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Forum: The Childhood Years   11-08-2011, 01:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 240
Posted By NZJMama
I too have rough and tumble boys (5 and 7)  and...

I too have rough and tumble boys (5 and 7)  and what you are describing sounds pretty normal to me. Like the pp's, we do push-ups or obstacle courses or whatever when things seem to be getting out...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-26-2011, 10:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 682
Posted By NZJMama
I have two boys, one who is amazingly active and...

I have two boys, one who is amazingly active and one who is more typical (in my opinion). We build forts, play with balls and my boys are allowed to jump on and off our couch. If they start getting...
Forum: Learning at School   10-26-2011, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 228
Posted By NZJMama
The school you chose sounds wonderful. We...

The school you chose sounds wonderful. We seriously considered Catholic School as we are Catholic and have one that is walking distance from our house. Unfortunately, the school near us isn't nearly...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-24-2011, 02:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 224
Posted By NZJMama
Could you leave some art supplies out without...

Could you leave some art supplies out without giving her any expectation to just sit down and draw? Let her explore different materials when she is ready/interested.  We have an art center with lots...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-24-2011, 02:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,945
Posted By NZJMama
I agree with many of the others. I think goodie...

I agree with many of the others. I think goodie bags for the sake of a bag is junky and wasteful. However, at our parties we usually have a theme and I usually have activities that end up with...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-13-2011, 07:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Posted By NZJMama
When my son was 5, I visited his Sunday school...

When my son was 5, I visited his Sunday school class (we're Catholic too) and I realized why he didn't want to go, it was soooo boring. I'm surprised he didn't put up more of a battle to be honest....
Forum: Learning at School   10-13-2011, 06:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,220
Posted By NZJMama
My son is Sept 16 and the cutoff is Oct. 1. We...

My son is Sept 16 and the cutoff is Oct. 1. We waited and so far I have no regrets.
Forum: Learning at School   10-11-2011, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 241
Posted By NZJMama
I agree with the others, I would visit a few...

I agree with the others, I would visit a few different preschools so you have something to compare it to and can make your decision based on what you have seen. Take your DD too and see if she is...
Forum: Learning at School   10-11-2011, 10:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 691
Posted By NZJMama
I red shirted my DS with a Sept. birthday and an...

I red shirted my DS with a Sept. birthday and an Oct. 1 cut off.  So far I have no regrets. I plan to do the same with #2, but he has an August birthday. My kids are small though so size was never a...
Forum: Learning at School   10-10-2011, 11:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 412
Posted By NZJMama
 Quote:Originally Posted by...



Quote:Originally Posted by meemee http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1331393/whole-group-instruction-anyone#post_16695294)

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Forum: Learning at School   10-10-2011, 10:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 412
Posted By NZJMama
Hmmm...it seems like the effectiveness depends...

Hmmm...it seems like the effectiveness depends on how it is implemented. I suppose that is true with any model of education. I am just surprised how well it seems to work and how much I am finding...
Forum: Learning at School   09-29-2011, 11:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,536
Posted By NZJMama
Sorry, didn't realize there were two pages of...

Sorry, didn't realize there were two pages of replies. Glad to hear that things are going pretty well for him.
Forum: Learning at School   09-29-2011, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 412
Posted By NZJMama
I was just curious if anyone else has a child in...

I was just curious if anyone else has a child in a school that uses whole group instruction. In other words, they don't do any ability grouping. The class moves through the curriculum as a whole...
Forum: Learning at School   09-29-2011, 11:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,536
Posted By NZJMama
I agree with what most of the pp's have said....

I agree with what most of the pp's have said. Definitely talk to the school. The sooner the better.  I used to provide handwriting help in our local school district and it can take awhile for the...
Forum: Learning at School   09-28-2011, 03:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 819
Posted By NZJMama
It looks like two separate problems to me.  The...

It looks like two separate problems to me.  The first problem is the teacher. To say she is not a math person is absolutely unacceptable. She is an elementary school teacher and teaching math is...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   09-26-2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 220
Posted By NZJMama
My boys are 23 months apart. They are 5 and 7...

My boys are 23 months apart. They are 5 and 7 now. I would be lying if I said that it was a breeze from the get go. The first couple years were tough. I didn't realize how much of a baby #1 still...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-24-2011, 08:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 186
Posted By NZJMama
I would try to plan the party to last just a...

I would try to plan the party to last just a couple hours. Enough time for some free play, games, cake and presents. We just had a Harry Potter party for my son and used dry ice for potions. They...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-21-2011, 08:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By NZJMama
I agree with what many of the others are saying....

I agree with what many of the others are saying. It is all fine and good to have ideas about how we want to parent, but for me reality often sets in and I find myself doing things I never thought I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-21-2011, 07:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 975
Posted By NZJMama
My boys play with guns, swords and knives. I...

My boys play with guns, swords and knives. I tried valiantly in the beginning to keep them from playing like that, but as others have said everything else just became a gun or whatever. I try to...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-21-2011, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 953
Posted By NZJMama
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Quote:Originally Posted by meemee http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-18-2011, 02:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,976
Posted By NZJMama
We just hosted our first "drop-off" party...

We just hosted our first "drop-off" party yesterday for DS who just turned 7. However, I invited all of the parents to stay. None did though. DS went to 3 parties when he was 6 where I dropped him...
Forum: Learning at School   09-18-2011, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 273
Posted By NZJMama
Thanks for all the ideas. I did some shopping...

Thanks for all the ideas. I did some shopping for the week and so I'll see what he thinks.
Forum: Learning at School   09-14-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 273
Posted By NZJMama
 We are meat eaters and he is not a...



We are meat eaters and he is not a terribly picky eater. I just keep getting stuck on the dairy thing. Sounds silly I know.
 
Do you cook up the hotdogs and pack them cold? I think he would...
Forum: Learning at School   09-14-2011, 02:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 273
Posted By NZJMama
DS #2 is eating lunch at preschool this year....

DS #2 is eating lunch at preschool this year. They are a nut free school which is pretty easy to comply with. I was tlaking to the director the other day and she mentioned there was a child in his...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-14-2011, 02:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,642
Posted By NZJMama
We get home about 4. School gets out at 3:20,...

We get home about 4. School gets out at 3:20, but I usually let him play on the playground for awhile after school. Come home and free play and do homework if he has any. Eat dinner at 5. Right now,...
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