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[ - ] Has anyone sent their dc to TADA summer camps? DD is interested but I know of no one who has gone to ask them about it. Thanks! 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 05.23.08, 05:06 AM Flag
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my dd friend goes every yr and loves it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:11 AM Flag
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thanks [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:15 AM Flag
[ - ] 4 yo DS had a bit of a runny nose last night (clear) and a slight cough this morning (clearing his throat kind of cough). Bouncing off the walls with energy, ate well, slept all night. Send to preschool or no? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:05 AM Flag
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send imo [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:09 AM Flag
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yes unless he is acting tired or has a fever. You can't keep them home every time they get the sniffles [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:12 AM Flag
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send her... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:22 AM Flag
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send [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:39 AM Flag
[ - ] How many kids in NEST K classes? And how many teachers? Read post that there are no teacher assistants so 1 teacher per 20 kids? Many publics have two teachers for K? 125 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 05.23.08, 05:05 AM Flag
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When I went to the tour they said max class size is 25 and they only have one teacher. At Anderson they have two assistants for about the same size , but they are paid thru parent fundraising monies. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:22 AM Flag
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this does not really worry me. These kids are well behaved. In addition they seem to pick up easily. Why do you need that second teacher, usually to help out with the problem kids . In some cases it is also to free up the teacher for some prep work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:24 AM Flag
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How can you say the kids are well behaved? Isn't there a spectrum of behavior for all kids (regardless of "giftedness", socio-economics, races)? Also I think a second teacher guarantees that more kids will get more individual time with head teacher which is more needed in K as there is a wider range of abilities in reading, etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:26 AM Flag
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There is always 1-3 kids in the classroom which present a challenge to the teacher. I did not use the say all the kids. But in 5 classrooms in which I walked in for a few minutes. They were all attentitive and doing what was expected. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:34 AM Flag
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That's true in all schools. You implied that NEST kids are better behaved than kids at other schools and so only 1 teacher was needed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:37 AM Flag
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True. From what I have seen in other schools (My DD has gone thru Pre-k for two years) My perception is that overall you will find better behaved kids at NEST. I think that this should be true for all the G&T classes. That is the reason I tested her. I wanted to give her the oppotunity to be in a classrooms where the kids were not stealing away the time from the teachers. Got to go to work! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:41 AM Flag
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I toured Nest and the kids were so well behaved it was sort of creepy. They almost seemed like little robots to me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:28 AM Flag
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I toured six schools including NEST. Kids don't seem any more well behaved than at my local school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:33 AM Flag
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Maybe it was an off day. There was something about the kids that seemed so lifeless when I was there. I actually preferred our local zoned to NEST. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:43 AM Flag
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the kids did seem exceptionally quiet. how are disciplinary issues handled now? NY mag story is pretty scary.... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:29 PM Flag
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but that story was about the admission process in the past. I don't recall reading anything about the school experience from the child's point of view. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:36 PM Flag
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i recall, tho i may be mistaken, something about the kids (and their parents) being very frightened about arriving on time. perhaps it was something else i googled that spoke about disciplinary issues beyond that. either way, there are new folks in charge and it would be helpful to hear from parents who are there now about how it is now. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:41 PM Flag
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I agree with this post...almost creepy...like they had fallen asleep next to a pod and been replaced by alien uber-children! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:37 PM Flag
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Aw come on. Kids that do well on tests like that have a general desire to please, thus better behavior. Kids who don't desire to please (even gifted kids) are less likely to always answer everthing and answer questions "right." (note that right is in quotes) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 02:14 PM Flag
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I was told it is against DOE regulations to use parent fundraising $$ to hire assistant teachers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:16 AM Flag
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If that is true, then many schools violate this regulation [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.24.08, 06:53 AM Flag
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It's just a technicality. You can't use the money for that, BUT, you use the money for other stuff and free up the money from the budget to pay for assistants. Get it? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.24.08, 08:24 AM Flag
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That's awful. My good zoned school does better than that. Why does everyone seem to have drunk the NEST kool-aid? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:17 AM Flag
