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  1. Is your daughter seeing the general practitioner or an endocrinologist? When I was first diagnosed 21 years ago (I have hyperthyroidism by the way), my general practitioner sent me to an endocrinologist. I saw him for about a year until I was stable and we had found the right dose of medication. Then my general practitioner went back to tracking my levels every six months and then yearly. I've only seen an endocrinologist twice during the last 21 years, only during pregnancy. I also want to add that it took me awhile, but I finally began advocating for myself during blood draws. I have been known to get faint and even pass out. For a long time I insisted on lying down during the blood draw and asking for a butterfly needle. After years of blood draws, I could finally sit in the chair and have them use a regular needle, but even now I still begin every blood draw by explaining what I need for it to be successful. Don't feel intimidated. Help your daughter ask for what she needs. I've never had anyone disregard my requests.
  2. I read it out loud to my kids, reading about half a chapter at a time. I've been reading out loud from a history spine since my oldest was in kindergarten. My boys love it, and history is their absolute favorite subject. After I read it loud, my 7th grader writes a short 4-5 sentence summary about it. Sometimes these summaries are written in foldables that I've printed out. We're currently using some great ones about US history that I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. Twice a week he picks a book about a topic covered in the reading, reads a section, and then writes a summary of the section one day and makes a short outline of another section on the second day. I try to have lots of books checked out from the library about events and people from the time period we're studying.
  3. If she likes sentence diagramming, she'll love Grammar for the Well Trained Mind! It's an all encompassing grammar program with the same conversational style as FLL (we did all 4 years of that program, too). My 7th grader started it in mid 6th grade, and he's just now on lesson 92. We take it slow because most of the concepts are new to both of us. 😁
  4. I picked up a used copy of Using Picture Storybooks to Teach Character Education by Susan Hall on Amazon a few years ago for $5. It covers about 20 character traits, listing and summarizing books that deal with each one. It also summarizes how each book explores the specific trait it's been selected to teach. There's also a section in the back that ties each book to subjects and historical time periods. Well worth the $5!
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    I agree with Lanny. My mom was just diagnosed. At her regular eye appointment, the optometrist saw the signs of macular degeneration and told her to make an appointment with a retinologist asap. She went two days later where she was diagnosed. You should see an MD (retinologist or opthalmologist) for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
  6. We just started Tops chemistry. My boys are enjoying the hands on experiments and self directed aspects of the curriculum. They're 7th and 5th grades https://topscience.org/collections/chemistry
  7. We've just finished Biology for the Logic Stage https://elementalscience.com/collections/biology-for-the-logic-stage I liked the order of study, and the experiments were fairly easy to set up and do. Each week included an easy to label diagram and many supplemental readings and assignments. I added my own readings and videos and didn't follow the reading/writing suggestions, and we did our own summaries and outlines. I still thought the curriculum was well worth the money (I bought both the teacher and student e-book guides). My now 4th grader did the whole unit with us as well, and it was easy to modify for him. I just purchased the Earth Science for the Logic Stage. I just wanted to add that this curriculum aligned with my goals for middle school science: To keep a science notebook To set up and execute an experiment without much parent input To go through the steps of the scientific method, writing them down during the process To be exposed to different science concepts and discover how they are interconnected To come to conclusions about scientific concepts To learn new vocabulary
  8. Preach it! And original poster, stand your ground and fight it. Keep asking for managers and go up the chain of command if you need to. Don't expect the doctor to change the code as he's not the one who inputs it. Ask for the manager of the department. I have dealt with this for years, and I even got the VP of the hospital involved for one issue.
  9. Just an aside... My library has many of these magazines for check out through the digital library. Maybe yours does, too!
  10. I agree with this. We used it this past year along with our history of ancients. We tied it in with math and geography, too, as there are chapters about longitude and latitude as well as the Pythagorean theorem. My boys, ages 9 and 11, both enjoyed learning how the human knowledge of science grew. There are no hands on experiments as this really is a history text. It's well written, and the chapters are pretty short. I think the text makes more sense when read in historical context, but you certainly could still gain a lot just reading it on its own. I guess one could use the book as a guide to create science lessons/experiments based on certain chapters, assuming you use the term science broadly. There could be hands on experiments/projects about math theories, building design, geography, etc. The quality of a course like this would really depend on the teacher and his or her skill at designing something like this. You really need to decide if you want your child to take a structured, traditional science course or something that may be a bit more unconventional and not technically a science experiment focused course at all.
  11. My library has a page on its website listing all of the electronic resources they offer to patrons. I just clicked the site from there and used my library account number to create an account. Both kanopy and hoopla have apps you can download for free and install on your phone or tablet. We have them installed on our tablet, and that's how we watch.
  12. Yes, very similar to hoopla. I just discovered it about a month ago. There are some amazing titles on it, including documentaries of all kinds. We use both hoopla and now kanopy for tv since we don't own one. Billy Nye and Inspector Gadget are on hoopla. Love it!
  13. The book began a little slow for me, and I kept wondering where the story was going to go. It picked up for me after Nishioka realized he had changed. I guess that was the aspect of the story that I liked so much, the ability for people to be changed forever by something or someone that they didn't even realize was altering them. The work to create the dictionary and the time spent with others in that environment impacted everyone in different ways. I always enjoy reading about how people's lives are impacted by others, even in a fictional story.
  14. Good advice. We're just starting sixth with the oldest, and Rethinking School couldn't have come out at a better time for me. It's an easy read with such great little nuggets that remind me to reevaluate and think about the overall goal of learning and education. We've continued to homeschool because of the freedom it allows, and her book reminded me how different educational choices can be, and how we can continue to educate at home without being afraid to do it outside of the box.
  15. I make a review page that my kids do each day outside of math time. I write 2-5 problems they need extra practice with in a notebook for each child. I've been doing this for about 2 years now, and it's working pretty well to keep concepts in mind. Also, slow down if you need and take longer to cover the material. There's no rush to finish. Understanding the concept is key. Fractions and area and perimeter come back around in level 5 of Singapore.
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