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Noreen Claire

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  1. My sister-in-law (husband's sister) has always had very wiry and frizzy red hair. The color is beautiful, but the frizz was awful. She had a keratin treatment a while back and it was GORGEOUS! I couldn't stop staring at how smooth and beautiful it made her hair look. It was still curly, just smoooooooooooth. My other sister-in-law (brother's wife) is a hair dresser and does them all the time. She's been trying to talk me into one for years but, every time I get to the point where I am just about to agree, I just cut it short again. Less work for me. (I joke that I can rock an "Irish afro" like nobody's business.)
  2. I agree - on principle. However, as a first-year teacher in a new school system, she may be required to do some worksheet-type stuff (letters/numbers/other pre-writing skills, etc.) that the school requires. This could lighten her load a bit in that she won't have to reinvent the wheel while she's still learning to drive the car. Pre-made worksheets were invaluable to me the first few months that I was teaching. I got away form it quickly, but it was helpful when I needed it.
  3. I second the gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers. I would add a gift card to Target or the Container Store (or maybe even the local dollar store), as she'll need lots of organizational items for her new classroom!
  4. My 7yr old just finished 1st grade in a public school, and we are working through the 1st grade books (he finished the 1A textbook on Friday) over the summer before we start homeschooling 2nd grade in September. From what I can tell, the biggest difference between the two versions is that the Standards version has cumulative reviews and the Common Core version has just chapter reviews, which are not cumulative. That's pretty much it. If you look at the comparison chart mentioned above, there is actually *very little* difference in topics covered in the two versions, Standards or Common Core [C], until you get to 5th grade, where a few geometry and statistics topics, and all algebra topics, are pushed up into 6th grade. This is because the Common Core standards focus on a more rigorous understanding of all concepts prior to algebra, and allow a bit longer for kids to master those concepts. Also, the Common Core standards recommend not beginning algebra until 8th/9th grade, as many children are not conceptually ready for those topics and, speaking personally as a high school mathematics teacher, many public and private schools do not have the math specialists in the classrooms who are able to provide the instruction necessary for students to really know and be comfortable with pre-algebra concepts. Ask me how many teenagers I had to reteach fractions and multiplication/division to. Actually, don't, you'll make me need a drink. :crying: THIS MAY BE DIFFERENT WITH HOMESCHOOLED CHILDREN, especially those whose parent are NOT math phobic. If you are strong/comfortable in *your* math abilities, it really doesn't matter which book you choose at 2nd grade - you can always switch as you learn more about *your child's* math abilities. However, if you feel in any way shaky in your own middle school math topics, you may want to lean towards the Common Core books, as those will provide more explanation, practice, and time for your child (and yourself!) to master the topics before getting to algebra. FWIW, I'm a proponent of the Common Core math standards, especially at the elementary level. And I'm from MA, where we regularly test higher than many *countries* in our students' math ability. We were also known to have had the most rigorous state math standards in the US before we helped to design and adopt the CC standards. EDITED TO ADD: The Common Core version doesn't have a Home Instructor's Guide (HIG). That might be a deal-breaker for many parents. Sorry, I forgot about that part.
  5. We have this setup, too! We may make it into a triple (if new baby is a girl) by adding one of their metal loft beds *above* the kura bunks. I've seen it a few times on pinterest, and have the directions pinned somewhere...
  6. With episodes happening mostly in the mornings, I would guess that her nighttime dosage would need to be upped to make it last longer into the mornings, until her morning dosage kicks in. My son (now 20, diagnosed at about 12) takes a higher dosage in the mornings because he mainly had episodes later in the afternoon/evening hours. Switching back/forth between medicines quickly, without weaning (slowly) off of one while starting (slowly) a new one is a recipe for disaster - I would find a specialist at a major children's hospital or neurological center. We spent several years trying to get the dosages right, and every time we thought we had it he would have a growth spurt and we would have to start all over. He's on Keppra and Depakote and at 20 was finally able to start driving lessons, after having gone 12 months+ w/o a seizure. He has had both partial complex and tonic-clonic (grand-mal) seiures. Good luck to you and your family in getting this under control.
  7. We have 4 kids and 1 on the way and we just moved into a 3-bedroom, 1500sq ft house with a nice little yard a finished basement with a 3/4 bath. The oldest (DS20) chose the basement. The younger 3 are in one room upstairs, one room is the 'office', and the largest room is ours. One full bath, one half bath, one 3/4 bath (in basement). We are currently trying to come up with plans for what happens to the younger boys when the new baby comes... If it is a boy, we could do 2 each in the bedroom and lose the office, or we could put all four in the big bedroom (if it is a boy). If it is a girl, most likely she'll get a room to herself and the 3 boys will have to stay together. Though, as they are all expected to be 6ft+ tall, they may end up in the big bedroom anyway... *sigh*
  8. Only one house for sale like that in my city - $600k. Next town over (greater household income area) - $1M+. FWIW, I'm 25min north of Boston. Go 15 minutes south, closer to Boston, the prices start to go up exponentially. Go 15 minutes north, over the border into NH, and the price drops dramatically.
