Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kindness and creativity

Pam Sorooshian wrote:

"Homeschoolers think a lot about learning—but they often focus on learning to read, write, do math, or learning science or history, etc.
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"Unschoolers tend to take that kind of learning for granted, it happens along the way. Instead, as we get more and more into unschooling, we tend to focus on things like kindness and creativity and honesty—all those character traits that will determine *how* their learning will be used in their lives."
—Pam Sorooshian
photo by Jamie Lee

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Good and happy

 photo TVKaiJoIsaac.jpg"The best thing that any parent can do is to make their life with and their relationship with their children as good and as happy and as stress-free as possible."
—Schuyler Waynforth
photo by Jo Isaac
(sorry for earlier miscredit)

Monday, January 16, 2017


When I was 19 and "studying learning," by taking psychology and education classes, one of my more interesting professors said that intelligence involved the ability to use tools in ways other than those for which they were intended. I liked that.

The image stayed in my mind for decades as I watched some people inflexibly say "don't do that" or "that's not what that's for" while others smiled, and laughed, and said "Oh, cool idea!" or "That will work!"

Whether it's about intelligence or it's creativity and joy, it's a good combination of thought, action and acceptance.
The tool-using theory isn't one of those listed.
It might be an engineering talent, so spatial and logical?
Or it might be art. Fun to think about.

photo by Roya Dedeaux

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Healthy behaviors

 photo 7567c0b0-76f7-4980-8299-9428f5733296.jpg"It's not because unschooled children are superior that they won't exhibit the behaviors that parents fear. It's that their lives lack the factors that cause children to use TV in unhealthy ways."
—Joyce Fetteroll
photo by Brandie Hadfield

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Who they are

Jill Parmer wrote:
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"A huge shift for my deschooling was that I wanted my kids to be like certain kids I was reading about on the message boards. And when I had that thought, it shocked me. I realized I was not seeing my kids as who they were, that I was still wanting them to be....something else. That shock was enough to make me banish that thought and look directly at my kids and play with them and have fun with them."
—Jill Parmer
photo by Alicia Gonzalez-Lopez

Friday, January 13, 2017

Involved and busy

About "academic things": photo TVDonnaAnderson.jpg

If the parents are really involved and busy, and inspiring and inspired, and interested and interesting, then I trust it will happen.

I know it will NOT happen if the parents are cynical, negative, critical, shaming.

Parents, if they're considering homeschooling, need to make it better than school or not do it.

The quote is from a section starting about 47:20
on the recorded interview you can hear here:
photo by Donna Anderson

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Whole individual learning

 photo TVMarinHolmes.jpgWhole individual learning is the ONLY way anyone can learn.

Each child builds his own internal model of the universe. School tries to insert one but it can't. It just can't be done.
photo by Marin Holmes
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