Monday, December 23, 2013

Advent calendar in Australia, gradual change, mystery

An addition to "True tales of kids turning down sweets," the third one down.

New quote on "Gradual Change" (the second item)

Embracing and welcoming mystery to our unschooling lives:

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Service, morning, one-on-one help (I don't do it)

A new comment on the "Service" page, following a request in The Big Book of Unschooling.

Art added to the article "Morning." Some of you will recognize it from a magnet at your house.

This page will be only very rarely used, to link as a response when someone e-mails me a long problem. It says I don't do one-on-one help, and offers alternatives and links.

The image is a link.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Read a little…, Quotes, French translations

New page: Read a little, try a little, wait a while, watch.

Added some "found quotes" to my notes from a talk I gave in 2012 at the HSC conference in Sacramento.

Two new translations to French at "Ajouter de la lumière et remuer":

The photo is a link.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Screentime…. Seriously!

A new rant on "screentime" by Roxana Sorooshian

…and because the original page was full, something new by Pam Sorooshian on a new index page:

About Videogames—SERIOUSLY (new writing by Karen James, with links to books on learning)

photo by Karen James

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Being with your children in India, or Colombia, or wherever they are

This page isn't new, but wasn't announced when it was. Pushpa Ramachandran, in India, wrote something beautiful which I quoted in Just Add Light and Stir. Ana Paulina Maya, in Colombia, translated it to Spanish.

I was interviewed in Spanish on December 3, 2013, by Maria José Cifuentes, in Spain—the video has English and Spanish both, translated by Yvonne Laborda (Spain) and assisted by Ana Paulina Maya (Colombia). That video is here:

When I disappeared (I will reappear), it was because the electricity went off at my house! Bad timing. I ran around seeing if I could restore the circuit, but found it was not my fault. It came back on in about ten minutes, and the modem seemed to take forever to restore. :-)

There is more in Spanish on my site here:
I'm grateful to those who have translated their favorite quotes and articles.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Interview in Lisbon newspaper, Jobs list, Scooby Doo

It's in Portuguese, but anyone can read the pictures. :-)
Online version (not on my site):
PDF of newspaper pages:
And both links have been added here:

This will be an ongoing project, but it's a list of jobs, with a link to skills and abilities, still a-gathering:

When I was going to link a Scooby-Doo-related page on Just Add Light, I noticed there were several, so I've made them an index page:

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Knowledge, Misconceptions, Marta Pires

All new pages:

"Of your own certain knowledge…" Beyond trust or faith, there is *really knowing.*

Equívocos sobre o Unschooling (a translation of Misconceptions about Unschooling)

And that seemed to require a link to the translator, so...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Reality, unavailable alternate universes, and TV dangers

These links have all been announced here over at various times over the past year and a half, but the reality TV page has new writings. These three had not been previously all cross-linked or grouped. They all have to do with disorted reality, ideals, and wishes. The ideas here aren't so simple, but awareness of their existence is good!

Would you rather live in a stone-age village? Early 19th century sod house?

Unschool World, another sort of alternate reality

This page was new in July 2013, and has new information, in the righthand column
Potential problems with Reality TV and unschoolers

The photo is by Bea Mantovani, and links to "Where and why, gradually gathered."

Monday, October 14, 2013

Deschooling mitosis—deschooling splits and grows
I had a page called deschooling, but it had become crowded, and when someone wrote something great, I had no great place to put it.

Now, there are several pages in a deschooling section. The new writing, by Rachel Marie, several quotes, and lots of links, are here:
From that, one can arrive at the original page, stripped down quite a bit:
Also, to a newly created page with previously published writing by Robyn Coburn and Joyce Fetteroll:

And from the old page, now not the main page, is one more:

Monday, October 7, 2013

Neglect, "unschool world" and mechanical music

"Cheery Neglect"—Karen Lee asked about that phrase, which she remembered from a quote but couldn't find. Others quickly helped locate it. It seemed good enough to put on its own page.

Some people want to live with and around unschoolers, rather than in the real world around them.

Mechanical Music—old, new, soothing, inspiring. Engineering, history, art.

