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  1. My oldest always complains that younger one is having more fun "doing" school because last year to keep the youngest out of trouble I bought one of those Preschool workbooks from Walgreens. I guess my Kinderone thought that it was more fun than what she was doing. Last year my kinderone did: Cursive first (some, we did it slow...) Epikardia (kinder/1st grade) which included: Bible, History (ancients, though it is a world history in a yr curriculum), Science (she has samples online if you want to see it) Math-u-see Primer SWR Both did the phonograms of SWR, both did calendar, Bible, Aesop, Bible memory, and Science activity together. But when we broke circle time for me to work with kinderone with MUS, or Writing I would give litte one his workbook (couple pages at the time, usually a letter, then coloring activity, or cutting activity) then the older would look longinly and say I wish I were in PreSchool. How do I keep the 4/5 yr old doing level school (happens to be colorful and fun) while 6/7 yr old has to do MUS, SWR, MOH, etc.? They will do SWR drill together, oldest will do dictation, younger will practice writing. We will do Mystery of History together, and whatever reading will be together, BIblie will be together. We will be using 106 days of creation for Science, my hope is to do it together, but required more of the oldest, and youngest may join if wants to. Will try to do some spanish worksheets for both of them I don't know what to do for art. Last year we used a few famous paintings and looked at them and color them like Renoir, VanGogh. Not a formal artist study, Music, the oldest is follwoing an old piano primer. mostly playing by ear. My youngest will do Pathway readers (first steps), for math, I don't know yet, He wants to read so badly! For him I need to know what order of sports I should put him in.... I have no clue! help anyone here (fall?what sport?, etc) my oldest will have extra things like chess, and free reading (this kids loves to read), considering ballet. anyone encounter similar problems? green eye mosnter of jeoulsy I guess. I wanted to make the oldest school a little more fun, any ideas to incorporate "fun" yet not time wasting things to do? I guess it is a little more than me putting the foot down and say, you gotta do your school! I would like for her school experience not to be a constant fight... with her, I even stoped school since she was way ahead, she taught herself to write from similar books that I would get from Dollar store when she was 3. Is it that she is soooo bored with what I am presenting.... we chose MUS as it is worksheetlike, she can color...she loves to draw and color....she can draw quite well. I am wondering if she is doing school well below her capabilities and hence she is so bored. but how do I find that out. I know what I have not taught her, for instance, We didn't finish her Math Primer, do we jump to alpha (the next level in MUS) or finish the book? Many many questions... for this board, though, my main concern is to know if anyone had similar problems when teaching together a preK and a 1st grader.
  2. Has anyone here had to help a sibling cope with the intense needs/behavior of another sibling? I am in profound need of advice, so please help if you have any ideas! DS has always been very wiggly/difficult to manage, but I always figured a tincture of time/maturity was all we needed. However he just hit 7 years, and things have been getting worse, not better. We now have some vague physical aggression starting (waving objects right in your face, grabbing your body, etc, but no outright hitting/kicking yet) in addition to the uqbiquitous yelling when frustrated and general impulsivity, and I think it's time to take him in for evaluation. I think the most likely diagnosis is ADHD/gifted. We have an appointment with a developmental pediatrician, but not until August, and an appointment with a psychiatrist that specializes in ADHD next month. We even have an appointment with the educational psychologist at the elementary school coming up, as we have toyed with the idea of putting him in the Behavioral Management Center there. The more I reflect on it though, the less I think the public school route could help him, though. Most likely, continuing with homeschool (as we have all along) will be best for him academically, emotionally, and socially. HOWEVER, it is not just DS that I have to worry about. DD is approaching 5 and has only recently (with the help of a psychologist) become fully potty trained. It turns out that the potty training difficulties were just a symptom of general anxiety she is feeling, and the two things the psychologist recommended to help were more one-on-one parent/DD time (which is part of why we toyed with the idea of public school for DS), and more space from DS. His impulsive behavior, and the tension it frequently yields in the