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kool aid, indeed. but the question is why? does anyone have a clue as to whether there was a discussion among parents before? seems like a no-brainer to me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:27 AM Flag
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Because it is the only citwide downtown. No drinking koolaide involved. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 02:18 PM Flag
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But where is it written that a citywide is by definition better than a district-wide or a good gen ed for that matter? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:00 PM Flag
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No where. In one case you have a school full of kids who scored very high on a test, and in the examples you either have a class or two who did, or you don't have any classes that are 100% full of those kids. "thats it". And I'm frankly in the camp that there are going to be some pretty big differences between all 3 of those scenarios. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:06 PM Flag
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I guess I'm in the camp that says scores aren't everything, nor is a K-12 everything. All smoke and mirrors. The emperor's new clothes. No one would give a crap about Nest if we weren't told by the DOE we should. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:09 PM Flag
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I'm thinking that you don't have a dc who needs to be challenged. My dc would learn, and be fine, at a gen ed. But in what world would it not be preferable for her to be surrounded by a lot of smart peers? Why would I want my reading 4-yr old to sit through a year of K watching at least half the class learn to read? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 06:33 PM Flag
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sorry, but whether the school is a citywide G&T or tt private or gen ed, way more than half the K kids will be learning to read over the course of the year. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 08:34 PM Flag
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I live in D2, which according to the test scores has some of the smartest dcs in the city. Many of those families will not choose a G&T because the gen eds are so good. I am in no way worried about the peer group at our gen ed (very high ELA scores). The assumption that my dc doesn't need to be challenged when he could easily get into a citywide if we chose to send him to one is a little silly, btw. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.24.08, 06:05 AM Flag
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Where do the slower learners in your zone attend? It will either be at your local gen ed, or a non-TT private, depending on incomes of those families. But it won't be at a citywide G&T. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.24.08, 08:16 AM Flag
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The dcs in my zoned school are very smart (like I said, the scores don't lie) and the parents are very rich. If one had a slow learner who couldn't keep up, they would choose a private designed for those students. It's not an issue. And even if there were a slow learner or two, they would not hold up the rest of the class. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.24.08, 12:55 PM Flag
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I find it strange that they have only 1 teacher, regardless of the behavior of the kids. How can more adults, more help, more individualized, attention hurt? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 09:17 AM Flag
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it doesn't hurt but if it is not necessary why waste money on that? Put the money somewhere else instead. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 09:19 AM Flag
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Oh, so it's easy to take care of 25 kindergarten-age kids for one person? Hello! Most people here start crying if they have to spend the whole day w/their 2 dc. It's not easy, little kids are still little kids and having 2 teachers makes a huge difference [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:52 AM Flag
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eh, yes, of course it is. For goodness sake. Teachers have been doing this successfully for decades. "Most people here" are not teachers who deal with kids like that professionally. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:35 AM Flag
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kids aren't the way they used to be, they are used to being the center of attention, kindergarten is rough [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:03 PM Flag
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I think it varies this year between 20-22 kids depending on the teacher. "Parents as reading partners" frees up the K teachers for a bit of one on one. My son is in K. I do not have the impression that he (or anyone) lacks for attention from the teacher. Compared to our zoned school -- NEST kids are a breeze. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 09:37 AM Flag
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well, i guess it depends on what you choose for comparison. private schools have MUCH smaller classes and often 2 adults. i also worry that will the DOE in charge of placement now, classes will grow to 25. if there is no waitlist, as many have claimed, then it could be even 27. even getting snack out and cleaned up would be eased by having another adult. don't you think? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 09:48 AM Flag
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Sure. But considering the constraints of the DOE I don't think their (our?) dollar would be best served putting an aide (or another teacher) in my son's classroom. (To be clear: I based my comparison on the original post which was just about public schools. That said, I don't necessarily agree that more one on one is necessarily best anyway. From what I have seen at NEST, if I were going to allocate resources for the lower school, my first choice would not be an aide in each class.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:02 AM Flag
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then for NEST lower school, how would you like to see money spent? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:05 AM Flag
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With the caveat I haven't really thought about it and am not in the education administration field... The lunch process there seems too frantic. I wish lunch was more than twenty minutes (don't quote me on this!) The kids who get school lunch have little time to eat and I doubt this serves them well. I also doubt this inculcates good eating habits. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:14 AM Flag
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what would it be? when we toured the principal said most classes had a student teacher or aide in addition to the head teacher [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:07 AM Flag
