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6/29/15 2:28 P

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Ali that is a huge relief! I'm so happy it all worked out.
What a great summer you all are having. I'll live vicariously through your summer. :)

Dh is working with a bank for the loan. I wanted to do 15 he wants to do 30 yrs. but no early pay off penalty, so I can get it paid in 15 or less. The payment should be less than the rent I'm currently paying.

There were two showings on the rental, (same family), and then I receive a text from the landlady wanting to know if I can vacate three weeks early. Then I get a text from her real estate agent asking the same thing. good grief. So I let the landlady know I would be sticking to the date given on my notice to vacate letter. She then stated how we she wanted to accommodate us first. How we've been such good renters, etc. Would be willing to reduce the rent $100 a month if we'd stay another year. But that isn't enticing to me at all. She just does the bare minimum for upkeep in maintenance and there's so much wrong with this place. Plus the utilities are through the roof! (gas and elec) because the insulation in this house is horrible. And the bugs in the city are awful!

Today is the house inspection for the house ds and I want to buy. We're looking forward to living on a country road again. I'm hoping we can have a firefly party in August and then it hit me, good grief school starts in August! We have a month left of summer and it will be spent packing.

My dh used to hate tomatoes. He loved ketchup and salsa and sauce, but wouldn't touch a tomato. Until I had ds. (I couldn't touch anything tomato while pregnant and I though, oh no, not another tomato hater. LOL) But he loves tomatoes and we both convinced him to eat them for protection against prostrate cancer. now he likes them and even likes when I made bruschetta. (which ds and I had the other day. SO delicious. It's something we rarely eat so it's a treat.)

no, not getting excited yet. maybe when we are moved in I can pinch myself? LOL

Has anyone been to the movie to see the new Jurassic park movie? We just found out about it and now ds wants to see it. But I'm thinking we should wait for video.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. The month of June sure sped by fast.

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6/28/15 7:53 A

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Morning Friends,

I know its been a while. Thank you all for the prayers. It took about a week, but I did get my issue resolved and I did not lose any money.

We are having a busy summer. This is deliberate. My ds will be a senior this coming year so we are trying to do as many fun things and enjoy time as much as possible. We probably attended 6-7 graduation parties. This has caused some of us to decide to have combined parties after graduation in 2016.

Yes, I like garbanzo and hummus. The funny thing about me is I like tomato sauce but do not like tomatoes. I do like ketchup either though. I also hate when people put sugar in their tomato sauce.

Melody, so happy you all have found a house! Have you all worked out the bank yet? Are you are getting closer to being able to get excited?

Heather, hope you are doing great!

Have a blessed Sunday, all!
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6/22/15 8:29 P

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thought this was a good article to share. I had to check the calories of my veganaise and the vegan sour cream I use. I don't use either often, but the calories are lower than regular mayo and sour cream, so I'm happy.

I am considering getting the battery for my scale. I am not in a hurry to know how much weight I've gain since renting, but I think I've lost something in two weeks just based on how my clothes are fitting.

I think it's interesting that this seems to be happening at the same time as I may be getting a new home. Is it possible to have gained all this weight due to stress and being unhappy where I'm at? I haven't really changed my eating all that much. I'm walking less and yet I seem to be slimming down. How is this possible? It goes against all scientific study of how to lose weight.

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6/18/15 11:26 P

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Hellooooo~

Hope everyone is doing well.
Heather, I know you're probably busting your bum finishing up school. Stay calm and carry on.
:)

My dd was talking to me the other day about the dgd having more interest in potty training, but she isn't pushing it.

Ali, how are your kids doing? How are you doing? How many graduation parties did you end up attending?

Ds and I found a house we like, (didn't get the first two we liked), and now we're waiting on the banks. (which ever bank can give us the best loan will get our business) and we should be moved the end of next month! We are excited, but trying not to get too excited in case something happens to burst our happy bubble. LOL

I hope everyone is happy and healthy.

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6/7/15 3:41 P

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Found this on the internet while researching menu plans for my ds. Now that he's increased his athletic performance again I need to adjust his meals accordingly. Anyway, I found a letter from
a weight loss consultant apologizing for all the mistakes and outright lies:
www.diet-blog.com/13/a-sincere-apolo
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I was surprised, but glad this person came clean too. There's so much contradictory information, just this week I saw online that said, do not eat complex carbs in the morning and today a site that said not to eat them in the evening, because it turns into fat. Very frustrating.

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying their weekend. Newbies, jump in! I know this thread can be intimidating. When I first joined it seemed as though everyone was already well established and it seemed cliquish then. Oh my that was so many years ago. It was bigger then and a lot has changed. We've now become a smaller group and this thread is to talk about everything, not just diet, not just homeschool, but all that life throws at us.

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6/6/15 7:28 P

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curious question,
who likes garbanzo beans?

I do not. Not whole anyway. But I do like garbanzo/chickpea hummus. Weird? Why yes I am. LOL

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6/5/15 10:03 P

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Ds was telling me that he was really sucking wind at his last Urban Ninja class during the running. So I was coaching him on how to control his breathing. I used to run and loved it and became quite good at it. Oh boy, back in the day. LOL
So I thought, well there's only one way to do it and that's by well, doing it. So I told him I'd start running with him. I went online to look up the best way to begin a running program. I figured in all this time there's probably more knowledge, etc. Ha! The very first program suggests running 20 minutes at a time. Now I don't know about you, but it's been a long time since I've been running and there's no way I could run 20 minutes. My ds is in very good physical shape, but I'm not even sure he could run 20 minutes straight. In my opinion, not a very good suggestion for those just starting out. So we will be doing my program of walk/run/walk and increase the running.

How is everyone else doing?

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6/3/15 7:57 P

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Ali, I prayed it was all worked out for your good.

We have a new member: HMRS2OF2
WELCOME~

Heather, keep up the fantastic streak. Way to go.

Dh is looking into loans for the house we want. It's basically in God's hands. I'll keep you posted.

