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  1. Scholastic makes some fun ones. I didn't use this jokes and riddles book because it's ZB print, but I did use the cursive one.
  2. Poor kiddo! Our youngest ds likes Vicks Vaporub. It helps with the congestion. I end up making him spicy stir fry noodles, too, because the ginger, chili, and vinegar help open his sinuses and everything is nice and soft (noodles, cabbage, zucchini, carrots, peas). I would definitely retest for Covid if you did a rapid test. Our local clinics here highly discourage using them because the number of false rates is higher than the longer test.
  3. MUS has its own topical sequence, but the lessons are structured so that the 3 pages of new material is all bite sized amounts of incremental approach, but there are 3 pages of review material that cover the previous concepts and refresh memory. They also have a new product that aims to teach the basics faster and catch an older kid up: Accelerated Individualized Mastery For kids who really need a visual, consistent approach, MUS isn't hard to jump into. We started in Gamma with my oldest because his big issue was going beyond multiplication facts. He needed that full year of "easy" math to get himself in a good place again. So, I started him with material he knew, he got his confidence back, and then we could move into harder material.
  4. For oldest ds and I, it means sitting down with every.single.syllabus. and organizing due dates together into weekly checklists. Ds took some online classes through high school, as well as DE classes, AND being enrolled at the B&M school. Learning to juggle meant creating a word document broken out by weeks at the beginning of the semester, along with extra slots for assignments added. By the time he went off to college, he was creating excel spreadsheets to add in things like class times, study groups, and "Final check" of assignments. I still make mine as word documents for the semester. I can go through each week and check items off, since they're in due date order AND piece order, so I add things like "study for quiz".
  5. Good morning! School: I bit the bullet and ordered the reproducible activity sheets and enrichment books for science this year. It'll save me some time copying the activity pages instead of making them. Home: laundry. Mostly all of ds's stuff from camp. 13 days, and the total in his dirty laundry bag was 4 pairs of pants/shorts, 4 shirts, and 1 pair of underwear. Blech. I am still washing the other 9 days' worth of things that sat in his bag with a mildewing towel on top. Cooking: grocery shopping first. We're trying out a local farm stand that acts as a mini farmer's market. Oldest ds's last dinner at home is tonight and he has asked for steak.
  6. True. One of the things that has helped this year was routine, right? Sometimes, that's just the one thing that helps plod through to get to a point where you can start to tweak. I think routine helps build expectations and effort, but yeah, there's no perfect recipe.
  7. Does the approach you use with your daughter help you? I know if someone told me "See? You can do it. It just takes time and effort." it wouldn't go over well. It would negate any positive that could come from that. Because honestly, what I need is this: -ways to help me approach hard tasks -being allowed to feel how I feel about them -a good routine that makes hard tasks less procedurally hard -ways to be responsible for my own learning, with guidance So, how do you feel being told the same words? I don't make things my kids are really into into school. I try to make school that sweet spot of something they can be interested in because I am also interested or want to share it with them. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Sometimes it's just not relevant at the time and we need to put it away. I also do periodic assessments with my kids. We sit at the table with a pile of pastries or cookies, some cocoa, and take turns talking about what we each like, don't like, want to change, want to keep/drop...there's a need for respect of both sides before we come up with a plan for the next few weeks/month to try and then assess how it's going again.
  8. To the first part, I would absolutely keep going with anything that is working. Sometimes, though, it's better to cut your losses with something that isn't and find a different avenue. If there are struggles across the board, testing might be a good option. You didn't say why you are only half through, though, and if it's not a struggle issue, then you need to explore the reasoning behind that. FWIW, we finished our year with: 3/4 of history done 1/2 of the Latin book done 1/2 of the spelling book finished The history book was intentional, the Latin book I reassessed and pulled back, and the spelling book is because he finished 2.5 levels this year. We'll pick up with all of them in the fall. My oldest kid was math phobic after public school and then Saxon at home. It wasn't a good fit for that kid. I set him backward in Math U See and let him gain at his own speed. He ended up back at grade level in a few years. BUT, it was important for me to be extremely engaged with the material so I could see exactly what was giving him issues, and it was important for him to not look at his books and feel like he was hopelessly behind. I ended up buying most of his materials from non-grade level programs. Either they were alphabetical, colored, or some other numbering system of progression so that he was always comfortable with the material and not feeling the extra weight of meeting grade level. I don't know if any of this helps, but we all approach sticky areas our own way. In our house, I have to know by being a part of every lesson, knowing what is being taught and how it is being taught, so I can learn to teach it and reinforce it.
  9. I made grammar interesting for my kid in the beginning using Grammar Land and hands on work to go with. By this time in the pictures, we had taken the same material and used it with English Lessons Through Literature.
  10. I try to make school rewarding, not fun. My goal is satisfaction with the material and the outcome of the effort, with a healthy dose of interest to propel through the hard areas. So, for different kids, this is going to look different.
  11. You need a math tutor. And I'm saying that because you need someone who can assess your daughter individually and see where there are gaps in understanding, without having the emotional connection and history you have with teaching her. You need an outside perspective. I work with kids for free the first time we meet. We play games, I watch how their brains work, and I keep it really low key and fun so they're more relaxed. I give all of my info to their parents when I'm done with that first impression as well as some ideas on what they can do and approaches they can use. If they want to hire me, fine. If not, they have more tools. But one session of having an outsider go through several different areas (procedural, applied, conceptual understanding, inference) gives them more tools on how to approach underlying issues.
  12. Ditto that. But Kipling's Just So Stories is amazing for this age, as well as Rikki Tikki Tavi.
  13. Welcome to the board. 🙂 I think you should study a period she's interested in. Give her this year of helping to plan a program that will work for her. I tend to sit down with my kids and brainstorm, and then go looking for resources based on our conversation. Then I bring the options I'm okay with to the table again, and have my kid pick from one of those (or be more explicit in what they want to study) Now, about the WTM. There's a reason for the history progression in the book but the more important part, IME, are the underlying skills taught in progressive order. It's not exactly *what* is studied, but *how* it is studied, if that makes sense. You can apply the same techniques of learning to study to whatever materials you'll be using for this year. It sounds like 8th may be an odd year out for you guys, so the skill work would definitely be more important than the content work.
  14. See, I'm so nervous when I run out of what I have because all the shops I've seen look sketchy AF. I don't want to go in. 😄 It also means my experience is very limited and I can't recommend a brand beyond what I have: Floyd's On The Go. The capsules I have are 25mg. Dosage of products can vary, but I feel like this amount works for me.
  15. Same. Dh and I were given several trial packets of CBD capsules after a ride once. They were intended to be used for muscle relaxers, but dh and I threw them in a drawer and left them there until a couple of months ago. Between the stress and anxiety of the year and a few other factors, I ended up with my first migraine in over a decade in February. That one single capsule helped soooooo much more than anything else in the medicine cabinet. There was finally a feeling of being normal. The trial packet had 5 capsules. I have 2 left in it, plus all the rest of the unopened packets, so it's definitely not a habit or anything I need to take regularly. But when it gets to be too much, I have to admit the CBD oil really helps release the anxious feeling without any side effects. I never thought I would try it, but I'm glad I did.
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