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Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 06:13 PM
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Fiona sounds so mature for a kid that age! It...

Fiona sounds so mature for a kid that age! It seems like her ability to recognize and address that anxiety is about seven light years beyond what my own coping skills were like as a teen. Your...
Forum: Unschooling   12-04-2016, 05:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 809
Posted By mckittre
It's cold and snowy and sunny and beautiful, and...

It's cold and snowy and sunny and beautiful, and I have a sprained ankle. :( Did a great ski day with half the kids in town yesterday, and was totally fine with the skiing part, planning an actual...
Forum: Unschooling   12-02-2016, 01:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 809
Posted By mckittre
As Miranda pointed out yesterday, it is actually...

As Miranda pointed out yesterday, it is actually December. :) My floor is covered with labeled models of hormones -- he managed to build 6 before he ran out of carbon atoms. And scissors, bits of...
Forum: Unschooling   12-01-2016, 04:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,664
Posted By mckittre
Having been surrounded by chemistry for over two...

Having been surrounded by chemistry for over two years now, I'll say it's often underappreciated. :) I also remember from my own college days I had a rule that I would never take the "100" class of...
Forum: Unschooling   11-27-2016, 12:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,664
Posted By mckittre
Yes, I'd hardly expect to drop him off somewhere...

Yes, I'd hardly expect to drop him off somewhere and say "Hi, my non-reading second-grader would love it if you'd teach him some high school science concepts, but probably won't participate in...
Forum: Unschooling   11-22-2016, 12:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,664
Posted By mckittre
My kids got an opportunity to visit the...

My kids got an opportunity to visit the elementary classroom for a couple hours yesterday afternoon (first time for both of them doing any such thing). When my MIL picked them up the teacher said: ...
Forum: Unschooling   11-21-2016, 06:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,664
Posted By mckittre
Winter is here! 3 days of ice skating on the...

Winter is here! 3 days of ice skating on the lake, and then this morning, enough snow to roll a snowball as tall as me down the driveway (where it toppled into an immovable heap--lucky we don't...
Forum: Unschooling   11-17-2016, 01:52 PM
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Views: 317
Posted By mckittre
Well, my oldest kid is 7, but I was dreaming...

Well, my oldest kid is 7, but I was dreaming about this type of thing just a few minutes ago! My kids learn a ton through YouTube videos. Most recently, my 7yo's interest in chemistry has collided...
Forum: Unschooling   11-15-2016, 03:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,664
Posted By mckittre
Back to the kids... My 5yo has discovered that...

Back to the kids... My 5yo has discovered that she can now read Elephant and Piggie books, and she is thrilled. We borrowed all of them the library has, and she's been grabbing me and my husband...
Forum: Unschooling   11-11-2016, 12:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,664
Posted By mckittre
Sure, it makes sense. Lots and lots of articles...

Sure, it makes sense. Lots and lots of articles have basically tried to explain the same thing, and I get that people are irrational and motivated by fear and hate and sometimes inclined to throw a...
Forum: Unschooling   11-01-2016, 08:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,664
Posted By mckittre
New? Torrential sleet today. November is the...

New? Torrential sleet today. November is the month I find most difficult. Wet, dark, and stormy, with none of the ice and snow that ameliorates the later parts of winter. But the kids are good.
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Forum: Unschooling   10-31-2016, 10:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,062
Posted By mckittre
I doubt my kids have ever heard of a phone booth....

I doubt my kids have ever heard of a phone booth. :) Even though my mother in law remembers when there was a single phone in town.

"booby traps" -- one of my favorite games as a kid was to...
Forum: Unschooling   10-27-2016, 01:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 746
Posted By mckittre
My kids are 7 and 5, and I'll take a stab at your...

My kids are 7 and 5, and I'll take a stab at your questions.

1. I leave the house with the kids most every day, but often not to go anywhere with other people there (we do a lot of hiking). Time...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-18-2016, 02:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By mckittre
Probably. It's incredibly hard not to do this....

Probably. It's incredibly hard not to do this. Especially when they're young, like yours and mine. I'd love it if my children went out in public as perfectly polite ambassadors for unschooling. But...
Forum: Unschooling   10-15-2016, 02:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,062
Posted By mckittre
For sure. But we could do a lot better! There are...

For sure. But we could do a lot better! There are so many missed opportunities to play with numbers. Even just silly things, like a kid saying they're falling down "a million times" and me replying...
Forum: Unschooling   10-13-2016, 12:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,062
Posted By mckittre
I do end up using Google calendar -- primarily...

I do end up using Google calendar -- primarily because I can see my husband's meetings and such there as well as my own stuff, so I don't cross-schedule (important when you have two self-employed...
Forum: Unschooling   10-13-2016, 12:20 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,752
Posted By mckittre
Learning how to do phone interviews with...

Learning how to do phone interviews with scientists, and how to find interesting corners of local science to do these interviews about. I started out in science, and have always loved it, and I work...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-09-2016, 11:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By mckittre
You don't necessarily need structure. But you...

You don't necessarily need structure. But you have to be okay with your kids not being as good at structure, at a young age, as other kids.

My friend who's an environmental educator recently told...
Forum: Unschooling   10-07-2016, 11:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,062
Posted By mckittre
That dorm attack sounds rather shocking. How is...

That dorm attack sounds rather shocking. How is Sophie feeling about it?
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My son was doing the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-04-2016, 11:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,257
Posted By mckittre
Here, I might be able to make a rule like that...

Here, I might be able to make a rule like that "transport yourself" eventually. Families in town certainly can, since everything there is super walkable. We live 3 miles out the road, and while I...
Forum: Unschooling   10-02-2016, 06:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,062
Posted By mckittre
Nazmum -- thanks for the song. I think my son...

Nazmum -- thanks for the song. I think my son wanted more depth out of the info in it, though. It's kind of the place we're at -- most of the stuff designed to be cute and fun is introducing stuff he...
Forum: Unschooling   09-28-2016, 03:33 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,217
Posted By mckittre
Sure, I'll bite (and not just because I'm...

Sure, I'll bite (and not just because I'm procrastinating at something I have to get done today).

Glad Fiona is feeling better. That schedule sounds crazy though (not the long blocks - my school...
Forum: Unschooling   09-21-2016, 05:21 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,217
Posted By mckittre
I don't do 4 hours of work a day (not paid work...

I don't do 4 hours of work a day (not paid work -- if you count paid and household and volunteer work together, then I do). I'm pretty sure I could not concentrate on actual productive writing for...
Forum: Unschooling   09-20-2016, 07:54 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,217
Posted By mckittre
I wonder too, but there is relatively little they...

I wonder too, but there is relatively little they can really do that's actually needed by the family, in our modern society. Sure they help cook a bit, or dig potatoes, and the 7yo now starts the...
Forum: Unschooling   09-20-2016, 12:20 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,217
Posted By mckittre
I suspect that freedom and autonomy are probably...

I suspect that freedom and autonomy are probably very important values to anyone choosing an unschooling path, so of course our kids experience more of it. I suppose they're being indoctrinated to...
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