed because it twisted, and was incredibly painful. (Painful enough that they did surgery on my ovary to remove it at the end of my first trimester.) But I got the impression that that wasn't always the case, and often they can just hang out and are fine, and maybe go away on their own? Mine was just special and demanded attention. 😕 So, to answer your questions: they can be fine, but they can cause pain if they twist. The pain is a shooting pain in the stomach, and is hard to mistake. I believe they can remove them laparoscopically. They removed mine through the abdomen, with a incision in my stomach from my belly button down, because mine was so large they couldn't do that. (Again: special :/) Before mine was removed, I was told it could cause scarring on the ovary, or I might lose an ovary altogether. Thankfully, neither of those things happened (and DS was fine!).
  11. I just ran across this post, and it really resonated with me: Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule. On a school day, days where we have something planned (even if it's much later in the day) feel so different from days where we don't. Days with no appointments/activities/whatever feel so much more open, and like we can really take our time on things. We can have that on tangentially-related discussion, we can follow that rabbit trail, we can tackle that science experiment. Even if there's plenty of time for it anyway, having something planned for later just feels like it looms over the rest of the day (even when it's something we love and look forward to!). I guess we're "making" an education? A learning experience? Anyone else feel this way?
  12. I only have one kid, but he's used Math on the Level since kindergarten. We're going to finish it up early this year (7th grade), and it's going to be very weird to use something else going forward!
  13. I'm doing something very similar for my rising 7th grader this year. I have the added requirement of nothing too depressing (because the last two years of American history just about did us in!). I also kind of felt that we'd read enough books about America over the years. So I'm going to have him read "Williwaw" by Tom Bodet (about a couple of kids living in Alaska), and together we'll read "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech (road trip across the middle of America, includes Native American).
  14. A useful website for vetting future books and movies: Does the Dog Die. It's crowd sourced, and has a ton of categories, including the one in the title.
  15. Yes! This is what I read! Thank you 🙂
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