Monday, February 20, 2017

Don't make a big deal

Something by Lyle Perry:
Plan on doing most of the cleaning for awhile. Better yet, plan on doing ALL of the cleaning for awhile, and whenever someone else pitches in, you may appreciate it more. Try not to look at it as "I have to do it all!", because you don't have to do it all. There's always a choice. If you don't feel like cleaning today, then don't. Will the house get messier? Yup. Is it a big deal? Shouldn't be. ...

Cleaning doesn't have to be a big deal. Don't make it a big deal and your kids may be more inclined to follow in your footsteps.
—Lyle Perry
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photo by Alex Polikowsky

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Are you joking?

People with younger kids who "are not writing," think again. Are they joking with you and others? When they ask questions, do they think a bit  photo TVChristinaKaminerYarchin.jpgso they can word the question clearly? Are they starting to choose one word over another, for some dramatic or emotional or humorous or feelings-sparing reason? Writers need to do those things.

When they answer questions about a movie they've seen, do they take their audience into consideration? Who wants the short version, and who wants the long one? Who would rather hear about the characters than the action sequence? Writers need to think of those things.
(with samples of unschoolers' writing)
photo by Christina Kaminer Yarchin

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A little bit of magic

"Strewing for me, is a little bit of magic. It's like the potential energy of wonder that's all stored up in something unexpected, waiting to wow a person specially primed to be wowed by its offering. Each person brings their own experiences and interests to everything they meet. It's a mystery what might capture the imagination of a person and to what degree it will hold their attention. But that's the fun of strewing and finding, I think. For me it is!"
—Karen James
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photo by Erika Ellis

Friday, February 17, 2017

Loftier dreams

“How do you transition kids from rules and chore lists if the kids are older?”

“Go gradually. Don’t enforce so much. If they say, ‘I’m tired,’ then say, ‘Go to bed.’ Don’t make a big announcement, ‘We’re now unschooling.’ Just start saying yes more. If kids can only drink one soda a day and have to go to bed at a specific time, they often grow up to have dreams of drinking lots of soda and staying up late — and don’t we want kids to have bigger, loftier dreams than that?”
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photo by Chrissy Florence

Thursday, February 16, 2017


In my life I put learning first. I always ask myself, which thing will help them learn more?
photo by Lisa Jonick

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Choosing not to "have to"

Please don't think that you "have to." Then it won't be a fun choice you've made.
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There are a few phrases that can keep parents from really relaxing into unschooling. Letting go of "teaching" and "have to" will go a long way toward seeing learning and choices. And not just seeing them, but feeling them comfortably, living with them, and with them in you. and
photo by Eva Witsel

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Partnering and changing

"Partnering with my children and changing the paradigm in my family—that feels like the ultimate victory to me."
—Janine Davies
photo by Sandra Dodd
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