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  1. I've always wanted something that would hold a jar over the pot to drain out the last of the sauce. Does that exist?


    Wooden chopsticks.  Lay a pair of chopsticks on parallel across the top of the pot, about an inch apart.  Place upside down jar on the chopstick platform.  

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  2. A mix of physical CDs and mp3 files. 


    I like CDs better for little kids - I think it's good for them to learn to manipulate and care for physical objects.  (We are an electronics/screen minimizing family).  But mp3 is  sometimes the easiest or only way to get particular audio.


    The kids have their own little portable CD player, and have free access to their CD collection.  CD's mostly from amazon.


    Most of our mp3s are public domain books from Librivox.  We have a few Jim Weiss mp3's from Peace Hill Press, and a few from Audible, bought a la carte.  I don't have an audible membership because we don't get enough from there to warrant the cost, but I have gotten a few great deals via "deal of the day".  We've set up an old iphone with playlists that the kids have free access to.  Sim card has been removed, and all icons other than itunes have been moved off the main screen.

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  3. Mine will microwave eggs in a glass dish.   Then eat them out of the same dish.  Almost instant, no prep by me.

    They also help themselves to bread for toast, and fruit.  Breakfast done!




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    Some other provinces also have pre-K, so kids going there can be 3. 


    While pre-K is a bit more like pre-school, it's been pointed out by pre-school teachers that the public school pre-K teachers have different rules for number of kids per teacher, and they are often elementary school teachers and don't have an ECE qualification.


    Here Pre-K (K4) and K5 are the same:

    My province has full-day, 5 day per week JK and SK (K4 and K5).  Cut off December 31.  So one third of kids are 3 when they start kindy.  The province aims for no more than 28 kids per classes, but classes maybe (and often are) larger.  Classes are generally JK/SK splits (because, really, a class of 28 three and four year olds would be chaos!).     Each class has one teacher and one ECE.  The program touts itself as play-based, but reading is pushed, and there is an expectation that kids will be reading by first grade. 


    This full-time public kinder program was implemented in my school board the year my eldest should have entered JK.   It is the reason we chose to homeschool.  It's a very long, very busy, very noisy day.  My introverted eldest would have crashed and burned.


    Interestingly, mandated daycare ratios for the same age group (30 months to 5 years) are 8:1.

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  5. Winnie the Pooh:  We like enjoy the Peter Dennis and the Dench/Fry/Palmer.   The Peter Dennis version is a true unabridged reading.  He does different voices for each character.   The Dench/Fry/Palmer, whilst still a reading, feels more like a radio play with some sound effects added, and "he said", "said Kanga" etc cut out of the dialogue.  Geoffrey Palmer does a fantastic Eeyore.   Peter Dennis keeps every single word of text.  The Peter Dennis version was less expensive  (came a s a boxed set with both Pooh books and both poetry books included for a very nice price".


    Beatrix Potter:  Shelley Fraser's narration is lovely.  Potter is public domain.  You might find a free version on Librivox that you like.


    Wizard of Oz:  Also public domain.  The free Librivox version read by Phil Chenevert is pretty good.  He has read the entire series for Librivox.   We also have a purchased version read by Brooke Shields which is also good.


    Pippi:  Esther Benson is excellent.




  6. We like the Cricket family of magazines best. DS 7 (who will be 8next week) gets ask and likes it. Good mix of short and longer articles. There are no ads. He also likes Highlights magazine, also no ads.


    We were gifted a natl geo kids subscription last year. I cancelled it. Way too many ads (hot toy, movie marketing type ads that make me crazy). Ads blended in with content. Pages super busy with bullet point /rapid fire fact type articles . Feels as though it's trying very hard to compete with video media. It just wasn't for us.

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  7. Health care in Canada is national in the sense tht all provinces are required to follow the principles outlined in Canada Health Act, which manadates that health care be 1)publicly administered, 2)comprehensive, 3) universal, 4)portable (if one travels from one province to another, one's health care is covered with no special need for travel insurance) and 5) accessible.  Health care is provincially administered and delivered.  Each province has made up it's own system and there are significant differences from one province to another.   It's a single payer system.  There is no parallel private system for services that are publicly funded.  It is illegal for MD's to bill privately for services that are covered by provincial plans (certainly true in Ontario.  I understand there are some clinics in BC that have been testing the limits of the rules with this). This ensures that all have equal access (in theory).   Also important to note: When we're talking about publicly funded health care in Canada, we mean hospital and doctor fees only.  Things like prescription drugs, dental, are physiotherapy are generally not covered by public plans. 

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  8. Ok - I actually felt a micro-aggression.  As a Canadian, suggesting that I'm not all that different from US folks certainly could be a micro-aggression.


    But...then I felt like I was a micro-aggressor for feeling that because could suggest that I have some kind of negative feelings about the US.  


    Now I feel like apologizing.  



     How Canadain of you.  ;)


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  9. I don't think that it has to be people going around looking for offenses. It can just be that people of other ethnicities get really weary of the same old stuff. Maybe they let it go the first 157 times, and  then they're having a bad day and respond. Or they just decide they are going to start being courageous and speaking up because it's better for their soul than just absorbing it over and over and over.  Or maybe they do it because it seeing it happen to their kids crosses a line somewhere and they decide they will do what they can to make it different.  I know I would not be nearly as gracious as my friends of color are to something I heard day in day out.


    And think how tiring it gets not only to experience those types of things everyday, but to have people dismiss you if you venture to speak about them, rather than taking them at their word and assuming the best of them--like there is a genuine sense of exclusion rather than that they are going out of their way to take offense, KWIM? 


    Yes to the bolded.   Witnessing my racially ambiguous 6 year old having to deal with "what are you" from an aggressive complete stranger-kid was my tipping point.

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