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  1. @peacelovehomeschoolingThank you! He is a very expressive dog. He doing really well, stitches are still tender but we were able to leave his cone off almost all afternoon and evening which was a first. I imagine he won’t end up having to wear it the entire 2 weeks our vet originally recommended. I hope your little guy is recovering well.
  2. I’m glad he’s doing better! We had our 70 pound lab neutered last week. It took a couple days before he would urinate like normal, but he’s fine now. The cone is such a pain but it is absolutely necessary for our dog. He will not leave his stitches alone without the cone until evening when he’s more mellow. He has two incision sites due to an undescended testicle which was apparently difficult to locate. We have to keep our eyes on him, but do take the cone off to give him a break. We also scratch his ears for him way more often since he can’t do it for himself. He tries to scratch through the cone which is our cue to help 😆 By day 3 with the cone, he didn’t really seem to notice it and now that it’s been a week it almost seems normal that he has it. Every day we are able to leave it off longer and longer but he still needs it. If your dog ends up having to wear the cone I just want to reassure you that he will likely get used to it. (I wouldn’t recommend a camo cone, it seems to limit peripheral vision.)
  3. Thanks, I found some threads over there and it was very helpful. @EmseB Thanks! He will read ANYTHING but we would do the labs anyway. I have a rock identification kit from his much younger days, the other lab materials didn’t look like they would be too difficult to find. I’m drawn to the high school courses and think this would be a good intro for him. We have done Memoria Press Insects, Birds, and Astronomy in the last couple of years. I’m planning to do trees with my two younger kids this year. Initially I planned to do it with him too, but I think he needs something more.
  4. No specific questions, just curious what you like and dislike about it. I’m looking for science for my 7th grader. The preview looks good but it’s always good to hear from someone who has actually used a particular curriculum.
  5. Has anyone used this? The only reviews I’ve found online are from people who just got their copy, none from people who used it for a year. I can’t find anything on Cathy Duffy’s website either.
  6. I love this so much! I love that you got to witness that with your daughter and to celebrate it with her.
  7. SWB has a talk, “Avoiding Burnout” that may be helpful. One idea she mentions is block scheduling kids and getting each one set up for the week. She doesn’t really talk about your specific situation, but it’s still a great talk, it’s $4 in the online store.
  8. Yes! I know when kids are first starting to read it can be so hard to find material that’s easy enough and interesting. But, the stage is short (although it’s feeling like forever with child 3). If you can have trouble getting books from your library see if they will do inter-library loans.
  9. Thank you all! I’ll be seeing what my library has and then doing some shopping.
  10. My 10 year old daughter enjoys to read myths, fairytales, and folktales and wants to incorporate more into this year’s school year. She has read most of the Lang fairy books and enjoys Native American stories. I know D’Aularies has Norwegian and Norse tales in addition to the Greek myths (she’s read them). Any recommendations of tales from other continents? Anthologies or collections would be wonderful.
  11. Here are some shots from hikes in the past month. A mushroom on a trail, the overlook at sunset near where my daughter and I camped (and got eaten alive by deer flys), and a waterfall at a nearby nature preserve. It had been pretty dry so the waterfall was barely flowing, but the size of the rocks always surprises me. This week we have had lots of rain so it’s probably flowing good now. You all are really talented photographers!
  12. I don’t know if you can buy a dryer without a moisture sensor. However, do you by chance use dryer sheets? We have an LG washer and dryer. The delivery guy who installed them pointed out that LG says not to use dryer sheets because they interfere with the moisture sensor and void the warranty. My SIL has an LG and uses dryer sheets, but hasn’t had issues in over 15 years. I’ve never used them in our dryer after the warning even though I’m sure any warranty we had had since expired. Anyway, could that possibly be the cause of your sensor issues?
