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Forum: Unschooling   04-23-2017, 10:59 PM
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I did always say "we're going outside now" --...

I did always say "we're going outside now" -- even when they were tiny and it was raining on the ice. Transitions/getting gear on was hard. And in my experience leading a variety of kids on hikes,...
Forum: Unschooling   04-22-2017, 12:35 PM
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Posted By mckittre
That is hard. I guess maybe I'm not totally...

That is hard. I guess maybe I'm not totally unschooling there either. I've been adamant about the need for daily outdoor time since my kids were tiny, and it's just something we've always done, even...
Forum: Unschooling   04-20-2017, 10:46 AM
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Posted By mckittre
Sure. I'm happy to share. 1: family history....

Sure. I'm happy to share.

1: family history. My husband and his sister are mildly dyslexic, their father was more severely dyslexic.

2: a discrepancy with himself. This kid is actually...
Forum: Unschooling   04-19-2017, 09:32 AM
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Posted By mckittre
I have been skiing nearly every day the past week...

I have been skiing nearly every day the past week and a half or so, some with the kids, some with grownup friends. Took my 8yo 3000 feet up a mountain, and on several smaller steeper runs. I'm...
Forum: Unschooling   04-12-2017, 09:30 AM
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Posted By mckittre
I love April too, though not because it's spring...

I love April too, though not because it's spring in the usual "green stuff" sense. It's kind of summer-winter in a way. Lots of sunny beautiful days, light until after 9PM, but still snow on the...
Forum: Unschooling   04-02-2017, 10:30 AM
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Posted By mckittre
Empathy... I guess I'd say that most things I do...

Empathy... I guess I'd say that most things I do *well* probably have a basis in empathy. But sometimes I have to trust without understanding the kids' perspective. For me, this has come up a lot...
Forum: Unschooling   03-29-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,434
Posted By mckittre
Spring has been endlessly sunny and cold here. ...

Spring has been endlessly sunny and cold here. Took advantage, and just got back from another mini-epic skiing adventure. 5 days out with my family, into a remote valley we've never visited in...
Forum: Unschooling   03-18-2017, 12:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,434
Posted By mckittre
Yes! In my opinion (which no one at the school...

Yes! In my opinion (which no one at the school probably wants and I try to keep to myself), the curriculum and standards are the school's most gigantic problem. The K-5 teacher, for instance, has a...
Forum: Unschooling   03-12-2017, 11:30 AM
Replies: 36
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Posted By mckittre
Imagine instead of having one or a few or a...

Imagine instead of having one or a few or a handful of kids -- you had 36 of them. How could they have a good educational experience?

Yesterday, my town had yet another emotional community meeting...
Forum: Unschooling   03-07-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,434
Posted By mckittre
Yes, welcome! My kids were that little not too...

Yes, welcome! My kids were that little not too long ago, and you're encouraged to discuss no matter what age they are.

I guess I should also clarify that most of my "working on" weaknesses with...
Forum: Unschooling   03-04-2017, 10:22 AM
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Posted By mckittre
Rather than signs of spring, we just made a rapid...

Rather than signs of spring, we just made a rapid transition from summer to winter, coming from a month in Baja to icy snowy home at 15 degrees (-9.5C). But we don't really expect any spring for a...
Forum: Unschooling   01-24-2017, 12:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,252
Posted By mckittre
Deborah -- we had a march here too! 41 people,...

Deborah -- we had a march here too! 41 people, well over 10% of our 300-somethng person winter population.

SweetSilver -- I really hope the meds work out for you. Lots of tough things to work...
Forum: Unschooling   01-09-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,252
Posted By mckittre
zebra -- hope he feels better soon. ...

zebra -- hope he feels better soon.

Interesting that February is the down time. I find November much worse. By February, we have enough daylight back, usually enough snow, that I think winter...
Forum: Unschooling   01-07-2017, 10:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 809
Posted By mckittre
Why Alaska? I live in my husband's hometown,...

Why Alaska? I live in my husband's hometown, which I would likely have never heard of without him. Mostly, though, I live in Alaska because I belong here! The first time I came up for a summer, I...
Forum: Unschooling   01-03-2017, 07:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,252
Posted By mckittre
I've lived in a yurt for 8 years now, and I love...

I've lived in a yurt for 8 years now, and I love it.
Forum: Unschooling   01-02-2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 47
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Posted By mckittre
Enjoying a little quiet after a day and a half of...

Enjoying a little quiet after a day and a half of straight kid parties. My youngest turned 6 on New Year's day. We had kid ski day, a sleepover party for her that involved going to the town...
Forum: Unschooling   01-01-2017, 12:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 809
Posted By mckittre
Bussing was a big deal when I was a kid. I rode a...

Bussing was a big deal when I was a kid. I rode a bus all 12 years in a large city. It was sometimes cold and dark in the morning waiting for it. High school and middle school started at 7:45 After I...
Forum: Unschooling   12-31-2016, 11:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,194
Posted By mckittre
Can't speak to snatoms, because I haven't tried...

Can't speak to snatoms, because I haven't tried them, but at a quick look, they wouldn't meet my son's needs. Way too expensive for a small number of atoms, and not nearly enough diversity in atoms....
Forum: Unschooling   12-30-2016, 06:05 PM
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Posted By mckittre
He's using molecular model kits. "Molymod" brand....

He's using molecular model kits. "Molymod" brand. They're generally sold to college chem students, which I think is a travesty -- they've been his favorite toy for years. He learned most of what he...
Forum: Unschooling   12-30-2016, 04:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,194
Posted By mckittre
Yay! My version of procrastination is that I have...

Yay! My version of procrastination is that I have not even actually mailed my gifts to my dad and stepmom yet. Perhaps they'll be mid-January gifts.

Kids have been playing with our...
Forum: Unschooling   12-20-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 54
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Posted By mckittre
My kids don't have accounts for themselves yet --...

My kids don't have accounts for themselves yet -- neither of them can read well enough yet to have or want them. They do make YouTube videos, and I post them on my account. I'd give them an account...
Forum: Unschooling   12-19-2016, 12:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,194
Posted By mckittre
Miranda: Winter transportation is always a...

Miranda: Winter transportation is always a crapshoot here as well. My mom was supposed to get in yesterday, but hopefully is coming today. If it's snowing, or dark (lots of dark in the winter) the...
Forum: Unschooling   12-12-2016, 02:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,194
Posted By mckittre
The glove does look cool. I'm still hobbling...

The glove does look cool.

I'm still hobbling around on my sprained ankle, but getting better. My daughter is at school again. She's been a lot of times in the last two weeks, including on an...
Forum: Unschooling   12-07-2016, 05:13 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,194
Posted By mckittre
Fiona sounds so mature for a kid that age! It...

Fiona sounds so mature for a kid that age! It seems like her ability to recognize and address that anxiety is about seven light years beyond what my own coping skills were like as a teen. Your...
Forum: Unschooling   12-04-2016, 04:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,194
Posted By mckittre
It's cold and snowy and sunny and beautiful, and...

It's cold and snowy and sunny and beautiful, and I have a sprained ankle. :( Did a great ski day with half the kids in town yesterday, and was totally fine with the skiing part, planning an actual...
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