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  1. Hello all, I am looking for shoes for my toddler with fat feet. I'd love to hear some suggestions of brands from all of you that make a soft shoe big enough for my 17 mo. old. and are affordable. I've seen the soft star shoes, and that's the kind of thing I'm looking for, but just can't justify $50 for shoes that may only be worn for a month. Thanks for your help, Debbie
  2. My daughter turns 2 this summer. This fall, I would like to find activities that would occupy her while I do school with my older kids. She is a BUSY toddler and loves to tear up books, run around dumping out toys, etc. I thought about purchasing the Toddler preschool pack from MFW. Does anyone else own it? Would like to hear the pros/cons, along with how it captures your child's attention.
  3. As I mentioned in the family theme-costume thread, DD is going as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Any bright ideas for what to make DS? He's only 2 1/2 and doesn't seem to have an opinion himself on what he wants to be for Halloween. Something that coordinates with Buffy would be great, but it can also be his own thing. We have some hand me down costumes, but the tiger (from last year) is too small, and the lion costume is too big. We need to not spend much. I could probably make him a "knight" or "prince" with medieval SCA garb, but for SCAdian kids, "that's not a costume, mom, that's just garb." (According to DD). At the same time, I'm stupid busy and don't have a lot of time for a costume-making project. DD's costume cost nothing. She's wearing an outfit similar to something Buffy wears in an early-season starting credits shot, pulled from her existing wardrobe, and carrying a wooden stake. The only thing I might spend money on is a cheap cross necklace, since Buffy always wears one.
  4. Okay, my 2.5-yo now needs roughly the same amount of sleep as my 7-year-old. Since my best, longest stretch of read-aloud time has been reading to Button after I've settled the tot, as a bedtime story, what to do? (the toddler doesn't take a nap) Please don't tell me to get up 30-45 min earlier with the tot. Or if you do, please send a hug along with the advice! :) Here's the current schedule for morning wake-up and PM going down: 7:00 AM -- boys allowed up. Button sleeps until 7:30 usually, Bot-bot's been getting up at 6 - 6:30 the last week or so. 8:00 AM -- everybody needs to be upstairs, dressed, &c. 8:30 - 9:30 -- we start school. ... 7:00 - 7:15 -- Bot-bot's story & snuggle time traditionally begins now. 7:30 - 7:45 -- finished with Bot'bot's story & snuggle, I wash my face & take a short moment before ... 7:35 - 7:50 -- read to Button 8:15: Button in bed, short snuggle. I mustn't rely on DH to put the toddler to bed, because he travels so often. But I would hate to lose that 30-ish minute stretch of good reading time. Any ideas? Should I try to give the toddler a video? let him play as long as he is "quiet"? just suck it up, and perhaps make our evening read-alouds something closer to Pippi Longstocking (which the toddler can sort of follow) than Mrs. Frisby or the Mixed-up Files (which he just can't). What do y'all do?
  5. I know the usual toys - puzzles, blocks, finger paints, big crayons - problem is DD1 is not interested in these and continually raids DD6 toys while we are schooling (her room is next to school room). She especially likes the fiddly small Miss Pocket or beads that end up in her mouth and are a bit hazardous. I want to make her her own baskets with things she can do only during school hours that will keep her busy and not necessarily need a lot of input from me/us. Any ideas? And I was thinking of maybe investigating the Montessori options available since they are educational - anyone used any of these in an HS setting?
  6. :grouphug: Hello everyone! I am new to homeschooling and about to start with our 4.5 year old son. We also have a 23 month old son who is is very active and into everything. Do you have recommendations for ways to keep him busy so I can focus on my short, 20 min lessons with our 4.5 year old? (We are just doing informal things right now as we determine the best curriculum for us-- but I am trying to gauge doing short lessons while trying to keep the younger one occupied and happy. I am thinking I will do kindergarten this coming year 2012/2013). Outdoor play is great for him, but he cannot yet play independently in our unfenced backyard. I was thinking of doing some lessons outside and wondering if the older son will be able to focus outdoors. I am also wondering what will happen when the weather is not so nice. I was thinking of even doing some sensory play sort of things in our laundry sink--- one day water, one day shaving cream, one day ice, etc., as well as play doh, etc. Our younger son just seems to crave that sort of thing--- is more into sensory play and movement than sitting down activities like puzzles, etc. I have to be honest and say that I am feeling the MOST overwhelmed with this aspect-- having a little one underfoot as we venture through this journey. We are also praying that we also are blessed with more children someday, so I hope this is something we have to continue to find a solution to. :001_smile: ANY help and guidance would be so appreciated.:001_smile:
  7. Ok, today I started using the "Talking Ben" app where he parrots the reader to have Ben review with my daughter some of our lessons for OPGTR. She loved it. This might work for a 2 to 4 year old. Also, I must say I :001_wub:the app called "The ABC's of God". Handwriting practice, differentiating letters on upper and lower case, finding letters within a text, reading Bible verses with your kiddo, learning what "God is.." with a word for every letter of the alphabet....I LOVE it! I just had to share. Please share your favorite apps for toddlers and preschoolers and any creative use of apps!!!:bigear:
