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  1. I don't have this curriculum, so I don't know if this is practical, but can it fit 12 ones on one side? Then, when 12 ones barely fit (I hope) you could suggest she replace some of them with a bigger number that fits better. Maybe make it a challenge to see how many different ways she can make it balance and discuss which is the easiest for quickly identifying the amount.
  2. It is a cute game, but I try to make the older kids play it with the younger so I don't have to. I have awful, awful luck with it. I don't understand how, but I can never get even half the acorns. Thankfully the kids have better luck so it doesn't last actually forever, but whenever I'm playing I start imagining the years passing while I sit there
  3. In my state there's no need, and I don't need an additional later of oversight, so I have no interest. Not even enough to watch your video, sorry. Are you trying to get views, or do you have more specific questions you'd like to hear our thoughts on?
  4. I was on birth control (demulen) as a teen, perhaps for the anovulation mentioned above, though I remember the Dr saying she thought I was probably ovulating, but my testosterone levels were too high for some reason. My mom called them "hormone pills" and it was only by reading the package insert that I realized what their typical purpose was, haha. I wish the Drs had figured out what the actual problem was, but it didn't cause me any real problems. I think it made it easier for me to gain the"freshmen 15” in college, but I lost it easily while still on the pill, so no big deal. It was worth i
  5. I've used ProgressivePhonics.com as my main thing. I bought 100 EZ lessons at a used book sale and gave it away because I knew it would be far, far too painful for me to teach from. As for readiness, once he seems interested in learning, I'd play games with letters and simple words. Like, when playing I Spy, include things like "something that starts with /p/" or "the letter that makes the /m/ sound." When he shows that he knows the letters and sounds and has strong understanding, if he has interest, I'd point out words in life and play things like "the secret word game," which is where I wri
  6. I think discovery method is one of those trendy terms that gets slapped on things and so abused. To my mind, using a discovery method means allowing students to try different things to see what works best and what doesn't work at all, as well as things in between. It starts with itty bitty babies as they learn to grab a toy then later learn to feed themselves. It is inefficient and often messy, especially then, but it's necessary. As kids' worlds get bigger, a combination becomes important. I tell them directly that wild animals can be dangerous; I don't let them discover it. We discover that
  7. My understanding based on observation and the stuff I've read is that some people definitely get better returns on their investments in studying different areas, but pretty much anyone can learn more than they know now. Some people have an aptitude for math or music or whatever, and they can advance more easily than many others. That doesn't mean that others can't learn or shouldn't be encouraged to keep trying, but I think it's something that each person considers as they make choices. I am terrible at drawing. I have improved some with a bit of work, and I know I could improve more with more
  8. Haha, this is true. We never got any if the "stuff" from last year and I didn't really try.
  9. Do y'all think it will be worth doing Math Kangaroo this year? This past spring my daughter rushed through in 25 minutes and her score reflected that. I wasn't even in the room to keep from possibly leading her answers, bit of we do it again, I may need to be there to be a reminder that she should focus. My son will also be ready for the first time, and he's been looking forward to it.
  10. I've changed in many ways but the only time it felt to me like a big change was from creationism to accepting evolution. Arguments from the other side did little to persuade me. What caused me to change was seeing the flaws in my own side/position. Other people would make arguments that couldn't possibly be true, even though I agreed with the conclusion they were trying to reach.
  11. Right now, my list includes: The Birchbark House My Side of the Mountain The Adventures of a South Pole Pig In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson Where the Mountain Meets the Moon That would get us through May. If we do something in the summer (schools get out on mid May here, usually) it will likely be a different format. After a few months I'll start thinking about next year. For now, I just need to preread/reread these, figure out which month to pair then with, and think of projects that are both worth doing and fun to share in a Zoom meeting.
  12. I find the whole "grammar stage, logic stage" thing the least useful part of "classical" homeschooling. I'm sure it can be done well and that many here so it well, but I've seen kids become obnoxious little whippersnappers because they've been given a bunch of facts that they like to spout off to wow the adults around them, but they haven't been given the larger picture of what those facts mean, how to use them, or how hard the rest of the puzzle is. It's easy, to take a real example I've seen, to say E=Mc squared, and even to know what those letters stand for, but if learning that equation is
  13. Thank you all for your suggestions. I love those lists, and even though I have to whittle it to 5 books for the club, my kids will benefit from many more.
  14. Please help me think of books for the spring semester of our book club. The kids involved are mostly ages 6-8, with a few a little older and some younger siblings taking part. We read one book a month, and they do a project that ties in that they share. Here's what I'm looking for: 1. Good as family read alouds but can be read in about 10-12 sessions. The longest book we're reading is Unusual Chickens, which is pushing it a bit 2. Diverse. Our area is diverse and so is our membership. I want books that reflect this. 3. Variety. older and newer books, different genres and s
  15. I'm imagining a large bathroom that has an area with three sinks that you enter from the hall, then four doors off it, two leading to toilets and two to tubs or showers. If configured carefully, maybe walls could later be rearranged to separate the whole thing into 2 bathrooms, one entered from the hall and one from a bedroom. That would feel less weird than stalls, and boy/girl shouldn't matter much, plus easier for resale later.
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