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  1. Quilts are hard though because they are a high priced item and most people shopping at the fairs don't want to drop that much cash. Oh and also little folder bags for holding crayons and/or coloring books and stuff. Also crayon rolls.
  2. I love the kitchen towel idea with the hanger on the oven. Things I've bought at craft fairs are cloth napkins (I just find them of a high quality for the price compared to mass produced ones), the heart shaped oven mitt things, and I can't keep myself away from the quilts.
  3. Your wok would also need to be flat bottom to work on an electric.
  4. That could be true too. It could just be the exposure.
  5. My kids have an easier time memorizing stuff that we are also doing lessons or something else with. So they memorize math and science facts naturally (I just have to find/make a short succinct statement). My youngest (3) uses these memorized statements to figure out if something is a particular shape; I showed her a 5 min video on shapes. Poetry and scripture I haven't pushed too hard. We just read the same thing over the course of the week and my only expectation is that they listen while I read. If they choose to repeat it they can. I didn't start off being enthusiastic about having them memorize anything, but it's growing on me. I've seen them be able to use more sophisticated language over time and compared to peers. In math and handwriting it seems to help them be more fluent (quicker). Of course for math and handwriting it's in conjuncture with hands-on activities and practice. In language arts and reading, To me it's another tool to learn things.
  6. That is what would happen at my house. Are the components expensive to replace? Actually that would be an age close to being able to show him how to design his own circuit boards (if he's interested). They sell boards with a sheet of copper taped/glued on one or both sides. The copper can be cut out and peeled away (the glue isn't that strong). It's essentially a handmade printed circuit board. If he gets more curious about the circuit side of things vs. the coding side of things.
  7. Son is almost 5. Which snap circuits kit should I get? Is JR too small to really do anything? SC-300 will it take him years before he's building and understanding those? SC-750 overkill??
  8. I'm opposite of you. I grew up using electric; that was what I knew. We had the heated ring type then later moved to one with a smooth top. When I got married my husband insisted on gas and it's what we have now. I LOVE it. I do not foresee myself ever going back to electric again. The smooth top electric is very easy to clean. The gas is easier to clean compared to the ring style electric. I did realize I needed to clean my grates; it's no big deal (with a large sink) you put it in soapy water and wipe clean. I didn't wash the grates for years (because I didn't know it was necessary) and no elbow grease was required. Get it dry (no drips) then just turn on the cooktop to complete the drying process. Why I love gas over electric? Gas makes cooking so much faster. My gas cooktop won me over by boiling water. Gas can do things electric can't do. Electric cannot get the wok hot or evenly heated enough to do a proper stir-fry. The flames for sure wrap around the wok better than electric (which depends solely on the cooking vessel to get the heat on the sides). I can also flame roast peppers on gas.
  9. @Moonhawk , @purpleowl, and @Matt Layman I'm doing the trial on School Desk, will check it out. Yes I tried Trello and MS OneNote and there were too many other things and I was too busy setting the right background or the perfect sticky note color. Writing is doable right now, but it's a bit more paper then I'd like.
  10. I'd like her review of this program. I am struggling with school planning and school planners for my Kindergartener. What does she think this planner gives her that others don't (both dedicated homeschool planners and teacher planners). I tried Trello, but I felt like I do need a paper copy so I don't have to run off every 10-15min (after each activity) to figure out what we are suppose to do next. Right now I'm doing lots of paper with redundant information, some to wrap my head around what we'll be doing and materials I need to gather and others to make a weekly plan for me to refer to during the day.
  11. I've done lessons with my kid (younger) in science both hands-on experiment and just watch a video. In my opinion at this age bracket (K-2) it feels like the retention and the things they are getting out of it is about the same. In fact sometimes when I do an "elaborate" science experiment all he remembers is making a mess or something not science related. Whereas the science videos usually repeat some scientific statement and the kids remember those facts much better. I just ask my kids after the video or at dinner time What happened or What did you learn in the XYZ video. Don't let Pinterest guilt you into always hands-on science.
