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Forum: Unschooling   05-07-2015, 08:03 AM
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Posted By Indian summer
I don't really think my anxiety is about me. I'm...

I don't really think my anxiety is about me. I'm not concerned with losing my identity as a homeschool parent. Having the kids at school works well, for me. It's actually the kids I'm worried about....
Forum: Unschooling   04-18-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,273
Posted By Indian summer
I've never done one of these. Our lives are...

I've never done one of these. Our lives are seriously boring. And since it's morning now, I'll do yesterday.

Dd8 didn't have school because of parent teacher meetings. She still got up at 7...
Forum: Unschooling   04-17-2015, 02:35 PM
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Views: 824
Posted By Indian summer
An unschooled kid at school (observations)

So, my never-been-to-school third (ish) grader, dd8, decided last month to give school a try. It had been a crazy long winter here with tons of snow and lots of activity cancellations, leaving here...
Forum: Unschooling   02-07-2015, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 136
Posted By Indian summer
I suggested to him the idea of using a laptop for...

I suggested to him the idea of using a laptop for note taking and asking teachers to make testing allowances for his ld. Ds is adamant that he doesn't want to stand out in that way. He's going to...
Forum: Unschooling   02-07-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 136
Posted By Indian summer
I think his reasons for wanting to practice tests...

I think his reasons for wanting to practice tests is twofold. Your idea, to test him on something he's been working on does make sense to prepare him for the average classroom test, which is one of...
Forum: Unschooling   02-06-2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 136
Posted By Indian summer
My kid wants to practice test taking skills

So I'm looking for resources to help with that. I'm not interested in participating in standardized testing - we just want a practice test booklet for around grades 7-9. Canadian content would be...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-16-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 149
Posted By Indian summer
When we used khan academy is previous years, we...

When we used khan academy is previous years, we just followed the suggested program, but this year, it seems different to me, unless I'm mistaken. It seems to want us to select a course by either...
Forum: Unschooling   01-16-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 414
Posted By Indian summer
"why didn't you MAKE me learn that before?"

Anyone else have an unschooled kid that has these sort of mixed feelings about their having unschooled? If your kid has ever said anything like that, how did you respond?

One of my kids tends to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-08-2015, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 149
Posted By Indian summer
Khan Academy Math Question

What order is a kid supposed to do the math topics in?

They have the grade levels listed, then some topics listed like arithmetic, pre algebra and basic geometry, for example. Why, oh why aren't...
Forum: Unschooling   12-20-2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,194
Posted By Indian summer
I think that a lot of people look back on their...

I think that a lot of people look back on their school days with fondness because of the social connections they made and social events they participated in. People, I think, are more likely, to have...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,194
Posted By Indian summer
Welcome Anna from another Canuck. I'm Crystal in...

Welcome Anna from another Canuck. I'm Crystal in NB, currently homeschooling/unschooling my three dks, ds13, dd12 & dd8.
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,194
Posted By Indian summer
My dd12 is like this. She is the only one of my...

My dd12 is like this. She is the only one of my three that takes music study somewhat seriously. We also have a house full of instruments, but we're more into folk type instruments - think kitchen...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2014, 07:31 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,194
Posted By Indian summer
I find this encouraging. Right now, my ds13 is...

I find this encouraging. Right now, my ds13 is planning to go to high school next September. He is, IMO, so not ready! But, by the time next Sept. rolls around he will be 14.5. Fingers crossed that...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,194
Posted By Indian summer
When people say that school accustoms kids to a...

When people say that school accustoms kids to a 9-5 workday, I think back to job I had once working 4am until noon. Nothing prepared me for that, and yet I did it because I was being paid! I did not...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,194
Posted By Indian summer
I'm so enjoying reading about all of your lives...

I'm so enjoying reading about all of your lives and how your unschoolers are spending their days. I'm a people watcher by nature (not to sound creepy, lol!) and it helps me to see just what this...
Forum: Unschooling   11-18-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,288
Posted By Indian summer
Well, there are no lice, fleas or mites here...

Well, there are no lice, fleas or mites here (knock on wood). We had ds's seven month old cat, Sparrow (aka Spartacus) to the vet two weeks ago for his neutering and he got a clean bill of health....
Forum: Unschooling   10-14-2014, 11:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 465
Posted By Indian summer
Oh no! I had not heard that. I'm so sorry it...

Oh no! I had not heard that. I'm so sorry it ended that way.
Forum: Unschooling   10-14-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 465
Posted By Indian summer
For what it's worth, I've been following this...

For what it's worth, I've been following this story through social media, and I had already noted the contrast between the posts from national news sites vs. posts from locals to your area. It...
Forum: Unschooling   10-11-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,838
Posted By Indian summer
Well, we're getting set to close down the cottage...

Well, we're getting set to close down the cottage soon, which means I have to wash and then find appropriate storage for all the linens, fridge space for all the duplicate condiments and my cleaning...
Forum: Unschooling   10-10-2014, 05:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By Indian summer
A few of you mentioned some version of "go for...

A few of you mentioned some version of "go for the frivolous degree, just pick a great school."

Is this really important? Is it as important to Canadian kids? I don't know a single person who...
Forum: Unschooling   10-09-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By Indian summer
When college majors aren't practical

What would you do if your kids ideas of college majors likely wouldn't lead to a great career? Of course, I don't have a crystal ball, so I couldn't say that for sure, but statistically speaking. If...
Forum: Unschooling   09-18-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By Indian summer
How to get ready for public school after unschooling

What would you do in this situation?

Student is 13 (would be in grade 8 this year if in school) but has mostly unschooled the past 6-7 years. Wants to go to ps high school next year for grade 9,...
Forum: Unschooling   02-09-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By Indian summer
Thank you for all of your help. I don't...

Thank you for all of your help.

I don't have much musical training and when I see brilliant music teachers working with my kids I'm in awe of their experience and intuition. I do get it. I don't...
Forum: Unschooling   02-08-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By Indian summer
We've already done some guitar lessons. And...

We've already done some guitar lessons. And mandolin and piano. I was leaning toward violin because of a preference for smaller instruments for smaller hands and this weird sort of gut...
Forum: Unschooling   02-08-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By Indian summer
I'll start by saying that we aren't unschooling...

I'll start by saying that we aren't unschooling ATM. We used too, but it worked better for some of us than others. We still take an unschooling approach to some things, with some kids...

I've...
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