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Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   Yesterday, 10:01 AM
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Posted By SweetSilver
2014-15 Scouting Year

Hello! Gearing up for our troop's 3rd year together. Starting next week, and eagerly anticipating getting away from Daisy stuff and diving into Juniors for the first time (we are primarily a...
Forum: Fitness and Weight Management   Yesterday, 09:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 447
Posted By SweetSilver
Glad I found you again, hoping to join for this...

Glad I found you again, hoping to join for this round, if there is room. I'm still hovering where I stuck to so stubbornly last challenge, with a little threat of hitting 165, but that was most...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 09:05 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,891
Posted By SweetSilver
rumi, enjoy your Harry Potter journey. While...

rumi, enjoy your Harry Potter journey. While there were chapters that were interminable (namely in Order of the Phoenix, which also has some of the best chapters in the series and why I found the...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 09:00 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,891
Posted By SweetSilver
No worries about wild hogs here, but I understand...

No worries about wild hogs here, but I understand your caution. I spent about a month camping 2 years in a row in the Ocala National Forest in Florida along with the Rainbow Family folks, and it was...
Forum: Unschooling   08-26-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,891
Posted By SweetSilver
I had an emotional but much more minor...

I had an emotional but much more minor transition-- putting some much-worn clothing up for sale at our yard sale and at the thrift store. Didn't realize until afterward how much it impacted me to be...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-26-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By SweetSilver
"Unschooling" is a term used for the child-led...

"Unschooling" is a term used for the child-led spectrum of homeschooling where, to varying degrees depending on family, learning is weaved into life in ways that pretty much make "learning" as a...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-26-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,348
Posted By SweetSilver
Totally agree with AAK. Dropping the scholarship...

Totally agree with AAK. Dropping the scholarship would be the last option, IMO. Many schools have family housing, and it's possible the scholarship is flexible enough to be able to apply some of...
Forum: Unschooling   08-26-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,891
Posted By SweetSilver
I think we have a little bear lurking. Something...

I think we have a little bear lurking. Something raided our little crabapple tree, and this morning I heard some very undignified and un-deerlike crashing in the underbrush where I couldn't see. I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-26-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 169
Posted By SweetSilver
I always have said that I wanted to homeschool,...

I always have said that I wanted to homeschool, and continue to homeschool because of the freedom of it. Our lives are relaxed, not busy and strained. I can work with the girls' idiosyncrasies in...
Forum: Unschooling   08-26-2014, 07:37 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,891
Posted By SweetSilver
Summer is far, far worse getting stuck indoors,...

Summer is far, far worse getting stuck indoors, shut against the heat. Fall and winter rains are cozy. Gentle enough I am even persuaded to go on walks outside and there are usually puddles to...
Forum: Unschooling   08-26-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 13
  Rules
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Posted By SweetSilver
We don't have many specific rules to disobey. ...

We don't have many specific rules to disobey. That's the key around here. Any fights center around rules we do have-- usually bedtime-- and that usually comes with an early bedtime warning, though...
Forum: Unschooling   08-26-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 411
Posted By SweetSilver
You are not alone in intense civil disobedience. ...

You are not alone in intense civil disobedience. That is why we would wind up playing with the water in a scenic parking lot rather than walking down to a river. That is why any hike is less than...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-25-2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,899
Posted By SweetSilver
Well, only made $80-$90 on our garage sale, and...

Well, only made $80-$90 on our garage sale, and spent most of it in eating out this weekend and today, but it paid for driving the stuff to the thrift store, it paid for some new shirts for everyone,...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-25-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,899
Posted By SweetSilver
I give the girls a fair allowance, usually the...

I give the girls a fair allowance, usually the price of a pony ride ($8? ouch! Ours just went up to $6.) They can spend it on games, toys, rides, or a pony ride. That doesn't include a certain...
Forum: Unschooling   08-25-2014, 05:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,891
Posted By SweetSilver
I'm still unclear where the term "fitting" comes...

I'm still unclear where the term "fitting" comes into showmanship, but "Fitting and Showing" is the term for the (headslap here--sorry for being so obvious) *showing* competition. The entrants are...
Forum: Unschooling   08-25-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,891
Posted By SweetSilver
I am poised to have to have dd9 step down from...

I am poised to have to have dd9 step down from Fit & Show next year, when dd7 will be up at the table and competing directly. They both cry "noooo" but I see this issue simmering on how dd7 will...
Forum: Unschooling   08-25-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,891
Posted By SweetSilver
I love back to school for the same reasons. ...

I love back to school for the same reasons. September is almost always glorious, weatherwise, and that gives us plenty of chances to get up to Mt Rainier or the coast and enjoy the quietness. ...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-23-2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,348
Posted By SweetSilver
Is it the college local? I would strongly...

Is it the college local? I would strongly encourage him to continue with the scholarship in that case, if he can secure help from you and her parents. What arrangements can be made to house the two...
Forum: Unschooling   08-22-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 411
Posted By SweetSilver
It sounds like I share a lot of your frame of...

It sounds like I share a lot of your frame of mind, including the bordering-on-scofflaw attitude toward the rules in general. Funny to think some parents of littles make rigid rules because they...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-21-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,348
Posted By SweetSilver
I don't this deserves a "BTW", I think this...

I don't this deserves a "BTW", I think this should be the central focus of this thread. This young man is stepping up to this challenge, both emotionally and physically. What an excellent outcome...
Forum: Unschooling   08-21-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,891
Posted By SweetSilver
Reminding me that I need to file dd9's...

Reminding me that I need to file dd9's declaration and order her checklist. She's choosing a checklist (in lieu of an evaluation) over the test like last year, and I'm eager to see what it's like...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   08-21-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,899
Posted By SweetSilver
A bit more sanity leaking in, but I'm not keeping...

A bit more sanity leaking in, but I'm not keeping track. Last night, leftovers and a bit pot of beans. Yard sale this weekend. I've promised the girls better jumpropes first thing with the money. ...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   08-20-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,348
Posted By SweetSilver
Following the discussion. Kudos to the OP for...

Following the discussion. Kudos to the OP for her handling of the situation--even the grounding was not so far off base since it was followed by a good discussion. Not so sure I would have handled...
Forum: Unschooling   08-20-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 411
Posted By SweetSilver
I would like to think that what I do is...

I would like to think that what I do is Leadership rather than Dictatorship. Thanks for giving me something to think about. :) I have no problem taking on the role of a leader. So much so that it...
Forum: Unschooling   08-20-2014, 09:04 AM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 411
Posted By SweetSilver
Rules

Hm. Read an article Home Education Magazine posted on its FB feed about Unschoolers and rules. Very good article. Got to one spot that made me feel very unschooly-- their family has a rule that...
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