January, 2013

  1. Standing up

      Unschooling is all about taking your children out into the world, and rather than telling them to sit back and be quiet, teaching them how to act in everyday (and not-so-everyday) situations.  For us, it’s also about thinking of others and learning to stand up and act. Years ago, we met a man.  He gradually…

  2. “We are sorry, but it is the best we can do.”

    “Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What…

  3. Helplessness to Empowerment

    When children see things on the news or hear of tragedies, it can really affect them.  That feeling can be overwhelming for them to try to deal with. Several years ago, when Haiti was struck with profound tragedy, our children were very affected.  So we invited members of the community to come and assemble hygiene…

  4. Verb practice

    Worksheets are definitely not a real fun thing to do for most kids, and learning the parts of speech can be tricky.  So instead of endless worksheets, I love to try to weave things like that in to regular life when they come up.  One fun way I’ve discovered to practice verbs is singing a…

  5. Backyard Volcano

    Several years ago, my daughter was fascinated with volcanoes.  This is a simple backyard “volcano” you can make with everyday household ingredients.  Does it mimic a real volcano with molten reactions?  No.  But it’s a lot of fun to make something safely erupt. :)  Here’s what we did, in case you’d like to do the…