Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Smooth and soft

"I am stunned, amazed and very grateful for the wisdom I have learned and continue to learn on this list.* It is amazing the impact it has had on all of our lives. And it has been surprising to experience how much our emotions impact our health. Even her skin, previously dry and bumpy, has improved. Radical unschooling has helped us be smooth and soft, inside and out."
—Cass Kotrba
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* The Always Learning yahoogroups discussion is the list on which that appeared.
photo by Cathy Koetsier

Monday, August 31, 2015

Improved selves

 photo JanineLogArt.jpgPart of becoming a good unschooling parent does involve self-reflection, a review of one's own childhood (gradually, in the background of one's new thoughts and plans) and some recovery from that, which is wonderfully aided by treating our children as we wish we might have been treated.

Parents, in order to have their children trust them, should become trustworthy.
photo by Janine Davies

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A limited time

The words of Kelly Lovejoy:

If you knew you only had a year more with that child, what would you expose him to? Where would  photo 9016.jpgyou go? What would you eat? What would you watch? What would you do?
If you had only ONE year—and then it was all over, what would you do? Four seasons. Twelve months. 365 days.

Do that THIS year. And the next.

That's how unschooling works. By living life as if it were an adventure. As if you only had a limited amount of time with that child. Because that's the way it IS.

photo by Julie D

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Commitment to optimism

Pam Sorooshian, in 2012 (pared down from the original):
Unschooling is a profoundly optimistic decision, and it involves a huge commitment to living a very optimistic life.
. . . .
I think it is possible that THE most significant thing unschooling does is nurture optimism.
—Pam Sorooshian
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photo and quote reduction by Sandra Dodd

Friday, August 28, 2015

Brilliant and effective

Karen James wrote:
 photo DSC02785.jpgI rarely (if ever) say to others, or even to myself, that I'm a Radical Unschooler. I do, however, tell any person interested that we find unschooling to be the best approach to learning in our home. For me, it's not about being something. It's about living in a way that best meets all of our needs. Radical unschooling meets all of our needs brilliantly and effectively. It's deep. It takes dedication and close attention to understand and put into practice well. The proof of how well it is working can be seen and felt in the nature of our days together.
—Karen James
photo by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Curves and angles

 photo DSC01134.jpgLife, interests and knowledge change over time. What we and our children do and know and become is flowing along, and we can't save or even see it all.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Invest your attention

 photo DSC03081.jpgSometimes I think of things I wish I had done or said or I wish I had been more attentive or patient and sometimes I see in that very moment that I'm sitting there thinking about myself instead of getting up and going and being with my husband or kids. It's weird, and people who come to it new think "martyrdom!?" or self sacrifice, but it's not that. It's investment.

(Thanks to Marta Venturini for quoting this, and reminding me of it.)
photo by Sandra Dodd
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