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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-18-2010, 05:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 406
Posted By skueppers
Does this have to be an all or nothing thing? ...

Does this have to be an all or nothing thing?  If your son is fine being at home, could your daughter go to school and your son stay home? That would avoid the problem of having two different school...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-25-2010, 07:35 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 25,028
Posted By skueppers
What wonderful news!

What wonderful news!
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-14-2010, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 281
Posted By skueppers
I think this depends so much on the personality...

I think this depends so much on the personality of the child.  My son LOVED circle time from a young age.  I couldn't believe that, as a toddler, he wanted to go to library story time and...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-18-2010, 05:35 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,286
Posted By skueppers
If the kids wanted to do it, I thought they were...

If the kids wanted to do it, I thought they were capable, and it were legal where I lived, I would consider this. If it doesn't work out, it can always be changed.

As for being cooped up, that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-14-2010, 03:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 465
Posted By skueppers
Honestly, I don't think you need to worry about...

Honestly, I don't think you need to worry about teaching letters (or shapes, colors, etc.). Letters and the alphabet come up all the time without you needing to do anything special to teach them. At...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-14-2010, 11:31 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,100
Posted By skueppers
How long have you been homeschooling? Three...

How long have you been homeschooling?

Three weeks

How old are your children?

5 and 3. The 3-year-old is in preschool.

What grades would they be in?
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-13-2010, 02:59 PM
Replies: 454
Views: 40,633
Posted By skueppers
Quote: Originally Posted by zeldamomma...

Quote:
Originally Posted by zeldamomma http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15837483)
In other words, while practice is...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-13-2010, 12:09 AM
Replies: 454
Views: 40,633
Posted By skueppers
Quote: Originally Posted by Lillian J...

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Originally Posted by Lillian J http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15836332)
I just want to note that this surprised me,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-12-2010, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By skueppers
One question that comes to my mind is whether...

One question that comes to my mind is whether the 3 year old may have unmet needs that don't have anything to do with focused time with you. Does he get enough running around time? Does he get...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-11-2010, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,364
Posted By skueppers
I assume the reason why you can't pull her out...

I assume the reason why you can't pull her out of the daycare situation and homeschool her full-time is because of work commitments?

If so, what had your plan been for next year? Is there any way...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-09-2010, 04:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 989
Posted By skueppers
Quote: Originally Posted by MommaCrystal...

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Originally Posted by MommaCrystal http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15825316)
A home school association we belong to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-09-2010, 04:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 989
Posted By skueppers
I wouldn't do it. If the state law requires you...

I wouldn't do it. If the state law requires you to file the affidavit, then not filing it puts you and your children at risk.

If you are caught (which around here would be a virtual certainty),...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-07-2010, 01:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By skueppers
I don't think it's a problem. My personal...

I don't think it's a problem.

My personal strategy is to totally ignore what academic skills my children have until they either reach "school age" or start clamoring for lessons. I couldn't tell...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-31-2010, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 216
Posted By skueppers
My solution is to have the younger one in...

My solution is to have the younger one in preschool. The particular preschool he's in is non-academic and offers a language-immersion environment.

I cannot imagine trying to get school done with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-21-2010, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 314
Posted By skueppers
Quote: Originally Posted by Pariah...

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Originally Posted by Pariah http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15758991)
We're starting this year. I was on one list, I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-20-2010, 07:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 314
Posted By skueppers
Quote: Originally Posted by lotusdebi...

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Originally Posted by lotusdebi http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15757230)
Many Paths of Natural Learning:...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-19-2010, 04:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 861
Posted By skueppers
You're making it sound as though she is indoors...

You're making it sound as though she is indoors alone with you all day, every day.

It's not unreasonable for a child to be bored in this situation, no matter how interesting whatever it is you do...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-19-2010, 02:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By skueppers
Quote: Originally Posted by Lenore K....

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Originally Posted by Lenore K. http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15752151)
My opinion on the use of television is that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-19-2010, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By skueppers
Quote: Originally Posted by zebaby...

Quote:
Originally Posted by zebaby http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15750555)
As far as disruptive, I think there is...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-18-2010, 01:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By skueppers
Oh, and my son, who is about the same age as...

Oh, and my son, who is about the same age as yours, does not write, and barely draws.

My daughter could write her name and loved drawing at that age.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-18-2010, 01:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By skueppers
Have you discussed your concerns with your...

Have you discussed your concerns with your friends?

It's been my experience that kids who don't want to do what the group is doing can be disruptive and cause the rest of the group to stop doing...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-15-2010, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,217
Posted By skueppers
Here's my opinion: preschoolers do not require...

Here's my opinion: preschoolers do not require "homeschooling". Preschoolers simply require living. Preschoolers learn everything they need to know through play and everyday life, and do not require...
Forum: Unschooling   08-13-2010, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 932
Posted By skueppers
I found that when my daughter was 4, she was...

I found that when my daughter was 4, she was most likely to ask questions I enjoyed answering about the world around us when we went to museums, zoos, etc.

But she may just be in a stage of life...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-11-2010, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 405
Posted By skueppers
We're going to try a weekly checklist method...

We're going to try a weekly checklist method this fall. I'm not sure how it'll work out, but I figure we can always change it if it's not a success.

I've prepared a checklist of all the things we...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-08-2010, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 285
Posted By skueppers
I am in a different situation than you are,...

I am in a different situation than you are, because I paid aggressively into my own retirement account for fifteen years before I had children. The amount of money I set aside during that time is...
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