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  1. I have a rising 5th grader and rising 2nd grader this coming school year. We’re going to use Elemental Science Biology for both (logic level for 5th grader, grammar level for 2nd grader. MY QUESTION: is there a simplified schedule to do these together, “one room schoolhouse” style? I poked around the elemental science website and saw they had a loose recommendation to rearrange the logic unit sequence to line up with the grammar sequence, but it still doesn’t seem to line up well. ***ETA: Their suggestions are in the teacher’s guide, not on their website.*** I’d love suggestions or resources y’all may know about so we can use this together! If it’s too overwhelming, we’ll likely have the girls swap back and forth with the 2-day schedule in the book 🤔 Thanks!
  2. Using tables in a PowerPoint or KeyNote program allows for maximum flexibility in where you place your elements. Plus you can create a master slide and apply it over and over as the template for subsequent slides. The slide sizes are fully customizable so you can make a standard letter sized page. Plus, you can add tons of other elements to draw interest or offer a different way for the students to take notes or solve problems. I personally love using KeyNote to make things for my girls 😄
  3. We've used Claritas as our Memory Work "launch pad" if you will. We used cycle 2 and cycle 3 so far and I have cycle 4 coming any day now. I loved the memory work aspect but never could pick out the pegs for myself. I didn't want CC as I researched them a few years ago and it left a sour taste in my mouth. (And after reading Leah Bortin's book I just couldn't tolerate any more from that whole company.) So far, we've loved the music that goes along with the Memory Work book and it takes us about 7 minutes in the mornings to run through the songs a couple of times. The fact that it's a 4 year cycle really sold me on their product. I also LOVE the fact that I've never once received an email from them outside of my Order Confirmation emails. They have zero interest in franchising their model and it's really evidenced in that they don't try to bog down your email with countless ads for their curriculum.
  4. We’ve been using the Claritas Cycle 2 memory work this year and like it a lot! It’s more expensive than the C.C. materials because you have to buy each cycle separately. But I find it completely worth it because I love the 4-cycle format that makes it line up nicely with SOTW, and (this one is major for me) I’m not hounds by C.C. directors trying to recruit me into their communities. I’ll be buying the rest of the Claritas materials this summer to reduce my shipping cost and to be prepared for the upcoming years. We don’t use memory work out of context so I happily keep it in our lessons.
  5. I inherited my Grandmother’s Spode Christmas Tree set this year. We started using it Dec. 1 and I won’t put it away until Jan. 1. We’ve got 5 piece place settings (dinner plate, salad plate, dessert plate, tea cup, and saucer), soup bowls, water gobblers, Irish coffee mugs, and a whole slew of serving pieces (butter dish, S&P shakers, ice bucket, bakers, fruit & salad serving bowls, cake plate, creamer & sugar bowl, etc). It stays boxed up for most of the year, so I want to use it the whole season.
  6. We're using the God's Design series from Answers in Genesis. We used God's Design for Life last year and we're using God's Design for Heaven & Earth this year. Lessons are succinct, the projects/experiments are simple enough to execute, and it doesn't take forever for us to accomplish. It's for 3-8th grade levels and them challenge sections for 6-8th grade seem challenging enough without taking tons of time. My oldest is a technical "1st grader" per state cutoffs, but we're working on a 2nd grade level. We do modify the questions and quizzes to a point to make my 1st grader stretch but be able to attain. We really like that when we cycle back around, there will still be challenging work for her to accomplish. I did a video on YouTube walking through the Heaven & Earth books if you care to see inside the books.
  7. Out of curiosity, where'd you find these cards for free? Was it directly from their website? Thanks!
  8. We'll be using the Claritas materials for the first time this coming fall! I can't wait! I have some aversions to CC but like the idea of not having to do all the legwork for memory work. Claritas fills that need for my family.
  9. Is this site still fully functioning? I checked it out for recommendations for our upcoming year and every link to the actual lesson info was nonexistent. 🤔
  10. Limit her choices to "a" and "b"... May simplify the process🤔
  11. Around 20F with snow falling! We're winter people to the core! If there's not snow falling, I want it to be overcast. We thrived in Wyoming where it was winter for ¾ of the year. Now in northwestern Wisconsin, we're 100% OVER the summer weather. It's only 3 months long, but I've had enough. And we'll likely have a full 3 months of fall, only 3 months of true winter, 3 months spring... It's kind of sad to me that winter is so short when there are so many great winter sports and activities that we have available out here.
  12. As silly as it sounds, the Titan peeler (the one from the infomercials a few years back) has been an INVALUABLE tool in my kitchen! I got the peeler and julienne peeler as a set from Bed Bath & Beyond for around $15. Best money I spent that year! Our Ninja Auto IQ system and kitchen scale are also used about 5-7 times per day. Glass food storage is big for us, down to glass bottles to store sauces and other condiments in. Our knives are like an extension of my hand (Hubby just gifted me a set of Wusthof knives for our anniversary - beyond excited!!!!). Funnels in a few sizes; I ferment all the things so these are especially helpful for getting my kefir into jars, kombucha in narrow opening bottles, etc. Rundown List: Titan Peeler & Julienne Peeler Ninja Auto IQ Digital kitchen scale Glass food storage (bowls/dishes/mason jars/bottles/etc) Highest quality knives, without going hungry Funnels (if I could have a 6th thing!)
  13. My heart goes out to that little girl! I'd like to know the other perspectives from the antagonist and witnesses on the plane. But ultimately, the antagonist/angry woman shouldn't have engaged the child/child's parents. Instead, she should have called an attendant to handle the situation. Poor choices seem to have been made all around and the little girl was the least capable of handling the situation.
  14. I agree 100% with reducing the sugar! It's a major factor for my skin.
  15. I have pretty bad TMJ disorder (have since I was young). I've done the TMJ specialists (with oral splints, muscle relaxers, powerful anti-inflammation meds, cortisol shots, the whole gamut) and chiropractors. While those things helped short term, I had to stay on top of appointments to maintain. I changed my diet to Nutritional Ketosis and my TMJ has never felt better. Eliminating sugar and other inflammatory foods has improved my situation beyond what a practitioner had ever helped me achieve. I've been off meds and only use my splints when I notice I'm more stressed than usual. I'm a firm believer in food as medicine and it's turned my TMJ woes around! ETA: I have full mouth splints and wasn't fortunate to have the little spacer type. I have an upper one for night and a lower one for daytime. I'd only remove them for eating/drinking anything beyond water. It was an involved situation and now the splints live in the bathroom cabinet until needed. (Which is so amazing for me!)
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