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About fdrinca

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  1. My son is looking for a graphic novel he read from our local library, but it honestly doesn't seem to exist. I have a vague memory of the book as well, or I would have written it off after spending many Google searches looking for it. He remembers it being called "Jude," about the Holocaust/WW2. Recent-ish publication (past 5 years?). It is not "Maus", nor "Hidden." We are pretty sure it is called "Jude," but are willing to believe that the book has another title and the cover had the word "Jude" prominently. Possibly Juden. I've sent an email to our children's librarian, but
  2. For my non-writer, we do drawings for narration (in addition to oral narration). But, we do narration **after** we have finished the piece, so that they can process and digest the entire piece and find the essential parts. My kids have tended to get caught up in trying to retell every bit of the story, unable to see the forest from the trees. Asking for a summary after every paragraph would only have perpetuated that problem. Here are some additional ideas: https://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/narration/ ETA: my sense is that narration is much, much more than simply summa
  3. While I would have argued that yes, they would still be sacramentaly married, you do raise a good point. Does the Church really view a sacramental marriage as **enough** to qualify as marriage? Clearly, the requirements for divorce are more than dissolving the civil union, but it isn’t clear to me that a sacramental marriage alone is enough to constitute marriage.
  4. As I have gotten older as a parent (I don’t dare say more experienced, although my sons would say I do have more XP now than 10 years ago), I find it more and more important that I keep in mind that these are CHILDREN who are in process of becoming, not formed and finished and ready for display. My heart breaks for the times I know other parents have spoken of my own children in judgmental tones. Judge me if you must assign blame for bad behavior, but not my child whose brain is not fully developed and who probably can’t put name to his emotions or know why he is upset.
  5. I always like to show how we derive the area of a circle:
  6. I read it to be the opposite: one unit made up into a duplex.
  7. Do you have any itching at all? That's a sign for me that it's allergies at work. I also look for allergic shiners in my kids. If I don't get on top of my DSs allergies, he will quickly transition to sinus and ear infections, then upper respiratory thanks to the post nasal drip.
  8. Thanks for your replies. I'm wondering specifically if there are materials where one of the factors is less than 1. For example, using two dimensional space to represent 1/6 of 20. Earlier today I explained to my son why we multiply a number by a percentage to find the percent of the number using this framework. (Sorry, math words are clunky - why 0.3 X 55 solves for 30% of 55) It was a lightbulb moment for him. Thinking in terms of finding the **area** of two numbers, rather than the **product** was eye-opening.
  9. Shower brainstorming this morning on trying to answer my daughter's question "but WHY do we multiply to find the part of the whole" had me realize that I should teach addition on number line (1 dimensional space) and multiplication in two dimensional space. I'm only starting to cogitate this, but anyone have a direction for me to head?
  10. With the proliferation of materials on TpT and other teacher-share sites, in addition to other materials offered all over the internet, it could be that some newbies are good stewards of their time and don't seek to recreate the wheel.
  11. Definitely library books sales and garage sales. Make friends with a locally-owned used book store. They will often get duplicates of books, people who just want to unload a lot of kids books without caring what the buyback value is, or books that aren't in great condition for bookstore resale...these can be had for very cheap/free if you find the right relationship. I worked at a used bookstore in graduate store. We had a few elementary teachers who would come take care of our children's section (organize, prune out junk, highlight really good books), and they were "paid" in store cre
  12. And thanks for linking! Posting from my tablet really inhibits my ability to be generous with links :)
  13. Listen to the Freakonomics podcast "are we in a mattress store bubble?". It's so fascinating! No recs here...I'm still on my college mattress (ick!) and will probably upgrade to whatever Costco carries, because convenience trumps all.
  14. I keep waiting for Froebel to become popular. His work is SO fascinating and has been useful for my ASD kiddo. (The rest love it too; he just gets into it in an almost religious way.)
  15. Thanks for sharing. I love this book. I recommend it to every new homeschooler. And yet, I never really quite know how to implement it. I wish I did. Maybe now I do :)
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