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In numerous threads I've spoken of how my MIL (former teacher) is so supportive of our homeschooling... She's passing on her supplies and knowledge here and there and keeping her distance as much as she can control. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's been okay so far. I've taken her advice on a few things (mainly suggestions on how to beef up the home library, etc.) But she's pretty much stayed clear of "how" I want to homeschool. She's accepting of the relaxed mentality - go with the flow basically and that I really don't want to push learning at this age.<br><br>
Well in a phone conversation a few weeks ago she mentioned seeing a wonderful manipulative set in one of her teacher magazines (some outlet type thing). It was supposed to contain some bug counters, bear counters, various color tiles, etc., etc.) I gave her the go ahead to order it for DS's birthday.<br><br>
Well it arrived today in a HUGE box. I swear there are enough manipulatives here for an entire classroom!!!! Luckily it came with some pretty clever storage containers (with dividers) to keep it all somewhat neat and compact, but WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS!??! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: It's taking up a total of two square feet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I am so grateful to have a supportive MIL who is generous with her own stash (not being used anyway) and full of wonderful suggestions. I feel ungrateful, but I knew I could vent here and you would understand...<br><br>
It's a good thing my Rainbow Resource order hasn't arrived. DH is going to have a fit! LOL (in my defense RR is mostly Lauri Puzzles and art supplies)
 

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My mom is neutral at best on hsing and is a retired principal who know does IEP coordination for 2 schools. She gives us stuff that takes up half the house that's not nearly as cool as a giant box of math stuff.<br><br>
Be grateful it's not a super life size stuffed animal or a 2.5 foot cube that sings nursery rhymes....
 

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well now that you'e put it in perspective... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
(I'm sorta afraid of the nursery rhyme cube thing you described - yikes!)
 

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<span><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Gosh, I think you're going to have a hard time finding sympathy here!<br><br>
Bug counters, bear counters, tiles, and clever storage containers? It'll probably come in pretty handy at some point. She sounds as if she's excited about what you're doing and can't help but want to participate vicariously from a distance. Hey, really, it could be a crocheted teddy bear with owl eyes, a big handmade clown sewn in garish colors - all sorts of things you'd hate to have lying around, especially when your child doesn't even care for them. Oh, <i>all sorts</i> of weird stuff - and never mind how I happen to know about that kind of thing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: .... - Lillian</span>
 

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I guess I should explain that we're pretty tight for space here... and with the new baby coming we're getting even more cramped. I think I'll pack a lot of it away for a rainy day. Maybe I should have posted in the decluttering forum. hehehe
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I guess I should explain that we're pretty tight for space here... and with the new baby coming we're getting even more cramped. I think I'll pack a lot of it away for a rainy day.</div>
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<span><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Yeah, I figured you must be dealing with tight space. Sounds like it could be a pretty fun to dig out on a rainy day! - Lillian</span>
 

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I understand completely. For me it's my dad. He was a teacher, won't be anymore, and wants the boys to be able to benefit from all of his books, etc. And he moved last year, so he needed to unload. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Problem is, we live in a small 1 bedroom house, with way too much stuff already. We're adding on, but it's not ready yet. Thankfully, the upstairs where we're doing schooling/projects (Yay! We can leave a project out and still have a place to eat dinner!) is now ready, so we're moving things in there. But when he sent the boxes and boxes of stuff, the floor wasn't even finished up there. So we had to stash stuff away here, there, and anywhere else we could find. Much of it moved from room to room while we painted and tiled. Can I tell you how much dh loves those boxes?. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I don't even know what all we have or where it all is at this point.<br><br>
So, I understand the being grateful for the stuff but also feeling like it's just too much. Sometimes they just go overboard. I mean really, how much 4th grade stuff can I really use?? Yeah, I can use it over a couple or three years, but still...<br><br>
And yeah, there are certainly worse things, but it can be frustrationg.<br><br>
BTW, is there another hs'er near you who could use some manipulatives? Maybe you could share some.
 

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You should remind her you're homeschooling ONE, not trying to start a one-room schoolhouse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> She just sounds really excited. Try to avoid talking about homeschooling and get her to get you cloth diapers for your new baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> She sounds like a generous person.
 
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