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post #221 of 313
Ooh, we had a restaurant like that in Boulder! Healthy (relatively fast) food and an AWESOME play area! It was called Playgrounds. Sadly, it went out of business.

I hope to use our Wii Fit this winter. Also a mini trampoline has worked out great! For just $35, we all have been using it and getting some exercise in everyday.
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Checking in and re-intro

Hi...I am sure I've done an intro in the past, but a while ago:

I'm Chandra, mom to 8 yo dd and 5 yo ds. We began hs'ing while we were living in India a year and a half ago. Now, we're back in the states and keeping at it. We are eclectic, child-led and unschoolish but sometimes parent-led (my kids ask for that and my dd is way into "school-y" things at the moment). We're doing kindy and third grade if I have to label it...We were totally unschooled all summer and are starting back up with the rest this Tuesday.

In the past, we used Oak Meadow as our backbone (very loosely) and inspiration. We slowly worked on the kindy OM last year when my ds wanted to "do school" like his sister but ultimately, he was bored by the "letter of the week" approach. We will continue to use the kindy (and 2nd grade) OM for project ideas and reading fairy tales but again, loosely (even more so than last year...more as a resource). We did a similar approach w/the 2nd grade OM, which my dd loved when we did it.

My kids LOVE history and we will continue working w/ History Odyssey Level 1 ancients. We take a long time with each section...reading extra books, making up our own projects and the kids incorporate the history into their imaginative play...it's awesome.

Friends gave us the Moving Beyond the Page 7-9 curriculum, so we will use some of those units (DD reads at a 6th grade level and is a serious book worm). I think DD will like this one...though we will probably keep the Main Lesson book from OM idea and do the work in those, rather than on the MBTP worksheets. Also Mad Libs and we occasionally work from "Primary Language Lessons"

Right Start math for dd.

"Games for math" and collected math games for DS. I have Right Start Level A but I don't think he's ready for that structure...

Science: Loads of books!! We tried NOEO science (biology 1)last year and were kind of bored with it... There is nothing wrong with the curriculum...it just wasn't a pull, so we skipped alot of it. I do like the book selection, though.

We are going to do the nature studies from handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com and my kids want to learn more about animals (dd wants to be a vet) and the solar system... Our big purchase was the Brock Magiscope and it is SO great...the kids have had it outside every single day since it arrived last week, studying all kinds of things.

We're going to learn about Darwin, this year. And DS is big into dinosaurs. We'll also do a monthly program at a local nature center with other holistic eclectic and unschoolers we are in a group with.

We love art around here and we're going to try the Artistic Pursuits curriculum, one day a week. DD studied art with an artist friend of ours in India last year and she really misses learning about different works of art and art techniques.

DD and I did French together last year until a french expat we knew offered to teach her and her pal french. We will pick our together studies back up and include ds as he wishes.

DS is excited about being a real "kindy" this year! I picked up some new story books, a basic lego set, we made new playdough and art supplies. He loves building with his plank blocks. And he is proud that this is "his" school stuff as he mostly just followed us along last year when he felt like it. He likes Reading Eggs on line and is beginning to sound out certain letter sounds...we have the BOB books and he started the "Get Ready, Get Set and Go" for the Code workbooks this summer and loves to work on those at the moment.

We loaded up on games at a sale this summer and plan to have game day every Friday : (or a field trip) That's also our normal "Chew and View" night with homemade pizza...so we are all looking forward to our Fridays!

DS is doing community soccer this fall and DD a year long ballet/tap performing arts program (the homeschool dance classes didn't fill enough but she's sort of okay with it, because she decided she wants to be in the end of year recital). We are limiting signing up for lots of longer term classes and joining in when we feel like it with a variety of one-day offerings that pop up around here.

Gosh, I just re-read my post and it sounds like a lot...but that's how we roll We work with what works and toss the rest as we go along. Another influence on our year will be the fact the my Dad (Grandad to the kids) is dying from liver cancer. People keep insisting that I should put the kids back in school because it would be "easier" for me but I think that's nuts...the rhythm of being with my kids and working together is very grounding and we can take any breaks we need, when we need them plus, DD and DS can spend as much time with my Dad as they wish without messing up anyone's attendance records!!

anyway...great thread...it's so fun to read about what everyone is doing

Chandra
mama to G(8) and O(5)
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I understand not being able to afford more classes/activities! DS is only signed up for gymnastics for a month because who knows if we'll have the $ next month?!!

