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  1. OP, I hope the following gives you a laugh. I had to read that quote from @goldberry at least 3 times befre I wasn't confused. I kept reading "glad to hear that both you and your parents are unvaccinated." Which seemed odd given your OP, even if said poster were against this particular vax, which I don't think she is. I guess that's a sign I need some sleep. I hope you are able to snag a testing appt. (not an easy feat around here, unless you want to drive a not short distance) and that you and your family remain illness-free!
  2. Well, I have a lot of trouble with audiobooks and podcasts. I place a lot of the blame on my PS years. It wasn't often I had to pay attention in class in order to do well, so I just learned to tune out what was being said and be in my own little world. To this day, if I don't have an outline or take notes, I intensely dislike audio things/lectures. As a current example, I started trying to listen to Fr. Mike's Bible in a Year podcast this year. At first, I hated it. My mind constantly wandered to making a grocery list, what book I was reading, etc...And I gave up. But then they started posting in on youtube, with the words. So now I am about 60 days in. For me, if it's just audio, it isn't going to work. I either need to have a book to follow or to take notes. So he could just be like me and need his eyes and ears to be focused on the same thing for any chance of retention. If something is presented audio only (books or lectures), my brain defaults to whatever it is seeing or thinking about, which usually will not coincide with the audio input. That being said, I don't have trouble with oral directions like your example, generally. So while there might be more going on with him, there also might not be. If he's old enough, teach him to take notes and see if that helps.
  3. Well, I know what I'd do, which may or may not be helpful to you. I'd invite others along the lines of "we'll be go-karting from 1-2 on Sat. DS would love to see X there." Or I'd have my kid tell the others when he'd be there and say it would be fun if they could come too. Then I'd take some easy snacks/drinks and read a book while my kid did his thing. (Okay, not really on the book thing, as I'd most likely be entertaining the toddler/baby, but you get the idea.)
  4. After all these recs for the Target Threshold ones, I will definitely be getting some of those. I am also intrigued by the thought of bamboo, but I might try and find some in a store first to know what they actually feel like.
  5. @DanaeHuh. Well, I like the feel of the bamboo cloth diapers we have, so maybe I'd like bamboo sheets too? @Lucy the Valiant WI is definitely flannel sheet land, IMO. DH vehemently disagrees. @bibiche I don't think DH would like linen. @fairfarmhand @HomeAgain @OH_Homeschooler I guess I really need to look at these Target sheets. I really wasn't expecting to get so many votes for a single brand!
  6. It's been a while since I've had to buy sheets. Anyone have any favorites? (Yes, I know I can look at reviews online. Somehow, recs from people I *know* (even if only online) seem better.
  7. I can count on one hand the number of county sponsored testing days there have been in my county since this pandemic began. Yes, I do live in a very rural county, but still. I also just saw the very first signs advertising free vax by the county. Now, they have been offering those for a while, but the "how to I acess them" info has been very poorly distributed. Between this and our church's complete reversal of COVID things, I just...can't anymore. I got told by a fellow church member that I was unreasonable for being angry that there are basically no longer any COVID restrictions (no one wears masks, no distancing, attendance dispensation lifted, etc...). I was very sorry, not sorry for being angry that our church, which claims to be supportive of families, is doing nothing to protect little ones, which are 5/7 of my household. Blah...thanks for letting me get that off-topic rant out!
  8. I feel your pain. It's so hard to get a COVID test appt. here. We can get tested at Walgreens, but appts. aren't easy to get. Or try for an appt. somewhere an hour away. And, really, driving an hour with 5 kids in the car (because DH is often OOT, and I wouldn't hire a sitter with someone sick) just seems like a lot. Theroretically, both Walgreens and Walmart in our small town carry tests in store, but I've never actually seen them in stock, so they go fast. Also, I'd rather people were officially tested, so we have more accurate numbers, but here we are. So, though our kids have been sick a handful of times, since *all of this* started, we've never had them tested. I can't fathom why every single county does not have a COVID testing site available at least one day a week at this point. And with numbers going up, it should be more often than that.
  9. @BaseballandHockey I wouldn't worry about the sexism thing yet, especially if this is the only way it manifests. Kids are weird with what they latch onto as being unequal or unfair.
  10. Well, now I am wondering what your kids' names are...and what names this DS likes. Our oldest is only 11, so I don't put any stock in what any of them say about having/not having kids at this point. That being said, I think 2 of the 4 oldest probably will, at least. And who knows about kid #5. It seems mean (?) to speculate about such things before he is even 1!
  11. Bowl. Who wants to hang out in a bathroom, feeling well or not? Generally, our rule of thumb is "try to make it to the bathroom, but here is a bowl if you can't." When they are little, I do have to make sure the bowl follows if they move (like from the couch to bed, or whatever).
  12. I have kids in levels A, B, and C. It's working for us. We don't read the literature (because we've already read most of them, and don't care for the others). They just read the lesson portion and do the workbook stuff. The kids in levels B and C do the lesson pretty independently. I check in with them/their work when they are done. I read the lesson to the kid in level A (not an independent reader yet). My kids read lots of other things, so I'm not worried about skipping the literature part. Currently, oldest does 3 lessons a week in ELTL C, and 2 sessions of Wordsmith Apprentice (he needs extra writing help). When he finishes C, we will probably focus on WA until he finishes that. At that point, my tentative plan is to return to ELTL, while doing Killgallon on non-ELTL days. I think it has been a fabulous gentle start to language study. We haven't used Reading and Spelling Through Literature, so I am no help there!