  13. I’m not a librarian but I do spend a lot of time in my local library. Do you have a library board or patrons that stop in regularly? I would want to know who is using the library and what they want to read. Is the library trying to attract more people from the community? Do you need books for clubs or so that students can complete reading lists? I would have a lot of fun ordering the books I like, but that probably isn’t what my community would want. 😆 I would join your state/regional library association if possible and network with other librarians, I know pre-covid the public librarians (and library staff) in my area regularly met and worked together planning things like summer reading and One Read community books. If you have an Instagram account, @hereweeread (note the second e in wee) is focused on diverse books for children. I could be wrong but I feel like Dune and Enders Game are pretty mainstream, I don’t read sci-fi and I have heard of them. Look for posts on the general ed board by @Tanaqui or @Lori D., both have good book recommendations. Have fun and good luck!
  14. My SIL had (has?) Valley Fever, it is very serious. I keep praying for the whole world to be cured of this virus.
  15. Jacqueline Woodson writes a lot of middle grade books, the ones I have read are good, especially Brown Girl Dreaming. Cry, the Beloved Country is really good! The author is white although South African. Becoming by Michelle Obama, although non-fiction is really good. Condelezza Rice’s autobiography is also really interesting. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is fabulous. He is a black attorney from the north who moved to the south and started the Equal Justice Initiative which works with those who were wrongly imprisoned, often on death row, due to non-existent or poor legal representation. If you would like something on civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr’s autobiography read by Lamar Burton is really, really good. There are recordings of the speeches Dr. King gave interspersed throughout. I agree with CuriousMom that Maya Angelou is a great writer but many of her books have graphic scenes in them.
  16. I’ve not seen one but I have definitely heard a pair. A couple weeks ago I took my kids on their very first backpacking trip. My two boys slept just fine but my daughter was nervous and had trouble sleeping. She woke me what felt like every 10 minutes. I was laying there awake after the most recent disturbance and heard the “Who cooks for you call” nearby, then heard a response off in the distance. Then a minute later heard it again closer. It was really neat. Then suddenly the two birds came rushing through our campsite and seemed to land in the same place very nearby. They made this most awful sounding monkey sound several times over what felt like an hour but was probably a minute. My 7 year old sat up during the middle of it and sleepily told me, “I do NOT like that sound”. My daughter didn’t sleep much at all after that while my 12 year old slept through it all. 😆 We think it may have been some sort of mating ritual but aren’t certain. Now my 7 year old keeps talking about wanting to see more monkey owls. We had a great horned owl that would come to a tree in our yard for 3 winters in a row but he didn’t show up this year. We think our yard was just part of his territory, he was really impressive.
  17. I can’t believe it has been 5 years! I would love to send him a card.
  18. If you have Amazon Prime you can find songs online, I created a list of school songs that we use during our morning time. The Classical Conversations President song is available. We like the Macho Nacho song for states and capitals. There are many other options though. Seterra is a good quizzing program online for geography. Edited to add this video, they have a world map video too.
  19. Kuman has good maze books. Instead of writing in the books, I have my kids a button to push through the maze.
  20. Fill the sink with water, give them a couple cups and maybe a strainer. When you dry up your floor, it will be cleaner than it’s been in a long time. 😊 You may just want one kid doing this at a time.
  21. My husband flew in the first part of March, he said entire airports smelled like disinfectant and that he saw the plane, being wiped down. He said it seemed much cleaner than normal, he sent a picture of his plane from CT to Detroit, it was almost empty. My brother flew home from another country in late March, he witnessed much the same thing. He said no one sat next to each other on the planes, they weren’t empty but not crowded either. Frontier was running a deal where you could fly for just the cost of airport fees, you may have to join the discount program. The border from LA into TX is definitely closed. Two of my cousins live in TX and commute to LA. Initially they both had difficulty getting the right paperwork to get home from work even though they are considered essential workers. People are being turned back by TX police. I’m sorry for your loss. I certainly understand your husband wanting to be there for his brother.
  22. I’m very sorry for your loss! I’ve had three miscarriages (10 weeks, 10 weeks, 17 weeks) and healed differently physically and emotionally each time. Within 4-6 weeks I was feeling mostly normal each time though. It’s hard to know the difference between grief and pregnancy hormones plus you have the added craziness of the world being upside down right now. As for nausea, it usually was gone within a couple weeks. I wish you the best during this healing process.
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