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post #81 of 136
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Originally Posted by mama in the forest View Post
Joan, this is so true! I've been finding that my kids are much smarter than me when it comes to what they need to do. So humbling.....

Oh yes, so very true!

We've been a bit of heat wave around here so we are split between hiding from the heat and trying to enjoy it when it finally drops to mild enough. Dd went to a concert in the park with her friend on Thursday, and we were sto grateful that it was under 95 degrees at 6 pm.: Today she's at the lake swimming. She enjoys the time with her best friend in the summer because come the fall she knows that her friend will head back to school and it will be back to weekend or holiday break sleepovers and etc instead of whenever we want to sleepovers.

Tomorrow is Ds's 16th birthday. I have much to do...but here I sit.
post #82 of 136
DD is still on her bridge-building... now she is lining up all the bowls, cups, pots, etc she can find, filling them with water and bridging them with kitchen utensils

WAIT!!! WE JUST SAW A GOANNA!!!!!
I just had to run out in the middle of writing this because a huge Goanna just walked right past our back door!
It was a big one, probably close to a metre long. We snuck quietly outside to watch it, but it ran up a tree. I tried to take a photo, but it was already a bit too high up. anyway, I'll post the photo on my blog later today (after I get some work done - not gonna happen while I'm messing around on MDC )

Anyway, back to the bridges
post #83 of 136
majikfaerie what is a Goanna!!
post #84 of 136
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majikfaerie what is a Goanna!!
I wondered too http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goanna
post #85 of 136

sorry, I just assumed everyone would know what a goanna is
well, at least we're learning stuff
Its a very large australian lizard.
post #86 of 136
Hi Everyone,

I've enjoyed reading about what you've all been up to. I can't believe the month is half over!

Dd's gymnastics takes up a lot of our time, and at the end of June I decided we needed a break. So, I arranged for her take a couple weeks off so we could all slow down. Yeah right! It's been crazier than ever.

Ds's band has been getting gigs all over town, and even got asked to open for a band near Liverpool (about an hour from home). Because of ds's age, dh and I haven't been comfortable just letting him go off to hang out in bars all night, so we've spent a lot of time driving and organizing things to make sure he is safe. We're exhausted!

We are huge Goo Goo Dolls fans, and a whole gang of us met up to see them in Manchester last week. It was my niece's 16th b'day, which became the b'day of her life when we arrived at the venue very early and met the band! They are the sweetest, most down-to-earth rock stars you could ever hope to meet. They happily signed stuff and posed for pictures. Dh was working and was going to meet us at the venue at show time, so I got him on the phone and passed it to Robby (bass player) who chatted w/ dh for a minute or so. Ds had made a cd of some of his band's music "just in case", and he very nervously handed it to John (singer/guitarist) and asked him if he'd listen to it. John said he would, and asked ds the band's name then wrote it on the disc. The kids were so, so excited, and... o.k., I was pretty thrilled too.

Last night I decided that we really *must* slow down, so I went to bed very early in hopes of having a relaxing, organized morning. The dog had other plans, and dashed upstairs to greet me by peeing on my bedroom carpet.: Ds kindly cleaned it up, then dd ran screaming out of the bathroom because she'd seen a spider. It kept disapearing into a crack whenever I tried to pick it up, so I had to stand there while dd got undressed and into the shower to make sure it didn't leap up and attack her.

Everything's calm at the moment, phew! In a couple hours, dd and I are going to an art workshop at the gallery in town with a bunch of home ed friends. Ds is hanging out at home for some much-needed chilling out. Dd has said she wants to do some science experiements, so we found one that involves making candy that resembles different types of vocanic rock. We're going to invite some friends over for a science day as soon as I can get the materials together.

After our hectic couple of weeks, I'm wondering how on earth people cope with sticking to schedules and lessons. It is so much easier to just go with the flow!
post #87 of 136
We've been spending time meeting and connecting with other local unschoolers (which has involved a lot of driving, as we live in a rural area). Today we went an hour away to meet a family with a daughter a year older than mine, and a 2 yo son - who was the same height/weight as my 4yoDD!!!
anyway, its been fun!
Yesterday a bright green lorikeet flew into our window and killed itself so we decided to cut off its wings and feet, and pull out some of the nicer feathers, to make dream catchers and stuff with, and we buried the rest.
DD was really interested in the project, she actually convinced me that since the bird's spirit had left its body,then it wouldnt need it anymore!
post #88 of 136
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Originally Posted by nomadmom View Post
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Ds's band has been getting gigs all over town, and even got asked to open for a band near Liverpool (about an hour from home). Because of ds's age, dh and I haven't been comfortable just letting him go off to hang out in bars all night, so we've spent a lot of time driving and organizing things to make sure he is safe. We're exhausted!
You guys are such awesome parents that you're willing to do that rather than just say "No, you are too young." Very cool.

