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  1. Before you decide to put her to sleep . . . I was thinking about the digestive problems and the senility and other issues you mentioned, and those COULD all be due to nutritional deficiency/toxicity. I know you're working within a budget, but there are several books on holisitic/alternative cat care that tell you how to treat your kitty's health issues with nutritional supplements. I know I successfully treated our kitten's illness in short order by giving her ground-up Vitamin C tablets and cod liver oil according to the dosages in the Holistic Cat Care Handbook (think that was the title), available on Amazon. I didn't even have to buy it, as the "look inside this book" feature has the dosage chart as one of the sample pages. What kind of food does she eat? So many pet owners have been horribly deceived by commercial pet food companies who bill their pet food as "healthy" when in fact it contains indigestible meal, nasty meat byproducts (like chicken beaks and feet), and other horrifying ingredients. (Type "pet food" into a site like NaturalNews.com for more on this.) You may want to try changing her diet completely to an all-natural food (We used Nutro Natural Choice from PetCo, but there are lots out there at pet stores), mixing it into her old food little by little until she has adjusted to the new food, along with adding supplemental Vitamin C, fish oil, and possibly some wheat grass/supergreens powder from the health food store to help detox her system. Check the holistic cat care book for dosages. I know this is not really in response to the question, but I hear how much you love her and just want you to consider every remedy before you have to make such a difficult decision. :grouphug:
  2. Thanks for the replies. It sounds like the old version might be better for timeline & questions if I'm not planning to buy the Companion, right, since those parts would now be in a separate supplement with the new version? One nice revision it sounds like I'd like is following SOTW more chronologically (spreading out the Eastern history throughout the year rather than gathering it into one unit in Year 1). Although I understood BP's wanting to try to maintain continuity with cultures, for us the whole Ancient East all bundled into one unit at the end just made it hard to connect to anything else we'd learned. I don't know if that would be an issue, though, with Vol. 2. We're not using MOH, so that probably wouldn't be a reason to spring for the revised version. So I guess we're maybe okay sticking with the old version? Unless there's something else in the new version I've missed? Thanks so much for the helpful replies, everyone!
  3. I'm wondering what the key differences are between the old Biblioplan guides (copyright 2001) and the new revised ones, especially if anyone has compared the two Year 2 versions. I found a really great price for an old one, but I'm wondering what I might be missing out on in the new revised version. I looked on Biblioplan's web site, but I can't find any mention of what the exact revisions were. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance!
  4. As far as the word "gentleman" goes, it has been incorrectly used for some time as a way to say "male adult" while being polite. You know, like when participants in a panel discussion are taking questions from the audience and say, "the question from the gentleman in the gray suit there in the rear," etc. But the main point of your rant I have to disagree with, as others have, on the grounds that he's only suspected, not convicted. Is no one shocked or even cognizant that there's no such thing as innocent until proven guilty anymore? In this case, it sounds like he was caught red-handed--from the media account, that is--but unless we were there and saw what happened or are on the jury and have seen credible evidence (and even then the amount of evidence suppression, corrupt/racist/lazy cops, lack of due process, and other corruption going on is staggering), he is NOT a jerk. He's Mr. Smith. Or "the man suspected of X." Or "the person alleged to have committed the crime." Or even "gentleman" (though the former English teacher in me cringes) if that's what every other as-yet-innocent man gets to be called. Having said all that, if it's definitely proven that he IS the man who indeed did this, then by all means: "jerk" or something stronger is in order.
