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post #21 of 152
wwisdom, I well remember the days of four sick kids under the age of six. I definitely thought it was going to be like that for so long it might as well be the rest of my life. But recently I'm shocked to see that it really does get easier! Take it from a skeptic and a big whiny baby! I seriously struggled with having many babies to care for.

Lets see, my oldest, 9yo dd, is into plays now. Unfortunately, she can't get her siblings or friends to act in her plays! Last night at about 12:30 am (yeah, am) she discovered puppets and built herself a paper puppet theater. She continues to bravely write everything she needs written, asking for help with spelling.

DS #1, 6.5, is into wildlife (for a couple of years now) and can reel off facts like you wouldn't believe! I know almost as much as he does, cause he can't read yet.

DS 2 and dd2, 5 and 3 respectively, have been raiding the dress up together for the past few days and running around as koala/walrus/chicken/knights. Something like that.

We hit our *fabulous* library yesterday. We had 87 overdue items! We don't have any fines, or I'd be in trouble! The kids got a dose of social intelligence at bedtime with a book on Susan B Anthony (they've already heard of Sojourner Truth, so a continuation). DD 3yo wanted to pelt those bad men in Congress with rotten eggs, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and cucumbers!:
post #22 of 152
we are watching a huge amount of TV due to the fact that the baby has been fussy. So basicaly, I can sit here and type. LOL.

I am not "schooling" but I am really struggling with activitys we can do as a family with the 2, 4, and infant. The 2 and 4 yr olds are at such different levels and I am out of ideas of what to do with them all day. (We dont venture out much, I am not so good with 3 kids in public alone yet.)

I try coloring, painting, playdoh---the 2 yr old just eats all of those materials.



What do you do with little ones? They wont stay outside and free play for long, and they are often fighting.

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post #23 of 152
OMG Transformed, do I know where you are at right now! This was me, to a T, after my fourth was born. The fighting just drove me nuts. Things never seemed to be calm, and even now I don't think there's much I could have done to make it more calm. I learned I could handle the chaos if I took it moment by moment- that's all you can do. Siblings without Rivalry is a good book for a step by step on what to do when the fights crop up. I'm here to tell you that if you can stay calm and look at the fighting as a learning experience for everyone, it will affect how your dc play together when they get older. Eventually they will be buddies and do stuff together, and if you teach them conflict resolution now, they will even handle their disagreements on their own. They won't learn for YEARS, but they will learn. As for things they can all do, the only thing that worked for me was reading. Things would be relatively calm while I was reading. Walks worked ok, too. But seriously, this is a hard time, hard ages, and you will see the benefits of all your hard work in later years. Peace to you, mama!
post #24 of 152
Thread Starter 
Well, we colored and I read a few chapters of the next Nancy drew in our list. DD is feeling a little better but still ill. I have to think of something fun to do tomorrow because I'm sick of sitting in the bed watching movies. (Never thought I'd think THAT! LOL)
post #25 of 152
Hi Everyone,

I have to agree, an Unschooling forum would make things so much easier. I have a hard time keeping up with the thread as the month gets longer.

We've been extremely busy here and it's only going to get busier now that DS2 has started Art lessons. We've also joined the homeschool ski day at our local hill. It's so great that the kids get an hour lesson for so cheap. It also helps that DD gets a free season pass because she's under 5 and DS2 gets a free season pass this year because of the "grade 2" program to get kids skiing. Last week was our first week and they told me that DD probably wouldn't get a lesson because the hill is being strict about the kids being 'school age' and she's only 4. So, I told her to tell them she's 5 (5 in March) and in K. She loved that and when she remembered that she is working in K books it was even better. She got her lesson and is doing great.

So DD is loving her workbooks. She was asking for some of her own when her brothers work in their books so I went out and got her some pre-school books and she devoured them in 2 days. So we went out together and she picked out 2 more books to work in. This time K books that require her to write so a bit more challenging but loving every minute of it.