A calliope brought to Hollycombe Steam in the Country, July 2013,
for a gathering of steam-powered and hand-cranked or wind-up musical instruments.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Change, Help, Pets

New on "Thoughts on changing," by Karen James, second on the right:

And on another change page, additions from the writings of Tam Palmer and Colleen Prieto

Why TWO pages called "change"? Well... sometimes I forget I have a page. So I make another one. And then I can't decide which should be "the real one." They're both good. Each links to the other. A mis-matched set!
A few updates to the Help page:

Two photos moved from a defunct lyrics game page to the pets page:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Minecraft imitates life; Daily Inspiration

A girl made a block tower, and her brothers copied it in Minecraft:

Well over 1000 snippets to make a moment better, and each leads to three more.
I missed the three year anniversary of Just Add Light and Stir, but I didn't miss keeping up with it! Others have begun to offer up their photos, and that makes it richer and bigger than ever. Go for an explore! Even if you're subscribed, there are probably some you missed or have forgotten. If you don't subscribe, it's simple and it's free:

Other places to see the newest Just Add Light posts: (the main page) and, the page where the original quote lives.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Trivia, iPad, Life

New page on trivia, and models of the universe (click image at right, too)

An eighteen-month-old who loves an iPad...

First rearrangment for many years of "Considerations for Unschooling Parents."

I moved spanking from the top to the lowish right side, and moved video games up. Long ago when that page was new, spanking was a current issue and video games were not very sophisticated.  Both have changed for the better. 🙂

photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

screentime, Spanish, freedom

Karen James, 1/3 of the way down, "If I wasn't paying attention, and if I was afraid of the time Ethan spends at the computer, I would miss all of the creativity and learning happening. Worse still, Ethan might too, because my worry would become his burden."

Pam Sorooshian's 2011 article on child-led learning is new on my site en Español, with links to the translator's blog, and the original in English on Pam's blog.

A chat transcript from May, on the topic of Freedom, is edited and ready to read at a new location for chat transcrips which Marta Pires is helping me set up.  We should be able to keep the colors on the names, from future chats (and some past)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Stress, The Big Book of Unschooling, Screentime, feedback/apology

Stress is a problem.

New review (new to the page) added about The Big Book of Unschooling, up top:

Screentime: How Google saved a calf's life (Alex Polikowsky, about the third item down)

New items on feedback, and a link to a large apology:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wonder, balancing food, "reality" tv

 photo PrietoDeer.jpegNew item, fourth down on the left, Meredith Novak:

New stories at "How does it balance out?"

New page:
Unschoolers on Reality shows! Bad idea!!!
(Producers are making inquiries in at least two countries lately.)

the photo is by Colleen Prieto, and it is a link.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Unschooling kids and money; conference followup, LiTTLe2013

Usually I only put something in one place on my site, but Colleen Prieto's son, Robbie, did a cool thing, and her husband, Robert, said a great thing about it, and Colleen wrote it up sweetly. It's about his allowance.
Three at a blow:

Follow-up page, LiTTLe Conference in Ashford Surrey, July 13-14, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Eating sweets, feedback, benefits of... good stuff (and photos)

New by Rachel Kay, about children turning down sweets (and comment by Anna Black)

New, lefthand, feedback, sweet:

New photos, two, and writing some might've missed:

Photo by Joyce Fetteroll, of her, Marta Pires and me.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Four continents, Rippy Dusseldorp, Letting go of old needs

Schuyler Waynforth, interviewed by Sandra Dodd
Unschooling in the World: Four Continents (longer version of a published interview)

Rippy Dusseldorp has now been quoted on my site enough that she needs her own page:

New translation linked on the transcript of a talk by Joyce Fetteroll. The translation is by Béatrice Mantovani.
Why You Can't Let Go / Pourquoi vous n’arrivez pas à lâcher prise

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Scary? Child-led problems, and skyping in the woods

 photo DSC00253_zps1e30abe7.jpgMichelle Thedaker, on how hard it is to change (new page):

Child-led learning (new page inspired by something Colleen Prieto wrote)

Screentime in the woods? Communicating in the real world. (addition, up top, Brie Jontry)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Phrases to avoid; a Portuguese conversation; FAQ

If you cater to his every whim, will he still throw a fit?
More on "whim," new on "to throw a fit."