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i toured too and they told our group what we're reading here -- that the kids are well behaved and there is no need for more teachers. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:22 AM Flag
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This is not my experience. If there is an aide/student teacher I have not been informed of it and that person has not been there for any of the parent included activities. Also, my child has not mentioned this. (There are aides at the school for outdoor activites, over seeing lunch, etc.) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:24 AM Flag
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how often does "parents are reading partners" happen? this seems like a waste of time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:06 AM Flag
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Two or three days a week. Parents take small groups and read in the hall. This allows the teacher to do one-on-one/small group instruction. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:08 AM Flag
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Is this why parents are invited? If this is the case, then there is an argument for a second teacher! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:09 AM Flag
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precisely! why use parents, when a trained teacher would be better. besides, this arrangement may be a problem for parents who work full time. i would still like to hear where the money might be better put. at anderson, the parents earned the money for the class aides. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:12 AM Flag
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OR: parents are not obligated to read. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:16 AM Flag
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and what exactly is wrong with tasking the parents with simple things like that? it does bring the kids and the parents closer together. I think it is a great idea. Btw, no parent is forced to do that. There are always enough volunteers to take care of that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:41 AM Flag
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It's unfair to those parents who can't for work reasons or because of language difficulties. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:01 AM Flag
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What is unfair to them? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:34 AM Flag
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why is it unfair? You are not obligated to read to the kids. If you cannot do it don't sign up for it. Nobody is going to hold this against you or your child. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:36 AM Flag
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At such young ages, kids whose parents do read get benefit of seeing parent in classroom, extra help from parent. It's unfair to kids whose parents can't come--maybe immigrants who don't speak English well? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:40 AM Flag
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this is bizarre thinking. you really think that the kids whose parents cannot make it are at a disadvantage to the children whose parents are in the classroom all the time? You don't give those kids much credit, do you? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:49 AM Flag
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You don't think it's great for your kid to have you come in to read and also get to know the teacher? How would you and your DC feel if you couldn't come (let's say you had a new baby and just couldn't get out)? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:52 AM Flag
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OR: You are in the hall with a group of 6 kids or so and there are several other parents in different groups elsewhere at the same time. There is almost no teacher involvement in this. I do see your point about a kid possibly resenting his/er parent for never reading... I'll have to think about this issue before I answer one way or another. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:14 PM Flag
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That's life. Ergo, if you cannot be involved in such level at NEST maybe you shouldn't sign up your child there? How's that for a thought. Plenty of schools out there that tell you upfront that they expect a lot from you as a parent and if you cannot do that you should look somewhere else. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:29 PM Flag
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True. But what will most kids get out of this anyway? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:31 PM Flag
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I'm one of the NEST parents replying here and I don't buy that. This is public education. This is about educating the children of NYC. No public school has a right to set up that kind of hurdle. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:40 PM Flag
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hurdle? requiring a little more than the usual parental involvement is a hurdle? Again, go to your zoned school if you think this is a hurdle. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:41 PM Flag
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Do you honestly not know that many people do not have a job that just allows them to show up two or three hours late? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:49 PM Flag
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Wow. Working parents who can't read to the class during the day because the school can't afford to pay a pro to do it don't deserve to send their dcs to the school? You know what? You can have NEST. Definitely not for us. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:05 PM Flag
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np. i can't volunteer to come into the classroom as much as the sahms at our preschool and it's hard on ds. he wonders why mommy can't be like the other mommies. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:03 PM Flag
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I think it's a bad idea overall. How much actual learning is happening in these reading sessions? 2-3x a week seems like a lot. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:41 AM Flag
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how much actual learning? Those are 5yo kids! Anything and everything is a learning experience. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:48 AM Flag
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Do you really think so?! You might say this for a 2yo but lots of 5yos know so much already. These kids have probably read many of the books selected. Or they are at least read to a lot. Why not another type of project instead? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:50 AM Flag
