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post #21 of 153
oh, wait, just realized you're the mom in bed because you're so sick...oh, hope it ends quickly. how many weeks are you? I had terrible pg sickness but it ended right at 12 weeks, so hope yours does too.

you must really be looking forward to may then...
post #22 of 153
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Just realized you're due in May. Hope you're feeling good. My ds2 is 7 1/2 months and really into his big brother, so it's a lot of fun around here. You must be getting so excited.
Right now I'm in the throes of vomitting and not much else...I am doing the [smacks head] what was I thinking?? thing a lot But in a few weeks I'm sure I'll be back to being excited. It's pretty amazing, doing this all over again...it's been so long since mine were little! (15 and 9.5) My partner is 40 and this is his first, so it is fun sharing in that OMG! excitement that he has, too

Dana
unschooling mama to Lauren, 15, Otto, 9.5, and new little one due in May!
post #23 of 153
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oh, wait, just realized you're the mom in bed because you're so sick...oh, hope it ends quickly. how many weeks are you? I had terrible pg sickness but it ended right at 12 weeks, so hope yours does too.

you must really be looking forward to may then...
Yup, that's me...I have a PICC line and am doing anti-nausea drugs every two hours...Oh, Joy! :

I'm actually feeling well enough to be on-line, though, which is an improvement to pre-PICC line...so, really, things are looking up

I had to go to the hospital yesterday, though, and get my PICC line pulled out about 3 cm, because it was resting on my heart valve and giving me chest pains! God, I sound pathetic! LOL...tee hee hee, everyone has my permission to be glad they're not ME today!

Dana
unschooling mama to Lauren, 15, Otto, 9.5, and new little one due in May!
post #24 of 153
ahh i forgot its november :

I havent even had the time to write anyway sheesh...so busy. We've been doing bday party things for my dd, museum trips, halloween parade....dance, playdates, library....its just been a busy busy week. Oh and dentist appts! yikes.

Ill update tomorrow...just wanted to say hi
post #25 of 153

dd asking to read

My 5.8 year old says to me almost daily, "I want to learn to read." She doesn't say it in a "teach me" way. She says it in a way like I'd say, "I want more protein in my diet."

For about 2-5 minutes, at that point, she'll bring me a book and we'll talk about the words and then she's off.

And she has asked me how to spell words for a few years.

I was thinking it'd be fun to have a few "teach myself to read" books laying around for her to check out if she wants. Are there such books that we unschoolers would like?
post #26 of 153
My dd is almost 5 an is constantly talking about letter of words and names at home and out and about. She will say 'Let's have a L day' and we look out for Ls wherever we are.

Her brothers are avid readers and she is very interested in books but can't read any which sometimes bugs her.

We don'y have any teach ing reading books but she does love starfall.com and plays on it for a little while on most days.
post #27 of 153
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My 5.8 year old says to me almost daily, "I want to learn to read."
I was thinking it'd be fun to have a few "teach myself to read" books laying around for her to check out if she wants. Are there such books that we unschoolers would like?
This isn't a learning to read book per se, but my son learned to read very early because we always had the closed captioning on the tv...which made every show into a living book! This, and also being able to use the search guide on the tv--he got used to reading the titles of his favorite show so he could find them to watch!

hth,
Dana
unschooling mama to Lauren, 15, Otto, 9.5, and little new one due in May!
post #28 of 153
Subtitles are great! I truly think they helped my daughter in her learning to read.

Today, we re-arranged the living room. It looks great! It feels so cozy! My dd has a nice play table and area to put her stuff and we hope we can keep it tidier in the new arrangement.

We had moved all the furniture around for the Halloween party and I thought we might as well go all the way! (Pics are in my blog in siggy, by the way)

I have GOT to find more Magic Treehouse books for her. She has re-read the four she has over and over and she really wants more.
post #29 of 153
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we always had the closed captioning on the tv...which made every show into a living book!
I like this idea too. But my dd asks me to turn off the closed captioning whenever it's on.
post #30 of 153
We've all got colds here, so we haven't been doing much for the past couple days. :

A short while ago though, DS1 saw someone flying radio controlled airplanes outside in a field nearby, so he and DH went out to try to catch up with the guy and watch them. The guy flew his planes for DS, which scared him a bit (for, although he loves vehicles, he's timid of motorized toys and many vehicles up close), but he still says he had fun. Now he's watching his "fiddle movie" (a Barrage concert video.)

It's finally starting to feel like fall around here, but still not consistently cold enough to be November.

