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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-22-2015, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 139
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, 08:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 136
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, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 139
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, 09:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 136
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, 10:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 139
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, 02:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 139
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, 01:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 136
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....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-15-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 136
Posted By Ruthla
We're using time4learning materials online, and...

We're using time4learning materials online, and he's having no trouble keeping up with the 7th grade curriculum. He doesn't work well from workbooks or textbooks, which was a primary reason for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-08-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 136
Posted By Ruthla
Question What is 7th grade writing supposed to look like?

I'm trying to get my 13yo 7th grader to do writing on a regular basis- but I haven't been particularly successful. My 18 year old has been working with him and got him to type up a 2 paragraph story....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-19-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,000
Posted By Ruthla
It's hard for me to tell from a 2 paragraph...

It's hard for me to tell from a 2 paragraph description what's "normal behavior" and what might indicate a problem. Nearly all behavioral and mental health problems are "things in the normal range of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 746
Posted By Ruthla
I think I might set up a "game day" at my local...

I think I might set up a "game day" at my local public library. I meant to do it before the school year began, but I never got around to it, and I may or may not still do this after the Jewish...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 860
Posted By Ruthla
The public schools here started the Wednesday...

The public schools here started the Wednesday after Labor Day. Hannah started college on that Tuesday, and Leah left for Israel the following Sunday.

I started on Tuesday the ninth, after Leah...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 549
Posted By Ruthla
Could you have the 10 year old watch the 1 and 4...

Could you have the 10 year old watch the 1 and 4 year olds while you teach the 7 year old, and then have the 7 year old watch the littles while you teach the 10 year old? Obviously, that depends a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 905
Posted By Ruthla
My son also loves computers and online games. He...

My son also loves computers and online games. He seems to have much more ability to absorb information online than he does from books.

I'm honestly not sure how I would have handled this with an 8...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,000
Posted By Ruthla
Since your state DOES have annoying regulations,...

Since your state DOES have annoying regulations, you can use those to answer questions from busybody relatives. "The State is satisfied with his academic progress; you don't need to worry."

A lot...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By Ruthla
How are things going now? I just found this...

How are things going now? I just found this thread today, as I haven't been on mothering for a while.

Transitions are always hard. Transitioning from school to homeschool is a pretty big...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-18-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,371
Posted By Ruthla
When my daughter was homeschooled years ago, we...

When my daughter was homeschooled years ago, we got involved with a local homeschooling group. We both made friends, and it gave some structure to our school week. I was "unschooling" her, so things...
Forum: I'm Not Vaccinating   08-12-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By Ruthla
Vaccine Exemption for College in NYS

My 18 year old daughter is applying for community college, and they require "proof of immunization."

What kind of exemption form is adequate for college? I presume that she needs to sign it, not...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-16-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 665
Posted By Ruthla
I would look into getting him some kind of...

I would look into getting him some kind of curriculum he can do himself, so that he can just go and "do school" even on days when you're not up to "teaching" him. A computer-based program may be a...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-12-2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,137
Posted By Ruthla
Nothing ate your reply. I have two similar...

Nothing ate your reply. I have two similar threads going, because I couldn't find my earlier thread and started a new one.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-12-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 957
Posted By Ruthla
Thanks for the input! I'll look for something...

Thanks for the input! I'll look for something else then.
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-09-2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 957
Posted By Ruthla
As the trial of TFL continued, Jack changed his...

As the trial of TFL continued, Jack changed his mind about it. He now finds the lessons enjoyable. He's tried ELA, social studies, and a couple of different science topics. I'm not sure if he's tried...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,137
Posted By Ruthla
I've just spent some time looking at eBay, and I...

I've just spent some time looking at eBay, and I found a bunch of used math textbooks, for way less than the cost of buying something new. I noticed quite a few "abeka" items for sale, and a quick...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 853
Posted By Ruthla
You need to realize that boy brains are sometimes...

You need to realize that boy brains are sometimes wired differently than girls' brains. Schools are designed with "typical girls' brains" in mind. Gender might be a HUGE factor in why he's at the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-01-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,137
Posted By Ruthla
I couldn't find this thread so I started a new...

I couldn't find this thread so I started a new one. http://www.mothering.com/forum/50-learning-home-beyond/1403065-curriculum-help-needed-7th-grade.html#post17643289

I haven't quite figured out...
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