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Forum: The Childhood Years   Today, 08:54 AM
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Posted By moominmamma
I've been thinking about this since I posted...

I've been thinking about this since I posted above and I want to temper my earlier suggestion. I think I was overly persuaded by your statement that you felt piano really wasn't her 'thing,' that she...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 08:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By moominmamma
Yeah, in the past my dh has usually worked the...

Yeah, in the past my dh has usually worked the week of Christmas (getting the week before or after off), so we have had to be very flexible in terms of when we actually have our celebratory day. When...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 08:02 AM
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Posted By moominmamma
Yeah, unfortunately a remote-ish rural village of...

Yeah, unfortunately a remote-ish rural village of 600 doesn't have much to offer, and because dh is bound by a 10-minute response time for the health care facility we can't go anywhere. No...
Forum: Unschooling   10-18-2017, 08:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By moominmamma
We've been flexible with holidays before,...

We've been flexible with holidays before, celebrating early or late, making do without one or the other of the kids, celebrating on the road, taking a minimalist approach, celebrating Festivus...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-18-2017, 04:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By moominmamma
(I say Christmas not only for your daughter's...

(I say Christmas not only for your daughter's sake but for the teacher's sake: I know that being a music teacher tends to generate relatively low-paying and unstable income. I would talk to the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-18-2017, 02:39 PM
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Views: 201
Posted By moominmamma
You could explain to her that since lessons cost...

You could explain to her that since lessons cost money and take up the time and energy of a teacher, practicing [i.e. doing the work of learning from the lessons] is necessary; however it is making...
Forum: Unschooling   10-17-2017, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By moominmamma
Nazsmum: Finishing reading all the Harry Potters...

Nazsmum: Finishing reading all the Harry Potters for the first time is a big family milestone! Are you going to (or have you already) watched the movies?

Cassandra, wondering how the new business...
Forum: Unschooling   10-15-2017, 10:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By moominmamma
No, I never expected them to have goals. But I...

No, I never expected them to have goals. But I found around age 11-13 they seemed to develop goals, often secretly-held ones, goals that they didn't necessarily know how to attain. And that not...
Forum: Unschooling   10-15-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By moominmamma
Just guessing here, but perhaps the choice was...

Just guessing here, but perhaps the choice was along the lines of "what are you going to do for PE, science and math?" Choice from a menu rather than the choice to cook for yourself, or maybe even to...
Forum: Unschooling   10-15-2017, 12:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By moominmamma
Normally I would be one to tout a long period of...

Normally I would be one to tout a long period of hands-off deschooling, and the practice of giving a kid in early adolescence the freedom to 'cocoon' for a year or so during this crazy-making...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   10-15-2017, 10:01 AM
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Views: 793
Posted By moominmamma
It's primarily a homeschool curriculum. My kids...

It's primarily a homeschool curriculum. My kids could pretty much self-teach with occasional hints from me, especially by age 10. But if you are not comfortable with your own understanding of basic...
Forum: Life With a Baby   10-13-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 886
Posted By moominmamma
The eyelashes :D

The eyelashes :D
Forum: Unschooling   10-04-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By moominmamma
Ruminating about how our family culture and...

Ruminating about how our family culture and Fiona's position in the family have contributed to her learning preferences and her motivation, now that she's in school.

In our family she was always...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-28-2017, 08:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 495
Posted By moominmamma
Totally normal. Miranda

Totally normal.

Miranda
Forum: Unschooling   09-25-2017, 10:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,850
Posted By moominmamma
So, a few adjustments at school are helping...

So, a few adjustments at school are helping Fiona. She's being given extra math work since she's excelling and running out of things to do in class (and ... no homework). Her friends suggested the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   09-23-2017, 03:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,660
Posted By moominmamma
Lol, this post is from 2008. The kid in question...

Lol, this post is from 2008. The kid in question is almost a teenager now.

Also, spam.

Miranda
Forum: Unschooling   09-23-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,850
Posted By moominmamma
I'm not much of a fan of the concept of...

I'm not much of a fan of the concept of giftedness but I really liked point # 4, which sort of gets at why I don't like the concept of giftedness :D :



Exactly, right?! Every kid has their own...
Forum: Unschooling   09-21-2017, 09:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,850
Posted By moominmamma
divani, nice of you to pop in! Harry Potter...

divani, nice of you to pop in!

Harry Potter #2 (http://www.mothering.com/forum/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) was the second novel Erin read on her own. It was only available in...
Forum: Unschooling   09-20-2017, 09:46 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,314
Posted By moominmamma
Time for my own little update. I hired a guy to...

Time for my own little update. I hired a guy to build the structure of a fence, and then put in a hazelwood wattle weave of my own for the top, and stained the whole thing. Pretty pleased with how it...
Forum: Unschooling   09-19-2017, 09:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,850
Posted By moominmamma
Watershed moment... This weekend I...

Watershed moment...

This weekend I liquidated our massive collection of children's fiction. I gave 100 novels to the school library. Then I scanned 280 (i.e. most) of the remainder onto an online...
Forum: Homeschooling   09-16-2017, 02:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By moominmamma
It makes a lot of difference what age and level...

It makes a lot of difference what age and level we're talking about, and what learning style / approach seems to work well. My kid is using Khan Academy (free) and finds it really robust, but she's...
Forum: Unschooling   09-14-2017, 03:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,850
Posted By moominmamma
I hope his Spanish language school will give him...

I hope his Spanish language school will give him some reading instruction too. I think it might improve his decoding because (a) it's entirely phonetic and (b) his understanding might be slow enough...
Forum: Unschooling   09-13-2017, 02:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,850
Posted By moominmamma
Thankfully Fiona has fulfilled all the diploma...

Thankfully Fiona has fulfilled all the diploma elective credit requirements already. It would just be nice if she found some of the electives enticing enough to fill some time.

I guess I was just...
Forum: Unschooling   09-13-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,850
Posted By moominmamma
SweetSilver, would love an update on how school...

SweetSilver, would love an update on how school is going for your girls! <-- wrote this while you were submitting the above post... thanks!!

Fiona is back to home-based learning part-time. She's...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-11-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By moominmamma
I don't think you'll get particularly helpful...

I don't think you'll get particularly helpful suggestions from random strangers who only know your daughter's age.

However here are some things to consider:

Does she prefer realistic or...
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