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Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-27-2015, 04:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,471
Posted By Daffodil
What age boys? For read-alouds or to read...

What age boys? For read-alouds or to read independently?
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-17-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,471
Posted By Daffodil
What if you offered to read to them at a time...

What if you offered to read to them at a time when nothing else very interesting was going on - while they eat breakfast, for instance? Or while they're doing something that occupies their hands? ...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   03-07-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,310
Posted By Daffodil
Not sure if this is kind of thing you're looking...

Not sure if this is kind of thing you're looking for, but for science I love a series of books by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm: My Light, Living Sunlight, Ocean Sunlight, and Buried Sunlight. They...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   02-06-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 347
Posted By Daffodil
Maybe a little suspicious, but not clearly "way...

Maybe a little suspicious, but not clearly "way out of line." What would you do if you saw a young kid who you thought might have missed his bus? Just drive on by without saying anything because...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   02-03-2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 237
Posted By Daffodil
There's no pressing need to start teaching her...

There's no pressing need to start teaching her reading right now, but if she really wants to learn, I don't see why you shouldn't go ahead and show her the beginning steps. Why not show her how to...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-17-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 88
Posted By Daffodil
Sure, I'd repeat it when your younger kid is 6. ...

Sure, I'd repeat it when your younger kid is 6. Assuming you end up feeling like it was a good way for your older kid to learn science concepts you think are important, and you feel it will work...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-14-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 261
Posted By Daffodil
Why do you want a schedule? It sounds like...

Why do you want a schedule? It sounds like plenty of learning is going on already without one. One drawback to trying to fit your learning time into a schedule is that there might be days when your...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-08-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 292
Posted By Daffodil
This is really hard to answer because it's hard...

This is really hard to answer because it's hard to decide what counts as homeschooling. If the kids are doing math on Khan Academy or working on their genealogy projects for the homeschool coop...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   01-08-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 122
Posted By Daffodil
The way I understand it, those subject areas like...

The way I understand it, those subject areas like "arithmetic" or "pre-algebra" are just different ways of organizing the same skills found in the grade level groupings. If your child does all of...
Forum: Elimination Communication   12-07-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 107
Posted By Daffodil
I think different people have different...

I think different people have different definitions of what being a grad means. With my DD, there was a pretty clear point when she was a little over two when I felt like I could say she was a grad....
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   12-01-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 122
Posted By Daffodil
Yeah, that could definitely work. You might miss...

Yeah, that could definitely work. You might miss out on some opportunities to do group things with other homeschoolers, because some of them will probably be scheduled at times when you're working. ...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-30-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 327
Posted By Daffodil
There's no need to give up completely on trying...

There's no need to give up completely on trying to make school a better experience for your kid. But it's helpful to be realistic, too. The reality is that just holding off on teaching reading...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   11-30-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 327
Posted By Daffodil
So true. I was already reading quite well when I...

So true. I was already reading quite well when I started school. Yes, I was bored a lot of the time, but the things that were especially boring weren't boring because I wasn't learning anything...
Forum: Unschooling   11-08-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 357
Posted By Daffodil
I'm not an unschooler, but we're really...

I'm not an unschooler, but we're really unstructured, so I don't at all identify with the "school at home" mentality. But I do think there's something to be said for teaching kids efficient ways of...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-04-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 771
Posted By Daffodil
I thought of another thing I really want my kids...

I thought of another thing I really want my kids - and all kids - to learn. It might actually be more important than anything any of us have listed so far (though I guess it's part of critical...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   11-04-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 771
Posted By Daffodil
You must be an extrovert, SweetSilver! It's so...

You must be an extrovert, SweetSilver! It's so interesting to me to see someone talking so enthusiastically about the value of something I would never have thought to include among the things I most...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-31-2014, 03:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 771
Posted By Daffodil
I'm sure it depends on what she majors in. I...

I'm sure it depends on what she majors in. I never took a single history class in college and never had any college classes where I needed to know anything about history. Colleges might want to see...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-29-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 771
Posted By Daffodil
My "need to learn" list would be pretty much the...

My "need to learn" list would be pretty much the same as Miranda's. I might also include some basic understanding of science - not necessarily specific science concepts, but at least a general...
Forum: Dental   10-09-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 557
Posted By Daffodil
I feel for you. When she was about 4, my DD was...

I feel for you. When she was about 4, my DD was found to have a bunch of cavities between her teeth (even though we had been brushing and flossing regularly and the dentist had told us up until then...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   10-06-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By Daffodil
So you like sticking to a timetable for your day?...

So you like sticking to a timetable for your day? That's not my style, but I don't necessarily see anything wrong with it. You could have a schedule for the day that included a mix of academic...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-16-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By Daffodil
Hmm. If they're concerned about development of...

Hmm. If they're concerned about development of fine motor skills, how about sending them pictures of your kid doing some non-writing activities that are supposed to help develop fine motor skills...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-15-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 600
Posted By Daffodil
There's no reason why the 10 year old and 7 year...

There's no reason why the 10 year old and 7 year old have to be working at the same time. Why not have the 10 year old watch the little ones while you work with the 7 year old? Then the 10 year old...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-15-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By Daffodil
I'm in Vermont, too. I don't know how the home...

I'm in Vermont, too. I don't know how the home study office would feel about a portfolio with no writing samples at all, but I suspect you could get by with it for a 6 year old. Their portfolio...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-12-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 944
Posted By Daffodil
My kids get 2 hours a week of gaming/video time. ...

My kids get 2 hours a week of gaming/video time. (My 8 year old always uses his whole two hours as soon as he wakes up Sunday morning.) They also get to play games or watch videos whenever I have...
Forum: Learning at Home and Beyond   09-09-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 586
Posted By Daffodil
It sounds like you and your daughter would be...

It sounds like you and your daughter would be feeling similar stress and anxiety if you had chosen any other option. There might be downsides to homeschooling for your daughter, but the other...
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