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zaichiki

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    mother of 4 - homeschooling for 15 years so far
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    reading, animals on our farm, traveling, scrapbooking, museums, and being near the ocean

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  1. We rarely eat sugar cereal but I saw all three in Aldi's last week. Bought them all. Saving for Halloween morning. That is going to be one SUGARY day! Ha! (I haven't seen this cereal in decades, so I couldn't resist buying it when I saw it. Hee hee)
  2. You said you may put him in school in the US for three months -- this year -- so that's Kindergarten, right? I wouldn't worry about math. He's probably already beyond what they normally teach in K in the states. If you do put him in school, you can "afterschool" math to retain those positives you like so much and still get a break during the day. Where you are headed -- is it full day K or half day K? Would that influence your decision? (I agree with the PP who said that there wouldn't be enough time for the test results to influence anything about his school experience. Even if you were there the full year... they often don't bother adapting K anyway.) Were you thinking about a grade skip, perhaps, and hoping test scores might mean first grade (and full day and challenge level math or a gifted pull out program)? IME few public schools will consider grade skips, even with test scores they respect (they often want to do the tests themselves, no matter if testing has already been done). Additionally, this can take a very long time to actually happen (and many won't even consider until 3rd grade).
  3. Another friend made himself into a giant slice of pizza using cardboard with a slice on the front and a slice on the back -- connected over his shoulders with duct tape "suspenders." It was a big hit with the pre-teens.
  4. Oh, a friend's son had a terrific Scarecrow (from Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz) costume once. Even the makeup was adorable!
  5. My boys have liked Star Wars Stormtrooper and Indiana Jones costumes (without weaponry) at that age... but both are still inherently violent. Sigh. Wish i could take the air out of THAT balloon.
  6. When my older dd was three, we were having pizza and lemonade with grandmother. I limited the kids to one large (NYC style) slice and one (adult-sized) glass of lemonade. Dd ate that and begged for more. I said no way -- she had had plenty! Five minutes later grandmother brings dd into the kitchen without my knowledge and slips her another slice and another full glass. Dd downed them and promptly threw it all up. There was just no room for all of that in that tiny little stomach, no matter what dd said she wanted! Of course I was furious with grandmother. Sometimes there are good reasons not to give out the food they think they need.
  7. Anyone planning to be in the city on Friday, Oct. 13? Some are visiting... Wanna join in a brief meet up? Shoot me a PM. Cheers!
  8. My kids love Beast Academy (Art of Problem Solving). Check out samples from the text and workbook here: https://beastacademy.com/books Click on the level and then see the samples/peek inside the books. The guide book is textbook (comics-style featuring make-believe funny, cartoon beasts) and the practice book is the workbook Edited to fix link.
  9. No. words. I would never be able to sleep again. I would have to move.
  10. Here's a suggestion for a fancy NYC "store" -- The Sugar Factory! (although it's not exclusive to NYC) https://sugarfactory.com/location/upper-west-side/ Popular with kids and pretty fancy!
  11. My boys really love the Intrepid.
  12. It has been my home, too, so no worries. Okay?
  13. Just FYI "huge crush mob" was my attempt at describing the fact that it was not a line (you had said there was no line -- and you were right! -- I had said "waiting in line" but it was really waiting in a mob). I was also describing the behavior of the people -- many, many people pushing from all sides, in the shape of a triangle (crushing down to a narrow opening at the front). I do sometimes describe the usual mass of people somewhere as a mob *if* the usual mass *is* a ton of people all pushing together. Anyway, as usual, YMMV, but I thought it prudent to give describing details so people know what they're getting into (especially if you have kids with you and you all want to stay together -- my youngers were separated from me by pushing people and it was annoying). **Hey, I'd go again. It wasn't horrible. The ride over was nice.** Still, I always like to know, in advance, what the situation could be like.
  14. It wasn't a line, it was a HUGE CRUSH MOB with some crazies even pushing into other people -- on the Manhattan side (the SI side was much lighter). But it WAS a Saturday, so that's probably the reason. Recently. It took us nearly 2 hours including the 30 minute wait on the SI side. (We did get to the terminal on the Manhattan side about 10 minutes early.) So, OP, take it during the day (not rush hour) and *not* on a Saturday.
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