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  1. Hugs to you, @serendipitous journey. Hopefully today is a good day in your house. 🙂 The one benefit of homeschooling this year is that ds can get home from practice at 9:45pm on a Monday and sleep in on a Tuesday. Because that is exactly what happens every week. Last night it was 11pm before he fell asleep. Today: Tutoring School w/ds Dinner? I don't know yet. Last night's curry was a hit, the mustard seed rice was not. Scout meeting Turn in my paper / finish prep for class tomorrow.
  2. Actually, he's done this. 🙂 He did a lot of working with various types of circuits between home and a club he was in. What he's doing now is the next step for him: setting up circuits to be able to be coded. For example, one of his projects was learning how to set up Christmas lights to flash to music. He's not quite at the point of being able to do both at the same time - making his own circuit board from scratch and then coding. I forgot - one of his favorite games was a ThinkFun one called Circuit Maze. Big, chunky pieces, but interesting puzzles to do. He got that around age 7, so it might be something yours may be interested in, too.
  3. Ds has the 750, I think. It takes up 3 drawers in a plastic paper caddy that we repurposed for holding his circuits. All the kits start with simple circuits. They slowly work up and go in different directions. The 750 has more parts than the 300, so it'll do several different things, and IIRC, the last book is all coding with the computer as well. The projects in each kit are numbered the same, so the 750 will have the same projects from the 300 and 500, but expand beyond that with more. We bought it for him when he was 6 or so, and he played with it up until age 10. At 11 we got him a proper coding kit with smaller circuit boards and LEDs and such. The whole kit fits into about a pencil case-sized tackle box.
  4. A Monday of a Monday it is! On the docket today: School Take ds to break in his new skates More school Dental appointments Violin class Make dinner: chicken curry with poblano and figs over mustard seed rice Take ds to practice Work on my paper Set up tutoring stuff for tomorrow
  5. DS has poor fine motor skills, so I thought the clean pages of MUS would help. He doesn't do partial explanations, either, which made the lessons particularly stressful for him because he would rage against the video and then be angry doing the work. I do appreciate how Math Mammoth is overly explicit at times, erring on the side of too much rather than too little. But he does a lesson in about 5-10 minutes and is just enjoying the practice. It also means we have to make a decision about algebra rather quickly and decide if it's just better to go through and rewrite the MUS lessons/not use the video or work with something different again. On the upside, this is his last year at home, I think, so my goal is just to keep him enjoying math as a subject.
  6. DS11 started with MUS algebra this year. It was fine, he didn't particularly like the explanations because there were gaps. For example, lesson 1 or 2 covered PEMDAS in that order, but neglected to talk about how the M & D, or the A & S are whichever you come to first, not necessarily addition before subtraction, kwim? I actually stopped it and gave him the last few topics from Math Mammoth to play with for a bit. We may restart in December, but my main reason for the MUS this year was so he could be more independent, not so I could continue to be the primary teacher. And that's how it ended up being as I kept adding the information he needed to remember, not the partial explanations he was getting.
  7. The last place I lived, I hated. With a passion. My yougest was so confused when we moved away and I let him go outside barefoot, drink water from the tap, and ride his bike on our street because none of that was trying to kill us here. Hate isn't a strong enough word for that place, but that's what I've got. Even the house was terrible when we moved in. We only bought it because it was available. I found my people, though. We bonded over a mutual love for coffee and crafts. Once a week with people I liked was enough to recharge me. I spent years fixing up our house and yard to be a sanctuary from the rest of it all, which also helped. It also meant that I became more of a homebody, which helped when the pandemic came here. If I had stayed, though, I don't know if I would be happy. Not exactly. I would be fine, but not happy, and it sound like that's where you are, too. And I don't know if I would want to be "fine" for the rest of my life.
  8. Afternoon! Today was a day. 5 hours devoted to hockey, thanks to prep, traffic, game, and disinfecting the gear after. The only other thing on the schedule was school. Tomorrow gets to be more interesting, thankfully.
  9. Ds's team won their first game. It was hard fought, and they were quite proud of themselves when they were done.
  10. This was timely infomation. SIL is in the hospital with COVID. Not vaxxed. Expectation is she's there for "a few days". I hope their expectation matches their reality but it seems more complicated than that.
