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Everything posted by KrissiK

  1. Tort reform - definitely. Doctors should "have" to perform 2-3 tests if they can get the info from one test, but they don't want to get sued.
  2. I imagine it's a lot of different things. As a child I remember watching Saturday afternoon horror flicks (Action Theater) at a friend's house and having literal nightmares for weeks after. I still remember this monster's head falling off and this oatmeal looking stuff pour out. And that was 35 years ago. So, that kind of stuff, anxiety could trigger it, and who knows what else. I have nightmares that make no sense at all to me, even as an adult.
  3. My husband and I enjoy reading aloud to each other, too. We read Louis L'Amour books and short stories. When I was teaching jr. high I read aloud to the kids every day. They loved it and I think it develops so many skills - paying attention, imagination, etc. No one is ever too old to be read aloud to.
  4. I know nothing about BJU's kinder curriculum. I chose A Beka, simply becuase I was familiar with A Beka, and BJU is more expensive. I am doing BJU's Heritage studies with my first grader boys and I like the curriculum. I think it's really good. Do you think people have a problem with the curriculum or with BJU itself? I know BJU is very conservative and a lot of people don't like that, so maybe they're projecting their feelings about the University on to the curriculum. Like I said, I don't know about the kinder curriculum. I have no idea if it's Whole Language, but I really doubt it. I guess you could just look that up in their catalog. I've browsed through their curriculum and it looks pretty standard to me. Maybe I'm being naive, but I don't know how a company can be a large, mainstream traditional publishing company and have academic holes in their curriculum. No one would buy it then. The biggest gripes I've heard is that they're conservative and not politically correct enough.
  5. Definitely a National Parks Pass. We get one every year. I think it's like $20 to get into Kings Canyon National Park for the day, and a pass is like $30 or something for a year.
  6. I'm sorry. Couldn't resist. I'm not a huge roast fan, myself. But, I would probably crock pot it with a little water or beef broth and a couple packages of Lipton Onion Soup mix. Then I'd shred it, put it in tortillas with some shredded cheese, lettuce and salsa. Or bbq sauce on hamburger buns.
  7. I've watched episodes occasionally, so I'm probably not too accurate. I enjoyed the series, but I didn't watch it with children (even your aged children) in mind. I can't think that I saw any bedroom scenes or nudity. I think violence may be an issue. It's supposed to take place in a post-United States/post-nuclear bomb time period, vigilante justice, fending for yourself, people banding together to re-build their lives type of thing. Kind of reminded me (the atmosphere) of the first Terminator movie, minus the robots. But, as I said, I didn't watch too many episodes. I was disappointed when they canceled it, though.
  8. Definitely do the same book, I just looked at my A Beka catalog and it looks like the subject matter is basically the same, though the 3rd grade book is designed for 1 semester, with the idea of doing the health book the 2nd semester. The 4th grade book looks like it's designed for 27 weeks (or 3/4 a school year) with 9 weeks of health. Personally, if the 3rd grader was up for it, I'd do the 4th grade book. Is A Beka having a display close to you sometime soon? If so, you could look at both books and compare. I forgot to add, I'd probably buy them each a book. It works better that way. Look on E-bay. I got some A Beka books there for fairly inexpensive.
  9. That's a tough question. While I admit I'd like my children to have an enjoyable childhood, and I would like to make school "fun", that's not really training them for life, it's not always possible, and I could just wear myself out trying to make everything "fun". I guess, my goal is more to make school interesting where I can, and hopefully make our home/school atmosphere pleasant so that even if the actual work itself isn't all that exciting, life can still be good for us all.
  10. Happy? What is "happy"? Really... I've wondered this myself. I would say I'm content. I have a good life. But, I'm also a perfectionist, I have very unrealistic expectations for myself (not a good enough wife, mom, friend, housekeeper, etc.)( I realize that, but now how to get over that...:glare:) and so I am stressed a lot because of that. But, yes, I generally have an overall sense of well-being.
  11. We're starting August 10 and will be doing a 6 or 7 weeks on, 1 week off schedule, with 2 weeks off at Christmas, and all the regular holidays - Thanksgiving, Presidents Day, etc.
  12. Oooh, I have a good way to preserve it. Get some ice cube trays, chop up a whole bunch of basil leaves, fill each cube with the leaves, then fill them up with olive oil and freeze it. When it's frozen, remove cubes from tray, put in ziploc bags and store in freezer. Then, just throw in a cube when you're making soup or calzone filling or sauces. It's great!
