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  1. We try to get ds something useful, whether that's for his hobby or necessary items for life. This year he has actually made a request, so we'll be doing that for him. I can say we have never counted the cost of each gift to compare. We count the intent. Like, this year we gave ds14 a new game for his b-day and a box of sugary cereal as a gag gift. He liked the game, but I got a serious thank you for the cereal. He doesn't even like it with milk, but he was appreciative of a whole box he could eat as a single serving snack. Weirdo. DS25's favorite gift for a while was a large blanket I found on clearance. Not the expensive computer or phone or anything else. A darn blanket. So I just try to remember it's the little things sometimes. Kids, even adult kids, just want to know you are thinking about them and really trying to tune in to them. Every family has their own evolution and it can always be one of those things that changes year by year.
  2. That is true, but I find it different now. Before 2010 (yes, I was late to the party), nearly all my interactions were in person. I saw a lot more "behind the scenes' of people's lives, and friends who moved didn't share as much. Now, everyone puts their best on social media: their kids accomplishments, their trips, their family celebrations...and the quantity can feel like a lot more than it was before. So at holiday time, it can look like we're the only ones not traveling to France, living it up in remote parts of England, hanging out at a ski resort or going on a cruise. For a person who already isn't satisfied with their own life, it's a hammer. And if someone posts something rarely and it's always something fabulous, it can shift what a person thinks about them. I think the perception issue got a LOT bigger with social media. It's hard to be close enough to everyone you're connected to in order to see the bigger picture.
  3. I cannot express my condolences adequately. We have his Botany book and it was well loved as a read aloud here. His wife's books are all on the shelf next to it. I wish the family peace and knowing that we are thinking about them. They endured a tragedy that shouldn't happen to anyone.
  4. Violin done. Showered. Laundry started because it's Monday and Monday is sheets day. DS's friend went home rather than eat breakfast/lunch/brunch (whatever we're calling it). Made mini meatloafs for lunch. They were more like Juicy Lucys, and I did NOT make the sauce it wanted (watered down ketchup and mayo), plus I put my own twist on the veggies that came with it in the bag. They were actually pretty good. Not meatloaf, more like a burger, but I think the serving size was just right. I might do regular meatloaf more like this in the future. The poor ratio post was taken down. I was ignored the first time so I went directly to the school principal the second. She agreed, they do not have 10 teachers for every 1 student there. Up next: finishing the sheets, making the bed, and dinner: chicken and rice bowls, chickpeas for those of us who don't want meat.
  5. No, just so, so tired of teen moodiness. 😄 I know it's a stage but it doesn't make it any easier to keep being cheerful when treated like an emotional punching bag sometimes. I just needed to remove myself from his immediate reaction. Part of it works because I throw the good in there, too: A football and disco guy to tell him the halftime show was starting A picture of ice cream and toppings for Forced Family Fun night A funny meme stolen from the WTM So he never knows what he's going to get when he opens the text, lol. Also, for kids who did NOT grow up with technology, I have found it to be hit or miss. I can text ds25, who grew up in a different time and place, and it will be a full day before he looks at his phone. He texts everyone back when he feels like he has a minute, not like ds14 who has a Pavlov-effect going on.
  6. No girls here, but boys....oh man. I am so glad our 14yo has a phone because it honestly makes some interactions easier. A lot of our text conversation is pictures only: dirty sink emoji of a shower picture of the calendar I text and then go about my day. And then because I know this child has his phone in his hand constantly I know it's being seen. It's so much easier than dealing with "I KNOW!" or insinuating that I'm treating him like a baby or "I'll get to it" but it never happens. Bonus points for the grumpy mornings because no sleep is the amount of sleep he wants. But I definitely feel for his poor coaches who wrangle thirteen 13 and 14yo boys daily. One is enough. Heavy emotions and unregulated social skills in a group are a ton of fun. LOL
  7. Sort of tackling. 🙂 We have an extra child over this morning, so I'll be getting the two of them out of bed around 10am. shower make breakfast for the sleepyheads violin get my kid's school to understand ratios (and why their current understanding of how they work is wrong) lunch: mini meatloafs start ds on deep cleaning his room fold the towels Disney Jeopardy? If we have time.