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because reading is important. my kid has been reading since she was three and most likely has read pretty much anything and everything out there. so what? she still enjoys it especially in such a "new" setting like Kindergarten with her "new" friend. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:30 PM Flag
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And 2-3x of this a week isn't too much--when so much of the school day is already filled with transitions? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:32 PM Flag
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plus, they do this first thing in the morning, don't they? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:34 PM Flag
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Does this make it better or harder? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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better for the parents. They just stay a little longer that day at school so it won;t interfere too much with your job. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:37 PM Flag
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yes it is first thing in the am. The kids pick the books. Remember, this is done to free up the teacher to work small group/one-on-one in the classroom with us in the hall. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:53 PM Flag
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nobody except your child. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:53 AM Flag
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maybe NEST is not your kind of school then. nobody is going to force you to sign your child up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:31 PM Flag
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Obviously. I'm just debating the merits of the activity--for discussion. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:33 PM Flag
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I think it is a great thing. It's a group activity, the parents are involved, it's fun. How can you go wrong with this? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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No real learning happening. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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Don't you think that there is enough time in a Kindergartener's day already? You sure can squeeze in some of that reading somehow. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:39 PM Flag
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OR: fair push back... but this seems to work. I'd love to know what the teachers think. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:17 AM Flag
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About what? Reading to kids = no real learning going on? I'm a teacher. That's silly. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 02:24 PM Flag
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I like this idea of parent reading. I am a former teacher and I think its great. Also in my son's current pre K class we have daily parent reading. A parent reads to the class for the first half hr of the day. I am so for parents in the classroom. Its great for everyone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.24.08, 08:22 AM Flag
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You are misled. In every class at any type of school, there will be a mix of kids in ability and behavior. Sometimes it's just the dynamics of the class. No kids from any one school are a breeze. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:11 AM Flag
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Would you not agree that the population at a school like NEST where a parent/caregiver is involved in every kids education (to some degree) is much easier to deal with than the population at a troubled zoned school? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:20 AM Flag
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^^^ I should add, I did not mean that the NEST class(es) are a complete breeze. I give the teachers there a lot of credit! I'm talking a comparative breeze. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:21 AM Flag
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even if the kids are a breeze, can't the breezy benefit from more adult attention? even if the teachers are excellent, can't they too benefit from having another set of hands, to say nothing of another head to reflect on the day, intervene in problems, generate new ideas for activities? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:24 AM Flag
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If the DOE had infinite resources or if I cared about nothing but my son, then "yes." But it doesn't and I do. I think NEST did a great job educating my son this year. I think our zoned school in Brooklyn needs extra resources far more than NEST. My kid was in pre K with some great kids last year. I don't think they are as well served by the education system in NYC as my boy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:39 AM Flag
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AMEN!!!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 02:25 PM Flag
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it's unfair to compare against a "trouble zoned" school. Lots of "regular" zoned schools out there with a mix of kids. From what I've seen, behavior is often result of parenting and many involved parents are quite permissive which can translate into pushy, aggressive kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:36 AM Flag
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1. NEST v Troubled... I am not setting up a straw giant here. I am just adressing what I have seen. 2. I agree 100% about parenting and pushy kids, etc. Maybe it doesn't manifest this early, maybe they screened for it at interviews last year. I don't know. But while NEST parents certainly are involved and some are quite permissive, the kids in the K class this year (for the most part) are good kids. Look, before this goes too far, I don't want to appear like some "NEST is the one and only" parent. I'm not. I am just addressing the initial post as best I can and offering my experience. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:50 AM Flag
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The initial post asked for info on how many teachers there are in K classes. You are putting more info your answer: that nest kids are super-terrific and that's why only 1 teacher is needed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:55 AM Flag
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I thought I've been pretty clear- What I am suggesting is only that I don't think the K classes at NEST need two professionals. I think the resource would be better served elsehwere. (The original post said many publics have two K teachers in the classroom. I compared NEST only to the K classrooms I had seen at my zoned public.) I'm surprised you characterize my post about NEST kids the way you did, I thought I had been balanced. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:33 AM Flag
