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  1. I keep my library books either in my desk or in top of a bookshelf. Books checked out for school are on the top shelves of the school bookshelf. We have two baskets next to each other in the living room for the kids to keep their library books, one for picture books and one for smaller books. Books are scattered *everywhere* in my house. If someone (usually just DS10) takes a book into the car, it needs to come back out when we get home. Other than that, we have no real rules about how many books someone can have at a time, they all usually just end up in 'the library box'.

    FWIW, we currently have 120+ books checked out. We have lost only one book in recent memory, and it turned up under a couch after I paid for it. (We did pay for two other books this year, after an unfortunate bout of car sickness and a water mishap.)

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  2. For future reference, she should be aware that antibiotics can interfere with birth control pills, rendering them ineffective, and she should use a back-up method of birth control for the remainder of that pill pack.

    The reason I know this turns 24 next month... 

  3. It's $2+ per gallon, supermarket brand, around me in the northeast.

    We pay $3.25/half gallon for nearly-organic local milk, delivered every Tuesday, plus delivery fee. I do end up having to buy another gallon every weekend to get us through to delivery day, and usually spent about $3 for a brand name gallon. My fridge isn't big enough for all the milk my family goes through. 😕

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  4. DH works two jobs so that I can say home. Homeschool is my responsibility; I am the one who decides curriculum, plans lessons, teaches, and deals with the paperwork. DH helps with his areas of expertise (astronomy, physics, Greek, Latin, and chatechism) if /when I ask. He listens to me complain/brag and bankrolls everything.

    DH is a high school teach/adjunct professor, so on weekends and during summer he takes the lead in laundry, dishes, and general housecleaning. During the school week, household chores fall on me.

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  5. We've done Killgallon Sentence Composing for elementary after finishing WWE3 in 3rd, and have just started Sentence Composing for Middle. We do it almost completely orally, so it goes pretty quickly. I'm hoping to also get through most of Paragraph Composing for Middle this year (5th).

  6. 31 minutes ago, Mom0012 said:

    My dd is taking a discrete math class and the instructor assigned 4 texts, 3 of which are free online. The only one we had to buy was the Schaum’s Outlines and that does have hundreds of solved problems in it. The second text he lists is a workbook, though, so maybe there is something in there that will be helpful?

    Textbook and Materials

    There are four textbooks required for this course. The first three are free OER books which can be downloaded. The fourth can be purchased in either electronic or hard copy for around $20. There is much overlap between textbooks, but each has gaps which are filled by others.

    1. The Doerr textbook contains all the required topics, but some of its explanations are not ideal and the exercise sets are limited.
    2. The Kwong textbook does not contain all the required topics, but it gives a clear overview of discrete mathematics and contains clear motivations for proofs.
    3. The Levin textbook does not contain all the required topics, but it gives clear explanations of several proof techniques and motivates the topics that it does contain.
    4. The Lipschutz textbook contains all required topics, with concise and clear definitions and theorems, many solved problems, and many supplementary problems with answers. It does not emphasize proofs and the theoretical discussions are brief.

    In each unit, you will be pointed to the relevant sections, if needed, for each text. The links and bibliographic information for each text are listed below.

    Doerr, Alan and Levasseur, Kenneth 

    Applied Discrete Structures 

    Department of Mathematical Sciences University of Massachusetts Lowell Version 3.3 
    Edition: 3rd Edition - version 4 

    © 2017 Al Doerr, Ken Levasseur 

    Applied Discrete Structures by Alan Doerr and Kenneth Levasseur is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. You are free to Share: copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format; Adapt: remix, transform, and build upon the material. You may not use the material for commercial purposes. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms. 

    To download the free PDF version of the textbook, go to the following web page: 

    Kwong, Harris 

    A Spiral Workbook for Discrete Mathematics 

    © 2015 Harris Kwong ISBN: 978-1-942341-16-1 

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. 

    You are free to: Share-copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format Adapt-remix, transform, and build upon the material 

    Here is the link to MERLOT to download the PDF version 

    Levin, Oscar 

    Discrete Mathematics: An Open Introduction 

    © 2013-2016 by Oscar Levin 

    This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit

    Fall 2015 Edition 

    ISBN-10: 1516921186 ISBN-13: 978-1516921188 

    Here is the link to MERLOT to download the PDF version 

    Lipschutz, Seymour 

    Schaum's Outline of Discrete Mathematics, Revised Third Edition, 3rd Edition. McGraw-Hill

    Oh! Alan Doerr and Ken Levasseur were my instructors in my undergrad! Both really, really nice guys. I think I actually took Discrete Math with Prof. Doerr.

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  7. I think we (I) need a way to keep track of how long someone is (or is supposed to be) working on a subject during the school day. I'm also trying to leave my cellphone in another room, so I'm not distracted. The dining room doesn't have a clock; should I just get a clock or should I get myself (each kid?) a timer? Do you use timers in your homeschool, and is there one you really like?

    Thanks for any input.

  8. DS2 (3 in October) has finally stopped nursing. We had been down to only at nap times, and not even every day, and then we went away for last week with family, and he was too busy with cousins to have any interest. I've been putting him down on the couch with an audiobook the last few days, and he's been taking a nap without needing to nurse first. The last time must have been sometime two weeks ago.

    I'm sad this part of my life is over now. I nursed my first baby almost 24 years ago! I've been nursing for pretty much the past 10+ years (the last 7+ nonstop), through multiple pregnancies, through tandem-nursing babies and toddlers, through several miscarriages, through way too much sleep deprivation and a 40lb weight gain. I'm glad to have (that small part of my) body back! I just am sad that I can't remember the last time.

    Now, if he could just sleep through the night and give up diapers....

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  9. Has anyone used ANKI cards for spelling with their children? 

    DS10 will be using Spelling Workout E this year, and I was considering setting up an ANKI deck for him to use for review. He's going to be using ANKI for Portuguese and Latin, as well. I guess that I could (maybe - I haven't tried yet) record the words and have him type them out on the computer. How else have you used ANKI for spelling? 

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  10. For DS10, who did BA3 through 5, he would start by reading an entire chapter in the guidebook one day and then working for +/- 45 minutes each day on the problems in the workbook. He would occasionally reread a section in the guide, but not often.

    For DS7, who just started BA2, he's reading one section of a chapter and then working through the problems that go along with the section, working for about +/- 30 minutes/day until the section is finished. 

  11. 35 minutes ago, Chelli said:

    I wonder if the actor who plays Logan didn't want to do it anymore and this was his out, a la Harrison Ford in the Star Wars franchise.

    I saw a video clip of him apologizing to fans, saying that he was as upset as everyone else but he understood the need for Logan to go. 

    I thought he had the best character development and story arc of anyone on the show. Was definitely a contrast to Veronica, who hasn't seemed to grow/mature much at all. And I like her!

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  12. 1 hour ago, Lady Florida. said:

    I never liked Logan and never liked the two of them together, so I was sad for Veronica but not overall sad at the loss of that character.

    I've adored Logan since his mother died. He was the only one with the wit and sarcasm to match Veronica's.

    Duncan was... spoiled and childish. Piz was nice, but too plain. Leo is *yummy*, but too easy. Logan was perfect for Veronica, IMO. At least the didn't have her break his heart. Again.

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  13. 1 minute ago, Where's Toto? said:

    Dh and I just started watching the first season.  So far we really like it, but it sounds like the ending may ruin everything?  I hate it when that happens. 

    It doesn't ruin *everything*, and I'm sure he did it to move her character in some other direction he's thinking about for the future, but it was damn painful.

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