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post #101 of 390
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Originally Posted by SunRayeMomi
standardized testing is creeping into lower and lower grades. One day I expect it may even reach prek itself.
Oh, it already has! I used to be a social worker for Head Start and the kids there had their own versions of standardized tests. They were individual skills assessments, but the idea was exactly the same: measure the kids' progress as a way of measuring the program/schools' effectiveness.

Namaste!
post #102 of 390
I think that we are in the beginning stages of another unit study. Our last one was rain forests, and it's been probably about 2 months since we pursued any certain topic in depth. We've just been hanging out a lot, and Dh and I have been traveling some (I went to Ethiopia to visit our daughter and dh and I went to FL last week). But two days ago the kids pulled off the shelf a book about deserts that I bought at the library sale a few weeks ago. They have been really into that, so I checked out a few desert books today at the library (and a desert video, one of the DKids videos). I looked at the Reading Rainbow broadcast schedule this morning, and, wouldn't you know, on Monday they have a desert-themed show! We'll be taping that!

Namaste!
post #103 of 390
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Originally Posted by dharmamama
Oh, it already has! I used to be a social worker for Head Start and the kids there had their own versions of standardized tests.
Aw crap, they've infiltrated the one system left with any innocence? MAN.

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Originally Posted by bwylde
I find there are a lot of parents who don't want to be with their kids all day. A common thing talked about is how people can't wait to ship their kids off to school so they don't have to be with them all the time.
Yeah. you're right. Heaven forbid we desire to have children and then desire to not have them all at the same time. I love having free time just like any other mama. In fact, right now DD is with her nama and will be all day. I dropped her off at 9 am and won't see her until the morning, but that's the only work arrangement I could make today, because DP is pulling a double. I'm lost right now! As you can see, I'm whiling away the day on MDC when I should totally be doing laundry. What to do without my bubbles?

I can't wait to be a SAHM! But I've heard it all before. I guess I just don't think of it in terms of dropping your kids off at a nursery unless it's necessary, as in for childcare while the parents work. Or signing your kids up for school because that's what you decided to do for their education, not exclusively so that you can have a little "kid-free" time. But I realize some parents relish the coming school years with a fervor. I myself would be totally lost, since I work afternoons at the moment and would not see her all day if she went to ps.
post #104 of 390
For the record, I would love to ship ds off to school and get a break after being with him almost constantly for over 4 years. However, there is no good school option around here. After putting in all the time and effort into raising him thus far, I am unwilling to have him ruined by school.
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post #106 of 390
I think the fact that a lot of moms seem to want to ship their kids off to school to get a break from them says a lot less about those moms than it does about the culture of support (or lack thereof) for families and SAHMs these days. I know that for me, personally, being a SAHM would be a heck of a lot easier if I didn't live in my own house with my own little nuclear family in a neighborhood where just about everybody drives away to work each day, leaving me the sole adult in the company of small kids all day.

Namaste!
post #107 of 390
Yes, I couldn't imagine not having a support group as a SAHM. Actually, I can imagine it and it's scary and depressing. I hope to find a hs group by then but so far haven't found one....
post #108 of 390
Zoophonics?
Will anyone give more more info.
My kids are tv-free and we do very little computer...a little is okay though.
I also don't want to do flash card drills. So, is it still for me?
My kids are very active...so anything with movement would be nice. And they love the zoo & zoo animals.
I looked at the website but still wasn't sure...give me your opinions please!
post #109 of 390
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Originally Posted by SunRayeMomi
yes, I've been wanting to get a They Might Be Giants cd, I've liked them for a long time! Any recommendations for X-mas?
Abigail's favorite is the "NO!" album, but I like the ABC album better ... wither one would be great!
post #110 of 390
Being a SAHM with no family around for support is very tough. But I still can't imagine sending Katie to "preschool" without me there. I'm having a hard time with the fact that I signed up for a prenatal exercise class twice a week and DD will be staying home with Daddy. I think some people have kids cause it's the thing to do, which may explain the desire to send them off to school as early as possible.
post #111 of 390
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post #112 of 390
I couldn't agree more with the notion that being a sahm w/out a good support system is rough. We have finally decided that it's not good for me, and not good for the kids either so we're planning a move to be closer to DH's family. Even though it's not our first choice geographically or even socially, the payoff is worth it for us.

This summer was especially hard on me and I seriously considered scrapping the whole homeschool idea (DH and I had planned to HS since before we were pregnant with #1) It was so hard to get a moment to even sit down, much less rest with both of them being needy in their own way. I found myself looking very seriously into daycares and PreK programs and daydreaming about what it would be like to have even a few hours a day with just the baby and the possibility of eventually, having a few hours to myself EVERY day!! So I can completely understand why so many kids are in PreK. But once the PP baby blues wore off and sleeping schedules became a little more regular, my mind cleared quite a bit and now I'm more determined than ever.

