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Sounds like my 5.5 yo who is in kindergarten now, right down to refusing to step on the scale at the doctors office! I had to hold him and then reveal my own weight to subtract. How fun. They didn't do any testing for K entry, but we did have some developmental testing done on him. I called ahead and asked for some specific examples of what they'd be doing. I was surprised that he cooperated as well as he did, and I'm certain that giving him an explanantion...
There are lots of groups in the twin cities. Start with these and ask about your local area: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ECHO-MN/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hsadventures/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mnhomeschool/
I thought having two kids would be pretty much the same as having one. Ha! I thought it would get easier as they got older. Double Ha!
My kindergartener LOVES the Kumon workbooks. You can get some of them at Target, but more at a real bookstore. We also really enjoy the EPS Primary Phonics books http://www.epsbooks.com/dynamic/cata...eriesonly=357m
I do find that ignoring hitting works with my kids if they are hitting for a reaction or just because they are tired or hungry. If they are angry or frustrated, ignoring doesn't work so well. I have to address the underlying problem. In these cases, I also say something simple along the lines of "Don't hit me!" or "Hitting is not going to solve your problem." My kids are older (5 & 3). When they were 2, I was just as likely to put up my hand and turn it into a game of...
5 years 8 months. 3.5 years tandem. Lara
Is there a consequence for not logging the 100 hours? If so, does she understand it? Assuming there's no dire consequence (like failing the grade), I'd personally probably just keep filling in the zeros and drop any pressure. It takes two people to make a power struggle, KWIM? If she's advanced compared to her peers, who cares? I'm sure she's doing plenty of reading at school and "inadvertently" reading things around her at home and elsewhere. Does she still let...
Quote: Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife Did anyone mention chuck e cheese? gah. We probably go a couple times a year, for various reasons but it's not my idea of fun. I mean, I love to see my kids happy and shoving tokens into noisy machines and all, but I have to take 4 advil and drink the watery beer they sell to stay sane. Oh, I hate CEC, but my kids love it so much. I take them during the day when it's quieter and drink LOTS and LOTS...
Candyland and Yatzee make me want to poke my eyes out. Saturday morning activities: no way, no how. Luckily, I have boys, so the princess thing never comes up. Childrens music and childrens videos/movies/tv make me want to barf. Oh, and I am terrified to take my two non-swimmers to the crowded public pools. How do other moms do that? I guess I'm the weird mom who actually spends quite a bit of time playing ball with her kids. Philosophically, I have a...
I have a 5.5 yo with a similar inclination to hit me and I realized recently that I had made a mistake by making TOO big a deal over it. I think he really thought he had the power to hurt me or even overpower me. Well, he doesn't. So I changed my response. Now, if he's hitting me, I just restrain him and say something like, "I won't let you hit me." or "It's OK to be mad, but it's not OK to hit me." I REALLY work at not letting it escalate to yelling and consequences...
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