# Noreen Claire

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1. ## Math Problem Help

Very elegant! Nice!
2. ## Math Problem Help

now: no. of quarters: Q no. of dimes: 20-Q amount of money she has: .25(Q) + .10(20-Q) switch Qs and Ds: no. of quarters: (20-Q) no. of dimes: Q amount of money she has: .25(20-Q) + .10(Q) - .30 set both scenarios equal and solve: .25(Q) + .10(20-Q) = .25(20-Q) + .10(Q) - .30 . . if Q=9 and D=11, then total=\$3.35 if Q=11 and D=9, then total=\$3.65 (Last line reads "if she switched...sje would have less", so answer is 11 quarters and 9 dimes.)
3. ## POLL! When to buy materials for next year?

Good point. Fixed that. Thanks!
4. ## POLL! When to buy materials for next year?

I'm looking online and seeing a few of the textbooks and workbooks that I am planning on using with my 3rd grader are currently 30-45% off. I can't decide if I should buy now, or wait til spring/summer. When do you buy your materials for next school year (assuming that your year starts in September)?
5. ## 3rd grade curriculum. What do you think?

Looks like a full schedule! This is what I am planning for next year: morning time: religion, memory work, poetry, family read-alouds, etc. handwriting: continue cursive practice with Zaner-Bloser 3 spelling: Spelling Workout C grammar: First Language Lessons 3 math: Singapore Math (Common Core Ed) 3A/3B (textbook, workbook, challenging word problems, and extra practice books) science: general introduction to chemistry (haven't chosen spine yet) history: Story of the World 3 literature: Classical House of Learning Literature (grammar stage Early Modern) Narration, copy work, and dictation are spread throughout the subjects. We will also include as many board/card games as we can, and will try to add in piano & Spanish (Latin?).
6. ## Absolutely Bare Minimum Baby Prep

The hospital will most likely send you home with a day's worth of diapers. Car seat, clothes, blankets, more diapers, bottles & formula (if needed), etc can be purchased by loved ones while you are still in the hospital and brought to you as needed. Be gentle with yourself, mama. We never truly get over those losses.
7. ## How long does a child/young adult see a pediatrician?

My oldest (21) sees his ped for the last time later this month. She will discuss finding an adult doc during the appt. He's been going to the same place since he was 6mos old!

I'm not a big soup eater, and I had never eaten lentils before... until this soup! (Leave out the onions? I made mine with 1/2 lb bacon, too. Yum!) Mad Hungry Vegetable Lentil Soup
9. ## 17 in 2017. One month down. How are we doing?

Here's my list, grouped by theme: More moving (exercise 3/week): 1. do 5 military push-ups 2. do a pull-up 3. do a cartwheel 4. complete a couch-to-5k program More reading (read every day): 5. read 12 fiction books 6. read 6 non-fiction books More flossing! 7. floss every day More making (do something creative each day): 8. sew 1 thing each month 9. try twelve new (mostly) vegetarian recipes 10. learn to embroider 11. redecorate upstairs bathroom 12. redecorate master bedroom More happiness (misc stuff): 13. dress more stylishly 14. sing & dance more! 15. spend more time outside 16. give my boys more hugs 17. spend more quality time with DH Honestly, I'm behind on all of it. Just started my 1st book of the year, haven't sewn a stitch, the redecorating will have to wait until warmer weather, etc etc etc... (I *am* trying my second new recipe tonight, so I'm doing better there.) Thanks for the reminder, though. Maybe I can get to the gym this week.
10. ## Handwriting Workbook/Curriculum for 1st grader leftie

This reminded me that I taught myself to write my name backwards (and in cursive!) with my right hand when I was bored in high school. I'll have to see if I can still do it and see if it helps me to better understand what my lefty is trying to do... Thanks for the idea.
11. ## if your library offered this, would you check it out?

We have kits of all types. Here is a listing of the kits I found using the search term 'media bag' from my local library.

Me! Me! The older I get, the more quiet I need! I've recently figured out that I am my 'best mommy' when I can have 10-20 minutes of silence in the morning, an hour after lunch (not happening so much, now that DS2 quit napping) and an hour or so after everyone else goes to bed. If I don't consistently get that bit of quiet time, I get overwhelmed, frazzled, and b*tchy. Loud noises can actually feel like physical pain... So of course, I have five boys. :willy_nilly:
13. ## How do you break down your laundry?

adult darks - cold, regular cycle, one rinse adult light/whites - hot, regular cycle, bleach, one rinse towels & sheets - hot, heavy duty cycle, one rinse kids' clothes (mixed darks/whites) - cold, regular cycle, one rinse kitchen laundry - hot, heavy duty cycle, bleach, one rinse diapers - cold, heavy duty cycle, one rinse PLUS hot, heavy duty cycle, double rinse No fabric softener, everything dried on hot. Lost my wool dryer balls in the move - boo! DS21 does his own, though not often enough.
14. ## Helping siblings deal with growing independence of older sib

