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Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 03:41 PM
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Summer is a dramatic transformation here, but...

Summer is a dramatic transformation here, but only in part because of the school calendar. Everyone in the entire state of Alaska is running around like a maniac. Fishing! Gardening! Boat trips!...
Forum: Unschooling   06-26-2015, 11:43 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,777
Posted By mckittre
SweetSilver--I hope things do start working out...

SweetSilver--I hope things do start working out better for you. That sounds hard. But taking care of yourself can only be good for the kids. I hope your older finds some peace as well.

Of my two,...
Forum: Unschooling   06-24-2015, 10:04 PM
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I studied aikido for a long time myself,...

I studied aikido for a long time myself, actually. (funny coincidence that 3 of us have experience with that rather obscure art). It's the only thing I really miss about big city life. And while I'd...
Forum: Unschooling   06-23-2015, 11:01 PM
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Posted By mckittre
Deborah -- congratulations to your youngest. ...

Deborah -- congratulations to your youngest.

Nazmum -- camp learning about bugs sounds fun.

What do you guys feel about the very commonly held idea that you should send kids off to some kind of...
Forum: Unschooling   06-21-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,777
Posted By mckittre
Thinking carefully about that sort of...

Thinking carefully about that sort of communication, how different answers to the same question affect the thread and tone of a conversation, is a hugely valuable lesson, if not the best...
Forum: Unschooling   06-20-2015, 01:15 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,777
Posted By mckittre
That's a good way to express it, Miranda. I ended...

That's a good way to express it, Miranda. I ended up just saying something vague like "they get interested in lots of things" but I wanted a better way to think about it. Especially since after I had...
Forum: Unschooling   06-18-2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,777
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- sounds crazy. Hope Fiona heals up OK ...

Miranda -- sounds crazy. Hope Fiona heals up OK

Heat wave here (by which I mean got to 75F once). But with incredibly long days filled with direct sun, feels much hotter. Went swimming in the...
Forum: Unschooling   06-09-2015, 12:47 PM
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Views: 1,777
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- Taxes, paperwork, etc... Ugh. Does...

Miranda -- Taxes, paperwork, etc... Ugh. Does not sound like the fun kind of busy, but hopefully having the whole family there is fun.

A day in the life: OK. Flipped my journal to a random date...
Forum: Unschooling   06-06-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,777
Posted By mckittre
Poetry fans -- what are your favorites for kids?...

Poetry fans -- what are your favorites for kids? (ages 6 and 4) Our new "poetry time" in the tent was a big hit on this last expedition, and both kids greatly enjoyed hearing, memorizing, and...
Forum: Unschooling   06-05-2015, 12:46 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,777
Posted By mckittre
We're finally back in civilization (though our...

We're finally back in civilization (though our little village at the edge of the wilderness only half counts) after 2.5 months away from home, most of it in the arctic and near arctic wilderness,...
Forum: Unschooling   05-10-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 569
Posted By mckittre
I guess there are three sorts of strewing I can...

I guess there are three sorts of strewing I can think of.

One, that I think everyone does, is filling your lives and houses with things important to the parents. We 'strew' skis and sea ice,...
Forum: Unschooling   05-09-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,041
Posted By mckittre
An update from the traveling family here -- the...

An update from the traveling family here -- the unschoolers camping out in a school in Shishmaref Alaska, where it's distinctively not very much like spring yet. Nearly infinite daylight, but nearly...
Forum: Unschooling   04-10-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,216
Posted By mckittre
I haven't had much have any free computer time in...

I haven't had much have any free computer time in the last month or so, but on a civilization stopover in the midst of a wilderness expedition. So here is our very strange day:

Camped out in the...
Forum: Unschooling   03-12-2015, 12:24 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,648
Posted By mckittre
Anna -- I get it that school can be even a worse...

Anna -- I get it that school can be even a worse place for kids outside the norms. But I feel for those parents too. I have a neighbor who has an autistic kid -- a teenager now. And he's difficult...
Forum: Unschooling   03-08-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,208
Posted By mckittre
My kids are little, and I've never needed to use...

My kids are little, and I've never needed to use the term "unschooling" with anyone other than my husband. When curious parents say things like "Do you ever have trouble getting them to do what you...
Forum: Unschooling   03-05-2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,648
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- I hope you get the good DL person back...

Miranda -- I hope you get the good DL person back next year -- that sounds frustrating!



I suppose an unschooled kid probably would be harder to stick into "extracurriculars" for that reason...
Forum: Unschooling   03-03-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 287
Posted By mckittre
Deborah -- When my son was 4, he was a...

Deborah -- When my son was 4, he was a prehistoric creature nut, and would lecture people on all the geologic ages and which creatures evolved in each one. Got a lot of stares for that too. No...
Forum: Unschooling   03-02-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 287
Posted By mckittre
My husband who is slightly dyslexic talks about...

My husband who is slightly dyslexic talks about having all the letters but not in the right order, and his sister about how she has trouble knowing which vowel to put in a word, and that they all...
Forum: Unschooling   02-27-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 287
Posted By mckittre
Thanks everyone who's added their story. It's...

Thanks everyone who's added their story. It's very interesting to read all the different strategies kids take. It seems like reading, more so than other things, can be a "sudden leap forward" thing...
Forum: Unschooling   02-25-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 287
Posted By mckittre
Stories of learning to read

I'm curious about how it happens. Not the age, so much, but the actual process. Did they ask to be taught? Figure it out somehow? How? I learned to read too young to remember it, and when I look at...
Forum: Unschooling   02-24-2015, 11:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 219
Posted By mckittre
How about educational games and puzzles? This...

How about educational games and puzzles? This company Smart Games has tons of geometric logic-type single player puzzles: http://www.smartgames.eu/us/smartgames Or maybe tanagrams. There are also...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-23-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 353
Posted By mckittre
It seems like there are two separate things here....

It seems like there are two separate things here. Their different interests/learning styles, and your time. Your time and feelings of being overwhelmed and alone seem like those are perhaps the...
Forum: Unschooling   02-21-2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 889
Posted By mckittre
What clothing/gear/ski setup and other logistics...

What clothing/gear/ski setup and other logistics will get the four of us happily traveling hundreds of miles in the Arctic? (the main grownup project of the moment, in my house)

Otherwise, mostly...
Forum: Unschooling   02-20-2015, 12:03 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 955
Posted By mckittre
rightkindofme -- uck! hope you feel better soon....

rightkindofme -- uck! hope you feel better soon. How far did she go?

featherstory -- i have the worst time getting my kids ready too. Truthfully, I'm just sort of mean and uncompromsing about it. ...
Forum: Unschooling   02-15-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 637
Posted By mckittre
I felt proud of myself for my son's 6th birthday...

I felt proud of myself for my son's 6th birthday yesterday. He wanted to have a "chemistry party" and initially thought all the kids would build with his molecule kit. I thought that that could...
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