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Forum: Unschooling   11-25-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,630
Posted By mckittre
Sounds a bit worrisome. How could she possibly...

Sounds a bit worrisome. How could she possibly really evaluate a student after meeting them once and flipping through a workbook? It would be a hopelessly arbitrary evaluation anyway--if that really...
Forum: Unschooling   11-24-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,630
Posted By mckittre
Curious how this goes. We have a program like...

Curious how this goes. We have a program like this where I live too, but i just signed up last month, so I don't know much about how the details work yet. Apparently I have to grade him myself,...
Forum: Unschooling   11-17-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,019
Posted By mckittre
Welcome EvansMomma! Oh, I was confusing....

Welcome EvansMomma!


Oh, I was confusing. I didn't mean two years on one thing--just that this series of passionate all-consuming obsessions started around two years ago. Each one has been...
Forum: Unschooling   11-16-2014, 12:26 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,019
Posted By mckittre
There was lice in the elementary school here...

There was lice in the elementary school here recently, but we managed to miss it, I think. (crossing fingers)

Our snow is gone again, which is sad, but at least it's been warm. My almost 4yo has...
Forum: Unschooling   11-09-2014, 12:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 293
Posted By mckittre
My 5yo was just complaining that he couldn't...

My 5yo was just complaining that he couldn't write a lower-case "a" at all the other day. I figure when he's actually interested in writing words (rather than just occasional numbers and chemical...
Forum: Unschooling   11-09-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,019
Posted By mckittre
Mazamet--my son got those questions from his...

Mazamet--my son got those questions from his great grandma when she was visiting. He was totally confused too.

SweetSilver--just reading about lice makes me squirm. I remember getting them in...
Forum: Unschooling   11-06-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,019
Posted By mckittre
My 5yo has gotten very excited about cooking on...

My 5yo has gotten very excited about cooking on his own at dinner lately. At first he tried a few different things. Now, every time, he makes a fritatta with eggs, kale, grated carrot, sun dried...
Forum: Unschooling   11-03-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By mckittre
SweetSilver--Thanks! He knew about cesium...

SweetSilver--Thanks! He knew about cesium clocks, but the strontium clock was new to him. Cosmic stuff indeed.
Forum: Unschooling   11-01-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,019
Posted By mckittre
Here, we're sitting in several inches of fresh...

Here, we're sitting in several inches of fresh snow (which appeared last night right at trick-or-treating time, to lend credence to the folk wisdom that the snow always shows up at Halloween). The...
Forum: Unschooling   10-30-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By mckittre
My two fit your categories nicely. Engineer:...

My two fit your categories nicely.

Engineer: Last night before bed, my son was testing out paper airplane designs and whether the front or the back end should be heaviest to get the better lift....
Forum: Unschooling   10-28-2014, 12:09 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By mckittre
Just having stuff on the shelf may not be...

Just having stuff on the shelf may not be exposure--but I have two kids. I'm pretty sure reading to my youngest while my oldest chooses to listen in or not does count. Occasionally he does. But if...
Forum: Unschooling   10-25-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By mckittre
Quite likely true. But if I was currently most...

Quite likely true. But if I was currently most concerned about maximizing literacy levels in my kid I'd probably not be here on this forum, and instead be insisting that he learn to read.

My kids...
Forum: Unschooling   10-24-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By mckittre
So many good thoughts. I guess I read (and write)...

So many good thoughts. I guess I read (and write) mostly non-fiction myself, come to think of it. And fiction is far worse for keeping me up way past my bedtime when I do read it. If it's a really...
Forum: Unschooling   10-21-2014, 12:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 544
Posted By mckittre
I love interacting with kids in the outdoors...

I love interacting with kids in the outdoors because its an environment that makes this obvious even to the youngest kids (3-7 or so), simply because the adults generally cannot fix your problems for...
Forum: Unschooling   10-20-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 544
Posted By mckittre
But did she always do all of those things because...

But did she always do all of those things because she's thinking of long-term benefits and moral correctness? My kids are much smaller, and they do those types of things basically because they're...
Forum: Unschooling   10-17-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By mckittre
I wonder if there's any very very gentle sci-fi...

I wonder if there's any very very gentle sci-fi out there? He's adamantly against anything even a little bit scary.

We've never done quite the traditional bedtime story around here. Each kid just...
Forum: Unschooling   10-15-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By mckittre
Well, I'd bet anything that my younger kid who...

Well, I'd bet anything that my younger kid who likes fiction (and is always talking about the emotions and relationships of the people in the stories, and is very social) has better empathy than my...
Forum: Unschooling   10-13-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By mckittre
How important is fiction?

I have a 5 year old who vastly prefers non-fiction and will basically always choose it, whether in read-aloud or video form. He refuses to even set foot in the kids fiction section of the library. I...
Forum: Unschooling   10-13-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 444
Posted By mckittre
Have fun in Hawaii! Haven't been since I was a...

Have fun in Hawaii! Haven't been since I was a kid, though I sometimes think I'm the only Alaskan who doesn't go there every winter.

As for me, trying to really crack down on the book I'm...
Forum: Unschooling   10-10-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,688
Posted By mckittre
Our world is all slush today after an abrupt 3...

Our world is all slush today after an abrupt 3 inches of snow last night. And I still need to harvest a lot of the garden! We've been out paddling/hiking/camping much of the last 3 days, low-tiding...
Forum: Unschooling   10-10-2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,135
Posted By mckittre
Angela -- one thing I see in your posts is...

Angela -- one thing I see in your posts is sharing a passion for how awesome your place is. I do that too. And I wonder if that sort of passionate embrace of your place is more likely in the extremes...
Forum: Unschooling   10-09-2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 391
Posted By mckittre
I know a few video game designers. Some happy in...

I know a few video game designers. Some happy in their careers, some less so (I wouldn't suggest working for Microsoft).

I have a fairly useful degree (masters in molecular biology), which I don't...
Forum: Unschooling   10-07-2014, 12:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,135
Posted By mckittre
One of the things I like about being rural with...

One of the things I like about being rural with little kids is that I don't have to spend my time in playgrounds and children's museums. Nothing wrong with them. But when I visited family one fall...
Forum: Unschooling   10-06-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,135
Posted By mckittre
I'm curious to hear from urban folks too. Is it...

I'm curious to hear from urban folks too. Is it as simple as "little kids should be rural--teens should be urban"? or are there tradeoffs from the other side?

And if it is that simple, should...
Forum: Unschooling   10-05-2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,135
Posted By mckittre
Interesting how much cars and driving keep coming...

Interesting how much cars and driving keep coming up in this discussion. We felt when we moved here that one of the big selling points of this particular small community (400 people or so) was its...
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