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Forum: Unschooling   11-08-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 293
Posted By Daffodil
I'm not an unschooler, but we're really...

I'm not an unschooler, but we're really unstructured, so I don't at all identify with the "school at home" mentality. But I do think there's something to be said for teaching kids efficient ways of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-04-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 626
Posted By Daffodil
I thought of another thing I really want my kids...

I thought of another thing I really want my kids - and all kids - to learn. It might actually be more important than anything any of us have listed so far (though I guess it's part of critical...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-04-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 626
Posted By Daffodil
You must be an extrovert, SweetSilver! It's so...

You must be an extrovert, SweetSilver! It's so interesting to me to see someone talking so enthusiastically about the value of something I would never have thought to include among the things I most...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-31-2014, 04:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 626
Posted By Daffodil
I'm sure it depends on what she majors in. I...

I'm sure it depends on what she majors in. I never took a single history class in college and never had any college classes where I needed to know anything about history. Colleges might want to see...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-29-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 626
Posted By Daffodil
My "need to learn" list would be pretty much the...

My "need to learn" list would be pretty much the same as Miranda's. I might also include some basic understanding of science - not necessarily specific science concepts, but at least a general...
Forum: Dental   10-09-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 512
Posted By Daffodil
I feel for you. When she was about 4, my DD was...

I feel for you. When she was about 4, my DD was found to have a bunch of cavities between her teeth (even though we had been brushing and flossing regularly and the dentist had told us up until then...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-06-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By Daffodil
So you like sticking to a timetable for your day?...

So you like sticking to a timetable for your day? That's not my style, but I don't necessarily see anything wrong with it. You could have a schedule for the day that included a mix of academic...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-16-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By Daffodil
Hmm. If they're concerned about development of...

Hmm. If they're concerned about development of fine motor skills, how about sending them pictures of your kid doing some non-writing activities that are supposed to help develop fine motor skills...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-15-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By Daffodil
There's no reason why the 10 year old and 7 year...

There's no reason why the 10 year old and 7 year old have to be working at the same time. Why not have the 10 year old watch the little ones while you work with the 7 year old? Then the 10 year old...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-15-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By Daffodil
I'm in Vermont, too. I don't know how the home...

I'm in Vermont, too. I don't know how the home study office would feel about a portfolio with no writing samples at all, but I suspect you could get by with it for a 6 year old. Their portfolio...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-12-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 859
Posted By Daffodil
My kids get 2 hours a week of gaming/video time. ...

My kids get 2 hours a week of gaming/video time. (My 8 year old always uses his whole two hours as soon as he wakes up Sunday morning.) They also get to play games or watch videos whenever I have...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-09-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 559
Posted By Daffodil
It sounds like you and your daughter would be...

It sounds like you and your daughter would be feeling similar stress and anxiety if you had chosen any other option. There might be downsides to homeschooling for your daughter, but the other...
Forum: Infertility   08-28-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,489
Posted By Daffodil
I've read just the opposite about ICSI - that...

I've read just the opposite about ICSI - that there's a slightly greater chance of a girl. We did IVF with ICSI and had a girl.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-26-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 742
Posted By Daffodil
I'm not the main organizer of homeschooling...

I'm not the main organizer of homeschooling activities in my area, but I'm immensely grateful to the person who has taken on that role. I think she's done something really valuable and I hope she...
Forum: Gardening   08-14-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By Daffodil
Here's what I think they are: salvia - dark...

Here's what I think they are:

salvia - dark purple
achillea - the yellow ones way in the back
nepeta - light purple
coreopsis - yellow
centranthus - reddish-pink
artemesia - silvery leaves
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-13-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,022
Posted By Daffodil
A 10 year may not be mature enough to have...

A 10 year may not be mature enough to have figured out for herself that sometimes memories are wrong, but she should certainly be able to understand that idea if someone explained it to her. I agree...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-11-2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By Daffodil
It sounds like your main reason for thinking he...

It sounds like your main reason for thinking he isn't remembering what he reads is that he can't give you a good verbal summary. But I think figuring out how to verbally summarize the main plot...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-11-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By Daffodil
None of us reading this thread really have any...

None of us reading this thread really have any idea how much he's understanding. We don't know if the questions he couldn't answer were basic ones like, "Who is Dumbledore?" or nitpicky ones like,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-11-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By Daffodil
Goblet of Fire has a lot going on and a pretty...

Goblet of Fire has a lot going on and a pretty complicated plot. If you were reading that or a similar novel and someone asked you a lot of specific questions about the last few chapters you'd read,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-31-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,566
Posted By Daffodil
We don't have a routine, but we do limit screen...

We don't have a routine, but we do limit screen time. Sometimes I ask the kids to work on a specific thing, or give them a choice of things. Sometimes I read to them or we do some educational...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-27-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 583
Posted By Daffodil
Oh, and The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook is...

Oh, and The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook is another one that would be very appropriate for a 4 year old.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-27-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 583
Posted By Daffodil
Some chapter books featuring preschool-age kids: ...

Some chapter books featuring preschool-age kids:

Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley? - Rebecca Caudill
Happy Little Family - Rebecca Caudill
The Jamie and Angus Stories and Jamie and Angus...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-25-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 623
Posted By Daffodil
I'm 52 and clearly headed toward menopause. It...

I'm 52 and clearly headed toward menopause. It hasn't been dramatic at all so far. For the past couple of years I've been having occasional hot flashes. I might have them frequently for a few...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-08-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,754
Posted By Daffodil
Nothing like the things you mentioned has ever...

Nothing like the things you mentioned has ever happened to me. I have no idea whether that's out of the ordinary or not.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-06-2014, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 788
Posted By Daffodil
Are there many people who do use formal lesson...

Are there many people who do use formal lesson plans for homeschooling? I can't imagine doing that myself. I usually have several specific ideas about things I want my kids to learn in the near...
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