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Noreen Claire

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  1. Has anyone used ANKI cards for spelling with their children? DS10 will be using Spelling Workout E this year, and I was considering setting up an ANKI deck for him to use for review. He's going to be using ANKI for Portuguese and Latin, as well. I guess that I could (maybe - I haven't tried yet) record the words and have him type them out on the computer. How else have you used ANKI for spelling?
  2. I always borrow from the library (usually through inter-library loan) to compare before I buy.
  3. For DS10, who did BA3 through 5, he would start by reading an entire chapter in the guidebook one day and then working for +/- 45 minutes each day on the problems in the workbook. He would occasionally reread a section in the guide, but not often. For DS7, who just started BA2, he's reading one section of a chapter and then working through the problems that go along with the section, working for about +/- 30 minutes/day until the section is finished.
  4. I saw a video clip of him apologizing to fans, saying that he was as upset as everyone else but he understood the need for Logan to go. I thought he had the best character development and story arc of anyone on the show. Was definitely a contrast to Veronica, who hasn't seemed to grow/mature much at all. And I like her!
  5. I've adored Logan since his mother died. He was the only one with the wit and sarcasm to match Veronica's. Duncan was... spoiled and childish. Piz was nice, but too plain. Leo is *yummy*, but too easy. Logan was perfect for Veronica, IMO. At least the didn't have her break his heart. Again.
  6. It doesn't ruin *everything*, and I'm sure he did it to move her character in some other direction he's thinking about for the future, but it was damn painful.
  7. After sleeping on it, I'm less sad but more angry about the ending. 😠
  8. Without spoiling anything, I will say that I'm annoyed that they kept the old office, which they had moved from in the novels. Are the books not cannon? Or, was it just too small a thing to care about?
  9. An 8-episode 4th season dropped the other day. Yes, on Hulu.
  10. I rewatched the original series, the movie, and reread the two Veronica novels before I started the new season yesterday. Just finished the last episode. The ending. Ugh. I'm so sad. 😭😭😭 Damnit, why did they have to do that? Gah! *sigh* 😞
  11. When I was pregnant with DS23, so in 1995. An actual lifetime ago!
  12. WISE OWL Polysyllables was recommended on this board once for pronunciation practice for a good reader.
  13. This is what we will do for 2nd, except that our grammar is done orally (FLL2). I am also going to include music appreciation (15 min), Portuguese vocab (5 min), and math facts (5 min) while on the couch with my crew (10, 7, 5, and 2). We do this 4x/wk, and will do art lessons and library visits on the 5th day.
  14. is a web-based solution that is free. It can merge PDFs, rearrange pages, remove pages, etc. I used it to make new files for SOTW that were only maps & coloring pages, removing the pages that I knew we would not use.
  15. I was just reminding myself what I had planned and realized that I forgot spelling! Yikes. Adding that in now...
  16. PRIMEBOOK19 will get you $5 off $15 in books. Bonus $10 to spend on Amazon if you spend $10+ at Whole Foods today (and have them scan your Prime code in the app). I stacked them both and bought a $17 book for $2!
  17. We have a large number of graphic novelizations of great books; if you Google "graphic revolve common core editions" you will find over 25 titles. The paperbacks go for $5-10 each on Amazon, new. They are written specifically for older kids at a lower reading level/reluctant readers. ETA: They are 'common core' because they include questions and writing prompts at the end. We've never bothered with those.
  18. I used BA 3-5 for DS10, starting with physical books and moving to the online when it came out, at book 4C. I've just started level 2 with DS7, and we are going back to physical books for him. While I enjoyed the way the online program is set up, these two kids tend to easy frustration when getting problems wrong. The computer just seemed to amplify DD10's frustration and he wouldn't move on until I explained how he had gotten a problem wrong. I may move to the online version eventually for DD7, but for now we will stick to physical books. And yes, you do need the guide books, that's where the concepts are introduced and where the fun is!
  19. When I make salmon for six of us (DH, myself, and boys 10, 7, 5, & 2), I make two entire sides of salmon, usually between 1.75-2 lbs total. DSs 10, 7, & 5 will eat an entire side of salmon by themselves! DS and I will each have a larger portion than you have, plus there will be a leftover serving for lunch for DH the next day. We will usually have salmon with salad, green/mixed vegetables, and homemade bread. ETA: We do not snack between meals here.
  20. How does the Fluent Forever pronunciation trainer work? Do I need to have the app? It looks like the app has a monthly fee. Sadly, their word list is only in Brazilian Portuguese, but the pronunciation trainer has European.
  21. We are staying away from Duolingo for the moment, as it has Brazilian, not European, Portuguese. I might buy a starter set of physical vocab cards to keep in the car or in my bag, so we can practice outside the house.
  22. DS10 is going to start studying Portuguese this fall. I am going to try and learn along with him, though I have started already in order to get ahead of him a bit before he starts. FWIW, I had French in high school and Spanish in college, but I have never been anywhere near fluent in anything other than English. DS10 and I have been studying Latin for two years, and will continue along while we add Portuguese. WHAT WE HAVE: textbook: Bom Dia! This includes a workbook with written exercises and a pronunciation CD. podcast/YouTube channel: I have been listening to the Portuguese Lab podcast, starting with the beginner lessons; lessons are between 7 and 15 minutes, so far. I found that they have the same lessons available on YouTube that include the words on the screen as they are being spoken. I am not sure which would be better for DS; the YouTube portal may be too distracting for him, so I could download the transcripts and print them for him instead. audiobooks: Pimsleur (European) Portuguese lessons are available through both Audible and my library. books: We have a Portuguese phrase book and The Usbourne First Thousand Words in Portuguese picture book. I will borrow picture books, picture dictionaries, and English-Portuguese dictionaries from the library as needed, and will buy a Eng-Port dictionary if we find one that we really like. misc.: My SIL' s mother gets weekly/monthly local news in a Portuguese-language newspaper, and she has been putting them aside for us. I have set up a sub-account on Netflix that will show us children's programs in Portuguese, and am sure that I can borrow Portuguese movies, either dubbed or from Portugal, from the library. My SIL is going to be our conversation tutor. THE PLAN: We will study Portuguese 6 days a week, alternating 45 minute and 15 minute lessons. On the three days with a longer period, we will work in the textbook/workbook, listening to the pronunciation CD as needed. If there is time left after finishing a section, he can move to one of audio options (podcast, Pimsleur, Netflix). On the days with a short lesson, we will start with a picture book or a quick vocabulary review, and then he can listen to a short audio option. I will make plans to see my SIL twice a week to have conversations in Portuguese and to ask questions that may come up. I am currently reading the book Becoming Fluent, and am also studying for my sheltered English instruction exam, so I can hopefully use what I learn to help along the process. Any input from those who have successfully learned and/or taught a foreign language is greatly appreciated! Thanks.
  23. Your levels 3-5 must be first edition. My entire set, with the exception of 3A, is white dominant, like your level 2s. I bought 3A alone to check it out, and it looks like your copy - when I ordered the rest of the books they had been reprinted with white spines.
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