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    School supplies as birthday presents.
    Where do you all stand on giving school supplies as birthday presents?

    It was my daughters ninth birthday last week and we gave her Wizardology and The Apprentice's Handbook (both of which I highly recomend) which we are now using as main textbook and coursebook for our home education (we flexi-school; 2 days at home, 3 at school). We also gave her a book about King Arthur for lesson 1 (in the handbook is "history of western wizards") and some fabric for lesson 2 (sew your own wizzard robes).

    She loved it and I had packed them up in a "trunk" along with Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, Chocolate frogs, a quill and notebook and a wand. However, I still feel guilty, yes it is fun but it is still our "curriculum". Do you give school things as gifts?P4142847.jpg

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    It depends on the child's passion. I would have no problem giving that sort of thing, but I would let the child lead the pace and depth. Sounds fascinating, though, and I am off to check those books out!
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    I would, so long as the child is excited about the items. I give books to my daughters that we later use for 'school'. Same with art supplies...

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    My son (thankfully!) loves getting new-to-him books, so using those for birthday presents is always appreciated...as long as there's a toy or two thrown in the mix
    -Angela.

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    We do, if we know it's something our son is interested in. My son loves doing chemistry experiments, so I never hesitate to give him chemistry kits as birthday gifts.
    Wendy
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    I'm for it. We try to give something educational and something trivial.
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    when i was poorer, i actually gave monogrammed pencils and an electric pencil sharpener as gifts . . . and then felt really guilty years later. Raven got a chemistry kit for xmas, which he was super excited about, but i said we cant use until summer, when i have time to do it right. Orion got a microscope for xmas once . . . he never liked it . . . urggg

    feeling lots of parent guilt today so probably not the best time to respond.

    see, otoh, Orion loves getting fuzzy warm clothing for presents . . sweaters are ok, slippers are sweet, and the jedi bathrobe was awesome! Raven HATES getting clothes. Orion also loves getting chocolate, which Raven wont eat ...

    i think the present should be something that makes the receiver happy . . . not what 'looks' like a present to other people. In fact, i remember . . . pretty sure it was hockeymom . . .saying she got frustrated because her son always wanted books for holiday presents and people always gave him toys, which he had no interest in.
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    I think the main source of my guilt is that although I have handed it over as a present I am still controlling how and when it is used. I have always given educational toys and books as presents but they were theirs to enjoy in their own way, this seems...different. I guess I should just relax and enjoy the fact the she is enjoying learning and appreciates her present.

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    for some reason that reminds me of . . probably 20 years ago, i was living on a commune. there was this much older quaker couple. she was just the most calm, helpful, focused person. They had 4 grown children, and some of the young folks commented that she must have been a perfect mother - she said no, kids will always find something to complain about in regards to your parenting, and its never what you think it will be. Took me 20 years to get it . . .
    Cara, homeschooling one
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    I think that's an awesome present I'm checking out the books too, as dd9 has just gotten into Harry Potter.
    Kristin, sporadically, eclectically, homeschooling mom to Wynter (Nov 1st 2003), Cassia (Nov 2nd 2005), Solaine (Dec 21st 2007) and Orielle (July 23rd 2010)

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