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Apr. 7th, 2009 @ 06:54 am more from ms. mcchainerson
Yesterday after ivy finished reading me the entirety of "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!" and then made her own fancy paper chain to count down the days remaining to her fourth birthday, I told kathleen "if she doesn't need me to read or you to do crafts, we are officially irrelevant."

As they left for the store I gave ivy a hug and said "Good-bye, Ready McReaderson!" (That's pronounced "Reedy" McReaderson.)

Having heard that construct before, she replied "Also, Chainy McChainerson and Crafty McCrafterson."

The best is that she always says such things with a straight face, as if that's how everyone talks. (Around here, of course, it is.)
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Date:April 7th, 2009 02:06 pm (UTC)
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My daughter is about to turn one. I saw your list of books a while ago (http://extempore.livejournal.com/212016.html). Several of her favorites are on that already, and I'm looking forward to introducing her to more of them. Have you made a similar list of good toys?
Date:April 7th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Your pronunciation was wrong: she is indeed Ready McReadyson. Or at least Ready McReadyasshelleverbeerson.
Date:April 7th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)

Parental Irrelevance

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Both thankfully and obviously, crafts and reading are just the tip of the iceberg, but the scales do shift. Yesterday, I swapped knowledge with LT2: she taught me a short song on the piano and I taught her how to add fractions with different denominators. Do you all play the "no" game yet, where you're not permitted to say the specific word "no" and of course are encouraged to trick your opponents into saying it?
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Date:April 7th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)

apologies to Paul for the hijack

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Hey, you're back. How do you want your $100?
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Date:April 7th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
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Sort of on topic: Do you have any recommendations for books on homeschooling or unschooling?

I've reached the breaking point with my eldest son's school (mis)adventures and am interested in navigating new waters.

Hearing my kids play with language consistently provides some of my favorite parenting moments. Sounds like you've got a live one :)
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Date:April 8th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
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It's not exactly about home/unschooling, but of the books in the vicinity, Teaching As a Subversive Activity is the one I'd most recommend.
Date:April 13th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)


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I take it you passed on teaching Ivy foreign languages at an early age?
When does she learn to program?