Two new things in Portuguese. The first was never in English.
The second was translated by Marta Pires.

Uma Conversa Sobre o "Unschooling"...Em Português!

Perguntas mais frequentes sobre o "unschooling" e respectivas respostas

The image is of sculpture in a pond at the Lady Bird Johnson wildflower center near Austin, and it is a link.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Respect; checklists (French); rights and freedoms

Added to the "Respect index"—two dozen "respect" quotes have been added.

French translation of Disposable Checklists for Unschoolers:

I've just added something to my page on divorce. It came up in old e-mail while I was searching for something different. I'm glad I came across it, so it could be saved. It's near the bottom here; you could search "more rights" to find it.
"Near the bottom" doesn't seem best in general, but that page has lots of really good things on it.

Part of the longer writing:

"An intact marriage/family has MANY more rights and freedoms than a split family involved with the court system."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Coaching kids on courtesy, Sewers, and a Minecraft Sewer

photo tmntMuseumSet.jpg
Coaching (Choices, Freedom, and other difficult ideas)
by Marta Pires, a collection of quotes, with commentary

A mom asked for ideas to help a child who was curious about and fascinated by sewers. Ideas flew!

Thomas Laferrière-Meloche visited a real sewer treatment plant, and made a video showing some of that and his minecraft sewers, with a sweet note at the end (near the bottom of that page).

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Minecraft, Inspiration, European tour, a Boxwood Tree

Beautiful account of love and learning, three paragraphs at the bottom of this page:

"Who inspired you?"  Summary of responses in an intro round at the ALL Unschooling Symposium in Minnesota, May 2013:

Update on European tour schedule! It's about to happen. I leave in two weeks.

One of my own early parenting inspirations, Lori Odhner, has expressed the wish to own a dogwood tree. That seems EASY! The difference in my life and marriage and relationship with my children that Lori made is HUGE compared to a tree. If any of you know Lori, or have reason to appreciate the help she gave me that I have passed on, take a peek at my project:

The photo is a link. It's also Holly (whose name is changing to Doozy), on some 1960's stairs in the middle of a three-level store that once sold lamps and electric lighting, and now is a thrift shop.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Food as religion; Decisions; a kid and a melon

Food as religion? Upper right, box.

Decision making (new writing under the photo)

Bernadette Lynn, whose son chose the melon that was surrounded by sweets (third item):

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Confidence, Learning, *New Recordings!*

New, by Kandace Wright, about the confidence from learning to read on one's own, at the top:

Halfway down, new stories by Deb Lewis and Colleen Prieto, about learning (not teaching):

Sandra Dodd: Happiness Inside and Out (sound file and written notes)
Sandra Dodd: Why Radical Unschooling (sound file and written notes)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Portfolio, Precisely How, and speaking in Scotland

A new portfolio example by Brie Jontry, for Noor, Pennsylvania, April 2013:

New comments on "Precisely How to Unschool":

Monday June 24, 2013, Joyce Fetteroll, Sandra Dodd and Julie Daniel in Selkirk:

Sometimes a picture is just a picture; sometimes it's a link.
Sometimes it's a medieval staircase from France on which Schuyler and Sandra walked!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

museum, clock, Australia

Jo Isaac sent a photo of Kai's bone museum, in Adelaide (it's in their house, and it's good) (near the bottom)

This is just cool for me: a quote of mine on a tile clock:

In March and early April, 2014, Joyce Fetteroll and I are going to visit Schuyler Waynforth in Australia. We will take the opportunity to run Always Learning Live presentations and discussions in several cities. Plans are still forming up, and the schedule will appear and solidify gradually here:

The photo, by Kirby Dodd, is a link.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Sustainable Learning, new magazine, scholarly journal

I found a 1998 article that wasn't published. It has some bits I can use for Just Add Light.

I have a regular column in The Homeschooler magazine, which is now available for subscription within the U.S. For many years it was The California Homeschooler, and was published for members of the HomeSchool Association of California. The magazine is in transition to a slightly larger issue. The next issue will have my interview with Schuyler Waynforth, and you can get to more information and subscription information here:

I'm named in two articles in the current online issue of The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Learning.

