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Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-23-2012, 11:29 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,631
Posted By AllyRae
I would also echo what a lot of people have...

I would also echo what a lot of people have said...save the after school time for self directed, creative, or active endeavors.  We do homeschool using a set curriculum, and even we don't do...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-21-2012, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,830
Posted By AllyRae
Huh.  We've been doing it for 18 months and we...

Huh.  We've been doing it for 18 months and we have a blast with it.  Our kids love it and can't wait for the next country.  The highlight of the program so far has been the elephant poop paper from...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-06-2012, 02:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 581
Posted By AllyRae
We homeschool year round, and take a month off...

We homeschool year round, and take a month off in the winter for travel and then take May off for the end-of-the-year.  We are on the 2nd day of school for the year now. :)
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2012, 07:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,126
Posted By AllyRae
I always "homeschooled" our kids for the first...

I always "homeschooled" our kids for the first year or so of preschool....we didn't decide to homeschool for good until the end of my son's 1st grade year when we found out he had fallen 2 years...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-31-2012, 05:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By AllyRae
We use All About Reading and All About Spelling....

We use All About Reading and All About Spelling. :)
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-31-2012, 05:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 533
Posted By AllyRae
We did it last year.  My kid is way way way into...

We did it last year.  My kid is way way way into science, so he finished chemistry, earth, and life science all in one year. LOL!  He only worked on it 45 minutes a day, max, including set-up.  He...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-31-2012, 05:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,719
Posted By AllyRae
I homeschool because it's in the best interest...

I homeschool because it's in the best interest of my kids.  My aspie child attended a private montessori school until the end of 1st grade, was bullied mercilessly, fell 2 years behind when the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-31-2012, 05:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,265
Posted By AllyRae
Iowaorganic...that depends on the teacher.  When...

Iowaorganic...that depends on the teacher.  When I taught the 3-6 year olds, we had a potty break once an hour at the end of every activity so that I didn't have to spend time during the activities...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-26-2012, 04:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 644
Posted By AllyRae
We bought the Alison's Montessori and Kid...

We bought the Alison's Montessori and Kid Advance stuff.  There was just no reason for the ultra-pricy premium stuff--the premium stuff is made to withstand 30+ kids a year for like 10 years.  I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-26-2012, 04:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,265
Posted By AllyRae
Yeah, VBS is nothing like school...it's all...

Yeah, VBS is nothing like school...it's all songs and crafts and games and stories.  I used to teach the preschool/kindy group (for 4 years...this year we'll be out of the state so I'll miss it)....
Forum: Grief and Loss   05-13-2012, 07:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,268
Posted By AllyRae
I am so very sorry for your loss.  How...

I am so very sorry for your loss.  How completely tragic. :(
Forum: Montessori   05-13-2012, 07:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,125
Posted By AllyRae
Nope.     My DS went to a Montessori school...

Nope.  
 
My DS went to a Montessori school for 3 years, and they were like that for lunches, except on Friday they'd have pizza ordered from Dominoes and I found out one day that they were giving...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-25-2012, 08:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 707
Posted By AllyRae
I do martial arts 3 times a week (2 evenings and...

I do martial arts 3 times a week (2 evenings and then on Saturday morning).  I also have a once a month book club that happens on a Sunday with the ladies from my martial arts class.  Those are my...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-25-2012, 08:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,075
Posted By AllyRae
I agree...it's very hard to know how you will...

I agree...it's very hard to know how you will parent before you do.  It's kind of like the saying "everyone's a perfect parent...and then they have kids."  I was the person who would NEVER...
Forum: Parenting   03-27-2012, 09:58 PM
Replies: 344
Views: 19,864
Posted By AllyRae
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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-25-2012, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 746
Posted By AllyRae
We use Rightstart as well.  It is very...

We use Rightstart as well.  It is very Montessori-inspired and uses manipulatives a lot, which is perfect for my 8 1/2 year old.  He has asperger's and dyslexia and was very behind in math (before...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   03-08-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 405
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Views: 20,602
Posted By AllyRae
The Lone Gunmen...as in the offshoot of The...

The Lone Gunmen...as in the offshoot of The X-Files?  Uuuuuh, yeah.  I love The X-Files too, but I don't even pretend that Chris Carter has an inside into the workings of the government, and I don't...
Forum: Allergies   03-06-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 166
Posted By AllyRae
As you know, we're dairy free.  Honestly, cheese...

As you know, we're dairy free.  Honestly, cheese is out if you really really like it.  Almost all of it stinks.  We use daiya cheese, and it's fantastic for cheese, mac & cheese, nachos, etc.  But,...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   03-06-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,409
Posted By AllyRae
As a SAHM, in our house I am responsible for: ...

As a SAHM, in our house I am responsible for:
 
-Most of the cleaning (except DH does the pots & pans and folds laundry)
 
-Washing and putting away of laundry
 
-All of the homeschooling,...
Forum: Multicultural Families   03-05-2012, 03:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Posted By AllyRae
This would irritate me if it were me.  My...

This would irritate me if it were me.  My daughter IS Asian.  My husband and I are not.  Families with adopted children of a different race are really common, so why would ANYONE assume something is...
Forum: Allergies   03-05-2012, 03:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 716
Posted By AllyRae
I never want the host of anything to rearrange...

I never want the host of anything to rearrange things around our family's food allergies.  I always find out what the menu is and make something similar for our family and just bring it along with...
Forum: Allergies   02-12-2012, 02:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 166
Posted By AllyRae
If he's had the mucous BMs all his life, then it...

If he's had the mucous BMs all his life, then it wasn't the chocolate you ate last night.  But it might be dairy (his cousins--my kids-- are all allergic to dairy via FPIES or confirmed blood test,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-11-2012, 11:42 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,685
Posted By AllyRae
Here's mine!...

Here's mine!  http://montessori.barefootinsuburbia.com . :)  Some of it is preschool-level Montessori stuff and some of it is elementary school non-Montessori stuff. :)
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-11-2012, 11:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,233
Posted By AllyRae
My child attended a Montessori school for 3...

My child attended a Montessori school for 3 years (a year of preschool, a year of kindergarten, and 1st grade.  Before that, he attended a preschool at a co-op).  He HATED school...between autism...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-11-2012, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By AllyRae
We like to say we are using a "montessori...

We like to say we are using a "montessori inspired" homeschooling method.  Maria Montessori had 2 primary requirements for Montessori--that it involved mixed age classes of at least 20 or so...
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