OT/PMT/Fluff/Whatever .. Hijack Away.

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OT/PMT/Fluff/Whatever .. Hijack Away.
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 1:27pm
I have the World's Stupidest Dog. Or is that the Most Cowardly?

Our dog (a 2yo pound puppy) got up on the patio table the other night. Its a rare occurrence because the chairs aren't usually sitting where she can jump into the chair and then onto the table. Well, we left the chairs out and she jumped on the table.

The next morning I saw her sleeping on the table. Didn't think much about it. That day at lunch she was sitting on the table adn staring in at me through the kitchen window. Dh noticed her on the table a couple of times too.

Then yesterday I come home from work and she's on the table adn I notice a big wet puddle on the table. It hadn't rained, so I said to dh, "Did Ellie pee on the table?" We determined she must have cause there was no other way for liquid to get on it. We looked at her through the window adn she'd stand right at the edge of the table and wag her tail in a nervous/scared manner.

That's when we figured it out. She hadn't been getting up on the table the past couple of days. She'd never gotten down! The dumb dog was STUCK on the table. The table is only 2.5 feet high! She could have easily jumped down. And, the chair she used to get UP on the table was still there and she could have used it to get DOWN! Dh and I were rolling in laughter when we figured out why she'd been on the damn table so much. Just to verify, I went outside, held her favorite toy out to her and said "Here girl." she came to the edge of the table, looked down and very nervously wagged her tail and whimpered. I had to LIFT her off the table!

so, that's my dumb dog ...


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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 2:42pm
ROFL...THAT's funny! Can I brag now???

I have to post an AWWWW about my daughter. The past few weeks have been very hard on me for several reasons. I'm having some serious medical issues that have come up, we are having financial & stress issues with the military, and other reasons. Well, Monday night, I took my daughter (6) out for dinner...just the two of us. Thank God for my having my eyes dialated that day b/c I was wearing dark sunglasses as we were eating our dinner.

Daughter looks up at me and says, "Mom, I know it is going to be hard and take alot of school, but I want to be BOTH a vet AND a people doctor because, well, I really want to help animals, but I want to help people too, and make them better.". I have to say that I sat there staring at her for probably 2 minutes b/c I was trying to keep myself from bursting into tears at my sweet girl. It's amazing how kids are. Being a dr or attorney or vet or whatever isn't about the $$$ for them, the way it is for many adults, it is about helping people. I know that daughter has seen it alot with her own daddy, and just wants to make people better, and I think that is just incredible. Such a little girl with such a big heart!!! :)

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 2:45pm
LOL!! Okay stealing a thread here to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dd! She is 12yrs old today! My beautiful girl. Hard to believe she is growing up so fast.

I am in the midst of making a *Spongebob* cake for her, and we are taking her and 3 of her friends out to dinner to Benihana tonight (her fave place, lol) and then back here to have a sleepover (yes I am crazy, why do I do this to myself every year, lol!). Should be fun, we are going to rent a bunch of movies and camp in the living room!



"Now when I need help, I look in the mirror" ~Kanye West~

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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 3:29pm
Hey, I've got a cat to go with your dog. I had parked my van in the street and as I got out, I looked down and here's my cat sitting in the middle of the road cleaning himself.

That is pretty funny about your dog. Some animals just don't have smarts. It's a good thing they get picked up by kind hearted people, lol. Who knows what would happen to them if they didn't.

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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 6:36pm
Montessori schools!

I had seen this mentioned on the board a few times, but had never heard of them. We were out and about driving yesterday, and in the smallest town of small towns, in the middle of a field and a cow pasture, lo and behold I did see a small church with a hand-painted sign... MONTESSORI SCHOOL. I did some searching, and I did find a website on this particular school. They only do preprimary. The only schools that seem to go up to the next level are 50-60 miles away.

I must say, forever and a day I have wondered what to do with my son next fall. My dd starts kindergarten in a public school. She can't wait, and I feel confident sending her - in lieu of preschool for her, we decided on ballet class. My dd3, however, is a horse of different stripes. He is shy, introverted, and very bright. I am conflicted feeling as though he could really benefit from pre-school... but honestly, I feel at the same time that I don't want to push him so quickly. I've read a little bit of the general sites.. and I feel as if this is what I have been looking for all along. To those of you who with experience, do you think his type would fare well?

How many of you out here have used these schools? What did you like, or disklike (if anything)? And, are your children still in it? Have they left and gone to a different school? How did they transition? Is age 3.5 too *old* to begin?

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 12:03pm
We've had good experiences with Montessori

Of course, every school is different and a lot depends on the admiinistration and teachers at a particular school. But I'll tell you how it went for my kids.

My DD attended Montessori preschool for two years before starting K at a public school. It was a good fit for her for several reasons. First, the kids progress at their own rate. She was very interested in reading, and actually learned to read before starting K. They did some group activities, but a lot of what they did was working individually, or one on one with a teacher, or in cooperation with a friend. At the time, my DD generally preferred to work alone or with a teacher, and I liked that she wasn't required to spend a whole lot of time working in a group. Now, at age 8, she attend public school and is doing very well. She still kind of marches to her own beat though--she gets along OK with other kids, but she tends to be more interested in schoolwork and less intested in the social aspects of second grade.

My son just truned 5, and he's in a Montessori preschool now too. He's a different sort of kid. He's much more social that my DD and he really enjoys interacting with the other kids. I like that the Montessori setup was good for both my kids--my social butterfly son and my serious, academic-minded daughter. Both kids also really liked the "life skills" component of Montessori, where they learned skills such as gardening, fastening buckles and buttons, cleaning, even squeezing orange juice.

In summary, I like the system because it allows for individual differences in children--differences in skills and personality. Also, the structured part of the program has worked well for teaching my kids academic skill. My DD is doing very well academically, and my son has progressed very well this year. He's gone from not knowing all his letters to being able to read simple words and write a little bit. He also has learned and lot of science fact that he enjoys--planets, how the body works, dinosaurs, continents, part of the world, etc. I'm planning to keep him in the Montessor school for K, then transfer to public school for first grade.

Oh, another thing--the Montessor schools we've used have had much better turnover rates that other preschool/daycare. The teachers have received special training and we've been very pleased with them.

And no, I don't think 3.5 is too old to begin. Sounds just right to me.

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 12:33pm
I have only had two experiences with Montessori. When my son was starting kindergarten, I called a Montessori school and was told that they didn't take kids that old, they only took them at the beginning of the 3-year-old class, because they found latecomers had too much trouble adapting. (I'm pretty sure that was unique to that school.)

My sister's daughter attended a Montessori kindergarten for about 3 weeks and she was completely overwhelmed by the lack of structure. She cried every day and my sister went to observe and said it was just chaos, with kids of all ages wandering around doing whatever they wanted. (Again, I hope that was unique to that school.) She took her daughter out and put her in public school.

You should talk to the people at the school, observe a class if they'll let you, and definitely talk to some parents. It's a really different educational philosophy. Some kids really love the environment and some don't. As I said at the top, these are only MY experiences with Montessori. I'm sure some people love it and find that it's the best thing for their children.