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Noreen Claire

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  1. DS10 is on the last section of BA5D, and it definitely went much, much slower in 5 then 3 & 4. Like your son, I think a lot of it is that he thinks he can still do it all in his head, yet there are so many more moving parts that it slows him way down. If he would just write everything down, he would go so much faster! I spend the majority of my time saying, "Write it down!" over and over.

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  2. 6 hours ago, moonflower said:

    I am not ready to confront it yet.  So far I just don't go out when I'm sick and I don't exercise in a bouncy sort of way.  Yes, I realize this is not a good long term plan.  I cannot stand the idea of a pessary; I don't use tampons, I can't even imagine, just no no no.

    Ugh, getting older is for the birds.  

    I have a referral for pelvic floor physical therapy and I haven't called yet. Maybe tomorrow...

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  3. On 6/22/2019 at 2:15 PM, MamaSprout said:

    This is what my husband uses in his senior honors physics classes! I just helped him re-shelve all his textbooks when he closed his classroom for the summer. 

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  4. 5 hours ago, Heathermomster said:

    The TM lesson recs are insane.  I only homeschool 180 days.  I’m not even sure public schools teach more than 180 full days, but whatever...  I used the CPO Life Science text with my son when he was in the 7th grade.  It was his first year of homeschooling, and he came home not loving science.  I never had the teacher manual, just the classroom text.  Anyhoo...

    As I recall, we spent time learning to text map and read/use a text book.  I taught him to mindmap and outline using the text.  For the life science content, the CPO text worked as a spine which I supported with trade/science type books.  Son watched documentaries, performed Janice Van Cleave biology and growth experiments, and used a microscope for creating and looking at slides.  We also used a basic Holt Life Science text to support teaching outlining.  I recall DS creating and presenting a mitosis presentation to DH.  For the human body, DS used an online Fusion Science unit that I purchased on sale, but he didn’t enjoy it that much.  

    I think he worked on life science 3-4 days per week.  Lab experiments took time but I never clocked it.  Does this answer your question?

    Thank you!

  5. 13 minutes ago, Pen said:

    Sounds wonderful, would yo you share your recipe?

    If you shred the zucchini finely, it melts right into the batter and you can't see it at all. It's delicious! (Also, I use Hershey powdered cocoa, it's always been fine.) I'm going to have to buy zucchini this weekend!

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  6. 15 minutes ago, Pen said:

    Gardening so he’s grown some food and may graze it.  Or be more interested in it

    As much deliciousness as you can to introduce salads, including yummy dressings, salmon...

    Zucchini and or pumpkin based breads or muffins or cookies with as much legitimate food in them as possible, oats perhaps,    And as little sugar as possible, maybe an alternative sweetener

    As much food stuff as possible along with hamburgers 

    I agree with trying to intro pizza.  A lot can be put on top

    and trying to intro more varied toppings for pasta   And or use spinach or Jerusalem artichoke pastas

    try finger foods of vegetables with dip

    would be eat a taco?


    I forgot about taco meat. No one else will eat it due to the sauce/spices (maybe DS23, but he rarely eats with us). Maybe I will make a batch and freeze it in portions. I used to make it with ground chicken or turkey, I guess that why I stopped - he stopped being able to keep down poultry.

  7. 49 minutes ago, happysmileylady said:

    Oh, also, going back to the cheese, start under cooking them.  Just a little bit of the time, but make it so the cheese is less melty.  Progressively so.  If you keep doing this, and you have him help you make these things every time, you should be able to slowly transition him into eating shredded cheddar cheese.


    Oh, also, veggies.....does he eat most bread goods, like pancakes, waffles, etc?  If so, you can very easily sink some shredded zukes or squash, or even some very finely grated/shredded carrot into the pancakes.  Zukes and squash have such a light colored flesh and mild flavor that they are easy to sneak into the baked goods.  

    Does he eat pizza?  If not, you can transition him into pizzas by starting with open faced quesadillas.  