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I still think you are generally biased. Oh, those gen-ed publics with rowdy kids who are not smart need those teachers. The gifted kids at NEST are so smart and well-behaved, they don't. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:44 AM Flag
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I think kids at schools like NEST already get more resources than kids at zoned schools. I also think kids at some zoned schools (at least ones like mine) need more resources. Insideschools says about my zoned school, "Most of the students come from immigrant families, and a good number come from Spanish-speaking homes." Between Chinese and Spanish, more than half the kids in pre-K last year didn't speak English. NYC would be better served with giving that K class two teachers before NEST. Not because the NEST kids are better, just they are easier. There are fewer demands on the teacher. The kids at schools like NEST are not innately better, they are fortunate. More resources would help even that out. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:58 AM Flag
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Now you're injecting racism into the argument. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:08 PM Flag
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Are you insane? You don't think it takes more resources to teach a child who does not speak the language? And this has nothing to do with race. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:17 PM Flag
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Kids who don't speak the language are in ESL classes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:30 PM Flag
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That was not the case at my local school last year. They may have had a "special" for ESL but no matter your language (there were at least three languages other than English) you were with everyone for most of the day. Granted 4/5 year olds figure out the basics pretty quickly but... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:46 PM Flag
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You are an IDIOT. At my school they are in regular classes, sitting together. The one with the most english teaches the others. None of them learn to the extent that they would be able to if they had a dedicated teacher. They often do not speak the same language. Right now I have a group of Spanish, Spanish, Korean, Polish and Chinese at one table. Only of the Spanish speakers has enough English to understand what is going on without a dedicated teacher. There is none. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 02:29 PM Flag
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who are you calling an idiot? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.24.08, 06:51 AM Flag
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Oh boy, you are the perfect example of a NEST parent! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:49 AM Flag
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For the most part, kids in K classes throughout the city are good kids. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:56 AM Flag
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thank you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 08:18 PM Flag
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Nest parent here. Of course they could use more help. Kindergarteners are kindergarteners. They could use more help to get things done. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:32 AM Flag
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so why isn't there more help? at our district school pta raised the money for paras, can't you do the same there? btw, since you're an insider: can you tell us how responsive the administration is to parents' concerns. i know this was a problem in the past and during the open house they seemed entirely non-plused. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:47 AM Flag
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FIRST - it is non-plussed and SECOND - non-plussed means that they DID get upset NOT that they showed no concern. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:49 AM Flag
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don't understand. is the school responsive to parental concerns. if the parents think aids in the classroom would be a good idea, why doesn't the administration relent? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:51 AM Flag
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I was saying you spelled nonplussed wrong and used it in the wrong way. To be nonplussed is to show concern. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:59 AM Flag
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and i was being non-plused in my response to your flame. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:04 AM Flag
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FYI: Jacket image of the Compact Oxford English Dictionary nonplussed /nonplusst/ • adjective 1 surprised and confused. 2 N. Amer. informal unperturbed. — USAGE In standard English nonplussed means ‘surprised and confused’. A new meaning, ‘not disconcerted; unperturbed’, has developed recently in North American English, probably on the assumption that the prefix non- must have a negative meaning; this is not yet accepted as standard usage.— ORIGIN from Latin non plus ‘not more’. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:07 AM Flag
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Now, I think there isn't more help because they are getting by without it. I think in the Kindergarten there is an assitant teacher or two that rotates around the classes and comes in when there is a project going on that the kids need help with. The parents are invited to come in when there is a big project and help the kids out then too. I think this school is heavily supported by a very active PTA and "dedicated"/parents. I feel like when I have had a problem with something in the school they have responded quite well for me. There is truth to the notion that some things at Nest are chaotic and should be run a little better. But the parents and administration are really trying, and really have a good thing going. IMHO [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:54 AM Flag
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Thanks for the informative reply. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:57 AM Flag
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what things at NEST are chaotic and should be run better (other than lunch which another responder already wrote about)? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:58 AM Flag
