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Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,840
Posted By mckittre
These attitudes are why it bothers me when...

These attitudes are why it bothers me when people, particularly parents of other five-year-olds, mention how smart my son is. And it isn't even skill-based--none of them can read! They're picking up...
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,840
Posted By mckittre
I did for my son (and probably still will for my...

I did for my son (and probably still will for my daughter next year), use the free preschool two mornings a week. It was totally play based, lots of physical activity, outside time, field trips, very...
Forum: Unschooling   07-11-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,840
Posted By mckittre
Here, I'm heading into the certainty that my son...

Here, I'm heading into the certainty that my son will be the only homeschooler in town. Probably not technically true, since I think there are some much older children who use the school district's...
Forum: Unschooling   07-05-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,840
Posted By mckittre
Yes I'm still in the yurt. And yes, I probably...

Yes I'm still in the yurt. And yes, I probably shouldn't worry. :) I guess I'm still new at this, and still hearing all those voices in my head that say "read to your children every day, it's the...
Forum: Unschooling   07-03-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,840
Posted By mckittre
Just got back from a 10 day wilderness...

Just got back from a 10 day wilderness backpacking/packrafting trip--the 3yo's first significant trip where she walked herself (as opposed to being carried). Lots of neat sights and experiences, even...
Forum: Unschooling   06-22-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,190
Posted By mckittre
I find this thread interesting to peek at because...

I find this thread interesting to peek at because it is in the unschooling forum. After all, as an adult, I make lots of plans for the upcoming year, including many things I want to learn/do/focus...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-11-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,080
Posted By mckittre
Yes. But our culture spends so much time telling...

Yes. But our culture spends so much time telling people that it is! I was always good at math and science when young, and when I was a young teenager, I was completely fired up about molecular...
Forum: Unschooling   05-31-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By mckittre
My kids have January and February birthdays, so...

My kids have January and February birthdays, so new stuff and new excitement gets added at that time of year.

I know my energy picks back up in mid-February, because that's when we often have a...
Forum: Unschooling   05-30-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By mckittre
I think it depends on whether you count being...

I think it depends on whether you count being outside as peak productivity! School in our northern latitude ends in mid-late May, and for the last month the poor school kids are just stir crazy and...
Forum: Unschooling   05-21-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,207
Posted By mckittre
My kids also do spend quite a bit of time...

My kids also do spend quite a bit of time running around to parent-initiated activities. As a wilderness adventurer, outdoor pursuits are a huge part of my family culture, and I'm one of several...
Forum: Unschooling   05-20-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,207
Posted By mckittre
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by moominmamma http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1388390/project-based-unschooling/40#post_17631849)
 
 For...
Forum: Unschooling   05-19-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,207
Posted By mckittre
My oldest is just 5, but it's worked wonderfully...

My oldest is just 5, but it's worked wonderfully for us so far. Mostly, I think because it creates a structure for me, not for him. "Project Time" is the time I've set aside to actually listen to...
Forum: Unschooling   05-06-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,164
Posted By mckittre
That sounds so neat mapleleaf.  My 5yo is on a...

That sounds so neat mapleleaf.  My 5yo is on a total space kick lately. But we live in Alaska. The night sky shows up a good number of hours after he's asleep this time of year, and there's less and...
Forum: Unschooling   05-04-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 400
Posted By mckittre
I agree with SweetSilver that the essence of...

I agree with SweetSilver that the essence of experimentation doesn't need a lot of adult setup, and might be better without it. I have a 5 yr old, and he does 'experiments' by asking what will make...
Forum: Unschooling   05-04-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By mckittre
How old is your kid?  I live in a similarly...

How old is your kid?  I live in a similarly small town, and my oldest would be going to kindergarten next fall if he were going.  I do feel like it's good to be open with the other families of kids...
Forum: Country Living / Off the Grid   04-26-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 202
Posted By mckittre
Common issue here. We just ignored the outhouse...

Common issue here. We just ignored the outhouse to start and used a little potty inside, and kept it inside for longer than we might have otherwise  -- my 3yo daughter still uses it, but we'll wean...
Forum: Unschooling   04-17-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 779
Posted By mckittre
My kids are too little for academic structure,...

My kids are too little for academic structure, but they do really seem to like predictable routine. They really like knowing which day of the week is swimming day, hiking day, skiing day, aikido...
Forum: Unschooling   04-11-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,038
Posted By mckittre
What a fun question!  I'll start with wilderness...

What a fun question!  I'll start with wilderness expeditions: all the navigation, planning, logistics, scrambling, rafting, etc... skills to handle multi-month journeys in remote Alaska. And writing...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-09-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 1,165
Views: 15,264
Posted By mckittre
I'm good for a FB group also.  Easier in many...

I'm good for a FB group also.  Easier in many ways.  
 
Starling-- have you done picture books before?  I have a good in with a publisher, but will need to send her my draft very soon (like next...
Forum: Unschooling   03-29-2014, 10:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,954
Posted By mckittre
SweetSilver -- For me, it was music and...

SweetSilver -- For me, it was music and athletics I was turned off of by never being remotely good enough to join the school orchestra or any of the sports teams.  I just thought I was a hopeless...
Forum: Unschooling   03-26-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,954
Posted By mckittre
Quote: Originally Posted by...

Quote:
Originally Posted by SweetSilver http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1398429/march-unschooling-thread/40#post_17597221)
   I...
Forum: Unschooling   03-26-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,954
Posted By mckittre
healthymomma = you CAN get those little kids...

healthymomma = you CAN get those little kids walking in the woods (at least the 5yo, the 1yo might still need carrying).  Not to evangelize too much, but I have similar age kids, and have been...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-25-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 437
Posted By mckittre
Figuring out how to blend sounds doesn't...

Figuring out how to blend sounds doesn't necessarily mean they're ready, either.  I have a 5 year-old who's been able to blend sounds to sound out short phonetic words for literally two YEARS. And...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-14-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 1,165
Views: 15,264
Posted By mckittre
Sue - Glad to hear the new addition is settling...

Sue - Glad to hear the new addition is settling in well. And 3 kids solo sounds crazy!  We are actually planning to be mostly around this year (no trips longer than a week or two), since I do like...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   03-14-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 696
Posted By mckittre
Quote:Originally Posted by captain...

Quote:Originally Posted by captain optimism http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1398560/whats-next-mom#post_17589363)
 Does it make a...
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