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Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 10:55 AM
Replies: 46
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Posted By mckittre
My two fit your categories nicely. Engineer:...

My two fit your categories nicely.

Engineer: Last night before bed, my son was testing out paper airplane designs and whether the front or the back end should be heaviest to get the better lift....
Forum: Unschooling   10-27-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 806
Posted By mckittre
Just having stuff on the shelf may not be...

Just having stuff on the shelf may not be exposure--but I have two kids. I'm pretty sure reading to my youngest while my oldest chooses to listen in or not does count. Occasionally he does. But if...
Forum: Unschooling   10-25-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 806
Posted By mckittre
Quite likely true. But if I was currently most...

Quite likely true. But if I was currently most concerned about maximizing literacy levels in my kid I'd probably not be here on this forum, and instead be insisting that he learn to read.

My kids...
Forum: Unschooling   10-23-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 806
Posted By mckittre
So many good thoughts. I guess I read (and write)...

So many good thoughts. I guess I read (and write) mostly non-fiction myself, come to think of it. And fiction is far worse for keeping me up way past my bedtime when I do read it. If it's a really...
Forum: Unschooling   10-20-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 439
Posted By mckittre
I love interacting with kids in the outdoors...

I love interacting with kids in the outdoors because its an environment that makes this obvious even to the youngest kids (3-7 or so), simply because the adults generally cannot fix your problems for...
Forum: Unschooling   10-20-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 439
Posted By mckittre
But did she always do all of those things because...

But did she always do all of those things because she's thinking of long-term benefits and moral correctness? My kids are much smaller, and they do those types of things basically because they're...
Forum: Unschooling   10-17-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 806
Posted By mckittre
I wonder if there's any very very gentle sci-fi...

I wonder if there's any very very gentle sci-fi out there? He's adamantly against anything even a little bit scary.

We've never done quite the traditional bedtime story around here. Each kid just...
Forum: Unschooling   10-15-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 806
Posted By mckittre
Well, I'd bet anything that my younger kid who...

Well, I'd bet anything that my younger kid who likes fiction (and is always talking about the emotions and relationships of the people in the stories, and is very social) has better empathy than my...
Forum: Unschooling   10-13-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 806
Posted By mckittre
How important is fiction?

I have a 5 year old who vastly prefers non-fiction and will basically always choose it, whether in read-aloud or video form. He refuses to even set foot in the kids fiction section of the library. I...
Forum: Unschooling   10-13-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 414
Posted By mckittre
Have fun in Hawaii! Haven't been since I was a...

Have fun in Hawaii! Haven't been since I was a kid, though I sometimes think I'm the only Alaskan who doesn't go there every winter.

As for me, trying to really crack down on the book I'm...
Forum: Unschooling   10-10-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,476
Posted By mckittre
Our world is all slush today after an abrupt 3...

Our world is all slush today after an abrupt 3 inches of snow last night. And I still need to harvest a lot of the garden! We've been out paddling/hiking/camping much of the last 3 days, low-tiding...
Forum: Unschooling   10-09-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,082
Posted By mckittre
Angela -- one thing I see in your posts is...

Angela -- one thing I see in your posts is sharing a passion for how awesome your place is. I do that too. And I wonder if that sort of passionate embrace of your place is more likely in the extremes...
Forum: Unschooling   10-09-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By mckittre
I know a few video game designers. Some happy in...

I know a few video game designers. Some happy in their careers, some less so (I wouldn't suggest working for Microsoft).

I have a fairly useful degree (masters in molecular biology), which I don't...
Forum: Unschooling   10-06-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,082
Posted By mckittre
One of the things I like about being rural with...

One of the things I like about being rural with little kids is that I don't have to spend my time in playgrounds and children's museums. Nothing wrong with them. But when I visited family one fall...
Forum: Unschooling   10-06-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,082
Posted By mckittre
I'm curious to hear from urban folks too. Is it...

I'm curious to hear from urban folks too. Is it as simple as "little kids should be rural--teens should be urban"? or are there tradeoffs from the other side?

And if it is that simple, should...
Forum: Unschooling   10-05-2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,082
Posted By mckittre
Interesting how much cars and driving keep coming...

Interesting how much cars and driving keep coming up in this discussion. We felt when we moved here that one of the big selling points of this particular small community (400 people or so) was its...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   10-05-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 864
Posted By mckittre
Well, I was that kid. My elementary report cards...

Well, I was that kid. My elementary report cards mention me reading in class and refusing to do assignments I thought were "stupid." I was stubbornly like that all the way through K-12, despite being...
Forum: Unschooling   10-05-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,082
Posted By mckittre
Very interested in this conversation, as I'm...

Very interested in this conversation, as I'm likely the only person here even more rural than Miranda. My husband and sister grew up here. I grew up in a city. So I have some knowledge of both sides....
Forum: Unschooling   10-01-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 320
Posted By mckittre
My kids are very young (3.5 and 5.5). And so far,...

My kids are very young (3.5 and 5.5). And so far, we're clinging to the "don't unveil the world of temptations yet" strategy. Most of what they know about and ask for is pretty unproblematic. In the...
Forum: Unschooling   09-30-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,319
Posted By mckittre
Finishing up September with a stretch of...

Finishing up September with a stretch of gloriously sunny (but getting cold!) weather, and an impromptu overnight backpacking trip up to the tundra with a couple of other families. It seems like all...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-23-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 892
Posted By mckittre
Not to derail this, because I can't help you at...

Not to derail this, because I can't help you at all with documenting things for the Vermont government -- but I'm very interested in whatever resources you found for subatomic physics and molecular...
Forum: Unschooling   09-10-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 712
Posted By mckittre
subbing because I've been trying to answer a...

subbing because I've been trying to answer a similar question for a friend of mine. She's sending her 5yo daughter to K in January (family moves seasonally) in another town, and for now has been...
Forum: Unschooling   09-06-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 649
Posted By mckittre
But is there a potential conflict between "live...

But is there a potential conflict between "live life, have the kids around" and "let them follow their own passions"? One very large aspect of my particular life is wilderness expeditions. We go out...
Forum: Unschooling   09-05-2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,319
Posted By mckittre
Just had a glorious 3 day backpacking trip up to...

Just had a glorious 3 day backpacking trip up to a prominent local ridge with another mom and her 5yo, as well as my two kids. I like having three days for these short trips--it takes a whole day to...
Forum: Unschooling   09-02-2014, 01:39 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,337
Posted By mckittre
Sometimes natural consequences happen to other...

Sometimes natural consequences happen to other people you'll never interact with directly (like when you walk all over the library books and reduce their lifespan).

Sometimes, natural...
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