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5/31/15 5:18 P

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Afternoon Friends,

Woohoo! Melody, that is great that your dh got a job! Praying you all do get the house.

Heather, great job on the weight!

Stopping by to ask for q quick prayer. I did not do something I thought I had done and this could end up being a costly mistake. Please pray that this gets worked and and that grace is extended.

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5/29/15 2:48 P

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Melody,
That is amazingly wonderful that your DH got such a prestigious level of a job. Many prayers and blessings that you receive the housing that you desire. I know it will be hard for your DD to get the potty training going for DGD with the new little one due so soon but if DGD is showing interest in being potty trained she should really start with the principle of it using pull ups and at least a sticker chart as a reward method because she may take a bit to pick up on it fully but getting pee trained is the first big step to do.

I started with my DD at a little over a year old and she got it for the most part but now that we have put her in big girl panties after getting the fundamentals down and her recognizing when she has to pee she has been doing wonderful. Month after month she ends up with 100+ stickers for going on bye byes with out pee in her pants and I think she is almost ready for big girl undies for on bye byes. Now if only we could get the poo accidents managed all would be good. It may have taken me almost 2 years to get this far but with your DGD showing interest in it she shouldn't have much problems. Plus DGD being potty trained when the new little one gets potty training age can be an assistant to potty training the younger one or so others have found it easier LOL.

Kool so I am on the right path with the weight loss. I'm down to 177.2 as of this morning so Diet is definitely the major helper.

Scale needing batteries is a hindrance for keeping numerical track of weight loss but if your seeing it leave then all is good plus not having it to weigh constantly will be helpful because i weigh like 3-4 times a day to watch my weight flux so that i can see things that will help and hurt my efforts but I'm slowly getting better about it and trying to weigh only first thing in the morning and even skip a few days though right now I'm tracking hard core because I want to get to the goal line on the charts that spark people has for weight tracking.

I know its almost June and that means I'm another year older in 3 days but it also means that i only have 1 month left of classes which will make me happy in the end.

DD is fixing to be mad because though she is quietly working on school she needs to go down for a nap and i need to get to work in a major way on my school work. I have been sick from stress of school work and school pushing for the job hunt but today I spoke with the PR person at our local walmart and she said they will be hiring cashiers soon so I'm like cool I might have a job soon even if its minimum wage I can handle it with little to no problems.

Well off i go to make her mad and then get school work done.

TTFN

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5/28/15 4:02 P

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Praise God, Dh was hired yesterday in a managerial position. A bit lower level than president of a company, but it's a job and a paycheck.

need prayers we receive the home ds and I have picked out. Thank you!

Heather,
I don't think my dd is potty training my dgd. Of course I think she should, dgd is two and understands when her body needs to go. Dd has baby #2 due in five months and I think it will be harder for her then. I'll see what happens.

Congrats again on the continued weight loss. Years ago a trainer told me weight loss is 90% diet and 10% exercise.

My scale needs batteries and I'm not in a big hurry to get any. Perhaps when we are moved into our new home. I can tell my belly is shrinking though. It will be so nice to have a waist again. :)

Is anyone else amazed it is almost JUNE?! emoticon

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5/27/15 2:27 P

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Melody hope the changes go well for you and your DS and its sad to see that your DH isn't trying harder to become employed to support yall but all shall work out for you in the end. Traveling would be nice for DS education but finacially could put a strain on things so your best option for you and your DS would be to get the small house. How is your DGD doing on the potty training? My DD is doing wonderful though she still has issues with poo in the potty timing but that will come in time so I'm not too worried yet.

Life here has been busy I am going out to work on job hunting this afternoon with DH assistance since he knows the area better. Dollar Tree didn't see me as a good fit for assistant Manager so now I'm going to apply for cashier work with them when I go out today. I am also going to try and touch base with Walmart and see what is going on with my application there.

I am getting pestered by school on them wanting to help me find a job as a manager but I am unsure at my strengths of doing that though i am willing to try.

school is almost over last week ends July 5th so i am anxiously awaiting that day so no more school stress and hopefully I will be employed by then.

Dieting is going great I'm down to 178.8 as of this morning so I'm happy with that. slow and steady always works out the best in the end. Exercise could go better but im so stressed with everything else that it has been making me sick and not feeling up to it so im trying my best to get into a routine that will work and once i have a job that has me active I'll feel less guilty about exercising.

Well busy bee am I and school is nearing the end of week 7 fast and i haven't really got started so off I go to get that knocked out.

TTFN

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5/25/15 4:37 P

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I thought there was a link Ali, but the book I have about homeopathic suggestions on lyme gives papaya leaves for tea as a home remedy. There are two books given:
Healing Lyme by Stephen Buhner and Top Ten Lyme Disease Treatments by Bryan Rosner.

Enjoy the graduate parties there's always time to get back on track when they're over.

No summer plans. I've given my landlady notice to vacate and ds and I do not know where we are going after July 31st. Dh still doesn't have a job and though I've threatened to go back to Cali ds and I do not want to. I had tentatively suggested traveling, but we may use our saved up money to buy a small home and then I guess I'll file for divorce. Not sure yet.

One of my friend's mom's sent me a fantastic Bible Study Guide, by Arlo E. Moehlenpah. I'm not familiar with him or his website: DoingGood.org. She gave me most of the NT and in two days I've gotten to chapter 7. I just can't do it quick enough I'm enjoying it that much.

I ordered two books regarding the experience ds and I recently went through with the controlling pastor. The book I'm reading first is The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse. I'm only on page 25, but have already put my highlighter to use. LOL

I'm going to watch the documentary you suggested Under Our Skin now.

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Morning,

Hope you all have a blessed Memorial Day. My ds is a senior now! Wow time has flown by. We have many friends that had seniors this past school year. My diet has not been so good with all the graduation parties. This has been a double edge sword for me as it is the end of a season for us, so many play dates, parties and so on with the children that are now going on to college. We have 2 more parties to go.

I am not sure how much more school we have. Both my children need to finish their math. We will see. I know we need some test proctored.