  5. Umm . . . I guess I don't know, either! Can you clue me in about when it should be buttoned? :) I'm very interested in this thread, myself. My sons are still little, but I realize that I need to be thinking about how to teach these habits NOW. Too often I expect kids to learn subtle things like this by osmosis, I'm afraid, and don't realize I didn't teach it until I'm dismayed to see them NOT DOING IT. (What? You didn't come pre-programmed with that?) Oops. :blush:
  6. Genetic testing is not the same as having the baby (the tissue that your DIL passed) tested for chromosomal abnormalities. This costs only a few hundred dollars, and with insurance, can cost as little as $50--insurance does cover it if a doctor orders it (which they will if you ask). I've had two of the babies I've lost tested for chromosomal abnormalities; your DIL needs to keep the baby in a container in the refrigerator and get it to the lab at an OB's office ASAP. She should request chromosomal analysis and specify that the lab NOT put the body in formaldehyde as they do for most testing (this will ruin it). (Trust me; the lab ruined the body of one of our precious lost babies in this way and we never found out what caused the miscarriage because of their negligence.) She may not choose to have this done, but it brought a lot of peace of mind to me. The chromosomal analysis tests to see if there were any chromosomal abnormalities like Down Syndrome, Trisomy 13, or other conditions that can pinpoint the probable cause of death. For two of our babies--our son, whom we lost in the 2nd trimester, and our daughter, whom we lost at 10 weeks--we found out that they had chromosomal defects so severe that if they had been born, they would (in our son's case) have had severe Down Syndrome and (in our daughter's case) a rare defect that would have been "incompatible with life," the doctor said--resulting in certain death before her first birthday. Having this knowledge that my precious children--at least two of them--would have suffered pain and hardship had they been born and were spared that to go straight to Heaven has been a great comfort to me. When I begin to feel angry at losing them, I can remind myself that my suffering their loss is far preferable to having to watch them suffer here on earth. Another benefit for us was getting to find out the gender of the baby and choose an appropriate name. Of course, this may not be meaningful to your DIL, but then again, she may not know it's available and affordable. It helped get us closer to a place of closure. It's a very personal thing, of course, but I think every grieving mother should know that it's an option. My heart goes out to your DIL, and she will be in my thoughts, as I know firsthand the deep pain miscarriage causes. The best thing my mother did for me was just to listen and be there--no small thing!
  7. Well, this thread is too fun to resist. Here--briefly--is my man in one of my favorite pictures of him on a trip to the Ozarks a few years back with older son and one with our daughter. Sorry they're sideways; I can't seem to fix them. ETA: Time to take down!
  8. Well, my husband and I are fans of the new "Dr. Who." :) It's great, campy fun and I can't think of anything objectionable. There's absolutely no sexual content whatsoever or any profanity that I can remember. (There *might* be a "d----" I guess but if there ever was I can't remember it. Nothing else.) The Doctor, a "time-lord" (time-traveling alien species in human form) travels from one era to another, and there is sometimes gross stuff (the flatulent Jabba-the-Hut-type aliens were probably my least favorite, but a teenage boy would love that :)), but generally it's just the Doctor saving humanity from one alien threat or another with the aid of his companion, a pretty girl who's usually sweet on him in an innocent "isn't he wonderful" kind of way but nothing sexual. I wouldn't be a bit concerned.
  9. Congratulations on the new little one!!! I can't help STRONGLY advising you to leave your 4yo with your friend, tell the friend you have a check-up with your doctor (if your friend starts to ask questions, just explain that you have some personal stuff you need to discuss with your doctor), and tell the 4yo that "this is a grown-up doctor, not a kid doctor, so only grown-ups go." That's what I've told my kids (ages 6, 5, and 3) for all my prenatal appointments, and they've been just fine with it. Just say it casually and in an off-handed way. The reason why this is VERY important is that--and this probably won't happen to you!!--you never know what can happen. My last several pregnancies that I mentioned all ended in miscarriage. For two of them, I learned the baby was dead during the sonogram when the sonographer couldn't find a heartbeat. This kind of emotional experience is something you don't want your daughter to even slightly risk having to witness. Anyway, sorry to be a downer in a happy post! But honestly, I just think you can't be too careful. If she comes along, someone or something will tip her off, even if all goes well. Besides . . . seven more months is like two years for a 4yo to have to wait! :D
  10. If you're doing American history, I second the Beautiful Feet suggestion. I wrote my own schedule for a U.S. History overview this year for my K/1st graders using the Beautiful Feet books but also adding in a few other living books to flesh it out to cover Native Americans through the Civil War (I threw in a unit on pioneers and Lewis and Clark). If you're interested in my schedule, send me a PM and I'll send it to you. It would be easy to do the Beautiful Feet but add in hands-on projects from the Laurie Carlson series of books and do weekly narrations/notebook pages. If you're starting the 4-year history cycle, I'd just get SOTW Vol. 1 and go through it. With the Activity Guide, which you definitely want, because it's so great to have the book suggestions and maps and notebook pages all laid out for you. For science, we're doing the God's Design for Life series. (It's young-earth Christian, so if you're secular, you might want to look at something else.) We're not trying to do all three of the books in one year; it's just too much. I'd do just the Animal Kingdom book and do one lesson a week, or double up with the Animal and Plant kingdoms if you want to pick up the pace. You would want to supplement with books from the library, but that's easy enough to do, and I like that these books are laid out in a 35-week format with projects and quizzes built in. Easy. (Also, if you want to do the Animal Kingdom book from the God's Design series, you can PM me if you want and I'll send you my schedule for that with coordinated book suggestions for each chapter on a K-2 reading level.) HTH!
