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    Good Morning
    I am slow on the roll this morning.
    Too much stress is catching up to me.

    3 daycare kids, my 2 boys, speech therapist today. Downpour all day yesterday and last night, no super moon. Today... blue skies. GRRRR But at least MAYBE it will dry up enough to get out and get some fresh air.

    Boys can rake up last of leaves today. The rain knocked the last off. Was going to put some in the sensory bin but they are all yuck.

    I need to clear off back of couch and tidy up still for speech. Not feeling it.

    Hope everyone has a TERRIFIC Tuesday.
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    I'd intended to start homeschooling my 8 year old next Monday, while he was on Thanksgiving break from school. Mostly to make sure I can hack it before I meet with the administration and let them know my plans.

    But, he came home early yesterday and still didn't feel well this morning. It seems to be a mild intestinal virus - he's fine for an hour, and then has to sprint to the bathroom sort of thing...

    So, I decided to go ahead and give it a limited go today. We've done some Grammar Island, worked on keyboard skills, he read a chapter of "Holes" to me and I read a chapter to him. I'm pulling together some math work and we'll do some Khan Academy and then probably call it a day.

    I'll be curious to get his opinion on how he liked school at home versus at school. (He doesn't get a vote, but it would sure be easier to introduce the idea if he's already open to it...)

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    Hope your son likes it Michael C. I also felt like I had to 'trial' homeschool before we actually committed to it. Thankfully my daughter loved it. How do you like Grammar Island, I have been thinking of trying it with my daughter. Are you doing some Moving Beyond the Page for "Holes"? I have thought of trying some but can't do it fully because I cannot get most of the books at my local library.


    We are having a rainy day too Aandwsmom. Really grey and dismal. Its meant to be summer soon but you would not think it, I am contemplating lighting the fire today so we can be cosy when we watch a version of The Nutcracker later today. We have started a Nutcracker unit study this week and are having a break from BYL. We are meant to be on the American Civil War part, and I am undecided if we will do it. I cannot get either of the books here, either at my local library or an interloan, and I have not been able to find ebook or kindle or audio versions. So I have found one book, a Magic Treehouse one, and we may just do that and skip those weeks of BYL. Then I think we will do a Moving Beyond the Page unit to try it out, then a short December Holidays unit study and then take a 2 week break for the holidays. Then that will be our first school term of homeschool done, and we will have all survived it just fine, learned a lot more and had a lot more fun than at public school or online school, and balancing work and school has not meant too many late nights for me.

    Though I do have work due Friday now, was looking forward to a Friday off. I like to have one day off a week to do other stuff (gardening, sewing, etc.) but unfortunately not this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    Hope your son likes it Michael C. I also felt like I had to 'trial' homeschool before we actually committed to it. Thankfully my daughter loved it. How do you like Grammar Island, I have been thinking of trying it with my daughter. Are you doing some Moving Beyond the Page for "Holes"? I have thought of trying some but can't do it fully because I cannot get most of the books at my local library.
    I like Grammar Island quite a lot so far (limited exposure, but our friends are using it and recommend it highly as well.)

    We used it for about an hour this morning, getting through the basics of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. We did some sentence diagramming and he was able to grasp it reasonably well. The thing I like about the book is that it is meant to be read together. I let him read and then I interjected with questions and comments. Though the book doesn't specifically delve into it, the discussion ranged into things like noun gender in English and how language is living.

    It was the sort of ranging discussion we have about a lot of topics (typically on the 45 minute commute to school and then back again) and I was happy about how seamlessly it fit into the topic. It made it a fun activity for both of us - at least as fun as grammar can be.

    I'm not familiar with "Moving Beyond the Page," so I'm guessing we aren't doing that?

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    Cool we might check out Grammar Island sometime.

    Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum. In my researching what books it used I had seen the book Holes, and had never heard of it before, so assumed you might be using it. They use it in the 8–10 level and it can be paired with a science unit study on Rocks and Minerals.

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    Well, the blue skies and sunshine changed to downpour, almost black skies, thunder and lightening. YIKES.
    We are stuck inside. Play-doh it is for afternoon activity.

    My Tuesday only daycare girl. YIKES. HATES nap. I think she has SPD. Parents refuse to listen to me. Speech therapist for other girl thinks she needs evaluation, etc. She decided today to wail at nap. Fell asleep for 15 min. and woke up pissed because she fell asleep, wail some more. I remove her and put her in a playpen in kitchen, 15 feet from me.
    Wail some more, then climbs out. She didn't quite make it. I heard noise, looked over and she was hanging off side.
    HEART ATTACK
    Needless to say, I bought the playpen for her at nap to contain her and hopefully cover it and make it dark. WRONG.
    Can't trust her. So, back to square one.
    And she is only 2, so she needs a nap. Esp. when she turns into a nightmare for the afternoon without one.

    I am really hoping for a stress FREE 2017. I have had more than enough for 2016.... no wonder I am going gray.
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    I'm so annoyed with Target right now. I ordered the small Olaf while it was on sale. Got the wrong one, they gave me a lengthy return process. No don't return it to store, return it by mail, we'll ship a new one, it will probably take forever. I decided fine I'll keep it, try to sell it and order the one I want again. It came today another of the wrong one, this one the light doesn't even work. When I went to blow up the first one to show my husband I notice the giant hole in the seam. Can't sell that now. Now their online customer service says I can return it in store. If it wasn't so late I'd return it tonight, but now I have to wait until Sunday at least. This is going to bug me all week. I'm worried I'm going to have issues getting them to take them back, since they are not the ones on the receipt, and I got a promotional gift card with the order. They sent me the wrong thing though I should be able to keep the gift card. What should happen and what will are two different things.

    I went to see my grandfather today, he's been sleeping all day, hasn't spoke at all. My grandmother is super worried. She's starting to think about some things she'll have to get in order worst case scenario. It's kind of sad to see her confronting that possibility now. I've been there but I feel like she's had more hope before.
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    Oh Riceball that SUCKS. I would SO take it to store and make them take BOTH of them back. AND then have them pull up correct one online and order it right there for you. Be pushy if you have to. HUGS

    As for your Grandpa. I am sorry. That is hard. HUGS
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    I was able to return it in store. We went out last night anyway despite it being late. I got my refund and they somehow had some in stock, so I got the one I wanted even though I didn't get it at the sale price. The one we saw in store is 5' so I'm not sure if they would have made an even exchange anyway and if the one on the website is even listed properly. I've also complained on social media, and at least on FB I've been assured that the warehouse will double check.

    My grandmother called me last night too after I got home. The nurse that led her to believe he'd been steady sleeping since the day before didn't know what she was talking about. She talked to someone else who told her his roommate was so rowdy neither one of them slept the night before, so he slept all day because he was up all night. Still annoying that she can't get straight information, but it's better that he wasn't sleeping excessively.
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