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Forum: Waldorf   08-30-2015, 10:23 PM
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Posted By spruce
Sorry! I meant to quote the OP. :)

Sorry! I meant to quote the OP. :)
Forum: Waldorf   08-30-2015, 10:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By spruce
I am not Christian, but I also was never going to...

I am not Christian, but I also was never going to teach my kids about Santa or any of that...and then life happened. ;)

I am so glad we got to participate in the fun and mythology of the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-30-2015, 10:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 136
Posted By spruce
I'm not sure quite what you're asking...and...

I'm not sure quite what you're asking...and hopefully your cross-post got you some answers.

We use a Waldorf-based approach with our kids. The ones still at home are 9th grade, 6th grade, 4th...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-29-2015, 12:26 AM
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Views: 366
Posted By spruce
Eating outside was my first thought, too. :)

Eating outside was my first thought, too. :)
Forum: Life with a Toddler   08-29-2015, 12:20 AM
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Posted By spruce
*hugs* That is such a stressful situation. ...

*hugs* That is such a stressful situation.

First, please ignore those folks who stare or glare or tsk-tsk. They don't matter. Your daughter matters, and your relationship with her.

My...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-22-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,597
Posted By spruce
Right now we are reading: 14yo and 11yo are...

Right now we are reading:

14yo and 11yo are both going through every minecraft book ever. There are a bunch of fictional books set in the Minecraft world (The Gameknight999 series), as well as...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-21-2015, 05:30 AM
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Views: 288
Posted By spruce
Off the top of my head, I'd say that if you're...

Off the top of my head, I'd say that if you're doing 10 hours already in a classroom, don't put out the money for MBtP. As awesome as it is, it is a LOT of curriculum and really hard to get through...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-05-2015, 10:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By spruce
I'm not sure what you mean by "packet form." If...

I'm not sure what you mean by "packet form." If you want workbooks that are the main focus of the year but also allow for lots of outside learning, I'd recommend Moving Beyond the Page.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-05-2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,597
Posted By spruce
Awwwwwwwww on the Winnie the Pooh comfort food....

Awwwwwwwww on the Winnie the Pooh comfort food. :) My 2yo is seriously an A.A, Milne addict, and my 11yo loves this because he also loves the Pooh stories and Milne's poems.

I am having the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-03-2015, 09:02 PM
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Views: 1,597
Posted By spruce
My 11yo is whispering book titles faster than I...

My 11yo is whispering book titles faster than I can type them:

If your kids like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, my kids recommend James Patterson's Maximum Ride series. (They skew a tiny bit...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-03-2015, 03:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,459
Posted By spruce
Maybe this thread will pick up again with new...

Maybe this thread will pick up again with new ideas!

My favorite is Bedtime Math. It's just so much fun and there are 3 different age groups included. Worth every penny.

Also Magic Fingers...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-03-2015, 03:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By spruce
Hi, Ruthla, It *is* interactive. The games...

Hi, Ruthla,

It *is* interactive. The games are the most fun. I never set up a school...hmm. That's a great feature. I use a lot of blocking software but everything works on my computer and on...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 02:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 872
Posted By spruce
I am just going to keep clogging this thread with...

I am just going to keep clogging this thread with thoughts on OM math.

Yes, OM does skew "easier" in the first 3 years because of the way Waldorf curriculum treats the learning of the 4...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 01:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 872
Posted By spruce
It might be quicker for me to say what I haven't...

It might be quicker for me to say what I haven't used for math instead of what we have tried.

But what we have tried, with our own experiences of the products:

Saxon Math: For us, a bust. ...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 01:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 706
Posted By spruce
Oh, my favorite subject! So glad someone already...

Oh, my favorite subject! So glad someone already mentioned Joseph Campbell.

Also, for fun readers and for some giggly enlightenment into how the old Greek families interwove, I cannot recommend...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 12:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By spruce
Hi! We just finished DS's 8th grade year...

Hi!

We just finished DS's 8th grade year and used Oak Meadow. It's mostly Civics for 8th grade, and we had great fun at icivics.org. It's a website started and encouraged by Justice Sandra Day...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-28-2015, 12:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 872
Posted By spruce
Hi, Lolo'smom! I'm currently using OM for 3...

Hi, Lolo'smom!

I'm currently using OM for 3 of my children. So far in my homeschooling career, I've used every OM year except 7th grade and high school.

My feeling on OM math is that it's...
Forum: Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy   04-13-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 356
Posted By spruce
:hug I am right with you. My youngest...

:hug I am right with you.

My youngest will be two this weekend, and she is still nursing through the night (some nights once or twice until that morning nursing marathon, sometimes 8 or 10...
Forum: Personal Growth   07-25-2014, 01:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 988
Posted By spruce
I think PPA is even more debilitating than PPD in...

I think PPA is even more debilitating than PPD in some cases (such as mine). I don't remember so much of my older kids' lives at the beginning, because I was so scared ALL. THE. TIME. Just ask...
Forum: Personal Growth   07-24-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 988
Posted By spruce
Definitely, sierramtngrl, please wait, and while...

Definitely, sierramtngrl, please wait, and while you're waiting, please look around for help....especially with the PPA. I had it so badly after my son was born, and nobody ever told me there WAS...
Forum: Single Parenting   07-24-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,173
Posted By spruce
Having been in a situation similar to this, I...

Having been in a situation similar to this, I would just leave it up to her to bring the subject up. As long as you don't snarl when his name is mentioned, she will feel free to ask or request or...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-24-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 680
Posted By spruce
oh, and the question! I have never been late...

oh, and the question! I have never been late for a cycle without being either pregnant or newly nursing. My cycle returned at 10 mos postpartum this time (which was awesome, because usually I...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-24-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 680
Posted By spruce
Mothering Moms Growing Older

I looked around and couldn't find a proper place to post a question about menopause. I have kids ranging from their 20's to a 15mo, so I'm definitely still "mothering," but now my body is doing some...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-05-2013, 08:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 751
Posted By spruce
Hi! Totally doable. I homeschooled my...

Hi! Totally doable.

I homeschooled my daughters (many moons ago) in an 18x20 cabin with no running water. :-)

1) Make sure you give away or sell anything you don't use regularly or really...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-16-2013, 10:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Posted By spruce
We don't have any issues so far with the...

We don't have any issues so far with the glassware or the burner.  :)  I love your homemade ideas, too!
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