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I grew up in Detroit in the 70's and 80's a white girl in a sea of darker faces --I didn't know I was white until I was around 5 when I started kindergarten and noticed how different we all were. My parents met during the race riots after MLK jr's assassination. We grew up talking and reading --discussing things we read and learning about each other. I think difficult books are tough for kids when we don't take time to talk about them --Ingall-Wilder's books give great...
Our DD just turned 10 her feet are in that super growth stage. We live 30 minutes from town and the resale shops. I feel like I cannot keep her in shoes -and then last week we went nuts, I was desperate to help her deal with the no shoes situation: every where we went there seemed to be none in her size --none in the big sizes for kids and none in the small sizes for adults. And then when we realized that the difference between pricing for new adult shoes is on average...
What was the link supposed to explain? I am very curious about the difference too. Basically I wonder if purchasing a little at a time is good --if it works as well. We have our hearts set on starting languages with French, moving on to Spanish and then we dream of adding other languages if the girls are into it... Anyone else tried this?
Gotta add... part of our decision was based on the fact that both DH and I had very different educations: me parochial/private through some college, he public through some college --and we were both left with scars and gaps in our education. And we live in a VERY supportive community!!
Brambly Hedge!! Great Stories --some are out of print, try your library! We loved Tomie DePaola (Strega Nona and Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, etc), he has SO many books and I never seemed to get tired of reading them (OVER AND OVER!) I've been following this blog --I like much of what she has to say: http://www.twentybyjenny.com/ here is her list for 4-7 (click here)
Guerilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education with or Without School by Grace Llewellyn and Amy Silver THIS BOOK IS A TREASURE... go get it now!! I have referred to it (hundreds of times), loaned it out (dozens of times) it is worth its weight in gold. Good for home schoolers, unschoolers and schoolers alike... it gives POWER to the parents! I will come back with my other two... I am a bibliophile, it is a hard thing to pick just three... except for that...
We are enormous fans of the library --and we have built a relationship over a course of years. I think the important part is being there. The situations with libraries in the US isn't good funding is way down and libraries are closing. Our local libraries love donations, their Friends Associations hold booksales and make good money for the library each year. We bring our librarians treats (organic oranges and chocolate at Christmas) we pay our fines and we are...
I say follow your heart. We planned to home school from day one. And it has been amazing. There are so many movements and studies that explain that its good to hold off on school and let kids "play" and kids longer --many say until 7 --that was the original reason for kindergarten (I just read a new article yesterday) kindergarten (children's garden) was supposed to give kids more time to be kids and play outside!! I will try to find the article --I cannot remember...
We are a long time Mothering Family and I cannot believe I haven't posted about our homeschooling project here... ...And so now we invite you to The Books for Walls Project. We started it to introduce the internet, by way of book LOVE, to the homeschooled girlies in the house... but what happened morphed into an amazing adventure --taking us all the way to the Antarctic and to the Seychelles and to the International Space Station!! Come play with us. Take a challenge,...
this is really helping me, thank you. dh just got over shingles and our out of pocket was over $3500. and i just feel pissed because all the medical care basically got us nowhere. buuuuuuuut that would be a different story if it was a broken bone or a heart condition, right? and i was in a car accident and thankfully was okay, but without our car insurance we'd have been in BIG trouble. so how much do YOU pay for medical bills and premiums? i don't want...
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