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  1. Do we have here any American homeschoolers that live in Austria?
  2. A couple of years ago I found a very interesting but a little pricey foreign language program that started with a text in English and they slowly replaced different words in it with a foreign language words (say French). I liked that program a lot, but I don't seem to find it. Does anyone know which one it is?
  3. We use Growing with Grammar and my DD 12 loves it. She enjoys the student manual and the independence that comes with it. We only do it twice a week.
  4. Hi, does anyone know where I could find material to reinforce The Manners Guide book?
  5. My daughter loves the Ninja Turtles and I would like to find something like a unit study for her. In the past I found something on the internet about sewer system, but can't find it anymore. She can handle some solid information since she is 12 , but all I find is geared towards younger children.
  6. When I first visited my mother in law in the US I was shocked with how salty she was eating. Fast forward ten years later and after she almost died from contacting E coli, she now can eat only a little bit of salt (close to what I eat normally). Her palate too was ruined from the salty foods. That is also the case with sweets. Americans eat waaaay too sweet. Now I know taste in older people is very diminished due to age. My grandma who had been an excellent cook all her life started complaining in her eighties that food didn't taste good any more. She was constantly complaining of her own cooking. To me, her food tasted as good as I remembered it.
  7. Yes, and watermelons. Today I bought a 20 lb one and I ate 1/3 by myself. Now that corn is coming it will be corn and watermelon all day long.
  8. Garden vegetables make the dishes on this list a hit in the summer. Ratatouille, real greek salad (no lettuce), home made salsa, yellow green bean soup, eggplant salad, bruschetta, roasted peppers.
  9. We had Ratatouille with pasta, hummus with pretzels and for me a truckload of watermelon.
  10. Hi, I need a writing curriculum for my 11 year old day dreamer. It is obvious to us that she needs to learn to organize her thoughts. She loves to read, she loves to listen to me reading, she loves to talk, but writing is a different matter. English is my second language and I am not as confident as I wished and we also live overseas. Where should I start? I dread spending the time looking for something that I don't know much about. Are there any curriculums that come with online teaching or some kind of teacher. How about any good written curriculum? I forgot to mention, she is a native English speaker.
  11. I had such a good laugh. :lol: Ladies you are awesome.
  12. Hi, we are a mixed family too. I am Romanian and my husband is American. We have spoken only Romanian to our daughter until about 2 1/2, when we moved from Romania to America. It is then that we started speaking both languages for abvious reasons. Fast forward 8 years later, it took a lot of determination on my part to continue speaking Romanian to her as she was starting to communicate more and more in English. When we started homeschooling, I decided it was a good time to have her learn from the Abecedar too. It went very good for us, since we treated it like a second language. She actually learned how to read in Romanian before English. That, plus semi frequent visits to Romania helped a lot with her Romanian. We are in our 4th year of homeschooling and just started our Limba Romana clasa a2a. This way she is forced to expand her voccabulary beyond every day talk. I also have her watch Romanian cartoons and I take time to read to her in Romanian. So I think a combination of options 1 and 3 will bring good results.
  13. I quit sugar and carbs for a few months due to health problems. Since it is known that sugar is adictive, it takes a few days to start to feel the difference and lose the cravings. Depending on your diet, I would suggest empting your cabinets of anything tempting and buying a lot of nuts, dried fruit, veggies, fruit... and eating protein to compensate the loss of energy.
  14. My dd9 is a dreamer. She is also a talker. She is good at math and gets all the answers right, but it takes a long time to do it, and when I check her work pages, they are full of drawings. She has a hard time focusing. There are always things going through her mind that are not related to what we are doing. She is advancing nice, but she started to tell me she doesn't like school. Another thing is that the more I hurry her the slower she gets and starts making mistakes. She can't grasp that if math takes one hour, she will not have time to do the things she wants to do. Oh, I don't want to forget that if she reads a book, or I read to her she can focus very well and stay focused for hours at a time. How do parents of creative children manage? Is there a secret that I should know? I asked her today what she would like to do for homeschooling and she said: play with the animals in the neighborhood (we don't have pets) and cooking. :001_huh: I need some advice from people that homeschooled or homeschool creative kids. I forgot to say that I am not a creative person, and that is why I feel it is hard for me to understand her.
