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About Mandamom

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  1. I would start with sentences. I find it very difficult to teach writing without the ability to put together a sentence. I like dictation to begin but you can also do writing from pictures. You can add in grammar components as he improves. Say..."write two sentences and they must have a strong verb (IEW) and an adjective or whatever piece you are working on. I teach with IEW so that is my foundation of writing instruction. You can also use pictures to have him create longer stories. You can also use simple writing prompts to get started. Continue to require grammar components and sente
  2. Thank you!! This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is just a test. ( MANDAMOM -- LONG-TIME MEMBER OF THIS BOARD
  3. No, I don't think only knowing your profs is nothing. As an introvert,I'm struggling to answer your question. My latest self-improvement is to get involved and do more with other people (who are not my kids). One of my criteria is to say yes to things that I may be asked to do (my automatic answer is no). In the past 2 weeks, I've interacted with more people than I have in the past 2 months because of this change in my thinking. I have enjoyed those opportunities and it is leading to more. All that to say, maybe just keep your mind open to things that you may not have considered befo
  4. Consider networking and developing professional relationships as much as you can. Knowing people is one of the easiest ways to get into a new position.
  5. My daughter just had knee surgery in July due to a torn meniscus. She was a competitive gymnast complaining for a while about her knee. Clcking and getting stuck were the biggest complaints. Fast forward, she was working at her local job and her knee basically gave out on her. She had surgery less than a month later and within a couple of months she was released. She is currently running track. Meniscus healing is faster than ACL hearing. Her best friend had ACL surgery earlier last year. She was out for a while. Kudos to you for getting it figured out now.
  6. I used straight vinegar and that helped a lot. I thought it did better than anything else we tried.
  7. My dh (no college degree) has been working at a warehouse years. There are a lot of people 18+ that he works with. He worked nights for 2.5 years and currently is working days. Its a lot of walking and otherwise physical work but it is a doable job for an adult.
  8. My girls got lice from church. We were homeschooling at the time.
  9. https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/special-services/special-education-basics/the-difference-between-ieps-and-service-plans I work for a school for students with reading and language disabilities (and ADHD among, others) and we hold Service plans for the majority of our students. We are not obligated to follow the IEP but since we are a school that was designed for our group of students, most of the typical accommodations are already in place. We attend yearly meetings at the nearby public school with the parents and if the students choose to attend the public schools they a
  10. Have you had a check-up recently where your vitamin levels (D3, b's etc. ) have been checked? I used to struggle with a lot of PMS issues (although it was never bad enough to affect others) and once I started taking some vitamins, I started feeling better so the PMS symptoms improved. I started overall feeling better which helped me be less moody. I wish you the best in figuring out a solution.
  11. When i was homeschooling, I selected not to use an umbrella and was under the county review. Since I don't attend church and am not religious, finding an umbrella that I was willing to accept or were willing to accept me was difficult (plus they cost money and at the time, we didn't have any). Since the umbrellas are under churches, some umbrella may have some rules/restrictions but most are fairly open with what you can use. Under county review, I used many Christian programs and never had a problem. My portfolio consisted of a binder with samples of work from each required subject and
  12. I had that happen last Christmas; it wasn't fun. I rested, iced and took ibruprofen (instead of my normal 1, I took 2-3 to help with reducing inflammation) for several days. This was also the time I started with tumeric. Once I felt that I was pretty much back to normal I started adding some light exercise/core strengthening activities. I had to take it easy at first but was able to get to a better place. I started with sitting on an exercise ball and light running on a mini-trampoline. I hope you feel better soon.
  13. My teens don't suffer from major issues but they do have break-outs. In addition to doing some of the recommendations here, I give them zinc several times per week. I notice an improvement in my skin and theirs when they take it.
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