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Several of you mentioned setting up the independent work and doing the one-on-one time as age and child appropriate and moving between those  segments. I totally agree. And that's what we've more or less been doing. I guess the actual problem is the transitioning. So if I'm doing 1-on-1 with 6yo and 9yo finishes her subject and gets involved with play or art -- I have trouble getting her back to the table. Or while 1-0n-1 with 9yo the boys get involved playing together...
We've got 4, 3 of which are school age. (4th, 1st, and Pre-K). Here's the dilemma - last year I got them started together in the AM, then the younger boys would wander off and play while I did 1-on-1 with the oldest. THen I was running back and forth trying to lure them back to the action and get some more work/activities/games, etc going. Once the boys were playing they were hard to interact with. Then the eldest would finish the bulk of her stuff and wander off and I'd...
What lovely advice you have received and I do hope you are already on the right track -- a great nap always brings hope! I was wondering about "haven't introduced many carbs yet and not any meat" -- At 11 months I have always started a good bit of protein. With our 4th, now 14 mo. by 10-11 months we were also dealing with some really rough nights. We do cosleep and my DH was insistent that he thought baby was hungry and waking to nurse. I thought that was silly, I...
Well said Chamomile Girl -- great points   I wonder if there are 2 concerns here with the hyper-accelerated learning trend 1. is it good for educating children (does it work) 2. even if it does work does it have corollary issues of causing stress/overemphasis on scholastic achievement/ harm to the child?   I'd say I'm a product of such education-- I remember being "tracked" in high school and the college track meant AP classes and the like. It was important...
Oh you wise Mama's -- thank you. Yes, I do need to reiterate with her that life, school, responsibilities are not endlessly fun or as entertaining as television. Sometimes we just have to work.   I guess I had bought into a bit of the myth of homeschooling -- the self-motivated joyful learner myth. Maybe some kids are like that, maybe some of the time. But probably not all the time. Maybe my kids are just going to tolerate it and get it done quick enough to enjoy...
My DD has attended a homeschool co/op thing since kindergarten. So all she's known is 2 days a week with a small class and a teacher, and then me (and now brother) at home doing math, language arts, history 3 days a week. It's a great combo and she seems to thrive. But she is complaining a lot that she is not having fun. She mostly gets upset when she is challenged. I've been getting more and more basic with the curriculum thinking if she just felt confident enough she...
My understanding is similar to above - speed and fluidity -- but in addition there is the hand fatigue of pushing the pencil. Pulling a stroke downward is more efficient and easier on the hand than pushing the pencil up the page. It seems like nominal effort but most kids are pressing pretty hard in the early stages. So the rule is to teach everybody the 'right' way to do it early to eliminate the 'bad habits' of inefficient writing. I myself don't make a big fuss when...
Handwriting is one of the things I choose not to stress about. My kids love to draw and do crafts, so I figure they are developing their fine motor skills and such as we progress in other learning areas and handwriting will catch up. I try to make sure they know how to properly form the letters (stroke starts at the top, etc.) but I don't do lots of sheets. My dd is 8 and now doing very passable cursive. My ds is 6 and resists handwriting lessons ("I hate the alphabet"--...
  Okay, I'm 34, a mother of 4, and a fertile myrtle. We've used NFP for to avoid and to time conception for 10 years or so. I'm pretty comfortable with my cycle and I'm pretty textbook. 5 days of flow, about 2-3 days building up to 1-2 days ECM at day 14, then start my period at day 28-30.  So, now that we are Done Done and don't have that "it would be okay if we slipped up" safety net, how much risk is risky.  We are okay with condoms for unsafe days, learning about...
I am no expert but so close to PP I would think you are just seeing your hormones get back in order. While BF I typically have some tacky patches and consider it my "normal dry"  but that is well after about 8 weeks -- i just figured everything before that was still recovery.   hugs on bf 98% of the night...  :)
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