Is McDonald's Playland considered PE? Actually, the one in this town is pretty ok. We used to go to a Boys and Girls club open-gym time for toddlers in the winter. We could bring trikes and balls and basically let 'em run wild for an hour or two. That was free and I'm not sure who arranged it. I think the town's family resource center. We have an indoor community pool here and we can get a punch pass for $30 that allows me and the 2 kids to go 8 times. Anyway, anyone have any other ideas for winter PE activities that don't break the bank?
The Parks and Rec Department through our city has a scholarship, which DD qualifies for as we are (now) a single income family. It was very non-invasive to apply for it, they just asked for a recent pay stub from my husband and nothing else.

The scholarship is good for a year, and we only have to pay 30% of her activity fees, which actually makes the costs quite reasonable.

Anyways, just thought I'd mention it, as I imagine that other cities have similar activity programs with scholarships, something to look into if you're interested.
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That's exactly what I did with ds's phonics program. I'm required to do some sort of phonics curriculum, but I couldn't decide. Ds is already reading a bit on his own (beginning reader type stuff and several sight words that I had no idea that he knew). I ended up getting Phonics Pathways, a very bare-bones program, and Sing, Spell, Read, Write, chock full of bells and whistles. I keep waffling between the two.:
Waffle Waffle!! :
post #225 of 313
Dang. Now I want waffles for lunch.

I wish I knew something about computers!!! I STILL cannot post on the Calvert website. I upgraded my browser but still, it's not working. It's driving me nuts.
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I decided to buy the Song School Latin - I am so impatient (though in my defense, I searched here and the WTM forums and read all I could find, plus I posted a thread here ). I am excited and I think the boys will enjoy it.

May I just say again how much my middle son is driving me nuts. I love him to pieces. But, it is almost as if he got something at my ILs because he's been a live wire ever since they spent the night last week. I don't know what it could have been - I need to get him in epsom salt baths daily, but at least he's getting his BrainChild vitamins daily to help his little system. But, it's like oppositional-defiant boy is visiting for a while and I'm waiting for my less-ODD boy to return. Maybe today will be better. Until then, I think Rescue Remedy is my friend (for me! )

Another observation I've had is I can't believe how much we get done now! I've been getting up just shortly after dh and getting ready. The boys have been going to be at 9pm, so they are up by 8am at the latest. We start slowly, but still seem to start our days hs'ing by 9:30 and by lunch have covered most all subjects. I love it, but realize if we are going to continue this trend, I need plans for out of the house most afternoons as I get bored and the days get long (esp. with dh not getting home until 6:15'ish most evenings ). Today my mom should be coming over to hang out, so that will help. But, man, by 3:30 or so, I'm toast and ready for a break (or a nap!).

Oh, and I think I've mentioned we've started studying birds - it just flowed naturally from reading the Burgess Bird Book for Children. So, the last couple days I've been reading a book called What is a Bird? and we've been flipping through a bird guide I picked up at the library and looking at one that was my dad's of local birds of our area. Well, last night the boys were sitting on the porch and I was walking past the open door. We all heard a bird call that was very different from what we are used to (most of what we hear are the crows and occassionally the sparrows or pigeons). We all went out and stood under our tree and saw a bird we'd never seen before. I got a picture of its back and tail (not very good) and I noticed that the tail was gray and black striped. The bird suddenly flew from our tree to one across the street and I swore it looked like a small hawk, but thought there was no way it was one as those usually stay in the park a mile or so away.

I went in and found the local bird guide and sure enough, we had a Sharp-shinned Hawk in our tree. We were all so excited. After it flew away (first it flew to a telephone pole and then flew overhead a little bit before going too far for us to see), we came inside, listened to the call on-line and found some more pictures. The boys thought it was the coolest thing.
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Oh, and I think I've mentioned we've started studying birds - it just flowed naturally from reading the Burgess Bird Book for Children.
Oooh! I love all the Thornton Burgess books! I remember reading my father's books when I was a little girl.

