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Noreen Claire

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  1. I have 10 emails, total. Four are 'unread', though I have read them. They are necessary for somethings coming up in the next two weeks. The other six include things that I would like to keep for future reference (I reread them occasionally). Everything else is deleted as soon as I am done with it, and I empty the trash regularly. Too many emails in my inbox make me anxious... ETA: I unsubscribe from things that show up in my spam file. I don't need that kind of stress in my life!
  2. Same issue here. DS21 is on depakote for seizures. We get it through the mail, so he gets 90 days at a time but, from every once in a while, they are a different manufacturer that the last delivery. I used to try to mix the bottles together to mitigate the problem.
  3. We rent out two condos (neither of which we've been able to sell, we don't want to be landlords). Tenant #1 (my old home) pays with bank check that is dropped off in my mail slot the day it is due (15th of each month). Tenant #2 (husband's old home) requires multiple text messages/phone calls/emails to remind him that the rent is past due. When he finally shows up, he pays with a starter check, usually post-dated. Last time it bounced. :cursing:
  4. I live in an average-sized city north of Boston. We have one library, with no branches, which owns its own books. I borrow through inter-library loan a lot. The consortium here is roughly 18 city/town libraries, only two of which have a 2nd branch in their own city/town. We can also borrow from the Commonwealth Catalog, so we can borrow from almost any library in the state (though, this is a bit spottier, takes longer, and you can't renew the item). Almost everything is returned to my own library, and they send it back to it's home.
  5. My recommendation would be to continue using the CWP book that you have, but work it out together. Solve the questions out loud along with him, and model your thought process to him. He will learn from doing it with you!
  6. They don't buy food for this school program - it runs entirely on donations. (I donate cash to other food pantries/kitchens for the reasons you mentioned.) They have a small list of items that they request, and I always include those (mac n'cheese boxes, oatmeal packets, granola bars, etc). I have had two students attend this school in the past, so I am familiar with its demographics. I am trying to send things that are gluten- and nut-free (we have allergies here, I know how hard that can be). This program send kids home with bags of whatever they have on-hand, so diapers, formula, and menstrual products are not useful in this program, because they may go to families that don't need them. I will keep an eye out for small soaps, toothpastes, etc. Thanks.
  7. I have a B.S. in mathematics, an M.Ed. in Math Ed, and have taught HS math for over a decade... for the life of me I *still* can't memorize 7x6, 7x8, or 6x8! It's like there is a hole in my brain where those numbers should go. It brings me great shame. :banghead:
  8. All I know is that, if a parent sends in a note that they need help, the kids bring home a backpack with food in it. I'm not sure if it is over the weekend or during the week. It is not over the summer. I don't think that parents can request certain items over others, they just get whatever gets sent home by the PTO volunteer that runs the school's foodbank. This school's food bank only gets whatever is donated by students/staff. I will add instant mashed potatoes to my list, thanks! I did buy several salt & pepper sets and small jars of cinnamon (with coupons, they were half-price). Also, corn bread mixes, individual packs of chocolate pudding cups (and plastic spoons) for kids to bring for lunches, and large cans of baked beans.
  9. Buying for the school's program has been a real change in mindset. When I shop for my family, I try to buy in bulk and/or get the best unit price. For the food program, I'm trying to buy so that multiple families can benefit and, more importantly, they have to be small enough packages so that kids can carry the backpacks home. I'm not sue I can do oil & sugar, but I can do salt & pepper, small seasoning blends, cans of stock, etc. I hadn't thought of shelf-stable milks to go with cereal and applesauce/fruit cups. I'll keep my eye out for sales. Thanks!
  10. Our local public elementary school has it's own food bank. They provide backpacks full of nonperishable food for families that ask for help. Every few weeks I try to cut our own grocery budget by about $20-25 and buy some items for the food pantry instead. In the past, I have donated: bags of brown rice & cans black beans box of pasta & can of pasta sauce (no glass jars allowed) cans of tuna (no mayo - it's expensive!) jars of peanut butter (there was a great sale w/coupons) boxes of mac n' cheese packages of cheese crackers boxes of instant oatmeal packs granola bars What else can I buy that is a combination of nutrient dense, filling, yummy, useful, relatively easy to cook, and not so expensive that I can't buy at least 5 at a time? I don't want to just buy random things that may or may not go together, and I don't want to just buy snack and/or convenience foods. Any ideas?
  11. Creak (like squeak). I'm from north of Boston.
  12. I have that book out from the library right now, along with the book she recommends in the 4th edition. Both are online used for cheap. Thanks for commenting - everyone else seems to have bought a 'curriculum', rather than follow the WTM plan. This is what we will most likely do.
  13. Anyone have any experience with NOEO Chemistry? I was wondering if I could just buy the $20 instructor's guide and get the rest of the assigned books from the library... Trying to do science on the cheap, IYKWIM.
