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    Five kids ('04, '06 [twins!], '09, '12)
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  1. Many moons ago, when our twins were born, a good friend crocheted nice bibs with bottom pockets/food catchers. They were super nice because they were soft, and I could throw them in the wash with towels no problem. Loved those!
  2. Growing up south of Columbus, and having a brother who now lives in DC, he always takes 68 through northern MD before 70 crosses into PA when he visits, cutting out the PA turnpike--seems like there's always construction, bad weather, heavy traffic--and getting a beautiful, scenic route over the mountains with less traffic and minimal tolls. Maybe stopping at the Sideling Hill Scenic rest area--top of the world. IIRC, he takes 40 off of 68 just southeast of Pittsburgh (Keysers Ridge?) angling up to 70 inside the western PA border. Enjoy your trip!
  3. Matrix Biologe Shampoo/Conditioner. I use Hydrosource for dry hair and detangling solution for conditioner. Kids and DH always say my hair smells great. Not sure if it ticks all your other boxes.
  4. lol...I was still bad at it even knowing it was AI-generated. Maybe you'll work for the US Secret Service counterfeit department in your next career.
  5. DH sent me this article today about AI-generated images and faces and how to spot these fakes. I played this game before I started reading the article and then again afterwards. I was amazed at how good these images are, how low my proficiency was beforehand at identifying the fakes vs. real faces, and how after reading, my proficiency increased to around 90%. It's crazy! Wanna play?
  6. In our AHG troop (5 yrs old), it's $50/girl for annual dues and one major troop fundraiser in the fall (2x/yr the first 2 yrs to build the coffers along with a few donations). There is a fundraiser opt-out, about $90/girl/yr, IIRC. This covers all troop costs including all adult volunteer leader registration fees, unit budgets, socials, service projects, and the annual local state park camp-out for all levels. Uniform and handbook costs are the families' responsibility, as ScoutTN listed above. This year they instituted a badge/service star limit up to which the troop would pay, and then it's up to the parents to cover the rest. The older girls, Pioneer/Patriots, do an extra fundraiser for their more involved, longer distance, summer camping adventures. Last year it was the Boundary Waters, the summer before the Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore, this coming summer the Black Hills again. Families paid a down-payment fee of $50/girl for the Boundary Waters trip, fundraising paid the rest. We have 3 girls in the troop, and the individual fundraising responsibility to the families with multiple children is a heavy burden. This year the troop restructured our major fundraiser that took the risk off of the troop and gave it to the families, meaning our family had a large piece of the risk--very stressful. Next year it may be opt-out... I was on the original board as treasurer when we started the troop, and we tried to set up the fees so that the families didn't feel like they were being nickeled-and-dimed and cost wasn't a large obstacle. I agree with SKL, the amount of parent involvement is high. It isn't meant to be a drop-n-run. ETA: And, the parents are told up front about the volunteer obligation, so no hidden surprises, hopefully.
  7. Lemon Poppy Seed Bread or muffins freeze well.
  8. Thanks for your reply, VC. I find what you say about your daughter's group to be true for any book group I've joined. The more enjoyable discussions have been a free trade of ideas instead of sitting at the feet of the "expert." Although, I really do appreciate a few more knowledgeable attendees that can clarify any misconceptions or speak to a few specifics, keeping the discussion moving in the right direction. From the little I've read on Shared Inquiry, it appears to be Socratic methodology. That is to say, we, even the teacher, are moving towards a truth, and the teacher is there to keep us on track, asking pertinent questions that get us considering all the sides of the matter. There is a confidence from the teacher that once a topic has been thoroughly discussed, the truth will reveal itself. The teacher is the humble facilitator, not the authority, having expert knowledge to draw forth all angles to what is being discussed and resisting the desire to be the "expert." From 8's first link above, "The Socratic questioner acts as the logical equivalent of the inner critical voice...", I find this to be the bottom line as to the teacher's role in the process. How you would consider Shared Inquiry different than most Socratic questioning? Maybe what some call Socratic questioning is not really so...maybe it's being done poorly. Reading through 8's first link on Socratic teaching reads quite like Shared Inquiry.
  9. This is interesting! I especially appreciate the Handbook from the site. So, what if there's an expert as part of the group that people want to hear from whether it's the leader or not? Say that the expert may not be the expert on the specific text but is for the general subject matter.
  10. Thanks for these resources! I'm always on the hunt for things that take an idea and show how it practically works, hence my asking about resources that show the application of Socratic method. 8, your link to the critical thinking page really helps me think this through. If I can swing it, I'll have to check out the webinar linked above, too.
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