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Forum: Unschooling   12-20-2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 69
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Posted By mckittre
Or, for better or worse, what if driving isn't...

Or, for better or worse, what if driving isn't possible? Which hampers the schooled and non-schooled kids alike. The basketball and volleyball teams get boat trips out of town for games, but no sort...
Forum: Unschooling   12-20-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
I know a couple parents that are interested in...

I know a couple parents that are interested in homeschooling, but hesitant about the socialization aspect. Both have only children who love being around other kids. These are little girls that love...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
My 5yo got to go do/watch some experiments in the...

My 5yo got to go do/watch some experiments in the high school chemistry class today (all but 1 student out for a basketball game, last day of the semester, so the teacher had offered to set up a...
Forum: Unschooling   12-15-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
Well, I think my son has a decent balance right...

Well, I think my son has a decent balance right now. He's an eager participant in hikes, outings, outside play, games with his sister, and does switch off the computer on his own to do something else...
Forum: Unschooling   12-14-2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
I wish my kid asked stuff like that. It would...

I wish my kid asked stuff like that. It would probably go over better than chemistry lectures. People's eyes glaze over when he talks, and I don't think anyone but me and my husband ever understand...
Forum: Unschooling   12-13-2014, 06:14 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
Deborah -- congratulations to your son. Did he...

Deborah -- congratulations to your son. Did he want to go to high school? I understand a lot of homeschoolers want to at that age, which does seem odd to me. I would have leapt for joy at the chance...
Forum: Unschooling   12-13-2014, 12:54 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
Deborah -- what's an end-of-semester review? ...

Deborah -- what's an end-of-semester review?



A couple years ago he was at preschool where they did some eye test with a funny machine that didn't require the kids to look at charts? Wonder...
Forum: Unschooling   12-11-2014, 10:45 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
I'm certainly happy to hear about fancy things...

I'm certainly happy to hear about fancy things and simple things and everything in between. Hearing about accomplishments and interests so far from my own experience (like all the music) is always...
Forum: Unschooling   12-11-2014, 01:22 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,050
Posted By mckittre
Sounds like you've managed to actually get...

Sounds like you've managed to actually get through to them, which is wonderful. The other parents are lucky to have you there to influence the program!

I just got a message from our program asking...
Forum: Unschooling   12-11-2014, 01:16 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
I'm 35, and school was the only place I've ever...

I'm 35, and school was the only place I've ever had to "get used to a schedule." Not entirely true, of course, but all my post-school employment has been in science (where you can mostly choose your...
Forum: Unschooling   12-04-2014, 12:09 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
So funny how different everyone's building blocks...

So funny how different everyone's building blocks of the world are. I was just today reading him a book that compared the periods of the periodic table to groups of instruments in an orchestra. He...
Forum: Unschooling   12-03-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 724
Posted By mckittre
Still waiting for snow! Only plus side is that I...

Still waiting for snow! Only plus side is that I have a little more time to gather money and get ski gear together. I learned backcountry skiing last year on borrowed gear, so it's time to shell out...
Forum: Unschooling   12-01-2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,050
Posted By mckittre
I looked at your survey. I think it's a good...

I looked at your survey. I think it's a good idea, but that there are some potential roles of a teacher that aren't covered here.

My minimal hope is that teacher can check off paperwork boxes and...
Forum: Unschooling   12-01-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,050
Posted By mckittre
I'm doing this sort of thing for the first time...

I'm doing this sort of thing for the first time with a kindergartener too. In our case, the teacher made the plan, more or less by printing out the state standards and writing that we'd do...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-29-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 243
Posted By mckittre
Or you'll have fun playing with reading with him...

Or you'll have fun playing with reading with him now, and he won't even turn out to be an early reader. I have a kid who could sound out simple words almost as soon as he turned 3. Nearly 3 years...
Forum: Unschooling   11-25-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,050
Posted By mckittre
Sounds a bit worrisome. How could she possibly...

Sounds a bit worrisome. How could she possibly really evaluate a student after meeting them once and flipping through a workbook? It would be a hopelessly arbitrary evaluation anyway--if that really...
Forum: Unschooling   11-24-2014, 10:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,050
Posted By mckittre
Curious how this goes. We have a program like...

Curious how this goes. We have a program like this where I live too, but i just signed up last month, so I don't know much about how the details work yet. Apparently I have to grade him myself,...
Forum: Unschooling   11-17-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,127
Posted By mckittre
Welcome EvansMomma! Oh, I was confusing....

Welcome EvansMomma!


Oh, I was confusing. I didn't mean two years on one thing--just that this series of passionate all-consuming obsessions started around two years ago. Each one has been...
Forum: Unschooling   11-16-2014, 12:26 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,127
Posted By mckittre
There was lice in the elementary school here...

There was lice in the elementary school here recently, but we managed to miss it, I think. (crossing fingers)

Our snow is gone again, which is sad, but at least it's been warm. My almost 4yo has...
Forum: Unschooling   11-09-2014, 12:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 315
Posted By mckittre
My 5yo was just complaining that he couldn't...

My 5yo was just complaining that he couldn't write a lower-case "a" at all the other day. I figure when he's actually interested in writing words (rather than just occasional numbers and chemical...
Forum: Unschooling   11-09-2014, 12:44 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,127
Posted By mckittre
Mazamet--my son got those questions from his...

Mazamet--my son got those questions from his great grandma when she was visiting. He was totally confused too.

SweetSilver--just reading about lice makes me squirm. I remember getting them in...
Forum: Unschooling   11-06-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,127
Posted By mckittre
My 5yo has gotten very excited about cooking on...

My 5yo has gotten very excited about cooking on his own at dinner lately. At first he tried a few different things. Now, every time, he makes a fritatta with eggs, kale, grated carrot, sun dried...
Forum: Unschooling   11-03-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,115
Posted By mckittre
SweetSilver--Thanks! He knew about cesium...

SweetSilver--Thanks! He knew about cesium clocks, but the strontium clock was new to him. Cosmic stuff indeed.
Forum: Unschooling   11-01-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,127
Posted By mckittre
Here, we're sitting in several inches of fresh...

Here, we're sitting in several inches of fresh snow (which appeared last night right at trick-or-treating time, to lend credence to the folk wisdom that the snow always shows up at Halloween). The...
Forum: Unschooling   10-30-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,115
Posted By mckittre
My two fit your categories nicely. Engineer:...

My two fit your categories nicely.

Engineer: Last night before bed, my son was testing out paper airplane designs and whether the front or the back end should be heaviest to get the better lift....
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