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  1. 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!)
  2. 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).
  3. 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 😕)
  4. 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).
  5. 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!).
  6. 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?
  7. 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!
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. Yes! This is what I read! Thank you 🙂
  11. I became aware of this show after reading an article (or maybe a Twitter thread?) about it written by someone who lived it (s/he was a child at the time). They were incredibly impressed with how accurate it was. It reminded them off things they're forgotten (including something about white school uniforms, and going to school on Saturdays). They really liked it. (Of course I can't find the source now.)
  12. Hits: Evan Moore Daily Science - we've tried so many science curricula over the years, and this was by far our most successful year. It got done every day, DS retained things he had learned, and he didn't complain bitterly about doing it. IEW SWI - this one was actually a miss last year, but we tried something else this year (see "misses"), then went back to IEW (moving from A to B) and now it's a hit. Who knew? Math on the Level - we've been using this since kindergarten, and we'll be finishing it up early next year (only a few concepts left to cover). This has been the one constant in our homeschool since the beginning, and I'll miss it! Misses: EIW 6th grade - the grammar portion was fine, but once we got to the writing, there were so many tears. Having to come up with his own thing to write about (even given a topic), and then being told to edit it to make it sound better, without a lot of direction... It made me realize that IEW really was the right method for this child, and so we went back to it! A hit and a miss: A History of US - *I* learned a lot from it, and often shared tidbits with my husband in the evening. Plus, it really helped my Jeopardy game 😄 But DS nicknamed it "People are Terrible," and we both had a hard time reading about all the ways people have been awful to each other, day after day. (It quickly became our tradition that after reading our history chapter together, we'd spend ten minutes looking at cute animals on Instagram, by way of palate cleanser.)
  13. I'm in CT (New Haven area), and there are lots of homeschoolers, and plenty of activities. And New England is a great place to be if you're learning American history. Plus we're close to both Boston and NYC. But... given the choice, I might choose NC. CT is an expensive state to live in, NC has better weather, and the Connecticut itself isn't doing well, financially. (Overall, I love where we live, and the people around us! But I'm not blind to the issues our state has.)
  14. I had what was probably Lyme last year (my test came back negative, but my symptoms matched pretty much exactly, the test can take a while to come up positive if you catch it early, and the antibiotics made it go away). I have stevia in my tea every morning, but still got sick. 🤷‍♀️ I don't think it tastes exactly like sugar - it has a anise-y aftertaste, like black licorice. But I love black licorice, so I'm okay with it!
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