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Forum: Unschooling   04-10-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 888
Posted By mckittre
I haven't had much have any free computer time in...

I haven't had much have any free computer time in the last month or so, but on a civilization stopover in the midst of a wilderness expedition. So here is our very strange day:

Camped out in the...
Forum: Unschooling   03-12-2015, 12:24 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,410
Posted By mckittre
Anna -- I get it that school can be even a worse...

Anna -- I get it that school can be even a worse place for kids outside the norms. But I feel for those parents too. I have a neighbor who has an autistic kid -- a teenager now. And he's difficult...
Forum: Unschooling   03-08-2015, 05:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,019
Posted By mckittre
My kids are little, and I've never needed to use...

My kids are little, and I've never needed to use the term "unschooling" with anyone other than my husband. When curious parents say things like "Do you ever have trouble getting them to do what you...
Forum: Unschooling   03-05-2015, 11:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,410
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- I hope you get the good DL person back...

Miranda -- I hope you get the good DL person back next year -- that sounds frustrating!



I suppose an unschooled kid probably would be harder to stick into "extracurriculars" for that reason...
Forum: Unschooling   03-03-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 248
Posted By mckittre
Deborah -- When my son was 4, he was a...

Deborah -- When my son was 4, he was a prehistoric creature nut, and would lecture people on all the geologic ages and which creatures evolved in each one. Got a lot of stares for that too. No...
Forum: Unschooling   03-02-2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 248
Posted By mckittre
My husband who is slightly dyslexic talks about...

My husband who is slightly dyslexic talks about having all the letters but not in the right order, and his sister about how she has trouble knowing which vowel to put in a word, and that they all...
Forum: Unschooling   02-27-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 248
Posted By mckittre
Thanks everyone who's added their story. It's...

Thanks everyone who's added their story. It's very interesting to read all the different strategies kids take. It seems like reading, more so than other things, can be a "sudden leap forward" thing...
Forum: Unschooling   02-25-2015, 09:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 248
Posted By mckittre
Stories of learning to read

I'm curious about how it happens. Not the age, so much, but the actual process. Did they ask to be taught? Figure it out somehow? How? I learned to read too young to remember it, and when I look at...
Forum: Unschooling   02-24-2015, 11:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 177
Posted By mckittre
How about educational games and puzzles? This...

How about educational games and puzzles? This company Smart Games has tons of geometric logic-type single player puzzles: http://www.smartgames.eu/us/smartgames Or maybe tanagrams. There are also...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-23-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 259
Posted By mckittre
It seems like there are two separate things here....

It seems like there are two separate things here. Their different interests/learning styles, and your time. Your time and feelings of being overwhelmed and alone seem like those are perhaps the...
Forum: Unschooling   02-21-2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 692
Posted By mckittre
What clothing/gear/ski setup and other logistics...

What clothing/gear/ski setup and other logistics will get the four of us happily traveling hundreds of miles in the Arctic? (the main grownup project of the moment, in my house)

Otherwise, mostly...
Forum: Unschooling   02-20-2015, 12:03 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 872
Posted By mckittre
rightkindofme -- uck! hope you feel better soon....

rightkindofme -- uck! hope you feel better soon. How far did she go?

featherstory -- i have the worst time getting my kids ready too. Truthfully, I'm just sort of mean and uncompromsing about it. ...
Forum: Unschooling   02-15-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 553
Posted By mckittre
I felt proud of myself for my son's 6th birthday...

I felt proud of myself for my son's 6th birthday yesterday. He wanted to have a "chemistry party" and initially thought all the kids would build with his molecule kit. I thought that that could...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-15-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 259
Posted By mckittre
What would they do if you didn't teach them each...

What would they do if you didn't teach them each for 3 solid hrs/day? Sounds like the 6yo would be learning plenty, and the 4yo... playing? Even if she's not motivated to study for that long, I...
Forum: Unschooling   02-14-2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 872
Posted By mckittre
Sounds like a pretty good argument for moving. ...

Sounds like a pretty good argument for moving.
I hope to never move. Or, at least, we've put so much effort into improving the property here, and love this town so much, that it would have to be...
Forum: Unschooling   02-12-2015, 10:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 279
Posted By mckittre
I think it would be a great idea. That sort of...

I think it would be a great idea. That sort of thing helps adults, why not teenagers? I know for myself, when I'm asked to write a piece with a certain deadline, I usually make it and feel good...
Forum: Unschooling   02-12-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 872
Posted By mckittre
Anna -- Probably Miranda's link is better than I...

Anna -- Probably Miranda's link is better than I have for that purpose--how to help with science class homework. I will link the videos (elements and molecules) on Periodic Videos...
Forum: Unschooling   02-11-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 872
Posted By mckittre
Thanks for this! Started reading it out loud on...

Thanks for this! Started reading it out loud on the Kindle last night and he's quite intrigued. It's tough finding more "literary" science read-alouds for such a young kid. Most popular science is...
Forum: Unschooling   02-08-2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 553
Posted By mckittre
I don't know. I kind of see Miranda's point here....

I don't know. I kind of see Miranda's point here. Some people feel regret more keenly, and are more bothered by those opportunity costs than others. As a teen and young adult, I struggled with...
Forum: Unschooling   02-07-2015, 10:10 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 872
Posted By mckittre
Miranda -- What is Fiona using for chemistry...

Miranda -- What is Fiona using for chemistry resources? I'm sure her level is higher than my little guy, but I'm always searching out more stuff to feed the monster. I think he'd love to learn about...
Forum: Unschooling   02-07-2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 553
Posted By mckittre
Perhaps the dichotomy isn't so much "consumer" vs...

Perhaps the dichotomy isn't so much "consumer" vs "non-consumer" choices, but in choices that result in irreversibly lost opportunities. Many consumer choices are irreversible in this way, because...
Forum: Unschooling   02-06-2015, 11:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 553
Posted By mckittre
So are you saying my kids will be grateful to...

So are you saying my kids will be grateful to grow up in the middle of nowhere, hence lacking many of those pesky options like multiple stores or multiple roads? :)

I guess I've arranged my...
Forum: Unschooling   02-05-2015, 12:09 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 872
Posted By mckittre
Back from full-moon winter camping. Broken leg...

Back from full-moon winter camping. Broken leg turned out not to be a problem. He opted not to ride in the sled much at all, and instead got very fast at hobbling along on his cast. My daughter is...
Forum: Unschooling   02-04-2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 243
Posted By mckittre
We have loose bedtimes that are late-ish, but not...

We have loose bedtimes that are late-ish, but not incredibly late, usually 9-something for the 4yo, and 10-something for the almost 6 yo. Adults later. Drifts later in summer, with social events,...
Forum: Unschooling   02-02-2015, 11:34 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 872
Posted By mckittre
I guess I'll choose "adaptation." At the moment,...

I guess I'll choose "adaptation." At the moment, watching my son adapt to having a broken leg and being incredibly impressed at just how resilient and zen and unruffled kids can be.

He really...
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