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Noreen Claire

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  1. Thank you, @MercyA! I'll check those links out!
  2. I took my kids to the Museum of Science on Monday. While I was reading the descriptions of several displays to my younger two boys, a woman approached us and said, "Wow. I thought that was a recording! Was that you reading? It sounded so professional!" I muttered something about reading lots of books so I've had lots of practice. She pushed her stroller away while repeating, "That sounded so professional. I thought it was a recording!" Can I get a part-time gig somewhere reading the display captions in a museum? Or audiobooks? Or something? How does one even try to find out if this is a possibility? I will eventually go back to teaching and send the kids back to school, but in the meantime I wouldn't mind bringing in some extra cash!
  3. Up until this school year, DH has taught 9th grade physics using this textbook. It was the first class in the science sequence for all 9th graders; those that wanted to could also take a higher-level algebra-based physics class in 11th/12th grade. (DH is teaching the upper level course this year, as well as AP phyics.) To account for the different levels of math abilities in the class, the second half of the book (heat, sound, etc) was taught before the mechanics section, which would allow the students to have more algebra practice under their belts. It worked out well that way. If your student can solve simple one- and two-step equations, they won't have any trouble with the math in the book.
  4. Oh, this is one of my favorite books, and I give it as a gift as often as I can. Thank you for saying this, as I never would have thought about it being an issue for sensitive children. Will have to keep that in mind...
  5. I have nothing really to add, except that I had both DS7 and DS10 take the CogAT and the Iowa last week, and have been going over the results this morning. They seem fairly reliable to me. (I wish I had actually tested them with a higher-level of the exam, to see what the actual ceiling would have been for each. That might have been more helpful, in our case.)
  6. We've always done the usual of giving up candy, or alcohol, or soda, or whatever. This year, DH is seriously considering giving up meat. I've been trying the last few years to add something in, instead of just giving something up. This year, I think that I'll add in an extra daily read-aloud to my kids after dinner, which will have the added benefit of limiting their nightly screentime. We will also try to do a decade of the rosary during our after lunch basket time on school days. I also need to give up swearing. Again. 😔
  7. DS3 will be 4 in October. I'm not planning on doing anything with him besides learning to stay in quiet time, playing by himself without bothering me, since he's in process of giving up his afternoon nap. I need that quiet in the afternoon! He will continue to listen along to history and literature read-alouds with his older brothers. We have lots of puzzles, random 'academic'-type manipulatives, and plenty of art supplies for him to play with.
  8. I can't remember the values for 6x7, 6x8, or 7x8, without starting at 6x6 or 7x7 and then adding up. I have *never* been able to memorize those three math facts. ..... I have a degree in math. 🤷 It's a hole that makes no sense! I work around it, obviously. 🤣
  9. With DS7 (2nd grade), we alternate choosing- I pick the first subject and then give him options for him to pick the next subject, depending on if he needs me or can work independently, and repeat as we go. He tends to march to his own drummer, and definitely needs plenty of time during the day to work on his own projects, follow his own rabbit trails, and read. With DS10 (5th grade), he will very rigidly work straight down the list, so I have organized it in a way that makes best use of hard/easy/hard/easy tasks for him, so that I can also give him breaks/snacks/physical activity during the day to keep him going. He is advanced in a couple of subjects, but also has anxiety and other issues.
  10. I'm not sure what 8's planners look like, but I'll show you what my planners for DD10 and DS7 look like for this week. I do have a beautiful schedule all worked out for when each kid (10, 7, 5, & 3) is doing what activity, trying to balance out who needs help and who can work by themselves. Of course, no one follows it except DS10, who has a rigidity when it comes to schedules. Everyone else just kind of goes with the flow...
  11. That makes sense. I rarely take my kids to the store with me unless it's a special trip with just one kid, so they can take their money with them because we know ahead of time and they have an idea of what they want to spend it on. Also, my DH always has cash (I rarely do!), and is almost always able to immediately pay out allowances or chore payments, so I never have to think about that part! If that weren't the case, an app/debit card might make it much easier.
  12. I just took my 10, 7, & 5 year olds to the credit union to deposit their allowance money and exchange coins for paper money (they like the machine counter). I think it's beneficial for kids to handle cash, like counting, splitting between save/spend/donate, pre-planning to have enough money for outings, etc. Though, my credit union would issue a debit card for each kid's account if I wanted. Is there a specific reason you prefer kids to have a debit card? Asking honestly...
