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Forum: Learning at School   03-05-2011, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,144
Posted By almama
Games are great - Sum Swamp is a favorite around...

Games are great - Sum Swamp is a favorite around here.
 
For a more radical idea, check out www.mathcircles.org (http://www.mathcircles.org) - I love these people!!!  They start with littles (age...
Forum: Learning at School   02-16-2011, 04:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 490
Posted By almama
Good luck!!!   My DS also complains about...

Good luck!!!
 
My DS also complains about lunch - and is justified in doing so.  Congratulations to your DD for having the courage to tackle the situation in a constructive way - that is...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-11-2011, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 554
Posted By almama
Yep, join the play, read Playful Parenting.  At...

Yep, join the play, read Playful Parenting.  At least your daughter will have someone to commiserate with, but hopefully you will be able to expand their notion of fun.
Forum: Arts & Crafts   01-18-2011, 05:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,076
Posted By almama
Hmmm . . . I'm with the "it depends" camp, but I...

Hmmm . . . I'm with the "it depends" camp, but I have a few other factors I use.
 
First, if I can purchase it cheaply and easily, I don't sew it.  I know how much time it takes to make clothing,...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   12-30-2010, 05:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 803
Posted By almama
Ditto on the animal scarves and toy holders. ...

Ditto on the animal scarves and toy holders.  They love them.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-20-2010, 05:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,733
Posted By almama
Chewing shirts, fingers and hair - check. ...

Chewing shirts, fingers and hair - check.  Running thumb along face, again and again.  Stuttering.  Rubbing fingers together.  Whistling - repeatedly and for long periods.
 
All these come and...
Forum: Learning at School   12-12-2010, 05:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,184
Posted By almama
Any answer worth its salt is going to make sure...

Any answer worth its salt is going to make sure that you understand that one size does not fit all, and that size may change!  So homeschooling may be right for some, experiential based education...
Forum: Learning at School   11-12-2010, 04:07 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,197
Posted By almama
Wow - the fact that these young kids are saying...

Wow - the fact that these young kids are saying some intense things is one thing.  Your child may know about sex and be open to it, but does he go around saying he wants to suck people?
 
The kids...
Forum: Learning at School   11-07-2010, 10:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,197
Posted By almama
Not normal. Even kids who develop early usually...

Not normal. Even kids who develop early usually have the sense that asking this type of questions is inappropriate, and can be bullying (either your son or the girl).

Our school takes even the...
Forum: Parenting   10-30-2010, 09:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,258
Posted By almama
I agree that your DH is probably used to dealing...

I agree that your DH is probably used to dealing with their unfairness and has developed his own way of coping. I think pushing it without his consent might aggravate his healing.

Instead of...
Forum: Personal Growth   10-23-2010, 03:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 461
Posted By almama
I was just going to suggest getting your thyroid...

I was just going to suggest getting your thyroid checked, but that is only one piece of the puzzle. I'm also an introvert who tries to be social and ends up feeling overwhelmed. It takes a lot to...
Forum: Learning at School   10-17-2010, 11:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,142
Posted By almama
The writing process *should* be separate from...

The writing process *should* be separate from the mechanics of spelling and grammar, at this stage. That does not mean that a kid should hide knowledge, but lack of it should not slow him down. That...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-21-2010, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,394
Posted By almama
I'm of two minds with this one - First, if...

I'm of two minds with this one -

First, if you think she is bored, then yes, ask for the higher level math. She will be in a group more excited to learn and be challenged and that can be helpful...
Forum: Learning at School   09-18-2010, 10:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 953
Posted By almama
Call or send an e-mail to the teacher. I would...

Call or send an e-mail to the teacher. I would also arrange a day (or me, I would just show up) to observe my child to understand about the dynamic in the classroom. The observations I have done in...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   09-18-2010, 09:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,614
Posted By almama
Honestly, I would take a deep breath and make a...

Honestly, I would take a deep breath and make a date with him to discuss what you both need and how to get him there in a respectful and balanced manner. I would be prepared to throw everything out....
Forum: Arts & Crafts   09-18-2010, 09:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By almama
Here is one I made:...

Here is one I made: http://splityarn.typepad.com/split_y...fun_circu.html (http://splityarn.typepad.com/split_yarn/2004/10/super_fun_circu.html). I have not been knitting much this summer, so I...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   09-18-2010, 09:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 403
Posted By almama
I think they are separate too. Perhaps the front...

I think they are separate too. Perhaps the front piece cut with the lapel and fused to a back piece (way too tricky for me without a pattern . . .), but my guess is that it is entirely separated.
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-08-2010, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 436
Posted By almama
I'm sorry you are feeling so low. It is very...

I'm sorry you are feeling so low. It is very tough and isolating to be with a high needs child and the dynamic between siblings can be overwhelming.

I hope you are taking care of yourself and...
Forum: Activism and News   09-07-2010, 10:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,012
Posted By almama
I love the minister's idea of reading from the...

I love the minister's idea of reading from the Quaran. I had just been thinking it would be great for lots of people to show up at the church with hoses and just spray water. People could spray...
Forum: Learning at School   09-03-2010, 09:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 741
Posted By almama
I would consider accelerating her and then...

I would consider accelerating her and then planning on having her take a "gap" year. They are becoming increasingly popular, so she would not be unique. She could do something in a foreign country...
Forum: Learning at School   09-01-2010, 08:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,030
Posted By almama
Well, for my kids, I take it as part of the mass...

Well, for my kids, I take it as part of the mass education package - many things I don't like about it, but they are my compromises. If I get too many compromises, we will pull them. Everyone has a...
Forum: Learning at School   08-24-2010, 10:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,863
Posted By almama
As a mom, I hate it. My kids had it for the...

As a mom, I hate it. My kids had it for the first year last year. My first grader was BORED to death, but the amount of minute details in the worksheets scared the teacher from skipping the...
Forum: Arts & Crafts   07-31-2010, 01:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 875
Posted By almama
I helped make Elizabethan costumes once for a...

I helped make Elizabethan costumes once for a show and discovered the AWESOME-NESS of a serger. I cannot justify buying one though!! I tried to buy a sewing machine that could do some cool...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-31-2010, 01:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 752
Posted By almama
If he said he would like to go, I would let him...

If he said he would like to go, I would let him do it. BUT I would definitely voice my concerns, make some suggestions (earlier bedtime and naps?), and tell him you want to keep the communication...
Forum: Learning at School   07-26-2010, 09:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,073
Posted By almama
Often structure can help with ADHD, so it could...

Often structure can help with ADHD, so it could be a plus to send her to a classroom (if handled correctly).

I entered my DS (now 10) into second grade after HSing and it was the perfect year to...
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