Anyone have some fun plans for the summer? I think we are just going to enjoy time with friends and try to get organized. We need to also see where my ds is and what we can do for him.

yes, Heather it is my ds that has lymes and rocky mountain spotted fever. I would love the link.

Have any of you seen the documentary "Under Our Skin"

Have a great day.

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Thanks Melody.

What's even more of a booster to my self esteem is that my DW and DH both last night told me that they can see that I am losing the weight physically. I don't see much difference when I look in the mirror but they say they see it so that makes me happy that someone can see the change. I feel much better now that I am sticking to a low carb and low calorie diet that my DW has managed to put a theme menu together for each day of the week and the only day that gets to be a slight splurge and indulgence day is Saturdays which i can handle. Last night all I ate was a Michelina's sweet and sour chicken and like a quarter of a potato diced that had been baked in the oven earlier in the week.

Tonight is a quiche night for Fertile Friday which when we had quiche last week or week before last it was good so I'm looking forward to it because we only do like a 3 egg portion each with some meat and veggies. DW suggested making it in a cornbread pan that is segmented so that we can personalize our own segments which i kind of like that idea so i hope we are going to do that tonight.

well i got homework to be doing so I'm gonna scoot on out of here.

TTFN

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5/21/15 3:13 P

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CONGRATULATIONS Heather~~~
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WAY TO GO!

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emoticon emoticon emoticon I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am at 180.4 so I'm counting that as a milestone met emoticon

I thought I would share the successful weigh in with everyone so that we can all celebrate.

Got DD to do a lesson today on ABCmouse and she is almost half way through her prek lessons on Time4Learning. I am so proud of her though her playing the letter songs and running away from the computer is slightly annoying but she listens to them and sings with them so all is good she is still learning from the repetition LOL.

Well I have lots of school work to get to since I'm hitting my procrastination point because I'm ready for this term to be over. Therefore I am off to work on at least 2 of the 3 classes.

Have a good day and its almost the weekend so fun is right around the corner.

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I am so close today's weigh in for curiosity I am at 181.4 sooooooooo very close to the first goal of making it to 180 which will make me very happy.

The diet is going well. DW and I drink non dairy smoothies once a day. I usually mark them as breakfast. Its only a little over one cup in measurement but they are so good and such.

congratulations on finding healthy alternatives to your preferred tea. I have gotten myself to one 12 oz mountain lightning a day unless DH gets me a 20 oz bottle of Mountain Dew and drinking Clear American Flavored Sparkling Water. Clear American makes many good flavors. Managed to get DD away from koolaid and high sugar juices by giving her slightly watered down Poweraid and half water half Clear American water. I am slowly working on getting an exercise routine figured out between doing park days for DD twice a week which has a about .25 mile walking trail to get walking in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Working on picking out Exercise videos from here to do on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Your DGD might potty train if she wants big girl underwear tell your DD to fulfill that wish by putting your DGD in her big girl undies. I have found the gerber training undies work pretty well for my DD and she now has very limited accidents and is doing very well when it comes to being out of the house. I think she has only had one accident in her pull ups since we started the big girl undies and such. Your DGD might have thought about it on the way home and decided that she wants to do that so that she can stay with you more. So definately tell your DD to do the training undies and a shirt when at home and see what DGD does because she will probably do very well. Have her start with about every 30 to 45 minutes doing a potty time. We are now to the point that DD goes about every hour and a half to two hours between potty times.

I forget to sign on on my computer everyday but i have the spark app on my phone so i do all my tracking of food and water and log in spins on it. I update my status through the app about once every few weeks. I stay so busy between school and such that it is hard but its getting better.

I only have 6 weeks of classes left and will be very happy when that is done. Still sitting on presidential list at the moment so I'm very happy with that. well i have other stuff to get to so I'll TTYL.

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5/18/15 9:42 P

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way to go Heather! Keep up the great work! Be sure to share with us when you reach each of your milestones.

I've been doing better eating fruit for breakfast and having lemon water or a mint tea instead of my English tea.

I don't want to jump into too much exercise too quickly as my body tends to go into stress mode and holds onto every ounce of fat. grrrr. So I'm doing basic exercises, but I do need to increase my walking. More hummingbird style in small bursts instead of long bouts of exercise.

family was over last night for dinner after church. my dgd is going through a phase where she doesn't want to leave grandma's house, but she's not potty trained and I told her that when she's a big girl and potty trained and wearing big girl underwear she'll be able to stay the night. When she got home she wanted big girl underwear. LOL too funny. I wonder if she thought about it on the way home.

Does anyone else have issues about signing on every single day? I know SP keeps track of it and my status is sporadic, because I just do not have the time to get on everyday. And I'm guessing that is the case for most mom's.

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I'm doing wonderfully with my dieting now that I stopped trying to eat 500 calories for one of my Meds and I feel great. I'm down to 182.4 lbs. I'm 2 pounds away from one of my milestones So I am very happy.

As for the exercising dw and I have scheduled routine setting up to do. Once we get a good routine working for all of us all will be well.

Routine for dd is going great we found a food gap that dd was wanting something to eat so now after her nap we have a structured snack time stuck in to help get to dinner without fussy hungry moments.

Surprisingly dd is adapting good and we are making progress on potty training. After a time of runs she is now potty recognizing when she has to do both potty tasks.

I'm very proud of her and excited that I'm making progress so all is well here. How are things for you, Melody and Ali?

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How's everyone doing with their eating and exercise?

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Well the progress on the routine for dd is going good. She has been doing well on the morning to nap is going still have a bit of work on nap to bed time is getting there.

New thing is testing limits of what mommy will do when my dw and dh are not around. Had almost an hour of timeout because of throwing fits and faking injuring herself, but the time or ended in dinner she went to school for about 45 minutes on time4learning and abcmouse.

Good news though it's not announced or released yet abcmouse is in process of developing their elementary levels.

On top of it all I am ahead in my school work so it's all good here now if I could get my routine down it would be amazing.

