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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-05-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 301
Posted By Ruthla
My district just requires that I follow NYS...

My district just requires that I follow NYS guidelines- which means a set number of hours per quarter in core subjects (math, ELA, science, social studies). While I'm sure his experimentation with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-03-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 301
Posted By Ruthla
We're starting to settle into a new routine. Two...

We're starting to settle into a new routine. Two or three weeks ago, I told Jack he needed to do 2 TFL activities a day, 6 days a week. (TFL= "time for learning"- the website we use for his...
Forum: Unschooling   02-02-2015, 12:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 288
Posted By Ruthla
I'm thinking about this title, and the idea of...

I'm thinking about this title, and the idea of "making you learn something." I went to public school from kindergarten through 12th grade. My teachers certainly taught a wide variety of things, but I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-02-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 301
Posted By Ruthla
Zebra15- I've actually been thinking a lot about...

Zebra15- I've actually been thinking a lot about your advice. While we do need to do a certain minimal amount to satisfy the state requirements, most families do way more than that. We don't have to.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-22-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 301
Posted By Ruthla
We live in New York State. 4 times a year, I need...

We live in New York State. 4 times a year, I need to submit a quarterly report to the school district outlining what he's learned this quarter. At the end of the year, I'll need to administer some...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-21-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 151
Posted By Ruthla
I'll have to see if the library has that book or...

I'll have to see if the library has that book or something like it. I won't spend money on supplies until I'm sure they'll work for him.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-18-2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 301
Posted By Ruthla
I was not aware that the signatures didn't show...

I was not aware that the signatures didn't show up in the mobile version. Heck, I didn't even know Mothering HAD a mobile version! I'll bear that in mind for the future, and include relevent age...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-18-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 151
Posted By Ruthla
I just want to clarify that I'm not even thinking...

I just want to clarify that I'm not even thinking about his handwriting right now. The school evaluated him for OT and were all prepared to let him type nearly everything for school had I kept him...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-16-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 301
Posted By Ruthla
It's right in my signature line. He's 13. The ...

It's right in my signature line. He's 13. The girls are 18 and 20.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-15-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 301
Posted By Ruthla
Getting frustrated and doubting my ability to homeschool my teen

I'm getting more and more frustrated as time goes by.

I'm not new to homeschooling, as I homeschooled at various times in the past. But I'm new to parenting a teenage boy, and I'm not doing a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-15-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 151
Posted By Ruthla
And, yes, he does have problems organizing his...

And, yes, he does have problems organizing his thoughts. When he was younger, it was nearly impossible to get him to tell a cohesive story, even about something a simple as a recent shopping trip....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-15-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 151
Posted By Ruthla
We're using time4learning materials online, and...

We're using time4learning materials online, and he's having no trouble keeping up with the 7th grade curriculum. He doesn't work well from workbooks or textbooks, which was a primary reason for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-08-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 151
Posted By Ruthla
Question What is 7th grade writing supposed to look like?

I'm trying to get my 13yo 7th grader to do writing on a regular basis- but I haven't been particularly successful. My 18 year old has been working with him and got him to type up a 2 paragraph story....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-19-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,010
Posted By Ruthla
It's hard for me to tell from a 2 paragraph...

It's hard for me to tell from a 2 paragraph description what's "normal behavior" and what might indicate a problem. Nearly all behavioral and mental health problems are "things in the normal range of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 750
Posted By Ruthla
I think I might set up a "game day" at my local...

I think I might set up a "game day" at my local public library. I meant to do it before the school year began, but I never got around to it, and I may or may not still do this after the Jewish...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 864
Posted By Ruthla
The public schools here started the Wednesday...

The public schools here started the Wednesday after Labor Day. Hannah started college on that Tuesday, and Leah left for Israel the following Sunday.

I started on Tuesday the ninth, after Leah...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Posted By Ruthla
Could you have the 10 year old watch the 1 and 4...

Could you have the 10 year old watch the 1 and 4 year olds while you teach the 7 year old, and then have the 7 year old watch the littles while you teach the 10 year old? Obviously, that depends a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 913
Posted By Ruthla
My son also loves computers and online games. He...

My son also loves computers and online games. He seems to have much more ability to absorb information online than he does from books.

I'm honestly not sure how I would have handled this with an 8...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,010
Posted By Ruthla
Since your state DOES have annoying regulations,...

Since your state DOES have annoying regulations, you can use those to answer questions from busybody relatives. "The State is satisfied with his academic progress; you don't need to worry."

A lot...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 567
Posted By Ruthla
How are things going now? I just found this...

How are things going now? I just found this thread today, as I haven't been on mothering for a while.

Transitions are always hard. Transitioning from school to homeschool is a pretty big...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,390
Posted By Ruthla
When my daughter was homeschooled years ago, we...

When my daughter was homeschooled years ago, we got involved with a local homeschooling group. We both made friends, and it gave some structure to our school week. I was "unschooling" her, so things...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   08-12-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By Ruthla
Vaccine Exemption for College in NYS

My 18 year old daughter is applying for community college, and they require "proof of immunization."

What kind of exemption form is adequate for college? I presume that she needs to sign it, not...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-16-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By Ruthla
I would look into getting him some kind of...

I would look into getting him some kind of curriculum he can do himself, so that he can just go and "do school" even on days when you're not up to "teaching" him. A computer-based program may be a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-12-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,145
Posted By Ruthla
Nothing ate your reply. I have two similar...

Nothing ate your reply. I have two similar threads going, because I couldn't find my earlier thread and started a new one.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-12-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 961
Posted By Ruthla
Thanks for the input! I'll look for something...

Thanks for the input! I'll look for something else then.
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