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Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   Yesterday, 09:37 AM
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Posted By moominmamma
I completely agree with this. I am eternally...

I completely agree with this. I am eternally grateful to fate that I began teaching violin to a number of young children at about the same time I started noticing my own kids' intellectual gifts....
Forum: Unschooling   07-09-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 550
Posted By moominmamma
We made a trip to the nearest medium-sized city...

We made a trip to the nearest medium-sized city to pick up dd20. The two younger sisters wanted to come along (8 hours round-trip) but ds had to work so he stayed behind: he really hates road trips...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-07-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 886
Posted By moominmamma
I'm curious why not? I do this from time to time...

I'm curious why not? I do this from time to time with my various kids. They like it; they feel I have confidence in them and they relish the alone time and independence.

Maybe I'm missing...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-07-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By moominmamma
From an observational standpoint don't think...

From an observational standpoint don't think there's much practical difference between saying "he's a one in a hundred exception" and "he's a one in ten thousand exception." Practically speaking, in...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-07-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 246
Posted By moominmamma
I don't even do as much as you do. No formal...

I don't even do as much as you do. No formal curriculum, except in math which is done fairly sparingly and in a child-led way. I honestly don't know of anyone in real life who follows a lesson plan,...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-06-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,011
Posted By moominmamma
My solution has just been to make an effort to...

My solution has just been to make an effort to stay caught up myself. I don't have much interest in Snapchat myself, but I made an account and got comfortable enough with the culture there to get a...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-06-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By moominmamma
I think Linda is right on the money. I think this...

I think Linda is right on the money. I think this feeling (which is very common, I agree, and almost an inevitable part of being a parent) comes of observing something specific about your child and...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-05-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,011
Posted By moominmamma
Certainly there are some differences in...

Certainly there are some differences in philosophy here ... personally I think lack of anonymity creates the accountability that promotes better on-line behaviour. But I was wondering more...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-05-2014, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 293
Posted By moominmamma
I think new-to-homeschooling moms often get it...

I think new-to-homeschooling moms often get it backwards: they figure they'll start with some curriculum structure when their kids are young so they feel like they have something to go on, and then...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-05-2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,011
Posted By moominmamma
Maybe I'm missing something here, but what's the...

Maybe I'm missing something here, but what's the "yikes" for?

I live in a small town that has a small-town newspaper in which my kids are quite regularly photographed and written about. That's...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-04-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,011
Posted By moominmamma
Yeah, but your dd isn't just growing up in our...

Yeah, but your dd isn't just growing up in our culture, she's growing up in your family. When you get that junk from your well-meaning adult friends, share it with your dd and talk about why it's...
Forum: Unschooling   07-04-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 550
Posted By moominmamma
Please!!! Can't wait! Miranda

Please!!! Can't wait!

Miranda
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-04-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,011
Posted By moominmamma
Just a couple of words of caution about this,...

Just a couple of words of caution about this, having raised three teens so far and having talking frankly a lot with them and their friends about these issues. First, the ability to delete things...
Forum: Unschooling   07-03-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 550
Posted By moominmamma
You're kidding, right? Real life learning trumps...

You're kidding, right? Real life learning trumps books a hundred times over. I mean, I suppose if you were in the bush for 10 months straight out of every 12, year after year, then maybe there would...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-03-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,011
Posted By moominmamma
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare anyone! I...

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare anyone! I honestly just thought it was funny.

To answer your question.... She's had pretty good critical thinking skills for long time now. I would guess that...
Forum: Parenting   07-03-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By moominmamma
I would attend the appointment but leave the room...

I would attend the appointment but leave the room during the exam. I think it's very important for adolescents (a) to begin to establish confidence and independence when it comes to their health care...
Forum: Unschooling   07-02-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 550
Posted By moominmamma
Canada Day yesterday. We didn't do much special....

Canada Day yesterday. We didn't do much special. Took in some fireworks in the evening, and spent the day puttering around doing outside work. The girls took a sledgehammer to an old concrete slab we...
Forum: Unschooling   07-01-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 550
Posted By moominmamma
July 2014 Unschooling Thread

Anything goes here: ponderings, revelations, rants, projects, frustrations, learning and living ... post away!
Forum: Unschooling   07-01-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,609
Posted By moominmamma
Welcome to this forum, HillbillyHarmony! I think...

Welcome to this forum, HillbillyHarmony! I think just plain playing is great in the summer. And the rest of the year too. :)

Miranda
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-01-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By moominmamma
Yes I should add we used no curriculum unless the...

Yes I should add we used no curriculum unless the kids asked for it. That meant nothing at all until the 2nd grade level, and then a casually-done math curriculum, maybe a handwriting workbook one...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-01-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 279
Posted By moominmamma
I was in a similar place with my 4-year-old...

I was in a similar place with my 4-year-old sixteen years ago. I think we made it to about March too with the preschool thing. Our preschool was play-based, and the teachers thankfully saw my dd as...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-01-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 886
Posted By moominmamma
I have a couple of pretty extreme introverts who...

I have a couple of pretty extreme introverts who also have a bit of social anxiety, and I'm wondering about the social aspect. A few things have popped out at me: your concern that her friends seem...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-30-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 385
Posted By moominmamma
Then again, watching adults stay healthy and...

Then again, watching adults stay healthy and active and take time for themselves is a pretty solid learning experience. :)

Miranda
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-29-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 806
Posted By moominmamma
I admit I always figured it as Amy does. I have...

I admit I always figured it as Amy does. I have four kids with a 9-year spread, and that always seemed to make vacationing tough. We don't fit in single a motel room, tent or canoe together, things...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-28-2014, 09:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,011
Posted By moominmamma
Thought I'd post this, because I thought it was...

Thought I'd post this, because I thought it was funny but also because I think it illustrates how kids who grow up using the internet independently and getting clear teaching early on about safety...
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