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Forum: Unschooling   Today, 09:57 AM
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Posted By starling&diesel
Your slide example is bang on, SweetSilver! ...

Your slide example is bang on, SweetSilver!

And you're right ... rules imply a consequence (and the possibility of outright "breaking" said rule), while expectations set the scene for fulfilment...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   Yesterday, 10:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,438
Posted By starling&diesel
On the subject of not re-reading ... it's my...

On the subject of not re-reading ... it's my fault.
I don't re-read.
And with a great library system, thankfully I don't have to, and neither do my kids.
But I can see how it would be helpful,...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 09:04 PM
Replies: 8
  Rules
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Posted By starling&diesel
This gets me thinking about unschoolers and rules...

This gets me thinking about unschoolers and rules beyond the individual family.

If we come upon a rule that isn't ours and that we don't see the sense in, I won't make them follow it, but we do...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 07:37 PM
Replies: 8
  Rules
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Posted By starling&diesel
Interesting thread. Thanks for the food for...

Interesting thread. Thanks for the food for thought.
What do I think about rules ... hmm.
We have three post-it notes on the back of the front door that have been there for about three years.
...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-17-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,438
Posted By starling&diesel
We just got back from another week-long camping...

We just got back from another week-long camping trip and this time I very carefully calculated the books-per-day possibilities, and packed several books of various kinds; about ten picture books with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-08-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 771
Posted By starling&diesel
We do no TV until late afternoon, and then it's...

We do no TV until late afternoon, and then it's on for 60-120 minutes, depending on what they're watching. My kids are young enough that they don't know that it could be an option any earlier. ...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-04-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,438
Posted By starling&diesel
Exciting, Miranda! Let me know how Overdrive...

Exciting, Miranda! Let me know how Overdrive works now.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-31-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,438
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks, ocelot and A&A .. it's very helpful to...

Thanks, ocelot and A&A .. it's very helpful to hear how other mamas manage this.

We are camping for 8 nights right now (although we had to come back to the city for a doc appointment, hence the...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-30-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,438
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks for playing along, AAK! And thanks for...

Thanks for playing along, AAK! And thanks for the tips on the Kindle. Much appreciated. :smile:
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-26-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,438
Posted By starling&diesel
That is an AWESOME list, Miranda! That's for the...

That is an AWESOME list, Miranda! That's for the link. I know most of them, but had forgotten many. What a lovely little clearinghouse. I've bookmarked it.

Off to place some holds at the...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-26-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,438
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks, Miranda! That's exactly the sort of BTDT...

Thanks, Miranda! That's exactly the sort of BTDT advice I was looking for. :smile:
On the subject of your Kobos ... would you buy that kind again?

Off to check out your list ...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-26-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,438
Posted By starling&diesel
Care and Feeding of Voracious Readers

Hi all,
My 5yo is an unstoppable reader. Between her and her brother, we take about 100 kids books out of the library at a time, usually once or twice a week. This week we went three times. I...
Forum: Life With a Baby   07-25-2014, 06:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 820
Posted By starling&diesel
My eldest didn't crawl or cruise at all. Then...

My eldest didn't crawl or cruise at all. Then she got up and walked at about 10 months. At 5yo, she's absolutely fine. All in good time, mama! :smile:
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-25-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 349
Posted By starling&diesel
Just keep letting her play and explore at her own...

Just keep letting her play and explore at her own pace.

Watch where her interests go, and follow her there, offering her quality tools and resources as she goes so that she can lead the way.
...
Forum: Unschooling   07-24-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By starling&diesel
So true. What I bolded really rings true for my...

So true. What I bolded really rings true for my daughter. Thanks for the concrete ideas about how to address this, Miranda. Much appreciated.
And thank you as well for sharing how you've seen...
Forum: Unschooling   07-24-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 402
Posted By starling&diesel
My 5yo struggles with zealous and crippling...

My 5yo struggles with zealous and crippling perfectionism too.
I used to never intervene to make her picture or writing 'just so' because I'm all for kids working through their own idea of outcome...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-22-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By starling&diesel
What about you joining him in his room for a...

What about you joining him in his room for a while and see how that goes? You could tell yourself that it's for ____ amount of time, ie. we're doing this with our 5yo right now. I'm thinking one of...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-22-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By starling&diesel
We give our 5yo daughter the homeopathic Calms...

We give our 5yo daughter the homeopathic Calms Forte (http://www.hylands.ca/products/calms4kids.php).
We don't give it to her every night, because we don't want her to equate an easier sleep with a...
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By starling&diesel
Hi winter singer, I'm a parent to two kids,...

Hi winter singer,
I'm a parent to two kids, aged 2 and 5, so I don't have the experience that comes with BTDT, per se, but I wanted to mention something that comes up a lot in conversations in my...
Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,977
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks for sharing this, Miranda. I remember...

Thanks for sharing this, Miranda.
I remember being horrified at the fact that my 7- and 9yo nieces weren't reading AT ALL. I harboured all kinds of very dark and critical thoughts about the way...
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,977
Posted By starling&diesel
Oh, and also interesting, is families that I...

Oh, and also interesting, is families that I assumed were very unschool-y choosing very 'school-y' options. That's been surprising too. We're not radical unschoolers by any means (DD is actually...
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,977
Posted By starling&diesel
What do you think happened, SweetSilver? With...

What do you think happened, SweetSilver? With your friends who were going to homeschool? I'm curious. Listening to our friends reason their way to school has been very interesting.
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 09:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,977
Posted By starling&diesel
Bingo, sweetsilver. That is happening, although...

Bingo, sweetsilver.
That is happening, although it was more pronounced last year (E is a January baby so many of her friends hit school age last September) when previously strident 'homeschool'...
Forum: Unschooling   07-10-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,977
Posted By starling&diesel
I'm watching -- with interest -- the choices...

I'm watching -- with interest -- the choices folks are making as our fellow homeschool famiies' 5-year-olds hit school age. In BC you can register as a homeschooler (full parental responsibility, no...
Forum: Unschooling   07-10-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,977
Posted By starling&diesel
Erin, you're good. Totally good. Carry on, my...

Erin, you're good. Totally good. Carry on, my friend. Carry on.
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