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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   Today, 02:19 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
I've never used RightStart, because my kids...

I've never used RightStart, because my kids wanted the big picture from the get-go. By the time they were ready for a math curriculum, they were already doing mental math that involved three or four...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   Today, 01:24 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Hands-on stuff, like Miquon, or RightStart. It's...

Hands-on stuff, like Miquon, or RightStart. It's what all kids should be doing at that age anyway, regardless of whether they're wiggly or not: start with manipulatives, games and concepts, add drill...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   Yesterday, 12:56 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Who's helicoptering? The GF's parents were the...

Who's helicoptering? The GF's parents were the ones who called the original poster. Not the other way around. And it sounds like all she did was ask about oral contraceptives and hear the other mom...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-27-2015, 07:55 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Our "unconventional schedule" is no schedule at...

Our "unconventional schedule" is no schedule at all. We focus on academics when we want to, and have the flexibility to throw ourselves into other things when the opportunity arises, or when we need...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-26-2015, 07:38 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
First, I completely agree with you that it is an...

First, I completely agree with you that it is an inappropriate role for the mother-of-boyfriend to take a girl to a contraception clinic.

But I disagree with your last paragraph. He's clearly...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-26-2015, 07:02 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Really? In Canada the age of medical consent is...

Really? In Canada the age of medical consent is around 12 with a bit of wiggle room on either side depending on circumstances. Can a 16-year-old not legally consent to medical treatment in the US?
...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-26-2015, 09:37 AM
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Views: 134
Posted By moominmamma
You don't say how old your dd is, but assuming...

You don't say how old your dd is, but assuming she's older than 7 or so, if she enjoys (enjoyed) writing, I would get her using a computer. She doesn't necessarily need to be taught keyboarding...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-25-2015, 08:38 AM
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Views: 350
Posted By moominmamma
I agree with tackling one area at a time. Not...

I agree with tackling one area at a time. Not just to avoid being overwhelmed, although that's definitely one of the advantages.

Also because you will discover what you like about the first piece...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-23-2015, 06:22 PM
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Views: 302
Posted By moominmamma
I agree with others that the issue of interest in...

I agree with others that the issue of interest in teen/pop culture is completely separate from the maturity side of things. Often the kids who get really hooked early on the pop-culture aspects of...
Forum: Unschooling   07-23-2015, 02:45 PM
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Views: 243
Posted By moominmamma
Another bit, from 2007, that made us all laugh....

Another bit, from 2007, that made us all laugh. This is about my middle dd, then 9. Both she and I had entirely forgotten about the local choir the she'd participated in briefly:



This was...
Forum: Unschooling   07-23-2015, 08:27 AM
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Posted By moominmamma
Fiona is helping out at dance camp this week. She...

Fiona is helping out at dance camp this week. She needs to be at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Sometimes she's managing the iPod play list or she's helping with mask-decorating and clean-up,...
Forum: Unschooling   07-22-2015, 10:09 PM
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Views: 243
Posted By moominmamma
Nostalgia!

Oh, those of you with little people, write it all down! You'll be so happy later!

I just re-enrolled my youngest with the umbrella program we were part of from the fall of 2006 until the spring of...
Forum: Unschooling   07-22-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,228
Posted By moominmamma
I'll say! It's amazing how quickly things can...

I'll say! It's amazing how quickly things can turn bad, but ... well, it's also amazing how quickly people can be got from anywhere to a hospital and how well healthy bodies can fight back. Last week...
Forum: Unschooling   07-22-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,228
Posted By moominmamma
I'll say! How exciting! What a way to celebrate...

I'll say! How exciting! What a way to celebrate turning 6. Enjoy :)

Miranda
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-20-2015, 11:05 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,326
Posted By moominmamma
I think it was the higher rates of transmission...

I think it was the higher rates of transmission of HIV that were the main cause for its being withdrawn from the market. In a South African study rates of HIV were 50% higher in women using...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-20-2015, 06:36 PM
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Views: 1,326
Posted By moominmamma
Condoms lubricated with spermicide offer no more...

Condoms lubricated with spermicide offer no more protection against pregnancy than condoms alone. For additional protection the spermicide must be used as a separate application.

Miranda
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-20-2015, 11:13 AM
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Views: 1,326
Posted By moominmamma
Dawn's mom is in Canada, and there are currently...

Dawn's mom is in Canada, and there are currently no Health Canada approved spermicides available for sale in Canada. There were a number of factors involved in removing nonoxynol-9 from the market...
Forum: Unschooling   07-20-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,228
Posted By moominmamma
Who knows... they've been friends for several...

Who knows... they've been friends for several years now. The oldest one is 18 now and living on her own, and it seems to make no difference. I also expect that given our family track-record and her...
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,228
Posted By moominmamma
Memorial today at the community garden. We played...

Memorial today at the community garden. We played music before and after. Everyone cried a bit. I think this was even harder for Fiona than last year's teenager-deaths, because the harshest grief...
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 553
Posted By moominmamma
Ah, yes, and we have to parent the kids we have,...

Ah, yes, and we have to parent the kids we have, not the kids we expect! :wink:

A statistic I've read a few places is 30%: about 30% of kids will not learn to read, ever, with simply an...
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2015, 10:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 553
Posted By moominmamma
I don't think that is the basic difference...

I don't think that is the basic difference between unschoolers and schoolers: I think it's one of many things that results from the basic philosophical difference. The unschooling approach happens to...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-18-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,326
Posted By moominmamma
I work with teens in a sexual health care...

I work with teens in a sexual health care setting. While TCOYF is a fine book packed with good information, I have way better luck getting teens today to download and use the Kindara app. It's free,...
Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,228
Posted By moominmamma
We're in the midst of two weeks of arts camps...

We're in the midst of two weeks of arts camps here. During week 1, there's a camp for introducing 4- to 6-year-olds to music (MEX, or Music Explorers), a dance camp for kids 11+ and a drama camp for...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-18-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,326
Posted By moominmamma
I agree that it is inappropriate for the...

I agree that it is inappropriate for the boyfriend's parent to directly over-ride her own parents' wishes, and that pressuring a teen into any form of contraception is wrong. But teen girls can face...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-17-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,326
Posted By moominmamma
I agree there's nothing more to be said to the...

I agree there's nothing more to be said to the parents.

Me, I would tell my son that although his gf's parents really want their daughter to stay safe and not get pregnant, they don't feel they...
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