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what are you getting you degree in?
Curriculum and Instruction- i focus on educating teachers to be effective in cross cultural settings. But, I still have a 18 hours of course work to do before ieven get to the dissertation phase, so i don't know if i am going to transfer to Iowa State or just take the rest my coursework there and pay to have it accepted at West Virginia, were I was. I need to get up to Ames and meet people there and see what are my options. For now i am taking a single credit and skyping with my research subject. I haven't figured out what i will do in the fall.
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I was just thinking the other day that I had not heard anything from the Iowa mamas at MDC. That's because the other thread was from 2009 oops!

Glad someone started a new one.

I'm Ann and live between Marion and Mt Vernon out in the boonies. I have 4 kids ages 11,8,5,9mos. We homeschool too.

I'm one of the local La Leche League leaders in CR so want to invite you to the evening mtg at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Birth Baby and Beyond and/or the 3rd Friday of the month we meet at Thomas park in Marion at 10am for playtime and chat.

For anyone interested in homeschooling....a new secular group is meeting Tuesday, May 18 at 10am at the Marion Library conference room and sharing/discussing curriculum. The more the merrier!
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Curriculum and Instruction- i focus on educating teachers to be effective in cross cultural settings. But, I still have a 18 hours of course work to do before ieven get to the dissertation phase, so i don't know if i am going to transfer to Iowa State or just take the rest my coursework there and pay to have it accepted at West Virginia, were I was. I need to get up to Ames and meet people there and see what are my options. For now i am taking a single credit and skyping with my research subject. I haven't figured out what i will do in the fall.
Hey, I'm getting my PhD in education, too! Teaching & Learning, technically. LMK if you have Qs about Iowa's C&I program... it's one of the best in the nation (although if you're considering IA state that might not be very helpful...).
post #25 of 79
Yeah, we had someone in our faculty who get her doc from iowa, but its just too far... Ames is about a two hour trip on good weather for me, Iowa City would mean overnights and right now i don't feel that is a good option for my little family. I want to a yoga class tonight, and i came home after 1 1/2 hours as if i had been gone all day.
post #26 of 79
Welcome Ann :-)

So lets talk toys--does anyone feel the Waldorf type dolls are worth the $$? My girls love their plastic ones just fine, but I do so love the look of the cloth ones, like you can find on Etsy and NovaNatural...


Hope you're having a great weekend!
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Welcome Ann :-)

So lets talk toys--does anyone feel the Waldorf type dolls are worth the $$? My girls love their plastic ones just fine, but I do so love the look of the cloth ones, like you can find on Etsy and NovaNatural...
I hear raves about them. I just like cloth dolls because I can throw them in the washer when they get gross . I'm not sure what the difference/benefits are of the Waldorf style over others?
post #28 of 79
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Welcome Ann :-)

So lets talk toys--does anyone feel the Waldorf type dolls are worth the $$? My girls love their plastic ones just fine, but I do so love the look of the cloth ones, like you can find on Etsy and NovaNatural...


Hope you're having a great weekend!
Even though I loved the cloth dolls and a few of them, they never got played with. However, play silks were a huge hit. We have about 6 of them in different sizes/colors and they were capes, skirts, houses, grass, oceans, etc.

Wooden vehicles also never got played with. I guess they just couldn't compare to the bright colorful metal or plastic ones.

We did get a wooden doll stroller from Nova toys that we've had for 6 yrs that I love-totally worth the $45. It's sturdy, nice looking, and has pushed dolls, animals, dinos, etc.

We also had a nice wood broom and dustpan that is still used.

Same for wood food-lasts forever, kids like it and worth the extra money IMO.

The one thing we never got that I regret was the nice wood kitchen. They were $150+ and DH always said no way. But we had 2 cheapo ones over the yrs that sucked. We had a friend that had one of the nice wood ones from Nova and it lasted great, never broke, and the kids loved it. Even after they grow up it's something that could be passed down to grand kids because it would surely last that long.
post #29 of 79

Iowa City Docs

For those of you in the IC area, what doctors do you use? Who do you use for your kids? Do you like them? Do you know if they are selective/delayed and/or no-vax-friendly?

I think we may have to change docs for DS. He was seeing a FP at the UIHC southside clinic. She was allowing us to wait on vaxing (not happy about it, but allowing it) but now says the clinic is no longer allowing patients who are not up-to-date on vaxes. I don't want to quickly bring him up-to-date just to stay there. Plus, there were some (or maybe all, still not sure) that I was considering never doing, so it wouldn't work anyway.

Any help? Anyone in a similar situation & like their doc?
Thanks!!
post #30 of 79
Thanks for the toy input--it's always good to know what others think before spending the money.

Have you guys received your May Mothering yet? I haven't and I called on it, and they said any day...It's such a highlight when it gets here...

Husband just came in--he'd found our one year old's shoe stuck in the chicken house door. Oops. Good thing the hens didn't figure that out!

