Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Day Off is coming, FINALLY!

After years and years of learning every day, here comes a holiday for unschoolers!



It's less than a month away now, so start thinking of how you can be ready for this momentous, first annual day of leisure for learners.

Learn Nothing Day

The art above is by Sandra (me) and Holly Dodd (my talented daughter).

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Screwing it up, Learning, Eating, Italy

How to Screw Up Unschooling
http://sandradodd.com/screwitup

New story on Late-night Learning
http://sandradodd.com/latenightlearningcomment.html

New link to a PBS program online about problems with food controls added here:
http://sandradodd.com/eating/longterm

Italian links added here:
http://sandradodd.com/world

There's some new stuff here, and something beautiful by Pam Sorooshian:
http://sandradodd.com/unschool/radical

Unschooling's second cousins
http://sandradodd.com/unschool/unitstudies
http://sandradodd.com/unschool/marginal
http://sandradodd.com/unschool/vsRelaxedHomeschooling.html

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Yes, Why, Considerate Children and more!

I've been saving this hoping to add more to a couple of those pages
before sending. I will add more, haven't yet, and when I do I'll
send the links again.

Here's the news:

http://sandradodd.com/yesGraphic
A graphic representation of thoughts about saying yes to children.
For the visual thinker!
(For everyone. By Katherine Anderson.)

http://sandradodd.com/why
I especially like the links on this. I like the way they look, and I think that if someone read that page and those six links, it would change their lives enough for them to improve their children's lives in wonderful ways.

http://sandradodd.com/unschool/gettingit
Something new there.

http://sandradodd.com/modeloftheuniverse
Your Own Model of the Universe

http://sandradodd.com/consideratechildren
Thinking I might have the only webpage in the world called "Considerate Children," I went to check. Just google, just one search. Results 1 - 10 of about 199,000 for considerate children. Of those first ten, seven were describing the traits of particular dogs. "The breed does fine with older considerate children" and such. One was being critical of a child (but not mean; slightly sarcastic, not bad). Two referred to an Emily Post book called Emily Post's The Gift of Good Manners: A Parent's Guide to Raising Respectful, Kind, Considerate Childrenhttp://www.amazon.com/Emily-Posts-Gift-Good-Manners/dp/006018549X

Second page had an article in Japanese, but in English it said "Considerate Children to Be Educated ..." I don't think it's a public article; can't read Japanese anyway. Two on the Emily Post book; the rest about dogs.

As comparison to the 199,000 hits for "considerate" and "children" even on the same page, I thought I'd look up "brat." I don't like that word, but I'm guessing there will be more than 199,000 occurrences.
Ah. I was right:
Results 1 - 10 of about 31,000,000 for brat

And so based on that, I hope my page on considerate children will continue to grow. If any of you have stories of your children being considerate that would help some of those millions of people who might never have considered it possible, please send them to me. I'll get it if you reply to this list (and it won't go through to
everyone).

An update and comment on rude feedback:
http://sandradodd.com/feedbackrude
Joy truly is invaluable.

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