  8. Hi all, My first daughter is about to turn one very soon and I am already concerned with her education. :laugh: I have a feeling that she is gifted. When she talks to me, she often gives a disapproving look to my response as if she were saying, "That's not what I mean, Daddy!" Likewise, she'd cheer or smile if I do what she wants. Right now, she can pronounce about 5-6 words somewhat consistently and knows some "tricks" (e.g., bye bye, arms up, etc.). She can cruise, but cannot walk unassisted yet. I am exploring the possibility of homeschooling. I am working full time, while my wife stays at home full time. My wife said she wasn't confident enough to do the homeschooling. I am willing to teach my child (or children, when we have more kids) and be fully committed / involved in their education. All these, however, will be done after work hours, for sure. So, are there any options that we can consider, possibly 2-3 years down the road? Any strategies or tips? My second question would be: Is there anything that we, as parents, can teach to her right now? Any infant or toddler-level curriculum? Or is it still too early? Thanks, -A concerned dad
  9. my son is almost 2.5 and i am sure this is probably just the terrible 2's but i feel like i am at a lost sometimes. this is my first child and me and my husband are pretty much alone as our families live in different countries than us. i have no experience with kids so i feel like i am screwing him up because i dont know how to do stuff. he doesn't talk yet and we dont plan to do speech therapy until 3yr. because we are doing one parent one language (arabic/english) and i read that there could be a delay in speech but he is not delayed in non verbal. he just started eating solids. I was overfeeding him milk and not enough food he got low iron and just stopped eating totally. this was my fault because i had no clue that yo have to cut down on the bottle when u start solids. he is eating a variety of stuff now but tiny amounts and he screams and cries when he sees food. then he eats a bite and usually eats the whole amount. he gets bored easily. he only likes to do stuff for like 5 minutes and thats it. he pretty much just just throws stuff everywhere. so what i am am asking is advice on raising a toddler any advice is helpful. how do i encourage talking in either language( he understands both but wont speak either)? what do i feed this kid? i feel like im starting from scratch with food and have no clue what they like at this age?(we don't do prepackaged or canned foods) what kind of activities should i do with him at home? does it get better? plz tell me it gets better! i feel so overwhelmed sometime to the point i don't want to even have more kids after him. I do love kids though and would like to have atleast 3 or 4 if i survive this one any help is appreciated
  10. First, I’d like to thank everyone who reads this post and that have read my other posts. With your help and advice, I have finally made a decision (er…got a grip on reality) and decided to wait on a literature based curriculum and teaching how to read until next year or the year after (also gives me more time to gather the books and decide which one to use). This year’s focus is mastering “basic skillsâ€. My situation is (I think) a bit different than many of you in that I am a WAHM. As I have my DS at home, my work day ends up 10-12 + hours long in order to “have my cake and eat it too†so to speak. I need to have a more structure and be more planned so I can shorten my day work day and have more quality time with my family. I know many of people dislike have a “curriculum or lessons†at this age but I view it as fun activities to promote learning so mommy can get her work done in a shorter amount of time (and hopefully be less stressed in the process). I have purchased SSRW PreK to use as resource for some of our activities (much to my surprise it does have some good ideas and is more than just coloring sheets). I’m still debating about Hands on Homeschool for 2 year olds because I’m intrigued by the manners (something very important to me), personal care, movement, and music aspects of the program. I’m hope that if I get enough suggestions on already planned free resources, I won’t need it. Below is what I have for categories and for some I need more topics/ideas. Some may fit into more than one category. Whew, it is a long list and I hope you will make it longer (and reorganize as needed). So what are you doing/what have you used? Like everyone, I already have http://www.letteroftheweek.com/ on my list of resources. Maybe we can help each other out and come up with our own schedule and “lesson†plans as I’m at a loss on how to teach some of this stuff. Pre-readiness/Basic Skills Colors, shapes, alphabet names/sounds, sequencing, classifying, position/directions, opposites, night vs day, name, age, birthday Manners/Behaviors “Pleaseâ€, “Thank youâ€, “You’re welcomeâ€, “Excuse meâ€, table etiquette, phone etiquette, waiting patiently, sharing, shaking hands, no tantrums Personal Care/Chores Brushing teeth, cleaning up after self, making bed, getting dressed, using the potty, hand washing, bathing, putting on shoes, feeding pets, washing dining table, putting dishes in sink/dishwasher Music Clapping to rhythm, nursery rhymes Movement Run, jump, hop, throw, march, skip, stand on one foot, walk in straight line, summersault, swing, walk backwards, ride bike Science Weather, body parts, animals, geography, 5 senses, plants, insect Math Counting to ?, Counting Objects, Size, Measuring, pattern, money Social Studies Family members, feelings, transportation, about me Safety/Misc Fire/stop drop & roll, strangers, hold hands and look both ways, 911
  11. Ok, I am not looking to teach my little guy to read or anything fancy like that!!! : ) : ) I just feel like he gets swept to the wayside too often, and I'd like to add some structure to his day. I am horrible about getting stuff like that done unless I have a box to check : ) Anyone have suggestions for an easy, fun, and free curriculum appropriate for an almost 2 year old? Something to work on colors, shapes, fingerplays, songs, Bible, stories...themes? Thanks!
