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Noreen Claire

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  1. Background info: I have a small table in the kitchen that the younger four boys use to eat breakfast, lunch, and bedtime snack. Sometimes the youngest two also use it for playdough/puzzles/coloring while the other two do school work in the dining room. We cannot do schoolwork at the kitchen table because it is too small. The dining room table is used for school work during the day (almost always finished before lunch), chromebooks (typing, coding) in the afternoon, and dinner in the evening. I would like to create a better arts & crafts space for my younger four boys. I have three options: option #1: I can put art supplies onto a rolling art cart (Ikea raskog) and roll it into the kitchen for kids to use at the kitchen table. This could cause problems with eating at this table, if projects are not finished/dried/cleaned up. The younger two are often still picking at breakfast during school time, and I don't allow eating at the school table in the dining room, so the art supplies couldn't come out until they finished eating. We could easily move lunch & snack to the dining room, freeing that table up for the rest of the day. The table is small, though, and would limit amount of materials on the table at a time. Also, it is in the corner and DS4 sits in the corner seat, which he has a hard time getting into/out of if the DS6 is also sitting at the table. option #2: I can move a small bookcase from another room into the dining room for art supplies. Arts & crafts could only be done in the dining room after school work is completed and must be finished/cleaned up before dinner OR after dinner and must be cleaned up before school starts the next morning. option #3: I can rearrange a bit in my bedroom so I can move my (heavy) desk upstairs, clearing a corner in the living room. I can purchase a small-ish second-hand table & stools for a permanent art space. Not sure where the art supplies would go, as it's not a big space (probably the rolling cart?) and I'm not sure if it could fit all four boys at the same time. This would put paint, glue, etc very close to the couches (eek!) and also be harder for me to keep an eye on during school time. A possible 4th option for the warmer months would be to talk DH into making an art space in our tiny garage (which is already full of stuff). This wouldn't be a viable option for the colder months, nor would the younger boys be allowed to be in the garage without supervision while I'm working with DS10 & DS6 in the house.
  2. I'm with you. We're in a 1500sq ft house with seven people. DH and I have the largest bedroom (has a small walk-in), DS9 & DS6 are in one small bedroom, DS4 & DS2 are in another small bedroom, and DS23 has claimed the partially-finished basement (includes a 3/4 bathroom). The younger four do not have bureaus, are in bunkbeds, and have very few things allowed to stay in their small rooms (Legos and one bookcase in each). I keep thinking that I should put the four younger boys into the largest bedroom together, DH & I take the bedroom with the larger closest, and turn the other small bedroom into a craft/study/quiet room. When they get older and need more space, I could *possibly* fit 4 loft beds in the largest room, so each could have a couch or a desk space underneath to themselves. (At least two of the boys are predicted to be 6'3"+, and we have low ceilings!)
  3. Yes, I think the sale is just for members. Sorry.
  4. SWB's The History of the Ancient World is on sale at for $5 until Sunday!
  5. Measurement is in 2C and 3C. FWIW, money and time are both in Singapore Math 1B.
  6. I just bought the music appreciation book, too!
  7. Something similar happened with DS23 at about that age, many years ago. He had a hatchet (machete?) and was asked to help cut up some branches (maybe it was an old Christmas tree?) and, when all was said and done, there was some serious damage done to a *living* tree nearby. DH was upset. We figured that it was fun/exciting to be wielding that tool and he got carried away. I have seen that happen, to a lesser extent, with DS9. My guess is that it has something to do with self-regulation that just hasn't developed yet. I know you have lots of other things going on with your DS, and I can empathize with the feelings of helplessness when trying to help your child and it doesn't seem like anything you do is working. My only advice would be to make it explicitly clear to him that, while you were surprised/angry about the damage to the plants, he is always more important to you than damaged plants. Then, I would take him out into the garden and give him the same tools again for another job, to show him that you still trust him, and try again. Just be aware that you will have to watch him a little closer.
  8. How about fake grass turf?
  9. Beast Academy has probability in book 4D. You could sign her up for a month of BA Online to play around with the problems there (it includes access to the student guide online as well).
  10. I also have a six-year-old who is engineering-minded. These are his favorite books: Any of the Lego Technic Idea Books (Isogawa). The Lego Neighborhood books (Lyles). Any of the Cool Creations books (Kenney). He also knows exactly where the arts & crafts books are in the children's room at the library, and he routinely checks out books on making puppets, origami, pop-up-books, etc.