  11. Thanks, Ladies, for the great ideas! I like the look of The Littles; I also looked up a couple of the Bulla books that look about right. I saw Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie on the SL list (Thanks, Pongo, for pointing me in that direction!)
  12. I'm hoping someone can lend some advice here. I'm trying to plan out a reading schedule for my slightly advanced 1st grade reader. She finished up the last third of her kindergarten year reading Frog and Toad, Mouse Tales, Little Bear, Owl at Home and all the usual 1st grade readers. Over the summer she's been reading the Henry and Mudge series, Amelia Bedelia series, and I Can Read and Ready-to-Read Level 2-3 history/science readers. So now I'm not sure where to go next. I had her read some of the sample pages of one of the Childhood of Famous Americans books off Amazon, and it was a little difficult . . . not because she can't decode the words or know what they mean, but because her fluency is a little choppy so that she doesn't read it in appropriate phrasing for it to make sense, KWIM? Chapter books like The Courage of Sarah Noble and The Matchlock Gun still seem to be pushing it a bit. (Or maybe they wouldn't be by Christmas?) Tentatively, I've got her scheduled reading picture books at the start of the year (like A New Coat for Anna, The Emperor's New Clothes, A Chair for My Mother, etc.) Then on--I guess-- to the I Can Read Level 3 books, which mostly seem to be historical. (Fine except that the historical periods are mostly Revolution and beyond, which we won't get to until Christmas in our history overview, since we're starting out with Native Americans, Explorers, and Colonies. What to fill in with?) She's heard multiple times most of the picture books that make all the classic lists, like Blueberries for Sal, The Biggest Bear, Curious George, Madeline, the Beatrix Potter stories, etc. or else I could just have her read those, I guess. Bottom line: I want to challenge her, but I don't want to go so quickly that she misses out on some good literature for this age group jumping ahead and maybe doesn't have time to develop fluency and reading strategies properly. On the other hand . . . I don't want to do her a disservice by staying in this early reader books all year instead of moving her along appropriately and getting her ready to read Stuart Little and the like next year. Right now I've got, in order starting with the beginning of the school year: picture books mentioned above I Can Read books Level 3 Nate the Great Flat Stanley Then I bog down. Am I making this too hard? Please jump in with suggestions where to go from here. Thanks in advance!
  13. Katie, thanks for the other thread. I'll check it out later this evening. (I'm supposed to be making dinner right now . . . :tongue_smilie:) Kristina, I'm so excited by your suggestions! I really liked the idea of woodworking, but this summer my husband tried to make a birdhouse with ds, and he mainly just would kind of watch, do a little sanding, get bored, and wander off. BUT, I didn't think about looking for kids' books and outfitting him with appropriate tools. I can't wait to look at the book you mentioned! Ditto the other book suggestions . . . you're a goldmine! (You're the second person I've heard mention the Made by Me book; I've got to check that out.) (Weaving? I'm intrigued. Can you tell I'm not that crafty?) And Karen, thanks for passing that on about Home Depot. I'm going to look into it. That would be a GREAT thing for dh and ds to do together. Thanks, ladies. I'm feeling more energized already. Any other ideas welcome! :bigear:
  14. I'm hoping someone can throw out a few ideas here. We're adopting a more CM-style approach this year with my 5yo ds and 6yo dd, including nature study and handcrafts. I've planned to teach dd sewing in the first semester and crochet in the second semester. Then on to knitting (she's seen me do it and wants to learn) next year. But . . . what to do with ds? I know, I know, boys can sew and crochet, too. But I was really wanting something more gender-specific for him, 1) because he likes to distinguish himself from sometimes-bossy not-much-older sister, and 2) my dh is not as broadminded as I am about boys doing needlework. :D All I could think of was woodworking, but he's still kind of young for that. Any ideas? Anyone? Thanks in advance!
  15. The series by Mara Pratt is great, and as mentioned, you can read it for free online at the Baldwin Literature Project (http://www.mainlesson.com). It does go just through the Civil War, though. If you're looking for a great narrative with wonderful color illustrations throughout that goes through the 1950s and is a "living book" rather than textbook, see if you can lay your hands on The Rainbow Book of American History by James Daugherty. It's perfect for a sixth-grade reading level, and it's superbly written. It reads like a novel, and the illustrations wrap all around the text and seem alive. It's a great overview, and the tone is neither overtly Christian nor leftist/politically correct; it's Christian, I guess, in the sense that most books were that were written in the 40s or 50s. It's out of print, but look for it on one of the used book sites for about $20. There have been several threads on the boards here about this title, too, if you want to do a search.
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