  12. For those of you who have little ones (3 and under) who are really too little to participate in school much, how do you keep them occupied while you are working with your older kids? I've looked at some of the Quiet Books from RR, but I don't know who long they would really keep her occupied. So, I'm really just looking for some ideas.
  13. I have 2 older boys, oldest average in intelligence and younger son is gifted mathematically. My dd will be 2 in 2 weeks. She can sing her ABCs, count to 5, recognize half the alphabet, knows colors, knows shapes, and speaks clearly. What sort of curriculum do you use? She could not write, but I would like to teach her to read since the interest is there. She will listen to me read books for an hour!
  14. I have two dds, ages 5 1/2 and almost 4. The 5 year old is homeschooling K right now, and things are going well. My 3-almost-4 year old (in Nov.) is driving me to distraction, though. She is a very bright little thing and LOVES to do just about anything related to school/learning/books. However, since she will not officially be K age for two more years, I've tried to hold off a little. That is not to say that I don't prepare things for her to do; I do, but it's just not exactly what her older sis is doing. I usually alternate working with the girls--I'll work with DD1 and give DD2 something to do in the mean time, and then switch. Activities I've tried include everything from playing with Wedgits to drawing/coloring/writing (which she LOVES to do) to looking at books to playing with some of the fun educational games/puzzles we have (and which we spent a small fortune on :tongue_smilie: but are really quite good) to just playing ANYTHING. She just wants to be in the middle of what DD1 and I are doing. She starts whining and crying when she can't just do what we're doing, and as a last resort I threaten to send her out of the room. Things are not going well. :blink::001_unsure: I keep thinking that DD1 would be better off in traditional school due to the distractions, but then DH disabuses me of that idea rather quickly. (Obviously, with more students there are even more distractions!) Really, though, this is all more about me than about DD1 being distracted--I'M distracted. So what would you do? DD2 is obviously not up to DD1's ability level in terms of motor skills, etc., but she can read cvc words and LOVES to practice. I have workbooks/activities for her, but she's never as interested in those as she is what I'm doing with DD1. Basically, she wants my undivided attention. And yes, I have tried giving her attention first. It's funny, because of the two girls, she's the one who is most likely, willing, and able to entertain herself. I guess I'm just looking for some BTDT consolation or some ideas on what to do.:bigear:
  15. Hi everyone, I'm new to homeschooling, planning to "officially" start this fall with my soon-to-be 7 year old DS. I have two other DSs in the house, a 4 year old and a soon-to-be 2 year old. I have been trying to start homeschooling this summer, not even a full plate but basically math (to catch up what was NOT done this past year in 1st grade, it's amazing how little they do in public schools now in math!! My DS is an advanced reader but still has trouble with basic math facts!) and some language arts. We do homeschooling at our dining room table and we start these activities in the morning. As soon as I am at the table with my eldest, the other two come running. I try to keep them occupied with whatever I have on hand--dry erase boards, preschool workbooks, manipulatives--but they are so distracting and make so much noise, and my previously easygoing and sweet toddler has found his voice and screams at the top of his lungs if he is not getting the attention he wants! I am using a combo of Math-U-See and Singapore Math, along with FLL, this summer. But it doesn't feel like there is that much independent work going on--I feel like I have to do a fair amount of shepherding my eldest; I also am doing OPGTR and basic math for my 4 year old. Trying to figure out how to fit these things in and give each individualized attention while keeping the toddler occupied or quiet is proving to be much more diffucult than I had ever imagined! So, I'd love help from those of you who are experienced and used to juggling multiple children. How do you fit it all in, what are your tricks to keeping toddlers in particular occupied, what concessions/decisions/tradeoffs did you have to make in order to effectively school your different kids? Any and all nuggets of wisdom would be appreciated! I am feeling a little like I have bitten off way more than I will be able to chew! I do firmly believe God has called us to homeschool and that He will provide the necessary wisdom and patience that I need, but right now I could also use some practical suggestions to keep from tearing my hair out and to not grow weary of homeschooling before we even really begin! FYI, we'll be using MFW Adventures in the fall. I'm not sure how hands-on/independent it is, so it will be interesting to see how that works with my current situation. Thanks in advance for any help you could provide! Blessings, Helen **** Married to wonderfully gifted classical pianist, 13 yrs Blessed mom to three amazing DSs, 7, 4, and 2 New homeschooler hoping to stick with it past year 1!
  16. My poor son is driving me nuts. Whenever I try to teach my daughter, my son (the 3 year old) starts getting into trouble. What can I do for him?! I don't want to keep fussing at him. But let me tell you, he is not going to sit silently and listen, or color a sheet of paper, or look at books on his own. Part of it, I think, is that he needs one-on-one time with me, too (besides the 6 minutes or so we spend each day reviewing the alphabet). So, in addition to needing help with him while I teach my daughter, can you offer curriculum ideas for a 3 yo? I'm trying to think of ideas - maybe Little Hands for His Glory? Any other Christian curriculum that's very innocent and fun but would work for a *very* wiggly 3 year old? Thank you!
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