In "The Challenges and Benefits of Unschooling, According to 232 Families Who Have Chosen that Route", I'm cited as the third most named influence on people's choice to unschool (after Holt and Gatto).

I'm cited in "Unschooling, Then and Now," by Kellie Rolstad and Kathleen Kesson, professors of education whose children were/are unschooled.

The photo is by Holly Dodd; it's a link.

Friday, April 5, 2013


Some notes and the sound recording of a talk on Flow I gave in September 2006:

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Why do people unschool? and a podcast interview

Why do people unschool? New writing by Jihong Larson added, to the right:

Interview, podcast, me about unschooling for over an hour, if you can stand that sort of thing.
Unschooling and Yoga Philosophy – An Interview with Sandra Dodd, by Cate Stillman, January 2013, free to download, or listen at the provided link.

The photo's a link.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Food, Chores, Minecraft

Edited chat on Food, eating page 162-174 of The Big Book of Unschooling (2009 edition) online chat, January 9, 2013

Edited chat, Chores, Serving others as a gift, tales of kids helping out voluntarily

More, and great, on Minecraft (new page; third of three; the others are linked there)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Edited chat on Gratitude, including the full text of page 185 of The Big Book of Unschooling

Monday, March 11, 2013

Benefits of Unschooling, Problem words and phrases

Printed-article version of Unexpected Benefits of Unschooling, with a history going back a few years, but new on my site last month.

Some terminology can be misleading.
An old URL has become a directory page!

Two new pages related to that:

Freedom and unschooling

The problem with "education":

New wisdom by Joyce Fetteroll, first box on the right (scroll down a bit):

Photos aren't always links,
but this one is!

Service as a gift, Fabric, Mudança Gradual

New by Colleen Prieto, on helping others in the family (second item):

The Fabric of an Unschooling Life (new page I had not previously announced):

Mudança Gradual, traduzido por Marta Pires ("Gradual Change" in Portuguese)

The photo is a link.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Christian perspective, Mindfulness, Big Noisy Peace

Feedback from a Christian perspective (page is new; writing is not):

Second quote righthand column, beautiful new quote from Katy Barrett:

Page is new, sound file is not as new, but has its own page now.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Door time," Big Book, Portuguese subtitles

On the Screen Time page, new (Joyce, in the on the right).
A quote:
     "Stop looking at the door. See the richness that exists beyond the door."

Three new images and links, righthand column, about 2/5 of the way down:

Marta Pires has put subtitles on the "Doing Life Right" video of me, second image, here:

Monday, January 14, 2013

Joyce Fetteroll; avoiding divorce

Added to my page on Joyce Fetteroll, links to entries in her blog Radical Unschooling Philosophy Illustrated

Long version of an interview that (in edited form) appeared in HSC's magazine recently:

Ideas about strengthening marriages and avoiding divorce, from mainstream sites:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Correction, Ouija-Big-Book, publications

Sylvia Woodman found a typo that made a difference, and I've fixed it. She wrote: "I was reading the Negativity page and I noticed a small typo. You have a quote from the book of Proverbs "better a dinner of herbs with love" it should be Proverbs 15:17 (not 7). It's a small thing and probably only geeks like me would check but I thought that you would like to know."

Nancy gave it to me correctly, but I "typoed" it when I added it to a second page. Here is the first (and correct from the beginnning) citation, on a page called "Advantages of Eating in Peace." It's in a good set of similar examples by me and Schuyler:

A story of what happened when someone opened The Big Book randomly (first under "Newest")

Last month I was published in two magazines and I'll be a regular columnist in one of them.

The HomeSchooler (formerly The California HomeSchooler, still published by the Home School Association of California (HSC), but gearing up to go national
Pathways to Family Wellness.

The first carried an interview of Joyce Fetteroll, which is not yet on my site. The second reprinted of my article "Rejecting a Pre-Packaged Life," and they laid it out beautifully. (Click to enlarge it there or read it here.)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

My words on tile

Mary Burrows has put my words on some tile plaques. I own one of each. They're really attractive. I'm glad to share the link to her Etsy site. My "cut" is to get an occasional tile. :-)

How you live in the moment...


A joyful attitude...