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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #30 on: January 26, 2010, 08:29:29 am »

Hey - nice idea! Maybe it's time for the Igloo made with sugar cubes/frosting thing....if we had enough/any snow, they could do the snow cave again. ND tells me 6 miles up the road they got 1/2". mutti
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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2010, 10:31:04 pm »

Giggle mania has hit the Druids Grove. Imagine wandering around hearing "Gelatinous Flatulence" (a new term coined by the 13 yo) and the various discussions thereof concerning changing Undies after the GF (change I can believe in  ^_^).

I suppose this would be verboten in some "Privately" attended schools - but not only is the terminology an interesting application of verbiage - it's kinda funny as well.

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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #32 on: January 28, 2010, 04:45:05 am »

Ahhh! the 13- 15 y/o years and playing with the language, a good thing it requires thought.  I kinda like the ring that has, it is almost polite........
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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2010, 08:30:43 am »

It's interesting how children's minds work.

Imperative things this week:

1) A stick with blood trace can take several hours to determine all the possible reasons how it got that way. The synapses are firing: Aliens, Coyotes, or Goose Attack? Hmm.

2) Newly planted seeds require, stressed by the minion, require the playing of Bagpipes or Bird Calls to ensure they grow appropriately. Numerous times, same bagpipe tune, over and over and over......or to accustom the pre-seedlings to the noises outside they will hear (Caw-Caw, Caw-Caw).

3) Puppy poop is much more interesting than adult dog poop. The color descriptions range from camo to moss (Also - did you know that dogs poop brown to camouflage their poop so they will not be found in the wild? Really - the 7 yo says so.)

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"The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract." Heinlein

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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #34 on: March 12, 2010, 06:28:40 am »

L0ol, they will learn on their own soon enough won't they?  Kids keep you flexible.
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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #35 on: March 12, 2010, 02:08:35 pm »

I am teaching the Grandboy his numbers and ABCs.  We count everything possible.  Puzzle pieces, noodles in his mac and cheese...etc.  So he just got over being sick with a head cold which produced the expected snot and boogies.  He decided that it was amusing to pick his nose and wipe it on Me-me's (grand ma) pants whether there were actual boogies or not.  So I figured why waste a good opportunity and asked him how many boogies he had place there.  So, much to my beloved SO's disgust, we spent a good part of yesterday afternoon counting boogies. 
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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #36 on: March 12, 2010, 03:14:04 pm »

I am teaching the Grandboy his numbers and ABCs.  We count everything possible.  Puzzle pieces, noodles in his mac and cheese...etc.  So he just got over being sick with a head cold which produced the expected snot and boogies.  He decided that it was amusing to pick his nose and wipe it on Me-me's (grand ma) pants whether there were actual boogies or not.  So I figured why waste a good opportunity and asked him how many boogies he had place there.  So, much to my beloved SO's disgust, we spent a good part of yesterday afternoon counting boogies. 

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Start them early ! lol
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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #37 on: June 17, 2010, 02:19:35 pm »

One of the minions has discovered Tom Brown's Field Guide to Nature and Survival For Children.  Snare/trap construction has begun.

Apparently it is time to review the cartoon a friend sent me when I fell pray to the eldests pit trap



Maybe I'll even encourage some G.I. Joe's. Since one school banned them due to "Zero Policy" , it feels wicked good to give them Contraband  ^_^

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"The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract." Heinlein

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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #38 on: June 17, 2010, 04:30:27 pm »



wicked wicked mutti!   ^_^
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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2010, 05:23:12 pm »

With a flexible schedule, after work is done - by both human and canine types - it is time to rest in the heat of the day :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22465254@N04/4898009913/

Try doing that at PS!
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"The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract." Heinlein

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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #40 on: August 22, 2010, 08:57:05 pm »

Hello all.  I am new here, and thought I'd throw in some thoughts for my first post.  While we don't HS, we wish that we could.  My son is autistic, and we simply aren't able to give him what he needs as far as schooling.  When I first meet my wife,(over 16 yrs ago) she was teaching 3rd grade in a catholic school.  At that time she frowned upon homeschooling.  Not for the education, but she felt that kids needed that socialisation at school to learn to deal with others.  She has made a compleate turnaround since then, and has said many times that if mac was developemently normal, we would be home schooling.  My hat's off to those of you who do.  I meet mutti and her family for the first time yesterday, and they are proof that it works.  If all kids were as wellmannered as hers, what a world it would be.  I look forward to meeting many more of you on these boards in the days to come. Thank you for letting me join you.  crzy

P.S.  Mutti, the pic is priceless
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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #41 on: August 22, 2010, 09:18:52 pm »

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I meet mutti and her family for the first time yesterday, and they are proof that it works.  If all kids were as wellmannered as hers, what a world it would be.

