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Forum: Unschooling   08-30-2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,488
Posted By NellieKatz
An update: I don't have time to read all the...

An update: I don't have time to read all the other posts right now, not even my own, but I did want to pop in and say that we've reached some peace on the subject. Several things we've learned:
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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-18-2012, 03:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 328
Posted By NellieKatz
How about, rather than just one curriculum,...

How about, rather than just one curriculum, instead follow something like the World Book guide that provides a "typical course of study" for each grade level. That way you can teach any way you...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-21-2012, 12:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 847
Posted By NellieKatz
Thank you for mentioning this site. We love it! ...

Thank you for mentioning this site. We love it!
 
 
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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-16-2012, 07:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 397
Posted By NellieKatz
I agree with this. For you, reading during the...

I agree with this. For you, reading during the day may be a "joy" but what if it isn't for her, and never will be? That is not intended to sound mean--it's just a gentle reminder that sometimes we...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-15-2012, 05:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 397
Posted By NellieKatz
It's funny; I used to be worried about TV but...

It's funny; I used to be worried about TV but now that my DS (9) has Minecraft, it seems he's forgotten all about it. He'd play Minecraft all day if I let him, which I don't. He has a break during...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2012, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By NellieKatz
Yes, there was a part with a pool table. It was...

Yes, there was a part with a pool table. It was fascinating! I never knew that stuff!! I mean, I intuitively knew that knowing about angles would help with pool, but I never knew the precision of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2012, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By NellieKatz
Has anyone seen this video before? It's by...

Has anyone seen this video before? It's by Disney, done in 1959. We spotted it in the library yesterday (DVD). I remembered how wonderful Fantasia was, so I thought that this being another older...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-22-2012, 10:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 270
Posted By NellieKatz
We're child-led around here, so things happen...

We're child-led around here, so things happen when they're ready to happen. As proof of this, my son was REALLY into chemistry when he was 6, but hadn't learned to read yet. No matter. I read TO...
Forum: Unschooling   05-20-2012, 06:10 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,369
Posted By NellieKatz
When I used to have to stay with my son in order...

When I used to have to stay with my son in order for him to fall asleep, I used to bring in my Sony Walkman (or for a more updated device, perhaps an iPod?) and listen to NPR on the earbuds.  There...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-16-2012, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By NellieKatz
I think it depends on the child. We subscribe to...

I think it depends on the child. We subscribe to the theory put forth by John Holt and others that kids are pre-wired to learn, and that learning is not something you can do "to" someone. I mean,...
Forum: Unschooling   05-16-2012, 11:54 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 375
Posted By NellieKatz
Just wanted to share this with you guys. It...

Just wanted to share this with you guys. It looks AMAZING for kids (like mine) who like to learn at their own pace.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9720231.stm
 
We've always...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-14-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By NellieKatz
What a riot. Thanks for sharing this.   ...

What a riot. Thanks for sharing this.
 
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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-12-2012, 08:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 757
Posted By NellieKatz
You can learn alongside them. That's what I have...

You can learn alongside them. That's what I have done. I learned everything so long ago I forgot most of it anyway. :-)
 
But I am just now starting to become aware that the reason behind my...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-08-2012, 08:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,226
Posted By NellieKatz
As I read your posts I find myself thinking you...

As I read your posts I find myself thinking you might benefit from reading some books by John Holt, such as "How Children Learn" and "Teach Your Own." He sheds wonderful light on how children learn...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-08-2012, 08:46 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,113
Posted By NellieKatz
I jokingly refer to the Well Trained Mind as a...

I jokingly refer to the Well Trained Mind as a sort of dangerous drug for me. If I dare to pick it up, I start getting crazy. I want my kid to sit at a desk like someone from Waltons Mountain [see...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-08-2012, 06:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 512
Posted By NellieKatz
I agree with this. We've been having the same...

I agree with this. We've been having the same problem (with our son an unschooled only-child, age 9)
 
First, I just want to get it out there that "socialization" as usually described by school...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-30-2012, 08:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,096
Posted By NellieKatz
This is off-topic a little but I have to...

This is off-topic a little but I have to ask.....when you said "homeschooled (badly)" what did you mean? What do you wish your parents had done differently?
 
 
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Forum: Unschooling   04-30-2012, 01:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,369
Posted By NellieKatz
I'm pretty sure that if you wrote a book, I'd...

I'm pretty sure that if you wrote a book, I'd buy it!
 
Thanks for all this helpful information.
 
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Forum: Gentle Discipline   04-28-2012, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By NellieKatz
Some kids who are extra-sensitive actually do...

Some kids who are extra-sensitive actually do feel "hurt" by angry or loud voices. My son is like that. A certain level of anger or disapproval from a parent feels threatening and painful to them....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-28-2012, 06:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,032
Posted By NellieKatz
I find that as a homeschooler, *I* am the one...

I find that as a homeschooler, *I* am the one who is curious all the time, sort of desperate to know if my kid is at "grade level" which of course is what I am supposedly not concerned with. I find...
Forum: Unschooling   04-27-2012, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,166
Posted By NellieKatz
Hi backtobasics,   I know this is sort of an...

Hi backtobasics,
 
I know this is sort of an old post but I just saw it and I wanted to say we here in Central Mass. have a strong homeschooling community and a strong vegan/vegetarian community...
Forum: Unschooling   04-26-2012, 08:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,369
Posted By NellieKatz
I only have one child and bedtime has always...

I only have one child and bedtime has always been an issue. But can I ask you what does it mean "keep from having to run interference"?
 
Does it refer to the kids not getting along, or are they...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-25-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,032
Posted By NellieKatz
I had a similar experience, but I always just...

I had a similar experience, but I always just tell it as a funny story. My neighbor and I used to sit there nursing our babies and talking, and she said "wouldn't it be great to homeschool the kids;...
Forum: Unschooling   04-25-2012, 07:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 715
Posted By NellieKatz
Wow! I did a little Googling on this subject...

Wow! I did a little Googling on this subject ("children who are dreamers") and one mother's blog pointed me to this book called The Edison Trait:...
Forum: Unschooling   04-24-2012, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 313
Posted By NellieKatz
Modeling clay and trays of Moon Sand have been...

Modeling clay and trays of Moon Sand have been lifesavers around here for us.
 
With the modeling clay (ie. it never dries out), it seemed that whatever my son's passion was at the time, he would...
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