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Got a notice there was a new member, but not sure if the SP page is just set to private or if they decided to unjoin. =/

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY LADIES~ emoticon

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oops sorry. When I used the cube tray for snacks it stayed on a table in an area where I didn't mind the food. Ds ate the food in that area and then went back to playing and then would go back to the tray when he wanted. I am a stickler for where food can be eaten, or not eaten.
No worries if it doesn't work for your dd though.

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Yes dd is three. She has been doing very well this afternoon. She gets three snack times and three meal times. We are working on manners because she likes to demand things she wants. Therefore she uses manners she gets what she wants.

Showed dw the suggestion and there is worry about her carrying it around the house and generating a big mess so it might not be used till later age.

Thank you I'll be done with my degree the beginning of July.

DD is wearing big girl panties at home except for nap and bed time. she is doing good only a poo accident today. We are working on limiting fluids for nap and bed time so that at least nap she is dry hoping that bed time comes about the same time as naps since we are doing the same thing for nap and bed time.

So far my week has went wonderfully so far and is looking like it will be good for the rest into the weekend. Slow adjustments and all is good.

Glad you and your ds had a nice outing today.

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This morning ds and I went to the Starbucks in a local Barnes and Noble and shared a bowl of chili and bagels; half a plain and half a multi-grain. Ds and I enjoy doing this and though the drinks at Starbucks are ridiculous, (I drink water), the lunches are really inexpensive as far as going out is concerned. Ds is at a growing spurt of eating all day; grazing, and larger quantities. :) I'm always amazed when I notice he's grown. He was playing outside yesterday and I had been watching him all day, but in the afternoon he was standing by a tree and for some reason he looked taller! The poor kid is so active too so I'm not sure if his aches and pains are from him playing or from growing or both. LOL

Ali, was it your ds who had Lyme last year or two? While packing I came across a book that information on Lyme and was wondering if you'd be interested in the link. Then I couldn't remember if it was you for sure, because I remember that my dh had said a sales rep at his old company got it and how sick he was. The book is holistic and talks about how important our diet is which is probably why I bought the book.

I was able to share one of the book's suggestions on eczema with my dd for my dgd. They've tried all the expensive soaps and lotions from the doctor's and NONE of them work. Interestingly she said that it keeps popping up in her life and then I sent it to her too. LOL So she'll be buying some apple cider vinegar. I put it on my grocery list so it's at my home too.

Oh yes! I too feel I can share here. I'm a private person online, but not on this group. You all get the dirty laundry I'm willing to share with family. LOL emoticon
I've never considered myself an emotional eater. I used to be an emotional exerciser. LOL But this year, from June 2014 to current I find myself eating when I'm not hungry and so I think I have started eating due to the stress. My main comfort go to is my cup of tea and I wasn't using my cute little tea cups either, but my mugs. I'm cutting way back and replacing it with my water. Now that the weather is heating up I'm putting my water in the frig instead of room temp.

What is your go to comfort food?

I feel as though this year/stress has aged me and I don't like the way my body is feeling. So yesterday while ds and I went for a walk he wanted to keep going. I'm really glad he did, because I would have stopped.

Ali, your ds's book choices made me think of two things; one, my dsil used to read the dictionary as a kid and my ds used to read a book on the periodic table. I think it's great he has such a strong interest in certain topics and reads about them.

I've noticed if I'm reading a book I'm not totally into I read slower. If I'm thoroughly enjoying the book my reading naturally speeds up. And I've heard the opposite is true for some people. They read books they're enjoying slower.

I've noticed too, that homeschooling families tend to do read alouds more than non-homeschooling families. I started reading at a young age and once my mom realized I could read, she stopped reading to me. bummer. It used to be so common for families to read aloud to each other. My uncle and his new wife read aloud to each other. (she was a principal in Cali and she started it).

At B&N I found some cool things for my dgd. I am looking forward to her coming over. (It's usually Sunday after church for family dinner). Ds and I found some school books to work on over summer break to keep his mind active. He wants to get started on the math Monday. I'm happy about this since he does so terrible on the "tests" and needs to have a strong math curriculum for college.

Heather, your dd is three right? It's okay for her to snack throughout the day (assuming she's at a healthy weight and the snacks are healthy), as children tend to graze. I mentioned above my ds still grazes. He's tall and thin and very active. (think humming bird) He can go through a bowl of strawberries, blackberries, a salad, two bowls of mashed potatoes, two bowls of soup, six tacos and I don't know how much water or iced tea. (this is the food I'm aware of). (this was yesterday) LOL When my ds was about 3-4 years old I would put a variety of snacks in a dry ice cube tray and leave it where he could access it because he was always on adventures. www.mommygaga.com/2012/01/healthy-sn
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and this way you won't have to worry so much about fighting the snack issue and both parent and child are happy campers. I hope.

Congrats again for being ahead in your college work and being so close to getting your degree!

I think the potty training depends a lot on the child. I have a friend who used one M&M as a treat every time her dd went potty on her toilet. For my dd her treat was wearing big girl frilly panties. Some potty train for the day first and then night time comes later and for some it's all at once. Sorry I'm not much help.

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week.

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Melody thank you for the resource I have added it to my curriculum folder so that i have it when i go to book work.

Happy Belated Birthday Ali. emoticon emoticon emoticon

well dd is taking to time4learning quite well. she will work on it for about 15 mins then go play or switch to ABCmouse. As for her ABCmouse progress she is a sneaky little stinker and has been working on the learning path with out my knowledge of such LOL.

The weather here is comfy though rainy off and on. DW and I are working on implementing a slight routine into DD awake times. We are working on potty training and getting DD off of snacking throughout the day which is what my family had her doing which was really annoying. DD is slowly taking to the changes in her world so there is a bit of tempermental moments but otherwise she is doing well.

I am ahead in classes so this week has went really well and i hope to work on some of next weeks stuff so that i can continue being ahead and get my degree in July. emoticon

well thats about it. any tips and such are welcome as always especially with the potty training because that is an area that needs quite a bit of work.

