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Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-07-2009, 02:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 986
Posted By MSings
Having thought about homeschooling, talked about...

Having thought about homeschooling, talked about homeschooling and observed homeschooling for many years, I think the best part is the gift of time to explore that you give to your child,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-06-2009, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 197
Posted By MSings
The Story of Classical Music read by Marin Alsop...

The Story of Classical Music read by Marin Alsop intertwines stories of composer's lives with musical excerpts on an audio CD set. Your library may have it.

Susan

ds(8)
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-30-2009, 12:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 987
Posted By MSings
Little Britches series by Ralph Moody. These are...

Little Britches series by Ralph Moody. These are in the biography section at our library. Colorado ranching family in the early 1900s. Lots of illustrations where the child, being a child, makes a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-15-2009, 01:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By MSings
I almost forgot: Castle Diary, Egyptian...

I almost forgot:

Castle Diary, Egyptian Diary, Pirate Diary by Richard Platt are also excellent. Pirate Diary does not romanticize pirates and is pretty violent-but my ds did read it at 6 (after...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-15-2009, 01:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By MSings
There are some Ms Frizzle books about various...

There are some Ms Frizzle books about various countries. Here is the China one:

http://www.amazon.com/Ms-Frizzles-Ad...1995002&sr=1-3...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-03-2009, 06:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 628
Posted By MSings
I am another believer in the power of myths/folk...

I am another believer in the power of myths/folk tales/fairy tales/legends. They have been tools for educating children for thousands of years. You have the power to pick and choose which ones you...
Forum: TV-Free   01-03-2009, 12:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,389
Posted By MSings
I read all my child development books when ds...

I read all my child development books when ds was a newborn and infant. He would fall asleep nursing and I would just continue reading. I would get them at the library. My annual books read list has...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-24-2008, 01:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 498
Posted By MSings
Is it possible that the teacher is not a good...

Is it possible that the teacher is not a good match? How many 5 year olds does he teach? When will she learn a song-even one with all open strings? Some teachers can be so rigid in the order they...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-24-2008, 12:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 405
Posted By MSings
My favorite math website is Living Math: ...

My favorite math website is Living Math:

http://livingmath.net/

I also subscribe to the associated Living Math listserve.

Both the site and the group are great. Lots of ideas for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-03-2008, 12:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 207
Posted By MSings
I think you have your pick of time periods-...

I think you have your pick of time periods- Roman, Viking, Norman, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern. I would see what regions you will visit and what sites you are interested in and go from there. Some...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-01-2008, 11:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,486
Posted By MSings
My ds loves the Freddy the Pig books by Walter R...

My ds loves the Freddy the Pig books by Walter R Brooks. The first in the series is Freddy Goes to Florida. There are 27 books in all. The Wizard of Oz series (and any book by L Frank Baum) is...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-23-2008, 04:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 764
Posted By MSings
Ds (7) is getting: Amaryllis bulb kit ($5...

Ds (7) is getting:

Amaryllis bulb kit ($5 on sale from hardware store)
Quiddler card game ($2 new at garage sale in Aug)
Hammered Metal Creations Craft Kit ($12.25 from Rainbow Resources)...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-21-2008, 05:27 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,688
Posted By MSings
I said 65 but we have a wall furnace not central...

I said 65 but we have a wall furnace not central heat and the thermostat is right next to the heater so parts of our house are much colder. At night and when we are not home we turn off the heater...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-21-2008, 05:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 497
Posted By MSings
I try to wash dishes at least 3-4 times daily:...

I try to wash dishes at least 3-4 times daily: after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner is prepared and after dinner. This way I am never doing many dishes at once. I use the soapy rag method. I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-21-2008, 04:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 351
Posted By MSings
For used curriculum I generally check : ...

For used curriculum I generally check :

http://www.homeschoolclassifieds.com/

It is searchable and you can check added listings each day by clicking "yesterday"

I will also search Ebay
...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-19-2008, 01:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 236
Posted By MSings
My son started violin 6 months ago. Even with...

My son started violin 6 months ago. Even with lessons there is a very steep learning curve. It is not an instrument that you are going to naturally fool around with and produce beautiful sounds with...
Forum: Organize & Declutter   11-18-2008, 01:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 471
Posted By MSings
You probably already know this but they do make...

You probably already know this but they do make wide mouth canning jars in sizes up to 1/2 gallon. I just buy these at our local ACE Hardware. In the canning section they also sell plastic lids for...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-13-2008, 05:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 885
Posted By MSings
dearmama, You caught my garbled explanation...

dearmama,

You caught my garbled explanation so I edited it to make it more clear. They had $60 per month total.

Sorry,
Susan
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-13-2008, 03:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 885
Posted By MSings
I have the utmost respect for 2 people who can...

I have the utmost respect for 2 people who can live on $25 a week or $100 a month. This will definitely depend on where you live and whether you have a garden or fruit trees. In WI I found a farmer...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-13-2008, 12:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 651
Posted By MSings
Here are the CA standards by grade: ...

Here are the CA standards by grade:

http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/docum...ciencestnd.pdf (http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/sciencestnd.pdf)

It seems to me that for the primary grades...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   11-03-2008, 05:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 717
Posted By MSings
We save the little bags of stick to your teeth...

We save the little bags of stick to your teeth or hard colored candies-Dots, Life Savers, Smarties etc-to use at our candy house party in Dec. We glue graham crackers to a 1 qt milk carton then use...
Forum: TV-Free   10-23-2008, 12:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,261
Posted By MSings
We are a zero TV (no DVDs) household. For...

We are a zero TV (no DVDs) household. For attending the movie theater, the limiting factor for us was waiting until he was emotionally ready for any movie and then finding a movie we did not mind...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-11-2008, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By MSings
My son, age 7,never sits still when I read to...

My son, age 7,never sits still when I read to him even though he is actively engaged and learning. Typically he is both humming and moving- spinning in a desk chair, petting the kittens, crawling on...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-11-2008, 12:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By MSings
Not particularly geared to a particular age but...

Not particularly geared to a particular age but after looking through and using at least a dozen "craft" books I have found that my favorites are the "classics":

Steven Caney's Toy Book...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-02-2008, 01:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By MSings
I think you have the opportunity to gently guide...

I think you have the opportunity to gently guide your child into the complex nature of European colonization.

For the first Thanksgiving this is a good site (honest but not brutally honest):...
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