Monday, October 31, 2011

My speaking plans for the next nearly-a-year

Over the next many-months, I will be speaking and hanging out here:

The ALL Unschooling Symposium
December 28-31, 2011
It will be small, but is already international, with a family from Ontario, Canada, and one from Sussex, England.

Tempe, Arizona March 31/April 1, 2012
(no link yet, except the state org: )

Site lost; cancelled for this year.

Life is Good
Vancouver Washington
May 24-27, 2012

Either before or after that, late Spring or June/July, The LiTTLe Conferencein London (if they have a 2012 conference) and so perhaps in Edinburgh, and probably, if the trip happens, I'll speak in Leiden, in the Netherlands.

UPDATES! Addition of France.

HSC Conference
Sacramento, California
August 2-5, 2012
(Site's not ready yet, but will be here later:

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chat transcripts, More Random Excitement

Directory of chat transcripts, each on one section of The Big Book of Unschooling
To subscribe to chat announcements, join this list:
Chats are gone; yahoogroups is gone.

I've added 88 pages to the random page generator:
They're all new in the past year and some, but many are from this month. Now the random generator has 734 links. Have fun!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Clarity, Skepticism, "Nook" books

New on clarity of thought and expression, lower left:

Skepticism and the nature of unschooling
(skip this if you're in a light and fluffy mood)
I've added to the top of the page, and to the bottom.
The middle part was announced here in August, 2006.

Barnes & Noble has electronic versions of my books on their site now.

Nook Book Version of The Big Book of Unschooling
Nook Book Version of Moving a Puddle

When I first submitted these books to, Moving a Puddle had color pictures, but they advised after that to put photos in black and white. So The Big Book has b&w photos. Bummer in retrospect. At least in the iBook versions, anyway, Moving a Puddle has color images! :-)

Moving a Puddle

The Big Book of Unschooling

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spouses, Families, Movies, Stories

Schuyler Waynforth, about a forgotten anniversary, and contentment:
(upper left)

Ben Lovejoy, four new pages to add to the one article I had. Three came from "Connections," and one Ben sent me in May, when I was in England, and it was lost in the shuffle until now!
is the directory page, and the newly-presented information is here:

"No Rules-Sir ,Yes Sir" (Ben's life, the military, being an unschooling dad)

A Look Back (movies, families)

Following our Passions to Bonnaroo (music, road trips, relationships)

The Stories of Our Families (the value of storytelling)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Natural Math, Needs, Science

Lyla's story of her son stumping a teacher (unknowingly):

New writing by Joyce on meeting a child's needs (or on the futility of resisting meeting a child's needs):

Schuyler Waynforth, in an article from 2007, rescued just this week from a sinking website, with nice big photos sent directly from Schuyler yesterday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Moving a Puddle reviews; how to strew; cosleeping

The Connections ezine site will not be maintained by its owner, and I was told to grab what I wanted before it was gone. One month, my first book was featured as a resource, and I've saved that page, with its reviews, here:

A new part, second in, here, on how to strew:

Two new bits up top on the co-sleeping page:

If someone has a good co-sleeping photo I can use there, I'd appreciate it. (I can use more than one.)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

More by Deb Lewis

All new pages, all Deb Lewis!

And if you like these ideas, please consider coming to the ALL Unschooling Symposium December 29-31, where Deb will speak about unschooling for the first time.

Sympathetic, Empathetic, or Simply Pathetic?

Cultural Ideas and Change
How accepted truths (memes) make unschooling difficult to see and believe.

The Evidence of Years: hindsight, milestones, and big differences

Unschooler's Pipe Wrench
"We understand we don't always have a choice about what life brings us, but we always have a choice about how we face it. And we face it wearing big red clown noses."

Not Even Close to All For McNaught

Confessions of a Lawbreaker: "My son Dylan has been voting for years. According to the Twenty sixth Amendment he doesn't have the right to vote until he's eighteen years old, but we amended that amendment, at least in our own minds...."

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Deb Lewis on Monsters; Ren Allen on Snowflakes

These articles are both five years old, but have lived on a site that will be dissolving soon, so I've brought them and their photos and will be bringing some other articles by authors I've been collecting. Sometimes my pack-rat "collect the whole set" nature can benefit others.

How a Monster and a Dead Guy Named Howard Led a Boy to a World of Connections, by Deb Lewis

Crystallized Learning, by Ren Allen