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We are huge Goo Goo Dolls fans, and a whole gang of us met up to see them in Manchester last week. It was my niece's 16th b'day, which became the b'day of her life when we arrived at the venue very early and met the band! They are the sweetest, most down-to-earth rock stars you could ever hope to meet. They happily signed stuff and posed for pictures.
OMG! How lucky are you guys to meet the Goo Goo Dolls so up close and stuff?! I've got me a bit of a crush on John Rzeznik, and my whole family enjoy several songs...mostly "Iris". Congrats!
post #89 of 136
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My 8-year-old son is a math guy -- he hasn't done much on paper yet, but he can do arithmetic in his head just about as well as I can. He'll go weeks without talking to me about it (although who knows what's going on in his head) but last night it was just me and him sitting together for a bit (a rarity with four children!) and he was asking for math problems. We must have done a few dozen when I asked him to halve an odd number, and from there we went to quarters (which he is familiar with from handling money,) and then, on his own, he started adding quarters and halves. I got a little bit excited and said, "what about thirds?" and suddenly the whole concept of fractions just clicked for him. It was really cool to see. Then I got a little overzealous and started babbling about adding fractions with differing denominators, at which point he told me in a very kind way (as if not to hurt my feelings ) that he'd had enough. Right now he's watching a superhero cartoon marathon on Cartoon Network.

Yesterday my oldest (10) got to go about eleven miles down the Willamette in a canoe. He rowed a good portion of the way, in a gentle current. He was very happy with the experience, going off and doing something by himself... I mean without his parents and siblings around. He went with a couple of friends of ours who adore him and treat him like a human being with sense and feelings, which is just... well, not like most people treat kids, and one reason why I trust them with him. What else... oh, he's currently working on his second real book, it's a Goosebumps book because he's really into scary stories right now. He's the one that didn't start learning to read until he was 9. He recently told me, "I just love reading! It's so much fun!". He also recently had his first "real" job, that is, outside of the family and for a wage. He watered a neighbor's landscaping while he was gone on vacation, a week for $40, and the neighbor was so satisfied with his work that he gave him a bonus, which he was very proud about. He spent about $20 on video games and to my surprise kept the rest home so he wouldn't be tempted to spend it because he wanted to save it for something else. Self-regulation through freedom, in action! I love it.
post #91 of 136
We had family in from out of state. They didn't stay with us, but we met up several times last week. It was fun seeing my cousins and their kids and letting our kids play together.

Saturday we went to our library for a tea party. They won a history grant so the tea party was served by ladies from a Victorian Ladies Society. They gave a short etiquette lesson, talked about their period outfits, and their group. There were also storytellers from a local storytellers group who told 2 stories. We learned how to make dolls from tea bags too. It was lots of fun and dd and I left the baby home with daddy so it was a good one on one time for us too.
post #92 of 136
[QUOTE=UnschoolnMa;8651658] You guys are such awesome parents that you're willing to do that rather than just say "No, you are too young." Very cool.

Thank you so much for saying that. It's been really difficult knowing if we're being too protective or not enough, but we want ds to have this experience almost as much as he does. Even if nothing comes of it, he's having the time of his life and it's given him an opportunity to see if this really is something he wants to do for a living.
post #93 of 136
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It's been really difficult knowing if we're being too protective or not enough...
This has been something that I've had to give a lot of thought to as a parent. When I was a kid, so many things were not allowed because of the possibility of danger. At one time, that seemed normal to me, but since becoming a parent, I see things differently. I've tried not to say "no" to things my kids want to do, but to find a way to do them safely. It's worked out fine for us, but I haven't erased my upbringing, either.

A few years ago, my ds1 was very interested in fire. While at a friend's house, he and his buddy wanted to melt some plastic items and experiment with what would burn and what would melt. Friend's mom was very cool about it and helped them pick a safe place for a small contained fire and she supervised it. There is NO WAY I would have been allowed to do this as a child, but I figure, I'd rather my kids do this stuff with some tips/advice/supervision than not, yk? When my mother heard this story, she strongly disapproved of the activity and questioned the adults' judgment--so I feel like there's this constant disagreement between what I believe and what I've been taught to believe--clearly, there are people who think I'm not nearly protective enough, yet because of my upbringing, I think I could easily fall into the "overprotective" label if I didn't think things through.

