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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-07-2012, 05:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By ednkirstin
I was so excited to try the McGuffey Primer when...

I was so excited to try the McGuffey Primer when I first began homeschooling 9 years ago.  I ended up not really liking it.  I felt it was too vague to give me the confidence I needed to teach...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-21-2012, 02:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,156
Posted By ednkirstin
I'm a huge Saxon fan personally.  My dd5 is very...

I'm a huge Saxon fan personally.  My dd5 is very gifted in math as well.  When she had just turned 5, I was teaching her how to skip count.  She's already learned how to count by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-21-2012, 01:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,159
Posted By ednkirstin
I've used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy...

I've used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-23-2012, 12:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 288
Posted By ednkirstin
Ooooooohhhhhhh!  Sounds FUN!  Some ideas: ...

Ooooooohhhhhhh!  Sounds FUN!  Some ideas:

Math Shark for facts practice (it's fast, fun and portable - sure beats flashcards)
All About Spelling - worth every penny IMO
Work on building a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-23-2012, 11:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By ednkirstin
Hi Meagan!   My youngest just turned 5 and...

Hi Meagan!
 
My youngest just turned 5 and is doing kindergarten this year.  I used the 100 Easy Lessons Book with all of my kids with great success.  My littlest finished the book about 4 months...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-14-2011, 12:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,821
Posted By ednkirstin
I seem to be one of the few here who loves Saxon...

I seem to be one of the few here who loves Saxon math.  I know it can be repetitive, but the repetition really does aid in mastery.  For what it's worth, I am a math person myself (finished top of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-11-2011, 03:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,764
Posted By ednkirstin
I've used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy...

I've used Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons for all my kids.  They've all been fantastic readers.  Some people think it's boring, but I think it's mainly because they are trying to follow...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-11-2011, 03:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,116
Posted By ednkirstin
I don't know if it would help, but you could try...

I don't know if it would help, but you could try the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.  It has worked great for all six of my kids.  I have a sister with learning disabilities, who,...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-17-2011, 04:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 541
Posted By ednkirstin
I personally wouldn't worry.  While we never did...

I personally wouldn't worry.  While we never did baby signs, a couple of my younger kids were later talkers.  I think it was due in part to having older siblings who just knew what they wanted and...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-17-2011, 03:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 678
Posted By ednkirstin
I think you're a good mom for setting boundaries...

I think you're a good mom for setting boundaries with the neighbor girl.  We have a girl next door that my kids love to play with.  She's an only child and we have 5 girls.  I think it's pretty...
Forum: Stay at Home Parents   06-15-2011, 04:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,678
Posted By ednkirstin
Okay, so I'm going to chime in on the other end....

Okay, so I'm going to chime in on the other end. http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/wink1.gif  Before having kids, I was a nuclear machinist's mate in the Navy.  I was one of the first...
Forum: New Member? Introduce Yourself!   06-15-2011, 03:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 261
Posted By ednkirstin
Congratulations on your new little one!  I'm a...

Congratulations on your new little one!  I'm a SAHM to 6 children ages 12, 11, 9, 8, 6 and 4.  Parenting is full of both joy and challenges, so I hope you find lots of support and encouragement here...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-14-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,629
Posted By ednkirstin
I can see some benefit to what you're saying,...

I can see some benefit to what you're saying, Zoebird, especially about minimizing toys.  I've always found my kids do better with fewer toys.  And I think structure can be important in the lives of...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-14-2011, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By ednkirstin
My all time favorite toy is a magna doodle. ...

My all time favorite toy is a magna doodle.  It'd be perfect if you get a little travel size one.  My kids have spent HOURS upon HOURS playing with these things over the years.  They were very...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-14-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 205
Posted By ednkirstin
My littlest one is 4, but we're still in that...

My littlest one is 4, but we're still in that phase where sometimes she sleeps and sometimes she doesn't.  I know she still needs the rest. When I lay her down for a nap, I set a timer (usually...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-14-2011, 05:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By ednkirstin
Thanks for the great ideas guys!  I have to...

Thanks for the great ideas guys!  I have to admit, getting everyone (or anyone...lol) to pick up after themselves is not something we have a real good handle on.  With 6 kids in the house, it's...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-08-2011, 12:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By ednkirstin
Another thought - obviously as kiddo gets a...

Another thought - obviously as kiddo gets a little older you won't need to worry as much about playgrounds for 5-12 year olds.  But that's because we know they've learned that they could get hurt if...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-08-2011, 03:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By ednkirstin
I think the fear develops when you become a...

I think the fear develops when you become a parent...lol.  My kids are 12, 10, 9, 8, 6 and 4.  Sometimes it scares me half to death watching them play.  We have a lot of climbing trees on our...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-07-2011, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 287
Posted By ednkirstin
I also agree with the others that if you can, if...

I also agree with the others that if you can, if may be worth putting the two good sleepers together.  If it helps reduce the number of battles you have, everyone wins.   ...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-07-2011, 05:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,629
Posted By ednkirstin
Thank you NJZMama - if there's one thing I've...

Thank you NJZMama - if there's one thing I've learned about parenting, it's that there's always something to learn. http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif  Take care!
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   06-07-2011, 04:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 165
Posted By ednkirstin
I'm so sorry - you must be tired judging by the...

I'm so sorry - you must be tired judging by the time of your posting...hugs.
 
Others may not agree, but I'm going to tell you I would cry it out.  I've done it with all six at some point in their...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-06-2011, 07:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,130
Posted By ednkirstin
I don't know anything about Frontline phonics,...

I don't know anything about Frontline phonics, but I do have a recommendation.  My 4 year old is just finishing up the book "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons," which I've used with all 6...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-06-2011, 07:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 287
Posted By ednkirstin
I'm sorry you're dealing with this - I know it's...

I'm sorry you're dealing with this - I know it's hard!  I have a couple of ideas for you.  First, here's what I do with my little ones as they first move into a big bed.  After doing our bedtime...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-06-2011, 06:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 552
Posted By ednkirstin
Hi!  I just posted this on another thread, but...

Hi!  I just posted this on another thread, but maybe it'll help you too.
 
With my little ones, I put them to bed at a set time or when I can tell they are tired.  I tell them it's bedtime (or...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-06-2011, 05:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 617
Posted By ednkirstin
When my little ones are that age, I put them to...

When my little ones are that age, I put them to bed at a set time or when I can tell they are tired.  I tell them it's bedtime (or naptime) and they can't get up.  After doing our bedtime routine...
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