  13. I am with you, this week (or longer 😔) has been rough. Ugh.
  14. First, I am so sorry that this has happened to your daughter, and also that she had to go back to work so quickly after giving birth. My oldest has had seizures since childhood, but is male, so no clue about preeclampsia-related seizures. However, if she does get prescribed Keppra *specifically*, please make sure she also gets prescribed vitamin B6 to take concurrently. Keppra can have an adjustment period that includes rage, anger, depression, and/or anxiety. Vitamin B6 can help mitigate these side effects. (We have lived this experience.) Good luck to your daughter. May she recovery quickly.
  15. When I Google a book using Chrome (on my Android phone or my Chromebook), about halfway down the results pages it gives me options for borrowing from local libraries. I didn't have to add an extension? It just showed up a while back.
  16. We do. However, DS10 has already broken his arm once and I remember, waiting during the procedure to straighten the bones, reading all of the literature on how trampolines ARE THE DEVIL and ever since they scare the crap out of me! My brother (not quite 6ft tall) flipped almost completely out of safety surround of one once - he got caught on the netting on the way down, thank goodness!
  17. Yes, yes! I have this conversation with my BFF every few months; she says the same things. I know this stuff, but... I worked as a single mom with multiple jobs, finishing my BS and getting my Masters, raising one kid and running my own household, all by myself for 10+ years. DH and I have been married for nearly 11 years and I left the workforce 8 years ago. I *still* have money issues - not bringing in my own income and having to discuss/rationalize purchases with DH is still a sore spot for me. I'm working on it, but it isn't easy!
  18. Thanks for your responses so far! We don't "need" the money to pay bills/debt (though, if you asked Mr. Money Mustache, he would beg to differ). However, as I have only worked for one semester out of the last 8 years, I feel guilty spending money on myself. I like the "both" method! Win-win for everyone! There is always something that I really want ... up until I have the money, then I can't bring myself to spend it on myself! That sounds excellent! Oh...I could really use some new shoes. That's an idea. I'm afraid that I would just nickle-and-dime it out, and it would be gone and I wouldn't have anything to show for it. Waiting is a good idea. I will make a note in my calendar to make a decision in a week or two. I was just talking to DH about possibly going away for a weekend together... This would buy a lot of books an loose-leaf tea for me on Amazon, that's for sure! Hope you enjoyed the show! Oldest DS has been driving a totaled car for about a year, and this would be a huge help to him. The next kid won't be old enough to drive a car for 5+ years and has already started saving for a first car, so not a problem. I have been considering a membership to the YMCA, just to get the kids more active (swimming!) during the winter. The problem is that I would then have to get four young kids and all their belongings over to the YMCA two towns over when I could just be in my nice warm house having a cup of tea! Oh...... I would love more ink!
  19. Hypothetically, if you found $400 today (it is in your name, had been set aside 25 years ago and 'lost', definitely yours), what would you do with it? I was thinking about either helping DS24 buy a new used car or getting a membership somewhere for a few months for my younger boys to work off some energy. My BFF said to 'unfind' it immediately and invest it. DH would probably say to use it on bills. (Boo! No fun!) My mother said use it for something for myself. What say you?
  20. I do insist that DS10 use cursive in all school assignments, except math. He still confuses the letters 'b' & 'd' in manuscript writing, but never in cursive. That said, his cursive is only slightly more legible than his printing, which is atrocious. He continues to get faster and more automatic in his cursive, so I'll continue to require for now. DS7 is a lefty, and continues to print all of his letters/numbers bottom-up and right-to-left, often writing entire words backwards. He just started cursive this September, and it is lovely and perfect and much, much faster for him. I haven't yet required that he use cursive in other subjects yet, but I will in 3rd grade.
  21. DH and I are still waiting for forms, but DS24 and I will get his done tomorrow. I'm hoping I can get ours ready to go to the accountant by the weekend...