  9. Has he had his eyes checked recently? Being slightly cross-eyed could lead to nausea and vomiting. It's an easy check in the pediatrician's office to see if there is anything off with his eyesight and get referred to an ophthalmologist. Good luck.
  10. My husband's coworker was horrified by the fact that my oldest had to walk to/from high school because there are no buses if you live within 1 mile of the school. I thought it was fabulous, and that it should include middle schoolers, too. Of course, she's still doing her 20yr old son's laundry...
  11. I have been known to insist that my oldest (over 18 at the time) walk the 3 miles to work (60 minutes, via the shortest route) if it were terribly inconvenient for me to drive him at the time. To be brutally honest, he was at the tail-end of a period of his life where he was *actively* trying to screw his life up so that he didn't have to have a job/graduate from HS/get his license/etc. It was a tough period, but it's thankfully over. FWIW, I was allowed, around 8th or 9th grade, to walk that far on my own, pre-cell phones, to my best friend's house, if I so wanted to go and there was no one around to drive me. Mostly busy streets, all with sidewalks, etc.
  12. We aren't up to SOTW4 yet, but have you checked out the book lists from the Classical House of Learning Literature? Her website is closed, but her files are still up for (free) downloading. https://classicalhouseoflearning.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/new-links-website-is-closed/
  13. Go down to the water and rent a kayak! So much fun!
  14. My best friend (the one who got me into cloth diapers) has really, really, really hard water. She only ever used CountrySave. She ordered it through Amazon by the case to save on shipping. I have used all the fancy, 'cloth-diaper specific' detergents (I owned a small cloth diaper store for a few years - I tried them all) and I settled on the giant tub of powdered Arm & Hammer detergent you can get from the local club store (that would be BJs here). I use it for everything, diapers and clothes. In a pinch, you can just wash with a squirt or two of the original blue Dawn dishsoap, with extra rinses to get rid of the suds. Good luck! Edited to add: My cloth diaper stash doesn't have any microfiber; it's all cotton & PUL. My mama cloth does have microfiber in it - if it starts to get a little stinky, I just throw a splash of bleach into the next load of wash. YMMV.
  15. Still waiting for this in my house. Thirteen was seven years ago ... it's been a loooong ride.
  16. This is great advice! I'm going to add in some phonics/pre-writing activities in the fall with boy #3 and I was wondering how I would keep boy #4 busy during that time. I didn't realize that I could just schedule in time for boy #2 to play/read to him! Awesome! Thanks! :hurray:
  17. It is set to run this way to be less expensive. You can turn it off, on this phone and on any other phone, but the way Republic Wireless runs is to use wifi for all calls/data/texts as first choice. Most other phones DO NOT run their calls/texts off of wifi, just the data. That's where Republic Wireless is different. I'm not concerned about being hacked. Their have been no known instances of this happening to RW customers, as far as I know.
  18. The phone *prefers* to work on wifi, and is preset to smell out the wifi, if it can find it. (If wifi is free, then it saves money this way.) When I'm in the car, or somewhere else that doesn't have wifi, the phone switches over to cell service. All calls/texts are free, and I use my data if I do things like search the web, use twitter, or use my gps. The phone works everywhere, all the time - it switches seamlessly back and forth between wifi and cell to be the most cost-effective it can be. Sorry I was confusing before!
  19. I got a black henna tattoo (at a Lilith Fair concert so long ago it seems like another life!) that burned and scarred me for years. That stuff is evil...
  20. This sounds like it might help, thanks. I can't seem to work the knife in my left hand to show him how to work it. He uses his left better than his right, so when he tries to copy me it's frustrating to him.
  21. Republic Wireless is built to run off of wifi. If you are in your house, Target, library, or any other place that provides wifi, the phone runs all calls/texts/etc off of the wifi, so you don't use any cell data. That's how they keep their prices so low.
  22. My 4yr old is a lefty and I am having a hard time teaching him to use a knife (both spreading and cutting). Any tips or tricks out there to help? Thanks!
  23. I second Republic Wireless. I have the 0.5GB data package ($17.50/mo), and get a credit back each month for the data that I haven't used.
  24. I had my 1st at 21, then my 2nd at 34. Then, I had miscarriages at 6wks, 9wks (twins), and 18+wks. Boy #3 was born when I was 37, and boy #4 two weeks before I turned 40. I am now 42 and due with baby #5 in October (just a week before boy #1 turns 21! :ohmy: ). My midwives offered us testing after the 3rd loss, if we wanted it. I chose to decline - but that's just me. They said that, sometimes, some women just get a run of bad luck. I couldn't imagine not having tried again after the losses, but I will admit that I do have pregnancy-induced anxiety now. It's better this time, but maybe it's just because I have more kids to look after and am old and tired! I just wanted to share that it can happen. Rainbow babies are wonderful gifts. Whatever you chose, good luck to you.
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