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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2010, 08:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 823
Posted By MaterBum
I think you can do it without a group. But I...

I think you can do it without a group. But I must say that my kids and I found this year, with a small, secular group, much more satisfying and interesting. The big difference for us was just having...
Forum: Unschooling   05-11-2010, 04:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,767
Posted By MaterBum
We also love Make N Break in our house! ...

We also love Make N Break in our house!

Also, Word Pirates, Dicecapades (http://mylittleredwagon.com/toys/dicecapades-kids-game-ages-p-2095.html) (there's a 6+ version and a 12 + version), and...
Forum: Breastfeeding   03-04-2010, 11:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,796
Posted By MaterBum
Couldn't read and not give you a...

Couldn't read and not give you a http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif.
Forum: Parenting   02-26-2010, 01:41 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,460
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Forum: Unschooling   02-26-2010, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,084
Posted By MaterBum
Thanks for the input so far. I do agree...

Thanks for the input so far.

I do agree that us'ing is about a child-led education at heart. And she is motivated. But she's not so independent about it. I don't think I made that totally clear....
Forum: Unschooling   02-25-2010, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,084
Posted By MaterBum
I really could use some help balancing my ideals...

I really could use some help balancing my ideals with what my dd1 seems to be seeking/requiring/wanting/craving (don't know what the right word is).

My dd1 is a pretty serious, intense kid. For...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   02-24-2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,511
Posted By MaterBum
Another suggested reading I'll throw out there...

Another suggested reading I'll throw out there is Einstein Never Used Flashcards. It's a wonderful collection and examination of early childhood studies that continually suggest that play and love...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-20-2010, 11:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,049
Posted By MaterBum
Your kids would fit right in with mine! We meet...

Your kids would fit right in with mine! We meet with a few other families on Thursdays to let our kids play, etc. ALL the kids...ages 4 to 12...played the dog game for a couple of hours! There were...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-20-2010, 11:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 517
Posted By MaterBum
Old Yeller. Where the Red Fern Grows. ...

Old Yeller.

Where the Red Fern Grows.

Greek myths.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-19-2010, 11:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,745
Posted By MaterBum
The Seven Silly Eaters is great fun. So is the...

The Seven Silly Eaters is great fun. So is the classic, Harry the Dirty Dog.
Forum: Parenting Multiples   02-17-2010, 12:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 860
Posted By MaterBum
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http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif It's so hard when you're living through it!

Yes, I remember putting the twins in the stroller and walking with my then two year old...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   02-17-2010, 11:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,315
Posted By MaterBum
4x's a night doesn't sound unrealistic to me at...

4x's a night doesn't sound unrealistic to me at all. BUT, if you're feeling you need more sleep, perhaps you need to look at changing something. But please don't do it because one pediatrician...
Forum: Life With a Baby   02-11-2010, 11:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,738
Posted By MaterBum
I just wanted to chime in because my kids are...

I just wanted to chime in because my kids are all great sleepers, in their own beds (well, my twins still squeeze into one bed together...
Forum: Parenting   02-10-2010, 09:20 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,495
Posted By MaterBum
Here's what bothers me about those sale drives....

Here's what bothers me about those sale drives. I have to spend $3.75 for the troop to get $0.25. I'm making the company rich, not the troop! So when my nieces ask me to buy cookies for their troop,...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   02-10-2010, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 837
Posted By MaterBum
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I remember...
Forum: Parenting Multiples   02-10-2010, 11:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,231
Posted By MaterBum
I knew really early, too. Probably the 5 week...

I knew really early, too. Probably the 5 week mark.

Why? I just felt, different. I can't really put my finger on it. I kept telling my husband that I needed an u/s because he thought I was nuts...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-09-2010, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,501
Posted By MaterBum
Our group volunteers at our local library. The...

Our group volunteers at our local library. The kids wash all the toys, tables, puzzles, chairs out for the kids to use in the children's area. The library LOVES this as it needs to be done for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-09-2010, 01:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,306
Posted By MaterBum
I love reading these posts! I went to...

I love reading these posts!

I went to enroll my daughter in kindergarten last year, and couldn't follow through because of several things:

1. Just being in the building one hour with white,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-02-2010, 01:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 914
Posted By MaterBum
I think our biggest expense are the hours I...

I think our biggest expense are the hours I cannot work due to needing to be home. BUT I remind myself that some of that would go to some sort of after schoool care/sitter if I was working. And like...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-30-2010, 01:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 790
Posted By MaterBum
I think the answer depends on how confident you...

I think the answer depends on how confident you feel about approaching different math topics without someone giving you different ways to show her if you need to do so.

We used the textbook along...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-28-2010, 01:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 565
Posted By MaterBum
That sounds like a group I wouldn't be proud to...

That sounds like a group I wouldn't be proud to be a part of either. Eeeek!

I understand your frustration. We have just found a little group that we are happy with. Could you maybe approach a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-28-2010, 01:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 391
Posted By MaterBum
We looked into both options for dd1. Here are...

We looked into both options for dd1. Here are the differences I boiled it down to:

1. To me, the biggest difference was that Waldorf had a very specific time line in mind for when students were...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-28-2010, 12:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,082
Posted By MaterBum
Another vote for All About Spelling, here! It's...

Another vote for All About Spelling, here! It's not memorization, but simple, digestible chunks of spelling rules and patterns with examples and a few practice words and phrases. I like that it...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-28-2010, 12:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 565
Posted By MaterBum
I have had that experience in our area, too,...

I have had that experience in our area, too, with faith statements: very long and detailed.

I would suggest that besides reading the statement carefully, you ask about the curriculum they use and...
Forum: Unassisted Childbirth   01-25-2010, 12:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,665
Posted By MaterBum
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