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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   Today, 03:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,179
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   Today, 03:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 126
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   Yesterday, 02:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
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   Yesterday, 01:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
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   Yesterday, 01:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 428
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   Yesterday, 12:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 126
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: 6
Views: 496
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: 234
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: 845
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: 845
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: 1,083
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: 646
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: 646
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: 717
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: 234
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!
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-16-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By spruce
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Fillyjonk http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1389612/chemistry-kit/0_50#post_17457861)
 spruce - really...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-11-2013, 05:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 234
Posted By spruce
We are using Thames and Kosmos Chem C3000.  It...

We are using Thames and Kosmos Chem C3000.  It is our "fun" science, and my 12 yo especially loves it.
 
As for books or texts...things like Steve Spangler's "Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes" are...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-11-2013, 05:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 152
Posted By spruce
Oh, fillyjonk, I thought you were looking for an...

Oh, fillyjonk, I thought you were looking for an organizational tool for reading by age or by subject?  Looks like bookhing is more like Little Free Libraries, which really interests me also.
 
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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-11-2013, 04:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 152
Posted By spruce
i don't have any recommendations, but I am also...

i don't have any recommendations, but I am also interested in replies here. 
 
My 12 yo and 9yo sons read like I do...whatever is in front of them....:)  so I hope to help them organize their...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-07-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 237
Posted By spruce
:hug    Today is our 3rd daughter's 18th...

:hug 
 
Today is our 3rd daughter's 18th birthday.  EIGHTEEN.  Believe, me, I know the "I blinked" feeling!
 
Hug him a little harder...my 12 yo son just started being physically standoffish if...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-24-2013, 02:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 451
Posted By spruce
Thanks for the Bravewriter tip!  I love the idea...

Thanks for the Bravewriter tip!  I love the idea of poetry teas...and I think my kidlets will love it as well.  :)
 
My 9yo is  a dedicated fable writer...he loves to write that one type of story,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-23-2013, 01:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 191
Posted By spruce
Hi, Rainbow.    I want to preface this by...

Hi, Rainbow. 
 
I want to preface this by saying I am not a whole-life Waldorf homeschooler.  We tried full-on Waldorf last year and it was a bit much for me...but we use a lot of the styles of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-19-2013, 12:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By spruce
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by AAK http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: I'm Pregnant   01-22-2013, 08:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,122
Posted By spruce
My babies don't follow this pattern. They have...

My babies don't follow this pattern. They have been:

Girl, 6 lbs, 11 oz, 3 days past EDD

Girl, 8 lbs, 0 oz., 21 days (yep, 21), past EDD

Boy, 7 lbs 10 oz, 10 days past EDD

Boy, 8 lbs 7...
Forum: Homebirth   12-04-2012, 06:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,233
Posted By spruce
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by phathui5 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1363237/apparently-im-high-risk/0_50#post_17157748)

That...
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