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Forum: Unschooling   09-07-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 909
Posted By starling&diesel
LOVE Daphne Gottlieb's work! "Why Things Burn"...

LOVE Daphne Gottlieb's work! "Why Things Burn" was a book that shook me to my core.
How cool that you interviewed her!
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-05-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 771
Posted By starling&diesel
Calming: We've tried all kinds of things, but...

Calming:
We've tried all kinds of things, but only a few have worked with any deep or meaningful results.
I've learned that it can't be any 'thing,' and instead has to be something we 'do.'


...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-05-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 771
Posted By starling&diesel
Yes! Us too! We're all a bit oddball in our...

Yes! Us too! We're all a bit oddball in our house, with DD being exceptionally so. We love Michael Franti's "Stay Human" with it's "all the freaking people make the beauty of the world" refrain. ...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-04-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 771
Posted By starling&diesel
Oh, so many quirks in our house too. When we...

Oh, so many quirks in our house too.
When we went to the paediatrician a few years ago (DD was about 2.5yo then), he said, "Okay, so she's atypical, but she's also two years old. Let's keep an eye...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-04-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,550
Posted By starling&diesel
I wonder about that myself, considering the...

I wonder about that myself, considering the amount that I read as a kid, and because it was a means for me to escape from a very messy home life.
I don't worry about it for my child, though. Not at...
Forum: Unschooling   09-04-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 909
Posted By starling&diesel
Just got back from a Not Back To School camp-out...

Just got back from a Not Back To School camp-out with about a dozen families or so.
Home today and tomorrow for laundry, then off to Ottawa for a ten-day trip to visit family and hang out at their...
Forum: Unschooling   09-04-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 457
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks, Miranda. It's helpful to be reminded...

Thanks, Miranda. It's helpful to be reminded about the realities behind the perceived idyll. Also, the grass-is-greener and all that. If we did homesteading in any way, shape or form, we'd be at...
Forum: Unschooling   09-01-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,645
Posted By starling&diesel
I'm watching this space and appreciating the...

I'm watching this space and appreciating the contributions fro the BTDT mamas, so thank you.

My kids are still quite young, but I do think about chores and money, and DP and I have talked about...
Forum: Unschooling   08-31-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,512
Posted By starling&diesel
Lovely to see you here, rightkindofme! I've...

Lovely to see you here, rightkindofme!

I've been very interested in getting a homeschooled teen to come be a mother's helper while I do some work in actual daylight hours. Can I ask how much you...
Forum: Unschooling   08-31-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 636
Posted By starling&diesel
I don't think so, from what little you shared...

I don't think so, from what little you shared about the situation.

Are you hooked into a community of unschoolers or homeschoolers? Are you aiming to be an unschooling family? If so, I'd suggest...
Forum: Unschooling   08-28-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 638
Posted By starling&diesel
Interesting indeed, Miranda. Keep us posted!

Interesting indeed, Miranda. Keep us posted!
Forum: Unschooling   08-25-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,512
Posted By starling&diesel
Is there a regular park date, or a co-op of some...

Is there a regular park date, or a co-op of some sort? Do you have homeschooling friends already? If so, what about a Not Back To School:thumb:thumb picnic?

I can't wait for the school kids to...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-24-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,550
Posted By starling&diesel
We LOVE storytelling! (Shameless plug for my...

We LOVE storytelling! (Shameless plug for my audio story website featuring AP families in my signature below.)
I use a lot of the characters and plot lines that my kids come up with, actually.
DD...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-23-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By starling&diesel
Well, here I am with my eldest just 5.5 yo and...

Well, here I am with my eldest just 5.5 yo and already I am burnt out from organizing homeschool/unschool happenings.
Go figure.
When my daughter was three-years-old and so many of her peers were...
Forum: Unschooling   08-22-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,512
Posted By starling&diesel
As for us, we met up with our homeschool buddies...

As for us, we met up with our homeschool buddies at the park today; bus travel, money math (bus fare), swimming, playing, card games, snack making- & sharing, baby-loving, hammock-lazing, sand...
Forum: Unschooling   08-22-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,512
Posted By starling&diesel
Erin ... I find it really interesting and a bit...

Erin ... I find it really interesting and a bit unsettling to all of a sudden have people inquire/challenge/defend in earnest now that we're 'officially' not going to school. The same people who've...
Forum: Unschooling   08-22-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 568
Posted By starling&diesel
Your slide example is bang on, SweetSilver! ...

Your slide example is bang on, SweetSilver!

And you're right ... rules imply a consequence (and the possibility of outright "breaking" said rule), while expectations set the scene for fulfilment...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-21-2014, 10:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,550
Posted By starling&diesel
On the subject of not re-reading ... it's my...

On the subject of not re-reading ... it's my fault.
I don't re-read.
And with a great library system, thankfully I don't have to, and neither do my kids.
But I can see how it would be helpful,...
Forum: Unschooling   08-21-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 568
Posted By starling&diesel
This gets me thinking about unschoolers and rules...

This gets me thinking about unschoolers and rules beyond the individual family.

If we come upon a rule that isn't ours and that we don't see the sense in, I won't make them follow it, but we do...
Forum: Unschooling   08-21-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 13
  Rules
Views: 568
Posted By starling&diesel
Interesting thread. Thanks for the food for...

Interesting thread. Thanks for the food for thought.
What do I think about rules ... hmm.
We have three post-it notes on the back of the front door that have been there for about three years.
...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-17-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,550
Posted By starling&diesel
We just got back from another week-long camping...

We just got back from another week-long camping trip and this time I very carefully calculated the books-per-day possibilities, and packed several books of various kinds; about ten picture books with...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   08-08-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 945
Posted By starling&diesel
We do no TV until late afternoon, and then it's...

We do no TV until late afternoon, and then it's on for 60-120 minutes, depending on what they're watching. My kids are young enough that they don't know that it could be an option any earlier. ...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-04-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,550
Posted By starling&diesel
Exciting, Miranda! Let me know how Overdrive...

Exciting, Miranda! Let me know how Overdrive works now.
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-31-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,550
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks, ocelot and A&A .. it's very helpful to...

Thanks, ocelot and A&A .. it's very helpful to hear how other mamas manage this.

We are camping for 8 nights right now (although we had to come back to the city for a doc appointment, hence the...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-30-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,550
Posted By starling&diesel
Thanks for playing along, AAK! And thanks for...

Thanks for playing along, AAK! And thanks for the tips on the Kindle. Much appreciated. :smile:
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