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Just dropping in to say hey! I have a headache tonight and so I'm going to make it quick.

HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY ALI
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Went for a walk, got some more packed and dh has an interview in another state tomorrow.

doing assessments to end the year and going over fractions again! emoticon He does fine when it's just work and not an "assessment." I can't figure it out.

Ali, so glad to hear your dfil took the family out to celebrate your bday. I've noticed as I get older the bday means less and is celebrated less. So it makes me happy to hear when people celebrate and enjoy their day with family.

Heather, I received a catalog in the mail the other day and I thought of you and your dd. Maybe you'd like to look into Critical Thinking when your dd is finished with abcmouse?
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Morning,

Another busy week here. My birthday was Monday, Tuesday was a morning of homeschool obligations, chiropractor in the afternoon and then my dfil took the family to dinner for my birthday. Today is catch up day!

I have had a very emotional year. I am not sure why. Maybe because this season is getting close to the end for me.

Hows everyone else doing?

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Well Ali she is taking to it slowly so that works for me lol.

Life around here is interesting but I'm losing the weight so I'm happy. Some minor routine changes but we are adapting nicely. DD has all of her young child channels so she's happy.

Life is good here and the weather is nice. We went garage sale shopping and I bought some old school books that will be used in later for some history and reading stuff. When I say old school I mean they are from old school time so they can't be official curriculum but they give a starting point.

Well I have school to start working on for this week.

Talk to y'all soon.

By the way Ali and Melody my name is Heather.

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Morning Friends,

I love that we can share. This seems to be a safe place for me. I hope it is for you all. We all need this as some of us can be emotional eaters and sometimes verbalizing things helps us to release them. I am an emotional eater? Anyone else?

No, I have not seen anything on Fay and Chris. I am on a board that Fay is on, but I rarely go on there. Chris used to pop in from time to time, maybe he will soon.

Melody, my ds reads alot however we use a literature book for his lit, like British or American because he does not enjoy fiction. He will read some biographies, but overall he reads the encyclopedia of plants, marine line and so on or how the body works. I count those as these all focus more on subjects he will more than likely use in the future. My dd is a slow reader, but she usually reads around 7 or so. We also read some as a family.

Phoenix, every child is different so we would just take it one day and at a time and somethings would take off and some would never work as wonderful as I thought they were.

We are finally having some beautiful weather! emoticon

Hope you all have a blessed day.
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Well I'm caught back up with 3 assignments and 2 days left to do them. One assignment is started so I'll finish it in the A.M. the other two will have the reading done tomorrow and them started with hopefully only one to finish Sunday. Unpacking is going good just got my clothes and other little things left to unpack and go through. Otherwise first payday went well with dh and dw. We even managed to get all of dd diapers without having to order them online. So settling in quite well.

On another note doing a 14 day trial of time4learning and dd didn't stay on it very long before she went back to abcmouse. might be doing time4learning at a later time If I can't get her hooked on it.

All is well otherwise. Any advice on how to approach the new curricula.

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so glad to hear the drive went well Heather.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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The drive went good for the most part now I'm in packing and it's going good so far. dd loves her new room and it's pretty much unpacked so I'm happy with it. Fixing to work on school work that I'm majorly behind on. Dieting is going good. Exercise time has been swapped for unpacking at the moment so yea not much exercising being done in my methodical way.

Well time for studying and breakfast.

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We figured out the dog smell was coming from the basketball netting from the hoop. he's just been washing his hands a lot throughout the day to get rid of the smell. It's so weird that sometimes the smell of dog will just pop up in the house too. I was drinking a cup of tea and it was fine and then I went to take a drink and bam, it smelled like dog. Ugh! So I had to wash it out and I used a little bleach spray too and made myself a fresh cup. I have no idea why or how that happens. This is such a weird house.

Heather, hope your drive is going well or went well. :)

I made a mistake. I meant to say that my ds has ants in his pants for the year to be over. He will do a little work and then sneaks out of the house to play. LOL I remember working in the school system and seeing the students literally vibrate (like little jumping beans), in their seats during this time of year. LOL Thankfully it was elementary and not middle school or high school where all the students become twitter pated. (he's finished his spelling pre-test and is now in the front yard). I need to get him back in for math, reading and piano. Then we can call it a day; he's completed everything else.

There were three rabbits in the back yard yesterday and then a baby bunny. So funny how they were all chasing each other. Then a squirrel was hiding a nut, but it couldn't make up its mind where it should be dug and it kept leaping around and doing squirrel ballet. So entertaining. LOL

I need to repack the old school years and my quilt fabrics/books. I've been procrastinating, but I need to get it done, so I've designated today!

Congrats Heather on only 9 more weeks to get your associates!

Ali, do you know where Fay and Chris are? Haven't heard from them in a long while now.

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she really does enjoy it a lot though she only does it in like 15 minute spurts but I'm fine with that. Today i did manage to get her to work on her learning path some and she didn't put up much of a fight so i was proud of her.

Tomorrow is Moving day. the house is pretty well packed and ready to go for the most part so I'm happy with that and as soon as my brother gets home phase two starts which is loading the trucks. Gonna be an early morning tomorrow too but its for a good cause so my mountain dew should be plenty to make sure I'm up and going. Gonna be a lot of studying on this road trip so hopefully before I have to take over driving I can get my international management and applied word processing read on my phone. it will be difficult because of small screen but should be able to be done fairly well in the 2ish hour drive to the meeting point.

glad your ds is enjoying his fitness options LOL and surprised he seems to enjoy school so much that he's bummed that he's done for the year but just remind him a little break is good for the mind.

I unfortunately dont know what to do for the dog smell on hands.

well i'm off gotta let my tablet charge so i can finish last weeks school work and hopefully get a start on this weeks before bed. only 9 more weeks till i have my associates in business management so im excited and right now im working on maintaining presidental list for my grades so I'm happy.

