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

Sacrifices (magical and otherwise)

Magical sacrifices (not the kinds that work; not the things that help unschoolers)

Sacrifice, in a good way, for unschooling parents

photo (a link) by Gail Higgins

Friday, January 13, 2023

Infants, Food Connections, Debating "Balance"

Something added to the page on Infants (second section, for now):

Food Connections / Food Tie-in with Books and Movies Page started long ago, found and expanded with a discussion from 2002

New page of older interview:
Debating How Kids Learn—response to "an expert" who said unschooling was ridiculous
(unfortunately, not a direct, real response, because the conversation was created by the interviewer from two interviews, but she let me win)

photo (a link) by Janine Davies

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Respect/freedom; multiply by 18

On "freedom," in light of respect for others, and for realities. New to the site; from the book.

Story told in 2001, the day it happened, though it's been reported since. Multiplication, unschooled teens impressing older people, various other confidence-boosting bits.
(added to my site in May 2022)

photo (a link) by Sarah S.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

MMA fighting, Actively Unschooling, Do it Well!

Addition to Focus, Hobbies, Obsessions:
Richard Jennings was unschooled, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and has moved from local to regional Mixed Martial Arts tournaments. Video interview added to:

Not NEW new, but had not been announced, on unschooling actively:

"Do it well" found unfinished; finished it! Stabilized it; added a bit.

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd, of Holly

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Homebodies and cocooning

"Seasons, Ebb and Flow"—when things happen to change patterns, relax into it.

"Time for Solitude"—being home, on purpose, sometimes

photo (a link) by Cass Kotrba