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Noreen Claire

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  1. How did you schedule it?

    Looking at the teacher's manual, it recommends 185 45-minute lessons. I had originally planned to schedule science for two 90-minute chunks of time each week, over 36-40 weeks. To be honest, we (I) have had a hard time getting science done this year, so I was also considering starting it over the summer, when DH is home and we don't have anything else scheduled except twice-a-week swim lessons at the city lake. This is for an 5th grader who is math-y and has excellent reading comprehension, if that makes a difference. My other option is just letting him read science books and follow the WTM recommendations for outlining, etc, but I think a textbook might keep me from letting it slide again.

  2. 24 minutes ago, AmandaVT said:


    Perfect - now you'll rest easy knowing no one is being murdered in your back yard and it's safe to let the kids play outside. 🙂 Although if you have a kitty of your own, be careful letting it out because fisher cats do attack house cats sometimes. Hopefully yours finds a place to scream farther away from your house tonight and you can get a good night's sleep!

    I'm still a bit concerned over what was snarling and making the fisher cat scream. 😲 Going to have to remember to put the trash out before dark from now on!

  3. It's 1am here and I'm wide awake. Around midnight there was suddenly the most amazing noise in my backyard. Literal caterwauling. Something was screaming behind my house. I got up when it started, to listen at the window (my glasses were downstairs and it was pitch black, so I knew I wouldn't be able to see anything). Underneath the screaming was a handful of little 'yip, yip' noises, so I'm guessing mama and babies. But, the thing that was truly scary was that next to the caterwauling was a low, angry, snarling

    I came downstairs and turned on the backyard floodlight; by the time I found my glasses in the dark, the noises were gone. I am going to have trouble letting my kids play in the backyard from now on. We don't live in the country, either. My property backs up to two other properties; the one on the left is a house with a yard, the one on the right is a three family building with a fence and then a thin section of trees before it meets my backyard. My yard is not fenced. There is only one dog that lives on my street, a giant St. Bernard, and they have an electric fence. I don't think anyone on the next street has a dog, as we never hear barking. We've heard cat fights before, with meowing and hissing; this was not cats.

    I have no idea what kind of animal was snarling like that, but I hope it never comes back! I'm never going to be able to sleep again....

  4. My younger four boys are tall and have huge heads. They stay in harnessed car seats until they completely outgrow them, usually around 8. Then, they stay in boosters until they are over the legal height requirement. I vote for a harnessed seat that you can pass down.

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  5. I have always had a few sensory issues (certain fabrics and noises), but they do seem to be getting worse as I get older. Also, I have developed an issue with noise (I used to go to lots of concerts and work in a warehouse with huge refrigeration fans - I would go mad there now!) and touch. It is definitely age-related, but also probably because I have VERY LOUD CHILDREN WHO TOUCH ME ALL THE TIME. My anxiety levels have increased as well. I should look into the retained reflexes info. I also keep telling myself that I'll start meditation/mindfulness, but it never happens. *sigh*

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  6. On 5/26/2019 at 10:22 AM, theelfqueen said:

    Note to the DVD folks - BluRay players are compatible and also play DVDs. You dont have to upgrade your collection to switch up your hardware. 

    This I did not know! I may ask Santa for a blu-ray player for Christmas this year...

  7. 19 minutes ago, sassenach said:

    Wow, I didn't know that was possible with EEG!

    The doctor said that the abnormal activity shown on the EEG had changed to be more typicsl of someone who had grand mal seizures. The timing worked out that he has his first grand mal two weeks later. It was terrifying. 

  8. Oldest DS's EEGs always showed brainwave activity confirming his partial complex seizures. They also showed the change in activity that told us he would soon have his first grand mal seizure, which he had two weeks later.

    FWIW, DS would not lose consciousness during partial complex seizures, but he would never have any memory of them happening after-the-fact. 

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  9. 12 hours ago, square_25 said:

    In my experience, not having a mental model for a mathematical concept is far and away the most common cause of mathematically able kids having this kind of trouble. 

    This is it; he's lacking the mental model. Everything else mathematical comes so easily to him, so this one's weird. We will just make sure to do a few problems every week, in between regular math work, to see if we can't imprint these models into his brain.

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  10. 1 hour ago, perkybunch said:

    Lakeshore Learning has tons of great manipulatives for those concepts.  We used them even in high school geometry as refreshers.

    Build and Learn Volume Kit:

    Build and Learn Area and Perimeter Kit:

    Fold and Learn Geometric Shapes (useful for figuring out the shapes involved in surface area):

    Awesome recommendations, thanks!

    ETA: I found a $25off coupon online! Woot!

  11. 5 hours ago, fourisenough said:

    Not sure where we picked these up (probably this board!), but I’ve long used these memory aids to help my kids remember which is which:

    pe-RIM-eter = walking the rim of a shape

    squAREA = number of squares on surface of the shape

    I'm going to post these on the board for him to look at as he needs. Thanks.

  12. 14 hours ago, PeterPan said:

    The Real World Math series has been good for my ds for getting concepts away from memorized to real world application. 

                                                Perimeter and Area at the Amusement Park (Real World Math - Level 5)                                       This was GREAT and worked you into concepts so naturally, with context.

                                                [(Hot Air Balloons : Volume)] [By (author) Dianne Irving] published on (May, 2009)                                     

    There are more in the series, and all of them have been excellent. I got them through the library. We usually do 4 pages a day, because there's text and then some application problems. 

    Will check these out, thanks!

  13. 13 hours ago, Corraleno said:

    Have you worn all three, and if so can you compare them? I've tried on SO many different brands and styles of shoes in the past five years and cannot seem to find anything that works for me except New Balance and Keen — literally ALL of my shoes and sandals are those two brands. It never occurred to me to try Birks (and I had no idea they made shoes as well as sandals), so if those three brands all fit the same type of foot well, then I will definitely try them out.

    I ONLY own Birkenstock sandals, Keen walking shoes, and New Balance sneakers. They all fit great. (I also have some random, no-name heels that I rarely wear and are very uncomfortable because of arch placement.)

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