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Forum: Unschooling   Today, 12:49 PM
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Posted By moominmamma
Yes, I think you're probably right to an extent....

Yes, I think you're probably right to an extent. Except that our time at the Crashpad has been so private and empty the past couple of weeks due to the slow start of the fall activities and routine...
Forum: Unschooling   Today, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By moominmamma
Being intentional about daily rhythm

We have an interesting and varied set of challenges this year since we're splitting our time between Home and the Crashpad (as we're referring to the house we're sharing in the city). As introverts...
Forum: Unschooling   Yesterday, 12:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,531
Posted By moominmamma
Keeping up with technology: it's like walking...

Keeping up with technology: it's like walking alongside someone on a moving sidewalk. You may be slower than they are, and always struggling to catch up, but if you don't keep trying, you end up left...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   Yesterday, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 334
Posted By moominmamma
I'm in Canada with four gifted learners (two...

I'm in Canada with four gifted learners (two tested and formally identified, two presumed gifted) and they've all received grade-skips and other accommodations without IEPs. I never asked about IEPs...
Forum: Unschooling   09-20-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,531
Posted By moominmamma
Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 were the two primary...

Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 were the two primary exceptions to our anti-Disney stance in this family. They're really awesome. (My dd is performing Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in a couple of...
Forum: Unschooling   09-18-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By moominmamma
Yes, I agree with khanacademy as a great starting...

Yes, I agree with khanacademy as a great starting point for math. Depending on how weak the basic math concepts are, the practice provided there at the early levels may not be extensive and varied...
Forum: Unschooling   09-17-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,531
Posted By moominmamma
That's exactly it, isn't it? You just stop...

That's exactly it, isn't it? You just stop noticing the clutter that's been there for a while. Here are this morning's photos... some of that stuff had been there for literally *years*....
Forum: Unschooling   09-17-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,531
Posted By moominmamma
I have to share the tidying strategy we're using...

I have to share the tidying strategy we're using at my house with much success lately. We go into a messy room and point a camera in whatever direction we want, and take a photo. Typically that gives...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-17-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 565
Posted By moominmamma
Thanks for bumping this thread. I contributed...

Thanks for bumping this thread. I contributed back in 2007 and it was a warm fuzzy blast from the past to read through what I'd written then...
Forum: Unschooling   09-17-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,531
Posted By moominmamma
This is so often the case! I was spoiled in...

This is so often the case!

I was spoiled in that my two eldest kids developed deep abiding interests around the age of 4-5, and continued to sink deeply into things from time to time. My younger...
Forum: Unschooling   09-17-2014, 10:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 565
Posted By moominmamma
This is definitely not a double-income culture....

This is definitely not a double-income culture. Lots of seasonal work like logging and summer tourism industry stuff, small-business-people (things getting very quiet here by the end of September for...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-16-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 514
Posted By moominmamma
:yeah Our experience too! Miranda

:yeah

Our experience too!

Miranda
Forum: Unschooling   09-16-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 565
Posted By moominmamma
I think part of the problem is that this has...

I think part of the problem is that this has occurred coming off summer, and parents are feeling like there ought to be something different, something more intentional happening. You're right that...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-16-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By moominmamma
Three things that helped us, back in the days I...

Three things that helped us, back in the days I had multiple high-needs kids...

Using non-conventional times for one-on-one work. Like, in the evening, while one kid is in the bath, being...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-16-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By moominmamma
:topic Happy birthday, Mirzam! Miranda

:topic

Happy birthday, Mirzam!

Miranda
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-16-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By moominmamma
My suggestion would be to take it out of the...

My suggestion would be to take it out of the moment, and then get on his side. Accept that there are going to be issues that crop up, do your best to stay calm, but regardless of whether you engage...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-15-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 363
Posted By moominmamma
Yes, I agree with Daffodil that he's not lazy....

Yes, I agree with Daffodil that he's not lazy. He's crazy busy learning what's important to him. He's not compliant. That's different. In the long run being independent, self-motivated and...
Forum: Unschooling   09-15-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By moominmamma
Twelve is a tough age for unschooling parents to...

Twelve is a tough age for unschooling parents to endure, because it's when we start really looking ahead to our kids' futures and assessing the skills and habits they'll need, and we start hoping...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   09-14-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 14,856
Posted By moominmamma
I missed it too, and I can't see any examples...

I missed it too, and I can't see any examples above. I see comments about brief absences, while the kids were either asleep, or being overseen by an older brother (and I'm very sorry but as the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-14-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 603
Posted By moominmamma
Count me as someone else who is unfamiliar with...

Count me as someone else who is unfamiliar with the co-op format you're describing. Am I correct that "folder time" is basically like Study Hall for Homeschoolers? In that each child shows up with...
Forum: Unschooling   09-14-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 565
Posted By moominmamma
Some cool ideas, thanks! I also discovered the...

Some cool ideas, thanks! I also discovered the kids' PBH Tumblr blog, where kids' self-directed projects are shared and there are some good ideas there: http://pbhkids.tumblr.com/

... not...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-13-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 520
Posted By moominmamma
Just to insert an unschooly perspective in this...

Just to insert an unschooly perspective in this thread too....

My ds (now 17) really liked his screens too. I struggled with it for years. I never did any top-down restricting of access, though we...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-13-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 514
Posted By moominmamma
Yup, you may just have an introvert. Nothing...

Yup, you may just have an introvert. Nothing wrong with that. I have four kids who are all introverts (they recently all did a Meyers-Briggs survey for fun and ranged between 78% and 94% introverted,...
Forum: Unschooling   09-13-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 565
Posted By moominmamma
Thanks for the suggestions, Kathy! People around...

Thanks for the suggestions, Kathy! People around here tend to do a ton of outdoor family activities just as a part of daily life, and the summer is normally full of bigger adventures, right up to and...
Forum: Unschooling   09-12-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,531
Posted By moominmamma
I've seen a lot of those colourful textbooks with...

I've seen a lot of those colourful textbooks with all the insets and sidebars and attention-grabbing bits in the margins in our school system. My kids don't like them at all, but I think for kids who...
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