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Chrissy, Me!!  I've been HSing my 9-year-olds since K, but in our town there is a new Waldorf charter school opening this fall.  I applied on a total whim on the last possible day and my kids were admitted based on a lottery.  I've been on the fence about it for a while, but I'm just now really starting to warm up to the idea and have starting bringing my kids into the discussion.  They have been up and down about it as well, but we're all thinking it might be...
Amy, My bout of dyfunctional uterine bleeding happened  when I was doing a summer abroad in England - I must have been only 18.  Prior to that, my periods were always irregular and when I was in England, I ran out of the BCPs that I was using to control it and then bled so much that I needed a 6-pint transfusion and a D and C. What a frickin' nightmare! So I can definitely relate!  I wasn't diagnosed with PCOS until I was well into my 20s, probably because I have the...
I'm surprised that they didn't give you a D and C when you were admitted for a blood transfusion (I have been there too, right down to the transfusion, so I understand!) - yes, that is probably what you need to get the bleeding under control  Do you have a good OBGYN?
Kids can start 4-H when they are 8; under 8 they can be in a club called Cloverbuds.  We just started 4-H this year with our 2 8-year-old boys, and so far we love it.  Ours is expensive ($50 per kids per year) compared to others here, but on the county and regional level they offer all kinds of free workshops and festivals.    One of our main reasons for joining was that we had bought a small farm, and needed to get some agricultural know-how both for ourselves and...
I will!  I've gone through a million photos on the web, and they are either huge or tiny chicken tractors - very few in-betweens.  I may go with building two small triangular ark-style pens.  They seem so efficient, space-wise, that it may be cheaper in the long run in terms of materials.  For sure, they look easier to move.  I may post again to see if anyone uses these and how they like them . . . 
Total newbie here.  We've had chicks (15, mostly Red Stars) in a brooder for four days now, and we know that the countdown to building some kind of housing for them is well underway.  I am not liking the idea of a permanent chicken coop, as we have 13 acres of alfalfa that I would love to use to pasture them.  The structure would need to be both secure from predators and portable, with a built in chicken yard.  I've looked at the pictures on Katy's Chicken Tractor...
I also have 8-year-old twins (boys) - one has been reading for a couple of years, and the other is just now learning.  FWIW, I could tell early on that there was a big difference in their learning styles, with my later-reader having a very visual, right-brained orientation.  Having heard that the typical time for reading for a child like this is 8-10, I didn't push it until this year (but I've also had the familial pressure, and I feel your pain!).  And, he seemed ready...
I only used the K curriculum, and honestly I hardly remember it (my boys are in third grade now), but . . . .  I think that they didn't really care for the circle time that was such a big part of it, and I didn't really enjoy reading what I would consider to be contrived stories in the manual.  The first grade curriculum may be really different, I don't know.  But I would at least take a look at AO - when I saw the reading list for that, I knew that it was exactly what I...
I started with Oak Meadow, but even through we had used a Waldorf preschool, this curriculum really didn't resonate with us.   I was really casting around between K and first grade for something that I could use in an easygoing way, and when I started to look into the Charlotte Mason-inspired Ambleside Online curriculum, I just knew it was for us.  AO is overwhelming at first, but you can start just with getting a few books from the reading lists and then learn as you...
I had the pleasure of making corn tortillas with some Mayan farm women in Belize.  They had very little plastic in their traditional house, but they did use some plastic circles cut out of a heavy duty plastic bag to roll their tortillas between!
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