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Noreen Claire

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  1. We did the CWP for level 2 during the year, along with the texts. I do have all the level 3 books for next year already, but I wasn't planning to start them until September. If we run out of math games (or if that idea goes sideways too quickly), I may pull that out to work on. Thanks for the idea!
  2. It's being shipped USPS economy mail from CA to MA. The publisher specifically states "2 to 3 weeks." I just looked and my last order came in 12 days. Keeping my fingers crossed!
  3. Wait, is that a thing that really exists? Wow. I'm pretty jealous that people can just go to a homeschool book store! We are probably going to play some math-y games and maybe work on his speed on his math facts. Keeping my fingers crossed that the books come sooner, rather than later!
  4. DS8 started Beast Academy 3A at the beginning of the month, after finishing Singapore 2A&B. I had originally only ordered the first book, in case he didn't like it. Turns out, he loves it, so I ordered the rest of the level 3 books this past Monday, as I knew it would take 2-3 weeks for the cheaper shipping. Well, he just finished the book this morning! :ohmy: (I didn't realize how far along he was in the book/workbook.) Now, we have to come up with something else to do for math until the other books arrive. He is not going to be happy with me - he want's to start the next book right now! Boo! :cursing: </rant> [Edited to add that he did the workbook, too. D'oh!]
  5. DS8 is finishing his first year home (2nd grade). He did Singapore 2A&B, and finished in April. We started Beast Academy 3A at the beginning of the month, and he is nearly finished. He *loves* BA, so he will continue with Beast Academy during the summer, hopefully finishing 3B and starting 3C by the end of August. I am planning to use Singapore 3A&B as his primary text next fall and continue to let him work through BA as he pleases. I will buy the 2nd grade texts as they are released, but I probably won't buy the workbooks (unless he ask).
  6. This sounds just like my DS21! If a large bill comes in (dental, eeg, whatever...), we help him by paying a portion of it. We are moving to less and less of this, to wean him off and get him completely responsible for his own bills.
  7. These chickens aren't organic, just 'organically-fed". This was just the first place that I found semi-local. I'm going to keep looking. Thanks!
  8. Thanks. Local-ish to me is $5.75/lb.
  9. If you buy/sell local, pasture-raised, organically-fed, whole chickens (Cornish roasters, to be exact) from a local farm, about how much do you pay/charge per pound? I would like to start buying from local farms more often (chicken, beef, pork - we already have local milk delivery) but I'm not sure if I can justify the expense. Thanks!
  10. The C25K running trainer app from Zen Labs (on my andriod phone) was great. It can play over your music (I played it over music from the Pandora app) and tells you when to speed up/slow down. I got more than half-way through the program before I found out I was pregnant with DS5. I actually ran for 20 minutes once! Without stopping! ETA: (I did repeat a week or two, because I wasn't ready yet. You can repeat days as many times as you need.) I'm now again in your boat - early 40s, just over 200lbs, and winded climbing stairs. The baby is about at the point were I could possibly be gone for 45 minutes or so without him freaking out (gym is a 7 minute walk from here), so I'm hoping to start going to the gym again soon. Good luck!
  11. I'm enjoying a few minutes of quiet (younger 4 boys spent the day coming down with/getting over miserable colds - me, too) with a glass of homemade limoncello & lime seltzer before going to bed. Oh, and the man-child just came upstairs for food and said "happy mother's day." so, there's that. :wub:
  12. My oldest offspring, who works in a supermarket that sells BOTH greeting cards AND flowers, seems to have forgotten what today is. I can't decide whether or not I should yell down to him and ask him what is special about today or to just go to bed. :crying:
  13. :lol: I'm being serious here - I always wished that I could go to the desk and get another coupon book (or use my mother's extra coupons). I just didn't think that it was allowed! I buy flour/sugar/chocolate chips/coffee there mostly, but sometimes there are good coupons in that book!
  14. WAIT A MINUTE! They let you have ANOTHER coupon book? You can buy more than one item using more than one coupon? This changes EVERYTHING... *starts plotting my next trip to BJs*
  15. Tomorrow is Sunday, Mother's Day. It is going to rain like crazy here, so soccer will be, thankfully, cancelled. DS3 picked up a nasty bug from the library train table (I'm positive) on Wednesday and was absolutely miserable today. I would bet my last penny that the baby and I are both coming down with whatever he has and will be down for the count tomorrow. Possibly DS5 as well. My only to-do tomorrow is to get the pot roast in the oven (DH can take it from there). I've never been one to snuggle up and take it easy on the couch when sick. However, I've also never been almost 43 with three sick kids as well. I'm not sure how to take care of us all at once! If you and several littles where all sick on a lazy Sunday with your spouse home to help out, how would you spend the day?
  16. I was raised as a "cultural" Catholic. I was sent to Catholic schools but my family weren't what would be considered practicing Catholics. I left the church at 16 and only returned when I started dating my husband, around age 32. I'm now a practicing Catholic who struggles with my faith.
  17. Not to hijack the thread, but please tell me how you applied it to weight loss? I'm interested!
  18. My just-turned 5yr old has had that book since the fall. I just let him do however many pages he is interested in doing, and I let him stop whenever. Today, he stopped after half a page but he has had days where he did 10 pages before stopping. I'm not pushing it - he's still so young! I only read the directions to him (he isn't reading yet). I haven't had to do any other teaching so far.
  19. I followed the scheduling this year (2nd grade) from Classical House of Learning. Here's her 34wk schedule for 3rd grade: https://classicalhouseoflearning.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/tentative-book-list-for-early-modern-times/ We usually read one section per day from the SOTW. I chose two fiction and two literature books for each chapter of SOTW (from the list in the activity book) and schedule those in during the week. (We haven't done the activities from the activity book, just the questions, coloring pages, and the map work.)
  20. That's the illustrator for Gaiman's Fortunately, The Milk! I'm putting that one on hold for ME!
  21. Can you please give me the author of this one? I couldn't find it int he library catalog.
  22. Thanks! I've added Amulet, Redwall, Mouse Guard, & TinTin to my library request list. Bone is always on the shelf at the library, so I'll keep that one for when we have nothing on hold. He's picked up a Max Axiom book before, but he didn't seem interested. I'll request a different title and try again. DS21 owns the complete hardcover set of Calvin & Hobbes comics; DS8 read them all last year but he might want to read them through again this summer. The books are huge and heavy and are great for just lying on a blanket under the tree and reading when it's hot. I'll remind him where they are. Thanks again!
  23. DS8 is currently reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. However, he puts it down during the day to devour graphic novels. I picked up five from the library yesterday, and he finished them all by lunch today. I'm running out of titles on my list and I need recommendations for others. What titles do your kids like? He's read these series so far: Zita the SpaceGirl Cleopatra in Space Knights of the Lunchtable Hilo Secret Coders The Nameless City Science Comics Indiana Jones Adventures (he didn't like this one) Missile Mouse Star Scouts Mighty Jack The Chronicles of Claudette (just found this one) Waiting for these titles frlom the library: Bird & Squirrel The Adventures of Mal & Chad Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales
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