DS1 is still working on earning Cub badges and has managed to earn his family helper badge on his own and is almost done his cooking badge. He's getting frustrated with his math. He wanted to be done his first book by the end of January but is still working on it. He's asked me to remind him more often to work in his book so he can get it done.

DS2 has become my busy child, which was so unexpected. He's in Jazz and Tap and will be in competition this year. He's working hard to learn to ski and is looking forward to trying snowboarding this Wed. He's excited to have learned how to skate this year. He's learning quickly in his French lessons and pulls out his practice work all on his own. He's doing Art lessons now and loves it and really hates that it's only once a week,lol. He's working quickly through his Math books, especially now that he is starting to read on his own.

I live in an area that does not understand unschooling at all, even amoung other homeschoolers. The amount of comments we get about how can I 'teach' my kids everything they need to know and run a daycare at the same time. I tell them that children are born to learn and will learn anything if you just let them do it. They then look at me like I have a third eye or something.

Oh well, all in unschoolers life I guess.
post #26 of 152
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ugh. My sympathies on the money pit issues.

DD is still ill. I spent the morning updating my blog (see signature, if you want) while we watched a movie (Stargate). Right now, she is coloring and waiting for me to finish typing this so I can color with her

Hey, we love Stargate. Have you guys seen the Stargate TV series or Stargate Atlantis? We're Stargate nerds here. They're very interesting!!!
post #27 of 152
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we are watching a huge amount of TV due to the fact that the baby has been fussy. So basicaly, I can sit here and type. LOL.

I am not "schooling" but I am really struggling with activitys we can do as a family with the 2, 4, and infant. The 2 and 4 yr olds are at such different levels and I am out of ideas of what to do with them all day. (We dont venture out much, I am not so good with 3 kids in public alone yet.)

I try coloring, painting, playdoh---the 2 yr old just eats all of those materials.



What do you do with little ones? They wont stay outside and free play for long, and they are often fighting.

:
Oooh, wow, I could have written this! We go out to the park, occasionally when the sun is shining and the wind is down, and the library sometimes (I used to buckle the toddler in the stroller, but now that he is 3, he holds me hand and doesn't run away as often). The children's museum has been great, and we splurged and bought a family pass so we could go often. It's still tricky keeping an eye on both boys, but it's worked well so far. I also have a few friends with kids around the ages of mine and we "trade" playdates with each other.

Something we did yesterday that both boys could do was graphing.

I had a number graph, 1 to 10, and had chocolate chips, Cheerios, raisins and marshmallows. The kids each had a graph sheet. I asked my 5 year old to count how many buttons were on his shirt and then show me how many that would look like on the graph with chocolate chips on the graph. (I asked more questions, like how many boys are in our family, how old he was, etc) Then, I'd ask him to take two away (eat them!) and then tell me how many are left. He would count them with his finger, and then I showed him he could look on the side to see the number the food corresponded to. When little bro started "bugging us", I threw some more marshmallows his way.

Fingerpainting is the great denominator of life Bathtub fingerpainting is even better, for mom mostly (easier to clean up).
Maybe that would be fun for y'all?? Good luck, some days I feel so trapped, I can relate to you!!

We also play video games: me and big bro play Star Wars Legos while little bro sits on my lap and baby naps or plays nearby with toys. Maybe 20 minutes??

They both liked having attention. I am just beginning to find ways to give them attention simultaneously. It's been a challenge! I try for one or two moments like this during the day.
post #28 of 152
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Hey, we love Stargate. Have you guys seen the Stargate TV series or Stargate Atlantis? We're Stargate nerds here. They're very interesting!!!
Us, too! Still trying to find a way to name a baby Teal'c. Don't think it's going to happen, though! :LOL
post #29 of 152
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Us, too! Still trying to find a way to name a baby Teal'c. Don't think it's going to happen, though! :LOL
Mmmm Teal'c.

