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Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2014, 08:18 AM
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Posted By AAK
I am rarely on this board since I identify as an...

I am rarely on this board since I identify as an eclectic homeschooler vs unschooler. I love the concept though. After reading your post, it seems to me that this is less about unschooling and more...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-17-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 986
Posted By AAK
Yes! They are VERY similar in terms of...

Yes! They are VERY similar in terms of temperment, etc. but complete different in lifestyle. My sister is married to a wonderful woman, and is very natural/crunchy. My mom is married to my dad (I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-17-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 318
Posted By AAK
Another negative review for Muzzy. That was...

Another negative review for Muzzy. That was terrible.

My dd tried Rosetta Stone and didn't care for it. At that point we were part of a parent partnership program and using the online log in...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-17-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Posted By AAK
At four, it is tough. I know you are...

At four, it is tough. I know you are introverted, I am more of an introvert too, but if I were you, I think I would walk next door with my child and ask to visit for a bit while the kids play. You...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-17-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 986
Posted By AAK
Wow, that is a lot to handle. I am sorry that I...

Wow, that is a lot to handle. I am sorry that I have nothing to offer. I agree that it can be beneficial to get toxic people removed from your life. Toxic doesn't even have to mean 'bad'. My...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-16-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Posted By AAK
Be gentle and consistent, but also be direct. ...

Be gentle and consistent, but also be direct. Don't expect her to understand if you talk around the subject. Give her guidelines such as: please ask someone if you can hug them goodbye/hello/etc...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-16-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By AAK
That is so horrifying. I don't know how to help...

That is so horrifying. I don't know how to help your children deal with it. It sounds like you are doing the best you can. Above all, show them your love (which you do). I think that young kids...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-15-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By AAK
I found some at http://homeschoolclassifieds.com/...

I found some at http://homeschoolclassifieds.com/

Amy
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-14-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By AAK
Yep, a lot can change. Even if it does, you may...

Yep, a lot can change. Even if it does, you may still decide that homeschooling is right for you. After all, a child may learn to sit/behave in a classroom, but they may still thrive in a home...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-13-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By AAK
We didn't care for Montessori. However, we loved...

We didn't care for Montessori. However, we loved our play-based preschool that the girls went to. You might find some around town. They are generally only 2 or 3 half-days per week. When my kids...
Forum: Books, Music, and Media   07-10-2014, 10:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,332
Posted By AAK
Maya Angelou's death reminded me that I had never...

Maya Angelou's death reminded me that I had never read "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Well, I finally did and really enjoyed it! I am also finally reading "One Summer: America 1927" (I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-10-2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 116
Posted By AAK
State History is a pain. However, we found...

State History is a pain. However, we found something that worked for us last year. I am in WA state, but here is the link for CA: ...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-10-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 501
Posted By AAK
Common. . . let's see what I can remember A man...

Common. . . let's see what I can remember
A man followed me around downtown for awhile--I was about 13 and actually shopping with my mom, but she went to a different department. I was freaked out...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-09-2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By AAK
I wouldn't purchase them. If I got one, I would...

I wouldn't purchase them. If I got one, I would think it was unique, but that is about it.

My kids are older, but I generally kept the goodie bags at a buck or two. I would stock up on crayons...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-09-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 686
Posted By AAK
Same here! Amy

Same here!

Amy
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-09-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 686
Posted By AAK
Wow! It is hard to believe (though I do) that...

Wow! It is hard to believe (though I do) that there are places so vastly different from us even within the same country. I've lived on both coasts (so I have seen those differences) but I have...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-08-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By AAK
My dd used a gift card to buy this:...

My dd used a gift card to buy this: http://www.amazon.com/Famous-Drinking-Bird-classic-Perpetual-Machine/dp/B00A3IHQHE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1404842743&sr=8-2&keywords=drinking+bird

She bought...
Forum: Vegetarian and Vegan   07-06-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 505
Posted By AAK
I think that since your six year old has been...

I think that since your six year old has been asking to try meat, and because siblings are allowed to eat meat, that you should go ahead and let her make that choice on the nights you have meals with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-06-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 432
Posted By AAK
No formal lesson plans for us. However,...

No formal lesson plans for us.

However, this year, I am writing down my weekly/monthly expectations of progress. The girls like to be able to check off a list. It will remain very fluid as I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-05-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 205
Posted By AAK
I don't know if you are on facebook or not, but...

I don't know if you are on facebook or not, but my town's largest homeschool community is a facebook page. There are secular people and religious people there. It is a great place to find like...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-04-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By AAK
The way we handled "the voice" was exactly as you...

The way we handled "the voice" was exactly as you described. We said we couldn't understand that voice. If it persisted, I would completely ignore it or I would leave the room. Sometimes, I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-02-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 458
Posted By AAK
I would skip the "all in one" curriculums. What...

I would skip the "all in one" curriculums. What goals do you have for his first 3 years of "school" --I am referring to K-2nd grade.

In general, public school children will learn to decode...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-02-2014, 06:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,018
Posted By AAK
Hi, this might sound ridiculous, and I am not...

Hi, this might sound ridiculous, and I am not trying to trivialize your situation. I have not been in your shoes. However, my middle child has an extremely difficult time making decisions like...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   07-02-2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 686
Posted By AAK
Not all their stuff is organic, but a lot of it...

Not all their stuff is organic, but a lot of it is. I know that the unders are organic as are most their jammies. Right now, they are having a fantastic sale!

I have only bought a bit of their...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-02-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 690
Posted By AAK
I didn't even realize that Hyland's made one. I...

I didn't even realize that Hyland's made one. I think I will try those on our next trip. If they work for me, I will try them on dd too.

Amy
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