home, although DH and I do our best to keep things calm, is stressing her out. I have thought of several ideas to help DD, but am not sure which route to pursue. She is introverted, sensitive (obviously), and keeps things that bother her bottled up inside. So far I have mostly just had the philosophy that she can tag along with what DS is doing, but now I think she could really use more age-appropriate activities (singing songs, painting, learning the alphabet & days of the week, playing in the sand, etc) and social experiences. It's true that there are plenty of events for preschoolers/homeschoolers in my area, but when DS comes along (as he has to), I end up mostly focused on managing his behavior. She comes to DS's homeschool co-op and park days, but most of the kids there are a little older, and she becomes so much more animated when she is with girls her age. Of her two closest friends, one is in Kindergarten and the other lives 45 minutes away, so it's hard to arrange playdates. She did enjoy her ballet class (which was recently canceled, but we're looking for something to take it's place), but I feel like she would benefit from something more frequent than once a week. Here are some other ideas I'm considering: Wait until next fall and let her go to Kindergarten to get a little space from DS, even though I would really love to homeschool her Look for some kind of MDO/preschool I could enroll her in right away (although it's doubtful I'll find anything as most places around here are already starting waiting lists for next fall) Commit to doing a more structured (because structure will make me more likely to keep it up) Kindergarten program here at home with her next year (I used Joy School with DS, but the Wee Folk Art curriculum with lots of crafts, stories, field trips, etc appeals to me, too), either just her and me or with a group of other Pre-K/K kids, and let DS play the iPad (or whatever else will keep him busy) during that time so I can focus on DD If anyone has any other ideas, I would love to hear them! I'm just feeling like I'm between a rock and a hard place right now, like I can't really give both DS and DD what they need. :crying: TIA!
  3. Warning: this is a long story. My brother and his wife (who is from another country) got married in 1981. A few weeks after the wedding my parents discovered bro & sil were angry with them, esp. with my mother, for "snubbing" my sil's parents. There was a language barrier and only two people to translate. My parents are kind, gracious people and did the best they could. They did not know they were expected to "wine and dine" sil's parents, who stayed in this country for a couple of weeks in the city where bro & sil lived, two hours away from my parents. (In hind sight I think this was an excuse...they were looking for a reason to detach from our family.) My parents tried to talk to my brother and his wife and make things right, but nothing they said or did was the right thing. The next year my brother and his wife moved a few hundred miles away. My brother came to our grandmas' funerals (his wife did not) but they did not come to my sister's wedding in 1987, which hurt her deeply. They did come to my wedding four years before that, which is the LAST TIME I have seen my sister-in-law!!! We have a large, close, extended family, and when relatives visited my brother's state, they would make plans to get together. At the last minute, my brother would always call and give an excuse why they couldn't make it. My husband and I were visiting a nearby city and planned to see my brother, who insisted that he and his wife would come to our hotel. I KNEW he would call and cancel at the last minute, so we drove to their city in the morning and when I knocked on his door, he was very upset, almost paranoid looking. He kept the chain on the door until I finally convinced him to come outside and talk to me. His wife was sleeping. I asked if we could take them to lunch later, but no, that wouldn't work. It's the last time I talked to saw him in person. 1987. A few years later, tragically, our sister committed suicide. She had clinical depression. The day after her funeral, my brother called me very late at night. His number was unlisted, and in trying to contact him about our sister, I had called his wife's sister (who lived in their city). He was returning my call and explaining why he did not come to the funeral. His voice was cold and devoid of emotion, very weird sounding. Apparently the last time he'd been here, after one of our grandma's funerals, he claimed my parents "made him" take a bunch of her furniture. (We were going through grandma's house and they were asking us what we might like to have. He kept saying "ok".) My dad rented him a U-Haul, and on his way home he had a blowout and almost had a wreck. Even though it was EIGHT YEARS later, he was still mad and blaming my dad!!! I told him, I'm very sorry you had a