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Noreen Claire

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  1. DS7 would like to learn Python coding. He already spends two hours a week with my father playing around with Scratch and robots and a bit of Raspberry Pi. He spends hours pouring over coding books. He's extremely bright, reads well, and is very driven when he's interested in something. I would like to find him an online Python course that he can work through mostly by himself, though I understand most courses will be aimed at older Learners. Does anyone have any recommendations?
  2. My five boys each have two godparents, and I'm so sad that none of them have the close relationship that I have with my godparents. I guess I got very lucky. I became a godmother for the first time last Sunday! My brother and his wife had their first child, a daughter. I am hoping to be the best Aunt/godmother that little girl can have!
  3. We have DS23 listed as guardian of the younger four boys (10, 7, 5, & 2), with my mother in charge of the money. DH has an insurance policy that will cover all debts and offer several years of cushion, given that DS23 isn't yet,self-sufficient, employment-wise.
  4. If he refuses to get dressed/ready to go, I physically get him ready (he doesn't put up a fight, but will complain) and bring him to the car. He *always* gets over himself in the car ride and forgets his objections once we are wherever we were going. If he doesn't finish his school work before quiet time, he doesn't get his audiobook. If it's tv time and it's still not done, he doesn't get to watch with his brothers. If it's Wednesday, he will usually do the barest minimum in order to go to his coding lesson (with my father), but there is much arguing involved.
  5. A few weeks ago, DS7 decided he didn't want to do penmanship anymore. I told him we could skip the manuscript review (even though he really needs it, he's a lefty who forms all his letter bottom-up and right-to-left) and go on to the cursive section. He agreed, and hasn't refused penmanship work since. (He writes for himself all the time, this is not a physical issue.) The next week, he started refusing to do narrations. We are using WWE2, and he had no problems doing it last year. He will still listen and answer comprehension questions, but won't do the oral narration part. This week, he refuses to do the copywork and the dictations. So, he'll only answer the comprehension questions. When I tell him to do the other work, he just sits and doodles and tells me he doesn't want to do it. Last week, he started refusing to do certain pages in the spelling book (SWO2), and won't write his word lists (once per day). I'm asking him to spell the words out loud, and he's getting them all right, so I'm not worried too much right now, especially because he will still do the pages that have puzzles/rhymes/proofreading. I'm not sure what to do with him. He will still happily do the work that he likes (cursive, math, logic, grammar, phonics, history, science, reading, Greek, coding). His personality has always been to dig in and refuse to do things that he doesn't want, which can be a struggle when you are trying to get everyone dressed and out the door. However, it's never extended to school work before. He has plenty of free time each morning and afternoon to read and play. He has had some testing, and shows signs of both giftedness and possible selective mutism/social anxiety. The school work is an appropriate level for him. Does anyone have any 'been there, done that' advice?
  6. My living room is twice as long as it is wide. My husband insisted on lining both long walls with bookshelves, so I have a couch and a loveseat both free-floating in the room, perpendicular to the walls and parallel to each other. With four young, rambunctious boys in the house all day, I am constantly moving furniture back into place. This is constantly aggravating. In an attempt to keep the furniture from moving so much, I emptied FIVE bookshelves and moved both couches. I HATE IT. The symmetry of the room is gone and it's just no good. However, I now have roughly a thousand books to put back into bookshelves and I don't like the way the room is set up and I don't remember what bookshelves the books came out of and aaaaarrrrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!!! We went to the library. I never want to go home. My husband will be home in 6 hours. Ugh. 😥
  7. I have this rower: https://m.dickssportinggoods.com/p/stamina-air-rowing-machine-17smpustmnrrwngmcmsc/17smpustmnrrwngmcmsc (I bought it for myself last Christmas. It was on sale and then they had a coupon, which I was able to stack with the sale, that included free shipping.) It's not the best/fanciest, but it gets the job done and it folds in half for storage. The one thing that I don't like is that the monitor is not really helpful. It's kinda junky. If you're just going to row for time, without worrying about speed or splits or other stuff like that, it works fine.
  8. I deactivated my Facebook account. It was the only way to maintain a relationship with someone I love. I've lost connection with all the other people I was friends with, as well as connection to the local homeschool groups as a result. But, it was the only way.
  9. Could I get an invite, please? I have an alleged adult living in my basement. 😒
  10. Hugs, Mama. I was like your daughter, going from long lovely hair to a buzz cut. I've actually done that dozens of times, though many, many fewer as I have gotten older. I have never enjoyed alcohol, never done drugs, and didn't smoke so, for me, shaving my head was therapy. It was the way I dealt with frustration, anxiety, or feeling smothered. I followed with nose/tongue piercings, which I have let close as I got older. At the time, my mother was very unhappy with my decisions. However, she now jokes about it and likes to tell people about how radical I was. 🤣 Good luck to you both.
  11. I only started knitting two years ago, but I only knit with Chiaogoo metal needles. I have mostly circular (not interchangeable), with some DPNs. I like them, they are slippery and fast! I tried to use plastic/wood needles before, but just didn't like them.
  12. I keep my library books either in my desk or in top of a bookshelf. Books checked out for school are on the top shelves of the school bookshelf. We have two baskets next to each other in the living room for the kids to keep their library books, one for picture books and one for smaller books. Books are scattered *everywhere* in my house. If someone (usually just DS10) takes a book into the car, it needs to come back out when we get home. Other than that, we have no real rules about how many books someone can have at a time, they all usually just end up in 'the library box'. FWIW, we currently have 120+ books checked out. We have lost only one book in recent memory, and it turned up under a couch after I paid for it. (We did pay for two other books this year, after an unfortunate bout of car sickness and a water mishap.)
  13. Noreen Claire