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It sounds as though she really enjoys the abcmouse. since she's so young and you don't need to track, I'd just let her have fun. She may learn more if she's given free reign?

Got most of the back yard mowed yesterday, finished it up today. Still need to do the front, but it's so cold outside. I may put it off for later in the week. This morning there was a baby rabbit in the back yard. :)

Almost finished with the school year. Ds already has end of the year ants in his pants. Did I mention he's been pulling the basketball hoop down and then hanging on it and allowing the base to pull him up into the air? LOL He loves it. It's one of those hoops with a black base filled with sand or something.

He just came inside to eat some blackberries and he said his hands smell like dog again. The crazy thing is we don't have any dogs. He's just been outside playing. He's frustrated though because he's already washed his hands multiple times and even tried vinegar and now they smell like dog again. Weird. Anyone know how to get dog smell off of their hands?

This weekend we finished reading Messenger by Lois Lowry. It is book three of The Giver series. We have one book left to finish. Each book is better than the previous so I have high expectations for the final book. It will be the 11th read aloud for the year. and he's completing his 7th read alone book. Since last year it seems as though the amount of books being read has decreased. I suppose that has to do with the increased depth of topic and the amount of pages.

Ali, how many books do your kids average? I remember for English lit reading a ton of books, but perhaps it just seemed that way? LOL Perhaps it was only 7 books. I have six books for possible summer reading.

This morning I received a notice from a co-op that a local gymnastics is offering homeschool classes. Ds is interested because he like parkour and that's the closest we can get in our rinky dink little area.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

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I may have phrased it badly. With ABCmouse there is a free play way off doing activities sorta a natural learning path way and then there is a structured learning path that steps her through lessons that have a set theme to the activities. I like it because it's easy for me to see what she's working on and where she's at in her learning because it has a percentage progress tracker at the bottom of the path screen. The only feature we haven't messed with is the science quizzes about each environment which is a location that a group of five lessons are set in and each lesson had 4 to 6 activities in it. Like right now she is in the desert Savanah environment on lesson 29 dealing with math at the world around us market which has 6 activities. She is on level 2 and is 38% complete with the level.

So yea I'm starting to learn structured isn't the way she likes to go so there will be an interesting time to do lessons later on but so far she bounces between doing them structured and free style but likes mostly freestyle.

Hope this helps you understand what I was saying better. I'm on my phone so any typos blame it on auto correct.

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I must have misunderstood. I thought there were things she wanted to learn but you said they weren't on her learning path?
It's so fascinating to see what a child's natural learning path leads them.



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Well right my learns whatever is put in front of her. She does lessons on a little bit of everything. Colors, numbers, letters, and shapes. She works a bit ahead of what I think she should but she's gotten to the point that she doesn't get as frustrated with it as she used to. I'm planning on adding time4learning because it will give her something different To do.

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Hello ~

Ds had me do 100 wall push ups the other day and I felt it for two days. LOL thought it would be more in my shoulders, but it was more in my pecs or more specifically I guess the Teres major muscle. (I had to look it up) LOL

Ali, so good to hear your dd is still in drama. She must have a really good mind for memory to have one of the leads! That's impressive.

Heather you have a lot going on. Saying prayers for you. Driving long distances can depend on the person I suppose? Their comfort level or confidence. I used to travel alone to other states and drive long distances. I also know some women that won't even travel out of the state they were born in. That's strange to me, but I guess my traveling is strange to them. LOL Safe travels for you. I hope it's a lot of fun for you.

Just curious, what was it that your dd wanted to learn?


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Well bit of a update. Family doesn't like me driving it by myself so grandfather is driving my truck halfway with mom, grandma, dd, and I following in grandpa's truck. Then I'll be driving the rest of the way. The move is on for Tuesday so soon all will be good. No more excessive junk food and better portion control. It will be much better than guessing the portion sizes. I'll miss being home but being with my loves will be much better for my health.

Plus I'm gonna have to fight for my ssi back again. Stupid people here don't know their butts from a hole in the ground when it comes to being disabled with bipolar.

Well that's enough updating because I got school work to do.

Glad you survived the brunch Ali and hope your dd enjoys the play and y'all get caught up on school work eventually.

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Morning,

Well we have another rainy day in GA. I made it through brunch yesterday and the 1st night of my dd play. I am so looking forward to resting tomorrow.

My dd is in our local homeschool drama club and their end of year production is this weekend. They presented "You Can't Take It With You". My dd was blessed to have one of the leads. What a day yesterday was.

We are behind in school with all of this. how are you all doing?

Thank you, Melody. Great job on you all getting out and exercising.

Heather, glad Time4learning is something you can use. Take your time on the weight loss and with each step just evaluate where you are.

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well I'm glad yall are doing good. come the first i have to make the road trip by my self because DH cant get finances and time off of work to line up so that he can come get me. therefore i have to pack the basics and make the 6-7 hr drive myself. not a huge deal but family here is worried about me doing it but i feel that i can do it and my DH has confidence that i can do it. my grandfather showed me a route to take that would be easier on the driving time and traffic which makes me feel better especially since the route that my phone was showing was taking me through a MAJOR city. so t- 1 week from tomorrow and ill be making the road trip.

I've started school back up to finish my associates in business management which so far is going good. haven't seen all the grades yet for last weeks work but 100's were on the board for the classes i checked up till last night.

DD is persisting on working on things that aren't on her learning path and is really persisting on working ahead. that makes me proud but also frustrated because i want her to work on her learning path so that she can go to the next level. if she would work on her learning path she would soon be on the level for pre-k which i feel she is mostly ready for. come payday im going to add Time 4 learning to her curriculum to give her something to bounce between so she has something different to work on out side of ABCmouse. Oh and BTW she is now 3 years old. DD's doctor was impressed with her following instructions and knowledge so that made me feel really good.

outside of those two things i am on a crazy roller coaster with my weight. started at 193 went up to 196 which is shown in my signature tracker as my starting point went down to 189.75 and stayed there for the 4 week weigh in then went down to 187 which made me do a happy dance and when i weighed today i was back up to 188.75. So yea i was bummed but with me having so many sweets and not good food choices in the house to snack on though i have been tracking and forcing my self to stay away from them as much as possible so yea hopefully when i move I'll start doing better. I have been being really bad at working out and gaining calories to eat on and rewarding my self with sweets and other foods that don't have a positive effect on weight loss so yea i have alot of work ahead of me.

