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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-30-2010, 02:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,451
Posted By desertmom
Just fyi, there's a coupon code for Brainpop...

Just fyi, there's a coupon code for Brainpop that's valid now for 20 percent off _ I used it yesterday to reduce an $80 Brainpop Jr. subscription to $64.
It is: holiday10
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-10-2010, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By desertmom
One possibility would be George's Secret Key to...

One possibility would be George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. I finished it recently with my newly minted 7 yr old. Originally, I wasn't sure if she'd be ready for it,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-10-2010, 01:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By desertmom
Stellarium is wonderful _ we've been using that,...

Stellarium is wonderful _ we've been using that, too, for quite a while now. But we needed a bridge from that to finding the planets, constellations, etc. outside. We found these......
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-28-2010, 01:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By desertmom
I haven't much for you, but was just on this the...

I haven't much for you, but was just on this the other day with my dd (soon-to-be 7), who enjoyed rolling over and clicking to read the descriptions and information, some of which mentioned how the...
Forum: Middle East   12-28-2009, 11:00 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 24,600
Posted By desertmom
Quote: I joined this webgroup this evening -...

Quote:
I joined this webgroup this evening - because this thread fascinated me. My husband is likely to take on a position in Bahrain from beginning of next year. I am mom of 4 little ones. We...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-13-2009, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 634
Posted By desertmom
We're keeping this option in mind should we ever...

We're keeping this option in mind should we ever be told we cannot homeschool (it's unclear where we are and in our situation, but I think this would satisfy naysayers here). You may want to check...
Forum: Unschooling   11-29-2009, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,488
Posted By desertmom
This looks like the same set as the 4-in-1...

This looks like the same set as the 4-in-1 mentioned above, but on sale at half the price...

http://www.thinkgeek.com/clearance/on-sale/bcd8/
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-17-2009, 09:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By desertmom
It sounds like the Enki 1st grade math has what...

It sounds like the Enki 1st grade math has what you are looking for and I do think it'd be no problem at all to use just the math without the rest of the curriculum. BUT, I think you should make...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-27-2009, 03:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By desertmom
My 6-yr-old loves Stellarium, a free...

My 6-yr-old loves Stellarium, a free downloadable program (go to stellarium.org) that shows you a 3D sky from any latitude/longitude/altitude (we keep it set to ours so we can identify what's out...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-24-2009, 03:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 219
Posted By desertmom
You might try noorart.com and check the pre-K/K...

You might try noorart.com and check the pre-K/K section. I haven't ordered from them, but keep spotting interesting things there.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-22-2009, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 395
Posted By desertmom
Sure, that's what we do. The folk and fairy...

Sure, that's what we do. The folk and fairy tales, nature stories and crafts are the biggest hits with my (K-level) daughter. I found Enki's guidance with transitions and rhythms extremely helpful...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-14-2009, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By desertmom
My daughter did the same with magnetic letters,...

My daughter did the same with magnetic letters, but she was approaching five. Though I think she had some hope she'd written something, she wasn't too surprised her superlong strings weren't really...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-09-2009, 03:41 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,858
Posted By desertmom
Quote: Originally Posted by kaireece...

Quote:
Originally Posted by kaireece http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/12950702)
Is there any way to read more about Enki...
Forum: Multicultural Families   11-28-2008, 09:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,265
Posted By desertmom
Hi there, My husband is Persian and our...

Hi there,
My husband is Persian and our daughter is learning it, but it's been tough. My husband somehow thought she'd just "get it" since she is Persian, which always puzzled me since he and I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-25-2008, 04:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
Posted By desertmom
We're a mixed Christian-Muslim family, and I...

We're a mixed Christian-Muslim family, and I agree with the previous post _ there isn't really a need to have an Islamic curriculum to draw from. I also don't use a Christian curriculum. What we...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-10-2008, 02:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By desertmom
I have a bunch of jumbled up thoughts on this,...

I have a bunch of jumbled up thoughts on this, too, as we're planning something similar, but not until next summer and/or fall (when dd will be about 6.5) so my thoughts are really rough I'm afraid....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-16-2008, 06:07 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,135
Posted By desertmom
Thanks a lot -- that's very helpful and...

Thanks a lot -- that's very helpful and reassuring.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-15-2008, 03:36 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,135
Posted By desertmom
Thanks, Harmat, for your reply. It is helpful....

Thanks, Harmat, for your reply. It is helpful. Yes, the Enki full preview has been down for a couple of months or more. This summer, we were just getting into kindergarten when it became available...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-13-2008, 01:52 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,135
Posted By desertmom
Harmat: Hi there. How are you liking the looks...

Harmat: Hi there. How are you liking the looks of Enki 1? I have K and probably will buy 1st as a pkg, too, but I've been waiting for the online full preview of the materials to get functioning...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-09-2008, 03:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 240
Posted By desertmom
I can't vouch for how good it is, but I want to...

I can't vouch for how good it is, but I want to check out this one a bit more in a year or two. There's also a second book by the same author called More Math Games from Around the World. We use...
Forum: Multicultural Families   08-25-2008, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,469
Posted By desertmom
Hi. I like the printables on this site a lot... ...

Hi. I like the printables on this site a lot...

http://yemenlinks.com/Arabic_Resources.htm

And, if your husband would like to read Arabic stories to the kids, you may want to look into a set...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-16-2008, 04:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 336
Posted By desertmom
We travel a lot and sometimes quite far. A bag...

We travel a lot and sometimes quite far. A bag of surprises really helps. My dd was 4 on our last long trip (24 hours travel time) and here's what I included: small drawing pad, mini colored...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-16-2008, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
Posted By desertmom
Here's what we did more than a year ago ago,...

Here's what we did more than a year ago ago, rhythm-wise. I'm pretty happy with the results, so maybe it can help you...

I'd suggest taking a pencil and paper and noting down what usually makes...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-19-2008, 04:09 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,858
Posted By desertmom
Hi. We are using Enki K with our 5 yo daughter....

Hi. We are using Enki K with our 5 yo daughter. I bought it last fall and worked on rhythms, transitions and planning while sort of easing into it during the spring. We formally started in early May...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-05-2008, 05:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By desertmom
We've found having a rhythm quite helpful, too,...

We've found having a rhythm quite helpful, too, though I was nervous about whether our chaotic lifestyle made even trying pointless. Things go so much better now even though it's not always possible...
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