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Forum: Unschooling   02-25-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 65
Posted By mckittre
Stories of learning to read

I'm curious about how it happens. Not the age, so much, but the actual process. Did they ask to be taught? Figure it out somehow? How? I learned to read too young to remember it, and when I look at...
Forum: Unschooling   02-25-2015, 12:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 76
Posted By mckittre
How about educational games and puzzles? This...

How about educational games and puzzles? This company Smart Games has tons of geometric logic-type single player puzzles: http://www.smartgames.eu/us/smartgames Or maybe tanagrams. There are also...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-23-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 147
Posted By mckittre
It seems like there are two separate things here....

It seems like there are two separate things here. Their different interests/learning styles, and your time. Your time and feelings of being overwhelmed and alone seem like those are perhaps the...
Forum: Unschooling   02-22-2015, 12:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 186
Posted By mckittre
What clothing/gear/ski setup and other logistics...

What clothing/gear/ski setup and other logistics will get the four of us happily traveling hundreds of miles in the Arctic? (the main grownup project of the moment, in my house)

Otherwise, mostly...
Forum: Unschooling   02-20-2015, 01:03 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 791
Posted By mckittre
rightkindofme -- uck! hope you feel better soon....

rightkindofme -- uck! hope you feel better soon. How far did she go?

featherstory -- i have the worst time getting my kids ready too. Truthfully, I'm just sort of mean and uncompromsing about it. ...
Forum: Unschooling   02-15-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 497
Posted By mckittre
I felt proud of myself for my son's 6th birthday...

I felt proud of myself for my son's 6th birthday yesterday. He wanted to have a "chemistry party" and initially thought all the kids would build with his molecule kit. I thought that that could...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-15-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 147
Posted By mckittre
What would they do if you didn't teach them each...

What would they do if you didn't teach them each for 3 solid hrs/day? Sounds like the 6yo would be learning plenty, and the 4yo... playing? Even if she's not motivated to study for that long, I...
Forum: Unschooling   02-15-2015, 12:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 791
Posted By mckittre
Sounds like a pretty good argument for moving. ...

Sounds like a pretty good argument for moving.
I hope to never move. Or, at least, we've put so much effort into improving the property here, and love this town so much, that it would have to be...
Forum: Unschooling   02-12-2015, 11:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 178
Posted By mckittre
I think it would be a great idea. That sort of...

I think it would be a great idea. That sort of thing helps adults, why not teenagers? I know for myself, when I'm asked to write a piece with a certain deadline, I usually make it and feel good...
Forum: Unschooling   02-12-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 791
Posted By mckittre
Anna -- Probably Miranda's link is better than I...

Anna -- Probably Miranda's link is better than I have for that purpose--how to help with science class homework. I will link the videos (elements and molecules) on Periodic Videos...
Forum: Unschooling   02-11-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 791
Posted By mckittre
Thanks for this! Started reading it out loud on...

Thanks for this! Started reading it out loud on the Kindle last night and he's quite intrigued. It's tough finding more "literary" science read-alouds for such a young kid. Most popular science is...
Forum: Unschooling   02-08-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 497
Posted By mckittre
I don't know. I kind of see Miranda's point here....

I don't know. I kind of see Miranda's point here. Some people feel regret more keenly, and are more bothered by those opportunity costs than others. As a teen and young adult, I struggled with...
Forum: Unschooling   02-07-2015, 11:10 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 791
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- What is Fiona using for chemistry...

Miranda -- What is Fiona using for chemistry resources? I'm sure her level is higher than my little guy, but I'm always searching out more stuff to feed the monster. I think he'd love to learn about...
Forum: Unschooling   02-07-2015, 04:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 497
Posted By mckittre
Perhaps the dichotomy isn't so much "consumer" vs...

Perhaps the dichotomy isn't so much "consumer" vs "non-consumer" choices, but in choices that result in irreversibly lost opportunities. Many consumer choices are irreversible in this way, because...
Forum: Unschooling   02-07-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 497
Posted By mckittre
So are you saying my kids will be grateful to...

So are you saying my kids will be grateful to grow up in the middle of nowhere, hence lacking many of those pesky options like multiple stores or multiple roads? :)

I guess I've arranged my...
Forum: Unschooling   02-05-2015, 01:09 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 791
Posted By mckittre
Back from full-moon winter camping. Broken leg...

Back from full-moon winter camping. Broken leg turned out not to be a problem. He opted not to ride in the sled much at all, and instead got very fast at hobbling along on his cast. My daughter is...
Forum: Unschooling   02-05-2015, 12:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 134
Posted By mckittre
We have loose bedtimes that are late-ish, but not...

We have loose bedtimes that are late-ish, but not incredibly late, usually 9-something for the 4yo, and 10-something for the almost 6 yo. Adults later. Drifts later in summer, with social events,...
Forum: Unschooling   02-03-2015, 12:34 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 791
Posted By mckittre
I guess I'll choose "adaptation." At the moment,...

I guess I'll choose "adaptation." At the moment, watching my son adapt to having a broken leg and being incredibly impressed at just how resilient and zen and unruffled kids can be.

He really...
Forum: Unschooling   02-01-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 152
Posted By mckittre
Subbing as well. My kids are too young to be...

Subbing as well. My kids are too young to be expected to read, but even for my almost 6-yr-old, I've been amazed at the amount of information accessible without reading. Not just from other people...
Forum: Unschooling   01-30-2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 1,393
Posted By mckittre
Awesome :) More uses for Molymod kits (we...

Awesome :)

More uses for Molymod kits (we let broken-leg kid open his birthday present early)...
Often, the adults in our family play Bananagrams after dinner. So today, my husband and son...
Forum: Unschooling   01-28-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 1,393
Posted By mckittre
I suspected it was broken. He's a stoic kid and...

I suspected it was broken. He's a stoic kid and doesn't tend to milk injuries or want attention called to them. His little sister, on the other hand, has been inventing fake injuries for attention...
Forum: Unschooling   01-28-2015, 01:14 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 1,393
Posted By mckittre
I got to go skiing myself today for the first...

I got to go skiing myself today for the first time this winter, which was wonderful. But my son will miss most of this year's winter sports.

Turns out he did actually break his leg. :( I assume...
Forum: Unschooling   01-26-2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 1,393
Posted By mckittre
Took lots of kids skiing yesterday for the first...

Took lots of kids skiing yesterday for the first time this year. The 4yo did great, and the almost 6yo did great until he hurt his leg. :( Didn't look like a bad fall, he didn't cry all that much,...
Forum: Unschooling   01-25-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 270
Posted By mckittre
That does sound so hard. If it helps at all, lots...

That does sound so hard. If it helps at all, lots of people (including me) are awful to their parents at 13 or 14, and change their minds completely later.

I'm curious about the unschooling...
Forum: Unschooling   01-25-2015, 12:40 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 1,393
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- Happy birthday to Fiona. Glad you guys...

Miranda -- Happy birthday to Fiona. Glad you guys are getting more into the flow of things. I'm curious: how has being so precocious influenced your kids' concepts of themselves as they grew up?

I...
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