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Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 11:28 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Anna! So nice to get an update from you! I'd been...

Anna! So nice to get an update from you! I'd been missing your contributions here. And wow, this all sounds so great.:thumb

This weekend I'm leaving my girls alone in town to go play a symphony...
Forum: Learning at School   02-09-2016, 09:09 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
That's not what fourth grade is like where I...

That's not what fourth grade is like where I live.

In this situation my first step would be a scheduled conference with the teacher. I would want time to discuss things in depth: to explore...
Forum: Unschooling   02-08-2016, 07:15 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
First off ... time for a discussion with his...

First off ... time for a discussion with his teacher. Maybe give her a heads-up on the phone first, and then come with your son and instead of a lesson, or in lieu of part of a lesson, talk about...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-08-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 7,714
Posted By moominmamma
Briefly and dismissively, and only in response to...

Briefly and dismissively, and only in response to my repeated direct questions about her.

Miranda
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-08-2016, 09:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By moominmamma
But again, just to play devil's advocate ... this...

But again, just to play devil's advocate ... this is also the definition of learning. If we're talking about, say, learning to walk after a stroke, or learning another language, or taking up piano...
Forum: Unschooling   02-07-2016, 08:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 894
Posted By moominmamma
double post

double post
Forum: Unschooling   02-07-2016, 08:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 894
Posted By moominmamma
Fiona and her sister just discovered that their...

Fiona and her sister just discovered that their brother left himself logged in on Spotify on the family PC when he was home for Christmas. So they are madly feeding him an crazy playlist which he...
Forum: Unschooling   02-05-2016, 09:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 894
Posted By moominmamma
Yay! Got rid of about 20 pounds of books today!...

Yay! Got rid of about 20 pounds of books today! Definitely time to be paring down ...

Miranda
Forum: Unschooling   02-05-2016, 12:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 894
Posted By moominmamma
Fiona is soldiering through a bunch of...

Fiona is soldiering through a bunch of assignments for her online courses. She's taking PhysEd and Planning, mostly in order to get them out of the way as painlessly and efficiently as possible prior...
Forum: Unschooling   02-04-2016, 10:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 894
Posted By moominmamma
Good lord, I remember times I've felt like this....

Good lord, I remember times I've felt like this. But a *full* week is more than anyone should have to endure. {{{{Hugs}}}}

Time to write a short story or a poem? Start a blog? Organize all those...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-04-2016, 02:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,398
Posted By moominmamma
Definitely not true. Newer IUDs are actually...

Definitely not true. Newer IUDs are actually recommended as a first-line contraception option for teens.
...
Forum: Unschooling   02-04-2016, 02:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 894
Posted By moominmamma
Birthday party fare! ...

Birthday party fare!

http://www.ilovesciencestore.com/space-periodic-table-solid-milk-chocolate-block.html

Miranda
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-03-2016, 11:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,425
Posted By moominmamma
I loved the first two. Hated the third one: so...

I loved the first two. Hated the third one: so preachy and simplistic. And disconnected.

I didn't know there was now a fourth. I just had a look at reviews at Goodreads, and it looks like it...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   02-03-2016, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 334
Posted By moominmamma
Put the air mattress on the floor beside your...

Put the air mattress on the floor beside your bed.

Miranda
Forum: Unschooling   01-31-2016, 11:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 894
Posted By moominmamma
It's the end of the term at our umbrella school...

It's the end of the term at our umbrella school program. In the past that meant a friendly meeting with our liaison teacher to talk about what Fiona had been up to, ideally giving him a bit to put...
Forum: Unschooling   01-31-2016, 11:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 894
Posted By moominmamma
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-29-2016, 05:26 PM
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Views: 1,262
Posted By moominmamma
While I greatly value time in the outdoors, I...

While I greatly value time in the outdoors, I think it's important not to take the "park" part of Rat Park too literally. If you compare lab cages to Rat Park, the major differences were in the...
Forum: Learning at School   01-28-2016, 12:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,135
Posted By moominmamma
Why not just teach your son not to answer Skype...

Why not just teach your son not to answer Skype calls from people he doesn't know in real life? This sort of virtual "don't take candy from strangers" lesson is an absolutely critical one for parents...
Forum: Unschooling   01-28-2016, 12:07 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,055
Posted By moominmamma
I think it's always appropriate to offer a child...

I think it's always appropriate to offer a child tools that will aid in independence. I think it's appropriate to point out to kids that certain skills require practice for mastery. I think it's...
Forum: Unschooling   01-27-2016, 06:28 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,055
Posted By moominmamma
Absolutely! I think it's rude to refuse to answer...

Absolutely! I think it's rude to refuse to answer someone's question because you want the opportunity to teach them a bigger lesson that's on your agenda. If my husband asked how to use the warming...
Forum: Unschooling   01-27-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,055
Posted By moominmamma
I wonder if this is analogous to when the kitchen...

I wonder if this is analogous to when the kitchen is finally spotless and now the clutter in the corner of the dining room, that never bothered you before, begins driving you nuts?

Glad to hear...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-26-2016, 11:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By moominmamma
I'd like to suggest that anyone who is views the...

I'd like to suggest that anyone who is views the "excessive" (however defined) use of computers as an addiction similar to drug addiction critically examine their assumptions about drug addiction....
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-26-2016, 01:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 441
Posted By moominmamma
Yup, I love the feeling of having extra time and...

Yup, I love the feeling of having extra time and extra options at the cusp of adulthood. We're two and a half years after the skip and it's all pretty rosy here too.

My youngest dd turned 13 this...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-24-2016, 07:38 PM
Replies: 210
Views: 7,714
Posted By moominmamma
True, but have you read all 193 posts that...

True, but have you read all 193 posts that preceded yours? People answered the question over and over and over again, and were accused, over and over and over again, of not answering the question. So...
Forum: Unschooling   01-24-2016, 04:09 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,055
Posted By moominmamma
How beautiful! What a terrific collaboration! ...

How beautiful! What a terrific collaboration!

Miranda
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