  15. You know, this type of people have a tendency to forget easily. This is the way they are, they think they know it all. The best way to deal with them is to ignore what they say. They can only hurt you if you let them. I know because I have them in my family too.
  16. Wow, you described me, except that I only need 8 hours of sleep.
  17. The same thing happened to us recently, only with some documents. Strange.
  18. boiled egg, cheese of your choice, cucumber/tomato omelet with whatever you have at hand (cheese, tomatoes, onion, spinach, musrooms) egg and banana omelet (beat the egg and one mushed ripe banana, stir well and cook) a small simple sandwich with green or black tea. fruit salad
  19. Spaghetti and sauce, baked potato with shredded cheese and sour cream. Grilled cheese sandwich. Cabbage with pork 1 big head of cabbage or 2 small thinly sliced 1-2 lb pork meat of your choice (I buy whatever is on sale) without fillers cut into 1" pieces 2 bay leaves 10 peppercorns 1 ts paprika 3 Tbs tomato paste 1 Tbs oregano 1/4 cup oil 2 ts salt In a covered dutch oven boil the meat in 2 cups of water and the oil until tender. In the meantime sprinkle the salt over the thinly sliced cabbage and start mixing it squeezing the cabbage in your hands, do this until the cabbage gets juicy. This way the cabbage will soften and lose volume. Add the cabbage, bay leaf and peppercorns to the now tender meat. The cabbage may not all fit in the dutch oven at once. Cover it with a lid and let it simmer for a few minute. Than mix it well so the one on top gets to the bottom. As it loses more volume keep adding the rest of the cabbage. Keep mixing it until all the cabbage is now covered by liquid. If it is not, add a little more water. Let boil until it gets soft. When is soft add the paprika, the tomato paste and the oregano. Mix well. Cover and let simmer 2 more minutes. It is good to eat with bread and we also like to add sour cream (about 1 teaspoon per bowl). If it is not salty enough, just add more salt. The cabbage will be tastier the next day.
  20. Bean dip is really good with bread and some salad of your choice (coleslaw is usually our favorite). Cheap, tasty, and healthy. Bean dip 1 lb great northern beans 1 small onion peeled but whole 2 carrots pealed 1/4 c oil 2 cloves garlic crushed 1 bay leaf and a few pepper corns Onion Topping 1/4 c oil 1 onion thinly sliced 2 Tbs tomato paste 1 ts paprika The night before wash the beans in 2-3 waters and leave the beans over night in a pot covered with water (the water should be about 1" above the beans). The next day rinse the beans , add the carrots and onion, water, bay leaf and peppercorns and put them on the stove. Let them boil until the beans are tender. When the beans are done discard the bay leaf and peppercorns. Mush the beans, carrot and onion in a blender, chopper or whatever you have in the house, until they are the consistency of a paste (like hummus). Add the garlic and the oil mixing well. Pour the 1/4 oil left in a skillet over a medium fire. Add the onion and fry until they are translucent. Add a little salt, the paprika and the tomato paste. Mix well and let cook one more minute. Poor over the beans. Serve with bread and a salad. This is how it should look http://www.restaurantescape.ro/produse/video-reteta-fasole-batuta-in-stil-oriental-1.jpg
  21. I found this recipe in a small booklet and we fell in love with it. It comes out really tasty. Lemon chicken rice 1 lb bonless skinless chicken breast cut into pieces 1 medium onionc chopped 2 large carrots sliced 2 garlic cloves crushed 4 tablespoons butter 1 can chicken broth or water 3 Tbs lemon juice 2 ts grated lemon peel 11/2 ts salt (less if you use the canned chicken broth) 3 cups uncooked long grain rice (washed in a 4-5 waters) 2 cups chopped broccoli (frozen or fresh) 1/2 cup chopped parsley In a dutch oven pan cook chicken, onion, carrot and garlic in butter until chicken is lightly browned, about 5 minutes. In a bowl mix broth (water), lemon juice, lemon peel and salt and add to skillet. Add the rice and 4 more cops water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, add broccoli and parsley. Cover and simmer until rice is tender. (add more water if needed).
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