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Forum: Unschooling   08-28-2014, 05:46 PM
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Posted By starling&diesel
Interesting indeed, Miranda. Keep us posted!

Interesting indeed, Miranda. Keep us posted!
Forum: Unschooling   08-25-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,011
Posted By starling&diesel
Is there a regular park date, or a co-op of some...

Is there a regular park date, or a co-op of some sort? Do you have homeschooling friends already? If so, what about a Not Back To School:thumb:thumb picnic?

I can't wait for the school kids to...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-24-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,950
Posted By starling&diesel
We LOVE storytelling! (Shameless plug for my...

We LOVE storytelling! (Shameless plug for my audio story website featuring AP families in my signature below.)
I use a lot of the characters and plot lines that my kids come up with, actually.
DD...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-23-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 375
Posted By starling&diesel
Well, here I am with my eldest just 5.5 yo and...

Well, here I am with my eldest just 5.5 yo and already I am burnt out from organizing homeschool/unschool happenings.
Go figure.
When my daughter was three-years-old and so many of her peers were...
Forum: Unschooling   08-22-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,011
Posted By starling&diesel
As for us, we met up with our homeschool buddies...

As for us, we met up with our homeschool buddies at the park today; bus travel, money math (bus fare), swimming, playing, card games, snack making- & sharing, baby-loving, hammock-lazing, sand...
Forum: Unschooling   08-22-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,011
Posted By starling&diesel
Erin ... I find it really interesting and a bit...

Erin ... I find it really interesting and a bit unsettling to all of a sudden have people inquire/challenge/defend in earnest now that we're 'officially' not going to school. The same people who've...
Forum: Unschooling   08-22-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 454
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   08-21-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,950
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   08-21-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 454
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   08-21-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 454
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: 22
Views: 1,950
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: 866
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: 22
Views: 1,950
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: 22
Views: 1,950
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: 22
Views: 1,950
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: 22
Views: 1,950
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: 22
Views: 1,950
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: 22
Views: 1,950
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: 16
Views: 917
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: 378
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: 412
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: 412
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: 378
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: 7
Views: 432
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: 538
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...
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