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  1. I have a cream cheese potato soup recipe that's delicious! It's for the crockpot, but can easily be adapted for the stove top. Five potatoes, peeled and diced Onion, diced One cup cooked ham (optional) One package cream cheese, cubed Three cups hot water Garlic powder, salt, pepper to taste All in the crockpot and cook on high for about four hours. As the cream cheese melts, stir it to incorporate and the results are a very creamy soup! For the stove top, boil the potatoes and water until the potatoes are done to your liking then add everything else. This is a Sunday dinner staple in the fall and winter in our house. We're having it today!
  2. There is a Yahoo Group called Montessori Swap you might find helpful for locating gently used materials. I also really like Montessori for Everyone. She has a good selection of free materials.
  3. Beyond soreness and engorgement for a few days (which I would say is normal), nothing. My boys latched within minutes of birth and that was pretty much it! I'm praying that #3 is the same.
  4. This is interesting. I've always read that nighttime bladder control is the last developmental piece of the potty training puzzle. My boys both easily trained before they were two, but neither are perfect overnight. Iirc, it's typically nighttime bowel control, daytime bowel control, daytime bladder control, nighttime bladder control. Of course, there are always variations.
  5. Plan Toys! Made with renewable rubberwood and very sturdy. There are also road sets that link to the railway. We love it, and I think it's Thomas-compatible if relatives ever gave you any of that. It's available through many online toy-sellers or Amazon. Otherwise, the Brio recommendation is a good one.
  6. This is my first post, but this thread seemed like a good jumping off point! I was an elementary school librarian and also spent a little time working in a high school library. I'm definitely planning on teaching library/research skills. Because of the integrated nature of the work I did in public schools with the teachers, I've almost come to see them as one and the same. For example, the teachers sent the kids to me when they had any kind of research to do so I was teaching parts of a book, how to use an index, table of contents, find a resource on the shelf, cite sources (both book and electronic), take notes. I also worked in conjunction with the technology teacher to teach Word, PowerPoint, etc. Between the two of us, we'd take the kids from idea to final project. Teaching effective online searching techniques is pretty important. Oh, and the "big thing" I taught was evaluating online sources...not all websites are created equal (as I'm sure all of you know), so we taught the kids how to determine if they were looking at valid sources. I'll be teaching my kids how to search the library catalog, the basics of the Dewey Decimal System to locate materials independently and once we're near university age, the same for Library of Congress. I have so many fun resources for library scavenger hunts, internet scavenger hunts, and library games that I can't wait to use! Now truth be told, a LOT of this stuff comes up naturally in a family (homeschooling or otherwise) that uses the library on a regular basis. For many of the kids I taught, it didn't. Their only exposure to the library was a few minutes once a week for a few school years.
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