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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-16-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Fillyjonk
I had a kid very like this. He's just entered the...

I had a kid very like this. He's just entered the public school system, at just turned 11 (he's 4 days before the cut off) and he is doing very well. He has a strong self-motivation and a sense that...
Forum: Unschooling   07-06-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 672
Posted By Fillyjonk
" I think the same way towards music as well-- it...

" I think the same way towards music as well-- it shouldn't just be for the talented people to play and create and the rest to consume. It's something that should belong to everyone on some level...
Forum: Unschooling   06-24-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 672
Posted By Fillyjonk
Totally agree with SweetSilver. My first thought...

Totally agree with SweetSilver. My first thought is that it might depend on what they want from it. If they are seriously planning to compete, then yeah, an early start might help in some sports, I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-07-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,416
Posted By Fillyjonk
Ok. ContactMaya I just noticed you're not...

Ok. ContactMaya I just noticed you're not homeschooling. Possibly then you have not heard of these guys-the Harding family, who wrote The Brainy Bunch...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-06-2014, 01:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,416
Posted By Fillyjonk
Not trying to be snippy at all. But I wonder what...

Not trying to be snippy at all. But I wonder what "college" actually means here.

In the UK, HS kids quite often do courses through a well established distance learning university called the Open...
Forum: Unschooling   05-25-2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,034
Posted By Fillyjonk
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Quote:Originally Posted by moominmamma http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Unschooling   05-25-2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,034
Posted By Fillyjonk
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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-19-2014, 07:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 639
Posted By Fillyjonk
I really believe in letting kids read what they...

I really believe in letting kids read what they want
 
I'm not too bothered about whether my kids are advanced readers at any given age. I know that they will be competent readers by sixteen or...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-03-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 514
Posted By Fillyjonk
Yes I would identify as a feminist homeschooler...

Yes I would identify as a feminist homeschooler and I really do feel a degree of tension between feminist ideas and homeschooling ideas. I also felt tension between attachment parenting ideas and...
Forum: Unschooling   03-30-2014, 11:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 842
Posted By Fillyjonk
This is why I think he will be fine   ...

This is why I think he will be fine
 
Although last trip the bookstore saw him spend about twenty minutes picking out just the right book about lizards (and not from the kids section, he knows...
Forum: Parenting   03-30-2014, 04:16 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,953
Posted By Fillyjonk
A soft front/backpack sling. For my older kids...

A soft front/backpack sling. For my older kids it was an ergo, for my youngest, a beco, I did have other slings but what was great about the backpack was that it was hands free and very secure, and...
Forum: Unschooling   03-08-2014, 01:23 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,047
Posted By Fillyjonk
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by SweetSilver http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1398429/march-unschooling-thread#post_17585504)
 Junior high...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-07-2014, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 296
Posted By Fillyjonk
What we mainly do when my kids are in a math...

What we mainly do when my kids are in a math mood, nowadays, seems to be Khan Academy, but the exercises only. The kids don't really like the videos. Nor do I except when I really don't get...
Forum: Unschooling   03-07-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,047
Posted By Fillyjonk
:-) I actually don't know what high school is!...

:-) I actually don't know what high school is! He's 10, but will be 11 (and 4 days!) at the start of the school year. We call that secondary. Is it middle school then in the US? Our middle school is...
Forum: Unschooling   03-07-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 357
Posted By Fillyjonk
 Ewink just to chime in a bit. I have an 8 year...

 Ewink just to chime in a bit. I have an 8 year old with quite a strong dairy intolerance. It waxes and wanes according to what she can tolerate, but certainly right now it seems quite bad.
 ...
Forum: Unschooling   03-05-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,047
Posted By Fillyjonk
we...ll...UK schools? Our local school actually...

we...ll...UK schools? Our local school actually has 5 hours teaching plus an hour break for lunch. There are lots of clubs running at lunchtime, and I can't see that he wouldn't sign up for the...
Forum: Unschooling   03-04-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,047
Posted By Fillyjonk
Miranda-that improvisation really is awesome....

Miranda-that improvisation really is awesome. I'm a lapsed viola player (finding time to play is the thing...when I occasionally get to play nowadays, the fiddle seems to be the thing). Wonderful...
Forum: Unschooling   03-02-2014, 11:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,170
Posted By Fillyjonk
daughterspeaks your perspective is really...

daughterspeaks your perspective is really interesting :-)
 
I'm a really big believer in families doing what is right for them. I think, if we want to get into real semantics, we do all shape and...
Forum: Unschooling   03-02-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,170
Posted By Fillyjonk
Can I just say, I really do appreciate this...

Can I just say, I really do appreciate this forum.
 
Being able to ask a straightforward question like "what is unschooling" and getting - how many? - ten or twenty well thought out individual...
Forum: Unschooling   03-01-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By Fillyjonk
ha! We are in Europe though we have a bit of an...

ha! We are in Europe though we have a bit of an island mentality at times, I think. And its not a problem at all to be an unschooler and define yourself that way, I might have explained myself badly...
Forum: Unschooling   03-01-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 259
Posted By Fillyjonk
Hello :-) . Yes Britain is good for unschooling....

Hello :-) . Yes Britain is good for unschooling. The law is incredibly unschooling friendly, and unless you are unlucky you are left to your own devices. There are a lot of groups and meet ups and a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-26-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By Fillyjonk
Just to offer some reassurance. My youngest is...

Just to offer some reassurance. My youngest is just 6. She is not reading. What she's doing are a lot of things that seem to be intensely building prereading skills. She will do exactly as...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-05-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 275
Posted By Fillyjonk
I have to say I think there's a lot of truth in...

I have to say I think there's a lot of truth in what Moominmamma says re having your own interests and being authentic. I don't want to judge people as successful vs not success homeschoolers. But...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-04-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 275
Posted By Fillyjonk
I am possibly missing something, but why is it...

I am possibly missing something, but why is it you need to find out what her interests are? She sounds like she is enthused and learning a lot. Its a rare 7 year old who wants to formally learn...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   01-27-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,851
Posted By Fillyjonk
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Quote:Originally Posted by BeckyBird http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
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