LOL! Ds is the Stargate lover around here (as was my mom), but I just like the eye candy.

Today is all for Dh. The Superbowl! He loves it, and the kids and I just like the halftime show and commercials. We do have some yummy snacks too.

post #30 of 152
It's all football, all day long here too. Most of the Superbowl commercials don't get played in Canada, so ds has been watching them on You Tube for the last week. He's especially fond of this one from last year.

I learned today that green tomatilla salsa makes amazing nachos. I bought a can months ago and haven't figured out what to do with it until now.

Go Giants!
post #31 of 152
I totally second (or sixth?!) the support for an unschooling forum. I get so lost in these monthly support threads.

Our February has been very busy so far since we were out at winter camp with DS's Beavers group this weekend. We had tons of fun and got way too little sleep as usual. My friend's son is in our group so it was a nice treat to have her there.

I've been doing a lot of pondering and reading tonight about Asperger's and SPD because this weekend really made is obvious to me that DS is so far from the "norm" when he's in a group of kids. He had so many meltdowns over the weekend over things that other kids didn't even notice, and it's really frustrating to watch people react negatively to him.

I've got to say that in really sitting back and looking at DS and the way he is, I'm extremely happy that we've made the choice to homeschool. Looking back at how stressed he was in school last year due to overstimulation and getting too distracted to do his work, it's very obvious that unschooling is a much better fit with his personality.

I'm subbing and keeping my fingers crossed that I can stay caught up on this thread this time!
post #32 of 152
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Us, too! Still trying to find a way to name a baby Teal'c. Don't think it's going to happen, though! :LOL

Teal'c is cool. Our little boys think he's awesome. My favorite character is Samantha Carter. I still wish she and Jack would've become an item.
post #33 of 152
I"m mostly a lurker here, but finally have a question to ask. Can you give me some ideas, as to how to get DD to learn her numbers by site. She can count, but when I show her a number, she has no clue.
post #34 of 152
Good Lord Love a Duck!!!
I was wondering why there hadn't been any notifications from us support lately... when i realised we are four days into a new month

emilys_mom1, how old is your DD?
IME, she will learn them when it's important to her.

you could always try things like playing games with her that involve regognising numbers, like playing a simple board game with a numbered die (rather than the standard ones with dots), there's also some fun math games online; there was a thread somewhere in learning at home and beyond.
I think the key would be not to expect her to 'learn' the numbers. just expose her to them. say, if she rolls the dice and a 2 and a 3 come up, just say what the numbers are, without expectation. she'll get it on her own.
post #35 of 152
Ok, I'm back. Everyone is asleep, nobody to derail my train of thought...

I'm just getting back into the swing of things after my monthly three day check out. The kids have their mom back, the PMS monster is gone, life will be much better this week. Last week they learned that hormones are sometimes not our friends.

We did very little this weekend, it was nice. The past few weeks we've been going mach 10 hair on fire get outta' the way kind of fast. It has been making all of us grumpy. My younger two were at grandma's all day and my oldest and I just hung out on the couch with our dogs. Our big accomplishment today was getting off the couch and going to Target late this evening.

This week is going to be busy! My oldest babysits every day, she has two dance classes, we take one of those together. The younger ones are both taking Zumba and one is in ballet. Then they have a science class for homeschoolers that they go to every week. My friends take my kids to and from that class and then they go to their house to play in exchange for their little girl having a play date at our house on Mondays. It works really well since all of us work from home and we live fairly close. Then this week we have our hs group playday. The only bad thing about this schedule is living out in the country. I feel like I'm in the car all the time. Even taking someone in to drop them off means at least 30 minutes. But, for now, there isn't anything I can do about it except complain now and then. I can't wait until dd has a car, she turns 16 in a month and a half. I'm sure she'll be willing to do my bidding so I can stay home.

