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Forum: Unschooling   12-20-2013, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 416
Posted By Qalliope
The English language hasn't caught up to culture...

The English language hasn't caught up to culture in this regard.  'He' is no longer the default singular pronoun.  Since there is no recognized gender neutral option, many people adapt by using a...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2013, 12:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 416
Posted By Qalliope
I suppose we do take a holiday break.  I don't...

I suppose we do take a holiday break.  I don't think about it in that way, personally, but my ds does, in part because his social circle is mostly structured homeschoolers and public school kids. I...
Forum: The Childhood Years   12-04-2013, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 307
Posted By Qalliope
It may be normal developmental stuff, but I...

It may be normal developmental stuff, but I would suggest that, if she's been dealing with chronic stress or anxiety due to her social situation at school, that could cause her to act out....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-19-2013, 08:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 362
Posted By Qalliope
I don't know where I found this information, but...

I don't know where I found this information, but each number has a pattern that it follows when you multiply it by 1-9 in sequence. DS didn't memorize the table at all.  He just memorized the...
Forum: Unschooling   11-01-2013, 09:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 676
Posted By Qalliope
We're starting a new project here.  A MAME...

We're starting a new project here.  A MAME (http://mamedev.org/) cabinet.  I'm exciiiiited.
Forum: Unschooling   08-08-2013, 07:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
Posted By Qalliope
You're right SweetSilver, that second part is...

You're right SweetSilver, that second part is challenging.  Let's see, I would probably describe it as some sort of practice of proper art techniques with emphasis in portraiture. Everybody else...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-24-2013, 05:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,700
Posted By Qalliope
We usually do some sort of big project over the...

We usually do some sort of big project over the summer.  DS just finished reading The Hobbit, and he wants to build a hobbit hole playhouse.  We've planned to dig into the hillside to form part of...
Forum: Unschooling   04-22-2013, 09:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,130
Posted By Qalliope
I'm trying to start a business, and I keep...

I'm trying to start a business, and I keep running into one brick wall after another, so between frustration and constant work, my kids activities and interests are one giant blur. I know my 4 yr...
Forum: Unschooling   04-22-2013, 05:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,899
Posted By Qalliope
ABC had it on their website; I don't know if...

ABC had it on their website; I don't know if it's still there.  The episode was not nearly as cringe-worthy as I expected it to be.  The editing definitely favored Dayna.  Either she never expresses...
Forum: Unschooling   03-01-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By Qalliope
I have mixed feelings on this article.  I've...

I have mixed feelings on this article.  I've encountered (online and IRL) unschooling families that have accused me of being not unschooly enough and some that have considered me too radical or...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-03-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 470
Posted By Qalliope
Yeah, that's it.

Yeah, that's it.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-01-2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 470
Posted By Qalliope
FillyJonk, Have you seen the Spectra...

FillyJonk, Have you seen the Spectra PhysicsQuest comics? http://www.physicscentral.org/experiment/physicsquest/index.cfm  Not a ton of math, but a lot of good hands-on experiments.
 
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-23-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By Qalliope
My daughter has one too, and we could easily use...

My daughter has one too, and we could easily use it to cover the "core" subjects in a rudimentary way. If you are concerned about touching all the bases, but aren't wanting to implement a...
Forum: Unschooling   01-23-2013, 07:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 975
Posted By Qalliope
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by SweetSilver http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1372013/unschooling-outtakes#post_17240629)...1)  I do think...
Forum: Unschooling   01-22-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 975
Posted By Qalliope
That is fantastic! And exactly why I don't want...

That is fantastic! And exactly why I don't want to crap on his ideas. Because what do I know?  Maybe his huge, over the top ideas will turn into something both real and incredible. I don't want him...
Forum: Unschooling   01-21-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 975
Posted By Qalliope
I have more general parenting moments than...

I have more general parenting moments than unschooling-specific ones. For example, I was taking my kids plus one of their friends out to lunch at kind of an upscale pizza place.  After a rather...
Forum: Unschooling   11-21-2012, 06:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 187
Posted By Qalliope
I love all the recommendations so far, and I...

I love all the recommendations so far, and I have nothing to add as relates to unbiased reporting. If your preteens are interested in identifying how bias enters into reporting and what that looks...
Forum: Unschooling   11-14-2012, 06:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 450
Posted By Qalliope
I suspect you need to have a longer deeper...

I suspect you need to have a longer deeper discussion of what unschooling means to you and get him to sign on fully, to really commit to that path.    But aside from that, if he wants to help, help...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-29-2012, 08:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 762
Posted By Qalliope
This is really timely for me as I am discovering...

This is really timely for me as I am discovering that there are periods where empathy and playfulness do wonders in creating an harmonious family life, but there are also times - like now - when...
Forum: Unschooling   10-19-2012, 09:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 479
Posted By Qalliope
I've always been sort of self-directed.  I've...

I've always been sort of self-directed.  I've taught myself to paint and draw with a variety of media, computer programming languages, web design, and sewing. More recently I've been doing...
Forum: Unschooling   09-14-2012, 09:35 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,648
Posted By Qalliope
We do that as well. I tend to lean toward...

We do that as well. I tend to lean toward reading or creative work myself during our down days, and the kids will often follow my lead if I tell them what I have planned for the day. DS was at the...
Forum: Unschooling   09-07-2012, 11:20 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,648
Posted By Qalliope
Today was one of those days that would make...

Today was one of those days that would make other homeschoolers give us the stink-eye. It was pretty much a computer-fest.  DS is working on a big project on Minecraft; he's making a map based on...
Forum: Unschooling   09-06-2012, 10:21 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,568
Posted By Qalliope
I don't like the idea of a "no screens" rule...

I don't like the idea of a "no screens" rule either.  They can be overstimulating for everybody, and if someone is frazzled, depressed, or otherwise in a funk, it needs to be shut off, but TVs and...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-07-2012, 09:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,058
Posted By Qalliope
What are other techniques/habits you have to...

What are other techniques/habits you have to stay mellow?
 
Lowering my expectations. Of myself, of them, of the people around me. Life is manageable when I acknowledge that I don't have to bake...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-07-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 568
Posted By Qalliope
Things are definitely shifting as summer gets...

Things are definitely shifting as summer gets into swing.  My daughter is picking up dance classes and my son is working on a soap box derby car. We are taking naps during the day so we can stay up...
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