  11. DS9 read both books (the Classic Starts versions) this year. He didn't hate them.
  12. DS6, my lefty, does all his school work properly but oftentimes will write his creative writing-type stuff completely reversed, mirror image, starting at the left and going to the right. It's happening less and less as the school year progresses. I'm not concerned. When I was bored in school, I taught myself to write my name backwards in cursive. I still do it sometimes, because it's fun!
  13. I found iris blooms today, and the tips of what I believe are lilies. In New England! Woo hoo!
  14. FWIW, I've used TaxAct online for the past 6 (?) years, doing the taxes for my brother and my oldest son. It's very easy.
  15. It's 6:48am here by the clock but, with the time change, it is really 5:48am. I usually don't wake until 7:30. But, I'm up. The toddler didn't climb into my bed during the night, which never happens!
  16. I want the Chromebooks for typing lessons, Google office/drive applications, web surfing, games, online classes, and coding classes. I know there are tons of online learn-to-code websites that my kids could use. I have no idea what my kids could use the raspberry pi for, especially since they are 6 and 9 and barely beginners. I need them to be able to work at the same time, or it can't come into my house. (I can only imagine the fighting!) Also, it's a no-go if the tablets can't still be used as tablets. I'll keep researching...
  17. DS6 is interested in coding. He's outgrown Scratch Jr and LightBot, and I've let him start playing around with on my Chromebook. My father, who taught himself about computers way back in the 80s and has worked with/around computers until he retired last year, has decided that he's going to take over teaching DS6 to code. I was planning on purchasing two more Chromebooks, so DS9 and DS6 could code, do school work, learn to type, whatever. My father, however, has informed me that he's going to buy them a raspberry pi, connect it to something (I have no idea), and turn their Kindle Fires into touchscreen monitors to use with the pi. Is this feasible? Will they be able to work at the same time with only one raspberry pi? Will they still be able to use their Kindles as tablets (we use Amazon Freetime, as well as for audiobooks)? What will they even *do* on a raspberry pi? I still think Chromebooks are the way to go, but my father INSISTS he's doing this, and it's better his way. Can anyone talk to me about this? I'm out of my depth here.
  18. Because no one else has mentioned it, I'll ask if you've considered Killgallon? My 4th grader just finished WWE3 (we started late) and is now doing Sentence Composing for Elementary. We do each exercise orally, and he copies one sentence out when we finish, his choice. We will do Sentence Composing and Paragraphs for Middle School next year (5th), and then he will move into WWS for 6th. SWB recommends Killgallon here. You should be able to jump right in to FLL3 with no issues. We've done FLL1-4, and each starts with the assumption that you might not have done the previous books. FWIW, we started Latin using Little Latin Readers in 2nd grade. I've found that they are actually gently reinforcing the grammar we've learned in FLL. We spend maybe 15 minutes per day on Latin, 4 days/week. ETA: I just saw that ChrisB did already mention Killgallon. Sorry, was reading on my phone and missed that.
  19. This is a very useful thread. Thanks to PeterPan for asking the question! I would love to hear from people who have a 10-ish year old boy *and* younger siblings. DS9 will be 10 soon, and he's got three little brothers I'm also teaching/reading/playing/chasing/yelling at while he's trying to work. Does that change how/where your older child works?
  20. My son works for 45-60 minutes a day in BA. He did it this way when he worked in the books (3A through 4B) and now that he works online (starting with 4C, he's now finishing up 5B). He does every problem, in order. He is supposed to work for time (45 min) but he always finishes a problem set before stopping. He prefers doing it online (he's a bit of a perfectionist with math, and *needs* to know that he's getting them correct), but he reads the physical guidebooks. I have occasionally sent him to look up a solution in the workbook to help him solve a trophy problem. Working in the workbook and also the textbook seems like a bit of overkill, as they are usually very similar problem sets, and one set is enough, unless they could use some more practice. Even then, your can go back and redo the problem set online with different numbers.
  21. DS6 insists on learning Spanish. He doesn't want me to teach him, but he wants to learn. He just started using DuoLingo, but he's still learning to read so it's not ideal. Can anyone recommend any other apps, videos, books, audiobooks, or websites that he could use to learn Spanish, with very little parental involvement?
  22. So, I had him start writing his spelling work/words in cursive and, within a week, he was writing all of his work in cursive of his own free will. I did not expect that! His cursive has become much, much neater and more automatic almost overnight. Thanks again for your comments!
  23. I bought myself a TRX before Christmas, and I love it. Sadly, I don't use it as much as I should, but I always feel like a badass when I'm finished a workout!
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