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Forum: Unschooling   09-14-2017, 09:37 PM
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In high school, I did manage to take extra...

In high school, I did manage to take extra science classes (my school had a good variety) to fill some "elective" time, but then was stuck in the same rather uninspiring 'occupational education',...
Forum: Unschooling   09-14-2017, 11:21 AM
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Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- I wasn't an unschooler, and I didn't...

Miranda -- I wasn't an unschooler, and I didn't find high school electives particularly tempting back in my day either. I think a lot of kids have figured out how to pursue their passions outside of...
Forum: Unschooling   09-09-2017, 12:55 PM
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Posted By mckittre
My kids are about to get the first required...

My kids are about to get the first required school experience in their lives next month. We'll be in Arequipa, Peru, all doing Spanish immersion language school for 4 weeks. My two kids will be...
Forum: Learning at School   09-02-2017, 05:47 PM
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Posted By mckittre
I don't know. I worry about perpetuating this in...

I don't know. I worry about perpetuating this in my own small family. My boy is 2 years older than my girl. Therefore he's better at a lot of things simply by virtue of age. He's also focused, has a...
Forum: Unschooling   08-30-2017, 12:57 PM
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Views: 2,565
Posted By mckittre
Yay! Congratulations to him!

Yay! Congratulations to him!
Forum: Unschooling   08-28-2017, 12:09 PM
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Posted By mckittre
Life skills: I think kids in my very rural area...

Life skills: I think kids in my very rural area are often quite competent little people -- some of my friends kids are much more impressive than mine. I know lots of 5-8 yr olds that can cook, fish,...
Forum: Unschooling   08-24-2017, 09:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,565
Posted By mckittre
I'm back! Just spent three weeks building...

I'm back!

Just spent three weeks building trail out in the wilderness. Rugged mountains, crazy pouring rainstorms, more than 30 volunteers in and out across that time. I spent much of my time...
Forum: Unschooling   08-02-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 37
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Posted By mckittre
Wilderness! I feel like I've done nothing but...

Wilderness! I feel like I've done nothing but unpack and re-pack backpacking gear all summer. And have lots of guests. Great stuff, but all a little hectic, especially the lots of people part. We're...
Forum: Unschooling   07-17-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,181
Posted By mckittre
I have never owned a car, but might in a year or...

I have never owned a car, but might in a year or two. Grew up in Seattle, resisted getting my license. Finally did in college, but hated driving (Seattle is an awful place to drive). Biked/bussed all...
Forum: Unschooling   07-09-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,181
Posted By mckittre
My son won a little online kids' chess tournament...

My son won a little online kids' chess tournament yesterday (part of an online homeschool chess club), which he was quite excited about. He has a very focused personality, so when he decides to learn...
Forum: Unschooling   07-02-2017, 02:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,181
Posted By mckittre
Summer is kind of rainy and cold so far this...

Summer is kind of rainy and cold so far this year, but hoping for a nicer day for the 4th of July. The kids always decorate their bikes and bike in the parade, and they're excited. This is the first...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-30-2017, 04:05 PM
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Views: 872
Posted By mckittre
I have a kid that same age who's probably never...

I have a kid that same age who's probably never written more than a sentence on his own (has dictated some). Today he struggled through writing about 18 words in his nature journal on a hike (not...
Forum: Unschooling   06-26-2017, 11:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,839
Posted By mckittre
Emotionally complex, always. By the...

Emotionally complex, always.

By the definitions you two use, neither of my kids have learned to read, though the 6 yo is getting close. And functionally, it seems appropriate. They do need help...
Forum: Unschooling   06-23-2017, 12:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,839
Posted By mckittre
OK, so I've always wondered: What on earth do...

OK, so I've always wondered: What on earth do people mean when they give an age at which their kid "learned to read"? It implies a linear benchmark or transition that I am unaware of. Does it mean...
Forum: Unschooling   06-22-2017, 10:44 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,839
Posted By mckittre
Hi rightkindofme. I don't have any answers for...

Hi rightkindofme. I don't have any answers for you, but my kids are a similar age (6.5 and 8.5), and maybe in a similar not really quite independent stage. Neither is a good reader. My 6.5 yo is...
Forum: Unschooling   06-05-2017, 06:52 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,313
Posted By mckittre
We have the exact same tradition here! Must be a...

We have the exact same tradition here! Must be a small town thing. However, I'm terrible at sewing, so usually leave our family's contribution to my husband or sister-in-law

My new learning:...
Forum: Unschooling   06-02-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,839
Posted By mckittre
I think it's because the biggest expression on a...

I think it's because the biggest expression on a typical day at my house might be "kids spent a bunch of time watching YouTube videos." The depth is visible later, in conversations and drawings and...
Forum: Unschooling   06-01-2017, 11:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,839
Posted By mckittre
June 2017 Unschooling Thread

I guess I'll get us started this month.

And I wanted to continue this discussion, so I'm pasting in Miranda's comment here (can't figure out how to quote between threads).

"And yet is it just...
Forum: Unschooling   05-29-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,656
Posted By mckittre
I won a kayak yesterday! Our town has an annual...

I won a kayak yesterday! Our town has an annual human-powered fishing derby, which we always have fun doing, even though none of us is much good at fishing. This time, though, I ended up catching a...
Forum: Unschooling   05-24-2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,656
Posted By mckittre
My computer was in the shop. Now back, hopefully...

My computer was in the shop. Now back, hopefully fixed up for a few more years.

It's all green and full of bird song here. Summer people have returned, including several good friends, and my...
Forum: Unschooling   05-14-2017, 10:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,656
Posted By mckittre
Outdoor activities have been our best ways to...

Outdoor activities have been our best ways to join up with other kids. In the summer, the weekly hike program draws a good number of kids.

The school year is harder. Even on the weekends, it's...
Forum: Unschooling   05-06-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,656
Posted By mckittre
In a home-grown informal sense. I have helped...

In a home-grown informal sense. I have helped organize and co-led preschool once a week hikes, once a week skiing, science hikes, multi-night ski camp, backpacking trips, low tiding, etc... On top of...
Forum: Unschooling   05-03-2017, 01:40 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,656
Posted By mckittre
Friends with teachers. Why not? It's pretty...

Friends with teachers. Why not? It's pretty limiting to focus on same-aged people.

I know spring is here when we get big low tides. Spent 4 mornings last week poking around on the beach, looking...
Forum: Unschooling   04-30-2017, 01:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,763
Posted By mckittre
And I haven't yet gotten around to actually doing...

And I haven't yet gotten around to actually doing it! What program did you use?
Forum: Unschooling   04-29-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,763
Posted By mckittre
I've been wondering whether to try to set up some...

I've been wondering whether to try to set up some sort of speech to text and vice versa thing on my son's computer. Whether he's dyslexic or not, really, it might help him branch out beyond You Tube...
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