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bio website pinchxeverything.blogspot.com
location West Coast USA
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I am a former classroom teacher that has had experience in the preschool, elementary and highschool settings but mostly taught in middle school in the United States. My favorite teaching years were the three I spent teaching science in a specialized setting for twice-exceptional kids in Middle School Science and Highschool biology. I am now a home educator for my 7-year-old daughter and nanny part time. I have a book I am working on publishing and a children's book.


Mar
3
comment How do we encourage musical aptitude in a two-year old?
While the duplicate is a slightly more specific question, the answers seem to address your question in general. Please take a look and if you disagree with the idea that the other question is the same as yours, please edit this question to more specifically guide the answers in what you are looking for and make the difference clear.
Mar
3
comment What should one do when their teen thinks smoking e-cigarettes is cool and safe?
So funny, I used to tell my eighth grade health class about how extra cilia grows on the tongue at the back of the mouth if you smoke (regular cigarettes) long enough. "Who wants to kiss a hairy mouth?" had what is probably a fairly similar effect. I'd love references, because that would mean I could pass the info along to his mom quite easily.
Mar
3
answered what's typical for birthday parties in the USA?
Mar
1
revised What should one do when their teen thinks smoking e-cigarettes is cool and safe?
edited tags
Mar
1
asked How does a parent cope with an opposing disposition to his/her own?
Mar
1
asked What should one do when their teen thinks smoking e-cigarettes is cool and safe?
Mar
1
comment Baby always rolling over and ending up sleeping on his stomach, is it dangerous?
@Henry, deaths that can be attributed to suffocation because of toys and etc. Are not pronounced as death by SIDS, but as deaths by suffocation (due to being too close to something that makes it difficult to get enough oxygen) - either way it is a danger for kids that is significantly reduced once the child can role.
Feb
28
comment How can I help my 2 year old better love his dog?
So true! At two they barely notice other humans (that aren't the ones that are immediate family) even their play is parallel and not really play that involves others strongly (usually). A two year old just isn't developmentally ready yet to do anything more than enjoy seeing a dog play or something some of the time.
Feb
28
reviewed Approve Don't touch my hair!
Feb
28
comment 10 month old won't nap
Good to know! I'm glad you guys got it figured out!!
Feb
28
comment What safety gate can I use at the top of my stairs?
Have you thought about putting a gate in the doorway of the playroom instead? (Assuming it has one) You don't need to close the door to such a room and there are tons of gates that will work nicely in a doorway that would not work well on the staircase. Or, perhaps a conversion to a dutch door if you are willing to go to the expense and trouble.
Feb
28
comment What is the best approach to cut the hair of an infant/toddler?
Just a head's up, Ihad my daughter's done professionally at first, but after three horrendous haircuts, I realized, the professionals don't know how to deal with a moving child any better - even if tehy are better with scissors. It was easier for me to do the cuts for a while because I could talk and distract her through it in ways the profs near us couldn't (without paying an arm and a leg at a "children's salon") Once she moved less we went back to the professionals again. Point is, ask even the professionals how often they do children's cuts before giving them carte blanche.
Feb
28
reviewed Reviewed What is the best approach to cut the hair of an infant/toddler?
Feb
28
comment What is the best approach to cut the hair of an infant/toddler?
Just a thought about the loudness - perhaps some earbuds with trickling water playing (not so loud as to drown out the vacuum sound but just to muffle it with something more pleasant) would help - even just earplugs would probably help some.
Feb
28
comment Don't touch my hair!
what I meant to do was to help you improve your answer. SE is probably different than other fora you are used to and the expectations for clarity and support for answers slightly higher. Your answer is okay, but you may get more votes if you elaborated a little. Check out How to Write a Good Answer for more information. It would be helpful if the elaboration were edited into your answer rather than added as a comment as well.
Feb
27
comment When will we know if our child is left- or right-handed?
Actually, there is a lot of training for certified elementary teachers in matters such as these and the "teacher's editions" of handwriting books point out the different paper positions etc now-a-days, so it shouldn't be due to lack of knowledge on the part of a teacher (I say shouldn't, not can't be - there are plenty of people that don't stay up-to-date, pay attention much etc. etc.) Pre-shchool teachers or teachers that do not need certification for one reason or another still should have the resources available to know better at this point.
Feb
27
revised Introducing Shakespeare
added 17 characters in body
Feb
27
reviewed Reviewed Adopt before giving birth, or give birth before adopting?
Feb
27
comment Adopt before giving birth, or give birth before adopting?
@Chrys The limit to one kid per family is not true in the US (unless specific to an individual state). In the states I know about, the issue is not "fairness" it is about safety and privacy. The states want each kid to have a room to him/herself which can limit things to one child/family. Exceptions to this are made for biological siblings being able to share a room. I know of a number of families that had the means and space to adopt more than one at different times and now have huge families with a rainbow of skin colors, variety of features AND all the typical family diversity.
Feb
27
reviewed Reviewed What are some ways to teach a child how to spit (after brushing their teeth)?