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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-24-2010, 01:28 PM
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Views: 779
Posted By mama-aya
Yep, definitely. And chores are scheduled into...

Yep, definitely. And chores are scheduled into our day- though by now it's pretty much just part of the natural flow, not something that feels "scheduled".

In the morning we all do our am jobs-...
Forum: Washington, Oregon, Idaho   10-28-2009, 05:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By mama-aya
Welcome to Yakima! Anne and Duane Teerink...

Welcome to Yakima!

Anne and Duane Teerink are boh Osteopaths at Pacific Crest Family Medicine. They are open and have patients who don't vaccinate. They like to schedule introductory meetings...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-20-2009, 02:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,247
Posted By mama-aya
Have you actually checked anything out from the...

Have you actually checked anything out from the asset library? It seems like a great idea and all, but when I've asked the answer is always that the library is not set up yet....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-16-2009, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,247
Posted By mama-aya
I just use the allowance for consumables and...

I just use the allowance for consumables and lessons, field trips, stuff like that, because most non-consumable homeschool stuff has really good resale value.
Non consumable things you order...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-07-2009, 02:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,247
Posted By mama-aya
Yep- about the MAP, just push back a little. If...

Yep- about the MAP, just push back a little. If she's used to taking an eval test in the spring, then maybe that's a comfortable part of your year long rhythm, and you don't feel comfortable...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-02-2009, 04:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,247
Posted By mama-aya
the yahoo group- I don't know- I haven't thought...

the yahoo group- I don't know- I haven't thought of it in a long time. I'm on the list, but maybe my emails are getting spam-filtered out? Hmmm. I'd ask your advisory teacher.
One thing, though-...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-01-2009, 09:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,247
Posted By mama-aya
We use CVA, and love it! It just seems...

We use CVA, and love it!

It just seems restrictive, I think so they're making sure they cover their legal bases, like looking at the state standards seems horribly institutional and restrictive,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-01-2009, 04:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 478
Posted By mama-aya
I have a 9yo, a 3yo, and a baby, all boys. We...

I have a 9yo, a 3yo, and a baby, all boys. We love circle- when I try sometimes not to do it, the boys revolt! We go for a walk every morning, and then come in and do circle, first thing. They take...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-28-2009, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 391
Posted By mama-aya
Our state requires that school districts accept...

Our state requires that school districts accept for part time enrollment any child who would be accepted as a regular (full time) student. In practice this seems to work best if the parents are...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-23-2009, 09:18 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 5,533
Posted By mama-aya
Oh my gosh, I'm dying, these are so funny! ...

Oh my gosh, I'm dying, these are so funny!

My FIL told me "it would never fly in Iowa" when I told him DS was taking vacation while he was visiting. When I asked what wouldn't fly (meaning kids...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-23-2009, 04:34 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 23,381
Posted By mama-aya
I second what annettemarie said about not...

I second what annettemarie said about not telling her "you made me mad". I think "I'm angry about ___" still tells the emotion without giving her the power.

As far as quiet time- I'd keep trying-...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-22-2009, 04:47 AM
Replies: 396
Views: 23,381
Posted By mama-aya
Hey, scheelimama, I don't quite know what you're...

Hey, scheelimama, I don't quite know what you're looking for, I guess. Maybe if you share your schedule you can get some more helpful or precise feedback?
That chart...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-21-2009, 05:58 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 23,381
Posted By mama-aya
Here's our daily/weekly rhythm...

Here's our daily/weekly rhythm (http://lowercaselearning.blogspot.com/2009/09/rhythm-of-our-days_11.html).
Our days really do flow along the way the chart shows, for the most part.
Ideally I get...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-21-2009, 05:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 910
Posted By mama-aya
Thanks, Mamas! That's just what I wanted to...

Thanks, Mamas!
That's just what I wanted to hear, all of it!
I was confusing his interests with his social graces, and it seems like my instinct that his occasional social awkwardness is a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-20-2009, 06:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 910
Posted By mama-aya
uh, yeah... that was the other part of my...

uh, yeah... that was the other part of my question- do you even try to nip the geekiness?
I really adore who he is and how interested he is in the world around, but his grandparents are engineers...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-20-2009, 05:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 910
Posted By mama-aya
Normally I laugh about the "S" comments, but...

Normally I laugh about the "S" comments, but this time I am kind of stumped.
My DS is 9, super bright and curious, especially about machines and "systems". His teasting scores are all really high,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-09-2009, 01:52 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,934
Posted By mama-aya
(1) Do you intend to homeschool through 12th...

(1) Do you intend to homeschool through 12th grade? Yes, I do. I think highschool as a homeschooler is so more full of choices and freedom than going to school, but DH thinks they should go to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-09-2009, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 617
Posted By mama-aya
We don't exactly workbox, but the kids do each...

We don't exactly workbox, but the kids do each have a big basket, and I put all of their school supplies, books and things in the basket each night, with the weekly schedule filled in. For the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-08-2009, 07:23 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 23,381
Posted By mama-aya
calynde, are you drawing the letters into...

calynde,
are you drawing the letters into other things, or drawing the picture and pulling the letters out?
just wondering....
my older son is always irritated by things like that- turning a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-04-2009, 11:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 602
Posted By mama-aya
Yay! Sounds fun; I'd love to join in!

Yay! Sounds fun; I'd love to join in!
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-30-2009, 09:59 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 23,381
Posted By mama-aya
Yep, on my weekly template "main lesson" means...

Yep, on my weekly template "main lesson" means "block lesson".

OT:
We just got back from a weekend in the city and a trip to the zoo to visit the animals. I was thinking we'd buy a year's pass,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-28-2009, 07:12 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 23,381
Posted By mama-aya
Certainly having access to the natural world,...

Certainly having access to the natural world, and simple, uncluttered outside space is a Waldorf thing. We have some bushes (lilac, mock orange) that I let hang and droop over, and the kids love to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-28-2009, 01:12 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 23,381
Posted By mama-aya
Yep, we really do circle at home. We start with...

Yep, we really do circle at home. We start with a walk, a little one, then come home and have our circle. Here's our September (http://lowercaselearning.blogspot.com/2009/08/september-circle.html)...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-28-2009, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 474
Posted By mama-aya
Yep, what they all said! We started...

Yep, what they all said!

We started homeschooling because we don't have a Waldorf school any where near us, and we KNEW that was what we really wanted for our kids. It felt like a huge...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-27-2009, 07:28 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 23,381
Posted By mama-aya
We'll have main lesson books pretty much for...

We'll have main lesson books pretty much for each subject:
Norse Myths/Vikings/Beowulf will be in one (four blocks worth),
Man and Animal/Zoology, Character study, US History, Writing/Poetry, Form...
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