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Forum: Preteens and Teens   07-04-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,464
Posted By Cassidy68
Beautiful. I love her sarcasm and her sense of...

Beautiful. I love her sarcasm and her sense of humour. Read it aloud to my son, who also appreciates such things :)
Forum: Unschooling   07-04-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,734
Posted By Cassidy68
Oh yes, this! Absolutely. You'd think I'd be used...

Oh yes, this! Absolutely. You'd think I'd be used to it but it just blows me away every time. Serious stealth learning happening. Sometimes when you least expect it.
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-26-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 310
Posted By Cassidy68
My son is nine and has been a homeschooler since...

My son is nine and has been a homeschooler since he was six. I think the idea that home schooled kids have less opportunities is a bit of a myth. Where we live, there is a large and active home...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-23-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 59,684
Posted By Cassidy68
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by 4evermom http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1346295/11-year-old-addicted-to-minecraft/100#post_17547878) ...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-14-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 769
Posted By Cassidy68
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by seawind http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1385605/minecraft#post_17546736)
 I can sort of understand why...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-18-2013, 09:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By Cassidy68
Hi and welcome.   I think that if you are...

Hi and welcome.
 
I think that if you are planning to send your child to school (which I think you have to do in Sweden, is that right?) it can be important to have an understanding of common...
Forum: Unschooling   12-08-2013, 10:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Posted By Cassidy68
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by moominmamma http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1393997/passions-vs-interests#post_17521620)
 I think the idea...
Forum: Unschooling   12-07-2013, 09:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Posted By Cassidy68
This is a fascinating topic to me. I grew up...

This is a fascinating topic to me. I grew up with a parent who had work that he was extremely passionate about-- and I kind of assumed that I would also find a job that I loved as much as he loved...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   11-22-2013, 02:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,414
Posted By Cassidy68
   I'm leaning towards option 2 for a few...

  
I'm leaning towards option 2 for a few reasons. First, almost two years is a long time to cope in the current school. 


 
This. Two years still feels like a long time for me, in my forties,...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-22-2013, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By Cassidy68
Lisa Rivera's book  gives a nice overview of a...

Lisa Rivera's book  gives a nice overview of a wide range of approaches: 
http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Home-Schooling-Resource-Families/dp/0910707480...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-11-2013, 09:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 143
Posted By Cassidy68
My son and I enjoyed it too. Actually, he's...

My son and I enjoyed it too. Actually, he's enjoyed all of Gordon Korman's books (good news- there are MANY. Like 70+ I think). 
Forum: Unschooling   10-11-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 222
Posted By Cassidy68
Interesting. We've done similar things to others...

Interesting. We've done similar things to others here... I've never been a sports person but I try to stay reasonably fit-- I have a treadmill in the living room, so I can exercise on days that my...
Forum: Unschooling   10-08-2013, 08:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 592
Posted By Cassidy68
You know, the more I think about it, I'm kind of...

You know, the more I think about it, I'm kind of blown away by the amount of learning that has come from Minecraft here. Specific things-- like digital circuits and logic gates- AND/OR/XNOR etc--...
Forum: Unschooling   10-07-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 592
Posted By Cassidy68
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Fillyjonk http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1390274/ok-minecraft#post_17478388)
  
My feeling is that it...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-27-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 939
Posted By Cassidy68
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by mommsie http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1389925/if-you-work-part-time-and-homeschool#post_17469357)
 What...
Forum: Parenting   09-20-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,930
Posted By Cassidy68
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Spindlewood http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-12-2013, 08:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 356
Posted By Cassidy68
Most of my books are for teens but I've written...

Most of my books are for teens but I've written two books for 7-9 year olds-- Ben's Robot and Ben the Inventor. They're good ones for curious, imaginative kids who like robots, gadgets and inventing...
Forum: Unschooling   07-19-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 461
Posted By Cassidy68
Just realized that when I posted this earlier, I...

Just realized that when I posted this earlier, I posted it in the wrong thread. Oops- I have a cat needing eye drops every two hours and I don't do well with sleep deprivation! Anyway, here are a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-19-2013, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 227
Posted By Cassidy68
If he is interested in computer game design,...

If he is interested in computer game design, check out these (all free, though you can buy full version of GameMaker if you like the lite version and want more): Scratch, Kodu, GameMaker 
 
If he...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-17-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 227
Posted By Cassidy68
Lots of very cool kits and also Arduino projects...

Lots of very cool kits and also Arduino projects here: http://www.makershed.com/
My son has the 4WD Arduino robot- might be right up your son's alley, as it requires building, soldering and C++ (I...
Forum: Unschooling   07-14-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 580
Posted By Cassidy68
I was like that as a kid- I read constantly....

I was like that as a kid- I read constantly. Most of our family photos from my childhood show me with a book- there's even one taken at a wedding, with all the wedding guests lined up posing and...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-11-2013, 09:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 892
Posted By Cassidy68
Quote:Originally Posted by...

Quote:Originally Posted by Turquesa http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-09-2013, 11:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 118
Posted By Cassidy68
My son has made some using Wordpress-- free and...

My son has made some using Wordpress-- free and easy to use, with lots of cool templates to make it look fancy. No coding required. Here is a science one he made using wordpress when he was six or...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   07-07-2013, 11:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 892
Posted By Cassidy68
I didn't plan to homeschool. Actually, when my...

I didn't plan to homeschool. Actually, when my son started grade one, I was pretty excited about having full days to work. It didn't last long. School was not a good fit, for various reasons, and by...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-25-2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 769
Posted By Cassidy68
My son just turned nine and has been very...

My son just turned nine and has been very intensely into Minecraft for just over a year. He has learned a huge amount from it (computer skills, keyboarding, programming, animation etc) and had a...
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