  11. We used level 2 ancients. We did not continue through the rest of level 2. I can only speak for our experience, but here is what didn't work for my kid: extremely uneven lessons. Some would be very short, others would be like "read this novel". the integrated writing. He needed a separate writing program the number of lessons. Due to how uneven they were, trying to pace a weird number like 87 total lessons was more stress than it was worth. Especially coupled with how uneven they were. Things that did work for us: my kid enjoyed several of the fiction books. In fact, we still have most of them. We ended up moving to Creek Edge Press the next year. It had much of what we looked for in History Odyssey but came in a set of 36 cards (one per week), ability to choose our own resources based on what we had available, and ability to scale the assignments up or down. Because it was a single card to work with it gave him a better idea of how to start scheduling his own work and decide how to plan everything out for his week (cutting up the readings, adding in 1-2 other assignments to go with each day).
  12. Happy Friday! Today started out with nothing on the schedule, but that's not the way the world works. 😉 Yesterday took a detour when ds suited up for his extra practice and dh realized he was forcing his feet into his skates. So, I got home, we took a 45 minute drive to the nearest skate shop, and spent an hour or so having him fitted, then having the skates baked, sharpened, and then home to be relaced with the waxed laces. Not a fan of this procedure, man, especially knowing that we may be repeating it before the end of the year. So today: Laundry Grocery shopping! (For real this time!) Take the trash to the dump Possibly work on my paper for school Date night with dh (we commandeer the living room, break out the cheese and wine, and watch Hell's Kitchen. Fancy people, I tell ya!)
  13. I had a package take a detour to the American Embassy in Russia. I got a very nice note tucked inside when I finally received it 6 months later. 😄 Most recently I have learned how much my little town's post office knows me. My postal lady refused to deliver a letter last year that I addressed to the postmaster on the island next door because she knew the issue and was taking care of it - mostly that the really long tube I ordered had been misdirected due to a covered up sticker, and they were able to get it sent over and into my hands once they knew of the issue. These past few weeks I had a problem with a book I ordered. I got the first one with no issues, but it turned out that the seller had listed it wrong. It wasn't the teacher's edition for the program, it was the teacher's edition for the activity book for the program. So I had to order again in mid-August. And I watched it bounce through the U.S. and sit in PA for over a week. Which prompted me to start a 'lost package' investigation through the USPS website. When I got an email back, there were some other questions, and rather than email me again my town's postmaster called me up to walk me through how the tracking system works and what she could see on her end in the system. All's well that end's well - the book finally arrived Tuesday and I nearly bowled my postal worker over to get to it. 🙂 Oh, and it also managed to take a detour through Florida, so by the time the package arrived it had "tracking" through most major regions of the U.S.
  14. Good morning! Today: School - ds has Latin to finish. It was a long exercise Tutoring Grocery shopping? Laundry Dinner - I don't know what yet Flip a coin to see who takes ds to practice tonight. He's doing an additional practice at a different rink while I'm tutoring and dh is taking him to that, so I'm not sure he wants to drive to both.
  15. Gifted, perfectionist, and active. That sums up my youngest. 4th grade looked like a lot of short or open-ended lessons with dedicated fine motor skills work: Math: Gattegno (oral, visual, kinesthetic. Very little writing) Science: Homemade, using Janice Van Cleave's Human Body book for "labs" and the interactive anatomy notebook from Getting Nerdy With Mel and Gerdy. The interactive notebook pages came in a file that had 2-3 options for each activity depending on the level of motor skills. Language Arts: English Lessons Through Literature - 3x a week of grammar, writing instruction, and literature. We still used Montessori tiles and symbols for grammar sometimes. Spelling: Dictation Day By Day - one passage. We switched to 10 words a day with Reading & Spelling Through Literature in 5th and it worked well, too. Handwriting: D'nealian workbook French: Nallenart 3x a week, low writing worksheets. Art: Paper Sloyd - learning to create precise folds and cuts History: reading, projects, little writing Music - violin. This has seriously been the best thing ever for working on his precision of movement with his elbow and wrist
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