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Forum: The Childhood Years   09-30-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By MomtoDandJ
I'm just curious how many moms are doing some...

I'm just curious how many moms are doing some kind of "school prep" with their kids at home?  I'm sure most of us on here are reading with our kids at night and doing simple math stuff like...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-01-2013, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 90
Posted By MomtoDandJ
My ds is starting first grade!!! (Wow, time...

My ds is starting first grade!!! (Wow, time flies!  But that's another post... :)
 
I found a really good free resource to help kids ease into the idea of school and get excited for the first day....
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   03-13-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By MomtoDandJ
Thanks -- that's helpful!  My DD has no idea...

Thanks -- that's helpful!  My DD has no idea she's being tested but I'm nervous about it! :)
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   03-12-2013, 11:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By MomtoDandJ
Has anyone's child gone through the K-Bit...

Has anyone's child gone through the K-Bit testing or KTEA-2?  My daughter's school uses the test for admissions to a gifted program and I'm curious what it is.  I tried to find a few sample...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-25-2012, 12:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 278
Posted By MomtoDandJ
My moms,   My favorite website for free...

My moms,
 
My favorite website for free worksheets for kids (http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets) just added a group of Fourth of July activities.  I printed a set for my 5yo ds...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-05-2012, 07:49 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 276
Posted By MomtoDandJ
A website that I use for free worksheets just...

A website that I use for free worksheets just added a set of Easter worksheets (http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets/category/easter-worksheets) and Easter math worksheets...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-03-2012, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 958
Posted By MomtoDandJ
Kids definitely need to be taught the correct...

Kids definitely need to be taught the correct pencil grip, so maybe it's just that your son has never been taught?  It's definitely awkward for little fingers to hold the pencil the right way until...
Forum: The Childhood Years   02-03-2012, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By MomtoDandJ
Yes, definitely try letting your child write in...

Yes, definitely try letting your child write in pudding on a cookie sheet or in shaving cream on the shower wall.  That will make it more fun, plus it won't show "mistakes" as much as pencil on a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-13-2011, 06:14 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 117
Posted By MomtoDandJ
One of my favorite sites for free worksheets...

One of my favorite sites for free worksheets just posted some Christmas worksheets (http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets/category/christmas-worksheets) and Christmas math worksheets...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-13-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 138
Posted By MomtoDandJ
  One of my most favorite websites for free...


One of my most favorite websites for free worksheets and educational activity suggestions just added some Christmas worksheets...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-09-2011, 10:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 311
Posted By MomtoDandJ
We play a lot of sight word games...

We play a lot of sight word games (http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets/category/sight-word-games) in my house, too!  It makes learning to read feel so fun - which is how it should...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-09-2011, 10:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,307
Posted By MomtoDandJ
Yeah - I'm so glad I posted!  I had second...

Yeah - I'm so glad I posted!  I had second thoughts after posting my original message because I was worried maybe it really was all parents of older kids -- but here everyone is! :)
 
Maybe now...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-09-2011, 10:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 507
Posted By MomtoDandJ
I never used the My Baby Can Read program so I...

I never used the My Baby Can Read program so I can't speak to that.  What I have found helpful are just introduce sight words here and there so my son (now 4yo) can start learning to recognize how...
Forum: Learning at School   12-09-2011, 10:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,850
Posted By MomtoDandJ
I feel for you -- first grade math is scary!...

I feel for you -- first grade math is scary!  What seems to have worked for us is working a little bit each night on more basic concepts like counting with one-to-one correspondence and pattern...
Forum: Unschooling   11-29-2011, 11:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 132
Posted By MomtoDandJ
Great tips everyone!  I love the idea of a short...

Great tips everyone!  I love the idea of a short pencil -- I'll try it this afternoon! :)
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-29-2011, 08:31 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,307
Posted By MomtoDandJ
If so, please say a quick hello!  Seems to be a...

If so, please say a quick hello!  Seems to be a lot of parents of older kids, so I was wondering if everyone is lurking... LOL!
Forum: Unschooling   11-29-2011, 08:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 132
Posted By MomtoDandJ
  I'm wondering what advice seasoned moms have...


I'm wondering what advice seasoned moms have when it comes to getting young kids to hold the pencil correctly and write with any sort of accuracy.  I've heard about "the claw" pencil grip -- has...
Forum: Learning at School   11-17-2011, 05:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 166
Posted By MomtoDandJ
My 4yo's teacher doesn't do much...

My 4yo's teacher doesn't do much Thanksgiving-themed stuff, so I found a great set of Thanksgiving worksheets I've been doing with him at home this week.  Thought I'd share them here in case anyone...
Forum: Learning at School   10-28-2011, 02:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 148
Posted By MomtoDandJ
Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!!

Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!!
Forum: Learning at School   10-28-2011, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 148
Posted By MomtoDandJ
I'm curious if anyone has good resources for...

I'm curious if anyone has good resources for making commercial holidays like Halloween educational... My 4yo son is totally obsessed with Halloween this year and is literally counting down the days...
Forum: Learning at School   10-26-2011, 09:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 440
Posted By MomtoDandJ
I know, I love that site too.  Each morning I...

I know, I love that site too.  Each morning I just get on the computer with my son and together we pick what worksheets to print.  Today it was some tracing letter worksheets...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-25-2011, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,383
Posted By MomtoDandJ
Hugs to you -- separation anxiety is so hard!  I...

Hugs to you -- separation anxiety is so hard!  I found this article on managing separation anxiety (http://www.schoolsparks.com/blog/tips-for-handling-tears-at-drop-off-time) to be really helpful....
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-25-2011, 10:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 202
Posted By MomtoDandJ
Maybe you can focus on colors instead of on...

Maybe you can focus on colors instead of on coloring... like identifying different colors in the environment, looking through the 64+ colors in a crayon box, etc.  I think a desire to color can stem...
Forum: Learning at School   10-25-2011, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 645
Posted By MomtoDandJ
I think a good kindergarten readiness test...

I think a good kindergarten readiness test (http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-readiness-test) can help guide parents as they make the red-shirt-or-don't-red-shirt decision.  If your child is...
Forum: Learning at School   10-25-2011, 10:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 440
Posted By MomtoDandJ
It's definitely possible!  Your local library...

It's definitely possible!  Your local library will have lots of books to help you and there are many many MANY totally free kindergarten worksheets...
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