Posts Tagged ‘unschooling’

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Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant

July 30, 2008

An Unschooler writes about his experience after he chose to go to public school for a year.  Yep yep yep.

Kudos, Kevin.  Wish I knew you.

Snavley Freebirds: Unschool v. School.

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And even more great stuff!

July 15, 2008

I stumbled across a great Unschooling Dad’s blog the other day and that, in turn, led me to find The Daily Groove.  Check out today’s Groove:

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle
www.enjoyparenting.com/dailygroove

:: The Sticky Speedometer ::

Some years ago, my car’s speedometer developed
a case of sporadic “stickiness.”

The first time it stuck I didn’t know it. I was
driving on a freeway, faithfully checking the
speedometer at regular intervals, and I believed
it was “right” even though my actual speed was
gradually increasing!

** It didn’t occur to me to question the
speedometer’s “authority.” **

Eventually the growing difference between what it was
telling me and the *feeling* of my actual speed made
me realize that the speedometer was stuck — that I’d
have to start relying on my *inner* guidance.

It was disconcerting at first, because I’d always
relied on the external authority, but before too long
I got pretty good at sensing whether I was going too
fast or slow. . . .

Today, let your feelings reveal and replace your
“sticky speedometers” — beliefs, expectations, and
rules that aren’t serving you.

When something looks right but *feels* wrong, be
willing to question even the unquestionable. For
progressive parents, some of the stickiest
speedometers are forms of “parental correctness”
that started as brilliant ideas.

http://dailygroove.net/speedometer

Feel free to forward this message to your friends!
(Please include this paragraph and everything above.)
Copyright (c) 2008 by Scott Noelle

Pretty darn awesome stuff, eh?  I know my speedometer gets stuck — a lot!

So I get Groovin’ in my inbox every morning.  It helps so much!  Between that, a daily Soulful Living reading, an amazing Unschooling list serve, an online Al-Anon group, and my daily CAL readings, I finally feel like I’m in my own groove with the support and encouragement to continue groovin’ on.

If you like what you read above, consider joining The Daily Groove.  It costs nothing, won’t spam you, and it provides a brief few moments a day to reset your inner parent.  Completely worth it.  Find out more or subscribe  here.

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Really really really good stuff

July 12, 2008

I continue on the path of Radical Unschooling.  Sometimes I really miss the mark.  Sometimes you’d think that I managed to go from RU Parent to Professor Snape in one breath.  Yeah, I’m human and fallible.  It happens.

All things work the same way for me: I find something that really clicks, that I really get and appreciate, and that I really love and I work it for awhile until it starts working for me and then I abandon it.  See, human.  Having realized that I had gotten off the RU path (and, frankly, the Al-Anon path and a few other paths …) I jumped back on with both feet this past week and have, of course, gained peace and insight and excitement and wonder and passion and zeal.

I was tooling around online this morning and came across something that put my thought processes into a blender.  What came out was a delicious smoothie of hope, renewed commitment, and deeper understanding of myself,  my family, my picture of a happy home.  It’s really really really good stuff.  Check it out!

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Archaeology for 88 cents

May 9, 2008

I found these really cute things for 88 cents that allows the boys to “dig” for treasures just like archaeologists. Seriously, 88 cents for something that got them dirty, sweaty (it’s surprisingly hard to hack through this clay stuff,) interested, entertained, educated, and excited. They each found a treasure (a sarcophagus and an idol cat,) and a deeper interest in history. Awesome!



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Classroom pics

May 5, 2008

We learned that post paints aren’t just for posters, finger paints aren’t just for fingers OR for painting, dismantled washing machines can make awesome forts, parachutes made from grocery sacks and mop handles are cool when shot out of an air cannon, hand prints make awesome leaves, and that teaching makes it damned near impossible to learn.

It’s likely that this might turn into an Unschooling blog. Or maybe more likely I’ll start another blog about our unschooling ventures. We’re diving in, we’re swimming in the free waters of child led learning, and I must say, we’re already a hell of a lot smarter.

Some pictures of the artwork done in the basement this weekend. It’s become an “Art Gallery / Studio” and paints and brushes are now kept out at easy reach for those spur of the moment inspirations. The words mostly are my work, the drippy heart is Duck’s, the MOM is Stealth’s.

Fingerpaint handprints make awesome leaves

and finger paint footprints are lovely, too

And since the feet are already slippery, why not skate?

And from hanging out and learning in the yard …