DH took the kids up to my folks for a few days to give me a little breather and to do some planning and organization around the house. I don't seem to get very much done when the dc's are around. I took all my little sticky notes and pieces of paper and combined them into resource lists on my computer. That was a huge job, but now when I come across something interesting, I can just copy and paste. Next I'm on to some meal planning tasks...

My dad took the kids to the Natural Wildlife Museum and the local newspaper printing press to watch it in action -- so I've put it down on our list of field trips for this year. I'm hoping they do something fun today so I can add it to the list!
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I decided to buy the Song School Latin - I am so impatient (though in my defense, I searched here and the WTM forums and read all I could find, plus I posted a thread here ). I am excited and I think the boys will enjoy it.

May I just say again how much my middle son is driving me nuts. I love him to pieces. But, it is almost as if he got something at my ILs because he's been a live wire ever since they spent the night last week. I don't know what it could have been - I need to get him in epsom salt baths daily, but at least he's getting his BrainChild vitamins daily to help his little system. But, it's like oppositional-defiant boy is visiting for a while and I'm waiting for my less-ODD boy to return. Maybe today will be better.
First, I'm interested to see how you like Song School Latin. We are committed to Spanish and ASL at least for this year (and probably 2nd grade-that way I'd feel like she got a pretty in-depth experience), but I do want to move toward a more classical Latin/Greek based curriculum starting around 3rd grade (assuming we're still HSing then, I hope!). I'm currently taking Ancient Greek at my college, and I really like it a lot They offer Classical Latin next Fall, so I'd like to take that as well, giving me a foundation before I introduce it to her. Check out these Amazon books I want them. I don't know if the fairy tales in Latin popped up, but I want that, too.

Second, I totally feel you on "who is this ODD kid". At the end of public school K, she fit all of the signs for ODD, and I'm sure we could've gotten a diagnosis at that time. I wanted to cry; parenting with her was so hard! We are really trying more positive parenting and giving her more control in her world, along with the dietary oils supplementation. She's coming around. I just wanted to give you a to let you know that there's light at the end of the tunnel. Does it seem like it goes in peaks and waves with your LO? sure does with ours.
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First, I'm interested to see how you like Song School Latin. We are committed to Spanish and ASL at least for this year (and probably 2nd grade-that way I'd feel like she got a pretty in-depth experience), but I do want to move toward a more classical Latin/Greek based curriculum starting around 3rd grade (assuming we're still HSing then, I hope!). I'm currently taking Ancient Greek at my college, and I really like it a lot They offer Classical Latin next Fall, so I'd like to take that as well, giving me a foundation before I introduce it to her. Check out these Amazon books I want them. I don't know if the fairy tales in Latin popped up, but I want that, too.
Ooo ... I had seen those books on another site for more money. I might have to pick them up after we get some Latin under our belts. You have also inspired me to check the local college and see if they offer Classical Latin - I would love to take a class.
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Second, I totally feel you on "who is this ODD kid". At the end of public school K, she fit all of the signs for ODD, and I'm sure we could've gotten a diagnosis at that time. I wanted to cry; parenting with her was so hard! We are really trying more positive parenting and giving her more control in her world, along with the dietary oils supplementation. She's coming around. I just wanted to give you a to let you know that there's light at the end of the tunnel. Does it seem like it goes in peaks and waves with your LO? sure does with ours.
Thank you for the support. I feel like there are days he can be Dr. Jeckel/Mr. Hyde. He can be the sweetest, most cooperative little guy. And then something goes off in his head and he's aggressive and defiant. I haven't yet fully figured out if there are definitive triggers or not (working on that). I do plan on restarting fish oil/CLO with us all, and I do think it helps calms his system. It's nice to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks!
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Does anyone use a Waldorf style block system? Working on one main theme for a couple weeks or more and then going to something else?

We have been alternating 2 wks of math (with short literacy activity every day) with 2 wks of literacy (with short math activity daily), and on paper---we should still "get through" everything in a regular year.

I'm just wondering if anyone's BTDT because even tho it makes sense to me to take a break from focusing on one then the other and allow the new information to sink in....I don't know, even though I've done our planning for months ahead, I'm feeling wishy washy.

Someone on the HS thread said that if you commit to any program, it will "work" and that it's the switching around all the time that causes distress, so I'm just trying to commit to one method at least until mid-school year and then re-evaluate.
I tried doing blocks with History and Science only.