DH says that he would be happy if i could get down to 145 which would make me happy but the end goal that i have is 120-125 which is my weight that i was at when i started college in 2007 and would mean that i could get in my High school senior prom dress. so yea i have high hopes but im not gonna give up till i see what i look like at 145 and based on that and what my BMI is will determine if i continue to what my goal is or if i settle to maintain a weight that i would be so so ok with. though if i get down to my 136 i was at start of my second trimester when i was pregnant with DD i would be happy there too because i was thin and toned and looked really good even though i had a slight pooch in my tummy but that was from DD so yea i could probably be happy anywhere between 120 and 145 and DW doesnt want me at my ultimate goal because she worries that ill look anorexic at 110 to 115 so yea but i can understand that and will be happy with 120 if i am as toned as i envision me looking.

ok im gonna quit rambling and get to work on school stuff. TTYL

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Good to see you Ali. Spring weather here too, but lots of rain. Got a break yesterday and walked around the block. Ds got a bloody nose so we had to cut it to just once around. But then we did push ups and pull ups. (he did the pull ups on the molding around the archway.) And he's figured out how to pull the basketball hoop down and let it pull him back up. It's funny to watch. You know what I miss? The old school style bars on the playgrounds. I can't think of a single playground in my area that has the bars for pull ups, climbing or the double/parallel bars. All are great for workouts.

Best wishes for a calm brunch on Friday. Just be aware of what it is they do that makes you stress and blow it off or confront them on it. The latter usually nips the behavior. Have fun. :)

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Morning.

Hope you all are having a blessed week. I feel like I am just running. We finally have sunshine this week so I have been able to enjoy some time outdoors. Its been great.

My dd play is this weekend so that has kept me busy all week. I also invited some friends over for Friday for a going a way brunch for another friend. Pray for me. I am in a situation where a couple of these ladies tend to stress me. I am not sure why I did this.

Hope you all are seeing sunshine,

Happy Thursday,
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Morning,

Wow, it has been a while again. We have been so busy, trying to help my ds, prom for my ds and dd, and my dd getting ready for the drama club play. Fun, but busy times. We have had rain for over 7 days, we need some sunshine!

Yes, I watch the cooking shows and like to cook some of the stuff. My favorite thing is to try to make it healthier and simpler with ingredients that are natural as possible. We do a lot of baking instead of frying for example. My ds loves for me to batter zucchini with this goat cheese we get, garlic powder, salt and pamela's baking mix (mixture of rice,almond and so on flour) and bake for a snack or side dish. I would love to hear any suggestions you all have. My ds does not eat grains right now so it is hard to find much for him. We do not use cow's milk, gluten, wheat or many processed foods. We will have some goat cheese sometimes.

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no problem for other recipes of my grandmothers look for my screen name in the recipe section of the site. i have her green bean casserole and a few others typed up. I'm slowly working on getting them entered in the spark program lol and they have approximate servings because my grandmother likes to think she has to cook for an army at times so yea its tricky to input everything into the program.

again your welcome it was not a problem and hope you enjoy it for dinner soon the good ole southern way LOL. yea my family is originally from the south so its all got lots of southern flare to it.

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Thank you! I knew it was possible to make this without a pressure cooker. LOL Sure do appreciate it. And it sounds like your grandma's recipe is like Alton Brown's mom's recipe. emoticon

Thank you again.

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get chicken leg quarters about 3 or 4 and remove skin then boil them in a pot of water till they are done. then use tongs and take them out and save the liquid to use as broth for making dumplings. shread and debone the chicken after it cools to a point that they can be handled and place chicken meat in a deep fry pan with about 4 cups of broth from boiling then add about 2 cans of swanson chicken broth. heat to a low boil then turn to medium heat and ad a four pack of small cans of biscuts that you pull apart and pinch about the size of your finger tip off of the biscuts these will make your dumplings. keep them stirred so that they dont stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. once you get all the dumplings in the pan stir and let cook till the dumplings aren't raw about another 15 mins after completing adding the dumplings. don't forget to salt and pepper to taste.

the above is how my grandmother makes chicken and dumplings and they are delicious. times and amounts are approximate because she isn't here at the moment to ask how she makes them so its by memory of watching. hope this helps.

yes cooking shows are very tempting especially Alton Brown's Good Eats. food network and cooking channel are very tempting to recreate a lot of the time.

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Does anyone ever watch cooking shows and just want to make everything on it? That just happened when I watched an Alton Brown Good Eats show. LOL But I don't have a pressure cooker....
anyone have a great chicken dumpling recipe that doesn't need a pressure cooker?

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Hello Everyone~

The weather this week was warm but mostly raining. Now the sun is out, but it's chilly. I know it's spring it feels as though the grass is needing to be mowed twice in one week already.

Went house/farm hunting last week and that was time consuming. Ds had to play catch-up and do two days in one or give up his birthday as a day off. (that was obviously a no brainer) It's coming up soon.

last week we were able to spend some time on a large piece of property and ds had such a fun time. There were peacocks and dogs, a creek and a river with frogs and snapping turtles. He wants me to buy that property. lol

Hope everyone is doing well.

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I take back what i said about using k12.com after reading this article and strongly encourage other parents to take this article into consideration before choosing to go with k12.com.

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/10/1225
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s-fleece-taxpayers-phantom-students-and-faili

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hope everyone had a blessed Easter.
A friend sent me a bunch of pictures with saying in regards to Easter and one that really had me laughing was
silly rabbit, Easter is for Jesus.
(reminded me of the Trix commercial Silly rabbit, trix is for kids)

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Thank you for sharing Ali. I think I'll be putting it to use as well.