Anyway, I think it's very cool that you've found a way for your ds to do this that you're also comfortable with. It IS a great opportunity for him!
post #94 of 136
Hello all! I am currently unschooling a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a two year old (all boys) as well as a three yr old girl I babysit for all week. I do do a boit of bookwork with my eldest but that is only because my husband and I are seperated and he is being a bit of a jerk about using anything against me he can to get rights of teh kids over me. (Not possible but I want to cover myself,KWIM?) But my oldest son LOVES bookwork so no harm anyway. I am having a blast thsi summer with teh kids, taking full advantage of tons of outdoor play. Catching fireflies, hunting for 4 leaf clovers, looking up wildflowers and herbs in our books that we match to what we find in the backyard, etc.... There's something about summer that is so freeing....even more so than unschooling teh rest of teh year. My 9 yr old sis is staying with us with my mom and dad and she is homeschooled traditionally. I listen to her whine and battle all day about bookwork. Makes me all the more sure this approach is right for us!
post #95 of 136
Lots of various fireworks (dh travels lots lol) here. We are just chilling & havng fun.
post #96 of 136
The kids took me to see Harry Potter today! It was so fun. We walked to the theatre together, had a great time, and then hit the library before heading home. What a nice afternoon.
post #97 of 136
Hi, Everyone! How are you? I love reading what you and your families are up to. We've been busy, too.

Last week, we met dh in NYC to see Harry Potter on IMAX 3D. It was really fun. Our days have been filled with heated discussions about what the director messed up, etc, as well as the building excitement and controversy about Book 7! We're going to MuggleFest, in Portland, ME to get our books this weekend.

Monday, we went to Ikea to continue what seems to be a quest to open a new showroom on our street...disguised of course as the excuse of "making systematic changes" in our household so that we can run it more smoothly...

Yesterday, we headed out to a legendary park that I've never been able to find before...to search for legendary fairy houses that we were not able to find... We had a picnic and wandered the trails for awhile, but the mosquitos finally drove us out. I think the fairies kept us from getting lost, though. We'll definitely go back this summer to search some more...maybe with another adult along!

Dd1 has raised some butterflies and we were planning to release them at the local arboretum today, but we're having a big T-storm. Hopefully, they'll hold out a few more days and I'll find the camera so we can document the release.

We're going to go have lunch at our town's new community garden...they have a tent to sit under(!) and offer free lunch every week, prepared by local teens using produce from the garden.

Take care and have a wonderful day!
post #98 of 136
Oh it sounds like everyone is having a great time enjoying life with their kiddos! I finally caught up on reading, as ds was quite sick last week and dh has been working a lot.

Anyway, the time together (staying home, not seeing friends) gave me a chance to really soak up the kids. Dd also started napping down (as opposed to in the sling) last week so ds and I have had an hour or two each day just the two of us. It's nice to be able to focus on him for a little each day. Dd gets me alone on Wednesday afternoons when ds is with my mom. Anyway, just kind of rambly thoughts for now! Off to join ds' audience for his monster truck show! (His battery for his RC 'Rammunition' finally arrived! Yikes!) Have a great day everyone!
post #99 of 136
We finally built our bridge!!!
its even strong enough to support me,and it passes over DD's imaginary waterfall (well, it would be a little waterfall if there was water flowing over it
Today i put the finishing touches of a handrail on it and it works really nicely of course, I Blogged about it

I feel so proud of myself; like, we're finally DOING something that looks like unschooling. all this time I've been listening to all these unschoolers around who are doing all these cool projects with their kids, and I'm thinking, well, I just cant wait till DD is old enough to do that kinda stuff too.

YAY!!

And I got deeper into processing my Barbie issues. Just realising that all my projections about how terrible Barbie is, and how we wont have barbies in our home obviously contradicted with consensual living and unconditional parenting and uninhindered unschooling... Then seeing DD play with her new barbie, and after 2 days forget about it in the car for the rest of the week...

Meanwhile, i've gotten sucked into the whole Barbie thing, playing on Barbie.com and sitting on Barbie auctions on Ebay like a hawk (I actually spent $45 on Barbies on eBay today

Eventually I got to the realisation that Barbie isnt so bad, and on her own isnt going to undermine DD's self-esteem. Its all the (hypothetical) negative projections put on her choices that (would) damage her self esteem; just what happened to me.

oops, that wasnt very clear; I guess I need to think more about this...
post #100 of 136
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Originally Posted by oldermamato5 View Post
Just dropping in to say hi mama's

Tomorrow we take our sweet 10 yr. old (used to be) foster daughter back home. We are so going to miss her. You'd think we'd be used to it by now but it's hard every time. I guess you *would* love a child after mothering them for almost 3 years. She was 6 months when we got her and almost 3 when she went home.
You've had the same foster child off and on over the years, or you fostered her when she was a baby and she just came for a short visit?

In any case, it must have been hard to let go after mothering her for 2.5 years. I doubt I could have ever done that.

Things have been relatively calm around here. I'm thankful that we're NOT overdoing the lessons and activities. DS has had swimming lessons for an hour a day, 5 days a week, which was totally wiping me out. Now that my Mom has volunteered to take him on Wednesdays and Fridays, it's a lot more managable for me. Well, yesterday it was too rainy for lessons, but she would have taken him had the lesson been in sesssion. And we missed monday because my car was getting routine maintenance and was ready around 1 instead of around 11 as they'd predicted.

Anyway, I should get off the computer and head out to my GYN checkup.
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