    He used to eat cheese. He's stopped in the last six months or so. No more cheese sticks as a protein choice at lunch. He will eat grilled cheese, as long as it's provolone. We have pizza every Friday but, even that he is starting to complain about the cheese.

    I make an awesome double-chocolate zucchini bread where you can't see or taste the zucchini at all - he knows it's there and won't even try it. I always have an audience when I cook!

  8. 46 minutes ago, HeighHo said:

    change the spices and way the chicken is prepared

    Chicken Poultry of any sort ends in puke, even if he doesn't know it's there. He ate it without issue until a few years ago. Now, it doesn't matter how it's prepared or what it's flavored with. We had hot dogs once that made him sick - I didn't realize that they weren't all-beef and included pork & chicken. *sigh*

  9. How much does your 10yr old boy eat on a typical day? What are your best ways at getting a growing kid who is picky and has food allergies to eat a balanced diet while also getting enough calories?

    DS10 is allergic to tree nuts and eggs (no quiche, hard-boiled, scrambled, etc but can have baked goods with eggs in them, like cookies and banana bread). He dislikes milk and cheese, unless it's cheese quesadillas or baked mac n' cheese. He cannot tolerate poultry of any kind (including broth); it upsets his stomach and makes him vomit (he's been tested, no allergies). He no longer likes peanut butter, but will eat a spoonful if he has no other protein choice available. He likes salmon, but that gets pricey quick! He is suddenly hungry ALL THE TIME. I know that he needs the calories but, if it was up to him, they would all come from white rice, buttered pasta, hamburgers, and desserts. Any tricks on getting more vegetables and good proteins into this kid?

  10. How did you schedule it?

    Looking at the teacher's manual, it recommends 185 45-minute lessons. I had originally planned to schedule science for two 90-minute chunks of time each week, over 36-40 weeks. To be honest, we (I) have had a hard time getting science done this year, so I was also considering starting it over the summer, when DH is home and we don't have anything else scheduled except twice-a-week swim lessons at the city lake. This is for an 5th grader who is math-y and has excellent reading comprehension, if that makes a difference. My other option is just letting him read science books and follow the WTM recommendations for outlining, etc, but I think a textbook might keep me from letting it slide again.

  11. 24 minutes ago, AmandaVT said:


    Perfect - now you'll rest easy knowing no one is being murdered in your back yard and it's safe to let the kids play outside. 🙂 Although if you have a kitty of your own, be careful letting it out because fisher cats do attack house cats sometimes. Hopefully yours finds a place to scream farther away from your house tonight and you can get a good night's sleep!

    I'm still a bit concerned over what was snarling and making the fisher cat scream. 😲 Going to have to remember to put the trash out before dark from now on!

  12. I looked quickly this morning and didn't see anything. The neighbor's property that has some trees is currently also covered with piles of branches/leaves from cutting a tree down elsewhere in the property, so there's lots of ground I can't see. 


  13. It's 1am here and I'm wide awake. Around midnight there was suddenly the most amazing noise in my backyard. Literal caterwauling. Something was screaming behind my house. I got up when it started, to listen at the window (my glasses were downstairs and it was pitch black, so I knew I wouldn't be able to see anything). Underneath the screaming was a handful of little 'yip, yip' noises, so I'm guessing mama and babies. But, the thing that was truly scary was that next to the caterwauling was a low, angry, snarling

    I came downstairs and turned on the backyard floodlight; by the time I found my glasses in the dark, the noises were gone. I am going to have trouble letting my kids play in the backyard from now on. We don't live in the country, either. My property backs up to two other properties; the one on the left is a house with a yard, the one on the right is a three family building with a fence and then a thin section of trees before it meets my backyard. My yard is not fenced. There is only one dog that lives on my street, a giant St. Bernard, and they have an electric fence. I don't think anyone on the next street has a dog, as we never hear barking. We've heard cat fights before, with meowing and hissing; this was not cats.

    I have no idea what kind of animal was snarling like that, but I hope it never comes back! I'm never going to be able to sleep again....

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