  13. Well, our 2 oldest (currently 11 and almost 10) read both fiction and non-fiction. One slightly prefers non-fiction; the other fiction. To turn them into readers who read a wide variety, I've done various things. First, I've made RA a priority in their lives. Basically, if a child asks me to RA, I do. I'll put off/skip doing lots of things, but requests for RA go immediately to the top of the do-to list. Second, I spend a lot of time researching and choosing library books to check out each week. Third, I strew a lot of books around, way more than I could ever RA. Fourth, once they'd had their own library cards for a bit, I told them they had to choose at least one fiction and one non-fiction book each week. At this point, choosing some of both is just habit for them. Finally, I make sure they see me reading a variety of things. Of course, none of that guarantees someone will enjoy reading at all, much less that they will like both fiction and non-fiction. Kid #3 seems to lean heavily fiction in his choices so far, but he isn't an independent reader, so there is definitely still time for that to change. And I agree with @wendyroo that when I don't put effort into choosing a variety of books, they read less and squabble more. But when there is a feast of books, they consume them.
  14. Ditto the suggestions for gargling with warm salt water. When I do that as often as possible in addition to eating raw garlic, I get much less sick than anyone else in my house, who never do either of those things. I also steam myself (take warm showers or heat water on stove and breathe in the steam).
  15. At first, I thought I wasn't familiar with it. Then I realized it's the same as "show your @ss." So, yes, I know of a related phrase. But I don't think I've ever heard it used toward/describing a child.
  16. I had to read the title of this thread 3 times before I understood it. I kept reading it as "cat break-ins," which my brain just didn't understand, so of course I had to click on this thread so I could learn something. I learn a lot here on the Hive, after all. Car break-ins are...less intriguing.
  17. Welp, now DH might get some in his stocking this Christmas!
  18. I've bathed mine a handful of times due to fleas. It's definitely not her favorite thing. Thankfully, she tolerates it. That is, I scruff her by the neck with one hand and bathe with the other. If I let go...disaster would ensue. Once she realizes she isn't getting away she doesn't move. But not all cats are that tolerant. My sister had a cat who was...not kind. He would run into a room and attack people randomly. Like you could be sitting on the couch minding your own business reading a book, and he'd run in from somewhere else and attack. I wouldn't have ever suggested she try bathing him, even in a flea situation. I'd have paid someone to do it for me if I had a cat like that!
  19. I started with Webster's Speller (the syllabary) with the oldest. When he got bored with that, I added in Progressive Phonics, which had the benefit of me having to do some of the reading and it involved screen time. He tired of that sometime in the intermediate level, I think. At that point I felt he still needed something, so I tried OPGTR next, because I already had it. It was perfect - the lessons weren't overwhelming to him at all. His reading really took off maybe halfway through it. Somewhere in there, DD learned to read. I don't think I officially did many reading/phonics lessons with her. She just listened to big brother's and that was enough. Kid #3 started with Webster's and Progressive Phonics. When we realized he has dyslexia, we switched to AAR and are making our way through it. Kid #4 is just starting practice with Webster's. As Kid #5 is only 11 mo, who knows what I'll want to do with him!
  20. Well, traditionally tapas were small servings/bites of something you got with a drink when out. I *think* they started off free when you purchased a drink. So...drinks for all with the tapas (okay, just the grown-ups)! I suggest sidra, which you should absolutely try pouring as it's done there just for the fun of it. In your case, I'd make whatever tapas I wanted and just serve it buffet style. You also couldn't go wrong with adding paella. You should also try churros someday. Also, all of this knowledge is from when I studied abroad in Spain which was...not yesterday, so while I don't think you can go wrong with any of my options, someone else might have more ideas!
  21. Tortilla Española Patatas bravas croquetas gambas a la plancha or gambas al ajillo empanadas something with chorizo manchego cheese Welp, now I am hungry.
  22. I am so sorry that was your/her experience. My dad received hospice services at home at the end of his cancer battle. I was there for the last day. Knowing the end was near, he was able to choose receiving services at home vs. in a center-type hospice. The hospice worker i met was fabulous. At that point she was coming daily. During her visit that day she was very clear about pain med options. Realistically, looking back, my dad was probably in more pain than we thought. But he wasn't showing signs of distress/pain. He was sleeping pretty peacefully though his breathing got more and more labored. Though we had contacted my parents' priest, he was busy and didn't make it in time to perform Last Rites/Annointing of the sick. The actual moment of his passing was so peaceful. He just took one last breath, with a sort of extra-large hiccup and was gone. Really, I can't say enough good things about his hospice experience, which makes my heart even more for you. That being said, I have a friend whose mom passed due to cancer and also received hospice services. She wishes they had turned to hospice earlier, instead of waiting till the last couple weeks. And her mother was clearly in a lot of pain, though from conversing with her it certainly seems that the hospice workers/doctors were trying their best to alleviate suffering. So, yes, hospice services can vary widely, and sometimes, even when workers are trying their best, the end is not as smooth (forgive that word choice, my sleep deprived brain is having trouble coming up with a better one) as most would consider ideal.
  23. Well, if I wasn't fast enough, they'd all get eaten around here. Also, I recently bought some honey vanilla peach butter at our farmer's market. It's quite good. I wish I had this problem.
  24. Toddlers can't give consent, but their parents can. Parents consent to stuff for their kids all. the. time. Can you tell me where you draw the line? FWIW, where I personally draw the line varies based on situation and even the kid(s) it involves. I'm just always interested in others thought processes.
  25. Well, WOP is certainly open and go. It's very dictionary-ish, honestly. Each word is broken down by syllables. Then there are a couple/few sentences that demonstrate/tell the meaning. There aren't really lesson plans. I just have each kid read a certain amount (half a page, a full page, 3 minutes, whatever works for that kid).
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