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Forum: Unschooling   09-10-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 538
Posted By mckittre
subbing because I've been trying to answer a...

subbing because I've been trying to answer a similar question for a friend of mine. She's sending her 5yo daughter to K in January (family moves seasonally) in another town, and for now has been...
Forum: Unschooling   09-06-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 471
Posted By mckittre
But is there a potential conflict between "live...

But is there a potential conflict between "live life, have the kids around" and "let them follow their own passions"? One very large aspect of my particular life is wilderness expeditions. We go out...
Forum: Unschooling   09-05-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,277
Posted By mckittre
Just had a glorious 3 day backpacking trip up to...

Just had a glorious 3 day backpacking trip up to a prominent local ridge with another mom and her 5yo, as well as my two kids. I like having three days for these short trips--it takes a whole day to...
Forum: Unschooling   09-02-2014, 01:39 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,679
Posted By mckittre
Sometimes natural consequences happen to other...

Sometimes natural consequences happen to other people you'll never interact with directly (like when you walk all over the library books and reduce their lifespan).

Sometimes, natural...
Forum: Unschooling   09-01-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,679
Posted By mckittre
I'm not the neatest person myself. And am often...

I'm not the neatest person myself. And am often tempted to ignore the mess and just GET OUTSIDE already, so it's hard for me to blame the kids for doing the same. They have a "kid area" with their...
Forum: Unschooling   08-31-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,679
Posted By mckittre
Subscribing with interest with my 3 and 5 yos. I...

Subscribing with interest with my 3 and 5 yos. I try to get them to pick up after themselves, with mixed success. Neither has ever expressed the slightest interest in having or using money yet, but...
Forum: Unschooling   08-26-2014, 01:25 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,541
Posted By mckittre
Yes, I think the district itself complains about...

Yes, I think the district itself complains about it--the borough boundaries include both quite urban and very remote areas (ours is not their smallest school), and some of their high schools are...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-24-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,646
Posted By mckittre
I'm no help on the reading thing, but I'll chime...

I'm no help on the reading thing, but I'll chime in and say my kids LOVE our storytelling traditions on camping nights. Usually after everyone's snuggled into sleeping bags dad tells a made-up story...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-23-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 536
Posted By mckittre
I wish I could! I like being leader or co-leader...

I wish I could! I like being leader or co-leader for kid activities, and have been doing so for years--a weekly hike day, a weekly ski day in winter, sometimes aikido classes, other mostly...
Forum: Unschooling   08-23-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,541
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- I wish our district's homeschooling...

Miranda -- I wish our district's homeschooling program worked that way! Best as I understand, if I were to sign up, some amount of money could be used to reimburse me for stuff, but the rest would...
Forum: Unschooling   08-23-2014, 01:11 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,541
Posted By mckittre
Does it count as sitting around in their pjs if I...

Does it count as sitting around in their pjs if I just forgot to make them take off their grubby clothes before bed and then they head outside the next day in the exact same mud-and-berry-colored...
Forum: Unschooling   08-22-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 13
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Views: 588
Posted By mckittre
Trespassing -- on wild land that is unoccupied...

Trespassing -- on wild land that is unoccupied but not un-owned -- is the one scofflaw thing that tends to come up around here. But generally adults initiate most of that. It is kind of hard to...
Forum: Unschooling   08-21-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,541
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- It's interesting to read about the...

Miranda -- It's interesting to read about the distance learning program. We have something similar here, but reading through the handbook sent me running in fear of bureaucracy. Nice to know it's at...
Forum: Unschooling   08-17-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,541
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- enough like a teenager that I don't...

Miranda -- enough like a teenager that I don't understand her. :)

SweetSilver -- most of the cars that end up out in our tiny (not connected to the road system) town have more than a few quirks....
Forum: Unschooling   08-07-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,541
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- I wish I was that good at taking care...

Miranda -- I wish I was that good at taking care of organizational details (and I'm way older than 11). I'm lucky if I remember to check phone messages every week or two.

Sweetsilver -- Checked...
Forum: Unschooling   08-06-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,541
Posted By mckittre
I feel like I've spent the entire summer either...

I feel like I've spent the entire summer either backpacking/camping/hiking with my kids, or not seeing them at all. With 2 grandmas and an aunt living here and an endless parade of guests coming...
Forum: Unschooling   08-01-2014, 12:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By mckittre
I agree with others here -- the best way to get...

I agree with others here -- the best way to get kids comfortable in the woods is to give them plenty of time in the woods. Hiking, camping, playing, exploring. I just got back from a three days trip...
Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,105
Posted By mckittre
These attitudes are why it bothers me when...

These attitudes are why it bothers me when people, particularly parents of other five-year-olds, mention how smart my son is. And it isn't even skill-based--none of them can read! They're picking up...
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,105
Posted By mckittre
I did for my son (and probably still will for my...

I did for my son (and probably still will for my daughter next year), use the free preschool two mornings a week. It was totally play based, lots of physical activity, outside time, field trips, very...
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,105
Posted By mckittre
Here, I'm heading into the certainty that my son...

Here, I'm heading into the certainty that my son will be the only homeschooler in town. Probably not technically true, since I think there are some much older children who use the school district's...
Forum: Unschooling   07-05-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,105
Posted By mckittre
Yes I'm still in the yurt. And yes, I probably...

Yes I'm still in the yurt. And yes, I probably shouldn't worry. :) I guess I'm still new at this, and still hearing all those voices in my head that say "read to your children every day, it's the...
Forum: Unschooling   07-03-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,105
Posted By mckittre
Just got back from a 10 day wilderness...

Just got back from a 10 day wilderness backpacking/packrafting trip--the 3yo's first significant trip where she walked herself (as opposed to being carried). Lots of neat sights and experiences, even...
Forum: Unschooling   06-22-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,447
Posted By mckittre
I find this thread interesting to peek at because...

I find this thread interesting to peek at because it is in the unschooling forum. After all, as an adult, I make lots of plans for the upcoming year, including many things I want to learn/do/focus...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-11-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,414
Posted By mckittre
Yes. But our culture spends so much time telling...

Yes. But our culture spends so much time telling people that it is! I was always good at math and science when young, and when I was a young teenager, I was completely fired up about molecular...
Forum: Unschooling   05-31-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,439
Posted By mckittre
My kids have January and February birthdays, so...

My kids have January and February birthdays, so new stuff and new excitement gets added at that time of year.

I know my energy picks back up in mid-February, because that's when we often have a...
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