I didn't want to do this with Math because CherryPie needs to do Math everyday or she will literally forget concepts. KiwiBoy, on the other hand, loves Math! That's why he does it everyday.

We also couldn't do this with Literature Arts because of reasons along the same lines.

With History and Science, doing blocks didn't work out because the kids wanted to do both. When we were working on History for several days in a row, they would talk about what we were going to study next in Science. Then when we were doing Science, they were anxious for History. So it didn't really work.

Now, this is what we are trying to do:
Monday -- World History
Tuesday -- Life Science or Physical Science (we are doing these in blocks)
Wednesday -- World History
Thursday -- Life Science or Physical Science
Friday -- US History

HTH!
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Oh, and I think I've mentioned we've started studying birds - it just flowed naturally from reading the Burgess Bird Book for Children. So, the last couple days I've been reading a book called What is a Bird? and we've been flipping through a bird guide I picked up at the library and looking at one that was my dad's of local birds of our area. Well, last night the boys were sitting on the porch and I was walking past the open door. We all heard a bird call that was very different from what we are used to (most of what we hear are the crows and occassionally the sparrows or pigeons). We all went out and stood under our tree and saw a bird we'd never seen before. I got a picture of its back and tail (not very good) and I noticed that the tail was gray and black striped. The bird suddenly flew from our tree to one across the street and I swore it looked like a small hawk, but thought there was no way it was one as those usually stay in the park a mile or so away.

I went in and found the local bird guide and sure enough, we had a Sharp-shinned Hawk in our tree. We were all so excited. After it flew away (first it flew to a telephone pole and then flew overhead a little bit before going too far for us to see), we came inside, listened to the call on-line and found some more pictures. The boys thought it was the coolest thing.
I just love kids-encounter-nature stories. Thanks for sharing this one. My kids just love birds. I think I'll have to check out that Burgess Bird Book.

Okay, so we've had a big week. We began kindergarten, started a homeschool routine, made a 6-hour trip to Legoland, and celebrated my ds's 5th birthday. We are all totally out of kilter. I'm ready for to settle down into an easy routine!!

My just-turned-2yo has always been a handful, and I was really worried about trying to homeschool with her around. She definitely makes things more challenging, but I've realized that if I just include her in the activities that I've planned, things go more smoothly. I'm even thinking of planning some craft activities that are more suitable for her, but tying them into ds's FIAR work or kindergarten work. Ds isn't wild about arts and crafts, but he seems to like showing his kid sister how to do her work. I'm still trying to sort this all out in my head.
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Hi all!

Been lurking here and reading off and on. We are definitely eclectic. I like so many things from Montessori, Waldorf, classical, but I do feel like my oldest is getting to an age where he needs some consistency. He's 10. So I want to start routines that we carry through from year to year.

I also want to start Latin with him this year. I think he'd really like it, because he's very into knowing where and how words originated. But, I'd love it if I could do something that both he and my 5 yo could be involved. It is so much easier when we do things they can both be involved in at their own level.

Please let us know how you like Song School Latin. I was considering getting Minimus, but it is SO expensive. However, I have had NO Latin, so I will need something that is totally fool-proof for my end of it. Had many years of French and Spanish, but no Latin at all. I guess I'm off to re-read Latin threads!
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Hi all!

Been lurking here and reading off and on. We are definitely eclectic. I like so many things from Montessori, Waldorf, classical, but I do feel like my oldest is getting to an age where he needs some consistency. He's 10. So I want to start routines that we carry through from year to year.

I also want to start Latin with him this year. I think he'd really like it, because he's very into knowing where and how words originated. But, I'd love it if I could do something that both he and my 5 yo could be involved. It is so much easier when we do things they can both be involved in at their own level.

Please let us know how you like Song School Latin. I was considering getting Minimus, but it is SO expensive. However, I have had NO Latin, so I will need something that is totally fool-proof for my end of it. Had many years of French and Spanish, but no Latin at all. I guess I'm off to re-read Latin threads!
I will definitely report in on Song School Latin. Can I admit there is a part of me that wishes Monday wasn't a holiday even though dh is home for the day just to help speed up the shipping by a day? On the Minimus, I did not buy the teacher's guide - way too expensive. I have the book and the CD (the CD is awesome, in my opinion, for those of us with no Latin background because it helps with pronunciation; I had no idea "v" is pronounced like "w"!). I did find this lesson plan for Minimus on someone's blog that looks like it might be good to go along with the text.
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Hi, momofmine!!! I loved Prima Latinae when I was a kid, and you don't need any prior Latin experience at all for it.