FWIW, I am 7 years older than my brother (only sibling) and, after I got my license, I used to take him out all the time. We would spend time together at the movies or out to McDonalds or whatever. I was kicked out at 20 (pregnant), and then didn't get to spend any real time with him for a few years. I didn't realize until many, many years later that this really hurt him. So, when your oldest leaves the house, impress on her that it would ease the pain with her younger siblings to keep up their special one-on-one time to help them with the transition. That all being said, there is a 13yr gap between my oldest and the next boy, and a 21yr gap between oldest and youngest. Oldest still lives here, but is here only rarely. I wish he spent more time with the younger boys. It makes me sad.
15. ## Handwriting Workbook/Curriculum for 1st grader leftie

I read a great book recently on helping lefties (DS4 is a lefty). It was called "Your left-handed child : making things easy for left-handers in a right-handed world", by Lauren Milsom. She talks a lot about how to position the hand for writing. I borrowed it from the library, but am thinking about buying it to have and refer back to.
16. ## Signapore questions

If I notice that he's getting the concept really quickly while we are working together, I will only give him half of the workbook problems to do on his own. If he does well on them (I check quickly when he's finished), we can play a board game or card game. We just started playing Prime Climb together, so he really wants to do well so that we have time to play together. ;-)
17. ## Signapore questions

DS7 is about to finish Singapore 2A. I didn't buy the HIG or the teacher's manual (I'm a math teacher). We usually work one 'pencil' a day (referring to the little 'pencil' icons at the bottom of the page after each section); we do that section in the textbook together, and then he completes the corresponding pages in the workbook on his own. For 2A/B, there are 61 'pencils' in each book, meaning 122 lessons. If you plan for 180 days of school, that leaves you with 58 days for extra practice/extra reviews. We add in here and there with the CWP and Extra Practice books. (We actually only have 152 days scheduled for math, leaving us 30 days to review, work on word problems, or play math games.) I'm not sure if that helps, but that's the plan here.

DS4 will be at kindergarten level in the fall. He will have work on math (Singapore), handwriting (Zaner-Bloser cursive - he insists!), and phonics (Prepare for the Code & Ordinary Parents Guide). He already sometimes sits in for morning time (memory work, prayers, read-alongs, poetry, etc.), and may decide to sit-in (or not) for his older brother's history & lit. The usual arts, games, and maybe some piano & Spanish will be included, if I can swing it.
19. ## Looking for new dinner ideas!

I am in a dinner rut; I need some new recipes for daily dinners. Hit me with your favorite go-to family meals, please! Bonus points for: -using pantry staples, -being veggie-heavy w/meat used more as a flavoring, and/or -getting my picky kids (21, 7, 4, & 2) to eat it! (We have peanut & tree nut allergies in the house, as well as an egg allergy.)

We are going to keep on the same track next year as this year, so: handwriting: continue cursive practice with Zaner-Bloser 3 spelling: Spelling Workout C grammar: First Language Lessons 3 math: Singapore Math (Common Core Ed) 3A/3B (textbook, workbook, challenging word problems, and extra practice books) science: general introduction to chemistry (haven't chosen spine yet) history: Story of the World 3 literature: Classical House of Learning Literature (grammar stage Early Modern) morning time: religion, memory work, poetry, family read-alouds, etc. Narration, copy work, and dictation are spread throughout the subjects. We will also include as many board/card games as we can, and will try to add in piano & spanish. I will have a Ker, a 3yr old, and a 1yr old in the fall, so we will see what gets done!
21. ## Sunday lunch/dinner

We met at my maternal Grandmother's house every single Friday night for as long as I can remember for pizza. Everyone came: aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, everyone. My mother was one of eight, so this was a lot of people! It stopped about a decade ago, when she moved into elderly housing. We still have pizza every Friday night at out house but now it is just the 7 of us. My Grandmother is failing in health and won't be around much longer. This really makes me want to get all of my family together and start this weekly ritual again, while she can still be part of it.
22. ## Another adult child query

DS21 didn't go off to college; rather, he works near-full time at the state minimum wage of \$11/hr. He is still eligible to be on our health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (and will still be after it is repealed, because we live in MA). This does not raise our yearly premiums, as we have a family plan that covers all five children. He does pay his own co-pays and covers his portion of the deductible. DS pays us rent (\$200/month). He pays his own cell phone bill. He finally got his driver's license in November, and is now on our car insurance; he pays his own portion of the premium. He purchased his own car a few weeks ago and knows that he will be expected to pay for its upkeep and gasoline. He is working towards being self-sufficient and on his own by the time he would have graduated from college, in about 18 months.
23. ## How old when you stop reminding...

Sorry - DS works at the local supermarket, and often helps collecting the abandoned shopping carts from the parking lot. Around here, we call that 'shagging carriages'.
24. ## A story of encouragement for moms of boys

As a mama of 5 boys just starting this homeschooling journey, thank you for sharing!
25. ## How old when you stop reminding...

Oldest DS is 21 - I still remind him (if I catch him in the morning as he leaves for work) of the impending wicked cold/wicked hot weather. He's not there yet for being aware that the weather yesterday my not be anything like the weather today, and he may be sent outside during his shift as a cashier if they need help shagging carriages.
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