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  1. Raising a Happy Chil
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    Wow, Bear is doing great considering that she is younger than Anna. Anna still spells very phonetically most of the time, and she hates writing. I like the idea of using natural dyes for eggs – that's how we colored eggs when I was a child. Mostly we used onion skins.

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  2. bug
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    Where on earth did you find shoes that actually lace up? I thought they only made velcro ones any more–unless you can buy in Europe. …

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  3. Joyful Learner
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    Bear is very advance for her age. I haven't done much in terms of phonics but I've assessed K and she's now decoding at a 4th grade level and more or less spelling conventionally. I think having a good memory helps but as a former teacher, I can't help wondering if she's going to stumble because she never got the phonics. Do you think I should still teach it to her at some point? It's really hard right now because she runs away if I try to correct her or to teach her in any way.

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  4. about a girl
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    L spells like that as well. She spells Daddy Dedy because that is how she says it!Some other ideas for tying I've seen are taping a shoelace in the middle to the corner of her little table and also sitting with your legs out and tying a skipping rope aroung your legs.L is also showing a lot of interest in tying so we'll have to try them.

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  5. MaryAnne
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    I love the hole reinforcer egg! And Bear's pattern block picture that she made all on her own is really neat!

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  6. The girl who painted
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    @bug – My m-i-l got those at Walmart and then decorated them herself. They come in quite garish colors. Target usually sells lace up running shoes in preschool sizes as well and I went today to get her some as she has outgrown her last pair, but they were out.@JL – I think phonics is important but if she isn't interested right now, it's not like you can force her. Keep the lessons incidental and playful, as if you weren't teaching at all and she'll pick up the rules fast. I think Bear picks them up and retains them just from me showing her patterns (phonics ones) and exceptions when I am reading aloud to her. Bear doesn't much like taking the time to slow down and sound out, even though she technically is able if I get her to.

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