  14. my town: $71, 392. the town a few blocks away: $34, 852
  15. This is my problem - I come from a public school background (I taught HS math until I DS5 was born). My experience was to figure out where the students needed to be at the end of the year and then schedule it. At home, this works for spelling, handwriting, history, etc, but it isn't working for *him* for math. I just needed help getting my head around the logistics of how to accommodate his needs. We aren't 'do the next thing' people. I am a scheduler at heart and he thrives on structure. I write out his daily assignments in a notebook that he works from during the day. Combining an easier topic with a harder topic looks like it might fit the bill. I will still have to schedule it, and write it out in his assignment book.
  16. This is the thing, right here. If he's doing something that is challenging, he's really excited and into it and wants more. If it's boring, he does the assigned portion of his work quickly and runs away. Currently, he's not being challenged. I'm not trying to force him to be ahead, I just want him working on something more challenging - something that is worth his time. We started doubling up easier/harder lessons yesterday, and he seemed pleased to be getting the easy stuff out of the way. We will take it one day at a time.
  17. Caedmyn, I feel your pain. From your description, I may be slightly more 'touchy-feely' than you, but only slightly. I *love* my babies but, when they get to be around 2.5yrs old, they start to get on my nerves a bit. I am not a touchy-feely person by nature; I was raised by non-touchy-feely parents. I am positive that *I* have sensory issues (noise, textures, noise, touching, did I mention noise?), and having five kids can wreak havoc on my nerves. (To be honest, I had these issues when there was only one kid. Five can be overwhelming.) However, I make a concerted effort to hug everyone when they need/want it. My 7yr old *needs* reassurance via hugs. The only time I won't hug him is when I'm nursing. That's just too much touching for me. *shudders* My oldest, DS21, doesn't look for physical affection from me anymore, so I also make an effort to hug him every once in a while, just because I know that he needs it. We do our best. Sounds to me like you're doing a great job.
  18. I had this same worry when I started homeschooling, even though my third son (now 4) won't start 1st grade until September, 2018. Then, what to do with boys #4 & #5? Since I'm a scheduler by heart, I made a spreadsheet. We will continue on with the history (and science) progression that we started with boy #2, and tweak the work load expected for each grade level. He's my spreadsheet (because I love spreadsheets and it makes me happy...).
  19. This is a good point. I don't expect him to spend an hour on math text/workbooks every day, as we do so much more math during the rest of the day (games, memorization, general life math, etc). I just think that, if what we are doing only takes 10-15 minutes a day, that he might benefit if I can get him up to a point where it isn't so easy and quick - that he's probably working below level. I want to challenge him, not bore him.
  20. This is a FABULOUS idea. I looked through the rest of 2B (he just started it), and if I double-up an easy & hard chapter, he would probably be done the book by the end of April, if not earlier. Thanks!
  21. DS7 is in 2nd grade and we are using Singapore Math 2 (textbook, workbook, extra practice, and challenging word problems). I have the year planned so that we will finish 2B by the middle of June. I have scheduled 60 minutes into our days, five days/week, for math instruction & practice. However, it almost never takes anywhere near that long to do the day's work. Here's what math looks like here: (5-15 minutes) Together, we will do one section in the textbook, with me modeling and explaining and him answering questions until I am sure that he has pretty much mastered the topic. (5-20 minutes) He then does the corresponding workbook pages on his own, which I check when he's finished. I add in the extra practice and challenging word problems books here and there, as needed. *We also work on memorizing math facts during morning time and play lots of games that include math during the day. I really think that he could be doing more advanced work, but I'm not sure how to get there from here. Do I assign fewer problems in the workbook? Should I skip workbook work altogether if he's already mastered the topic, and move on to the next section? Should I just have him do more from the word problem book each day, instead of trying to let him move along faster? Something else? I was already planning on getting him Beast Academy for summer. (I intend to keep using Singapore during the school year.) I'm frustrated that I don't know how to answer this myself... (edited for clarity)
  22. I pay about $850/yr for pretty good coverage on a 2012 Mazda5. When I added my oldest, DS21(who just got his license in November), as an occasional driver, it doubled. He just bought his own car and got his own policy, liability only, and the bill came yesterday. It is $1799, due IN FULL by April 5th. That's going to wipe out his savings. He's a bit miffed.
  23. Here is a blog post by The Car Seat Lady that describes when is is best for a child to move from a 5pt harness to a booster seat: My extremely tall about-to-turn 8yr old son is still in his 5pt harness but I will be converting it to a booster as soon as he outgrows his Britax Frontier90.
  24. Flowers? I always send flowers. Something beautiful, but small, to let them know that you are thinking of them.
  25. I'm constantly ravenous while nursing, so I haven't fasted for the past 8 years (nursing and/or pregnant the whole time). We did abstain from meat and I tried to limit my snacks to only what was necessary and only plain, whole foods. I live in the Archdiocese of Boston, and St. Patrick's Day is on Friday during Lent this year. Those of us with Irish ancestry will get a dispensation for corned beef that day. (You couldn't pay me to eat that stuff. Ick.)
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