As for me, now all we are waiting for is the math curriculum . . . we will be starting school in a couple weeks!
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OK, I finally caught up with the thread… whew! And there are so many things I want to respond to! I'm going to have to write several different posts!

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I do sometimes wonder since we started homeschooling at the very beginning if my kids will ever want to go to school. It seems like there's two homeschool camps - the kids who tired it and didn't succeed AT school for whatever reason and those who never went. What's the mix here?
Both of my kiddos started their “schooling” in out-of-the-home-school.

CherryPie started going to a private preschool when she was 4. She went there for 2 years. She loved it and so did we. At that time, whenever I brought up homeschooling (just for discussion sake because I was really interested in it), PeachyPapa would quickly dismiss it. But CherryPie made some great friends there and the teachers were really great!

She was supposed to start K at this private school, but it was a small school and they only had two K teachers, and we happened to get the one that not many parents liked. We went to the orientation to meet with the teacher and instantly decided CherryPie would not be attending that year.

We sent her to a public school that was very highly regarded and we loved her teacher there. Her teacher tried to make learning fun (as fun as it could be within the guidelines of the DOE, that is).

Then we moved to Colorado and tried a few different schools there as well. Unfortunately, PeachyPapa still wasn’t on board with homeschooling so I was “forced” to enroll her directly after moving. First she went to a public school that we were not at all happy with. I can’t remember how long she spent there, but it wasn’t very long at all. Then we sent her to another private school.

At this time, I had to start working to pay for the school, which meant we also had to start paying for before school care and after-school care. And we also had to put KiwiBoy in preschool/daycare (because at the time, he didn’t attend anything… but more on that later).

For some reason, I can’t really remember why, we started to dislike this private school. I think it was the atmosphere and feeling the need to be popular with the other parents, etc.

So we removed her from that school and sent her to a Montessori school… which she did enjoy, but PeachyPapa and I really disliked the teachers. Unfortunately it was one of those nightmare Montessori schools that one might read about on the Montessori board here at MDC.

PeachyPapa still wasn’t on board for homeschooling, so we sent her to another public school that we enjoyed and so did she. Her teacher seemed to genuinely want to help her with her “problems” that were not yet diagnosed. She spent a year and a half there, about halfway through 3rd grade until finally I found the MDC homeschooling board, found articles and great books, and was able to convince PeachyPapa to homeschool! : We started our homeschooling journey in Colorado, but very soon after, ended up moving back to California to be closer to family.

KiwiBoy went to the same preschool that CherryPie went to for about 4 months before we decided to move to Colorado. Once we moved to CO, he didn’t attend any school until I had to go back to work to pay for CherryPie’s school. At that time he went to one of those franchise preschools/daycare. Then he went to Montessori school when CherryPie went there. Then we pulled them both out and I stopped working because, even though I worked as a nurse, our income just couldn’t pay for the schools and daycare. Also, I genuinely missed being with my kids all day. Most of the time, we wouldn’t get home until 6:30… sometimes I didn’t get home until 8:00 pm (because that’s what nurses hours are like) and I would get home and the kids would be in bed. I didn’t want a life like that.

So finally we decided to homeschool and here we are!! :
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She went for a year (K), and honestly, I felt like we barely made it through! I hope she never wants to go to school again. If she wants to go, I'll try to delay at least until middle school But really, middle school is the worst! So my plan is just to keep her really busy during back-to-school time every year and next thing you know, we're homeschooling another year!

We homeschool/unschooled "pre-school" and she was rockin! Not to brag or use the "g" word, but she was extremely well prepared (ahead of the K ending standards) for beginning "formal" academics. Then (because I was at the chaotic end of my own demanding degree program), she attended a wonderful play-based Pre-K on the campus of my school, and after that I just "went with the flow" and didn't question sending her to Public K. Her monstrous K teacher just sucked all her confidence and took the play aspect OUT of learning. We hated the whole experience and felt less connected as a family than we'd ever been before.