  13. I have a B.S. in Food and Nutritional Sciences from Fresno State University, I have a Multiple Subject (elementary) and Single Subject (Life Science) Credential from Fresno Pacific University and a M.A. in Teaching and Curriculum from Fresno Pacific University. I would say the most rigorous part of my education was my undergrad - which had nothing to do with teaching. My 5th year getting my credential was... I don't want to say a waste of time, but I learned how to teach in the classroom by doing it. I got my credential at the height of the Whole Language Movement and my university was on the cutting edge of that. And now I'm teaching my kids to read with A Beka phonics. How ironic is that. I think there's something to a teaching credential, for sure, but I believe that a dedicated parent who is using good curriculum can give their child a first rate education, whether they have a teaching credential or not.
  14. I have not read the book, so I cannot comment on it. However, they do tend to polarize people. They either love the system, or they hate it. Similar to Dobson or Rosemond. My personal opinion on any philosophy on child-raising is... if you take anything to the extreme, if you follow the letter of the law in disregard to your child's needs and situation you will have problems.
  15. This is really kind of funny, because that's how I felt, too. I was born and raised in an Evangelical church, normal Christian upbringing, but lived a very frustrated Christian life because... well, becuase God wasn't doing things the way I wanted Him to do. But, I was very proud of my spirituality, too. Strange mix. Anyhow, I wasn't going to a Reformed church at the time, but our pastor seemed to be having some Reformed epiphanies himself, and started a sermon series called "What Must I do to Be Saved?". I knew nothing about Calvinism, but when he got to the 2nd chapter in Romans about "no one seeks God", I swear I got hit in the head by a 2 x 4 and like has been mentioned previously, everything fell into place. Everything made sense. I did feel like I got saved that day because that was when I truly understood my Salvation.
  16. My plan is this - I'll spend the first 4 weeks or so on handwriting (we're doing A Beka). My boys really need this. Then, I'm starting up with FLL 3 days a week and I dug up a writing program from my old teaching days that I really liked called "Writing with Power" and we'll be starting that 2 days a week. I think I have enough lessons to go like that till the end of the year.
  17. I was going to suggest, like someone previously, put it to music. Even if you're not creative there are a lot of tunes you could use - "Farmer in the Dell", "Old MacDonald" or the ever popular "Frere Jaques".
  18. My middle ds (5 yrs) puts absolutely everything in his mouth. Now, the strange thing is, he never used a binkie, nor sucked his thumb. But, he's always got something in his mouth - tractor tires are his favorite, but he's chewed off every single pencil eraser in the house. He chews on paper, toys, whatever he can find. Our legoes are all chewed up. As a toddler he'd put live snails in his mouth. Does anyone think it would be a problem for me to just give the child a piece of sugarless gum each day? I've thought about it, but I'm still not sure. Has anyone else had this problem?
  19. I use vinegar and water and I dump it down the toilet. I'm glad I'm not the only one.
  20. In one of our foster care continuing ed. classes the instructor told us to never engage our children in an argument. Another thing she told us is in a confrontation to use the one or more of the following phrases: "I understand...." "Nevertheless..." "I'm sorry...." "It might be so...." there was another one, I can't remember it. We've been trying to remember to do that with our kids, even though they're pretty young. Keeps us from getting down in the dirt with them. My oldest is one who will argue a point to death, pass blame, play the victim, try to get off on a technicality and then, when all else fails and he's headed toward time out - play the "this is soooooo unfair" card.
  21. I think unschooling may be a good theory, and I'm sure a lot of people do a great job, I just don't know any of them. Most of the people I know don't do math because their kids hate math. I also think it depends on the kids. I personally, would have been a great kid to unschool. I learned to read on my own at age 4. I did research papers on my own, after school. When I had free time in class, I wrote stories, researched things, did a lot of extra work. Even now, I love to learn. I read biographies. I did an extensive study on Medieval British history - mainly the Plantagenet Dynasty. I don't vacation, I take field trips. If I don't visit at least one museum or take a nature hike, the trip is a waste. Ok, that's me. My kids - I don't think so. They are not adverse to learning, but I have to introduce it and direct it. Otherwise they'd just fight and play all day long. We go on hikes and all they do is complain. Even if we've only been walking on flat ground for 10 minutes. Unschooling, as I understand it, even Charlotte Mason (and I admit I don't understand much, but from what I've picked up) would not be a good fit for our family.
  22. I don't have any 7th graders, but having taught jr. high English I just had to throw in one of my favorite middle school novels of all times "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi. That will provide much fodder for discussion (gender roles, loyalty, race, submission to one's elders, class structure, following one's dreams, etc.), as well as keep you on the edge of your seat. It's a great read! Oh,and I forgot to add, it's a historical novel, too. Setting is in the 19th Century, on board a sailing ship from England to America.
  23. We are reading and doing a little writing, but that's all. I plan on starting school August 10 and doing a 6-7 weeks on and 1 week off schedule through the school year. We'll see how that works.
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