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Everything posted by IsabelC

  1. We have watched both of those, and enjoyed them both. I'm very attached to the BBC Shakespeare movies, as they are what I watched first in school and university, but the newer ones do, of course, have better production values. The 1999 one is a little bit more sexual/sensual, and I think there was a brief bit of nudity (not FF), but nothing graphic or unsuitable for kids IMO.
  2. I've always understood that phrase to mean, more or less, as school-like as possible while not actually going to school. So a very structured schedule, lots of subjects, textbooks and/or workbooks, and trying to stay 'on grade' according to the student's age, and maybe even looking like a school (eg kids sit at desks in a row). When talking about an imaginary spectrum of home education approaches, I would see school-at-home on one end, and radical unschooling on the other end, with most families positioned somewhere between those. Obviously that interpretation is somewhat simplistic, and doesn
  3. I have a burning desire to spend many hours researching home ed stuff. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that I have a major assignment for uni due in tomorrow. @ Junie I hope your Ms.15 thoroughly enjoyed her camp and is also happy to be home
  4. Good morning/night, 9.30am here, got up at the ungodly time of 5.45 to look out for the eclipse, but the moon wasn’t even visible. Dragged girls out of bed for swim training and orchestra rehearsal (the bloke has taken them today). Took another hour or two to get teen boy up so he can make me coffee. Nagged him to clean out his trombone more regularly after reading an article about the disgusting stuff that can grow inside of brass instruments. Evil dog dug a muddy hole and got totally filthy right after I had washed him off. Have my schoolwork to do for the rest of today in between laundry an
  5. Hi all, I am 2.5 weeks from finishing up my graduate diploma in psychology. Thinking of continuing on to grad dip advanced, which I need to get into Masters program, but very conflicted as it does limit what I can do for / with my kids. As they are now 15, 13, and almost 10, I had really hoped that they would be a bit more independent by now, so I could give them a list of tasks to complete while I am studying, but often it doesn’t happen. I’d love to hear how other people going back to school while still home educating manage to achieve a good balance. So far I have managed by taking lots of
  6. My kids actually quite like flashcards. Just today we made a set for memorising major and relative minor key signatures. We usually just go through them and the kid gets to hold whichever ones they got right, then we go through again, and repeat until the student has all the cards.
  7. Our dog is crazy most of the time because our new neighbors have four little dogs who yap a lot. We are at wits end trying to stop him barking every time they are outside. Yay for Camp NaNo goal in sight, that is awesome! I thought an apricot was techically a type of plum, so plumcot sounds a weird thing. Thinking of getting a math tutor for Mr. 15 as we keep finding things in his book that I either forgot or never learned in the first place. Naturally my teen says this is a terrible idea, and he should quit math instead.
  8. Your cat sounds brave! Are racoons a major pest? I have never seen one of course, but they look sort of cute!
  9. If you are still after info, I am happy to talk about the Tasmanian system, where I have been home educating for almost ten years ?
  10. I would opt for all in person lessons if you can manage it, but if that is too much travel / stress / toddler wrangling, then go the other option, as they’d still get some in person lessons. Major technique issues usually come from either an incompetent teacher, or a completely self taught student.
  11. Hi, nice to see a few familiar faces after not being here for a while... lots of pages to catch up on though!
  12. If your child were serious about piano, then yes, lesson length should increase as she progresses. However, if your tween is playing as a hobby and not wanting to work towards exams or competitions, it is fine to stay with shorter lessons (and shorter practice sessions at home). You will need to make the situation clear to the teacher, and then it is up to her/him whether that is something they are prepared to work with. There may be some teachers who only want to take on 'serious' students, and of course that is their right. But many teachers will be willing to work with your preferences / re
  13. I use the OC or not, depending on the sentence I'm writing. I don't understand why people get worked up about it, and either insist on using it, or refuse to use it. There's no virtue in senseless consistency. Commas are meant to make your sentence clearer, so put one in if it adds meaning or clarity, and don't if it doesn't.