So yeah, if I don't get around to posting this week it will be because I'm in the car somewhere...
post #36 of 152
Things had been going OK. We'd been getting ourselves out and about to interesting places. But today is dh's first day back at work after a long long long period of unemployment (Yay income!). Which means we can't hop in the car and go places since dh is driving to work. So this is going to be a period of adjustment.

Thursday is the beginning of a nearby homeschool story and craft hour at a library. I registered ds but I don't know if we'll be able to get there. Ds doesn't like the idea of story time but I was hoping we'd meet some local homeschoolers. Technically, we can get there on public transportation but it'll take an hour and about $10, all told. Dh will have one weekday off but we don't know which, yet. Or if it'll even be the same each week.

We spent the weekend getting our ducks in a row, making sure dh had clothes, that we had groceries, and giving dh a haircut. While I was out grocery shopping, ds insisted dh cut his hair, lol. Poor dh has never given anyone a haircut before. Ds was bothered by the hair on his back so dh cut about 4" off the back. I touched it up before cutting dh's hair. It looks cute, still longish, kinda skater boy looking. He didn't want the front cut at all so he could still hide his face, lol. The front is just long enough to tuck behind his ears, not that he does that.
post #37 of 152
If any of you who have kids who love maps, this might be a cool site for them: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/. My kids couldn't get enough of it this weekend.
post #38 of 152
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I feel like I'm in the car all the time. Even taking someone in to drop them off means at least 30 minutes. But, for now, there isn't anything I can do about it except complain now and then.
Oh, I feel your pain! We're in the suburbs, but everything is at least 1/2 hour away from us too--sometimes, where dd needs to be and where ds needs to be are 1/2 hour away in opposite directions!

But, all my friends are in the same boat--we just drive and drive and drive...

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Originally Posted by emilys_mom1 View Post
I"m mostly a lurker here, but finally have a question to ask. Can you give me some ideas, as to how to get DD to learn her numbers by site. She can count, but when I show her a number, she has no clue.
If you're looking for curriculum ideas you'd probably get different answers by posting a thread outside of the unschooling thread.

My unschooling response is: You don't need to *get* her to learn her numbers. When it interests her, or become important for her to know them, she'll learn them. Assuming she's not living in a closet, she's exposed to numbers all the time--in books, on price tags, in games, on money, on the computer, etc. It will come.
post #39 of 152
I usually don't post on these threads, though we are unschooly types.

Right now we are in FL on vacation, which has been nice. Actually, the first few days were rough - the kids missed their friends and our cat, and DD1 missed the snow (????). But their grandparents are here now and they're having a good time. They have been to 2 science museums and the aquarium, and we've been to the beach a bunch of times.


DD1 is getting into money, wanting to know how much things cost, what "cents" are and what it means when something is expensive or cheap. She loves Uno and another game we have called Lost Cities. She also loves magic tricks.

DD2 can count to five (one...two...five!), LOL. She doesn't miss a trick, but she's not analytical like DD1. By this age, DD1 was doing 50-piece puzzles. I don't think DD2 has ever done a puzzle, not even the one-piece wooden ones. She just doesn't see the point. She loves animals and babies and wants to know everyone's name right now, even people we see on the street or in books.
post #40 of 152
Hi,

I'm kinda new to unschooling, but I'll just jump in.

I'm excited, last week I found another unschooler in my area and she lives down the road. It was a little discouraging though. She's been actively looking for more unschoolers/AP like moms for a few years, and I'm the first one she found in TWO YEARS!

We are trying something new this week in regards to tv/wii. My daughter came up with a rule a few months ago regarding morning and afternoon tv (one tv show in the morning, one in the afternoon). I went along with it 'cause I was happy that she was restricting herself. Well it turns out in her head she has to have those two tv times (or wii times) or her day is a bust. We spent 8 hours playing at a friends house the other day and she melted down at bedtime because she missed out on afternoon tv. Sheesh!!!! So much fun, but tears due to no tv. So today I told her no more rules about tv.

She was excited, "you mean I get to play the wii all day?" Sigh.
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