Oh, and I'm learning to play the concertina. My Dad sent me one in the mail.
post #31 of 153
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I like this idea too. But my dd asks me to turn off the closed captioning whenever it's on.
Oh, that's too bad! My kids have never seen the TV at home without CC on, because I LOVE it and I find it way too hard to watch tv without it! (I find I miss too much if I can't read it, too!)

Dana
Unschooling mama to Lauren, 15, Otto, 9.5, and new little one due in May!
post #32 of 153
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Oh, that's too bad! My kids have never seen the TV at home without CC on, because I LOVE it and I find it way too hard to watch tv without it! (I find I miss too much if I can't read it, too!)
I watch my programs/movies with it in my noisy house. But it's up to dd if she wants it on her programs.

My dd1 (5.8) is into photography, likes to take all sorts of photos of people and nature. I think we'll get her an inexpensive digital camera for Christmas. She also expressed special interest in painting. So I'm going to make more effort to get out my water colors, and we can paint together--I'll have the help of my 2 year old on my paintings
post #33 of 153
Just saying

Dd spent the morning/early afternoon online doing stuff and talking to friends so I just got it for myself!
post #34 of 153
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I watch my programs/movies with it in my noisy house. But it's up to dd if she wants it on her programs.

My dd1 (5.8) is into photography, likes to take all sorts of photos of people and nature. I think we'll get her an inexpensive digital camera for Christmas. She also expressed special interest in painting. So I'm going to make more effort to get out my water colors, and we can paint together--I'll have the help of my 2 year old on my paintings
Of course, I didn't mean to imply that my kids didn't have a choice--just that the tv has been on CC for the past 15 years, and no one notices it...but I sure notice when I go to other places, how hard it is for me to pay attention when I'm not reading, too! Everyone thinks I'm weird, thouh

My son, who's 9, is a brilliant artist, and has done a lot of painting...Have you discovered water color pencils? Easier to control, use as a pancil, THEN wet it and it turns to water color! We buy canvases now and then, and have beautiful art in every room that he's made at various ages and stages--so much fun!

Dana
Unschooling mama to Lauren, 15, Otto, 9.5, and new little one due in May!
post #35 of 153
My dd likes starfall too, I think it helps her read. She just turned 5 and wants to read really bad, but she gets sooo incredibly frustrated easily and cries if she cant remember the word. She always gets frustrated easily with everything, not only reading. I dont push her, but you should see the sparkle in her eyes when she finishes reading one of the little stapled books we made for her older sister.

Yesterday my older dd wanted to look up penguins and babies. We watched something interesting on you tube about them and it was really funny! she learned that the eggs are incubated by the dads and she goes "are dads really better at doing that then the moms?" and "Do the moms go get food while the dads incubate?" I said in the wild sometimes the moms go look for food, just like some moms go to work in the human world.

We had a discussion last night about unschooling. At certain times, I get all worked up about learning. I get nervous about showing the state what we've done and worry about not doing it all and not showing the state etc. Most of the time I am worry free, but certain times i get all revved up with worry. So i took our home learning year by year book and flipped to 2nd grade for dd. i didnt go through the entire curriculum, but the stuff Ive looked at, we have SO done already just in everyday life. I was excited about that. One of the things said "Be able to give an oral report on various subjects such as dinosaurs, plants, animals etc." Do you know how many "oral reports" we have done without meaning? Dd always talks about dinosaurs and her books and she always talks about monkeys, our avocado plant, mice, rats, bats, the moon etc i cant even go into it all. (ds also does this stuff too, but I was focusing on her since I felt badly about her learning ugh) Mostly we learn by talking about things in the car or at the table. We talked about the Bill of Rights because ds wanted to know why is it legal to have a gun in your home. Math we use in everyday life, when i write out checks they are involved, though dd acts like a 2 year old and says "Waaa im going to play upstairs" that really makes me nervous. She doesnt want to be involved in anything we do. Though at the museum she was fantastic! she walked around going "children, children follow me, I am the museum guide and right now we are looking at a weather station. Who can tell me what a tornado is?" so i guess I should stop being so detrimental to their learning and realize she learns in a different way. If i took them to museums everyday, I bet she would meet the curriculum standards. She gets very excited about all of the exhibits. Maybe we should try to visit a different museum every month. I know we are planning a trip to Boston in January so that will be nice. I just need to stop being jerk lol
post #36 of 153
Respectful and age- appropriate information in the form of specific 'instruction' is *not* anti-unschooling. If an older child is asking to learn to read, it's right to help the child find a way to help make that happen. Not all knowledge is aquired through osmosis! Giving a person --even if that person is a child--information they've asked for-- is respectful and the right thing to do.