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Teacher hirings, parent coffees, deciding what role they want parents to play at school (hard to define since there is a new principal). There is a reason why people think Nest is not for them (homework etc) but there is also a reason why people who are there are really grateful, consider themselves lucky and have a lot of support from the parent body. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:12 AM Flag
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heard mixed things about homework. how demanding is it? your dc is in K? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:21 AM Flag
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Its kind of a pain, it ebbs and flows. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:45 AM Flag
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np: In my ds's class it is not a big deal. Reading log, weekly spelling (which is really basic), and the odd math homework. It is not a lot of work. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:26 PM Flag
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Why are teacher hirings chaotic? Is there a lot of turnover? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:54 AM Flag
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good question. any sense of the teacher turnover? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:28 PM Flag
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And do you get a sense that the administration is supportive of teachers? Is there good morale overall? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:35 PM Flag
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those are good questions you should have asked at the open house, no? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:40 PM Flag
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at the open house we attended, these questions were asked and not answered. besides, what could they say? are they going to air their dirty laundry? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 12:45 PM Flag
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1. It has been suggested on UB that NEST teachers and admin are not tight. I asked a loaded question at Parent Teacher conference and got a reply which I could not tell either said, "I'm not going there" or "I don't feel that way." So... 2a. Teacher hiring seemed chaotic this year (K parent so...) because they could not get a friggin art teacher. The Principal (and the PTA Pres) made it seem like they had no good candidates from DOE. It took forever to fill the spot for lower school art teacher. I thought it was silly till I saw the difference between the transitional/temp teachers to the current (permanent?) art teacher. She is awesome. 2b. they also had trouble filling the school nurse position. (I don't know if this is past or present tense actually.) 3. with the kids, the teachers seem nothing but positive and great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 01:01 PM Flag
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If you read between the lines of the schools report it's clear they hate Livanis. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:08 PM Flag
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You guys all live on the UWS! Signed District 17 parent who lives in this neighborhood because I am a teacher and can't afford anywhere else. Get out of your bubble. Most parents in NYC can't afford to donate money for paras. Their children receive free lunches and are also supposed to be receiving an education. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 02:32 PM Flag
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^^their children are just as "entitled" as yours. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 02:33 PM Flag
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So NEST parent - how does the PTA work. When they raise funds, how/who decides where it gets spent? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:45 PM Flag
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Thats a good question. I have no idea. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 07:36 PM Flag
[ - ] When were you able to wearr your pre-pregnancy clothes after having dc #2? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:04 AM Flag
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only 1 wk pp and i can tell that i am going to bounce back faster than with #1. no kidding. i can already fit into some of my old tops. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:06 AM Flag
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2.5 years I think? ;-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:10 AM Flag
[ - ] Sroller HELP! Am traveling abroad to adopt an older infant (6-9 months). Need to bring a stroller with me. What stroller is good for an older baby and goes on the plane/cars well? TIA. 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 05.23.08, 05:01 AM Flag
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Any Maclaren [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:10 AM Flag
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ITA. I would get the Maclaren Volo because you'll want it eventually anyway. It doesn't recline, but you won't need it to for your current purposes, and it's super-light and easy to fold. Also take a bjorn with you and try and get the airline to commit to giving you a bulkhead seat with bassinet for the way home so that you don't need to take a carseat on board. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:25 AM Flag
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I agree. I have a quest and have used it since 4 or 5 months. It reclines--not fully, but pretty well--and have taken it on planes (gate checked) no problem. congratulations!!! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:56 AM Flag
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I wouldn't take an expensive stroller, they get destroyed while traveling. Buy a kolcraft or something cheap. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:56 AM Flag
[ - ] Anyone have a DH who goes to work at the crack of dawn? I'm on my own getting my 4 year old to school each day. New baby is on the way and I'm starting to freak out wondering how I'll do it with 2. Right now I get up w/ DD at 7 and have time to eat something and make beds along with getting her ready, fed and out the door. Add making lunch for school and a baby into the mix for next year...not sure how I'll get out on time. What time do you wake up when you have 2 kids in the AM and no DH? TIA. 15 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 05.23.08, 05:00 AM Flag
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I have 3 to get out the door. recently i have given up cleaning the house until after they get to school otherwise we were always late. If i wanted a clean house on my out I would have to get up at 6am or not eat. Or be on the computer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:02 AM Flag
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So what time do you get up? Do the kids help or do you do everything? Do you have their clothes put out the night before? Lunches made? And then do you go back after drop-off and straighten up? Usually in the AM I make beds, unload dishwasher, open window shades and straighten stuff. TIA. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:04 AM Flag
