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Forum: Unschooling   03-25-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By SpiderMum
Thank you! That really helped me feel much...

Thank you! That really helped me feel much better about it!
Forum: Unschooling   03-25-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By SpiderMum
We're unschooling in Virginia and every year we...

We're unschooling in Virginia and every year we are required to take a standardized test OR submit a portfolio for review. As a kid I only ever did the portfolio review and have no experience with...
Forum: Unschooling   03-25-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,553
Posted By SpiderMum
I think it's pretty normal for kids to resist...

I think it's pretty normal for kids to resist when they feel like someone is testing them or trying to push them to do something. Rather than focusing on getting THEM to read, try reading TO them....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-13-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By SpiderMum
Nothing wrong with pulling a child mid-year. You...

Nothing wrong with pulling a child mid-year. You could quit homeschooling mid-year too if you change your mind. No need to keep a child somewhere that isn't working just to avoid making a few waves....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-13-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 463
Posted By SpiderMum
I think you need to have a frank discussion with...

I think you need to have a frank discussion with your partner about this. If him requiring seat-work is making you miserable, don't just swallow your misery. This is Kindergarten! Does he remember...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-12-2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 750
Posted By SpiderMum
My daughter took a few classes through the rec...

My daughter took a few classes through the rec center which were REALLY cheap....sadly there was only 1 boy in her class, but I'd totally send my son.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-12-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By SpiderMum
I never went to school...ever. I've been in a...

I never went to school...ever. I've been in a school building a few times to vote, but that's about it. Personally, I loved being homeschooled. I will forever be grateful to my parents for keeping...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-12-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 433
Posted By SpiderMum
I'm a homeschool grad. I never went to school at...

I'm a homeschool grad. I never went to school at all....and I can say from experience that homeschooling will not make you dumb. I'm a perfectly intelligent person and even though I don't feel like...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-12-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,013
Posted By SpiderMum
It's pretty subjective. There are strict...

It's pretty subjective. There are strict school-at-home types who would consider what we do "bad homeschooling". We're unschoolers and don't really do anything formal....and I get that to someone...
Forum: Unschooling   01-10-2014, 12:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 983
Posted By SpiderMum
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by MarieHoney http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1395200/january-unschooling-thread#post_17540291)

or even...
Forum: Unschooling   01-10-2014, 12:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 983
Posted By SpiderMum
Still recovering from the holiday here. DS2...

Still recovering from the holiday here.

DS2 had his first speech therapy session on Monday (in-home) and since them I'm trying to be mindful of how much I'm speaking to him. It's so much easier...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-10-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 289
Posted By SpiderMum
I have a non-verbal 2 and a half year old who is...

I have a non-verbal 2 and a half year old who is built very much like a tank...and when he gets it in his head he's going to do something...there is NO STOPPING HIM. I feel your pain on this, but...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-04-2013, 11:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,498
Posted By SpiderMum
There are a lot of reasons....but I'll try to...

There are a lot of reasons....but I'll try to list the big ones.

1# - I was homeschooled myself. This is normal to me and I enjoyed it...so why not?

2# - Freedom. I do not want our family to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-11-2013, 08:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 682
Posted By SpiderMum
Some kids just AREN'T social. That's okay...

Some kids just AREN'T social. That's okay though! Not everyone can be super outgoing...imagine if EVERYONE was super outgoing and talkative? We'd never get anything done!

Anyway, I would suggest...
Forum: Unschooling   10-11-2013, 07:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 287
Posted By SpiderMum
I think it's perfectly reasonable to talk to...

I think it's perfectly reasonable to talk to them about WHY you think them watching it is a bad idea. "I'm concerned this will scare you and give you bad dreams." or "this has some questionable...
Forum: Unschooling   10-08-2013, 07:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 692
Posted By SpiderMum
I remember having a book growing up that made...

I remember having a book growing up that made all the Presidents into a funny story so you could remember them all in order....can't think of the name though.
Forum: Unschooling   10-08-2013, 07:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 608
Posted By SpiderMum
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Fillyjonk http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1390274/ok-minecraft#post_17466923)

OTOH, I grew up with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-30-2013, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By SpiderMum
I got it out of the library....but it honestly...

I got it out of the library....but it honestly looked like the most boring book on the planet. I don't think I'm going to bother with it.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-29-2013, 05:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,013
Posted By SpiderMum
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by contactmaya http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-29-2013, 05:04 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,894
Posted By SpiderMum
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by thismama http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/679688/most-homeschooled-kids-are-kinda-weird/20#post_8197894)
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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-29-2013, 05:01 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,894
Posted By SpiderMum
I wrote about this on my blog recently: ...

I wrote about this on my blog recently:
Quote:When I was a teenager I met a homeschooling family that was the embodiment of all the negative home education stereotypes. They were religious. The mom...
Forum: Unschooling   09-21-2013, 12:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 595
Posted By SpiderMum
Reading can never be a bad thing. Reading...

Reading can never be a bad thing. Reading fiction can never be a bad thing. Reading ANYTHING can never be a bad thing. All good writers read like mad...and sometimes all they read is fiction. That's...
Forum: Unschooling   09-21-2013, 12:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By SpiderMum
Unschooling is just living. It's nothing...

Unschooling is just living. It's nothing special, just follow your child's interests...and at 18-months that's something you'll be doing anyway. Relax. Don't stress. You don't need to DO anything,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-19-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 594
Posted By SpiderMum
There are quite a few reasons for me. 1)...

There are quite a few reasons for me.

1) I'm a homeschool graduate. I've never attended school myself so home education seems perfectly normal to me. It's my "default" option in the same way that...
Forum: Unschooling   08-19-2013, 11:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,277
Posted By SpiderMum
I suspect my daughter will be a fan. She likes...

I suspect my daughter will be a fan. She likes having time set aside to do stuff with me....projects are her sort of thing! I think that's why she likes workbooks and crafts so much....because it...
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