Friday, May 29, 2015

"The ice-cream principle"

 photo DSC09074.jpgI asked my 11 year old "What's the ice cream principle?" and he responded without hesitation "If you want the ice cream, get the ice cream - because you only live once."

That's a big part of the way unschooling looks in our family - and he knows that. And it's not just about ice cream, even though that's how we happen to refer to the idea.

Our son knows that if he wants something, his Dad and I will do our best to make it happen...and there's more, at the link below, by Colleen Prieto
photo by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A better place

If by "change the world" a person means "make the world better," then step #1 must be to decide right then not to make the world worse. photo LisaJonickRosePetals.jpg
photo by Lisa Jonick

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A lot of DOING

I think unschoolers should let their kids do what they want all day in an attentive and enriched environment. photo DSC01193.jpg The parents should be facilitators of natural learning, providing new and interesting thing for their kids to experience, being supportive of their children's interests, providing them materials and experiences with music, food, art, materials...

It's a lot of DOING, and being, and learning, for years and years. (cheery neglect)
photo by Sandra Dodd, of Robbie Prieto's Viking ship

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Avoiding roadblocks

 photo DSC00635.jpg[While I was in La Leche League] I learned that children have within them what they need to know, and that the parent and child are a team, not adversaries. It reinforced the idea that if you are loving and gentle and patient that children want to do what you ask them to do, and that they will come to weaning, potty training, separation from mom, and all those milestones without stress and without fear if you don't scare them or stress them! Seems kind of obvious, but our culture has 1,000 roadblocks.
photo by Sandra Dodd
of a pretty wooodpile in Laurie Wolfrum's yard

Monday, May 25, 2015

Experiencing, sensing

I am so certain that learning comes from experiences and touching, hearing, seeing, smelling and tasting that in light of natural learning, books seem flat and dry. photo TidePoolMirror.jpg
(Quote is from page 148 of The Big Book of Unschooling.)
photo by Chrissy Florence

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Art about art

[In 2009...] When Holly and I got back from having seen Lady in the Water, I told Kirby and Marty "It's a fairy tale about fairy tales. It's a movie about movies."

I guess that idea was still in my head when I wrote "This is art about art. These are cartoons about cartoons" (about a Strongbad cartoon called "Japanese Cartoon").
Art by Naolito; image is a link.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Brave, happy Barbie

"Parents are afraid of a plastic doll that is not real, and kids know it—but what really damages a child's self esteem and body image is a parent comparing, critiquing, complaining and dissing their own body (or someone else's body)."
—Alex Polikowsky
photo by Robyn and Jayne Coburn
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