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Forum: Spirituality   06-03-2012, 12:55 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,423
Posted By chfriend
Responding to the OP about ways to get together...

Responding to the OP about ways to get together with large families: "As I asked on our previous thread, I was wondering if any of you have ideas on how to get together IRL with other Catholic...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-13-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,645
Posted By chfriend
My 11 year old is trying to master grammar...

My 11 year old is trying to master grammar conventions. The videos on BrainPop look like they might be pretty good on the subject, but I'd like to give it a trial before handing over $100 for a...
Forum: North and South Carolina and Tennessee   05-08-2012, 07:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 214
Posted By chfriend
Errff. Here's the...

Errff. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8YrEMPkIA8
Forum: North and South Carolina and Tennessee   05-08-2012, 03:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 214
Posted By chfriend
TODAY is Election Day! Polls are open from 6:30...

TODAY is Election Day! Polls are open from 6:30 am - 7:30 pm. Whether you are a registered Democrat, Republican or Independent you can vote on the constitutional amendment. 

You can click here to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-26-2012, 07:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By chfriend
I'm teaching homeschool civics classes these...

I'm teaching homeschool civics classes these days. The classes have been mostly middle school aged kids. I have a request to teach a high school class next Fall.
 
My older one isn't high school...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-24-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By chfriend
That looks a little bit lower level than I...

That looks a little bit lower level than I need....I really appreciate your suggestion.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-22-2012, 07:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By chfriend
I'll be including the 7 year old in our...

I'll be including the 7 year old in our activities, too, but something in the middle school-ish area would be best. 
 
I'm hoping for intro to plant classification, reproduction, cellular...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   04-19-2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,167
Posted By chfriend
I started college at 17 and lived in the dorm. I...

I started college at 17 and lived in the dorm. I wonder if it's time to re-think how you are approaching your near-adult child.
 
Congrats to her on the baby and to you on your impending...
Forum: Unschooling   12-26-2011, 09:52 AM
Replies: 316
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Views: 10,490
Posted By chfriend
Only have a second....OP....I was thinking this...

Only have a second....OP....I was thinking this article might encourage your ds. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/creative-synthesis/201112/be-your-best-suck-you-must
Forum: Unschooling   12-26-2011, 07:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By chfriend
She might like the alphabetti books at...

She might like the alphabetti books at progressivephonics.com.They're free.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-20-2011, 09:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 321
Posted By chfriend
Have you thought about switching to curriculum...

Have you thought about switching to curriculum that's less teacher intensive if you want to keep walking the structured school path?
 
Teaching Textbooks or Life of Fred for math?
 
A literature...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-20-2011, 08:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,300
Posted By chfriend
The Out of Sync Child Has Fun has a ton of great...

The Out of Sync Child Has Fun has a ton of great oral activities that might meet your son's needs for oral stimulation without the concerns about dental development. They are also pretty fun.
 ...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2011, 07:04 AM
Replies: 316
  Regrets
Views: 10,490
Posted By chfriend
Our own struggles around this led to a bit of a...

Our own struggles around this led to a bit of a course correction a couple of years ago (mine are 11 and 7). My kids have tremendous freedom to learn or not learn as they wish, but experience with...
Forum: Unschooling   11-29-2011, 06:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 867
Posted By chfriend
I get the grandparent interference irritation,...

I get the grandparent interference irritation, but motivations vary a lot for kids learning things. I've got one that learns a lot from quiet competition with her friends. 
 
If she doesn't know...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-28-2011, 09:15 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,374
Posted By chfriend
I'm not on the swap but when we did this, we got...

I'm not on the swap but when we did this, we got them from our local "Visitor's Center" aka the Chamber of Commerce. Your state tourist office can probably send you a batch as well.
Forum: Unschooling   11-28-2011, 09:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 867
Posted By chfriend
I have an 11 year that asked for help around...

I have an 11 year that asked for help around that age and still struggled to learn to read. I have a 7 year old that wanted to be read to until we were hoarse who reads pretty well and loves Explode...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   11-06-2011, 05:36 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,398
Posted By chfriend
In my not vast experience with these terms:   ...

In my not vast experience with these terms:
 
Helicopter parent = I don't want your kid to hit my kid.
 
Special snowflake = kid who doesn't want to be hit by your kid
 
Person who uses...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-29-2011, 07:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 936
Posted By chfriend
The article reads like a right wing screed to...

The article reads like a right wing screed to me. My kids have always been homeschooled, most often looking like some variation on the unschooling theme, with pretty academically inclined children....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-29-2011, 06:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 385
Posted By chfriend
I teach homeschool civics in the US, mostly...

I teach homeschool civics in the US, mostly using icivics.org. Here are some resources that might be helpful.
 
It's an American site, but this section is helpful in learning about the foundations...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-24-2011, 07:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,926
Posted By chfriend
A friend of ours decorates with balloons and the...

A friend of ours decorates with balloons and the kids take one home.
 
My dd went to a party last week where they made a diorama and took it home.
 
I don't think goodie bags are required, nor...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-19-2011, 08:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 192
Posted By chfriend
This is why I work that we are a two mom family...

This is why I work that we are a two mom family into conversations early with homeschool mamas and papas that I just meet....figure best to politely part ways at the beginning...plus it saves my kid...
Forum: Spirituality   09-18-2011, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 288
Posted By chfriend
Arduinna, you and yours are in my prayers during...

Arduinna, you and yours are in my prayers during this illness.
Forum: Spirituality   09-18-2011, 09:33 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,746
Posted By chfriend
Trigger, that's so much to have happen all at...

Trigger, that's so much to have happen all at once. Dp and I will hold you and yours in prayer. Praying the Fr. David's next appointment will bring the Holy Spirit to new places where light and...
Forum: Spirituality   09-04-2011, 12:11 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,746
Posted By chfriend
That's hilarious...I just came back to this...

That's hilarious...I just came back to this thread to post and saw that I said "ministry fairy"....That's ministry *fair*....no fairies were sighted!
 
My kid got the first sample of Magnifikid in...
Forum: Unschooling   08-28-2011, 08:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 862
Posted By chfriend
I'm still arround, but we've shifted our life...

I'm still arround, but we've shifted our life around a lot in the past year. I quit my job and we opened a store that sells new and consigned educational materials (brick and mortar) and hosts...
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