Nice to see you found us. crzydug2 was at the Appleseed yesterday - really nice shooting on your part and thanks for the pointers! BTW : if you'd like to post about your Appleseed Experience you can do so over here:    http://thementalmilitia.com/forums/index.php?topic=26512.0

Also TMM also has a "New Member intro thread" : http://thementalmilitia.com/forums/index.php?topic=12260.1365  just to explain the moniker if you'd like!

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The minions were nice on pain of death  :rolleyes:, but they did inform me that we won the Revolution. There is nothing so funny/interesting/serious as when your children discover something that one already knows and take for granted.  I listened while we heard the "living" history, but saw in their faces the light that comes from "Ya. That's sorta' cool."

As to the pic - all the critters at the DruidsGrove are cute (although I will say the ducks are so ugly that they are cute).
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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #42 on: October 03, 2010, 08:59:53 pm »

While not concentrating on HSing today, I learned something pretty cool about the younger minions. They think really really well.

A bit of background here. Weather is cooling down and the inside Pyrs like to catch frogs in the "upper pond of death"  while I collect various nuts before the goats try to scarf them down. Basically I crawl up/down the ravine areas collecting nuts, discarding those which the worms discovered before I did, and periodically being investigated by a calf in which "hope springs eternal" that I might just have a bottle hidden somewhere on my person. Sometimes minions help, sometimes they just sit to think and other times they roam the "wilds" doing things that might or might not meet with parental approval.

But back to the "upper pond of death" (which according to the furtile imagination of a 7 and 10 year old must contain at least pirahnas if not some deadly virus which will eat off their toes). Last year we had two trees fall, one a cedar about 30 feet long and the other an old oak that pulled up an impressive root ball about 6 feet tall. Minions have scampered along the cedar - slipping, but not quite sliding, down its 20 foot length. They have really been eyeing the oak -  a prohibitive 5 feet out through the sludge/water - they have avoided contact with the enemy. Today was the of what I would later come to find out was called "The Mission".

My attention was first drawn by the steady Thwack, Thwack, Thwack that can only be produced by wood on wood wielded by a 7 year old. How can they find such limitless energy is a source of wonder to me. So I settled in to watch the show while hidden 50' away behind the wild basil. Directed by the elder leader, the younger minion was sent on  scouting missions to locate solid wood from 3' - 5' long. He was cautioned however that he must only bring back structurally sound wood. So - off he roams to locate a likely construction material. Thwack, thwack - three hits with no splintering indicated a useful material which was then drug back to the awaiting bridge that was taking form. Ten minutes, a half hour and hour later - somehow I became captivated by the intensity in which they worked. A word here, a nod there, but commentary was kept to a minimum while they formed a bridge about 8 feet long and 3 feet wide.

I held my breath as they teetered across the structure to the oak, but I should never have doubted the ingenuitiy and persistence they were showing. They jumped with joy and clambered up on the oak which waited for them. They walked out - scanning the depths for denizens of the deep (I know at most two feet along that oak). I waited for them to call to tell me about their adventure, but they stretched out on their backs with outstretched arms like turtles warming in the sun and savoured their accomplishment before doing the "mommy ping".

While I am amazed at their efforts I am more astonished they:  chose an objective, finished it and that was reward enough for them. As they ran off to do something else, I looked around. Then I crossed their bridge, crawled up on the oak and laid back with my face tilted to the sun.  I felt more hope for the future knowing that somewhere out there are a multitude of minions moving forward. Numerically we cannot be the only parents that encourage "living life fully" to the next generation.



 
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"The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract." Heinlein

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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #43 on: October 03, 2010, 09:32:11 pm »

Thank you, Mutti.
A most hopeful post.
I liked it in many ways.
A bit of regret for not having done as well in the parenting side.
Can't fix that now.
Move on.
Be glad some are doing it right.
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Re: What I learned today about HS'ing
« Reply #44 on: October 04, 2010, 08:36:30 am »

I can't say the process works as the eldest (20) is out doing the early twenties brush up in ways I don't understand. I have regrets with the few years she had the indoc of "popular culture" (ages 10 - 14), but I cannot change her basic personality nor would I want to.

In many ways she is rebelling much earlier than I did. I hope she finds who she is.

As to the younger ones - gotta' say we are pretty blessed with them.

Thanks for the kind words.

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"The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract." Heinlein
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