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Look at Hana's Suitcase: there is a book, movie, website, documentary. It is the true story of a Jewish family; the 2 children are sent to Theresienstadt, both parents are killed in Auschwitz. One of the children survives. The book is written for the age group that you are dealing with.
My 8 y.o.s entertain themselves for hours at a time now, but it is a learned skill. You might have a bit of pain during the learning process - it depends on your tolerance for hearing "I'm bored...".   How we got here: No TV - it just isn't on, and so they don't even think of asking to watch. We watch a movie together on Friday nights, that is about it. Lots of self-entertaining toys around - Lego, craft stuff, etc. Lots of books around They are allowed to do...
My 8 year old loves her Girl Gotch - boxer briefs for girls! Just what you are looking for I think. https://girlgotch.com/products/?c=85&g=253 They fit big, so if in doubt, order the smaller size. Also, the last time that I ordered I included a question about size in the comments section - and within hours received an email from the owner to discuss sizing. Great customer service!
A popular party around us is a "toonie party" ($2 for the nonCanadians!). Instead of a present, each child brings 2 toonies to give to the birthday child. The birthday child keeps one of the toonies, and then gets to buy themselves a present afterwards; the other toonie is donated to a charity/cause of the birthday child's choice. Every parent I know is happy to receive one of these invitations for their child!  The guests often put a lot of effort into making the...
We had the neighbourhood kids convinced that we really were going to call the babies A and B!
We have Natura wool comforters. I have washed them several times and they are fine. I do them in a front-loader with Kookaburra wool wash, then tumble dry without heat until mostly dry, then finish in sunshine.
Have a look at JUMP Math. It breaks every concept down into tiny little steps, and I think is a fabulous program. The story behind it is interesting too - developed by someone who struggled with math as a kid, went on to do a PhD in math, and became a novelist & playwright as well. Here is his story: http://jumpmath1.org/john_mighton   The program philosophy is here: http://jumpmath1.org/philosophy   You can order the workbooks from Amazon,...
My B/G twins are in grade 1 now. For preschool they were in the same classroom, as otherwise they would have been in separate preschools. Their preschool teacher felt they would be fine either together or apart in K. I didn't even consider separating them for K, as to do so would have meant one going mornings, the other afternoons. They were happy together, but quite independent of one another. One day in K I was volunteering in the classroom with a substitute teacher,...
Good timing on this post, I just sat down from hanging a load of washing! I line dry indoors all winter. I use one of those Ikea racks that someone posted a link to. One rack fits one machine load of laundry. The only thing about indoor drying is that I have room for only one rack, so I have to keep up with the laundry and do one load/day, otherwise we are overwhelmed with damp clothes. We have very dry air here, so things dry fast. 
I have just been through an email hacking episode, which made me realize that I needed a much better way of backing up my computer. I am using Backblaze, http://www.backblaze.com, which for $4/month continuously and automatically backs up my data, doing it all in the background whenever the computer is connected to the internet. It is idiotproof. I don't have to remember to do anything.   Another option is Dropbox, http://www.dropbox.com. You have to manually add the...
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