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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-31-2013, 11:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By Laurel
She should be in first grade, and it will still...

She should be in first grade, and it will still be very gentle.  There will still be a lot of things you can do with movement to help her come into her body.  Waldorf first grade is very active!  I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-31-2013, 11:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By Laurel
I guess it depends on what you consider to be...

I guess it depends on what you consider to be "true Waldorf".  I don't put much stock in the idea that someone has to have "official" training to become knowledgeable or qualified enough to pass on...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   05-15-2013, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,383
Posted By Laurel
My cousin and his wife are dealing with this...

My cousin and his wife are dealing with this right now.   Their 16-year-old son, adopted from foster care as a child, recently ran away and after several weeks missing, they found him with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-03-2013, 07:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 178
Posted By Laurel
I planned to take about six weeks off, but after...

I planned to take about six weeks off, but after three weeks, my older kids were driving me nuts with wanting to watch TV all day long.  We started back to school, and we all did much better to be...
Forum: Parenting   11-22-2012, 08:40 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,327
Posted By Laurel
When I was about seven, my parents bought a...

When I was about seven, my parents bought a little Datsun pickup truck and put a camper shell on it.  Because there were no seats, and four of us kids at the time, my dad built a little wooden bench...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-21-2012, 11:12 PM
Replies: 451
Views: 5,911
Posted By Laurel
My 10-year-old ds scored highest on the...

My 10-year-old ds scored highest on the bodily-kinesthetic and interpersonal sections of the eval.  No surprise there!
Forum: Parenting   07-26-2012, 07:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 566
Posted By Laurel
I've had to work hard to grow a backbone with a...

I've had to work hard to grow a backbone with a couple of difficult kids in our neighborhood.  But over the years it's been effective and now they can hang out at my house and behave reasonably...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   06-30-2012, 10:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,395
Posted By Laurel
I think so much just depends on your body and...

I think so much just depends on your body and your specific hormonal issues.  I've induced lactation with all three of my children (all adopted as newborns and came to us straight from the...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   06-05-2012, 04:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 248
Posted By Laurel
I don't send b-day cards or gifts to any of my...

I don't send b-day cards or gifts to any of my nieces and nephews.  The exception is that if they have a party and our family is invited, we'll bring something.  Otherwise, nobody in my extended...
Forum: Parenting   06-04-2012, 10:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,180
Posted By Laurel
My dd had a serious biting problem between the...

My dd had a serious biting problem between the ages of 18 months and 3.5 years.  I finally ended up buying a book on Amazon called No Biting: Policy and Practice for Toddler Programs.  She wasn't in...
Forum: Waldorf   05-23-2012, 07:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,947
Posted By Laurel
You can clean block crayons by wiping them with...

You can clean block crayons by wiping them with a bit of olive oil and a soft rag.
Forum: Waldorf   05-10-2012, 08:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,947
Posted By Laurel
My understanding is that from a pedagogical...

My understanding is that from a pedagogical point of view, the block crayons are intended for early elementary-aged children (grades 1-3) and are to facilitate specific coloring techniques.  The...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-26-2012, 06:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 598
Posted By Laurel
Nope, I haven't changed my philosophy.  It's...

Nope, I haven't changed my philosophy.  It's only been two years of homeschooling, so it's possible that I could at some point change, but at this point I think that would be very unlikely.  I went...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-20-2012, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By Laurel
I started off following the traditional school...

I started off following the traditional school year, just because I felt it would be easiest for my son to handle.  But as the years go by (we're almost ending our second year), I'm able to know...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-29-2012, 07:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,234
Posted By Laurel
I pulled my son out after second grade even...

I pulled my son out after second grade even though he was happy in school and had had great teachers up to that point.  I had always considered homeschooling, but it just took me that long to get up...
Forum: Parenting   11-03-2011, 07:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,013
Posted By Laurel
I let my kids cash in most of their candy for...

I let my kids cash in most of their candy for money or something they really want.  My 9-year-old had a book he really wanted me to get him, so I did that in trade.  My 5-year-old gave me hers in...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   10-04-2011, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 481
Posted By Laurel
Thank you P.J., that's the type of information...

Thank you P.J., that's the type of information I'm looking for!  I didn't want to rush right out and give her a "miracle cure" without having some good background.  At this point I'm really backing...
Forum: The Mindful Home   10-04-2011, 06:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,609
Posted By Laurel
I would love to make all that debris into...

I would love to make all that debris into compost!  I was afraid, though, that if mice have been living underneath it, it would already be contaminated.  Do you think that would be the case?  I...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   10-01-2011, 11:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 481
Posted By Laurel
That is really good to know.  She doesn't have...

That is really good to know.  She doesn't have trouble falling asleep, just staying asleep.
 
I wonder if I could get her to come in and lay on our floor, or if she'd be too scared to walk down...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   10-01-2011, 07:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 481
Posted By Laurel
I have a 5-year-old who still does not sleep all...

I have a 5-year-old who still does not sleep all night regularly.  Lately she has been waking multiple times a night, and dh and I are about at our wits end.  We also have an 11-month-old baby who...
Forum: The Mindful Home   10-01-2011, 07:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,609
Posted By Laurel
Last year we had some issues with mice, and we...

Last year we had some issues with mice, and we set traps and caught probablyt 3-4 and then never saw any more.  This year we've already caught one (outside under the back steps), and it hasn't even...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-27-2011, 03:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,487
Posted By Laurel
 I'm sure there are several reasons, but one I...


I'm sure there are several reasons, but one I can think of off the top of my head is that Oak Meadow introduces academics (the alphabet) in it's kindergarten curriculum, while in a strict Waldorf...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-19-2011, 07:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,487
Posted By Laurel
I think if I were in your shoes I'd focus on...

I think if I were in your shoes I'd focus on rhythm.  But that's a hard one!  I like to create my own curriculum too!  I LOVE the planning aspect of things.  I've done all my planning and writing...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-16-2011, 01:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,487
Posted By Laurel
I'd love to be part of this conversation too! ...

I'd love to be part of this conversation too!  We're starting our second year of Waldorf homeschooling.  I'll have a 3rd grader and a kindergartener, and I also have a 9-month-old.  It sounds like a...
Forum: Waldorf   03-03-2011, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 974
Posted By Laurel
Nope, not too late!  I started my 8-yr-old...

Nope, not too late!  I started my 8-yr-old (homeschooling) this year after three years in the public school system.   The biggest challenge for me has been trying to integrate the differing academic...
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