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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-24-2016, 04:50 AM
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mum4vr agreed about the taking over my home...

mum4vr agreed about the taking over my home thing. After more deep thinking on it all I've also realized the home daycare thing is so dependent also on what kinds of kids I am watching, lol. Some...
Forum: Unschooling   12-02-2015, 05:53 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,507
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Miranda, what great and inspiring work you are...

Miranda, what great and inspiring work you are doing for Syrian refugees! Awesome to see your website.

Sweetsilver, one of our kids started out playing ice hockey and we had to table it this...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-13-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 11
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stormborn, the kind of arrangement that doesn't...

stormborn, the kind of arrangement that doesn't leave me feeling exhausted and pulled in too many different directions I guess. Are you both full time? Do you feel like you and he don't spend...
Forum: Unschooling   11-13-2015, 05:42 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,822
Posted By aim4balance
goldenwillow, your mom and bonus dad sound...

goldenwillow, your mom and bonus dad sound awesome. Love hearing about the tightnit community they are part of and that loves them. Peace to you during this difficult time.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-03-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,715
Posted By aim4balance
advice when both parents work and homeschool

I'd love to hear from parents who both work (full or part-time) and have a happy homeschooling balance. I've been applying to jobs, but would love to hear your best advice and tips before I start...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-03-2015, 04:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,092
Posted By aim4balance
Splashingpuddle, my family members had all sorts...

Splashingpuddle, my family members had all sorts of worries for us, too. My discussions with them didn't really alleviate their worries either, though I tried, so I just worked to avoid us arguing...
Forum: Unschooling   10-26-2015, 05:43 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,566
Posted By aim4balance
DS (age 10) has done this for years with comic...

DS (age 10) has done this for years with comic books! I felt the same way as you--couldn't understand why he would read, and reread the same comics over and over. Now I see the result--it helped...
Forum: Unschooling   10-24-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,566
Posted By aim4balance
Mckittre, my 10 yr old has been this way about...

Mckittre, my 10 yr old has been this way about Paleontology, since he was 4. For the last 6 yrs I've signed him up for every "dinosaur camp" I could find (summers at the community college and rec...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-17-2015, 05:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 647
Posted By aim4balance
I have an 11 yr old who opted to go back to...

I have an 11 yr old who opted to go back to public school in 6th grade this year after homeschooling--mostly unschooling--for almost 2 yrs. Not sure of course if my experience totally relates to...
Forum: Unschooling   10-15-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,147
Posted By aim4balance
Cool idea!!

Cool idea!!
Forum: Unschooling   10-15-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,566
Posted By aim4balance
10 and 7 yr olds have been busy this month...

10 and 7 yr olds have been busy this month drawing. I got them sketch pads from the store to make it easier to keep their artwork together. On my list of things to do is look online through youtube...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-12-2015, 04:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 726
Posted By aim4balance
babsbob, hows it going? Is this one day a...

babsbob, hows it going?

Is this one day a week (Options) program your kids are now going to back at the same school they were at previously full time? If yes--is there a chance your ds is feeling...
Forum: Unschooling   10-09-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 748
Posted By aim4balance
Thanks Miranda.

Thanks Miranda.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-09-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,090
Posted By aim4balance
For us, I get a break and have happy kids when I...

For us, I get a break and have happy kids when I found plenty of out of the house classes or activities that my kids can be part of that I am not assisting in. This gives us both a break, they are...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-09-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,480
Posted By aim4balance
Read or reread books, articles, have discussions...

Read or reread books, articles, have discussions with your partner or homeschool friends, etc to remind you why you wanted to go down this path. It can seem so scary and intimidating at first and...
Forum: Unschooling   10-08-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 612
Posted By aim4balance
I realize I'm not a total unschooler, and my...

I realize I'm not a total unschooler, and my oldest only homeschooled for a short time, but thats exactly how we have been as middle school parents too Miranda. He is totally taking the school thing...
Forum: Unschooling   10-08-2015, 05:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 748
Posted By aim4balance
mostly unschooled kid that went back to public school

Wanted to share my experience in case its useful to others. My 11 yr old ds went back to public school this year for 6th grade. He had only homeschooled for 1.5 yrs, but when we pulled him out...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-16-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 659
Posted By aim4balance
Google Saxon math placement tests, I used those...

Google Saxon math placement tests, I used those for my son. I don't think any test is ever perfect, but it gave us a great idea of things he's mastered easily and those he is getting stuck on. We...
Forum: Education   06-16-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 937
Posted By aim4balance
Thanks ruralmama. I gave my son a placement test...

Thanks ruralmama. I gave my son a placement test (at-home) and was really surprised how slow he was with it. Its ok we'll help him adjust, letting him know it will take some time to get fast test...
Forum: Education   06-11-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 937
Posted By aim4balance
homeschool to school--Khan academy?

Anyone had a kid go from homeschool to school, and had used Khan Academy (only) for math? Just curious how transition went. Thanks.
Forum: Unschooling   06-11-2015, 05:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By aim4balance
Catching up to this thread late. The middle...

Catching up to this thread late. The middle school idea sunk in more for my son, and he definitely wants to go next year.


Linda, thanks for your helpful email. I agree with you about writing,...
Forum: Unschooling   05-02-2015, 05:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By aim4balance
Ruthla, I think we/our kids have a lot in common!...

Ruthla, I think we/our kids have a lot in common! All 3 of my homeschooled kids are very much in contact with their public schooled friends. Of whom their parents are also our very good adult...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-01-2015, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,277
Posted By aim4balance
We're not radical unschoolers. Just to give you...

We're not radical unschoolers. Just to give you perspective on my definition of unschooling, in case your definition is different--we do a math program and we pick a classical novel to read together...
Forum: Unschooling   05-01-2015, 06:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By aim4balance
littlblackdress, we had to mention homeschooling...

littlblackdress, we had to mention homeschooling in order to take the middle school tour. Unbelievably, they don't have open houses or tours for kids other than from the feeder elementary schools. ...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-01-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,277
Posted By aim4balance
I have felt like this too this year. I think my...

I have felt like this too this year. I think my exact mental thoughts have been, "we homeschooling moms are crazy trying to do everything by ourselves!" We're into year 2 of homeschooling, and I'm...
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