  12. I went to public school and starting from about middle school they had all these programs directed toward girls interested in STEM. I wonder if you could ask your local public school if they know of some of these programs local to you. For some I just had to pay for supplies, some were fully sponsored, and some needed payment but had a lot of scholarships available. I did everything from science/math teachers doing fun activities afterschool once a month, to field trips to local businesses, to women in engineering volunteering their time to do a day camp where girls got to do fun projects in different fields and talk about their experience in their field. These programs were mostly fun and not super educational, except for the fact that they got me exposed to the fun things I could possibly be doing in different fields. Also exposure to actual women doing "traditionally" men's work and getting their perspectives and learning who they are and who I can be (that they are regular women). The one that stuck with me all these years was a female welder and learning she too liked shopping (I had been told a lot before then that I was too much of a girly girl to be an engineer). Any way I really enjoyed my career as an electrical engineer. I only stopped because I had two wonderful children that I wanted to stay home with.
  13. I could see this happening for me as well. I guess it's more of grass could be greener on the other side. Financially speaking there wouldn't be any real financial advantage for our family either. There would be some extra money coming in (maybe?). The only benefit is that if anything should happen to my husband or our relationship, I'd be able to financially take care of the children and I solo. Emotionally I'd probably be a wreck anyways so ...
  14. I sort of wish someone told me that. Although not sure if I would have followed that advice when I was younger anyways. I had a super fulfilling career up until I had a second child, but it's hard to figure out how to do that part-time.
  15. I'm utterly lost. Granted I have no idea what the methodology they are trying to teach is, there is a part of me that feels no matter what method they are teaching the kids about adding, multiplying, dividing, multivariable calculus, etc. shouldn't the problem look something like something they might encounter in real life (even if it means they have to be rocket scientist or mathematician before they encounter such a problem). Of course aside from SAHM my other career was electrical engineering so I'm fully in the math is a tool for doing fun stuff, and not math is fun in and of itself.
  16. I definitely remember feeling this when I went to school. It got better in high school when I got past the "mandatory" math (I think at the time we were required to take up to Algebra, so pre-calc/calculus was better). I hope your kids find the other kids in class who are still trying to learn and not checked out.
  17. I have an almost 5 year old, currently not diagnosed with anything. Yes I definitely sometimes feel like "if I hadn't said or expected XYZ maybe we wouldn't be in this 3 hour tantrum." So you aren't alone in those feelings. Even the if I was a more (fill in the blank) mother, I'd have this figured out or be able to handle it "correctly". My saving grace is my second child who behaves more like the textbook child, when I set a limit for her (or say no) I get at most a 5-10min tantrum. Me acknowledging her feelings and singing a Daniel Tiger song about taking a deep breath and counting to 4 results in her getting on with her life. It reminds me that most parenting books are talking to parents like my second child. (For the record, I do love and like both my children differently and at least pretty close to equally.)
  18. I know in high school and college I was not always graded on correctness for homework problems. I had professors/teachers grade homework 1) Solely on done vs not done (answers were marked correct or incorrect but the grade was not dependent on it). 2) Graded on correctness, but you could earn the points missed by handing in corrected work. 3) Graded on correctness, but homework was worth so little it didn't really matter. (something like 10% of total grade, the rest of the grade would be tests, and project(s)) At a certain level of math/science you are going to get your homework problems wrong. The homework is there to show you what you need more practice on before you go in for a test.
  19. Engineering degrees (at least mechanical and electrical in my experience) can lead to very hands on jobs. For electrical engineering I went through all of applied Calculus in college and only had to do an introductory course in the more esoteric math (number theory, set theory , etc.), for the record I did not like that class. You can get a job and career with a bachelor's degree. Another "perk" is that you can continue to move up the ladder and still be hands on, most companies have a technical and a management path with similar compensation (until VP/CEO levels). It could be some fields to think about that satisfy your kid's interest in hands on work and yours of motivating them to get a college degree.
