Friday, February 29, 2008

a new typical day, sleeping, and worms

Sandra Dodd's home for wayward worms

added to Typical Days


Coming Soon:
(well the worm-house page and photos are there, but the home isn't yet occupied) The worms were delivered Friday 2/29. More photos sometime...)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

criticism, defense, gradual change and marginal unschooling

...and a great definition of unschooling, and something new on morning glories.

Those who read AlwaysLearning have already seen it.
I was criticized and defended.

A reminder about making gradual changes (new page)

What isn't unschooling? (new page)

The best summary of unschooling I've ever seen, added to the right here:

A video (I didn't make it) of how morning glories twine, added here (thanks, Rue!)

I realize I've had lots of updates in the past week. It won't last. For a while, I was only working on SCA pages. I'm going to Arizona on the weekend to speak in Tempe ( for a few days I won't be online at all. Don't be afraid that I'll send this many updates all the time.

The photo is by Holly. She put it on my MySpace.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, February 22, 2008

an eight-year-old error

I was browsing through Moving a Puddle because Holly's reading some of it for the first time, and a friend of hers might be reading it. I found an error.

"Damn it!" I said to no one. Marty came in.


"A typo. Well, not a typo. An editing error." I read it to him. It's on page 42

In a very kind voice Marty said, "Well your life will be over soon and you won't have to worry about it."

"Thanks!" I said brightly, and I meant it, because honestly—how much do I beat myself about something that two editors missed and I missed and that doesn't harm anyone's safety or progress?

Marty said "I'm just here to help." But honestly he did help.

My big error is in having adverbs which should've been changed to adjectives when I re-wrote some part of that middle phrase:

It’s about how people learn—how easily and effortlessly natural learning is, and how difficult-to-impossible “formal education” is compared to the real learning that goes on every day of a person’s life.

DOH! should be "easy and effortless"

Here's all I can do at the moment. I can put that article online with the corrections. It's one of the essays that hadn't been anywhere but in its original publication (in Enchanted Families, a local newsletter for homeschoolers) and in Moving a Puddle.

Now it will be here:

Thursday, February 21, 2008

dyslexia, being fascinating, and getting jokes

Interesting fallacies on dyslexia added here, about the fourth item:

It was sent for this page, so I'm going to link them both:
Even though nothing's new there, some of you might not have seen it (or not lately).

A pair of articles got separated in space and time but are together and more easily available.
"To be Fascinating at Cocktail Parties" and "To Get More Jokes" are

Sunday, February 17, 2008

John Holt, movies, early TV

New intro/comment on the John Holt index page:

New movie recommendations at the top:
and reminder of the page
MOVIES AS A PLAYGROUND, as tools, as portals ... sharing movies with our kids

Amanda documented her "explore" on the history of TV on the Always Learning list, and I saved it here:

Friday, February 15, 2008

Three little bits

A dozen new quotes have been added to the rotation here:

A new article is linked here:

I've started a page for the general question of "what about the violence?" and it will have more links soon, but for now I wanted to list it for the sake of the art, done by Bo King who also did the trees on my unschooling index page.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Susan G. wrote:

-=- When I'm tired and tempted to wallow for a few moments in some self-centered thought, I force myself to get up and place myself back within the family circle. It's infinitely better than the other choice, because I soon forget why I wanted to wallow in the first place. There's something written about service being the antidote to suffering . . . I don't mean "service" like martyrdom, but like involvement, interaction, being there for and with the family. It always works.-=-

I wanted to save it but I didn't have a perfect place for it, so I made one: Please pass this on to anyone who's wondering about unschooling. It's yet another good "front page" to the information I've been collecting for years now.

There are some little folding pictures cubes, and however you unfold and re-fold, it's still a picture on each surface. My unschooling website is starting to seem like that to me. Magic Folding Cube

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Unschooling in France

Homeschooling will soon be better known in France, thanks to an unschooler named Sylvia Martin-Rodriguez. Please look here to see the cover of her soon-to-be-released book.

Links to translated articles are here: Those won't be in the book, but are on a website maintained by Sylvie and her friend Jeanine Barbé, at which there are some other translations of English-language unschooling articles.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

"I just never knew that I had to change..."

New piece at "Getting It" (upper right)

"Unschooling is giving me a chance to reflect on my own life as well as seeing the changes in my daughter. We spend a lot of time together, and there are days we still have our little difficulties. I just never knew that I had to change as much or even more than she had to change." —Wanda (in North Carolina, writing on the

There's more before and after that, of Wanda's epiphany, which came from some unschooling and some re-reading of John Holt!


Monday, February 4, 2008

Teens and standardized tests

New page with accounts of a few problems teens have had with testing. From these stories, you can advise your own teens when a test situation comes along, perhaps.

The page has been linked three places:

It might seem a symptom of disorganization that I have a page called "teen" and one called "teens."
It might be, but they're so different I wouldn't know which one to abandon, and I like the pictures, and people guess at pages, so it's fine with me that they're both there. I'm sorry for those who twitch at redundancy.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Advice generator (kind of)

In the side-column to the left I've added a quote generator, but the quotes are fairly generic. They're standard advice from the UnschoolingDiscussion list and the AlwaysLearning list (and others). Some are specific to people (Pam Sorooshian's "nest," Joyce Fetteroll's "Yes" and my "strewing"), and they're all easily discovered by anyone wanting to read more by searching here: