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Noreen Claire

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  1. 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.
  2. 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...).
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Flowers? I always send flowers. Something beautiful, but small, to let them know that you are thinking of them.
  9. 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.)
  10. We do that here, too. (I'm north of Boston, on the NH line.) I have always said "ten of", "quarter of", "five of", etc... If you asked me what time it is right now, i would say that it is 10 of 2. (It is 1:50pm.)
  11. I used to wear a Goofy watch (friend of Mickey Mouse) that ran backwards (counter-clockwise). Drove other people crazy...
  12. DS7 and DS4 both have analog Batman watches. DS7 can tell time on an analog clock, and prefers to read the wall clocks (kitchen or living room) over the digital clocks (microwave or stove) in the house. We are working on 'ten til' and 'quarter past' usage. He's starting to get it. DS5 can identify which hour, but hasn't learned to count by 5s so he can't tell the minutes yet. We will work on this over the spring/summer. I do say things like, "When the little hand is between the 11 & 12 and the big hand is pointing to the 6, it will be 11:30 and we will have lunch." ETA: Several years back, before DS4 was born and I was still working, I found that almost all of my students (10th grade geometry) couldn't read an analog clock. I spent a lot of time standing on a chair, drawing on the clear plastic covering the clock with a dry erase marker that year.
  13. There is a small amount of cursive writing in the Wimpy Kids books.
  14. My oldest just got his license in November - he's 21. (He waited til he was seizure-free for over 2 years, as he finally stopped growing and the meds were finally dosed properly.) He's been driving for about a year, and failed the exam the first time. He's driven probably near 100 hours since he first got his permit, and he's only just getting the real hang of it. (The first 20hrs were with an instructor.) It took a long time and a lot of practice. He has epilepsy, inattentive-type ADHD and NVLD. He is not medicated for the ADHD due to the significant amount of seizure meds he already takes. He just needed more practice than a neurotypical kid would. Good luck to you both.
  15. Forgive me for skipping some of the responses but - this is an almost 17yr old with less than, what, 10 hours of actual driving experience? He needs to drive more. And then some more. And then some more. And then more! Practice will make him better. Start with quiet neighborhoods/non-rush hour areas/times of day. Once he has driven for more than 50 hours, reassess his needs for medications.
  16. DS7 will be working on chemistry for 3rd grade science, and I would like to add in beginner's Latin and some logic to his day. Besides what is listed in TWTM 3rd/4th editions, what do you love for chemistry, Latin, and/or logic? Thanks!
  17. We've recently started adding some mathy games into our days, to help DS7 practice his math skills. He's currently loving Prime Climb (board game), Sleeping Queens (card game), Math Dice (dice game), and cribbage. There are lots more games for math practice. You can search the GameSchooling group on facebook for other recommendations. Good luck!
  18. 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.)
  19. 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)?
  20. 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?).
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
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