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    DD14:

    Is there REALLY a need for a Cliff's Notes of Alice in Wonderland?? REALLY??



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    Maybe not but the 'Annotated Alice' by Martin Gardner is a very fun read laugh


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    Originally Posted by MumOfThree
    Not-quite 4yr old comes in to me and asks "Mum can I draw in this book?", I note that it's a colouring book that may not be hers but is not precious and say "Sure."

    She wanders off to the other room where I hear her sit down at the table and then say to her older sister (who is playing minecraft) "Look what I've got!"...."Firstname! You're supposed to say 'You can't have that!'....In a BAD way!"

    Deliberate, premeditated negative attention seeking to get her sister away from minecraft... We have a budding manipulator on our hands. Which we have known for a long time but this was particularly funny from the other room. Her sister, a far more subtle creature, just wandered in to us and had a cuddle...

    She knows leverage when she sees it! smile


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    Originally Posted by HowlerKarma
    DD14:

    Is there REALLY a need for a Cliff's Notes of Alice in Wonderland?? REALLY??

    Is there really a need for a Cliff's Notes of anything?

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    We somehow got started on teaching the kids new vocabulary words the other day at dinner. They liked it so much that I went and printed out a bunch of SAT prep words. We occupied most of dinner with this yesterday, and then when we told them they needed to leave the table to move on to other things, there was whining and sadness. "We want more vocabulary!!!!"

    Vocab has sometimes seemed a bit of a weak spot for DD, but she knew more of the words than I thought she would.

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    Originally Posted by ultramarina
    We somehow got started on teaching the kids new vocabulary words the other day at dinner. They liked it so much that I went and printed out a bunch of SAT prep words. We occupied most of dinner with this yesterday, and then when we told them they needed to leave the table to move on to other things, there was whining and sadness. "We want more vocabulary!!!!"

    Vocab has sometimes seemed a bit of a weak spot for DD, but she knew more of the words than I thought she would.


    Great idea! I signed up for Wordsmith.org "A.Word.A.Day" a while back and get daily emails with a new vocab word from them. We can use these to start some dinner vocab fun in addition to our usual "how was your day", "anything fun or interesting happen in school" chatter.
    Thanks ultramarina!

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    Dd4 is starting to use sarcasm in her jokes. Here are two examples:
    We were watching a paid program that was selling a make up that would make you look 10 years younger. I wondered aloud if I should get one. Dd with mischief in her eyes,"mom you do realize that it doesn't actually make you younger. You will stay as old as you are now even with the cream."

    Her dad bought a new car and took us out for a ride. Proud of his car he asked dd what she thought. Dd," sure feels like I am in a racing car. One that always loses the race."

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    1frugalmom, make sure you have them use it in a sentence. That was the most fun part (although we had to make a "Do not disparage your sibling in your sentence, even jokingly" rule..."It was very TEDIOUS to listen to [brother] ramble on about chess for hours.")

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    Originally Posted by ultramarina
    1frugalmom, make sure you have them use it in a sentence. That was the most fun part (although we had to make a "Do not disparage your sibling in your sentence, even jokingly" rule..."It was very TEDIOUS to listen to [brother] ramble on about chess for hours.")


    Ahhh, yes...I can see this being an issue at our table also. Good call!

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    Originally Posted by ultramarina
    1frugalmom, make sure you have them use it in a sentence. That was the most fun part (although we had to make a "Do not disparage your sibling in your sentence, even jokingly" rule..."It was very TEDIOUS to listen to [brother] ramble on about chess for hours.")

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