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1. Chicken Mummifiers: Tell us what you did

Cornish hen and a ziploc bag. I think the directions tell you to change it out I don't know how many times, which we did. I think we put it in the back room. But it never smelled. It hung around for a year or two and then got tossed. I didn't have the where-with-all to do it with the younger kids. Maybe next time around in middle school?
2. Ideas for getting the subtraction concept

We'll try this, too. In a few days. This is the child who refuses to cooperate for anything that is new or perceived of as difficult. After last week, he's decided math is hard. He enjoyed the ten minute activity this morning, and balked at the regular math curriculum, but slightly warmed up by the end because ordinal numbers and Roman numerals did not prove to be difficult. I'm hoping a few more days of math success and we can gently focus on subtraction.
3. Ideas for getting the subtraction concept

I think I probably need to give him a few extra days to forget about the horrors of subtracting double digits, and we'll try again with manipulatives. If that doesn't work, I'll be back. ;-)
4. Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy -Cells?

Anybody have experience with Mel and Gerdy's Cell Bundle? It's on sale now. https://gettingnerdywithmelandgerdy.com/store/Cells-Back-to-School-Bundle-\$177-VALUE-p382508365 Dd11 really wanted to study cells this year, and I picked up RSO Biology 2, but it just has five chapters specifically devoted to cells. (Not sure how interested she is in genetics.) It looks like Mel and Gerdy might get into more detail, but it's hard to tell. It would be nice to hear some reviews before dropping \$80.
5. Ideas for getting the subtraction concept

It's nice to know other kids have an issue with this as well. My son can do easy subtraction, but having to borrow trips him up. He would say that 33-19=26, because 9-3=6 and 3-1=2. So I guess we need to work on place value some more. It's challenging because he almost completely shuts down when he sees the topic is subtraction. I'm thinking we'll try 10 minutes of some sort of place value activity or easier subtraction, and then work on his regular curriculum, avoiding more complicated subtraction for a little bit.
6. Anybody else disappointed.....

to learn that their child is not nearly as excited as they are about looking at all the new, shiny back-to-school displays of pens, pencils, notebooks and other stationary stuff? My dd and I stopped by the really big Walmart, which had a huge section of back to school stuff and so many different colors and sizes of notebooks and folders and see-though highlighters and just amazing things, and she was not moved at all. Like she just wanted to go home. Sigh.
7. Homeschool Goodie Box

An electric pencil sharpener!
8. Books that don’t make the lists—can you add yours?

Paddington is just not good. I can't wrap my head around Pippi Longstocking, either.
9. Owl Pellets?

We got ours from amazon. It was from Owl Brand Discovery. Perfectly adequate owl barf.
10. Homeschool Year Planner

Personally, I couldn't find anything that was just right, so I concocted something on a spreadsheet. Momstoolbelt.com has a bajillion different options to choose from.
11. Device Limits

I guess I would limit it if she's experiencing Netflix syndrome (spending almost half as much time clicking around to find something "good" as it is to watch a movie). On a personal note, I think I would have DIED in Jr. high if my access to music was limited to an hour.

One firm rule in our house is NO READING WHILE WALKING! Also, reading becomes an issue when it is time to do chores, get ready for bed, do school....um, yeah. So it's not just your kids.
13. Clean up the school room/area/materials challenge?

Just packed up all the how-to-read books and phonics materials and games, because everybody in the house knows how to read now. It all happened so fast...
14. Why not Memoria Press?

This is SO true. I only sporadically use their products, but they have the most amazing customer service. There is nothing like it anywhere else. Period.
15. After Song School Latin 1?

Dd11 really liked GSWL in 5th grade. Too late, I learned he has also come out with Get Going with Latin. After she was about half way through, I beefed it up a little by giving her the English answers from the previous lessons and having her translate them to Latin. I liked it better than SSL2, which we also did.
16. Mostly a vent/lament, but homeschoolers who just don't

You are lucky. Our school district punishes us in lots of little ways. We used to be able to put out kids in Red Cross swimming lessons at the school. Now we can't because the school has reclassified swimming lessons as part of their athletics program, (they've also cited "insurance reasons") and NYS law says homeschoolers can't participate in a district's athletics. Moms who pull their kids from school aren't allowed to bring their kid's half used workbooks home. They are as punitive as possible, while remaining within the constraints of the law.
17. Mostly a vent/lament, but homeschoolers who just don't

I see your point. Standardized tests have not always been as high stakes as they are now. I took standardized tests when I was in school, there were maybe two of them at the end of the year. They were not stressful, and I don't recall any preparation for them. I have no idea how many tests they have to take now, more than one or two, which go on for days. And they are politicized and stressful. In NY, we have to test every other year after between 4th and 8th grade, and every year for high school. Your kid has to score above the 33rd percentile. That's a pretty low bar. I don't think it's that big a deal. I can understand not wanting it, though, if it's introduced in a place where there's been practically no oversight by the state.

Based on what I've seen on the boards here, I am going to guess folks will probably recommend Apples & Pears, as this is often suggested for kids who have difficulty with spelling. I have not used it, but it might give you something to look at until somebody who knows more than me chimes in.
19. S/O MCT. Their poetry program?

You certainly don't need a separate book for each kid. I would say it's helpful for the kids to see how it's laid out, and would not be as effective if you just did it orally. From there, I think whether you buy just the TM or the TM+how many student books would be a matter of personal choice.
20. Ideas for temporary bonus study

I completely agree with this. I purchased this, and we started it and never finished it. Nice idea, but tedious.
21. What are some curriculum trends you’ve noticed over the years?

That's what we have. Something has to be really good for me to look at a lot of color.... That's interesting about the comic sans. I did not know it was dyslexic friendly.
22. SOTW with supplements

Of course, the Activity Guide is the first place to go. However, this site might have some useful things as well, in terms of both book and video suggestions. https://www.besthomeschoolresources.com/world-history-essentials
23. What are some curriculum trends you’ve noticed over the years?

Years ago, someone on the forum here said that they couldn't bring themselves to buy a curriculum that was laid out in comic sans. Because it really did happen.
24. What are some curriculum trends you’ve noticed over the years?

This is also something that has changed in homeschooling. I've seen older curricula, stuff that was created 15+ years ago, and it is not very pretty. At all. The content might be great, but it's full of clip art and just, yech. I'm ok with curriculum that looks boring, but it at least has to look kind of professional. I would prefer if it had some style. Which is silly, I know. But there you go.
25. Living Books based history for the Modern World

Have you looked at RC History? I haven't used it, but it might be an option.
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