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Noreen Claire

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  1. I chose 'other' because we do live a 5-minute walk from a fabulous ice cream stand and we are known to walk there after dinner maybe a half-dozen times per summer. The kids ask more often, but they know that it is a treat so they don't fuss too much if we say no.
  2. Gah! Sorry - listening to a discussion about kneeling during the National Anthem on the radio while I typed that - oops! Thanks for fixing it.
  3. In Glennon's defense, she originally titled her piece, "Give me liberty or give me debt". if you haven't read her first book, "Carry On, Warrior", I highly recommend it. It made me laugh and weep and then laugh again. She's awesome. I'm on the library waiting list for her 2nd book, "Love Warrior" and I can't wait to read it.
  4. Speaking as someone who left the Catholic Church at age 16 (with forced Confession as a requirement of my Catholic HS being a big part of the reason that I left), returning to the Church about 10 years ago, and only going to confession again for the first time recently (that's 26 years between confessions, if you are keeping track), I have a different view... My husband loves confession... he always comes home happier and walking taller after he's been. He's been encouraging me to go since we married 8 years ago. I didn't go... because I was scared. It is scary to think about having to admit your faults and imperfections and sins in the presence of another person. Also, my faith is no where near as strong as his, and I have a great respect for the sacraments - I didn't want to go while I was unsure that I even believed in it. So, that's my perspective. It might not be the perspective of the many, but might be for a few...
  5. Husband and I listen all the time. I prefer the programs on WGBH in Boston before 3pm, and then switch to WBUR for their later-afternoon programs. One thing though - I absolutely LOATHE call-in shows, so I can only listen to Diane Rehm and/or On Point for so long, up until they start taking phone calls. Then, I'm on to the NPR classical sister station, WCRB. FWIW, my husband also listens to the local Catholic channel and often listens to the Howie Carr show, but that guy makes me :banghead: :cursing: :banghead: :cursing: :banghead: :cursing: :banghead: :cursing: , so he doesn't make me listen when we are together.
  6. I'm 42 and have a BS in math and am a high school math teacher by trade... To this day I *still* cannot seem to memorize the answers to 6x7, 6x8, and 7x8. I always have to go back to answers I know (6x6 or 7x7) and then add up. It baffles me that this still happens, but I do the calculations so fast that no one ever has noticed.
  7. Because there isn't any good in it? Kahn can be a useful aid, but I've seen too many mathematical errors in the videos that I never used it as a tool for students in my high school classes. (Caveat - I haven't looked at it in years. If it's changed significantly - or if the errors were corrected - my comments are no longer valid.)
  8. I think we actually have THREE copies in the house somewhere (husband has a book issue :lol: ), but it was easier for me to google while lying on the couch. so hard to get my butt off of the couch these days...
  9. I'm turning into a shouter because I'm so frazzled! I don't want to be a shouter... :crying: This. I'm hoping that, after baby is born and my hormones re-balance, that it might not be so stressful to me. However, since I'm expecting my lack of sleep to *increase* with a newborn, I'm not really holding my breath...
  10. DS7 was born loud and needy. He naturally speaks with a loud voice. He can self-modulate when he knows that he is expected to, such as at church and in the library, just not at home. He talks constantly. DS4 was born quiet and laid-back. He has developed a naturally VERY LOUD speaking voice, and we are trying to teach him to self-modulate; he does well at church but not yet in other places and definitely not at home. He can go for hours not speaking at all if he is engrossed in a project. DS2 was born very loud and very needy. He also has a naturally VERY LOUD speaking voice, and I am trying to teach him to ask for things quietly rather than screaming bloody murder. He's two - it's going about as well as expected. He's also a screamer. *sigh* They are also very active boys who are always playing, banging, and fighting. This makes for a VERY frazzled mama. The older I get, the more I realize that I need some quiet during each day. I can usually count on the older two to be pretty good during quiet time while the little one naps, but not always - and it really isn't enough. Add to this the fact that we will be adding a baby in October and I need to find ways to lower the volume in the house. Here's my question - can you teach loud speakers (children) to be less loud speakers? Tips? Tricks? (And, yes, they've all had their hearing checked.) Thanks!
  11. P. 906 Mercy: The loving kindness, compassion, or forbearance shown to one who offends (e.g., the mercy of God to us sinners) (1422, 1829). See Works of Mercy.
  12. Thanks for the feedback! We did 1st grade 'remediation' over the summer in a very laid-back way (way too laid-back for me), because my son's 1st grade teacher at the public school disappeared in January and he had a string of substitute teachers, so I wanted to make sure that he got everything he should have before we started true 2nd grade work. I found that, if we didn't schedule a time to do his work, it wouldn't get done. I also have a college-age kid in the house (he's nearly 21, working but not attending classes yet). A pregnancy at my ripe-old age is extremely tiring!
  13. Thanks for the feedback! He already reads at a 4th grade level, and he *insists* on reading pages to me whenever he is reading... schoolwork, fun reading, ingredient labels, whatever. So, that isn't scheduled but happening organically. He might end up reading some of the history out loud to us during snack time!
