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  1. My daughter has decided that she wants to make a quilt. by hand. "like laura and mary (ingalls)" which is fine, I think she can try to make a doll size quilt, but I have no idea how. I googled and I'm getting overwhelmed. does anyone here do this? can you point me to a good instructive book or website? thanks
  2. your dog is my dogs hero. our lab (7 mo) is hell-bent of catching himself a squirrel (or a bird) but so far all he's caught was a butterfly.
  3. I loved the ACS program! I did go overboard buying the supplies bc it was my first year homeschooling and it was so much fun buying all this cool stuff. I liked that the readings were short and I really liked the videos too. true, its 'short' but that was ok for me, we didnt do science every day and we took breaks too. I might use it for a non-college bound high schooler and see where it takes you. its a nice foundation if your high schooler wants to go further. I have no experience with apologia.
  4. for grammar, I like IEW's The Nose Tree. works very well with my check-listy kid. Its fairly gentle, lots of repetition, and I feel like it sets the child up for success. and they have a great return policy, so if it doesnt work for you, you can return it :)
  5. thanks for all of the feedback I think we will give it a try and see what happens. I like the idea of reading it together.
  6. I'm considering BA (3a) for my now third grader. was wondering if this is something that is meant to be more of an independent study thing or if its more parent intensive. It seems written to the student, do you as a parent just step in when the child isnt understanding something or gets stuck? or is it expected that the parent will teach the lessons? My ds is probably capable of getting most of it on his own but needs alot of encouragement to stay focused and on topic. and he lacks any initiative when it comes to math. so I will most likely be around while he is working, just wondering what
  7. we bought my husbands childhood home from my inlaws. shortly after we got married they moved overseas where all of dh's siblings were living. I wasnt really keen on the idea, its a nice enough house on a beautiful property in a beautiful community that we totally dont fit into and I was worried about the 'strings' but dh really wanted it. so, be aware of any attached strings (was entirely as I predicted but since the inlaws live 6000 miles away its only an issue when they come to visit). I've learned to live with my neighbors, and am grateful that we have a nice house that we probably could
  8. not the OP, but I have questions... do you use the food grade DE? does the terro liquid ant killer need to be reapplied after it gets wet?
  9. this. we had a terrible time with carpenter ants. all of my neighbors too. we hired an exterminator and after paying a bazillion dollars we STILL had ants now and then. so finally my dh educated himself. first thing...watch them. find the nest. kill the nest and if you can, the queen. as large as the ants are, the queen is obscenely huge. we found a nest in a dying apple tree in our yard. got rid of the tree and it really decreased the amount of ants around our house. keep your gutters clear. find and repair any leaks. they love soft wet wood. if you learn their habits, and follow them, th
  10. I love my klean kanteen insulated water bottle. I mostly use it for keeping hot drinks hot (my hot water stays hot for hours when we're ice skating) and I would imagine it does keep cold drinks cold as well. the only downside for me is that the sports tops squeak and leak.
  11. I totally understand you :) I bought the app even though we have the real deal abacus. it is cool. and it makes a nice clickity sound when you slide the beads. very sensitive to flipping over though, is my only complaint. its fun to play with (my kids dont even use it, I do)
  12. there's a right start group on facebook. lots of people sell their used curriculum and manipulatives there. you might try that.
  13. I pulled my son out of school mid fifth grade and he used saxon math through pre algebra. he's now in 9th, back in regular high school doing algebra 1 (common core, regents math) and has had no problem transitioning from saxon. I think he was well prepared for it, actually. the one thing he hated about it was that saxon math is t.e.d.i.o.u.s.
  14. I requested that one from the library too and I love your quote, btw
  15. thank you, I think she will like these
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