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Forum: Unschooling   08-01-2012, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By riversmommy
^ Sweetsilver--- I agree! I guess we call them...

^ Sweetsilver--- I agree! I guess we call them good communication skills, or a strong sense of self tempered with diplomacy and...yeah, you said it better... this also helps to dispel some of the...
Forum: Unschooling   07-31-2012, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By riversmommy
This is a huge question with what seems, for our...

This is a huge question with what seems, for our family, to be an ever changing answer.
 
I think all parents have different value systems and will convey those to their children. Academics are...
Forum: Life with a Toddler   06-19-2012, 05:19 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,190
Posted By riversmommy
This has been a great read, though I too am...

This has been a great read, though I too am surprised at the meanness and snark offered up here on what is usually a more accepting, respectful place for genuine questions. My sympathies are with...
Forum: Unschooling   04-11-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,363
Posted By riversmommy
-strew. Infrequent or regularly? No. I've...

-strew. Infrequent or regularly?

No. I've always found the concept a little manipulative. I wouldn't like it if my friends covertly "exposed" me to things as if I'm incapable of defining my own...
Forum: Unschooling   04-11-2012, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 670
Posted By riversmommy
Yes! My son chills out a lot throughout the day....

Yes! My son chills out a lot throughout the day. I think he's processing things, considering things. My younger one doesn't have this same need for downtime, but I know I need it constantly to stay...
Forum: January 2012   09-20-2011, 10:51 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,434
Posted By riversmommy
My husband was there for both of our births, the...

My husband was there for both of our births, the first at home and the second in a birth center. Sexually speaking, he doesn't view me as different. We've had to communicate a lot in the years since...
Forum: Unschooling   08-06-2011, 11:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,431
Posted By riversmommy
Just a thought: if he doesn't like writing under...

Just a thought: if he doesn't like writing under pressure or being told what to write, maybe college isn't the best fit right at the moment? If he's bright and articulate, could he consider being an...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-06-2011, 11:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,319
Posted By riversmommy
I agree about the relationship with the "real...

I agree about the relationship with the "real world" being more about parenting style or choice. Some parents shield their kids from anything that could interfere with their children learning...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-06-2011, 10:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,540
Posted By riversmommy
My concern has more to do with how my personal...

My concern has more to do with how my personal parenting style will evolve and affect my kids. I am a grown homeschooler, and I think I am still wrestling with the intense connection I had with my...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-29-2011, 09:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,015
Posted By riversmommy
I can see how that information might be...

I can see how that information might be desirable to you. But it's not really possible. It's like defining success. It means different things to each individual. Also, I think it's important to note...
Forum: Unschooling   06-29-2011, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,515
Posted By riversmommy
Multimomma-I'm so glad to hear about older kids...

Multimomma-I'm so glad to hear about older kids with AS doing well. Here's a somewhat related question: Is occupational therapy useful? If I get my son evaluated and diagnosed, he can have an IEP...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-27-2011, 05:51 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,015
Posted By riversmommy
I'm curious about what an anti-homeschooling...

I'm curious about what an anti-homeschooling article would look like. Is it about test scores? A measurable inability to procure employment in later life? What exactly would we expect to find in an...
Forum: Unschooling   06-27-2011, 10:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,414
Posted By riversmommy
It's so wonderful to see that others also don't...

It's so wonderful to see that others also don't want to go back to the "boring get up to go to work, drop them off at school lifestyle" !!!!! I need to hear someone say that to keep MY confidence...
Forum: Unschooling   06-27-2011, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,515
Posted By riversmommy
Hi. I'm pretty sure I'm hs/us-ing an Aspie. I...

Hi. I'm pretty sure I'm hs/us-ing an Aspie. I first had my "light bulb moment" when he was about 3 years old. He's now 7 and we just "finished" first grade last month. We're with a parent choice...
Forum: Unschooling   01-16-2011, 02:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Posted By riversmommy
I agree sooo much with the comment about getting...

I agree sooo much with the comment about getting out of the house. It is like pulling teeth around here! But that's not just for classes, that's EVERYTHING! Going to the park, playing outside, going...
Forum: Unschooling   01-16-2011, 02:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,032
Posted By riversmommy
Hi. I'm not sure that I was unschooled. Although...

Hi. I'm not sure that I was unschooled. Although I was allowed to pursue whatever I wanted throughout my homeschooled childhood. I am a happily married mother of 2. Going back to finish my degree...
Forum: Unschooling   01-16-2011, 02:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,776
Posted By riversmommy
Hi. Just wanted to mention that public school...

Hi. Just wanted to mention that public school will not kill him. And you can take him out any time. I tried homeschooling (school at homing, really) for six months with my son in Kindergarten. He...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-13-2010, 05:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 979
Posted By riversmommy
I can relate to the OP in that it is a lot of...

I can relate to the OP in that it is a lot of work for me to engage in social interactions. However, I find that with my son in public school, I really only interact with his teacher, other parents,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-13-2010, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 299
Posted By riversmommy
Thank you for your answers! I did a learning...

Thank you for your answers! I did a learning style survey with my son last week and I think that will help me focus on the right curriculum for him. Of course, he's all hands-on, kinesthetic...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-06-2010, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 299
Posted By riversmommy
I'm in northern California. A little background:...

I'm in northern California. A little background: Homeschooled DS for the first half of Kindergarten and lived in tiny rural area, did my own curriculum, could not afford outside classes or...
Forum: California, Nevada   09-01-2010, 03:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 541
Posted By riversmommy
I'm new too, just moved to Redwood City. My...

I'm new too, just moved to Redwood City.
My recommendation: grab a Bay Area Parent magazine for some great ideas, resources, etc.

Be careful with the little boogie boarder at Bean Hollow, that...
Forum: Natural Body Care   08-31-2010, 08:21 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 10,966
Posted By riversmommy
Ok, so I bathe...everyday. I use not so natural...

Ok, so I bathe...everyday. I use not so natural deodorant. I've never had complaints about my smell....Except for my sweet brothers who used to tell me that no guy would EVER want to be with a girl...
Forum: Learning at School   02-09-2010, 06:40 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,333
Posted By riversmommy
Let me start by saying: I was hs'ed. I now have...

Let me start by saying: I was hs'ed. I now have a 5 year old with special needs. And a 2 year old. I have been hs'ing kindergarten because..well, that's what I assumed I should do. You are your...
Forum: Unschooling   11-30-2009, 12:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,494
Posted By riversmommy
I agree with your post. I didn't mean to say I...

I agree with your post. I didn't mean to say I feel that unschooling is doing little with your kids, or just leaving everything to chance. I know that is NOT the case. I think it might be that I was...
Forum: Unschooling   11-29-2009, 10:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,494
Posted By riversmommy
Curious: If my child says, "Mom, I want to learn...

Curious: If my child says, "Mom, I want to learn to play the piano." Is it still unschooling to take them to formal piano instruction? If so, than if a child says, "Mom, I want to learn to read."...
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