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  1. Regarding The Wind in the Willows: We have a love affair with this book, so I encourage you to try again with your kids sometime, OP! We introduced it when my kids were around 5 and 7, and have reread it almost every year since. It can hold kids' attention! I distinctly remember the first time we went through it, when we got to the scene at the end when the friends were preparing for the battle, my son (the five-year-old) jumped out of seat and danced around the living room as the only way he could vent his excitement. (Obviously, I don't expect my kids to stay seated during read-alouds.) And as with many "children's" books, this book is also for adults, too. I could write an essay on how beautiful I think this book is. Regarding Just So Stories: We introduced this around the same time, and we all love those stories. Our favorite is "The Beginning of Armadillos". If you'd like an audiobook recommendation just to mix things up for your kids, we can heartily recommend the Jim Weiss' collection. But @GracieJane, here's something really important for you to think about when you consider pre-World War I children's books: Your kids have a definite advantage in reading nineteenth-century English. How can I be so confident to say that? Because your kids know German! If your kids have no problem with "wohin", "woher", and "darauf" in their German books, they will have no problem with "whither", "whence", and "thereupon" being sprinkled through an English book. English sentences with lots of dependent clauses and non-modern word order will just sound "German" to them. I hope that you will take advantage of this! Good luck! Read-alouds are so much fun. Find your stride and your kids' stride, don't worry about matching up with some other family's experience, and you'll be able to look back on these times as some of the best moments of motherhood!
  2. @GracieJane, my kids are 12 and 10, both of them great independent readers, and they still ask for Winnie the Pooh for bedtime story! @HomeAgain, I want to come to your house and listen to your read-alouds! 😊
  3. I will certainly tell her. Your words will make her day! Thank you!
  4. @Mrs Twain, I love these words of yours. Thank you very much for them. I'm in the middle years of homeschooling (we just finished our seventh year), and we're just happily moving along on our WTM-inspired education. Your words inspire me to keep on the path.
  5. Just a quick note to everyone who has helped on this thread: We're moving along. We bought the Shot Blocker, and we're trying to do a little bit of visual desensitization every day. @KSera, I especially wanted to let you know that she's taken the Claire Weekes language to heart, and reminds herself to let the anxiety "float". She'll get that vaccine somehow, I'm sure. Thanks, everyone, for your help! I'll make sure to update again when there's success! (And we'll have a huge party for her!)
  6. Hi @ktgrok. Yes, it does seem confusing, doesn't it? That's the thing, this is a phobia so it is completely irrational. The longer I walk through this with her, the more that I realize how serious a phobia it is. It's not about the pain - she normally has a very high tolerance to pain. It's not about fear of the vaccine itself - she's very pro-vaccine and really wants to get it. It's The Needle, and she's been like this for years now. Numbing cream, freezing spray, even Buzzy all represent The Needle to her, and even knowing how irrational it is, she can't talk herself out of the anxiety. She's working hard on this, though.
  7. @Laura Corin, this is wonderful! Thank you! (Please excuse me for taking so long to get back to you.) We listened to the whole thing so that we could get the lady's whole story. My daughter was so glad to hear of someone else with needle anxiety as serious as hers. We're going to implement many of the ideas mentioned. She's still trying!
  8. Hello blendergal. A few years ago I did something similar with my kids. For each continent, we memorized the names of: The highest point The lowest point The longest river The largest lake And then, depending on the continent, something along the lines of the largest metro area, etc. We got all of our information from The National Geographic Kids World Atlas. At least in the fourth edition, all of that information was summarized nicely in the back of the book. Sounds like you're planning a great study. Have fun!
  9. Alicia64, sometimes a post needs more than just a "like". Thank you for sharing this. My kids aren't quite in the teen years yet (one is close), and I still needed to read it already.
  10. Condessa, thank you so much for sharing your kid's experience. (I hope he's doing well! Please let us know!) I agree with the "just get it over with quick" method. Whatever we try next, we will try to prepare the person to just do it fast. She has already said that she will refuse the numbing cream ("as bad as the shot itself") but maybe that is the first thing we can desensitize her too. I'm afraid, though, that I can't hold her anymore. She's almost as big as I am! Thank you so much!
  11. Splash1, this is wonderful! Thank you for letting me know! I saw your post when it came in, but I'm only now responding, but we ordered a five-pack of these and they should be here early next week. My daughter says she just might try this! Thank you! I only hope that she'll stay seated in the chair long enough to try...
  12. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply to you, KSera. You can't know how glad I am to hear that there is a mist in development, though of course we hope she'll get the shot sooner! I'd love to take her to a drive-through clinic, but the nearest one is at least two hours away. (We live pretty far from the nearby cities), and I think that the long car ride would only increase her anxiety. I really appreciate all of your kind words! She'll get through this somehow...
  13. Hi MercyA. Thank you so much for your kind words (and sorry it's taken me so long to get back to this thread). It may be a crazy thought, but I'd be willing for her to try the nitrous oxide if it were available! Thank you for sending along those links! If we can't get her the shot any other way, I'll see if her pediatrician knows of a place that could do this.
  14. Seconding John Collier's Annunciation that @egao_gakari mentioned above! The other one that I thought of is The Prodigal Son with Pigs by Jerry Dienes.
  15. Hi everyone. I'm sorry I took so long to reply to all of these. Here's an update: My state started a very generous limited-time financial incentive for getting the Covid shot. We suggested it to our daughter, who decided that she would try again. So we immediately got an appointment for the next day. The World's Most Confident Twelve-Year-Old still refused any sort of anti-anxiety medicine, but we tried all of the other suggestions you all offered. She went to bed dreaming of what she would do with the money. Next day, Daddy took the day off work, we all drove an hour away to Big City. She was so excited to get the shot! Well, you can imagine what happened: When we got there, it took half an hour to get her out of the car. It took another fifteen minutes to convince her to go through registration. She sat in the chair for about 30 seconds before bolting. ALL of the volunteers there were as wonderful as could be, but she still couldn't bring herself to go through with it. 😪 I'll update again when there's something new. Hopefully they'll either come up with the vaccine as a mist, or we'll just continue our Covid-safe practices until she can get over it. Thank you all for your encouragement!
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