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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-15-2016, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 976
Posted By Ruthla
I never, EVER did any of that- with the possible...

I never, EVER did any of that- with the possible exception of using m &ms for potty training when she was 3 (which worked for her NT sister but not for her.)

The insane amount of dental work is...
Forum: The Mindful Home   09-07-2016, 11:56 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 280
Posted By Ruthla
Make my own Earthing Shoes?

I've been Earthing every day by sitting outside with my bare feet on the lawn, usually with a book but occasionally with a friend to talk to. I've been doing this since the beginning of the summer....
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-04-2016, 10:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 976
Posted By Ruthla
Parents of special needs adults?

My middle child, now 20, has always been "quirky" and sensitive. She was diagnosed with ADD in elementary school, then I pulled her out and homeschooled her for several years rather than go through...
Forum: Women's Health   03-13-2016, 01:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 357
Posted By Ruthla
Heart Trouble

I've recently been diagnosed with having high blood pressure, thickening of the heart, and some fluid around the heart. This follows months of extreme fatigue for no known reason. I had an umbilical...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-07-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,418
Posted By Ruthla
I think 4 is too young for a formal curriculum,...

I think 4 is too young for a formal curriculum, and IMO, most schools push formal academics way too young. The occasional child is ready that young, and there's no need to hold back a child who's...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-07-2016, 12:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,212
Posted By Ruthla
I've been pretty happy with...

I've been pretty happy with time4learning.com,although it's been months since you first posted this and you've probably already figured out what you're using for this school year.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-07-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By Ruthla
Help with a reluctant writer

I have a 14 year old son who's officially in 8th grade this year. For a variety of reasons, I plan to enroll him in public school next year for 9th grade, so he needs to be "on grade level" by the...
Forum: Learning at School   09-08-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,106
Posted By Ruthla
I remember my daughter came home with a...

I remember my daughter came home with a permission slip before they showed Schindler's List in 10th grade. My guess is they needed parental consent because it's an R movie and none of the kids were...
Forum: Learning at School   09-08-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,018
Posted By Ruthla
It sounds to me like he's being damaged by being...

It sounds to me like he's being damaged by being in school right now. He's not keeping up with the work, he's stressed by trying to do it anyway, and it's hurting his self-esteem. If it were my kid,...
Forum: Women's Health   09-08-2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 452
Posted By Ruthla
Diastasis Recti and Umbilical Hernia

Anybody have information on healing these without having surgery or spending a ton of money?

I've had the diastasis since my 2nd daughter was born 19 years ago (big baby, closely spaced...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-03-2015, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By Ruthla
I also just found out that I could sign Jack up...

I also just found out that I could sign Jack up for the high school level at time4learning ($30 instead of $20 a month) and select some high school courses and some 8th grade courses- meaning I could...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,996
Posted By Ruthla
2 of my 3 kids hate "busy work" and could never...

2 of my 3 kids hate "busy work" and could never settle down and do something consistently if they didn't understand why it needed to be done. We had our fights over chores, but overall they...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By Ruthla
I'm poking around the icivics website, but I...

I'm poking around the icivics website, but I can't quite figure out how the website works. Is it interactive? It does seem to offer enough information to be used as a primary curriculum resource,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By Ruthla
8th Grade Social Studies Ideas

We've been using time4learning, which doesn't offer anything for Social Studies for 8th grade. I intend to use it again next year, because it's still worth the money for ELA and science (we got a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-14-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 633
Posted By Ruthla
What's typical for homeschooled teens?

If you currently have a homeschooled teenager, or you have experience with homeschooled teens in the past, I'd like to know about your experiences. Even if you once WERE a homeschooled teen yourself,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-05-2015, 02:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ruthla
I've tried- it seems he NEVER wants to talk about...

I've tried- it seems he NEVER wants to talk about schoolwork! Certainly not every single day. I also like the idea of having weekly goals, so if we have something outside the house planned, he can...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-05-2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ruthla
It seems like every week we have a nice talk and...

It seems like every week we have a nice talk and figure out a good schoolwork schedule for him, which seems to work for 1-3 days and then it all falls apart again. On Monday, he doesn't want to do...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-01-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ruthla
It's different with a teenager though. He doesn't...

It's different with a teenager though. He doesn't play with his toy cars on the living room floor anymore- he's off in his room on his computer or the Xbox, and I can't always tell that he's not...
Forum: Unschooling   05-01-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By Ruthla
Another way to socialize is to sign him up for...

Another way to socialize is to sign him up for some kind of extra-curricular activity that's held in the late afternoons, so he'll be in there with local kids who go to public school- if there's...
Forum: Unschooling   04-30-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,503
Posted By Ruthla
I think change is scary. There's a fear that...

I think change is scary. There's a fear that you'll lose your identity as a "homeschooling parent" if all of your kids go to school. So it makes sense that you have less anxiety about the first one...
Forum: Unschooling   04-30-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By Ruthla
I homeschooled my middle child from the middle of...

I homeschooled my middle child from the middle of 5th grade through 7th grade. In 8th grade, she chose to return to public school. I was fully prepared to pull her out again if she was unhappy, but...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-30-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,277
Posted By Ruthla
Are there other homeschoolers in your area?...

Are there other homeschoolers in your area? Getting together with other homeschoolers helps in many ways. It's social time for Mom as well as the kids. If you really hit it off with somebody, you may...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-30-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ruthla
All 4 of us are in counseling, and I periodically...

All 4 of us are in counseling, and I periodically meet with Jack's counselor for a few minutes at the beginning or end of his session (my sessions are at the same location, same time, with a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-29-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,126
Posted By Ruthla
SOOOO Frustrated with my homeschooled 13 year old!

I've had numerous conversations with him about expectations- how much work he needs to do each week. Repeatedly he agrees with me, does the work for a day or two, them promptly stops doing work for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-05-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,278
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...
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