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  1. Oh, this! One of our former libraries had a set up where there was a one way passthrough between the parking lot and the library. On the driver's side going on the passthrough was a book drop. It was incredibly handy during rain or having only a few minutes to drop things off! I would love a drive thru window, but I wish more libraries had even something like the above. Most outside book drops I have seen are on the passenger's side because they're on two-way roads.
  2. I should probably add that my response is colored by the fact I sent my grouchy 9yo to his room last night for being a pill. He's off routine, dad's gone, and I have too much to do to deal with to bother with his whining over whether or not it's "fair" that I asked him to pick up the 300 Pokemon cards strewn around the living room. I don't care. I feel for him, but I need to consistently apply house standards ESPECIALLY when things get hard so that there is comfort in having boundaries. It's been building for a while and no matter how I tried, he wasn't listening. So he got alone time and the rest of the house got a breather from his constant grumbling. On another note, he just finished reading part one of ch. 37 in SOTW 3, and the actions of Shaka over the death of his mother provided some rather decent food for thought. He was a pain and hurt everyone around him because he wanted them to feel like he did. The near-expletives coming out of my kid's mouth as he read were incredibly funny 😄 but at least he is taking a note of how his actions over his feelings might come to bite him in the rear.
  3. Ditto. Telling your kid hard truths and setting your personal limits is part of parenting. Your limit is reached with her behavior. You don't have to put up with being treated like that, and she doesn't get to treat people like that. Be calm, be firm, and don't play with her drama. I hope things ease up for y'all soon. It sounds like a stressful situation all around.
  4. Our youngest is 9. The big draws right now are space to play net for baseball (it's that season) a slackline set (line, guideline, and then obstacle course line) a fort area (not intentional, but there is a propped up bush that cascades over the frame holding it up). Along with this I keep a bag of old sheets and fort building material. We have no restrictions on digging away in the muddy area, there's a garden to explore, and if they get bored, there's an empty driveway to play hockey and basketball in.
  5. If you don't mind a not-full program, Usborne's This Is Not A Math Book might be something that interests her. When I first opened it I thought of Donald In Mathemagic Land - all the wonderful things about math and arts rolled together in one package.
  6. Sorry, that last paragraph was describing Gattegno after we left Right Start. I think you may want to look at something different than Miquon. It will want you to sit there and encourage your child. You can set a timer for lessons, but it will want you to be present without being overbearing.
  7. Things I have loved about our libraries: In the children's area - appropriate seating for adults and children (side by side wing chairs in both sizes were so much fun!), comfortable kid cubbies, a puzzle/play area, backpacks & bags to take home filled with books/accessories all relating to one topic. In the adult area - comfortable seating, conference rooms, study areas. For all - a maker space. Materials could be used as much as we wanted in that spot and they were usually things that people might not invest in: a 3D printer, a sewing machine, a spinning wheel, books of ideas for each was extremely nice and a way to try it all out before investing in a machine that you might not use much.
  8. The books are split into categories. You can tackle each topic sequentially or tackle a few pages in each section in rotation. I wouldn't worry about hurrying through it but just letting him play and discover with the slight aid of the books next year. We did not use Miquon. We dropped Right Start for Gattegno. He had finished E, but I felt like in both D and E lessons weren't as solid as they could be. And he did fine, but his pace along with his options were going to limit him and I didn't want to get him bogged down later. If he had been younger we would have probably done Miquon, which seems to be a more traditional set up of what Dr. Gattegno authored. As it was, I had him start in book 1 (numbers to 20) and he had a blast because Gattegno is more untraditional. Multiplication of fractions is something seen so easy a small child could do with the aid of blocks, but telling time was quite a bit further down the road after mastering squares, primes, and factoring (book 2).
  9. What about Miquon? It's hands on, cheap, and fun. You only need a set of c-rods for it. And, if you both end up liking it you can explore more with Gattegno. Those books are available online for free and only about $10 for a print version. There's just enough hand-holding to help you plan out your days but plenty of flexibility in how long each lesson lasts.
  10. A babysitter. In this house, failing is not an option. I'd be, or I'd have someone, taking on the responsibility of sitting with said teen every afternoon. There would be no job. A part time job for fun money would be considered a privilege. The kid sounds overwhelmed right now and in the middle of apathy. There is no way I'd let my kid carry that weight of his actions for the rest of his life by hindering his possibilities.
  11. Depending on your time, what about chicken/vegetable filled crepes? Dh makes a lovely spring one with a light cream sauce, carrots, shredded chicken, and I think summer squash. I want to say he uses tarragon and maybe thyme for seasoning.
  12. Depending on where she is at in Language Arts, ELTL's level D is animal heavy: Black Beauty, The Book Of Dragons, Heidi...but I will say my then-11yo really enjoyed Moving Beyond The Page's lit guide for My Side Of The Mountain (ages 9-11) and it definitely encouraged a love of animals for him (the program pairs it up with a picture book on Thoreau and researching hawk environments).
  13. I have never come across a resource that spelled it out, no. Our method here is to move sideways or forward until we get to a sticking point. I want my kids to learn how to struggle. It sounds mean, but I want them to know how to push through something that feels hard so that when things inevitably are rough as a high schooler/adult, they know they can do it. I didn't realise how much of a skill it was until I had to work on it myself. My husband and I also realised that our youngest had never been told that he can't do something. I mean, we have safety and moral/ethical limits in our parenting - but we have never told him he was too little to accomplish something or that it was was beyond his abilities. He was always allowed to try. I guess my very short book would be to throw and see what sticks, keep the difficulty level appropriate, and stand back to watch. 😄
  14. We have a basement classroom but it's too cold at the moment. I have a skinny (about 20-24in wide) bookcase in the living/dining room that I have put baskets and magazine holders on. Each week I go through them and remove/replace for the new week. The baskets mostly hold binders, the magazine holders the actual books for each subject, and alone-time readers are in a basket on the floor. There are two other baskets for math (giant mass of c-rods and math books on top) and school supplies (Dollar Tree holders for pencils, glue, scissors) It's not perfect, but it'll do until we warm up a little more here.
  15. English Lessons Through Literature is secular now and has a workbook. It may be more involved than you want, though, because literature is tied in. There's also Moving Beyond The Page.
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