blowout, but that was no one's fault! Then I told him I was sorry for not writing or sending photos of our kids. He told me, don't call me, don't call my relatives, and don't write or send any photos. I said, "Never???" He said, "Well, I won't say never ever." Then, a big, awkward, deafening silence. I said, "Well, I guess this is goodbye." When I hung up I was crying so hard I was shaking. (We had just buried my sister so of course I was emotional!) I called my dad, who was still awake, and he talked to me, gave me soothing, calming words and affirmed his love for me. He told me not to let brother's craziness get to me. When my grandma was alive, she said (about his wife), "Some people just don't like to share." SO TRUE. She didn't want to share him with us, for whatever reason. It threatened her??? I don't think he has many, perhaps not any, friends, though he is a professional with a good job. My brother has always been highly impressionable and easily swayed. I think she has totally taken advantage of this, but I doubt he can see it. They have wrapped themselves in a cocoon of bitterness and dug themselves into a hole so deep they cannot see light. I was very hurt by our last conversation, but I refuse to be bitter the way he is. He is NOT well, emotionally. When our mother died a few years ago, we had no number for him and had to contact the police to notify him. He did not send a card or acknowledge her passing in any way. A few weeks later I wrote him a long letter explaining Mom's illness and final years. He wrote back three sentences, basically: "We received your letter. Please accept sincere condolences from both of us. We hope you are doing well." (very strange sounding, considering she was HIS mother, too!!) I was shocked he wrote at all. Maybe I am crazy, but I keep wanting to write to him again, and send photos of his nieces and nephews (see in my sig line) whom he does not know. He saw the oldest two when they were very little, and she has not seen any of them! Is this nuts or what??? I am not expecting anything from him, but I'm seeking some kind of closure. If I write and he does not answer, I will let it lie after that. Opinions? What would you do??? Am I crazy??? Sorry so long.
  4. *headdesk* So, we're going to a city 1.5 hr away to pick up puppy a wk today. 2 of Wolf's sibs live there. I've attempted to contact one of them to see if we can meet up for dinner while we're there. Wolf specifically mentioned her, so I made the attempt. He's kinda given up on the other sib. The problem is this: none of the sibs make any effort to establish a relationship. They didn't grow up together, so there isn't the bond that occurs when you're raised together. I'm always the one attempting contact. I do this for Wolf. He only uses the puter for looking at the day's news, doesn't use FB or any other online social network. I feel like I'm chasing these sibs...since the most they do is respond to me, eventually...never any effort on their part to make the first move. Heck they don't even respond to pics of Boo I post for the most part. I honestly don't know what to do on this one. I mean, it's not like it's hugely time consuming to try and contact them. But on the other hand, I don't like feeling like I'm chasing ppl for their attention. I do know that if I leave it to Wolf, nothing will happen at all...and he seems to like/appreciate my attempts to foster some sort of relationship w/them on his behalf. At the same time, he's also getting fed up, realizing that they simply don't seem to bother w/him or the kids. They have all our contact info...ph#s, email, my FB (Wolf doesn't have FB), etc. They don't contact us on holidays, and don't always respond to my attempts to do so. I genuinely don't know what to do on this one. We've been married over 9 yrs, and it hasn't gotten any better w/time. From what I know of them, they're not bad ppl...I think it's more a matter of, they're not used to having siblings, and so it doesn't dawn on them to make the effort. But...if it was important to them, wouldn't they? Any advice or thoughts would be welcome.
  5. I will have a 1st grader and Kindergartener next year. I purchased Shurley English 1 to begin with my 1st grader. Then I begin lookig at our "long term" plan, and to make my life a bit more "doable" with two younger children as well, I want to teach my older girls as much as I can together. *They are 1 grade level apart, but 22 months apart. Can this be done with Shurley English? Should I wait and do level 1 with both of them the following year when the youngest is first grade (and oldest is second)? Then I feel like I am not helping my oldest reach her abilities... Or do I give the kindergartener a go at it and see what happens? I don't want to overthink this, but I do want to make some choices so that my life will be a bit easier. Anyone done this before? Have suggestions?
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