  20. An hour per store. I have two little kids so it's usually a whole activity. A lot of practicing reading, looking for shapes/numbers/letters/colors, socializing with people, etc. Someday perhaps grocery store trips will be faster.
  21. I would think same as cupcakes. I would agree at about $3.50 - $4 per pop wouldn't be outrageous. I mean people make a decent living opening bakeries. Intricate decorations would could easily edge it up to $6+ a pop I think (like a wedding cake).
  22. LuLa Roe I thought they went out of business when people discovered for that price point they could get way better leggings from athletics brands. Not only soft but also moisture wicking and holds you together. My friend sold it for about a year (I think she broke even). I did buy a couple from her because I was pregnant and their clothes work pretty well as maternity/nursing wear. I have no idea why anyone would fall for it. I asked my friend she giggled and waved me off. I like Usbourne books, but most people I know join that to get the books with the consultant discount. I know one person who doesn't do it for that reason and she really hustles for it. She organizes public story times it doesn't feel lucrative but I guess it does give her super flexible hours and I think their family would survive without the income. My Colorstreet consultant, she does it for fun. She has a real job that is not Colorstreet. We need a consultant to get to the stickers, without the guilt. I know I'm privileged to be good at something that can pay really well. I know not all people has access to that so I could see how "make six figures from home" can sucker people in.
  23. Especially in college, I would have rough drafts for all my homework. At work I kept 2 notebooks for the longest time, one for my thinking and one for keeping a record. (Bullet journaling/notebook dropped me down to 1).
  24. Little Boy (almost 5) 1) Yes. Although I think it was just recently brought to his attention because we joined tee ball. (He needs an appropriate space to throw balls.) The majority of the team called him and this other boy "babies" because they compared ages and they were the youngest. However, he was the only kid to be able to identify everyone's equipment and baskets by matching their numbers to their names. He asked why he could play better and why no one else knew how to put away the equipment properly. 2) I believe he attributes that to hard work. He will stare and analyze things like the way a major league ball player throws a baseball and will practice doing that on his own. He has done that with reading sit and look at words by himself trying to figure them out. Same with math he'll just sit with objects and manipulate them to see what happens. 3) He has a crazy good memory and has always been amazing at making connections. I don't know if he is "gifted" but he is really smart, has a lot of self motivation, and is very competitive. Little Girl (3.5) 1) No. Due to the pandemic she only has her brother to compare herself to and well she doesn't know as much as he does. She did recently question a little bit because we've been hanging out with a little boy who is 6months older and she started surpassing him in certain knowledge. 2) She thinks she knows more than the other little boy because she eats more. At least that's what she told me. 3) She is also a very bright child. Her memory is above average. She's willing to takes risks and try and not afraid of failure. Sometimes she ends up getting ahead (potty training, making up stories, singing, drawing), because she is just willing to give it a go and keep practicing. --------------------- Obviously both my kids are too little for me to be an "expert." I'm not trained in any way to have any sort of authority on the subject.
  25. I do see a reason to accelerate a child beyond the US standard of math education. Mostly because it seems here that a typical bright child would spend K-6 (maybe even 7) doing arithmetic. From 8-12 would cover algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus. If one could spend less time doing arithmetic, more time could be spent learning/understanding the "advance" math. The other reason is that wealthy, privilege, and/or smart parent kids will naturally be exposed to these skills via the way their parents talk, and approach problems. For example, in our household it's not uncommon for our kids hear us talk about percentages, via tipping, talking about taxes or a discount/sale at a store both my husband and I will "do the math" out loud (because it's faster for us than finding the calculator app on the phone). Some parents just won't be able to provide that organic learning experience for their kids and so it's good to have programs that can get their kids there. (Where I can't provide organic learning experience in phonics. I'm learning it for myself alongside my kids and these programs help me to teach my kids these things.)
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