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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-02-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 532
Posted By starling&diesel
I don't think it matters one bit what she's...

I don't think it matters one bit what she's writing with, if she's happy to muck around with it. My daughter used felt pen a lot, likely because it's clear to see, and so colourful. She also started...
Forum: Unschooling   10-01-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 359
Posted By starling&diesel
We limit screens. Our kids are almost six, and...

We limit screens. Our kids are almost six, and three.

The only screen time they get is just before supper, when they can choose a few shows on Netflix, or watch a movie. Yesterday it was Ponyo,...
Forum: Unschooling   10-01-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 359
Posted By starling&diesel
We limit screens. Our kids are almost six, and...

We limit screens. Our kids are almost six, and three.
The only screen time they get is just before supper, when they can choose a few shows on Netflix, or watch a movie. Yesterday it was Ponyo, for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-30-2014, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 587
Posted By starling&diesel
Smile I'm not in the same boat either, but this is what...

I'm not in the same boat either, but this is what I'd say if you were a friend of mine:

"Why don't you try it, and if it works out, great. And if it doesn't work out, you can put her back in a...
Forum: Queer Parenting   09-25-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By starling&diesel
It's called 'MDC Queer Parenting Group.'

It's called 'MDC Queer Parenting Group.'
Forum: Queer Parenting   09-25-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By starling&diesel
I'll find it for you, Robin.

I'll find it for you, Robin.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-24-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By starling&diesel
I'm in BC too. Our little relative did need an...

I'm in BC too. Our little relative did need an IEP to access supports and resources for her giftedness. If her parents had waited for the district to do it, it wouldn't have happened until they 'got...
Forum: Queer Parenting   09-23-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 234
Posted By starling&diesel
Go, Robin! WHOOT! Are you connected to the FB...

Go, Robin! WHOOT! Are you connected to the FB group of MDC queer families? Have you posted there?
People, this is a great opportunity to let your family shine!
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-20-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,325
Posted By starling&diesel
This. I've removed myself from most of the...

This.
I've removed myself from most of the local online groups (there are way too many in my opinion, between FB and Yahoo), and am considering taking myself off altogether because I don't want to...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-18-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,192
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks for responding with your answers, Aufilia....

Thanks for responding with your answers, Aufilia.

SO glad that I'm not the only one packing a whole suitcase for books.

I like the idea of a dictionary function. When DD reads in bed and...
Forum: Unschooling   09-18-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,413
Posted By starling&diesel
The kids and I hung out at a relative's house for...

The kids and I hung out at a relative's house for the better part of a week this summer (days only while I looked after their kids), and we REALLY noticed how difficult it is to work amidst clutter,...
Forum: Unschooling   09-15-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 576
Posted By starling&diesel
majikfaerie is the unschooling mama who goes to...

majikfaerie is the unschooling mama who goes to Rainbow gatherings with her daughter. Her blog hasn't been active for a while, but you can read up on kids and Rainbow gatherings in her archives. ...
Forum: Unschooling   09-15-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,039
Posted By starling&diesel
There is a lot of chatter on FB about this, and...

There is a lot of chatter on FB about this, and how the various DL are responding to questions.
There is a BC homeschool/unschool group on FB that should be easy to search for.
As far as I know,...
Forum: Unschooling   09-15-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 757
Posted By starling&diesel
This strike is definitely getting people talking...

This strike is definitely getting people talking about 'missed learning,' isn't it, Miranda ...
Folks have been chatting up a lot of local homeschoolers/unschoolers for 'advice' here too.
People...
Forum: Unschooling   09-15-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By starling&diesel
What Miranda said. My kids are still way young,...

What Miranda said. My kids are still way young, so my ideas about this come from my nieces. I was so worried about them when they were between 9-12 years old. They seemed like complete and utter...
Forum: Unschooling   09-07-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,413
Posted By starling&diesel
LOVE Daphne Gottlieb's work! "Why Things Burn"...

LOVE Daphne Gottlieb's work! "Why Things Burn" was a book that shook me to my core.
How cool that you interviewed her!
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-05-2014, 11:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,049
Posted By starling&diesel
Calming: We've tried all kinds of things, but...

Calming:
We've tried all kinds of things, but only a few have worked with any deep or meaningful results.
I've learned that it can't be any 'thing,' and instead has to be something we 'do.'


...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-05-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,049
Posted By starling&diesel
Yes! Us too! We're all a bit oddball in our...

Yes! Us too! We're all a bit oddball in our house, with DD being exceptionally so. We love Michael Franti's "Stay Human" with it's "all the freaking people make the beauty of the world" refrain. ...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-04-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,049
Posted By starling&diesel
Oh, so many quirks in our house too. When we...

Oh, so many quirks in our house too.
When we went to the paediatrician a few years ago (DD was about 2.5yo then), he said, "Okay, so she's atypical, but she's also two years old. Let's keep an eye...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-04-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,192
Posted By starling&diesel
I wonder about that myself, considering the...

I wonder about that myself, considering the amount that I read as a kid, and because it was a means for me to escape from a very messy home life.
I don't worry about it for my child, though. Not at...
Forum: Unschooling   09-04-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,413
Posted By starling&diesel
Just got back from a Not Back To School camp-out...

Just got back from a Not Back To School camp-out with about a dozen families or so.
Home today and tomorrow for laundry, then off to Ottawa for a ten-day trip to visit family and hang out at their...
Forum: Unschooling   09-04-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 707
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks, Miranda. It's helpful to be reminded...

Thanks, Miranda. It's helpful to be reminded about the realities behind the perceived idyll. Also, the grass-is-greener and all that. If we did homesteading in any way, shape or form, we'd be at...
Forum: Unschooling   09-01-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,465
Posted By starling&diesel
I'm watching this space and appreciating the...

I'm watching this space and appreciating the contributions fro the BTDT mamas, so thank you.

My kids are still quite young, but I do think about chores and money, and DP and I have talked about...
Forum: Unschooling   08-31-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,780
Posted By starling&diesel
Lovely to see you here, rightkindofme! I've...

Lovely to see you here, rightkindofme!

I've been very interested in getting a homeschooled teen to come be a mother's helper while I do some work in actual daylight hours. Can I ask how much you...
Forum: Unschooling   08-31-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,091
Posted By starling&diesel
I don't think so, from what little you shared...

I don't think so, from what little you shared about the situation.

Are you hooked into a community of unschoolers or homeschoolers? Are you aiming to be an unschooling family? If so, I'd suggest...
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