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    Yesterday, 04:43 PM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 2/21 in Roll Call
    I think doing something like that really helps kids understand Shakespeare. When my daughter read through the plays, she'd get a version at the...
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    Yesterday, 04:40 PM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 2/21 in Roll Call
    About a third of it can be made the day before, but we do spend most of Saturday dicing and cooking. It's totally worth it, though. Lots of good...
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    Yesterday, 12:16 PM
    I don't really have more to what MapleHill so eloquently suggested. My first thoughts were the same--you can't really forbid contact (though you can...
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    Yesterday, 08:12 AM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 2/21 in Roll Call
    DH and I go all out for this party. This year's menu, you ask....? Appetizers: Mini crawfish pies Mardi gras salad (cold combo of peas,...
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    Yesterday, 08:07 AM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 2/21 in Roll Call
    DeeWill, feeling overwhelmed when you start homeschooling is totally normal. Heck, being overwhelmed can happen at any time. Don't believe all...
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    Yesterday, 08:05 AM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 2/21 in Roll Call
    Vicsmom, I want to say I hope it ends soon, but I know better. That's exactly how I've been, except for about 5-6 years now. Regarding the driving...
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    02-21-2019, 12:31 PM
    inmom started a thread Roll Call, 2/21 in Roll Call
    I am SO happy that sundown locally is at 5:30 now. It's the literal light at the end of the winter tunnel. Now, we are still getting snow and...
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    02-18-2019, 09:50 AM
    That looks terrific. My kiddos would have loved that when they were younger!
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    02-13-2019, 05:58 PM
    I only ask as that might determine what you do for the rest of the year. If your child not allowed to advance to a higher level, even though one is...
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    02-13-2019, 01:23 PM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 2/12 in Roll Call
    There are lock de-icers/lubricants. I'm just too cheap to buy it, given I'd rarely use it. (And I'm too lazy to go get it....)
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    02-13-2019, 10:12 AM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 2/12 in Roll Call
    Here is a picture from this morning, with the sun coming up and shining through the trees which still have a layer of ice on them from yesterday....
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    02-13-2019, 09:27 AM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 2/12 in Roll Call
    Apparently winter never ends here! Actually, mid-March is when spring typically starts weather-wise, but we've had snow as late as mid-April, with...
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    02-13-2019, 09:20 AM
    How is that going for you? I don't recall if I ever told you about the companion website that goes with that text. It has video tutors, practice...
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    02-13-2019, 09:17 AM
    Moonflower, Have you discussed their math placement with the staff at the public school they will be attending? Will they be given placement...
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    02-12-2019, 10:51 AM
    inmom started a thread Roll Call, 2/12 in Roll Call
    Anyone doing anything for Valentine's Day with their kiddos? One local homeschool group does a party and valentine exchange, but the rest do not. ...
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    02-12-2019, 08:02 AM
    So glad you enjoyed it! The nice thing about chili is you can make so many variations, tailoring it to your family's tastes.
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    02-10-2019, 06:10 PM
    inmom replied to a thread Grammar in Homeschool Curriculum
    That's interesting. Every once in a while (2-3 times a year) DS asks me to read over a college paper for him. Out of dumb luck habit, I ask him if...
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    02-10-2019, 01:54 PM
    I have a couple of links to virtual dissections. This McGraw-Hill site has some for frog and earthworm. It has other virtual labs as well. ...
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    02-07-2019, 12:48 PM
    Do you need instructions how to cook basic quinoa when prepping for it's use in recipes, or do you already have that figured out? (I only ask...
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    02-07-2019, 12:45 PM
    We absolutely love this recipe. We don't miss the meat at all. Quinoa Chili Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced ...
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    01-30-2019, 03:48 PM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 1/27 in Roll Call
    @MapleHill - I love that! I miss the conversations with kids that age.
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    01-30-2019, 09:38 AM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 1/27 in Roll Call
    Text exchange with my DD at 5 am today. It's weird hearing one's house pop and snap as it is contracting in the cold.
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    01-29-2019, 08:05 PM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 1/27 in Roll Call
    So far so good on staying warm. Have shoveled snow every day including this morning (wind chill -13 F), but I'm done now until Friday. I have no...
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    01-29-2019, 08:26 AM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 1/27 in Roll Call
    Alexsmom, I am impressed with the amount of flexibility you show in trying to find the right things that work for your kids. So many of us get...
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    01-28-2019, 01:15 PM
    I guess I should have replied "Other" as my kids started helping in the kitchen before age 5. Stirring, mixing, measuring, cleaning,etc. Proud...
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    01-28-2019, 09:20 AM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 1/27 in Roll Call
    I love these Roll Call threads. I learn so much--Icelandic horses, colonial boys and petticoats. You all have such varied lives!
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    01-27-2019, 12:13 PM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 1/20 in Roll Call
    I'm assuming produce still comes in refrigerated trucks like it normally does. Just this time of year, it keeps it WARMER than the outside temp. And...
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    01-27-2019, 10:59 AM
    inmom started a thread Roll Call, 1/27 in Roll Call
    PLEASE tell me how warm it is where you are!! Some of us in the middle of the country are bracing for extreme cold...wind chills anywhere from -30...
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    01-27-2019, 08:31 AM
    inmom replied to a thread Roll Call, 1/20 in Roll Call
    I shall give it a try. Our system actually has it in, just at a different branch. I should be able to pick it up mid-week (if I can stand going out...
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    01-26-2019, 01:37 PM
    You can also see what is available for science out and about in your area. Some libraries put on science sessions for kids-robotics, basic circuits,...
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This fall marked a brand new era of education for our family as our oldest son is now 16, the minimum age you must be in North Carolina to participate in a dual enrollment program at your local community college. He had been practically counting the days through the whole of last year until he could take part in what he views as a true "rite of passage." Something about taking courses with college students at a real live institution of higher learning has been big on DS's bucket list for some

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