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yes I have 2 dds and one ds on the way. My dh is up at 4:50am and out of the door by 5:20ish. I have to get up, feed both of them, make lunch while they eat breakfast, put out the clothes on the beds for them to dress after breakfast. If we are running early they can play but the rule is all needs to be done and ready for school before any playing starts. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:03 AM Flag
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^^BTW we are up at 6am [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:03 AM Flag
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^^^and out of the door by 7:50am [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:04 AM Flag
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^^^as for lunch many times she will take what was made for dinner the night before. So I pack it up the night before and the next morning just microwave it. I find that if I don't stick to the routine it gets crazy [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:04 AM Flag
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Everyone up by 6 or just you? Silly question but....do you get to shower or go to the bathroom in the AM? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:05 AM Flag
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everyone is up at 6am. Sometimes the girls get up btwn 5:30 and 6am. I shower right before bedtime so I don't have to do it in the morning [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:07 AM Flag
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That microwave leftover lunch....isn't it cold by the time she eats it? Or do you put it in a lunchbox w/out a cold pack? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:06 AM Flag
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I microwave the food very hot then it's warm enough by lunch. I do wrap it up with aluminum foil and put it in the lunch box which has a heat retaining pouch. If not she takes sandwiches [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:08 AM Flag
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do you have a job honey?? I'm sure you'll manage [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:15 AM Flag
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hey "honey". This place is all about finding people who have dealt with similar problems. What's your deal dear? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:18 AM Flag
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OP: Hey I just got back and read this....you sound like a total a-hole, do you know that? Listen to yourself! And by the way "honey", you could NEVER handle my job, especially with two kids at home. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 09:51 AM Flag
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Man, that's nasty. OP, ignore. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 10:56 AM Flag
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I have 2 kids in school and a newborn. It's a pain in the ass but manageable. Don't plan on having a clean house in the am and do whatever you can hte night before like setting up coffee pot, lunch boxes, setting out clothes etc. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 11:03 AM Flag
[ - ] I'm relieved but now I have less pressure and it feels weird. We just decided NOT to sell our apartment and, completely unrelated, we hired a cleaning person for every other week. This takes so much stress off of us. So now I have a lovely warm day to spend with the kids doing fun stuff. It seems too easy! 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:59 AM Flag
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nice. I wish I could hire someone to clean bi-weekly. I'm pg with #3, have a disbality and just can't get my apt clean as much as I want it. I can't afford to hire someone since here in NYC the cleaning ladies charge 2-3 times they would anywhere else. :( [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:01 AM Flag
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OP: We are paying $80 for 1200 sq. ft (3 BR, 1 BA). Is that a lot? We don't have much extra money, but we figured we would rather spend $160/month on this than on cable tv or ordering in dinner. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:02 AM Flag
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So not cable tv? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:05 AM Flag
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we have a 2 bedroom and 1 bath. That is a little much for me unfortunately but you are right. It's so worth it. Let me ask you is this a flat fee or does she work by the hour? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:06 AM Flag
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It is a flat fee, she brings her sister and they take anywhere from 3-5 hours. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:13 AM Flag
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nice. Enjoy! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:13 AM Flag
[ - ] golden floors - suggested i do blue and white floral couches with striped chairs - thoughts? so pretty, but i am scared of blue, and scared of floral? I am very plain but feel like my room needs some color. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:58 AM Flag
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my sofa has floral on it but it has a golden background. I like color and always have a punch of it in the room and on the walls. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:59 AM Flag
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very pretty. very feminine. I'd be scared of floral, too. Not my style, but I like contemporary. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:00 AM Flag
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sounds nice. My LR is blue and we love it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 05:15 AM Flag
[ - ] I'm 17 wks pg and I love how my dds (8yr and 4yr) come over and talk to the baby, kiss the tummy, rub it and just say how happy they are. This makes it so much nicer to know they are excited. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:50 AM Flag
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do you know if it's another dd? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:50 AM Flag
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op: it's a boy this time. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:51 AM Flag
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Do you think you would have stopped at 2 DCs if you had one boy and one girl? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 06:12 AM Flag
