Tag archives for learning all the time

  1. Everything has equal value

    One thing that I have committed to myself, again and again, is allowing each interest and each possible topic or “subject” in my children’s learning to have equal weight.  In the education of my children, I agree with Sir Ken Robinson that creativity is as important as literacy. Creativity can come into play in any…

  2. Making a living instead of a life?

    Logan LaPlante on his unschooling (or “hackschooling,” as he calls it). It’s awesome to hear a child discussing his own education. And he’s right on. His ideas focus on a life of happiness, true happiness. He also discusses his future and his desires for his life.

  3. New ideas

    The purpose, for us, of going out into nature isn’t just to learn about nature.  It’s to open our minds. The other day, we were hiking up to a lake in the mountains, and though we noticed lichen on rocks and wildlife in hollowed out logs and streams that rolled down from mountain lakes, our…

  4. 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

  5. Allowing kids to be themselves

    We were at the library today (hence the Instagram pictures instead of real ones :) ).  My 8-year-old and my 6-year-old came to me, wanting help to find something new to read.  They were ready for something new. I got excited, hoping to introduce them to some of my old favorites.  I offered Charlotte’s Web…

  6. There’s always something out there

    There’s a path behind our neighborhood.  Like many neighborhood paths these days, it cuts through land that’s been scraped for development, and nothing too natural is left.  It’s a nice little path, but there’s so much construction right now that it’s littered with chunks of cement and random wooden posts and wire.  Plus, right now,…

  7. Tin Tin

    Who doesn’t love Tin Tin?  (Don’t tell me if you don’t.  We just adore him and his darling hairdo.  And Snowy, too.  My two-year-old calls him “Nowy.”) We were first introduced to Tin Tin when the new movie came out last year.  The girls loved it so much, we started to buy the old comics.…

  8. Magic

    This summer, my girls found the magic trick books at the library.  They were fascinated with them for days, trying to perfect their tricks. I saw that as part of their special summer programs, the library was having a real magician come to do a magic show for families.  We surprised the girls by taking…

  9. Writing notes in class

    When we were doing more traditional homeschool, we had writing time every day.  My oldest daughter dreaded it.  It just wasn’t her cup of tea.  I would push and push her to finish a few sentences in her journal.  It was so frustrating. Once we began unschooling, I noticed opportunities for writing all over the…