Saturday, January 31, 2009

Paths, watching others, boundaries, young children

How to Avoid Trying to Control Husbands, regarding unschooling
New by De/Sanguinegirl
http://sandradodd.com/control
(bottom of the page)

Me, quoted very nicely, in an article by an eclectic homeschooler:
http://www.homeschooldiner.com/basics/family_matters/watching_video_games.html

If the child's boundaries should be respected, what about the parents?
http://sandradodd.com/peace/newview
Robyn Coburn, third item on that page

One of the live chats is now a page. I'm not quite finished with the right column, but it's worth sharing already.
http://sandradodd.com/youngchildren

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Unschooling Chats Online

http://sandradodd.com/chat

Two chats have passed (sorry I didn't mention it here; they came on kind of suddenly) and there will be one Friday and one Monday.

(This may blossom or might be a brief spate of excitement that goes away.)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Me, speaking 12 years ago

Thanks to the interest, know-how and generosity of Lauren and Lee Stranahan, there is another recording of me available for you to hear or to download freely.

It is here, with a disclaimer and some other notes and links:
Introduction to Unschooling

The art at right is by Dee Sanchez, who was the coordinator of the conference that year. The main speaker was Mark Hegener, and his daughter Jodi (then a teen) was there. The more conservative homeschoolers of New Mexico Family Educators changed things severely after that unschooling conference and the inclusivity of the statewide organization pretty much dissolved.

Then Dee published a newsletter/magazine called Enchanted Families for a few years, which is where some of my essays first appeared, and also Carol Rice's article about her son learning to read, which is on my site and has encouraged many parents.

The round art was on a t-shirt that year, and I colored the New Mexico flag yellow on mine and wore that shirt for years, and lost it somewhere. When I was speaking, my kids were 5, 7 and 9, I think I say in there somewhere. (I'll correct this if anyone who listens wants to confirm/deny, or if I listen to it later again.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Reading and reality



Maybe these guys are saying "Slow Down!"
If life is all competition, then finishing first is "winning," when the stopwatch is out. But what if the goal is thinking new thoughts, and enjoying the artistry of someone else's words? What if it were museums we were talking about? Would moving through an art museum and seeing all the paintings and sculptures in fifteen minutes be better than if it took two hours? What if someone could train you to retain memories of what you had seen, and to comprehend it, even though you had walked as fast as you possibly could have and looked as briefly as possible at what took the artist months or years to create? Would you "win"?

Forget the hoity-toitiness of da Vinci and Jane Austen. How about a car show? If you run through the lot and see all the restored antique cars faster than anyone else EVER HAS, are you better at going to car shows than those who look closely at details and talk to the owners?


That's from this page on speed reading:
http://sandradodd.com/r/speed

...which I came to and spruced up because there's a new page on comprehension:
http://sandradodd.com/r/comprehension

and that's a cousin of another page on "real reading":
http://sandradodd.com/r/real

Monday, January 19, 2009

WoW, School, Family


gratuitous photo of Pam Sorooshian and Sandra Dodd at the display on personal computers at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
A new unschooler presents the joys she found playing World of Warcraft with her son, and what he's been doing lately when he's not playing.
http://sandradodd.com/game/wow
This new page is linked from "Tales of Happy Video Gamers":
http://sandradodd.com/game/tales

New from Joyce on textbooks:
http://sandradodd.com/school/textbooks
and an index page (very brief) on school-related topics
http://sandradodd.com/school

Public School on your Own Terms, revamped and comments added
http://sandradodd.com/schoolchoice

School can break family bonds
http://sandradodd.com/school/family

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Manga/anime fans, FamilyRUN.ning and Unschooling.info

This entry is not about news of my personal website, but of some resources you might want to check out.

Joyce Fetteroll has created Otaku Unschoolers:
Love anime and manga? Curious? Confused? Come meet other unschoolers :-) For kids and adults and parents of kids who love it.
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/otaku_unschoolers/
Members: 24
Latest Activity: Oct. 23, 2008

Laura B's project:


Visit Radical Unschoolers Network

Radical Unschoolers Network: a network for radical unschooling families
This format is especially good for those who like to see photos of people's kids, and to be able to check back for details on where they live and how long they've been unschooling and such. You can go there for serious discussions, or just to send little chit-chatty messages to other unschoolers. Here's my page:
http://familyrun.ning.com/profile/SandraDodd

This one is my project:
I've been given the keys to Unschooling.Info. People had gotten busy otherwhere, and it was turning into a kinda spooky ghost town, but it's being revived, and I invite you to visit and contribute to a discussion or create a new topic!
unschooling.info/forum

My New Year's Resolution was to participate more on Family RUN.ning and Unschooling.info, and to ask others to help me to help other unschoolers by giving five minutes a day over what you're already doing to comment on posts, or to follow blogs and encourage new unschoolers, or something to help unschooling to thrive in other families.

If you're not already following blogs, I have a collection here:
ThinkingSticks.blogspot.com

Thank you for your interest in unschooling!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Friday, January 2, 2009

sleep, principles, words, babies





A post on the images of babies in the winter
(Jesus, New Year's day as an infant), with a link to the new doll Holly got for Christmas, and its journey to her, involving youtube and Ireland and...

Will kids sleep without a bedtime? Very peacefully, it seems.
http://sandradodd.com/sleep/
(two new photos of beautiful babies)

Understanding the Value of Principles
http://sandradodd.com/rulebound
Not new. Rediscovered. Touched up. Typo fixed. Links fluffed. Good stuff.

Word Histories
http://sandradodd.com/etymology
This page has been announced four times. It was new in January 2004. I tweaked and added a few times. There's something new at the bottom—a new chart of Indo-European languages. I like charts. And one of the links leads to something Joyce wrote, and of that long interesting article on the names of months, I've brought you this:

Here’s a translation of the month names from Charlemagne’s time:
Winter
Spring
Lent
Easter
Grazing
Plowing
Hay
Harvest
Wood
Vintage
Autumn/Harvest
Holy

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