photo by Sandra Dodd
| Someone wrote that learning about unschooling felt like learning a new language.|
It's like learning a new everything, but an all-slightly-better everything.
| "Homeschooled children who grow up in a stimulating and enriched environment surrounded by family and friends who are generally interested and interesting, will learn all kinds of things and repeatedly surprise you with what they know."|
|I'm glad to live in a time when photographs are so easily taken and shared, without ever needing to be set on paper or touched with hands. I can show you things I've seen. Just Add Light has had images from four continents, from mothers and fathers sharing photos of their children, and from teens and children sharing photos of things they've seen. A thousand people can see them on the same day. A thousand photos have come through. It's worldwide strewing from which each reader makes his or her own connections. Shared experiences are interpreted differently by each person involved, and connected by each to his own existing knowledge and images.|
|If something comes up in a conversation and then it doesn't come up again later, that's fine. The tide comes in, leaves some stuff on the sand, and goes out; some things stay, some go back out. All of it still exists—the sand, the shells, the water—they're all still there, just rearranging a bit.|
|I think that an unschooler's checklist should look more like the five senses and past/future than like "science, history, language, math, maybe-music-art-physical education." Because that model is prescriptive and limiting. And the other is descriptive and unlimited.|
|The more time parents spend with their children, doing interesting things together, the less they will worry about other things.|
|When someone reported having told her child that there was no boss in their house, I wrote:|
Honestly, there should be a boss. A kind boss, but someone with the last word, in a situation. Being a child's partner is better than saying "we're all equal and nobody knows or says more than another." The land lord, the city, social services... none of them will want to hear that you felt your child was as much responsible for things as you were.
|This plant was found in the trash a couple of years go. Just on speculation, I kept it and watered it even when it wasn't looking good. |
It has bloomed a couple of times, but this set looks to be a big one.
People can't always plan or predict or control what happens with flowers, or days, or children. Live in the moment as well as you can and be glad of happy surprises.