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Forum: Unschooling   Today, 01:56 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Oh, and fooled? I was fooled when my eldest,...

Oh, and fooled?

I was fooled when my eldest, who barely left my side until she was 13 and seemed so slow in detaching from home and family, decided at 14 to accept the invitation of some adult...
Forum: Unschooling   Today, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By moominmamma
What a lovely poem. That's not the kind of rain...

What a lovely poem. That's not the kind of rain we're getting. The stuff we're getting is almost sleet, and it makes mud, and weeping slurries of clay at the foot of the cut-banks, not puddles on the...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 10:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By moominmamma
April 2015 Unschooling Thread

Come and get it!

Oh, and in the spirit of April Fool's Day,

What was something that really fooled you about unschooling, or about your kids, or about how and what they were learning? Share a...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 08:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By moominmamma
I think this is the sort of thing that will vary...

I think this is the sort of thing that will vary immensely depending on the school and the school system. Where I live the school will look at a new enrolee's birthdate and place him in the...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   Yesterday, 03:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By moominmamma
By the way, I don't think it's at all politically...

By the way, I don't think it's at all politically incorrect to say "my daughter is identifying as bisexual and I'm having trouble understanding and coping." It's honest, it's frank, and it's exactly...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-29-2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By moominmamma
Sorry, I'm not much younger than you (I'm 51),...

Sorry, I'm not much younger than you (I'm 51), but my eldest (now 21) is bisexual.

Sexual attraction is very different from gender identity. If your dd identifies as bisexual, that in itself is...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-28-2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Posted By moominmamma
Yup, that's one of the few books about parenting...

Yup, that's one of the few books about parenting teens that I've read. Excellent stuff.

Another one I liked, because it speaks to the over-parenting trend so nicely, is "Too Safe for their Own...
Forum: Unschooling   03-28-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,111
Posted By moominmamma
Back from Vancouver. The rest of our visit was...

Back from Vancouver. The rest of our visit was fine. Fiona was still quite under the weather with a head cold, and over-tired from our challenging all-in-one-room living arrangements. Just like in...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-27-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 402
Posted By moominmamma
There are a lot of confusing aspects of this...

There are a lot of confusing aspects of this survey. For instance a respondent may only "exercise" for 20 minutes a day, but if they're walking 15 minutes to and from school, or walking a dog, or...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-26-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,167
Posted By moominmamma
We have access to a public library this year for...

We have access to a public library this year for the first time ever, and with our small-town-but-regionally-networked library that includes being able to sign out downloadable audiobooks. We can...
Forum: Unschooling   03-26-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By moominmamma
That's great news! Both the fact that the doc...

That's great news! Both the fact that the doc stayed focused on issues that concerned you, and the speech therapy.

I have mixed feelings about these sorts of questions by doctors. Sure, sometimes...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-23-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,022
Posted By moominmamma
Why would that matter to someone posting in the...

Why would that matter to someone posting in the homeschooling forum?

(Another thinly veiled B**star marketing post, no doubt.)

Miranda
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-23-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 238
Posted By moominmamma
It sounds like your life is very challenging on...

It sounds like your life is very challenging on many levels. I went through a phase when my older three kids were similar ages ... 7, 5 and 3. Rural property, one vehicle which dh took to work, no...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   03-20-2015, 09:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 661
Posted By moominmamma
My 12yo has dance classes that go until 9. But...

My 12yo has dance classes that go until 9. But she's in with a bunch of older kids (mostly over 14) so the later time is understandable. And, my dd doesn't go to school, so it's not a problem for her...
Forum: Unschooling   03-20-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 334
Posted By moominmamma
There was a recent thread...

There was a recent thread (http://www.mothering.com/forum/439-unschooling/1474610-book-recommendation.html) that had a lot of good book recommendations.

Miranda
Forum: Unschooling   03-20-2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 541
Posted By moominmamma
Me: barefoot running, and trail-building ... I...

Me: barefoot running, and trail-building ... I get weirdly obsessed over building trails in the woods.
Dh: blacksmithing
Fiona: She's sort of a social media legend. Her brother's university friends...
Forum: Unschooling   03-20-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,111
Posted By moominmamma
We're on a road trip to Vancouver. For years we...

We're on a road trip to Vancouver. For years we used to drive every month 8 hours east to Calgary for violin and viola lessons. Once eldest moved away and we stopped those trips, we were grateful to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-17-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,167
Posted By moominmamma
Daffodil has some great suggestions. I also...

Daffodil has some great suggestions. I also wondering if they might still be deschooling from your more structured approach in the past, equating readalouds with parental control of their learning,...
Forum: Unschooling   03-17-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 484
Posted By moominmamma
Well done SweetSilver. I honestly (and I'm not...

Well done SweetSilver. I honestly (and I'm not exaggerating here) think of what you did yesterday as a really important life event. I killed chickens for the first time about 5 years ago. (I used a...
Forum: Unschooling   03-16-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 484
Posted By moominmamma
Welding!? That is so cool! My dh is a blacksmith....

Welding!? That is so cool! My dh is a blacksmith. He's done a little bit of arc welding, but not much.

I finished knitting my shawl. My cast-on wasn't quite as stretchy as would have been...
Forum: Unschooling   03-14-2015, 03:05 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,111
Posted By moominmamma
Welcome (back!) orangefoot! I also have a...

Welcome (back!) orangefoot!

I also have a 12-year-old daughter. She's struggling a little with envisioning and educational path that will work for her as she navigates her future. She is not...
Forum: Unschooling   03-12-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 477
Posted By moominmamma
I only have four kids, but we have never found it...

I only have four kids, but we have never found it helpful to deal with behavioural and relationship issues in the moment. We needed to always "take it out of the moment" and hold a family meeting...
Forum: Unschooling   03-11-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,111
Posted By moominmamma
I had a similar experience 15 years ago in my...

I had a similar experience 15 years ago in my Suzuki music teaching community. While I felt intuitively that there ought not to be a conflict between the Suzuki philosophy and the unschooling...
Forum: Unschooling   03-11-2015, 03:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 836
Posted By moominmamma
It's an interesting question, what are the...

It's an interesting question, what are the ingredients and the lines of reasoning that make unschooling likely to be accepted in a given culture.

(Fiona and I attended a screening of Girl Rising...
Forum: Unschooling   03-11-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,111
Posted By moominmamma
Following up a couple of things from previously. ...

Following up a couple of things from previously.

At the hackerspace where Coding Club is held there were a couple of 3D printers which fascinated Fiona. There was also a notice up about a weekend...
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