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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-16-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 428
Posted By Ruthla
I would look into getting him some kind of...

I would look into getting him some kind of curriculum he can do himself, so that he can just go and "do school" even on days when you're not up to "teaching" him. A computer-based program may be a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-12-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 850
Posted By Ruthla
Nothing ate your reply. I have two similar...

Nothing ate your reply. I have two similar threads going, because I couldn't find my earlier thread and started a new one.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-12-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 683
Posted By Ruthla
Thanks for the input! I'll look for something...

Thanks for the input! I'll look for something else then.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-09-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 683
Posted By Ruthla
As the trial of TFL continued, Jack changed his...

As the trial of TFL continued, Jack changed his mind about it. He now finds the lessons enjoyable. He's tried ELA, social studies, and a couple of different science topics. I'm not sure if he's tried...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 850
Posted By Ruthla
I've just spent some time looking at eBay, and I...

I've just spent some time looking at eBay, and I found a bunch of used math textbooks, for way less than the cost of buying something new. I noticed quite a few "abeka" items for sale, and a quick...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 627
Posted By Ruthla
You need to realize that boy brains are sometimes...

You need to realize that boy brains are sometimes wired differently than girls' brains. Schools are designed with "typical girls' brains" in mind. Gender might be a HUGE factor in why he's at the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 850
Posted By Ruthla
I couldn't find this thread so I started a new...

I couldn't find this thread so I started a new one. http://www.mothering.com/forum/50-learning-home-beyond/1403065-curriculum-help-needed-7th-grade.html#post17643289

I haven't quite figured out...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-30-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 683
Posted By Ruthla
Curriculum help needed for 7th grade

I KNOW I started a thread on this subject earlier this year, but I can't seem to find it now. Did MDC recently change formats? If somebody's able to locate and link to that other thread, I'd...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-02-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 928
Posted By Ruthla
How are things going now?   My experience...

How are things going now?
 
My experience with starting homeschooling is that it was no extra work, compared with "dealing with school when it doesn't meet the child's needs." In fact, it was...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-02-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By Ruthla
I'm still in the research phase of "finding a...

I'm still in the research phase of "finding a good curriculum to use next year for 7th grade." I've unschooled in the past, but it didn't work well for my son in 2nd grade, and now that I'm (most...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-01-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 850
Posted By Ruthla
I definitely DON'T want K-12 or anything quite...

I definitely DON'T want K-12 or anything quite that structured. That "all in one homeschooling" link doesn't look like a good fit for Jack's learning style (and i could do without the Christian...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-31-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 850
Posted By Ruthla
For a wide variety of reasons, I've decided to...

For a wide variety of reasons, I've decided to keep my son in public school through the rest of 6th grade, but I'm very likely to homeschool him next year (and very likely for 8th grade as well,...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   02-02-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Posted By Ruthla
I'm in the "college application" process with my...

I'm in the "college application" process with my 12th grader right now.  She's currently 17, but will be 18 before school begins. We live in New York State and she's going to a SUNY  (State...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-30-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 514
Posted By Ruthla
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by erinmattsmom88 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1394389/almost-6-yo-dd-will-not-pick-up-toys#post_17531691)...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-30-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,358
Posted By Ruthla
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by marsupial-mom http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-19-2013, 06:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By Ruthla
It sounds to me like your ex made a VERY mature...

It sounds to me like your ex made a VERY mature suggestion there- recognizing her own limits and realizing that she may not be the best person to provide stability for your daughter right now. I'm...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-19-2013, 06:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 379
Posted By Ruthla
You're the grown up. It sounds like you may be...

You're the grown up. It sounds like you may be the only "real grown up" of the three of you, and you may find yourself setting limits with both of them, not just the preschooler.
 
Sometimes kids...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-18-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By Ruthla
If it doesn't pass with time, you may need to...

If it doesn't pass with time, you may need to look at alternatives to this particular school. If he's feeling unsafe there, he might do better in a smaller classroom or to be homeschooled, where he...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-18-2013, 01:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 880
Posted By Ruthla
I agree with contacting social services with the...

I agree with contacting social services with the information you have now. That's the best way to help the child, as well as to protect yourself legally from defamation suits. If you do contact the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-18-2013, 01:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,788
Posted By Ruthla
I was just about to suggest Beverly Cleary!

I was just about to suggest Beverly Cleary!
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-18-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By Ruthla
It sounds like he's not adjusting well to the...

It sounds like he's not adjusting well to the kindergarten class. There might be a medical reason (not feeling when he needs to go, so he doesn't get there in time.) Or it might be emotional- that's...
Forum: New Member? Introduce Yourself!   12-18-2013, 01:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 186
Posted By Ruthla
I remember "Mothering Magazine" from when I was...

I remember "Mothering Magazine" from when I was pregnant with my first 19 years ago, and my midwife lent out her copies. Her ex had bought  her a lifetime subscription some years before.
 ...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-18-2013, 10:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 506
Posted By Ruthla
My younger daughter was like this. She was quite...

My younger daughter was like this. She was quite frightened watching "Elmo in Grouchland" in the movies at age 4- probably because she had a "security blanket" at the time and the movie hit too...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   12-18-2013, 09:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 305
Posted By Ruthla
As the mother of a 19 year old, it's hard to...

As the mother of a 19 year old, it's hard to think of her fully as an "adult." She's not financially independent, not working full time, etc.
 
I know that all 3 of my kids received gifts from...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   12-17-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By Ruthla
I'm very private about our vaxing status. I have...

I'm very private about our vaxing status. I have the exemption on file with the school and few people IRL know about it. Most of my friends and family just assume we vax, because that's "the norm"...
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