  22. I've only started posting in the AL forum. I appreciate it when people with accelerated kids post in both places, because it shows that, even though they may be ahead in some areas, they may be on-level/behind-level in others. I don't know if it helps anyone else, but it is reassuring to me! DS10 (6th grade) Math: AoPS intro to algebra Logic: continue w/ Blast Off w/Logic series and misc. Mind Benders books. Science: Astronomy/Earth science (w/help from DH, an astronomy teacher) History: Medieval-Early Renaissance, using Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, The Story of Science, and Light to the Nations P1; reading lists from Living Math U2 Latin: finish Little Latin Readers & start Henle; also considering Portuguese Saturday school. Language arts: Spelling Workout F; Grammar for the Well Trained Mind (2nd time through); Writing With Skill level 1 Literature: assigned books from the WTM reading list plus whatever else he wants to read, he usually has several non-school books going at once Sports: He plays sports fall, winter, and spring. We will put in place a daily workout routine of bodyweight exercises and cardio, maybe add in some readings and call it "health class". Misc.: He'll keep working through Code Combat for Python coding; typing program online; he's going to start some weekly cooking & baking lessons with me; we will learn some needlepoint skills together as a family (he's already a knitter). I need to find a way to fit piano and/or saxophone lessons into the budget (possibly online) DS7 (3rd grade) language arts: First Language Lessons 3, Spelling Workout C, Zaner-Bloser 3 handwriting, copywork/narrations/dictations across the curriculum math & logic: Beast Academy 3, books from LivingMath U2, MindBenders/BalanceBenders/Math Analogies/etc. history: SOTW2 / read alouds from LivingMath U2 literature: read-alouds from the WTM recommendations (to go along with SOTW2), plenty of read alouds, audiobooks science: astronomy/earth science (WTM recommendations) Latin: start Little Latin Readers, possibly Saturday Portuguese school misc: This kid need plenty of unstructured time for following his own rabbit trails -- he pulls random nonfiction books off of DH's shelves and reads until he either doesn't understand anymore or gets bored; he's self-teaching Python, BBC Micro:Bit, and Raspberry Pi, etc. What he really needs is an organized physical activity, but his social anxiety won't let him join teams. Maybe piano lessons. DS5 (1st grade) phonics: finish Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading math and logic: Singapore Math 1A/B and MindBenders-type books language arts: First Language Lessons 1, Writing With Ease 1, and Spelling Workout A, Zaner-Bloser 1 science: (along with DS7 & DS10) earth science (library books) & astronomy (led by DH, an astronomy teacher) history: (along with DS7) medieval & early renaissance (SOTW2 & lots of library books) misc: he's playing soccer & maybe t-ball, weekly trips to the library, continue speech therapy weekly at the public school; maybe cub scouts; practical cleaning/cooking lessons; start CCD; possibly Saturday Portuguese school
  23. Have you seen this thread? (The post linked here has the total list of all the resources discussed in the thread, but the thread itself is one of the two that I revisit most on this forum.) Other than that link, I'm probably not able to be of much help, since DS7 doesn't want to "do" math (work out problems, solve equations, etc), rather he wants to "think and talk" about math. He picks up random books from the library or his father's/DS10's bookshelves, reads them until he's found something interesting, and proceeds to ask a million questions and discuss the topic at hand until he's satisfied/bored/whatever, and then he starts the cycle over again. He read half of A Cartoon Guide to Calculus and then wanted to talk about limits, functions, and transcendental numbers for days. He read a Murderous Maths book and then explained to me how to add fractions with different denominators; once he showed me that he could do it, he was bored and moved on to something else. He picked up an intro to logic book and then proceeded to explain to me Wittgenstein's truth tables over breakfast. BUT, he hates to sit down and "do math". *insert rolling eyes emoji here* Patty Paper Geometry is on my shortlist for his birthday this spring, along with some Zaccaro books that he's enjoyed from the library.
  24. The reason that I don't regularly shop at MB is because I worked for 7+years in the perishable warehouse for Shaw's/Star Market. I saw *many* a trailer's worth of produce get rejected by the Shaw's inspectors where the driver was then told to drive over to the MB warehouse so they could take it. Granted, that was 15 years ago, but old biases are hard to shake. Also, MB is always PACKED full of people, and I get overwhelmed in their stores fairly easily. Oldest DS works for them, and they are great for their employees... I just need to get over it and shop there. The Aldi near me is on MA/NH border. I'll check it out when I'm in the area tomorrow afternoon.
  25. I've been shopping almost exclusively at Stop & Shop for years. It's right up the street, it has nice wide aisles, and is usually fairly empty. I work the sales and use the app for coupons, buying in bulk to fill my extra freezer, and they have gas points that save me quite a bit at the station around the corner. I just learned that they are closing in a few weeks! 😭 The thought of having to learn to shop somewhere else is anxiety-inducing. We have, within a 15 minute drive, six (?) Market Baskets, an Aldi, a Whole Foods, two BJs, and two other (one smaller, one larger) Stop & Shops. I've never been inside Aldi, so maybe it's time to check it out...
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