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Forum: Learning at School   03-15-2010, 08:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,146
Posted By SiValleySteph
My son is in K (public school in CA) and they go...

My son is in K (public school in CA) and they go to the library 1x week. They check out a book and can take it home every week, as long as the return the book from the previous week.

It doesn't...
Forum: Learning at School   03-09-2010, 04:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,671
Posted By SiValleySteph
That's interesting. My son's class had the same...

That's interesting. My son's class had the same assignment (in class, though) and the teacher went over different things you might see on an older person - glasses, wrinkles, gray hair, etc. - and...
Forum: Learning at School   01-26-2010, 07:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,628
Posted By SiValleySteph
Quote: Originally Posted by ZoshaMosha...

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZoshaMosha http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14986885)
I should have clarified in my OP. I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-17-2009, 07:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,592
Posted By SiValleySteph
My 5 year old is getting: Lego City corner ...

My 5 year old is getting:

Lego City corner
Crayola art case (like a big wooden briefcase full of pastels, crayons, markets, etc)
Pop up soccer goal
Bendaroos
Mini animal stampers
Bakugan...
Forum: Learning at School   12-16-2009, 08:13 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 17,038
Posted By SiValleySteph
I'll add my experience as well. My son has a...

I'll add my experience as well. My son has a late September birthday, so many places this wouldn't have been an issue. Our cutoff is Dec 2nd, so he could go into Kinder when still 4. We were...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   11-02-2009, 04:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 671
Posted By SiValleySteph
Our school also has an excellent Y program on...

Our school also has an excellent Y program on site.

Unfortunately, when I went to register in the Spring, I found out I was 16 on a very long waitlist. I sent out emails to our neighboorhood...
Forum: Parenting   10-30-2009, 06:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 753
Posted By SiValleySteph
We had tons of toys. I was the 3rd of 4 girls. ...

We had tons of toys. I was the 3rd of 4 girls.

My favorites were the Cabbage Patch kids. I still remember (almost) all their names - Fayme Beluh, Fernanda Edith, Percy, Claire Lilah, and then a...
Forum: Family Safety   10-01-2009, 03:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,028
Posted By SiValleySteph
Hmmm, my son is using a Gaiam water bottle for...

Hmmm, my son is using a Gaiam water bottle for school.

We should probably switch to stainless steel, I suppose. If only we could find his missing Kleen Kanteen!

I still need to take our Siggs...
Forum: Learning at School   09-16-2009, 03:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,594
Posted By SiValleySteph
My son is getting a "Home Fun" packet every...

My son is getting a "Home Fun" packet every Monday that is turned in on Friday. It has usually 1-3 sheets per day plus will say "read for 20 minutes" on every day's assignment. The sheets compliment...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-08-2009, 06:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 378
Posted By SiValleySteph
Are girls shorts & boys shorts different? I...

Are girls shorts & boys shorts different?

I got my son a pair in the boys section of Target that are black with a drawstring, they also had ones with stripes down the side, for about $6. He is...
Forum: Learning at School   09-04-2009, 02:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 567
Posted By SiValleySteph
Oh, you guys made me remember more things. ...

Oh, you guys made me remember more things.

They are doing journals. He already brought home the August journal. Mostly it's pictures now based on what stories they were read. They also make books...
Forum: Learning at School   09-03-2009, 07:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 567
Posted By SiValleySteph
It's hard for me to say exactly what the...

It's hard for me to say exactly what the cirricula is at DS's K.

He's is one of the 4 year olds - his birthday is in a few weeks.

I know they are doing Zoo Phonics. They've been working on...
Forum: Working and Student Parents   09-03-2009, 04:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 816
Posted By SiValleySteph
My son just started Kindergarten. He's been in...

My son just started Kindergarten. He's been in full-time daycare since he was 7 months old. It has been a big change for us and I have felt quite teary at times.

Now we have to drop 2 kids off...
Forum: Learning at School   09-01-2009, 08:21 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,544
Posted By SiValleySteph
Quote: Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14319047)
I was hoping to get all e-textbooks...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-20-2009, 08:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 891
Posted By SiValleySteph
My DH & I talk about this a fair amount as we...

My DH & I talk about this a fair amount as we are the products of inexpensive colleges. We both went to in-state colleges and had scholarships. We then both ended up at a top 3 grad school in our...
Forum: Learning at School   08-19-2009, 07:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,075
Posted By SiValleySteph
I'm only on day 3 of packing lunch, so we will...

I'm only on day 3 of packing lunch, so we will see how it goes. http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif

I've decided to send a small treat everyday in the lunchbox, like a...
Forum: Learning at School   08-18-2009, 09:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 682
Posted By SiValleySteph
Quote: Originally Posted by WC_hapamama...

Quote:
Originally Posted by WC_hapamama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14252146)
At the elementary school my kids attend,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-04-2009, 09:19 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,477
Posted By SiValleySteph
I want to whine about our school supply list....

I want to whine about our school supply list. It's not that long, but incredibly specific. Then I went to the store and couldn't find most of the stuff.

For instance:
1 set of 10 large Crayola...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   08-04-2009, 07:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 942
Posted By SiValleySteph
What culture are the parents/grandparents? ...

What culture are the parents/grandparents?

I have a co-worker whose son has been living with the grandparents in China for more than 2 years since her maternity leave was up. It seems...
Forum: Learning at School   07-28-2009, 07:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,867
Posted By SiValleySteph
Quote: Originally Posted by plunky...

Quote:
Originally Posted by plunky http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/14148142)
My class used TI calculators and I had an HP...
Forum: Learning at School   07-17-2009, 03:18 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,668
Posted By SiValleySteph
After reading this, I went on a search for my...

After reading this, I went on a search for my son's school's list. It's not too long, but very specific!

Please bring items the first day of school.
No mechanical pencils or gel pens, please....
Forum: Frugality & Finances   07-14-2009, 08:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 742
Posted By SiValleySteph
It's an interesting choice. We went through...

It's an interesting choice.

We went through the same thing when my older son was about 2. He had been in a center for almost 1-1/2 years. It had the same thing with moving up every 6 months. That...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   06-16-2009, 01:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,743
Posted By SiValleySteph
Oh good, my babies are Asian so we can co-sleep....

Oh good, my babies are Asian so we can co-sleep.

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Forum: Working and Student Parents   06-12-2009, 07:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,009
Posted By SiValleySteph
I would just say I was going to the new mother's...

I would just say I was going to the new mother's room.

Once I was having a bad day and this guy was giving me flack for starting my meeting a little late and I was just fed up and said, "Excuse...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-01-2009, 08:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 258
Posted By SiValleySteph
Hmmm... Gymboree has knit shorts with a...

Hmmm... Gymboree has knit shorts with a drawstring. Would they be "too big" in his terms, if you have to cinch them in? My son is really skinny, but these work for him. I tie them so they will stay...
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