I know it was the stress of having a 3yo and a newborn with almost NO support system at all. I would call my mom in FL literaly 5 times a day. I still only have a few mommy friends but their kids have all begun PreK so I'm constantly looking for HS friends for my boys now.

sorry for the ramble! I do that alot.
post #113 of 390
Mary-Beth, I've only seen the web site http://www.zoophonics.com/products_basic.html so I don't have any more info sorry. But for what it's worth it looks good. Although it says it uses video or maybe cd from the picture so you would need a tv and player for that. Just the price that scares me off some.
post #114 of 390
I have to tell you, I'd need this thread a lot less if I had some real-life support of any kind from other SAHMs. This is my only contact with grownups who don't just want to send their kids off to school as soon as they're out of diapers (or before) just so they don't have to deal with them. Isn't that awful?
post #115 of 390
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Originally Posted by dharmamama
I think the fact that a lot of moms seem to want to ship their kids off to school to get a break from them says a lot less about those moms than it does about the culture of support (or lack thereof) for families and SAHMs these days. I know that for me, personally, being a SAHM would be a heck of a lot easier if I didn't live in my own house with my own little nuclear family in a neighborhood where just about everybody drives away to work each day, leaving me the sole adult in the company of small kids all day.

Namaste!
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post #116 of 390
Mine are about 3 years apart and I also had NO support of any kind. I totally know what you are going through. It does get MUCH better around the one year mark for the new baby and by the time he/she is 18 months you can actually breathe a little. I promise!!

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Originally Posted by ceciclem
I know it was the stress of having a 3yo and a newborn with almost NO support system at all. I would call my mom in FL literaly 5 times a day.
post #117 of 390
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Originally Posted by ceciclem
I know it was the stress of having a 3yo and a newborn with almost NO support system at all. I would call my mom in FL literaly 5 times a day. I still only have a few mommy friends but their kids have all begun PreK so I'm constantly looking for HS friends for my boys now.
I understand.

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Originally Posted by daekini
Abigail's favorite is the "NO!" album, but I like the ABC album better ... wither one would be great!
: thanks!

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Originally Posted by eilowny
I have to tell you, I'd need this thread a lot less if I had some real-life support of any kind from other SAHMs
DITTO. I actually have a lot of friends - but none that are moms! I HAD one really good mommy friend, and wouldn't you know it - I couldn't hold on to her Now I have none. Except you girls I used to spend hours on the phone with her - now I spend hours online with you!
post #118 of 390
I'm sorry so many of you don't have a "physical" support group, I'm feeling lucky and a bit guilty right now because I live near a couple of wonderful MDC mothers (one of them homeschools), and there are lots of homeschool groups in my area since the public schools are terrible. My next door neighbors have homeschooled all 4 of their kids and although we have very different philosophies it's nice to know that there are hs'ers all around. I even dragged their 17 yo son onto my porch for a one-on-one about hs'ing when I was first considering it and got some great advice. I see people hs'ing at the park, and you can spot them in any crowd around here. I didn't expect that to be the case in this region, but I've been mightily surprised! It's a smallish -medium sized town but there are hundreds of hs'ers around.
post #119 of 390
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Originally Posted by PumpkinSeeds
Mine are about 3 years apart and I also had NO support of any kind. I totally know what you are going through. It does get MUCH better around the one year mark for the new baby and by the time he/she is 18 months you can actually breathe a little. I promise!!
Oh thanks so much for the encouragement and kind words everyone.
A really nice HS mom I met on one of the groups gave me some good perspective also when she reassured me that the energy of a spirited 3yo is not the same as that of a 6yo! I've already seen a change in my ability to cope as the baby is growing older. For some reason, it's hard to look past your current circumstances and believe that it's not always going to be this physcially hard. I really have alot of respect for you moms with many little ones, especially closely spaced.

Alison, don't feel even the tiniest bit guilty, just appreciate and enjoy what you have! That's wonderful and encouraging for me to know that's out there. Our area and the area we're planning to move to has alot of HSing families (I've looked into it) and even though it's counterintuitive for me (I'm a little on the shy side) I'm determined to get involved and meet as many HS moms as I can. it's just something I have to do for myself and my family.

Getting past this "i'm not really a homeschooler yet" mentality has been one of my biggest challenges. I'm getting there. This group has helped alot!
post #120 of 390
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Originally Posted by daekini
I'm sorry so many of you don't have a "physical" support group, I'm feeling lucky and a bit guilty right now because I live near a couple of wonderful MDC mothers (one of them homeschools), and there are lots of homeschool groups in my area since the public schools are terrible. My next door neighbors have homeschooled all 4 of their kids and although we have very different philosophies it's nice to know that there are hs'ers all around. I even dragged their 17 yo son onto my porch for a one-on-one about hs'ing when I was first considering it and got some great advice. I see people hs'ing at the park, and you can spot them in any crowd around here. I didn't expect that to be the case in this region, but I've been mightily surprised! It's a smallish -medium sized town but there are hundreds of hs'ers around.
Don't feel guilty, just appreciative!

Last year while I was home educating my niece I started a homeschool support group. I had a lot of trouble getting it off the ground, though. There are loads of homeschoolers around here, but they are mostly religious and if you're not a hyperChristian they don't want you around (as in, the groups require that you sign a statement of faith before you join!) and that just *sucks*. Then of course, there's the problem with cyberschoolers-- around here, there are three of them and people who use them are not technically homeschoolers; they're people with kids who are in the public school system but do their learning at home. Some of the "real" homeschoolers don't like to have the cyberschoolers around for political reasons. Anyway, everything just fell apart. I've been thinking about getting it up and running again, but I'm not sure what to do anymore, or if some will be resistant to the idea coming from someone who doesn't have to file an affidavit yet. So much to drive you crazy in this world...
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