    thanks

    For future reference, she should be aware that antibiotics can interfere with birth control pills, rendering them ineffective, and she should use a back-up method of birth control for the remainder of that pill pack. The reason I know this turns 24 next month...
  14. My SIL has a pair of those, in white. She only wore them to the beach, she had a pair of regular Birks for everyday wear. FWIW, the white ones looked like they were turning yellow. Ick.
  15. It's $2+ per gallon, supermarket brand, around me in the northeast. We pay $3.25/half gallon for nearly-organic local milk, delivered every Tuesday, plus delivery fee. I do end up having to buy another gallon every weekend to get us through to delivery day, and usually spent about $3 for a brand name gallon. My fridge isn't big enough for all the milk my family goes through. 😕
  16. DH works two jobs so that I can say home. Homeschool is my responsibility; I am the one who decides curriculum, plans lessons, teaches, and deals with the paperwork. DH helps with his areas of expertise (astronomy, physics, Greek, Latin, and chatechism) if /when I ask. He listens to me complain/brag and bankrolls everything. DH is a high school teach/adjunct professor, so on weekends and during summer he takes the lead in laundry, dishes, and general housecleaning. During the school week, household chores fall on me.
  17. It's hard to say. He does well with the exercises. We are ramping up the writing output this year, so I guess we will see soon if it's working out not.
  18. We've done Killgallon Sentence Composing for elementary after finishing WWE3 in 3rd, and have just started Sentence Composing for Middle. We do it almost completely orally, so it goes pretty quickly. I'm hoping to also get through most of Paragraph Composing for Middle this year (5th).
  19. There is a list of recommendations put out by SWB, but I can never seem to be able to link to it. If you Google "WWE and WWS explanation" your should find it. I'll try to attach it here. WWEandWWSexplanation(1).pdf
  20. Oh! Alan Doerr and Ken Levasseur were my instructors in my undergrad! Both really, really nice guys. I think I actually took Discrete Math with Prof. Doerr.
  21. I think we (I) need a way to keep track of how long someone is (or is supposed to be) working on a subject during the school day. I'm also trying to leave my cellphone in another room, so I'm not distracted. The dining room doesn't have a clock; should I just get a clock or should I get myself (each kid?) a timer? Do you use timers in your homeschool, and is there one you really like? Thanks for any input.
  22. I usually say, "ALL THE PROFANITY!" I used to swear a lot. A. Lot. Catholic school taught me most of it. 😉
  23. DS2 (3 in October) has finally stopped nursing. We had been down to only at nap times, and not even every day, and then we went away for last week with family, and he was too busy with cousins to have any interest. I've been putting him down on the couch with an audiobook the last few days, and he's been taking a nap without needing to nurse first. The last time must have been sometime two weeks ago. I'm sad this part of my life is over now. I nursed my first baby almost 24 years ago! I've been nursing for pretty much the past 10+ years (the last 7+ nonstop), through multiple pregnancies, through tandem-nursing babies and toddlers, through several miscarriages, through way too much sleep deprivation and a 40lb weight gain. I'm glad to have (that small part of my) body back! I just am sad that I can't remember the last time. Now, if he could just sleep through the night and give up diapers....
  24. Does anyone use an app to keep a list of homeschool book titles? I would love to be able to scan UPCs or enter ISBNs and have it populate a list automatically. Anyone have something they can recommend? Thanks!
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