  14. I don't have any problem with the kids knowing, once they are mature enough to understand basics such as the fact that accommodation and groceries needing to be paid for before toys and books, and the fact that 'not being able to afford' a luxury item does not mean we can't afford food.
  15. Improvising is useful and (for most kids) fun, but it is by no means essential for all piano learners. So if he has no interest, don't try to make him do it. But if he would like to improvise but just can't figure out how, you could make it easier for him by structuring it. Eg "play this but choose a different tempo" (or make a funny last note, or whatever is a small enough difference he can handle). Or if he's a visual thinker, use imagery "That sounds like a fairy tiptoing, can you play it like an elephant this time?". Just to get him used to the idea of variation. Later, once he has basic t
  16. Here is our list of regular commitments, I am interested in what others think, would you judge it to be 'too much'? Or is it fine, as long as the kids enjoy it? Monday Ms 12 Girl Guides (4 hrs - she is in two groups) Tuesday Ms 12 swim training sessions morning and evening Ms 9 violin lesson, circus class, and swimming lesson Mr 14 theatre company rehearsal Wednesday Ms 12 art lesson, vocal lesson (fortnightly, alternate weeks) Ms 9 Girl Guides Mr 14 & Ms 12 concert band Thursday Ms 12 swim training sessions morning and evening Mr 14 drama class and theatre c
  17. You have certain relations or friends who would normally interact with your children regularly, but you have discovered that these people have a whole range of beliefs or attitudes that you personally consider wrong, offensive and/or potentially harmful to your children. Would you try to reduce or avoid contact? Continue contact but always stay with your children so you can be aware of what's happening and possibly intervene? Not worry because you trust your kids not to succumb to any bad influences? And is there a particular age or stage at which you would stop trying to protect them fro
  18. My 14yo doesn't play with kids' toys very much anymore, although he will occasionally join in with his younger siblings. My 12yo is still very into her horse figurines and will also play with pretty much anything in a social context if other kids are playing with that thing. The 8yo is in the full-on imaginative play stage and loves stuffed toys, Lego, whatever.
  19. @Jean I hope the Teen is OK? I am sadly lacking in time for ITT because I have just started a new unit of study, and am madly scrambling to get three weeks of work done in one week because I am off to camp / play music / socialise for a week and a bit, and when you are doing an intensive that packs a 12 week semester of material into 6 weeks (complete with an exam and an assignment for each week, and you have to maintain a 4GPA), only the most foolhardy students decide to up and miss a week :blink: My days at the moment consist roughly of: get up before everyone else, study, come back to b
  20. What kind of lizard is it? Or is PB the Universal Food that attracts all critters? (I know my cat and my dog both adore it...)
  21. Ms. 8 asked whether she could "do composing" (she meant improvising) instead of Proper Violin Practice. I said "Sure, as long as you can make up a piece that includes all the different bowings and tech skills you need for your exam". I expected that would put her off, but nope, she is busily practising things like ricochet, sautille, portamento between positions, single string scales, double-stopped 3rds, 6ths, and 8ves, etc, while she thinks she is getting out of doing her practice. Win! [insert parental evil laugh]
  22. I was feeling very ordinary this morning, so I announced an Unschooling Day and went back to bed, instructing the kids "Do not disturb me unless you have a life-threatening emergency and you can't get hold of Daddy" (The Bloke is working in his home office today, so they can easily phone him or walk 15 metres to see him). So every. single. time. I got so sleep, I was awoken by such life-threatening emergencies as "Mummy? I've brushed my hair. It's nice and silky now." :cursing:
  23. Renai, I hope gymnast's arm is going to be OK? Sending the Sleepy Vibes, Jean. Susan, you can have half my eyebrows too! Just showed the kids some experts from 'John Cleese on How to Irritate People' (pre-Monty Python - 1968). They were totally flummoxed over the idea of there only being one screen in a house, and having to watch a television show at a set time instead of on demand.
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