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  1. Thank you all for the suggestions. DS did all of the Snell books with his last piano teacher, which was a couple of years ago now and he is looking for something to build on from there. I'll look into all of these options!
  2. Yes, if I could check it, that would be great -- he's already way beyond me, though! I'll look into these suggestions. Thank you!
  3. Can anyone recommend a good music theory book or curriculum? DS13 has a very solid grounding already and an intuitive understanding of the subject, but would like to do a more formal study. We have Harmony and Voice leading by Aldwell (text and two workbooks), which is really good, but we do not have the answer keys. I know virtually nothing about the subject and cannot help out. He has two private lesson teachers, both of whom would be able to help, but they are busy and there is no time for theory during his lessons. Ideally, I would love to find a solid textbook (maybe a little less dense
  4. Smartwool socks have always been a hit with my grandparents. They are expensive and most people I have given them to wouldn't buy them for themselves.
  5. I have made several pocket masks using this Craft Passion pattern. The directions are clear, the template works well, and they fit nicely. I used microfiber on the inside (like the lining of cloth diapers), heavyweight interfacing-backed cotton on the outside, and a surgical mask in the pocket. I used cord stops and 1/8" elastic that came with nose wires (which I double up so they keep their shape).
  6. Our local news had this link, which gives a number you can call to have your payment issued as a check. "BY ACTIVATING OR USING THIS CARD, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CONTAINED IN THIS AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT ACTIVATE OR TRY TO USE THE CARD; YOU SHOULD CANCEL THE CARD BY CALLING CUSTOMER SERVICE AND REQUESTING YOUR FUNDS IN THE FORM OF A PAPER CHECK."
  7. I didn't notice that either. It sounds like you are doing so many things right, and I am sorry it is still so hard. I hesitate to offer any further advice because my frame of reference is so different, but I wonder if maybe some of Peggy Kaye's Games for Writing might work (though most of them are intended for younger kids).
  8. I think that if my kids were that reluctant and were missing the mark by such a degree that I didn't know where to begin with helping them to revise, I would rethink what I am asking them to do. I would spend a lot of time thinking about what I want them to learn in terms of writing and how I could best engage their interest and play to their strengths in order to achieve those ends.
  9. This poetry curriculum for elementary-aged kids is new. My sister used it with my niece (first grade) this year and really liked it, but it is definitely not hands-off for the parent. Each week, they did a poem and the related craft. When they could fit it in, they did some of the nature study and writing activities, but they focused mainly on the poems and the crafts.
  10. I hope to finish up some book projects I have been working on, but mostly, I just want to stay sane and help my kids keep moving ahead. It's a tough year for sure.
  11. In my state, I think people are feeling safe because the numbers here have dropped significantly since mid-November, but no one is talking about the fact that testing is down by an average of 50% (~18000/day to ~9000 per day) and the 14-day average positivity is still at 30%.
  12. According to this AP article, it has been circulating since September. Can anyone make explain these seeming contradictions from the article: "The strain is also concerning because it has so many mutations — nearly two dozen — and some are on the spiky protein that the virus uses to attach to and infect cells. That spike is what current vaccines target." In April, researchers in Sweden found a virus with two genetic changes that seemed to make it roughly two times more infectious, ...The one in the U.K. has the two changes and more, including eight to the spike protein. “I’
  13. Wrestling teams are meeting around here at all the schools (even those that aren't open for classes are doing winter sports). Our daily average number of cases has dropped significantly since mid-November, but testing is down by about 40% from a month ago, hospitalizations and deaths are still high, and our 14-day average positivity is still over 30%.
  14. If you are looking for lists for kids, these lists have some great suggestions.
  15. Those are cranberry bars -- very similar to the cranberry bliss bar recipe marbel posted earlier with this link (https://recipes.oregonlive.com/recipes/cranberry-ecstasy-bars ). I cut them very small and don't include candied ginger.
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