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Forum: The Childhood Years   05-02-2013, 05:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 951
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Beanma, I'm only thinking of scenarios where a...

Beanma, I'm only thinking of scenarios where a kid attended this park at least periodically in the past. For instance, my son has been going to DisneyLand since he was born. He'll be ten next year....
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-15-2013, 01:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 234
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Philo, I wish it were that easy! She got...

Philo, I wish it were that easy! She got *pissed* at me when I told her we should just skip it. Sigh. I just don't know how to help her. I think if she brings it up again, instead of making lots of...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-15-2013, 11:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 234
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Okay, here's the background: All first graders...

Okay, here's the background: All first graders at DD's public school take violin during the school day. We didn't rent one because she plays piano, which she really enjoys. She told me at the...
Forum: Learning at School   01-12-2013, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 439
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
DS brings home one math worksheet a day (one...

DS brings home one math worksheet a day (one side only) that directly correlates to what they did in class. They also get one spelling assignment for the week (easy, like put the words in ABC...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   12-03-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,293
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Not kid-friendly, but Love, Actually is my fave....

Not kid-friendly, but Love, Actually is my fave. DH and I are watching it this coming weekend -- it's one of the few movies I actually own!
Forum: Holiday Helper 2012   11-27-2012, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 833
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Keep looking for the thank you thread! Hopefully...

Keep looking for the thank you thread! Hopefully some MINs have received things already...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-25-2012, 06:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 162
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Well, when my DD was about that age (and DS...

Well, when my DD was about that age (and DS older), we started "Friday night date night." By 6:30, the kids are fed and in PJs and have to stay in their rooms. They can watch movies on their ipod,...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-12-2012, 09:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 673
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
My kids are 6 and 9. Sorry is a must-have, I...

My kids are 6 and 9. Sorry is a must-have, I think! They're also loving Mastermind and Othello lately. Scrambled States is a super-fun card game for that age.
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   11-06-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,426
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Yeah, the leggings thing is a real pet peeve of...

Yeah, the leggings thing is a real pet peeve of mine. My son is in third grade, and there are girls who wear white, skin-tight leggings with a small t-shirt. To me, that is not appropriate for...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   11-06-2012, 01:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,426
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
The norm at our school is for girls to wear...

The norm at our school is for girls to wear "bike shorts" under skirts or dresses. (Target and Gymboree both sell them in the spring -- basically short leggings.) It would be pretty unusual for a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   11-06-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 99
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
I want to give my nieces (second and fourth...

I want to give my nieces (second and fourth grade, above-average readers) really cool books for Christmas. I'd love to find something similar to the Dragonology series for them. With envelopes and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-13-2012, 11:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,462
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
I agree with a PP. I'll go to the library and...

I agree with a PP. I'll go to the library and literally get 25 books for DD. Picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and we just see what strikes her fancy. I don't worry too much about levels....
Forum: Learning at School   10-06-2012, 08:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 450
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
I pretty much let my kids do whatever they want....

I pretty much let my kids do whatever they want. Last year, in kindy, DD chose a crazy rainbow sunburst background. Hilarious, and fits her personality perfectly! She wore her super frothy Easter...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-04-2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,462
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
I agree that Rainbow fairies are tedious. My...

I agree that Rainbow fairies are tedious. My first grader likes, but doesn't love them. Here's her tops right now:
-- Ivy & Bean
-- Keeker (a series about a girl and her pony)
-- Heidi Heckelbeck...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-30-2012, 01:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 873
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
I agree that it seems fine. My DS is nine and...

I agree that it seems fine. My DS is nine and has similar commitments. I think as long as your DD is happy and it works for your family, there's no problem.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-29-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,374
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Our school uses Lexile testing on the computer....

Our school uses Lexile testing on the computer. My DS is also in third grade. From his detailed descriptions, here's what I know -- the test asks you at the beginning what  subjects you're...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-09-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 397
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
In our public elementary, at the end of the...

In our public elementary, at the end of the school year, the current teachers assign their students for the next year. My son just started 3rd grade. So the three second grade teachers got together...
Forum: Learning at School   08-23-2012, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Also, look up the book The Kissing Hand, which...

Also, look up the book The Kissing Hand, which is a picture book that deals with this situation (granted, they're animals!). My BFF's DD went through this in kindy last year and one thing they found...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-18-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 387
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Just popping in with another vote of wait and...

Just popping in with another vote of wait and see. My DD just started first grade. She's reading Ivy & Bean. I actually just helped the teacher test all the kids in her class on sight words, and I'd...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-14-2012, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
I wouldn't buy him Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson or...

I wouldn't buy him Wimpy Kid, Percy Jackson or Harry Potter. They are fantastic, but so ubiquitous that a large percentage of that age group owns them or has read them in school. At least it's true...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-12-2012, 01:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Hmmmm... Eight year old reading levels are all...

Hmmmm... Eight year old reading levels are all over the place, so that makes it tough. I'd probably go toward graphic novels, because they have a broad appeal to boys that age. Here's a list to...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-09-2012, 01:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,036
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
My daughter is entering first grade this year....

My daughter is entering first grade this year. Last year for K, all we had to provide was a backpack and a folder. The (public) school provided everything else, mostly funded by the Booster Club. If...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-01-2012, 09:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 839
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
My kids have flown a lot (with me). I would have...

My kids have flown a lot (with me). I would have no problem putting them on a direct, overseas flight by age 10, assuming they wanted to go!
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Forum: The Childhood Years   07-24-2012, 08:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 186
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
Here are the ones that were popular with my son...

Here are the ones that were popular with my son and friends:
-- Captain Underpants
-- My Weird School series (Dan Gutman)
-- The Melvin Beederman superhero series
-- The DC Super Pets series
--...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-24-2012, 08:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,438
Posted By LuckyMommaToo
THey are super easy to make. After watching this...

THey are super easy to make. After watching this video:
http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2011/06/soulful-mothering-with-elizabeth-mitchel.html
 
We've made a bunch. And they're easier to use...
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