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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-03-2015, 09:06 AM
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Posted By Ruthla
I also just found out that I could sign Jack up...

I also just found out that I could sign Jack up for the high school level at time4learning ($30 instead of $20 a month) and select some high school courses and some 8th grade courses- meaning I could...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By Ruthla
2 of my 3 kids hate "busy work" and could never...

2 of my 3 kids hate "busy work" and could never settle down and do something consistently if they didn't understand why it needed to be done. We had our fights over chores, but overall they...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-02-2015, 10:20 AM
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Views: 261
Posted By Ruthla
I'm poking around the icivics website, but I...

I'm poking around the icivics website, but I can't quite figure out how the website works. Is it interactive? It does seem to offer enough information to be used as a primary curriculum resource,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2015, 01:56 PM
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Views: 261
Posted By Ruthla
8th Grade Social Studies Ideas

We've been using time4learning, which doesn't offer anything for Social Studies for 8th grade. I intend to use it again next year, because it's still worth the money for ELA and science (we got a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-14-2015, 03:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 338
Posted By Ruthla
What's typical for homeschooled teens?

If you currently have a homeschooled teenager, or you have experience with homeschooled teens in the past, I'd like to know about your experiences. Even if you once WERE a homeschooled teen yourself,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-05-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By Ruthla
I've tried- it seems he NEVER wants to talk about...

I've tried- it seems he NEVER wants to talk about schoolwork! Certainly not every single day. I also like the idea of having weekly goals, so if we have something outside the house planned, he can...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-05-2015, 12:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By Ruthla
It seems like every week we have a nice talk and...

It seems like every week we have a nice talk and figure out a good schoolwork schedule for him, which seems to work for 1-3 days and then it all falls apart again. On Monday, he doesn't want to do...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-01-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By Ruthla
It's different with a teenager though. He doesn't...

It's different with a teenager though. He doesn't play with his toy cars on the living room floor anymore- he's off in his room on his computer or the Xbox, and I can't always tell that he's not...
Forum: Unschooling   05-01-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 738
Posted By Ruthla
Another way to socialize is to sign him up for...

Another way to socialize is to sign him up for some kind of extra-curricular activity that's held in the late afternoons, so he'll be in there with local kids who go to public school- if there's...
Forum: Unschooling   04-30-2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 780
Posted By Ruthla
I think change is scary. There's a fear that...

I think change is scary. There's a fear that you'll lose your identity as a "homeschooling parent" if all of your kids go to school. So it makes sense that you have less anxiety about the first one...
Forum: Unschooling   04-30-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 738
Posted By Ruthla
I homeschooled my middle child from the middle of...

I homeschooled my middle child from the middle of 5th grade through 7th grade. In 8th grade, she chose to return to public school. I was fully prepared to pull her out again if she was unhappy, but...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-30-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 935
Posted By Ruthla
Are there other homeschoolers in your area?...

Are there other homeschoolers in your area? Getting together with other homeschoolers helps in many ways. It's social time for Mom as well as the kids. If you really hit it off with somebody, you may...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-30-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By Ruthla
All 4 of us are in counseling, and I periodically...

All 4 of us are in counseling, and I periodically meet with Jack's counselor for a few minutes at the beginning or end of his session (my sessions are at the same location, same time, with a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   04-29-2015, 06:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By Ruthla
SOOOO Frustrated with my homeschooled 13 year old!

I've had numerous conversations with him about expectations- how much work he needs to do each week. Repeatedly he agrees with me, does the work for a day or two, them promptly stops doing work for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-05-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 424
Posted By Ruthla
My district just requires that I follow NYS...

My district just requires that I follow NYS guidelines- which means a set number of hours per quarter in core subjects (math, ELA, science, social studies). While I'm sure his experimentation with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-03-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 424
Posted By Ruthla
We're starting to settle into a new routine. Two...

We're starting to settle into a new routine. Two or three weeks ago, I told Jack he needed to do 2 TFL activities a day, 6 days a week. (TFL= "time for learning"- the website we use for his...
Forum: Unschooling   02-02-2015, 12:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 399
Posted By Ruthla
I'm thinking about this title, and the idea of...

I'm thinking about this title, and the idea of "making you learn something." I went to public school from kindergarten through 12th grade. My teachers certainly taught a wide variety of things, but I...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   02-02-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 424
Posted By Ruthla
Zebra15- I've actually been thinking a lot about...

Zebra15- I've actually been thinking a lot about your advice. While we do need to do a certain minimal amount to satisfy the state requirements, most families do way more than that. We don't have to.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-22-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 424
Posted By Ruthla
We live in New York State. 4 times a year, I need...

We live in New York State. 4 times a year, I need to submit a quarterly report to the school district outlining what he's learned this quarter. At the end of the year, I'll need to administer some...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-21-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 239
Posted By Ruthla
I'll have to see if the library has that book or...

I'll have to see if the library has that book or something like it. I won't spend money on supplies until I'm sure they'll work for him.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-18-2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 424
Posted By Ruthla
I was not aware that the signatures didn't show...

I was not aware that the signatures didn't show up in the mobile version. Heck, I didn't even know Mothering HAD a mobile version! I'll bear that in mind for the future, and include relevent age...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-18-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 239
Posted By Ruthla
I just want to clarify that I'm not even thinking...

I just want to clarify that I'm not even thinking about his handwriting right now. The school evaluated him for OT and were all prepared to let him type nearly everything for school had I kept him...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-16-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 424
Posted By Ruthla
It's right in my signature line. He's 13. The ...

It's right in my signature line. He's 13. The girls are 18 and 20.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-15-2015, 01:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 424
Posted By Ruthla
Getting frustrated and doubting my ability to homeschool my teen

I'm getting more and more frustrated as time goes by.

I'm not new to homeschooling, as I homeschooled at various times in the past. But I'm new to parenting a teenage boy, and I'm not doing a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-15-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 239
Posted By Ruthla
And, yes, he does have problems organizing his...

And, yes, he does have problems organizing his thoughts. When he was younger, it was nearly impossible to get him to tell a cohesive story, even about something a simple as a recent shopping trip....
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