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Forum: Unschooling   01-30-2011, 10:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,194
Posted By Island Mommy
You might want to check out Jill Ker Conway's...

You might want to check out Jill Ker Conway's memoir "The Road from Coorain".  She was Smith College (http://www.mothering.com/wiki/Smith_College)'s first woman president, from 1975–1985, and now...
Forum: Unschooling   12-26-2010, 10:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,423
Posted By Island Mommy
Just thought I'd post a happy update.  Soon...

Just thought I'd post a happy update.  Soon after my original post I contacted a friend of the family who has been teaching reading for 30 years.  I wanted her to informally assess my dd to make...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-22-2010, 11:30 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,154
Posted By Island Mommy
Just before I started grade 1 (at age 6) we were...

Just before I started grade 1 (at age 6) we were given a little book to complete.  Our parents were supposed to read it to us.  Questions were:
 
Can you:
1.  Dress yourself?
2. Put on your...
Forum: The Childhood Years   10-20-2010, 04:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 806
Posted By Island Mommy
Cascadian, I'd be interested in what you hear....

Cascadian, I'd be interested in what you hear. My dd on her 7th birthday was 44.5" tall and weighed about 42 lbs. She'll be 8 in 3 months and is now 46.5" tall and 45 lbs. She's the smallest of all...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-16-2010, 04:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 579
Posted By Island Mommy
Wow, I feel so bad for you. We live on an island...

Wow, I feel so bad for you. We live on an island of 5,000 people and actually have the opposite problem Too many friends, too many playdates, no time for schoolwork! It's odd that it can be so...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-16-2010, 04:14 AM
Replies: 46
  Sotw?
Views: 1,579
Posted By Island Mommy
Quote: Originally Posted by naturegirl7...

Quote:
Originally Posted by naturegirl7 http://www.mothering.com/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif (http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/post/15947382)
What I don't care for about SOTW is the...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-03-2010, 12:38 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,308
Posted By Island Mommy
I had the same difficulty with RS Math when we...

I had the same difficulty with RS Math when we first bought it. I couldn't figure out what I was supposed to be doing and I kept referring back to the teacher's manual while trying to do the lesson...
Forum: Learning at School   09-19-2010, 09:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,483
Posted By Island Mommy
I just had a meeting with a woman I've engaged...

I just had a meeting with a woman I've engaged to help dd with her reading. She's been teaching children to read for going on 40 years. Anyway, she asked if we'd done any spelling with dd (who is...
Forum: Unschooling   09-07-2010, 10:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,423
Posted By Island Mommy
Thank you to all who have posted so far. I...

Thank you to all who have posted so far. I really appreciate your comments, particularly from the parents who've BTDT.
My current stress (apart from the ongoing pressure from family) may have been...
Forum: Unschooling   09-07-2010, 01:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,423
Posted By Island Mommy
DD will turn 8 in January. She LOVES books. In...

DD will turn 8 in January. She LOVES books. In fact, I'd say she lives for books. She watches no t.v. (her choice) and has no interest in the computer. But she can't read much beyond basic 3 letter...
Forum: Unschooling   06-27-2010, 11:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,138
Posted By Island Mommy
My dd is born in 1/03 and she has only over the...

My dd is born in 1/03 and she has only over the past 6 months been interested in time and money. She's pretty much got the o'clocks and 1/2 past time down. Nothing beyond that. She usually knows the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   04-24-2010, 03:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,611
Posted By Island Mommy
"Kindermama, I really think that my DD has a...

"Kindermama, I really think that my DD has a sleep disorder. Before we tried this, I would wake her up every 2-3 hours during the night to get her to pee. She would have absolutely NO memory of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   05-28-2009, 02:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,196
Posted By Island Mommy
What's with those Little Peppers books anyway? I...

What's with those Little Peppers books anyway? I was reading one aloud to my daughter in the car and afterwards my friend says, "wow, what a terrible writer". I can't decide if she was a poor writer...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-10-2009, 03:53 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,924
Posted By Island Mommy
I'm always amazed when I read these threads...

I'm always amazed when I read these threads about all the children learning to read at 3 or 4 or even 5. My dd just turned 6 and is not reading. None of her friends are reading. None of the children...
Forum: The Childhood Years   03-10-2009, 03:27 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,186
Posted By Island Mommy
Definitely prescreen the nature ones. We just...

Definitely prescreen the nature ones. We just had Arctic Tale and that was too much for my dd. Too much for me. Who wants to see "brother polar bear" die of starvation and exhaustion. Or watch the...
Forum: The Childhood Years   01-06-2009, 05:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 635
Posted By Island Mommy
I hate you.

I hate you.
Forum: Unschooling   12-29-2008, 01:13 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,197
Posted By Island Mommy
DD is absolutely in love with these books at the...

DD is absolutely in love with these books at the moment - but she's only 5. She wants nothing to do with fairies, elves, gnomes, make believe of any sort. That stuff is scary to her.

On the topic...
Forum: Unschooling   12-03-2008, 04:21 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,973
Posted By Island Mommy
So what do you say to someone whose 5-year-old...

So what do you say to someone whose 5-year-old child has watched hardly any t.v. and uses the computer about once a week for an hour or so (maybe)? Am I setting myself up for disaster later on when...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   06-17-2008, 03:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,230
Posted By Island Mommy
Hi, I'm on a Gulf Island in BC with dd who...

Hi,

I'm on a Gulf Island in BC with dd who is now 5 1/2. Because she's a January baby she's not officially eligible for kindergarten until this fall.

So I'm only now getting around to...
Forum: Co-sleeping and the Family Bed   06-17-2008, 02:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By Island Mommy
We were in pretty much the same boat here. DD is...

We were in pretty much the same boat here. DD is 5 1/2 and up until about 3 months ago we would lie down with her until she fell asleep and then leave. If she woke in the night I'd get into her bed...
Forum: Unschooling   06-01-2008, 12:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 958
Posted By Island Mommy
Well, I think they should definitely be able to...

Well, I think they should definitely be able to read it. I would think that almost everyone over the age of 40 writes in cursive if they handwrite at all (except for my dh of course who is 50 and...
Forum: Vaccinations   06-01-2008, 12:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 533
Posted By Island Mommy
Check out this link....

Check out this link. http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...6-89259f19d319 (http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=9d1f582d-1768-4db2-82f6-89259f19d319)

3 deaths from tetanus on...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-01-2008, 11:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,119
Posted By Island Mommy
DD falls asleep (which is completely different...

DD falls asleep (which is completely different from going to bed!) between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. She usually sleeps until 9 - 10 a.m. I think she does best on about 11 hours sleep.

DD is also not...
Forum: Unschooling   05-29-2008, 03:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 517
Posted By Island Mommy
I posted this same question on my local Yahoo...

I posted this same question on my local Yahoo homeschool group so I'm all ears too.
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-08-2008, 03:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 229
Posted By Island Mommy
...is driving me nuts. It's 11:15 p.m. and she's...

...is driving me nuts. It's 11:15 p.m. and she's still up in her room talking away to herself.

I woke her up at 9:15 a.m. this morning. She played all day including about 4 hours outside (2 at...
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