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Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2017, 10:31 AM
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Posted By moominmamma
Deborah, it's interesting the differences! I...

Deborah, it's interesting the differences! I think we're probably in the same ballpark for rural/remoteness but driving is very different here. We have very few roads, and homes are not scattered...
Forum: Unschooling   07-18-2017, 07:36 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
We are also rural and I would have loved it if my...

We are also rural and I would have loved it if my kids had been able to start driving themselves to all their activities and commitments as teens rather than relying on me. But the wrinkle here is...
Forum: Unschooling   07-17-2017, 06:16 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Very tempting indeed. And ... thirteen, that's...

Very tempting indeed. And ... thirteen, that's nice to have the option. Here you can't even legally operate an e-bicycle until 16. :(

Miranda
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-16-2017, 04:47 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
The dalai lama was already in his 50s when when...

The dalai lama was already in his 50s when when personal computers began coming generally available. He was 60 before the internet began to take hold. So I don't think he was trained or raised by...
Forum: Unschooling   07-15-2017, 07:14 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
It's funny, none of my kids wants or needs a car....

It's funny, none of my kids wants or needs a car. I suppose this is a regional and cultural thing, but I think it's partly generational as well. A lot of the teens and twenty-somethings I know have...
Forum: Unschooling   07-15-2017, 12:18 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Good move! Containers ftw! Fiona just...

Good move! Containers ftw!

Fiona just finished a week of work as the assistant teacher in the dance portion of the dance and drama summer camp that took place here. She rocked it: everyone thought...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-04-2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By moominmamma
I watched some Sesame Street with my elder kids,...

I watched some Sesame Street with my elder kids, back in about 1998, and was stunned by how sound-byte-ish it had become in pace and style. The change had already taken place by then, and preceded...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-01-2017, 06:32 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
I agree that there is value in children learning...

I agree that there is value in children learning to persist and problem-solve their way through things that they find difficult, rather than giving up or losing interest. However, I have always found...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-01-2017, 04:54 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
I agree with the others about laying off the...

I agree with the others about laying off the writing for now.

My ds (now 20) was homeschooled all along and it was clear he had some 2E stuff going on, including dysgraphia. I didn't push it at...
Forum: Unschooling   07-01-2017, 10:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,147
Posted By moominmamma
July 2017 Unschooling Thread

Happy Canada Day! Happy early-4th-of-July!

Anything goes here.

We have moved home to our village full-time for the summer. We've rented out the house-in-town, so I spent this past week getting...
Forum: Unschooling   06-29-2017, 08:16 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
My 14-year-old handled hosting a party at an...

My 14-year-old handled hosting a party at an unsupervised house attended by a dozen and a half 15- to 19-year-olds. No one got drunk. The neighbours were not annoyed. The police were not involved....
Forum: Traditional Foods   06-28-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,164
Posted By moominmamma
Maybe have a look at https://kefirhood.com/ ? ...

Maybe have a look at https://kefirhood.com/ ?

Miranda
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-27-2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 741
Posted By moominmamma
Just be careful about drawing a causative link....

Just be careful about drawing a causative link. The gaming may very well not cause the higher achievement shown in this study. It may just be that having a geeky brain causes both high achievement...
Forum: Unschooling   06-26-2017, 11:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,487
Posted By moominmamma
I thought about this list today. Fiona and I were...

I thought about this list today. Fiona and I were walking home (up the 174 stairs from main street to our House-in-Town) and she was saying that she felt bored, tired and unproductive. By way of...
Forum: Unschooling   06-26-2017, 11:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,487
Posted By moominmamma
This has been my inner dialogue too. Am I a lazy...

This has been my inner dialogue too. Am I a lazy parent who can't provide her kids with an intentional, organized learning program hiding behind the unschooling label? Or on the other hand, am I too...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-26-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 741
Posted By moominmamma
momto1, you don't agree with what? It sounds like...

momto1, you don't agree with what? It sounds like you thought I was minimizing the harmful effects of obsessive gaming in those who engage in it. All I was saying is that we should look to other...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-26-2017, 08:11 AM
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Views: 741
Posted By moominmamma
The pleasure centres in the brain that gaming...

The pleasure centres in the brain that gaming triggers are the same ones that are triggered by things like food, music and sex. The 'instant high' isn't peculiar to computers and it's not impossible...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-25-2017, 08:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 741
Posted By moominmamma
There are deliberately addictive elements to many...

There are deliberately addictive elements to many older media and products too though, especially the 'serialized' versions of both ("collect them all!"). I don't think internet gaming is...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-24-2017, 09:26 AM
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Views: 405
Posted By moominmamma
I always tried to make my older kids feel special...

I always tried to make my older kids feel special because of all the things they could do for themselves and for the new baby. If the baby needed diapering, I'd say how proud I was, and grateful,...
Forum: Unschooling   06-23-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,487
Posted By moominmamma
Speaking for myself, I counted my kids as having...

Speaking for myself, I counted my kids as having learned to read once they could read for pleasure. In other words, once they were able to pick up an easy chapter book, the sort of thing most kids...
Forum: Unschooling   06-22-2017, 07:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,487
Posted By moominmamma
I have a cool photo of Sophie working at the...

I have a cool photo of Sophie working at the university Rocketry Lab. Her rocket team has been working towards the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in NM for the past few months. When...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-21-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 293
Posted By moominmamma
Hi, welcome! Sorry I have no experience with the...

Hi, welcome! Sorry I have no experience with the Russian School ... have never heard of it before.

I'd be a little careful about accelerating math outside of school without the school's blessing...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   06-21-2017, 09:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 741
Posted By moominmamma
Comments? Having raised three and a half pretty...

Comments? Having raised three and a half pretty plugged-in teens (youngest isn't yet an adult), none of this really rings true for my experiences. I think that when you find extreme examples of...
Forum: Unschooling   06-21-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,487
Posted By moominmamma
Good luck to him! Fiona recently went through...

Good luck to him! Fiona recently went through exactly this experience. :)

I am curious about the other "adulting" skills that people are imparting, whether to young children or teens. Unschooling...
Forum: Unschooling   06-21-2017, 08:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,487
Posted By moominmamma
I completely agree; this is where I, also,...

I completely agree; this is where I, also, reground myself in trust. It's at these points of diversion from however-gently-held parental expectations that we have to really call upon our trust and...
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