Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Getting it, and the state comes to call

There's a new piece, short but sweet, on the "Getting It" page, and I
thought it would be a good page to bring to light in general:


Last week when I was super-busy with other things anyway, I got a
letter (left on the wrong house, but I got it) from the State of New
Mexico department of Children Youth and Families. You might imagine
how thrilled I was not. I figured I was finally going to be called
on to defend my homeschooling or something along those lines. It was
something completely different, though, and I documented it here:

http://sandradodd.blogspot.com/2007/05/control-and-jealous- craziness.html

The background post is here:

Although it's not at all a classic unschooling essay or anything, I
think there are things there to make one consider the benefits of
living a life of open trustfulness (or of fearful negativity, but why
spread it around more than necessary?).


Friday, May 18, 2007

Limits and page names



Deb Lewis wrote something great on a list I'm not on. Kelly Lovejoy forwarded it to me, and it needed a home. I went to name a file "limits" and found I already had one, with a good bit from Deb Cunefare I had saved but not formatted. I guess I knew someday I'd come back there and fix it up. Today is that day.

I wrote an introduction, threw in five reasonable links.

Pam Sorooshian's daughter, Rose, discovered one day that she could guess URL extensions for my site and lots of them were there. That's been my plan for a while. You might try it, and if you find there's a perfect keyword that's not opening a page, send me a note and I might make a redirect page to the closest existing page, or a directory page, or just build the page.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

additions and updates (boring title, but I only tweaked)

"if there is junk in the house my 3 yo will eat that and nothing else if i let him"

Another edition to the "If I let him..." page. I am attracted and repulsed by that page, but I think it's important to have. It's here:

If you've never seen it, you might want to start from the bottom.
If you haven't seen it for a while, maybe read it with your own family's improvements in mind. Many of the parents who wrote those things went on to change, and their children very wonderfully proved them wrong.

This page for people curious or new to unschooling might be a good one to pass on to people who inquire, who are considering it for next year, etc. It has links to other unschooling sites, lists, podcasts, recent news articles, local contacts, the flickr photo pool, Typical Days posts, blogs, and Unschooling Voices.

And it's possible it's a page some of you didn't know about. I keep finding pages I had forgotten about. I don't mind, as long as the links are still good.

I added two links to sandradodd.com/unschooling (my main page). Neither page is new, but they hadn't been put in the alphabetical listing on the main page.

When Siblings Fight

It's linked as "transition" on a couple of pages. The page is titled "Learning to See Differently" but I used "Transition" on the list.

If you find any bad links, please let me know!

Thanks for reading,


Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Ren, Marty, sex


This page isn't new, but I had failed to link it from my main unschooling page, so I wanted to make sure people were aware of it. It has links to various Ren Allen items and her blog and unschooling pages.

As usual, I make pages or add to them and forget to tell people, but I have two:

Started off about the good job Marty did as MC of the talent show at Mary Gold's recent conference, and expanded a bit. And because of that (indirectly) I got another testimonial for the page about what about kids looking at internet porn (vaguely it's about that, mostly it's about... you know, the whole trusting kids thing): http://sandradodd.com/sex (down under the Marty story, I think the second item there is new, and the whole page might be new to some of you).

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

New Blog Layouts

Holly made this with photos Marty took, sitting in a sculpture of broken carts Marty made (behind the store where he was working). I'm putting it here partly because I like it and it shows some of the things they do for fun, but partly to see if this blog format will accept wider images than the old one.