Gotta go make some dessert for MOMS group tomorrow--hope you're all well

Sorry I can't help on the IC doc recs...
post #31 of 79
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For those of you in the IC area, what doctors do you use? Who do you use for your kids? Do you like them? Do you know if they are selective/delayed and/or no-vax-friendly?
We see Dr. Clete Younger at the main Family Care clinic at UIHC and I really like him. He has been great about our delayed schedule and seems to be comfortable with some selective vax and staggering shots as long as you are getting some of them and have his input on which ones are good to get early on. I don't think he'd be no vax friendly, but he has been great with us about our delayed schedule, and was cool about our homebirth and no vit k and such. Big fan!
post #32 of 79
I didn't see this when I was here the other day. I am glad to see that it has been revived because I there has been one for a lot of years, now. I have to admit that I don't come here often anymore because a lot of the long-time members are friends on facebook and keeping up with forums is difficult for me with my crazy busy schedule

My name is Stephany, I live in Iowa City where I homeschool my four children and am a Johnson County Master Gardener. My baby is going to kindergarten this year which makes me feel pretty old.

I am also a full-time (life-time) it seems herbalism student working towards my AHG certification. I have a mentor I work with and am accomplishing this by a variety of methods. I am a traditional student but along with working towards my degree I take classes which fulfill AHG requirements. (ie semester I just finished I took Anatomy & Physiology and Plant Biology) I take correspondence courses such as the Gladstar course and the Aura Cacia Aromatherapy courses. Right now, I am taking an online intensive with Darcey Blue on Food Energetics and Nutrition which is amazing.

I am glad to see some familiar faces Ann, Jen and Lauren and I am glad to meet new friends. I will try to be better about checking in. I'll let Pynki know there is a 2010 thread, too. She will be done with classes on Wednesday.

Jen you will be happy to know that she got an A in A&P,too.
post #33 of 79
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So lets talk toys--does anyone feel the Waldorf type dolls are worth the $$? My girls love their plastic ones just fine, but I do so love the look of the cloth ones, like you can find on Etsy and NovaNatural...


I do think that natural toys are completely worthwhile but I couldn't afford them so I learned how to make them. The difference in cost is pretty amazing and they really aren't that hard. For what it is worthy I find needlefelting far more satisfying on a creative level and you wouldn't believe how little money goes into some of those really expensive needle felted landscapes people sell. Check out my fairyhouse and my Gandalph

I have more pictures of stuff I've made in this category on my blog , Iincluding the infamous hobbit hole which some of the older members might remember as being a bit of nightmare for me. Honestly, it isn't that difficult. It was just my first really time intensive project.
post #34 of 79
Hi Stephany! I'm not really on facebook-it seems like it takes over when you get involved so I'm resisting I should check in once in awhile though-who knows what someone has sent me.

You need to come to a secular homeschool park day or something one day-would love to see you and the kids.
post #35 of 79
We are planning on it. I think we will be at the next one. I told Ali I'd be there eventually. I've just been trying to get through the semester. My finals were Friday.
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We are planning on it. I think we will be at the next one. I told Ali I'd be there eventually. I've just been trying to get through the semester. My finals were Friday.
We won't be there this week because we're going to Chicago.
But I'm sure we'll hook up at one soon
Ann
post #37 of 79
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We won't be there this week because we're going to Chicago.
But I'm sure we'll hook up at one soon
Ann
We probably won't be able to make it this week either. I posted this in TAO but I forget that not everyone goes there.

My daughters lost their baby brother to SIDS yesterday
post #38 of 79
I just ran across this Mothering forum today and am in desperate need of some mommy connection. Are there any mothers from around northeast Iowa?
I am a 27 year old homeschooling, natural birthing, attachment parenting, breastfeeding, co-sleeping mama to three children ages 6, almost 5, and 2. We live in such a small town and there is zero support here for parents. No mommy get togethers, homeschooling support groups, LLL, or anything of that. I am isolated and hope that there is someone around that I could connect with!
-Elizabeth
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Hello! So nice to see there are groups like this out there! It's lovely to "meet" all of you. I'm 28 and live in Iowa City with my husband and two cats. I'm hoping to meet some new mommies with common interests. I just passed my first month of pregnancy with my first child. We're planning a natural birth with a midwife and doula, and we're pretty much into natural/organic everything! I enjoy cooking from scratch, reading, and all things crafty (whenever I have time and space... and energy). We're going to cloth diaper, do co-sleeping, baby carrying, breastfeeding, and I will (hopefully) be a stay-at-home mom and homeschool our child(ren). I'm also hoping to sign up for a pre-natal yoga class soon. In order to get to know all of you a little better, I'd like to know: What are your favorite natural birth/baby care websites?
post #40 of 79
WELCOME!
Honestly, after 4 kids THIS is the best natural parenting/baby care site out there. Nothing compares IMO.
Be sure to get the 2 Mothering books too-one on pregnancy/childbirth and one on natural parenting/living.
Good luck with your pregnancy.
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