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Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-10-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By AAK
Common. . . let's see what I can remember A man...

Common. . . let's see what I can remember
A man followed me around downtown for awhile--I was about 13 and actually shopping with my mom, but she went to a different department. I was freaked out...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-09-2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By AAK
I wouldn't purchase them. If I got one, I would...

I wouldn't purchase them. If I got one, I would think it was unique, but that is about it.

My kids are older, but I generally kept the goodie bags at a buck or two. I would stock up on crayons...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-09-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 474
Posted By AAK
Same here! Amy

Same here!

Amy
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-09-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 474
Posted By AAK
Wow! It is hard to believe (though I do) that...

Wow! It is hard to believe (though I do) that there are places so vastly different from us even within the same country. I've lived on both coasts (so I have seen those differences) but I have...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-08-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 108
Posted By AAK
My dd used a gift card to buy this:...

My dd used a gift card to buy this: http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Drinking-Bird-classic-Perpetual-Machine/dp/B00A3IHQHE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1404842743&sr=8-2&keywords=drinking+bird

She bought...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   07-06-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 433
Posted By AAK
I think that since your six year old has been...

I think that since your six year old has been asking to try meat, and because siblings are allowed to eat meat, that you should go ahead and let her make that choice on the nights you have meals with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-06-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 270
Posted By AAK
No formal lesson plans for us. However,...

No formal lesson plans for us.

However, this year, I am writing down my weekly/monthly expectations of progress. The girls like to be able to check off a list. It will remain very fluid as I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-05-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 138
Posted By AAK
I don't know if you are on facebook or not, but...

I don't know if you are on facebook or not, but my town's largest homeschool community is a facebook page. There are secular people and religious people there. It is a great place to find like...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-04-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By AAK
The way we handled "the voice" was exactly as you...

The way we handled "the voice" was exactly as you described. We said we couldn't understand that voice. If it persisted, I would completely ignore it or I would leave the room. Sometimes, I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-02-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
Posted By AAK
I would skip the "all in one" curriculums. What...

I would skip the "all in one" curriculums. What goals do you have for his first 3 years of "school" --I am referring to K-2nd grade.

In general, public school children will learn to decode...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-02-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 905
Posted By AAK
Hi, this might sound ridiculous, and I am not...

Hi, this might sound ridiculous, and I am not trying to trivialize your situation. I have not been in your shoes. However, my middle child has an extremely difficult time making decisions like...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-02-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 474
Posted By AAK
Not all their stuff is organic, but a lot of it...

Not all their stuff is organic, but a lot of it is. I know that the unders are organic as are most their jammies. Right now, they are having a fantastic sale!

I have only bought a bit of their...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-02-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By AAK
I didn't even realize that Hyland's made one. I...

I didn't even realize that Hyland's made one. I think I will try those on our next trip. If they work for me, I will try them on dd too.

Amy
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-02-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By AAK
That sounds like a good idea. I was under the...

That sounds like a good idea. I was under the impression that you were trying to maintain the friendships for you son. If that isn't the case, I think it is healthier to find a different group.
...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   07-01-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,271
Posted By AAK
What did you think of this one? I read it also,...

What did you think of this one? I read it also, I am just curious to how if affected others.

Amy
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-01-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 638
Posted By AAK
I think I would do all three. Clearly, I would...

I think I would do all three. Clearly, I would start with A. When the chance presented itself, I would use B. Finally, I would hope that I could get to the point in which C would occur. At that...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-30-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By AAK
You will now. :grin: Seriously, get out of...

You will now. :grin:

Seriously, get out of the car so the kids can move around and see what they can spot in the water. This doesn't seem like a very long trip in general. You shouldn't need to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-29-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 891
Posted By AAK
That is an interesting thought. I always thought...

That is an interesting thought. I always thought that it was probably easier. With three kids, they do have each other (vs your desire to have a friend come along for you dd). However, it is...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-28-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 179
Posted By AAK
Our favorites (by no means an exhaustive list): ...

Our favorites (by no means an exhaustive list):

http://www.starfall.com/

http://www.toytheater.com/

Both of these are free. Toy Theater looks kind of "plain Jane" but has a lot to offer. I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-28-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By AAK
It is hard to do, but I would suggest being...

It is hard to do, but I would suggest being straightforward about it. First though, think of possible responses and your own emotional response to it. You want to be mature about it, after all. ...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-25-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 807
Posted By AAK
Our local schools dropped it and are now picking...

Our local schools dropped it and are now picking it back up. It seems that that they believe it directly correlated to the plummeting math scores. There is some indication that the process of...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-23-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 891
Posted By AAK
Dance Sometimes it feel like that sums it...

Dance

Sometimes it feel like that sums it up. :grin:

Realistically though:
DD1 (14) will be dancing most of summer. She will also accompany the family on a variety of camping trips, hang out...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-20-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By AAK
This past year, through our area Facebook...

This past year, through our area Facebook homeschool page, some ambitious mothers organized school pictures. There are a couple of photographers in our homeschool community and they carved out a...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-19-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By AAK
Thanks. I had forgotten the name of scarleteen...

Thanks. I had forgotten the name of scarleteen -- I knew about it when my kids were all too young. It is a great resource. I have always thought that I was ok with anything, but some of the stuff...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-17-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By AAK
Books/resources about STDs

Does anyone have any great resources to educate a teen about various STDs? Our puberty/sex books talk about it a bit, but I would like to cover at least the most common STDs in a bit more depth. . ....
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