That was written in 1999; greeting cards can be $4 and $5 now,
and used puzzles might be $2.
image by Sandra Dodd, done with a scanner (pieces set face down)
If a child is bored and agitated, she's not learning. If she's happy and smiling and humming and engaged with what she's thinking, seeing, hearing, tasting, touching or smelling, then she's learning.
|Strewing is a little like at school, when they change the bulletin boards for different seasons, or museums when they change displays.|
It's restaging the learning area.
Unschoolers don't need to wait weeks or months to restage, though. Something interesting might be set out every day or two.
"Remind yourself that each moment we're creating memories. Think of those moments as photos in a photo album. We have no control over which pictures they'll keep. Ask yourself, 'Is this a moment I want my children to carry with them forever? Is this how I want them to remember me?'"
|Parents know a child is learning because they're seeing and discussing and doing things together every day. Not five days a week, or most of the year, but all of the days of their whole lives.|
Os pais sabem que a criança está a aprender porque eles estão a ver e a discutir e a fazer coisas juntos todos os dias. Não é cinco dias por semana, ou a maior parte do ano, mas todos os dias das suas vidas inteiras.
|"I don't think too much focus on either rights or liberty is good for unschooling. When parents are invested in their rights, it's easy to step on kids' liberty. Worse, it's easy to step on kids' hearts."|
|Cameras weren't around, 200 years ago.|
A hundred years ago, people needed to be very still, to have a photo taken, and they were in black and white.
Now, wonderful photos can exist without needing to be printed. That's good! But they are sometimes less permanent than the older, paper images people framed and handed down. Use your cameras, but let images come and go. Pixels, like light, can be beautiful and be gone again.
|We can't tell by looking at a child that learning is taking place. When unschooling is working well, though, we begin to know know that if they are interested, engaged and thinking, they are making their own connections, large or small.|
|When people ask about being happier and more positive, the answer can't help but be the same. BE happier. BE positive.|
But as with any accounting (think a bank account), withdrawals deplete your reserves. Every negative word, thought or deed takes peace and positivity out of your account. Cynicism, sarcasm—which some people enjoy and defend—are costly, if your goal is peace.
|This photo shows healthy, blooming native plants, layers of natural hillside, and hand-hewn cedar fence posts.|
Or I could tell you that there's a state highway up above a mis-matched bunch of broken-down fence around an overgrown cemetery.
Both are true.
Which made you feel better?
Help others to see beauty and to feel abundance.
|"Be present. Be engaged. Celebrate the joy of a child doing anything and everything they feel thrilled about. Notice what they're learning as they play and watch. It's all pretty amazing. Build on what you learn about your child. Confidence deepens when a child is supported in whatever they find captivating. Confidence grows for the parent when they're paying attention to what the child is learning from their chosen activities."|
|"There are loads of places I can go to get people to agree with the standard mode of thought. Why would I want more of that? I'm not looking for approval of what I do. I'm looking for people who will stretch my thinking and help me grow."|