  14. Please be gentle! We are homeschooling for the first time this year. I will have a 2nd grader (7), preschooler (4), toddler (2), and I am due in October with a new baby. (Piano practice and fun reading are included ever day either before/after dinner and before screen time, which is usually 6:30-7:30pm.) Sept - Dec, 8:00-10:30am Due to the new baby coming in October, we will be doing minimal schooling. 8:00-8:30 DS7 does handwriting (Zaner-Bloser 2C) and spelling (Spelling Workout B) while I work with DS4 on a daily pre-k notebook and DS2 sits at school table doing 'work' 8:30-9:00 DS7 and I go over math lesson (Singapore Math 2A/B) and DS4 & DS2 play. 9:00-9:30 DS7 does math workbook while I hang with the littles and/or do household stuff 9:30-10:00 snack break 10:00 - 10:30 DS7 reads to DS2 while I work on phonics (OPGTR) with DS4. Jan - Jun, 8:00am - 2:00pm (MTRF - Wednesdays are for the library and/or field trips) Hopefully we will have settled in with the new baby, and we add in the remaining subjects for DS7. 8:00-8:30 DS7 does handwriting and spelling while I work with DS4 on a daily pre-k notebook and DS2 sits at school table doing 'work' 8:30-9:00 DS7 and I go over math lesson while DS4 & DS2 play. 9:00-9:30 DS7 does math workbook while I hang with the littles and/or do household stuff 9:30-10:00 I will read history (SOTW2) out loud during snack break and then DS7 will do activities/writing after he's finished eating. 10:00 - 10:30 DS7 will read from science spine/library books while I work on phonics (OPGTR) with DS4, then I will work with him on any activities/writing that go with his science reading. DS2 will play. 10:30-11:30 recess! 11:30-noon lunch noon-12:30 read alouds 12:30-2:00 DS7 will do structured reading and writing (Classical House of Learning Literature) and grammar (FLL2) with me while DS4 has quiet time and DS2 naps. Jul-Aug DS7 will continue history and science, and any other subjects that we may not have completed. I am a scheduler.... can you tell? :lol: I'm guessing we will ease up and things will get done, but I NEED a rigid schedule to start with or I will have a panic attack!
  15. I have that book - I just couldn't see myself having the time (or brain power) to pick the passages myself, either! I like the CHOLL because she already wrote out the questions to ask after the recommended readings and has two levels of copywork/dictation sentences included. My kid loves the history (so far), and has liked reading more about topics we have read about in SOTW. (He listened to the entirety of Rick Riordan's 'Percy Jackson' series in July - I wouldn't even have known about it if I hadn't read her SOTW-linked book list.) I figure this program gets him history, reading, writing, narration, dictation, and copy work all wrapped up in one program, if we use it along with SOTW. I'm trying to kill as many birds with one stone as possible!
  16. My 7yr old loves to listen to audio books. (I prefer to read to him myself, but the little boys just won't let that happen.) He often does puzzles or plays with Legos while he listens. I would love to find a book or DVD that would teach him to knit or crochet so that he can add that in to the mix of things he can do to keep his hands busy while he listens. Are there any books/DVDs/videos that you could recommend that could teach him how to knit/crochet? I can't help him - I've tried to do both, and I just can't. My brain just doesn't function on that level!
  17. A quick google search gave me two threads that might help" My first thought was The Talisman (it's been my favorite book forever). HOWEVER, the follow-up, The Black House, gave me nightmares. Good luck!
  18. We are starting at home with 2nd grade this year. I love the ideas behind WWE, but I was disappointed that the readings/narrations/dictations were not related to the rest of the curriculum. I came across a recommendation in a forum post (wish I could find which one it was) for Classical House of Learning Literature, which ties in the methods of WWE to books that line up with the SOTW books. (Her website is now closed, but all of her files are available for download for free.) She includes suggested picture books and novels and lists narration questions and copywork, just like as in WWE. I like the idea of tying in the history, literature, reading, and writing parts of the curriculum together. I would like to follow along chronologically with science and add in biographies and stories about science in the historical context, but I will have a newborn in October, so that will have to wait until next year. ;-)
  19. I was going to recommend looking into PANDAS/PANS as well. There is a PANDAS forum that was mentioned to me just a few days ago: We have been going through something similar with my 7yr old son for about 4-6 weeks. It was a sudden escalation of things that we considered 'quirks' that he dealt with relatively okay, along with sudden severe anxiety and anger/mood issues. We had him tested for strep on Sunday and his culture came back positive on Tuesday. We've started antibiotics and have a consult with a child psychologist coming up. Still waiting for his blood work to come back, and trying to figure out our next steps. Good luck.
  20. Just checked - UPS is passing mine off to the USPS for delivery so.... I have no idea when it will get here. Boo!
  21. I've been reading through the forum that was linked above and trying to get my head around next steps, thanks. One step at a time.
  22. No, he had no indication he had an infection at all. Well, except for the behavioral stuff, that is.
  23. UPDATE! So, the strep culture was positive and he has started on penicillin. Crossing my fingers that this helps! Still waiting for blood test results. Pedi said that she will culture everyone in the house in a few weeks to see if any of us are carriers, and I have a parent meeting with the office's child psychologist in a few weeks to talk about cognitive behavior therapy.
  24. Can you make a trip up to MA to get my 20yr old licensed? He's killing me! Congrats!
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