April, 2013

  1. Nature–the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful–offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot.  Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity.

    Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods, p. 98

  2. Kool-aid playdough

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    We’ve had more snow in the past week than we had all winter!  Thank you, Colorado. While we’ve definitely gotten out and enjoyed it, there’s only so much cold and wet you can take at once, so we’ve been having fun indoors, as well. The other day, we pulled out one of our favorite recipes.…

  3. Urban hikes, the (sub)urban unschooler’s dream

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    If you live in an urban or suburban area, you may ache for more nature and natural experiences for your children. (My children at Crown Hill Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, tucked away amongst a neighborhood just outside of Denver.) Many cities and urban areas have set aside nature preserves and acreage to remain natural, and…

  4. Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

    Marthe Troly-Curtin, "Phrynette Married"

  5. Self-learning–learning in which the child is in charge–is almost always, in the long run, more efficient and enduring than anything that can be taught by even the most brilliant teacher.

    Peter Gray, Ph.D.

  6. When I doubt myself in math…

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    Many people can wrap their minds around unschooling, but invariably will ask, “But what about math??” I have much I hope to write in future posts on the subject, but whenever I begin to doubt myself in math, I turn to two articles that always remind me to calm down.  Each article is well worth…

  7. Best hikes with children

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    I know I’ve referenced this book in my post about hiking with kids, but I use this book so often I felt it deserved its own post. Best Hikes with Children in Colorado has been an invaluable tool for us as we have sought to take our children out of the suburbs and explore the…

  8. Why unschooling works (a glimpse at today)

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    Today, each of my girls was interested in something different.  My little dream-surfer (notice she’s wearing her Hurley shirt) asked this morning, “How do surfers stay balanced?” This led to an all-day exploration of how balance works, including eyes and muscle receptors and especially inner ears.  What started as a general question about her dream…