Inspiration Archives

  1. Learning at their own pace

    This article on a ten-year old math prodigy, Esther Okade, was shared with me recently.  I loved it, but not for the “prodigy” reason. When the child showed great aptitude in math, her parents enrolled her in a private school.  Her mom said, “One day we were coming back home and she burst out in tears…

  2. If we did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

    Thomas Edison

  3. Children must be allowed to dream and have a horizon to work toward. For me there was only one path: I knew from age six that I wanted to fly. Flying was the very breath of life to me and I was successful because I loved it so much.

    Elinor Smith

  4. It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

    Elinor Smith

  5. Not sorry

    We make it into Yellowstone at least once a week right now.  It requires a lot more effort than in the warmer months, but it is worth it.  From the moment I enter those borders, I am home. (This is Richie, the girls’ hiking mascot.  Every kid should have a mascot, don’t you think?)  :)…

  6. Everything I am interested in, from cooking to electronics, is related to math. In real life you don’t have to worry about integrating math into other subjects. In real life, math already is integrated into everything else.

    Anna Hoffstrom

  7. How is your heart today?

    Have you read this yet? This brilliant article discusses the “disease of being busy,” our culture’s obsession with activity and with accomplishing tasks on our to-do lists.  When our own family found ourselves caught in the throes of being busy, we were incredibly unhappy.  We were stressed and tense.  Even after we started unschooling, it…

  8. Back from adventure

    I’m back.  I’ve been absent from this space for such a long time. Our family has been on a grand adventure, one that I learned so much from that it will take a lifetime to fully appreciate. We spent 8 months in an RV, traveling and exploring, pursuing dreams and adventures. Each place we go,…

  9. If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.

    Rachel Carson

  10. Time to become

    If there is anything that Yellowstone has taught us, it is patience.  Quiet, pleasant patience. That things take time, and sometimes the time is long and that rushing does no good. Last week, it rained and rained.  And rained.  It was wonderful.  I am grateful for ponchos and sweatshirts.  The chilly weather gave us a…