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Forum: The Childhood Years   Yesterday, 07:20 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
I don't see fights as a necessary part of this. I...

I don't see fights as a necessary part of this. I see a three-year-old doing what's normal for her age and asserting her will, changing her mind, being stubborn, getting attached to unrealistic...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 02:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 429
Posted By moominmamma
Tough. :scratch Well, what I would do if I...

Tough. :scratch

Well, what I would do if I took the time to consider the issue, which I confess I often don't do in real life, is wait until you see a little spark of something good and pounce on...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 12:24 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
I actually side with my kids and your sister more...

I actually side with my kids and your sister more on this one. Obviously living in rural Texas you are likely going to be experiencing this transition at a different rate than someone living in...
Forum: Unschooling   08-24-2016, 04:42 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
I've been thinking about this. Maybe if you've...

I've been thinking about this. Maybe if you've just had him read aloud from a page, you could make a [mental] note of how many errors or stumbles he had, and later take a photo of the page and file...
Forum: Unschooling   08-24-2016, 03:23 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Also, in a related vein, my 17yo recently passed...

Also, in a related vein, my 17yo recently passed her motor vehicle road test. I've had a heck of a time getting my older kids interested in driving, as I may have mentioned before. The Graduated...
Forum: Unschooling   08-24-2016, 01:58 PM
Replies: 54
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Posted By moominmamma
I should say that the issue only came to the fore...

I should say that the issue only came to the fore after ds had begun to quietly doubt his abilities (due to comparing himself with his sister), and after I had offered a few ways of actively helping...
Forum: Unschooling   08-24-2016, 11:40 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,469
Posted By moominmamma
mckittre, I struggled with this "how hard to push...

mckittre, I struggled with this "how hard to push a kid who wants to have learned but doesn't like the learning" issue with my ds and math at one point. He was a bit older than your ds (almost 10 at...
Forum: Unschooling   08-23-2016, 02:02 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Yeah, but it's hard when you have a kid needing...

Yeah, but it's hard when you have a kid needing to be taught, wanting the mastery, but still resisting the teaching. What is an unschooling mom to do?
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Forum: Unschooling   08-22-2016, 09:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,469
Posted By moominmamma
Just back from a trip to Ontario with Fiona and...

Just back from a trip to Ontario with Fiona and dh. Rented a sprawling cottage with my extended family for a week, then spent a day and a half with dh's extended family. The cottage was great. Fiona...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-17-2016, 03:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 773
Posted By moominmamma
And let me guess, you're not affiliated in the...

And let me guess, you're not affiliated in the slightest.

Miranda
Forum: Unschooling   08-10-2016, 05:56 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,137
Posted By moominmamma
I'm learning to socialize -- just socialize --...

I'm learning to socialize -- just socialize -- with friends. I honestly haven't done this in a meaningful way since having kids. An acquaintance from last year's music camp had become a friend on...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-08-2016, 04:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 272
Posted By moominmamma
Are these age percentile rank scores? If so,...

Are these age percentile rank scores? If so, corresponding stanine scores would be V: 7, Q: 9 and NV: 6. What is the "T" referring to? I would assume that's the composite, meaning she's at the 91st...
Forum: Unschooling   08-03-2016, 09:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,469
Posted By moominmamma
It seems so weird to me as a Canadian (where...

It seems so weird to me as a Canadian (where school never starts until after Labour Day, and activities usually wait a week or two after that to gear up) for you to be starting up fall activities...
Forum: Unschooling   08-02-2016, 10:03 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,469
Posted By moominmamma
Wow, SweetSilver, amazing math mark! Congrats! ...

Wow, SweetSilver, amazing math mark! Congrats!

I am in the thick of music school week, we should be a heady rush of 16-hour days of administrating/music-making/socializing, but with so many balls...
Forum: Unschooling   07-29-2016, 09:19 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,082
Posted By moominmamma
Five miles amazes me too! I've spent a couple of...

Five miles amazes me too! I've spent a couple of weeks on a single 20-foot-long section (trying to carve a looping switchback into a steep bank of clay and cedar roots).

Your comment that maybe...
Forum: Unschooling   07-27-2016, 04:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By moominmamma
That's a very good point! We parents arrive at...

That's a very good point! We parents arrive at unschooling with a lot of schoolish baggage that unschooled kids don't carry if we can avoid passing it on. The assumption that kids will believe math...
Forum: Unschooling   07-27-2016, 09:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 429
Posted By moominmamma
Could you go back to your boys (your 8yo...

Could you go back to your boys (your 8yo primarily, of course) and ask for ideas on compromises between screen-free and slipping back 100% into the old habits?

I have explained to my kids that...
Forum: Unschooling   07-25-2016, 07:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By moominmamma
That's a great list, Judy! We did a ton of that...

That's a great list, Judy! We did a ton of that sort of thing, although I confess my kids enjoyed occasionally using math workbooks as well. Like, actually enjoyed them, in the way one might enjoy...
Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2016, 07:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,082
Posted By moominmamma
Stormborn ... wow, so much stress all at once!...

Stormborn ... wow, so much stress all at once! Shell-shocked, I don't doubt it. Hope things settle down. Wishing you calm.

Healthy mama, I'm really impressed that your dh built a canoe! That is...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-14-2016, 07:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,942
Posted By moominmamma
There's a big difference between not carrying...

There's a big difference between not carrying around a label and being considered average. From what you've written it sounds like you're equating the two. I'm not all that big a fan of labelling...
Forum: Unschooling   07-14-2016, 11:19 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,082
Posted By moominmamma
Fiona got hired last-minute this week as an...

Fiona got hired last-minute this week as an assistant dance instructor. The local day-camp dance program ended up over-enrolled, and the instructor needed help. She's really enjoying working with the...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-13-2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,942
Posted By moominmamma
Yes, me too. Being average is great because it...

Yes, me too. Being average is great because it means you fit in well in a wide variety of mainstream educational settings. Being considered average when you're not and your needs are therefore not...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-13-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 794
Posted By moominmamma
Me too! My kids have always been full of...

Me too! My kids have always been full of contradictions, and this peri-adulthood thing is just another category of contradictions. Welcome to the funhouse! Yes, it's freaky and mind-bending, but...
Forum: Unschooling   07-12-2016, 11:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,082
Posted By moominmamma
Yes, I agree about just building it. Learning is...

Yes, I agree about just building it. Learning is organic. It comes from the environment and the attitudes and models within that environment more than from specific activities. If you end up with a...
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2016, 01:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,082
Posted By moominmamma
I think there's hubris in assuming that just...

I think there's hubris in assuming that just because you are part of an affluent western society, you can meet the needs of anyone less fortunate from anywhere. Refugees are human beings with needs...
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