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  1. 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.




  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. You know, I've been asked many, many times where I'm from originally.  I almost think it's a Canadian thing - except for Aboriginals, all of us originally came from somewhere else.  It annoys me, because I'm not Scottish or British.  But, I've never thought of it as a micro-aggression and I've certainly heard it enough times and been in enough conversations where a bunch of white people who are second and third and fourth generation Canadian are talking about where they're from that I would *never* even consider that asking someone that would be considered offensive.  Tiring, maybe.  I tell people I'm Canadian and then I get the - yeah, but what else are you?  Just Canadian, thanks.


    Context is so important here. 


    A friendly discussion about origins, where everyone in the group participates and is interested, an isn't directed at and and didn't start with questions about a person of colour specifically,  is fine. 


    Being the only person in the room quizzed about origins, by people you haven't met before, and this situtation repeats over and over and over in your life...not fine.


    ETA.  I'm Canadian here too.  I get the everyone talking about origins thing as a topic of conversation, all participants volunteering origins information about themselves, everyone is white.  Part of what's tricky about microaggressions is that they are so invisible to the majority group.  DH gets singled out with "where are you from" on a regular basis.  So often that the friendly origins conversations I think you are talking about don't feel so friendly to him.


    I didn't really get it until I married DH and had  mixed-race kids.  Oh boy, now do I ever get it. 




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  7. "Where are you from"  as a microaggresion is a real thing.  My non-white DH deals with this all the time.


    Note the difference: 


    a) At a party where many folks don't know each other.  "So, where are you from" might be non-micoraggressive normal small-talk: DH answers *particular Canadian city*.  Asker accepts this, maybe asks where I'm from,  asker might talk about his hometown, conversation moves on.  Not a microagression.


    b) At a party where many folks don't know each other.  "So, where are you from" might be  microaggressive:  DH answers *particular Canadian city*.  Asker does not accept this, and asks "Oh, where are you from originally?".  Asker does not ask where I'm from, isn't really interested in comparing hometowns as small talk.  Now in this case "where are you from" is really code for "what kind of asian are you/you look different from everyone else here".  This is a microaggresion.



    ETA.  This has happened often enough that DH has developed a scripted answer to the "where are you from" question:  "*particular Canadian city* born and raised".  A polite response to the literal question, that also shuts down the coded "what kind of asian are you" microaggressive version.


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  8. Hello all,


    My 6 and 7 year olds are loving Harry Potter right now.  I'd like to make them a few Harry Potter themed treats/gifts for Christmas.  I'm hoping for simple, cheap ideas.


    So far I've thought of printing up some Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans labels and making up packets of gourmet jelly beans, and making chopstick/hot glue wands.


    They already have cloaks (sewn from black bedsheets)


    Anyone have any other easy DIY ideas?




  9. Thank you for all the replies! And it looks like I'm going to need to think about balance bikes. Once again, I learned something new from the Hive.


    Have a look at some balance bike videos on Youtube.  They really are quite amazing. 


    ETA:  I'd recommend metal instead of wood.  We had both.  The wood looks super cool but need more maintenance and isn't weatherproof or as durable.  Ask how I know:  My eldest cracked TWO wood balance bikes in half "doing tricks"..........

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  10. We do all the work in a separate notebook. Every day we do WWE3 I just write the date as in "w8d3" (week 8, day 3) in the margin beside the stuff we write.


    So in other words I treat all those weeks and days and just lessons number. I'm not even sure if we ever do a weeks worth of lessons during a week. Trying to keep track of that would drive me bonkers. We had just taken off a few days of school for his birthday. After that we just started back wherever we left off and kept going.


    We do almost exactly this.  We don't school by the week for any subject.  Just do the lessons in series, picking up wherever we left off.  I treat each "week" as a four part chapter.  We also use a notebook for work, and label each lesson W.d (ie 4.2 for week 4 day 2).

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