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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-19-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 833
Posted By Ruthla
It's hard for me to tell from a 2 paragraph...

It's hard for me to tell from a 2 paragraph description what's "normal behavior" and what might indicate a problem. Nearly all behavioral and mental health problems are "things in the normal range of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 703
Posted By Ruthla
I think I might set up a "game day" at my local...

I think I might set up a "game day" at my local public library. I meant to do it before the school year began, but I never got around to it, and I may or may not still do this after the Jewish...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 778
Posted By Ruthla
The public schools here started the Wednesday...

The public schools here started the Wednesday after Labor Day. Hannah started college on that Tuesday, and Leah left for Israel the following Sunday.

I started on Tuesday the ninth, after Leah...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 448
Posted By Ruthla
Could you have the 10 year old watch the 1 and 4...

Could you have the 10 year old watch the 1 and 4 year olds while you teach the 7 year old, and then have the 7 year old watch the littles while you teach the 10 year old? Obviously, that depends a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 746
Posted By Ruthla
My son also loves computers and online games. He...

My son also loves computers and online games. He seems to have much more ability to absorb information online than he does from books.

I'm honestly not sure how I would have handled this with an 8...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 833
Posted By Ruthla
Since your state DOES have annoying regulations,...

Since your state DOES have annoying regulations, you can use those to answer questions from busybody relatives. "The State is satisfied with his academic progress; you don't need to worry."

A lot...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 526
Posted By Ruthla
How are things going now? I just found this...

How are things going now? I just found this thread today, as I haven't been on mothering for a while.

Transitions are always hard. Transitioning from school to homeschool is a pretty big...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,101
Posted By Ruthla
When my daughter was homeschooled years ago, we...

When my daughter was homeschooled years ago, we got involved with a local homeschooling group. We both made friends, and it gave some structure to our school week. I was "unschooling" her, so things...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   08-12-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 301
Posted By Ruthla
Vaccine Exemption for College in NYS

My 18 year old daughter is applying for community college, and they require "proof of immunization."

What kind of exemption form is adequate for college? I presume that she needs to sign it, not...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-16-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By Ruthla
I would look into getting him some kind of...

I would look into getting him some kind of curriculum he can do himself, so that he can just go and "do school" even on days when you're not up to "teaching" him. A computer-based program may be a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-12-2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,059
Posted By Ruthla
Nothing ate your reply. I have two similar...

Nothing ate your reply. I have two similar threads going, because I couldn't find my earlier thread and started a new one.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-12-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 887
Posted By Ruthla
Thanks for the input! I'll look for something...

Thanks for the input! I'll look for something else then.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-09-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 887
Posted By Ruthla
As the trial of TFL continued, Jack changed his...

As the trial of TFL continued, Jack changed his mind about it. He now finds the lessons enjoyable. He's tried ELA, social studies, and a couple of different science topics. I'm not sure if he's tried...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,059
Posted By Ruthla
I've just spent some time looking at eBay, and I...

I've just spent some time looking at eBay, and I found a bunch of used math textbooks, for way less than the cost of buying something new. I noticed quite a few "abeka" items for sale, and a quick...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 795
Posted By Ruthla
You need to realize that boy brains are sometimes...

You need to realize that boy brains are sometimes wired differently than girls' brains. Schools are designed with "typical girls' brains" in mind. Gender might be a HUGE factor in why he's at the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,059
Posted By Ruthla
I couldn't find this thread so I started a new...

I couldn't find this thread so I started a new one. http://www.mothering.com/forum/50-learning-home-beyond/1403065-curriculum-help-needed-7th-grade.html#post17643289

I haven't quite figured out...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-30-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 887
Posted By Ruthla
Curriculum help needed for 7th grade

I KNOW I started a thread on this subject earlier this year, but I can't seem to find it now. Did MDC recently change formats? If somebody's able to locate and link to that other thread, I'd...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-02-2014, 12:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,079
Posted By Ruthla
How are things going now?   My experience...

How are things going now?
 
My experience with starting homeschooling is that it was no extra work, compared with "dealing with school when it doesn't meet the child's needs." In fact, it was...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-02-2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 478
Posted By Ruthla
I'm still in the research phase of "finding a...

I'm still in the research phase of "finding a good curriculum to use next year for 7th grade." I've unschooled in the past, but it didn't work well for my son in 2nd grade, and now that I'm (most...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-01-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,059
Posted By Ruthla
I definitely DON'T want K-12 or anything quite...

I definitely DON'T want K-12 or anything quite that structured. That "all in one homeschooling" link doesn't look like a good fit for Jack's learning style (and i could do without the Christian...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-31-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,059
Posted By Ruthla
For a wide variety of reasons, I've decided to...

For a wide variety of reasons, I've decided to keep my son in public school through the rest of 6th grade, but I'm very likely to homeschool him next year (and very likely for 8th grade as well,...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   02-02-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Ruthla
I'm in the "college application" process with my...

I'm in the "college application" process with my 12th grader right now.  She's currently 17, but will be 18 before school begins. We live in New York State and she's going to a SUNY  (State...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-30-2013, 05:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 605
Posted By Ruthla
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by erinmattsmom88 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1394389/almost-6-yo-dd-will-not-pick-up-toys#post_17531691)...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   12-30-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,503
Posted By Ruthla
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by marsupial-mom http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Single Parenting   12-19-2013, 06:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By Ruthla
It sounds to me like your ex made a VERY mature...

It sounds to me like your ex made a VERY mature suggestion there- recognizing her own limits and realizing that she may not be the best person to provide stability for your daughter right now. I'm...
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