Sunday, June 16, 2024

Reassurance; normal

NEW PAGES (from older writing):

Teens can feel crowded. It's natural.

Normal, and unschooling

Reassurance—notes to a nervous new unschooler in 1985, in the days of America OnLine (AOL). Some things I might have advised a bit differently later, but some are as good as ever.

photo (a link) by Gail Higgins

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Marvels, Reassurance, Jitters

NEW TO THE SITE, but not new. Rescued.

Unschooling and other Marvels

Questions from a young mom and answers from an unschooling friend.

Confronting Jitters—Joyce Fetteroll

photo (a link) by Cathy Koetsier

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Montana, Italy, Godzilla

"Montana to Italy via Godzilla"
Interview of Deb Lewis, by Sandra Dodd,
finally formatted fully with photos and current links.
It's been on the site, but was dusty and never announced.
Now it's spiffed up and (was always) worth reading.

photo (a link to "Penguins and Saturn"),
by Theresa Larson

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Pets, Positivity, Better

Pets—several additions, new info on horses

Happy new page on positivity, with quotes, links and images

The "better" page is better:

photo (a link) by Gail Higgins

Friday, March 22, 2024

Influences, What to say, Structure, Moving

Who Inspired You?
two new stories added at

"What can I say to doubters and critics?" (This page isn't new, but wasn't announced before.)

Additions to the page on what might happen without structure:

Just finished (started and then misplaced it): Moving (making it easier)

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Definition of Unschooling; don't use "screentime"

Lyle Perry wrote a definition of unschooling that was worth a new page:

The clearest reason ever to abandon the term "screentime"

photo (a link) by Karen James

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

"Nest" (addition from 2005)

Added to the page "Building an Unschooling Nest," today:

Sandra, in 2005, to someone who described her son's BEAUTIFUL day, and asked if she should be doing more.

If there's a party at your house and there's enough food, there's toilet paper in the bathroom, the trash isn't overflowing and each guest is smiling or laughing, could you do more?

LIKE WHAT? Let partying dogs dance!

Things will change from time to time, and there will be lulls and slow days, but much of what you name up above DID involve your "doing."

I'll write more later, but Keith and Holly want me to get in the hot tub with them. Woohoo!! It's happening because I clean it every week and I built a fire earlier today, so it's hot. I washed swimsuits. I didn't say "It's time to get in," but I did prep work to make it possible.

Don't discount transportation, food, clothes, hospitality to friends, etc.


Others had encouraging words for the mom, too. That was before we were using the idea of the creation of "an unschooling nest." Here is that discussion.

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Here's a photo of that hot tub, which we had for many years, but it became leaky near the top, for being in the high, dry desert. Lower, where it was kept wet (it was either filled or being washed), no leaks. Higher on the boards,they were shrinking from low humidity.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Folklore, arguments, perspective

Unannounced before:
Kids' songs, children's folklore, things passed down (Alison's kids demonstrate a game; I sing)

When Kids Don't Know the Old Way (about food, and "the right answers)
Not a new page, but newly polished and announced.

Added an image and note to the Perspective page.

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, August 10, 2023

Parental issues, clarity around school vs. unschooling

Additions to these existing pages (and one new page, related to a couple of those):

When Parents Have Issues (added "People can't casually deschool, stretch, fart, snooze, yawn..."

"Two directions, about school (both Sandra)" added to

New page, on problems with not getting a good start:

Part of what's on the new page (above) is quoted at "DO IT!"

photo (a link) by Roya Dedeaux

Monday, June 26, 2023

Sparklers, Connections

Added two sparkler photos (and commentary, and links) a page I had never ever tried to announce.

Added a couple of stories to a page about kids making connections:
Once you start looking for connections...

photo (a link) by Janine Davies

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Small words, Joyous meals, "Junk food"

New in 2023, about something very old

I remodeled a page by Shan Burton, with photos about moving from rules to enjoyment of food and of eating: Food and Assumptions...A True Unfettering!

New page, 2023, on moving above and beyond the idea of "junk food"

Monday, February 13, 2023

Interviews re-discovered; recordings of presentations

Two interviews (originally on paper; then on website; now my website):

Why a Former Teacher Kept Her Own Kids Out of the Classroom

Debating How Kids Learn—Interview, rescued, in which I was quoted (and was given the last word):

Edinburgh Home Education Network waited to be sure these recordings were secure and would still be available, before taking their old site down (notes are there):
photo (a link) by Jo Isaac