So sorry to hear about your ds. :( Continued prayers.

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Thanks Ali. I added it to my list of curriculum that ill be using. and the paid package is affordable too so thats another plus.

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Morning,

I used BigIQkids spelling with my dd because of her type of learning, however it was in addition to her spelling book. This helped her with her computer skills and gave her some independent time, which we both needed. We used our own spelling words, but they provide list also. It is spelling and vocabulary. This, I think is a free program. Just a suggestion if you are looking for something online.

Well my ds improvement is gone and I am prayerful. Not sure what happened, but he is back to the way he was. Please pray for him if you can.

Hope everyone has a blessed.

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It's true that some learn by repetition, but I know some would be bored by that. Some learn by doing and by doing it may take only once.
But it sounds like you have it all worked out.
I found another website you might like:
www.thehomeschoolmom.com/start-here/

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I can see where its memorization because even after a while ABCmouse gets to a memorization style pattern too which is good because we all learn best by repetition. I plan on using books and such alongside abcmouse and time4learning starting in august so there will be other things to learn from to diversify her learning through multiple techniques. i dont think ill be using abecka but AOP is on the list of ones that I'm considering getting lesson books from.

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ah! Those two I have feedback on. :)

I've heard time4learning was too easy, (more memorization of the testing than learning)
and personally my child and I enjoy sonlight. It's challenging and has very good curriculum. The schedule can be followed or changed as needed. So a year can last longer. (I've heard this is done quite often) or can be sped up, depending on the child.

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anyone got feedback about time4learning.com

I think i really will use this as a base to her homeschool curriculum and then add textbooks and workbook curriculum to that to enhance what she might need extra work with.

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does anyone have a POV on Sonlight Curriculum?

http://www.sonlight.com

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Personally I know Horizons Math with AOP (alpha omega publications) has a little bit of Bible verses and Life Pac has very little Christian information included. I don't have any idea about Abeka.
I wouldn't begin to know about pagan curriculum other than public school curriculum. Perhaps googling pagan homeschooling could be a start?

When I was first making a decision I borrowed a homeschool book from the library, got suggestions on various curriculum and called the companies and talked to them. Alpha Omega sent me samples, (probably available online now, but wasn't then), and that was what helped me decided. I was able to put two examples in front of my child and let the child help in the decision making. Obviously I wanted to work with a company that is a pleasure to work with.

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yes the link you provided will definitely help lead me in producing appropriate curriculum for her. Thanks for the source.

where i am getting some of the sites is from an arkansased.gov list that i am assuming is approved curriculum sources for the state. the site is http://www.arkansased.gov/public/userfiles
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e%20School/Home%20School-Division%20of
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the one major question i have is when it comes to using alpha omega and abecka do all the lesson books have bible related content or just the bible lesson books because though i was raised and know a lot about Christianity my household is pagan and my DW has said that there is a way to get our hands on pagan specific curriculum but i dont know where to start to look for it and i kinda like the organization to alpha omega and abecka but dont want to be buried in tons of Christianity based lessons. could someone that uses them give me a deeper glimpse into them so that i know what im looking at when i start making my decisions on the curriculum.

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The sites you listed I'm not familiar with, but I did take the time to look them up. One of the sites; the learning link, has a lot of homeschool curriculum you can buy from the company themselves if you choose. It's been my experience that buying directly is cheaper.

There's no right direction someone can lead you towards. You know your child better than anyone and you know her progress. Just enjoy the process and each step. If you find that it helps you to know scope and sequence of what is being taught in first grade as a gauge you can find that online. I do that with my child. I actually used east coast states because the scope and sequence was more advanced, but now that common core has come into the picture a generalization might be better. I sometimes use private school guides as well.

For instance:
www.scholastic.com/parents/resources
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rticle/what-to-expect-grade/preparinR>g-1st-grade

this link shows what to expect first graders to learn. Is this the type of information you're looking for?

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just got off the phone with the school district that im moving into and found out for a fact that i dont have to worry about homeschool paperwork till she is done with abcMouse so now i have about 2 years to some kindergarten and 1st grade curriculum so that ill be prepared to fill out the paperwork. I am thinking that within the next few months before the 2015-16 school year begins im going to get some preschool curriculm to use alongside ABCmouse. any one got suggestions of what to start with?

I am considering getting her the math wrap ups for prek intto K work unless ABCmouse shows that they are going to start basic math soon. http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Wrap-Ups-In
troductory-Math-Kit/dp/B008N19SII/ref=
sr_1_52?ie=UTF8&qid=1427816763&sr=8-52
&keywords=preschool+homeschool+curriculum+kit

I am also thinking about finding a lamination machine and taking sharpies and consturcton paper to make little grouping lessons to help with her counting and basic addition from 1+1 up to her 10+10 tables to start and using, http://www.amazon.com/ETA-hand2mind-Plasti
c-Blocks-Classroom/dp/B008N18SJI/ref=s
r_1_107?ie=UTF8&qid=1427817148&sr=8-10
7&keywords=preschool+homeschool+curriculum+kit I remember using these base ten blocks in 6th grade and if i could use them then for complex tables surely under close supervision she can use them for the basics.

and lastly im thinking of getting this bear work stuff that helps with fine motor coordination colors and sorting and patterns. http://www.amazon.com/Activity-Montessori-
Materials-Preschool-Kindergarten/dp/B0
0SKA2XGQ/ref=sr_1_97?ie=UTF8&qid=14278
17440&sr=8-97&keywords=preschool+homes
chool+curriculum+kit

a few other small things i'm considering are things for coloring and handwriting basics since she is showing interest in the tracing activities on abcmouse for words and shapes.

am i headed in the right direction for getting her started and working toward the preparation goal of being totally ready to hopefully start 1st grade in 2 years based on the trends and interests she is showing by her choice of lessons to work on in ABCmouse?

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any one use Moore homeschooling? http://www.moorefoundation.com

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