I could pretty much see her confidence, creativity, love of learning, and respect for herself and others diminishing daily. It was so hard to watch her struggle through K and feel like my hands were tied. I couldn't just "drop out" in the last few months of my own school, so we rode it out.

There were some positive things that came from K (she did make a lot of friends), but overall, it was an extremely difficult time for our family. I remember having a conversation in an Arts Administration class about preserving creativity in children and just having this epiphany: get her out of there!

So we knew we'd be hs-ing 1st grade about half-way through the K year, but our situation wouldn't allow it until then. We made it thru the year and joyously were accepted into a charter program through our public school district--they are very non-interfering (we do have to meet a consultant monthly and report, tho), and they reimburse us for her learning materials. I was set on HSing anyway, but I'm really glad we are a part of the charter--keeps the GPs off our backs (it's accredited) and allows us to purchase a lot more resources than we would otherwise be able to.

So we have had to "backtrack" and undo some of the knots formed in her during the year at K (which makes me kinda mad; I handed them a bright and well-adjusted child, and they gave me back a self-doubting, critical little girl) but it's going really well---she's coming back around! And I'm soooo glad that we made this decision!
I am so sorry your daughter (and you) had to go through such a bad K year. I hope she's bouncing back OK. : It's so good that kids are resilient.
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And what classes is everyone taking outside the home this year?
We haven't started our music classes yet because of problems getting a music teacher. But we plan on putting KiwiBoy in trumpet lessons and CherryPie in guitar lessons.

In the Spring/Summer next year we will start up swim team again for KiwiBoy.

Also, next year we hope to be able to put CherryPie back into horseback riding lessons.

CherryPie is taking pottery classes 2x a month.

Both kiddos are in a Martial Arts class for now. We are just starting, so we'll see how that goes.

In October we can sign up for 4H! Which I am really excited about. We always seem to have really busy Octobers so I can never sign them up in time. Last year, we moved to current home. The year before that we moved back to California from Colorado...

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Huh. I just read through the thread and now I'm wondering why I never posted in it before.


I just tell those who use that as an excuse for why we should use the school that they should have more kids - that way the school population will grow and they can feel all warm and fuzzy about supporting it.
It's great to have you here! I had to laugh out loud at that last bit!



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We did McDonald's gym yesterday. :
I got to read an entire magazine!!!
That totally counts as PE!
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***If I ever win the lottery, I'd like to start a chain of faster food organic & ethical food with playplaces for the kids. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could go to McD's and not be pissed about the chickens' indescribably horrible lives and/or the crap that's in the food?? What if kids' meals had a filet of fresh salmon and carrots and dip?****

OMG!!! I've always talked with my husband about that idea! And he always says Americans will never go for it...But I REALLY think it's a great idea!!!

That said, I confess to McDonald's PE just this morning. Then we went to a community fair with firetrucks and police cars and my head is soooo ringing with honking horns and sirens and "mommy, can I get a tattoo and another bag of candy??!!!!" AUGH!!!!

Ok, here's a question about "reading readiness". We've been doing the Ordinary Parent's Guide to Reading for 3 weeks now. And then a page of Explode the Code. I've gotten a few early readers for my DS, but he has NO desire to read anything! He has a lot of resistance to "new" things. Should I try something more "gimmicky" like Hooked On Phonics or should I just keep trudging along until his confidence is really up and he'll dive in? He's 5 BTW, this is Kindergarten. But he's known his letters and sounds since he was 3.

Sometimes I wonder if it's the PROCESS of reading that he struggles with. Like looking at the letters from left to right. Or concentrating long enough to read a whole sentence. I'm waiting for him to have a revelation of sorts. But he is just 5. Maybe I should just stop worrying about it?
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I am so sorry your daughter (and you) had to go through such a bad K year. I hope she's bouncing back OK. : It's so good that kids are resilient.
She is back and stronger than ever!

Thanks for your good wishes; I am so glad that we made this decision, and I hope that we never have to go back to the school system.
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Hi, momofmine!!! I loved Prima Latinae when I was a kid, and you don't need any prior Latin experience at all for it.

As for me, now all we are waiting for is the math curriculum . . . we will be starting school in a couple weeks!
Hey LTB!! Thanks so much for the recommendation! I had forgotten about that one too.

Which math curriculum are you doing? We have Right Start math, and I like the foundation that gives.
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