  8. Also, Viking, Ranger, and Cowboy are jobs, not skin color.
  9. I used to assign two readings: 1 piece from the Elson Reader to be discussed in detail. This could be anything from a poem to a 3-5 page 'chapter'. And A piece from a book. Usually this would be a chapter or about 20 pages. I went through ahead of time and tabbed out ending spots, so sometimes it would end in the middle of a very long chapter, but the cut off would be at a transition spot where the scene changed. Some books are just LONG or complicated. We did a few that honestly, I don't think we finished because the rhythm of our days changed. It's fine to start a nice long piece in January, but by March nobody wants to be sitting longer than necessary. We want to be out in the sunshine. So the book, which wasn't loved anyway, was dropped, and a new one centered around spring and growth would be pulled out.
  10. Well, my bookcase has both general and detailed teaching books: The Charlotte Mason series The Well Trained Mind Teach With Magic / Teaching What Really Happened (both for history) Gattegno mathematics series/ Elementary Mathematics For Teachers (Singapore) / Knowing And Teaching Elementary Mathematics (Ma) / The Mortensen Method (e-book), also Math U See videos The First Whole Book of Diagrams (grammar) How To Teach So Kids Can Learn (great series of several similar titles) The Montessori Method for Elementary Yardsticks (Chip Wood) - based on the Louise Bates Ames series "Your ______ Year Old" that goes up to age 14 Deconstructing Penguins (beginning book analysis) Evaluating For Excellence (not so much a "how to" but a book with checklists of skills for each subject as well as ideas for teaching) The question you asked is difficult to answer, because while there are great resources for each subject, a parent's overall knowledge and confidence comes in to play. So many of the books I relied on had a more general approach to pedagogy and developing a sense of development + philosophy.
  11. I call it the Facebook effect. You see a glimpse of each person's decisions, but taken all together it rolls the experiences into a singular entity. So if a person is going to Scotland, you also assume they are doing well enough to have the bigger house and the newer cars and....you don't necessarily see a singular decision. And it makes a difference in perception if you are not out of the 'norm' that the person experiences. If most of their friends are getting by/have normal purchases, then an interesting vacation looks more out of place. Probably the same person wouldn't bat an eye if you went to WDW, but wouldn't even realize it's the same cost to go to Scotland (seriously, we priced out a trip to Paris for the same length as WDW and it was a bit less).
  12. DS's game went...well, they won with a shut out. But it's hard to be thrilled about a win when the other team has 9 players, some of them half as big as the smallest kid on ds's team, and he's not big at all. The kids actually played well and kept pace with the smaller team, matching them in terms of speed and physicality, up until one of theirs got desperately feisty in the third period. Then it became a brotherhood: if you hurt one kid, all will protect each other. The kids stepped up for the last 2-3 minutes of the game and played their best. The refs ended up letting the clock run down without play at the very end to minimize. So, it was a game. The kids won. They didn't celebrate. Now they have a two week break before the last part of the season. We tried to stop by Ikea after (too crowded), hit up a Target instead for the kitchen items and then McD's for dinner.
  13. My family would be THRILLED if someone brought them a jar of caramel! 😂 I make sea salt caramels every year and they keep hinting I should make caramel sauce, too.
  14. We did a LOT of math. MUS - used this for 2 lessons before my kid ran screaming from it. MEP - lovely. He was very satisfied with the amount of work and puzzles. He burned through levels quickly, though. Right Start - We used 3 levels in less than 2 years. It was expensive and quite a lot of rote work, but not a good fit for motor skills or lesson length. Gattegno Mathematics- fabulous. It was non-traditional, could be done orally, visually, or with as much/little written work as we wanted. He used centimeter graph paper books to keep his written work straight. Supplements: Beast Academy - he was on the tail end of this when it came out, so we mostly bought the books for fun. He's still using Alcumus, though. Life of Fred - very little teaching involved, but he liked the stories. Arithmetiquities - I think I spelled that right. Free pre-algebra "quests" ......With Pizzazz series (Pre-Algebra, Middle School, Algebra...there's quite a few) - self-correcting papers to work on written practice. Calculus for Young People - lovely little book/workbook set Patty Paper Geometry- easy enough for most ages, with different styles of lessons (inquisitive vs. direct teaching) for each new concept
  15. I set up parent-teacher conferences with 4 of my kid's teachers: math, English, Latin, science/homeroom. I honestly don't care about the other 4 classes or how he's doing in them. Trash has been taken to the dump. Dh is making lunch - chicken quesadillas. I ordered the "puck holder" for our Disney trip. For people with sensory issues, they don't offer many alternatives to the wrist band so we found this on Etsy. Unscrew the band, take out the 'puck' and pop it in a holder that has a carabiner to attach to backpack, lanyard, or belt loop. Laundry has been folded, violin practiced. Up next: game and store. Possibly a stop for dinner depending on how long we're out.
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