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  1. That might work once she gets back into readers/books- with Barton I don't think they get back to readers until Level 3 or 4.
  2. Good luck with your appraisal and your move! We are refi-ing thanks to your threads. 🙂 Our appraisal has been ordered and is in the process of being scheduled right now.
  3. I didn't know that! I had only seen her before in Broadchurch.
  4. Anyone else watching? I have really enjoyed the new actresses/actors, and am pleasantly surprised. I'm through 6 episodes so far, and have done a lot of googling as I was ignorant of many of the events, like Aberfan. Was curious if anyone else was watching and what you thought of the transition over from the younger characters to the now middle aged ones as well as the storylines?
  5. I sing the praises all the time here-- we are fans of MEL science - saying that as long as there is no chance of the 3 year old getting into the boxes/materials. It's worth the $$ for the quality as i spent on a ton of crappy science kits and books before. He wanted *real* experiments- like what he sees his high school sister doing. MEL breaks it down to where an advanced elementary kid can handle and understand what's happening. They also have a decent VR app as far as educational apps go, and they spend a ton of time on it. Not sure how much they retain as some is pretty over their heads, but they just looovvve it. You might also take a look at Mystery Science. It doesn't have experiments to the level of MEL by any stretch, but there is a hands on component to everything that you can do, or can choose not to. For instance we did one a few weeks ago with earthworms and preferred environment. They don't feel babyish, but you don't have to have a chemistry kit either.
  6. In all fairness to the bolded- some people (like me!) start out that way, but quickly find their footing to shift to the positive and start becoming goal oriented instead of just reactive. But when you are leaving school, in general it is because you are dealing with a less than optimal, if not a crisis situation, vs. people who decide from the time before they give birth that they are homeschooling, where you have loads of time to think through things and develop high and lofty ideals. I've gotten to enjoy both sides in a way. We pulled our oldest out of school mid-junior high because nothing the school did made sense and I had just hit frustration max. I read Dumbing Us Down, and had waded into some general homeschooling type things, but had in no way wrapped my head around anything resembling a philosophy. But once we started i knew it was what I wanted to do with the younger ones who weren't anywhere near school age. I still don't know if I have a philosophy almost 6 years later, but I definitely see it as something I want to do, not something I have to do. Most days. Although I'd never in a million years call it convenient!
  7. For full out flu, it's taken me up to 2 weeks to be back to 100%. Energy drains easily and the need for naps and extra sleep for first week or two seem totally normal. Lingering cough can last for up to a month statistically speaking (but if fever comes and goes with it, get thee back to the dr.). Personally I'd give a bounce back day off and then roll in slowly if your schedule can afford it. The flu is rough! Hope you all feel better soon.
  8. Dd7 is almost through Barton Level 2, but when we come to the sentences where they are supposed to read to themselves first and then read aloud, she is still saying she *can't* read them to herself, and honestly really gets distressed when I ask her to. She says it only works if she sounds/says it aloud from the get go. I was going to email Barton, but thought I'd ask here too- is this just another thing that will take time, and how should/can I encourage her to sound it out in her head? She is doing fine otherwise- and she sounds/reads the sentences all fine. She just won't do it in her head first. (And as a refresher she was dx'd dyslexia in August, and we have done FiS, Barton 1, and now Barton 2 since then.)
  9. This is sad, and surprising to me. I honestly figured that most people who weren't super invested would take the easy way out and pop them back into public school (that is what largely has happened here because it's so hard to change your mind midway through high school). I hadn't envisioned being able to half-ass high school in a homeschool for the majority of people- or enough at least to impact an admissions advisor. I should not have made that assumption apparently. 😞
  10. That's weird, because they should have the ability to input things to code for ICD-10, which would need that level of detail (and has it). The coding determines the reimbursement (unless they are concierge or something that doesn't take insurance or Medicaid/care). Most of them are buying off the shelve systems and not designing their own, so that's a doctor in a hurry it sound like.
  11. I prep all sides except mashed potatoes 1-2 days in advance. I actually think stuffing tastes better if it gets to sit a day or two before you bake it. I make my own bread for the stuffing, so that's priority 1. Then I can either let it sit to dry out, or dry it out in the oven, then I do everything short of baking it. That way if I come down wiht the flu or something, well then the show can go on- everyone just need to mainly be able to set an oven. I make a carrot souffle most years, so I wash/peel/trim/dice the carrots in advance, and get the dry ingredients ready in a bag so I'm not dealing with measuring cups and flour on the big day. Same with green beans- at least get them trimmed and stick them back in the fridge. Like KatieinMich, I try and either set out dishes (and label them so I, or whoever is helping me, know what goes where), or at least do a count to make sure I have all of the serving dishes and prep dishes I need available. Nothing worse than thinking you have a certain bowl or dish available only to find it shoved in the back of second fridge with leftovers or something.... I also chart out my cooking start and stop times and temps at least the weekend before so I can plan the Dance of the Thanksgiving Ovens, LOL. Nothing like thinking there is plenty of room/time only to find out there isn't. I make the mashed potatoes the day of and then keep them warm in the Instant Pot. It's not powerful enough to reheat cold mashed potatoes, but it can hold them at a safe temp for hours. I also keep a couple of packets of instant mashed potatoes on hand in case I over moisten the potatoes- you can add a packet of instant in to help compensate for too much liquid.
  12. Oh wow, I hope they move the car fast! Glad no one was in it!
  13. I'm curious on this though, if you have a mother who is dealing with a partner or spouse, or grew up with a parent with EF issues, if there is almost some type of reaction of "you need to figure out how to do this for yourself because no one else will," type of push and they crack down a bit more on a girl, than they would with a boy. Sort of like "boys don't cry" thing stereotypically induced by dads onto sons in popular culture, I am curious if there is a female version of it with mothers to daughters, but it's a type of feminism almost but where it's a "buck up and figure it out" type of reaction. Idk. I'm just thinking back to how my friends and I all reacted to our kids who all had some EF failings in the junior high and high school ages- especially in public school. Hard to parse what was boy/girl vs first kid/experimental kid and on and on.
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