[ - ] I am 8 weeks pregnant and am having a dull, achy pain in the right side of my back. Do you think this is anything to worry about? Part of the reason that I am worried is because I have been getting up twice every night to pee and for the past two nights I have only gotten up once. I appreciate your thoughts on this. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 05.23.08, 04:39 AM Flag
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^^ I actually think the pain is more on the side [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:40 AM Flag
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Anyone??!?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:43 AM Flag
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sorry. No idea. Probably fine. Call your OB [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:44 AM Flag
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I just called her yesterday about something else.:( She is going to think I am nuts [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:47 AM Flag
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I would not worry about this at all. Sometimes you'll get up twice, sometimes not at all, to pee. Your uterus will lift off your bladder in a few weeks and you'll not have to pee so much until the 3rd trimester. Do you think your pain is a kidney problem?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:53 AM Flag
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Thanks for responding. I don't think it is a kidney problem because I think I would be peeing more right (or at least having the urge more)? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:55 AM Flag
[ - ] Good bye to UB forever!!! I am off to youbemom.com-I miss the old you, but can't take the UB you've turned into. We've grown apart and it's best to split and go our separate ways. Take care of yourself. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:36 AM Flag
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ok so stop posting about how you are going to leave and just leave. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:37 AM Flag
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It's not you, it's me. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:40 AM Flag
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ITA. It's you [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:40 AM Flag
[ - ] what should i do - 8 weeks pg and can't sleep because of post nasal drip making me cough all night? 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:36 AM Flag
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have you tried to prop yourself up? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:36 AM Flag
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yes, doesn't work. thanks for the suggestion, though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:37 AM Flag
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call your OB and find out what to take [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:38 AM Flag
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Nasal rinse? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:40 AM Flag
[ - ] Birthday gift ideas for DD turning 8? 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:33 AM Flag
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my dd just turned 8. I got her summer clothes and sandals, littlest pet shop, webkinz and books [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:35 AM Flag
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thanks. we're almost done with the Littlest Pet Shop phase, and she has 3 webkinz...I'm stuck, she seems to be at an 'in between' stage...not little, but yet, not a more grown up girl. Hard age to find something for, at least for me! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:36 AM Flag
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yes a hard age. I asked my dd what she would like and of course clothing came out first (like a big kid) but then Webkinz or littlest pet followed. It is a mixed feeling age. I also got her tix to see a show. She loves the theater and went to see Jump [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:38 AM Flag
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ipod, clothes, cds, games, books, [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:35 AM Flag
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Yes, I'm thinking iPod is our best bet. Wasn't sure if she was too young though. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:37 AM Flag
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No way, my dd who is 8 has one, put High School musical, hannah montana, jonas brothers, jordan sparks etc... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:38 AM Flag
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np: got my 8yr old an ipod (not $$ one) and the thrill lasted a few days. Now she pays no mind too it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:39 AM Flag
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how about craft kits? Try Micheal's for beading, pottery you bake in the oven etc. My sis's kids love those [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:37 AM Flag
[ - ] INCREASE THE FONT. I'm going BLIND from the STRAIN 8 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:27 AM Flag
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NO WAY! This is better and more like the old way. Plus, you can see more posts on the screen now, now constantly scrolling. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:31 AM Flag
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I don't think it;s like the old way. My font on the old UB was larger. I do remember you could increase the font yourself. Maybe they should allow this [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:32 AM Flag
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bunch of damn whiners! First you all yelled it was too big. Now you are all yelling that it's too small. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:39 AM Flag
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op: Hey I didn't yell it was too big. I was right on [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:39 AM Flag
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LOL! Just sick of the complaining. Go to site feedback and make suggestions. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:40 AM Flag
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oh I didn't know they had the feedback area. thanks I will [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:42 AM Flag
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no prob. They are responding to what we say but I think they made the font smaller b/c people said it was too big and they could only see a few posts. They aren't going to be able to please everyone but maybe they could add a feature so that the individual could pick the font size or something [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:43 AM Flag
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op: yes I like how I was able to increase the font to the sz I liked with the old UB [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 05.23.08, 04:45 AM Flag
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