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Forum: Unschooling   03-18-2017, 12:26 PM
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Yes! In my opinion (which no one at the school...

Yes! In my opinion (which no one at the school probably wants and I try to keep to myself), the curriculum and standards are the school's most gigantic problem. The K-5 teacher, for instance, has a...
Forum: Unschooling   03-12-2017, 11:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,194
Posted By mckittre
Imagine instead of having one or a few or a...

Imagine instead of having one or a few or a handful of kids -- you had 36 of them. How could they have a good educational experience?

Yesterday, my town had yet another emotional community meeting...
Forum: Unschooling   03-07-2017, 09:06 AM
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Posted By mckittre
Yes, welcome! My kids were that little not too...

Yes, welcome! My kids were that little not too long ago, and you're encouraged to discuss no matter what age they are.

I guess I should also clarify that most of my "working on" weaknesses with...
Forum: Unschooling   03-04-2017, 10:22 AM
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Posted By mckittre
Rather than signs of spring, we just made a rapid...

Rather than signs of spring, we just made a rapid transition from summer to winter, coming from a month in Baja to icy snowy home at 15 degrees (-9.5C). But we don't really expect any spring for a...
Forum: Unschooling   01-24-2017, 12:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,636
Posted By mckittre
Deborah -- we had a march here too! 41 people,...

Deborah -- we had a march here too! 41 people, well over 10% of our 300-somethng person winter population.

SweetSilver -- I really hope the meds work out for you. Lots of tough things to work...
Forum: Unschooling   01-09-2017, 12:49 PM
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Views: 2,636
Posted By mckittre
zebra -- hope he feels better soon. ...

zebra -- hope he feels better soon.

Interesting that February is the down time. I find November much worse. By February, we have enough daylight back, usually enough snow, that I think winter...
Forum: Unschooling   01-07-2017, 10:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 687
Posted By mckittre
Why Alaska? I live in my husband's hometown,...

Why Alaska? I live in my husband's hometown, which I would likely have never heard of without him. Mostly, though, I live in Alaska because I belong here! The first time I came up for a summer, I...
Forum: Unschooling   01-03-2017, 07:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,636
Posted By mckittre
I've lived in a yurt for 8 years now, and I love...

I've lived in a yurt for 8 years now, and I love it.
Forum: Unschooling   01-02-2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,636
Posted By mckittre
Enjoying a little quiet after a day and a half of...

Enjoying a little quiet after a day and a half of straight kid parties. My youngest turned 6 on New Year's day. We had kid ski day, a sleepover party for her that involved going to the town...
Forum: Unschooling   01-01-2017, 12:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 687
Posted By mckittre
Bussing was a big deal when I was a kid. I rode a...

Bussing was a big deal when I was a kid. I rode a bus all 12 years in a large city. It was sometimes cold and dark in the morning waiting for it. High school and middle school started at 7:45 After I...
Forum: Unschooling   12-31-2016, 11:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,910
Posted By mckittre
Can't speak to snatoms, because I haven't tried...

Can't speak to snatoms, because I haven't tried them, but at a quick look, they wouldn't meet my son's needs. Way too expensive for a small number of atoms, and not nearly enough diversity in atoms....
Forum: Unschooling   12-30-2016, 06:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,910
Posted By mckittre
He's using molecular model kits. "Molymod" brand....

He's using molecular model kits. "Molymod" brand. They're generally sold to college chem students, which I think is a travesty -- they've been his favorite toy for years. He learned most of what he...
Forum: Unschooling   12-30-2016, 04:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,910
Posted By mckittre
Yay! My version of procrastination is that I have...

Yay! My version of procrastination is that I have not even actually mailed my gifts to my dad and stepmom yet. Perhaps they'll be mid-January gifts.

Kids have been playing with our...
Forum: Unschooling   12-20-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,910
Posted By mckittre
My kids don't have accounts for themselves yet --...

My kids don't have accounts for themselves yet -- neither of them can read well enough yet to have or want them. They do make YouTube videos, and I post them on my account. I'd give them an account...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2016, 12:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,910
Posted By mckittre
Miranda: Winter transportation is always a...

Miranda: Winter transportation is always a crapshoot here as well. My mom was supposed to get in yesterday, but hopefully is coming today. If it's snowing, or dark (lots of dark in the winter) the...
Forum: Unschooling   12-12-2016, 02:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,910
Posted By mckittre
The glove does look cool. I'm still hobbling...

The glove does look cool.

I'm still hobbling around on my sprained ankle, but getting better. My daughter is at school again. She's been a lot of times in the last two weeks, including on an...
Forum: Unschooling   12-07-2016, 05:13 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,910
Posted By mckittre
Fiona sounds so mature for a kid that age! It...

Fiona sounds so mature for a kid that age! It seems like her ability to recognize and address that anxiety is about seven light years beyond what my own coping skills were like as a teen. Your...
Forum: Unschooling   12-04-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,910
Posted By mckittre
It's cold and snowy and sunny and beautiful, and...

It's cold and snowy and sunny and beautiful, and I have a sprained ankle. :( Did a great ski day with half the kids in town yesterday, and was totally fine with the skiing part, planning an actual...
Forum: Unschooling   12-02-2016, 12:27 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,910
Posted By mckittre
As Miranda pointed out yesterday, it is actually...

As Miranda pointed out yesterday, it is actually December. :) My floor is covered with labeled models of hormones -- he managed to build 6 before he ran out of carbon atoms. And scissors, bits of...
Forum: Unschooling   12-01-2016, 03:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,162
Posted By mckittre
Having been surrounded by chemistry for over two...

Having been surrounded by chemistry for over two years now, I'll say it's often underappreciated. :) I also remember from my own college days I had a rule that I would never take the "100" class of...
Forum: Unschooling   11-27-2016, 11:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,162
Posted By mckittre
Yes, I'd hardly expect to drop him off somewhere...

Yes, I'd hardly expect to drop him off somewhere and say "Hi, my non-reading second-grader would love it if you'd teach him some high school science concepts, but probably won't participate in...
Forum: Unschooling   11-22-2016, 11:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,162
Posted By mckittre
My kids got an opportunity to visit the...

My kids got an opportunity to visit the elementary classroom for a couple hours yesterday afternoon (first time for both of them doing any such thing). When my MIL picked them up the teacher said: ...
Forum: Unschooling   11-21-2016, 05:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,162
Posted By mckittre
Winter is here! 3 days of ice skating on the...

Winter is here! 3 days of ice skating on the lake, and then this morning, enough snow to roll a snowball as tall as me down the driveway (where it toppled into an immovable heap--lucky we don't...
Forum: Unschooling   11-17-2016, 12:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By mckittre
Well, my oldest kid is 7, but I was dreaming...

Well, my oldest kid is 7, but I was dreaming about this type of thing just a few minutes ago! My kids learn a ton through YouTube videos. Most recently, my 7yo's interest in chemistry has collided...
Forum: Unschooling   11-15-2016, 02:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,162
Posted By mckittre
Back to the kids... My 5yo has discovered that...

Back to the kids... My 5yo has discovered that she can now read Elephant and Piggie books, and she is thrilled. We borrowed all of them the library has, and she's been grabbing me and my husband...
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