Saturday, November 28, 2015

In thought and awareness

 photo IMG_9728.jpgWhen someone recommends turning full on toward the child, that means don't keep reading your newspaper or your computer screen. Pause the DVD. Put down the gardening tools. It doesn't mean stare at the child until he finishes his story. It means to be WITH him, with him in thought, and with him in emotion if needed, and with him in awareness.
photo by Rippy Dusseldorp

Friday, November 27, 2015

Look for moments

"Look for moments in the day that are good—especially the ordinary moments. Pause and appreciate them when you see them. Let them set the mood for how you move forward. Listen for pleasing sounds. A giggle. A child's breath. Your own heartbeat. Some music. Close your eyes, notice and appreciate those sounds. Find the ones that make you smile. Let your smile soften your mood."
—Karen James
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Original quote from a post at Always Learning, November 26, 2015.
(Members of that discussion can see it here.)
photo by Julie D

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Not enough hands?

Instead of having a rule that kids had to hold my hand in a parking lot, I would park near a cart and put some kids in right away, or tell them to hold on to the cart (a.k.a. "help me push", so a kid can be between me and the cart). And they didn't have to hold a hand. There weren't enough hands. I'd say "Hold on to something," and it might be my jacket, or the strap of the snugli, or the backpack, or something.
"Hold on to something" or what?
photo by Sandra Dodd

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Quiet reflection

"Please take time for reflection. Take time for your mind to be calm and quiet."
—Pam Sorooshian
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photo by Sandra Dodd

Monday, November 23, 2015

Asking for help

I'm not great at asking for help, but here it is:
Request for end-of-year assistance, 2015

This blog itself is free, but I pay for photo storage, and the site the posts link to costs about $130 a year. I've had a webpage for nearly 16 years, and will be fourteen years old in January. You can see those early versions at the link above.
I'm happy to help unschoolers, and I do it every day, but it's lonely work with no water cooler chat, break room socializing nor co-workers to go to lunch with (unless I'm travelling, which is rarer as I get older).

There are a few things that people could do to help me. I don't need lots of help, just a little. I won't ask again for another year or more.

Thanks for reading here and for passing on good parts to other unschoolers, other parents, and friends. Peace, joy, humor—they all improve the world directly.
Photo Booth selfie by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"Thank you"

A good project for this season: Maybe send a thank-you note.
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Send a thank-you note to someone who has helped you this year, or maybe deliver one by hand to the nicest person at your grocery store, or a neighbor who smiles and waves.

Maybe someone has been nice to you online, and you could send an e-mail or a facebook message.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Other factors

It's hard to explain unschooling, partly because the best answers are "it depends,"  photo DSC01139.jpgfollowed by questions for the parents to consider while they're making their decisions.

It depends on time available, time of day, safety, resources, the effect on other people, need for food or rest, and other factors I can't think of right now.

Some days a certain request would be just perfectly WONDERful to do/pursue, and the same request on another day might be a total flat-out "no" (or a "maybe later, but not during a funeral," or whatever it is).

Getting unschooling is a process. There will be more to get once you're comfortable with the new understandings and behaviors.
photo by Sandra Dodd
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