"Mom, I want to learn how to read". I can't see how the desire could be any more clear. If your child asked to learn to knit or bake bread, you would give him the basic tools to get him going. Reading or leanring another language or higher order math...it's the same thing. There are appropriate and good resources out there we can check out. Some things won't click for certain people, but others will.
post #37 of 153
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Respectful and age- appropriate information in the form of specific 'instruction' is *not* anti-unschooling. If an older child is asking to learn to read, it's right to help the child find a way to help make that happen. Not all knowledge is aquired through osmosis! Giving a person --even if that person is a child--information they've asked for-- is respectful and the right thing to do. ..."Mom, I want to learn how to read". I can't see how the desire could be any more clear. If your child asked to learn to knit or bake bread, you would give him the basic tools to get him going. Reading or leanring another language or higher order math...it's the same thing.
Did you read this part of my post:

For about 2-5 minutes, at that point, she'll bring me a book and we'll talk about the words and then she's off.


I'm not going to make her sit with me longer than she wants to. I honor her learning style.

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There are appropriate and good resources out there we can check out.
And this part of my post asking for resources:

I was thinking it'd be fun to have a few "teach myself to read" books laying around for her to check out if she wants. Are there such books that we unschoolers would like?
post #38 of 153
[QUOTE=AmyMN;9636657]Did you read this part of my post:

For about 2-5 minutes, at that point, she'll bring me a book and we'll talk about the words and then she's off.


I'm not going to make her sit with me longer than she wants to. I honor her learning style.



And this part of my post asking for resources:

I was thinking it'd be fun to have a few "teach myself to read" books laying around for her to check out if she wants. Are there such books that we unschoolers would like?[/QUO

Thanks for the clarification...I read it as you saying she wasn't really interested or ready since she only sat for 2-5 minutes.

I would start with what interests her. Does she like to make lists? Does she like to lable things? Would she like to dictate a story to you? Or a series of stories to you? Would she like to label your coat hooks with your names? Label a basket "Mittens and Hats"? Would she like to illustrate a playdough recipe that you've written out on a large sheet of paper. You could hang it on the kitchen wall to refer to. Would she like to check off items on a grocery list as you put things in your basket or cart? I think getting to the fun of wirting and reading-- the usefulness of it might be exciting to her.

She probably already knows how to 'read' "Mom" and her own name, the dog's name etc., so point out how she is already a reader...but now you can add to her knoweldge. When she is ready or interested, you can show her own some letters always make certain sounds. A couple of mine loved writing down known words on index cards. We punched holes in the corner and stuck them in a key rign. They loved that. You can add as you go.

As far as 'teach yourself to read' books for littles, I don't know of any, but if they exist, I would think an MDC person will let us know. MDCers know lots of things I never knew existed!
post #39 of 153
Today my youngest ds 3y/o pointed out a big bird in the back yard. Come to find out it was a injured red tail hawk. He is so attentive to notice that this bird was different than the birds we normally see in the yard. So we watched it for quite some time...and realized it was injured and unable to fly higher into a tree. I called our local raptor center and they sent out a vounteer. By the time he got here we could not find the hawk. So this man went into the heavily wooded area behind the house and sat down in the woods. He said that the other birds would point him to the injured birds. And sure enough with in a few mintues this man was able to locate the injured bird. The kids were watching the whole time..what an expierence...it was getting dark so we came in for dinner and the volunteer stayed out there for over an hour. He left with out telling us if he was able to capture the hawk. So my dd asked me to call the center. I left a message..hopefully they caught the hawk and can help him. Now when we go to the raptor center to visit the children will have an new found interest. What an awesome fall day.
post #40 of 153
holy buried thread, batman!
I had to come back 4 pages to find this buried
forgot to check for a new thread when the new month started.
gee, I guess we really do need our own subforum

anyway
happy november!

This morning we had our waking up cuddle chat (I love those early morning talks about life, the universe and everything!)

and 4yo DD asked me "is brazil a planet?"
I said "no, brazil is a country. like Australia, and israel, and germany... they're all countries, on the planet Earth.
Earth is a planet, mars is a planet, venus is a planet, saturn is a planet, uranus is a planet..."
she touched her ass and said "my anus is a planet??"

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