Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Good to have

 photo DSC09580.jpgWHAT UNSCHOOLING PARENTS NEED

patience

enthusiasm

joy

curiosity

ability to follow disjoint ideas and conversations

willingness to come back to a topic

willingness to let a topic drop

SandraDodd.com/beginning
photo by Sandra Dodd

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

So butter the toast!

"If he wants someone to butter his toast for him, buttering the toast is probably the easiest possible thing to do in that instance."
—Sandra Dodd

Quote saved by Christine Macdonald; thanks!
photo by Sandra Dodd

Monday, September 15, 2014

A spiritual gift

"I choose to be positive and to take every opportunity as a gift. So serving others becomes a great spiritual endeavor."
—Manuela Jaramillo
Part of something longer at SandraDodd.com/service
photo (a link) by Sandra Dodd

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Good and right

Deb Lewis wrote:

A principle internally motivates you to do the things that seem good and right. People develop principles by living with people with principles and seeing the real benefits of such a life.

A rule externally compels you, through force, threat or punishment, to do the things someone else has deemed good or right. photo IMG_0545.jpg People follow or break rules.

Which is the hope most parents have for their kids? Do they hope their kids will comply with and follow rules, or do they hope their kids will live their lives making choices that are good and right?

—Deb Lewis


SandraDodd.com/rules
photo by Rippy Dusseldorp

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sort through as you go

 photo DSC02477.jpgEveryone can, should, sort through the bad examples and good examples around them and move choice by choice toward whatever their own images of "better" might be.
SandraDodd.com/choices
photo by Sandra Dodd

Friday, September 12, 2014

Close up

What's near seems Big!

Stay close to your children so they will be big in your life.
SandraDodd.com/priorities
photo by Lisa Jonick

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bright and confident

I couldn't have predicted how easy it would be for them to learn to read starting with huge vocabularies, and without pressure and tests and measures. When they could read, they knew it because they started reading.  photo DSC02183.jpgThe symbols turned to language. When I started reading my vocabulary was very small, and the books we were reading didn't help that. I couldn't read anything outside of that first grade "reader," but the teacher told me I was reading.

Most people have never known a later reader who was bright and confident. I hadn't before I met unschoolers. Three fifths of my family now consists of people whose late reading was not detrimental, and I have made the acquaintance of many others like them.

SandraDodd.com/persephonics
photo by Sandra Dodd
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