Sunday, May 16, 2021

Light and shadow

Shadows can be fun to play with, and to notice. I've always liked it if a bird or an airplane made a shadow on me.

Be a light, when you can be. Practice thinking about what you might be overshadowing.

If you're in the desert, remember that it can be courteous to stand where you will shade someone who's tired or overheated, or is trying to read something.

Be a courteous light.
photo by Sandra Dodd

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Ever-changing opportunities

Each little experience, every idea, is helping your child build his internal model of the universe. He will not have the government-recommended blueprint for the internal model of the universe, which can look surprisingly like a school, and a
political science class, a small flat map of the huge spherical world, a job with increasing vacations leading to retirement, and not a lot more.

Unschooled children can organize their knowledge in free and better ways. They never need to feel they are through learning, or past the point that they can begin something new. Each thing they discover can be useful eventually. If we help provide them with ever-changing opportunities to see, hear, smell, taste, feel, move and discuss, what they know will exceed in breadth and depth what any school's curriculum would have covered. It won't be the same set of materials—it will be clearer and larger but different.

Seeing It
photo by Catherine Hassall

Friday, May 14, 2021

Math and logic over superstition

The more you give them the less they need.

Messages about deprivation are in most people's heads, passed down from parents and grandparents. I was told once, "You need to frustrate them."

No, that was NOT a need I had.
Be gentle and sweet and kind and attentive. Your child benefits, the relationship is stronger, and it makes the parent a better person.

photo by Kinsey Norris

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Do it; be it

Some unschooling parents talk too much to their children about unschooling.
Just DO it, don't talk it. Be it.
Just Do it. ●  Don't talk it. ●  Be it.

photo by Sarah Dickinson, of a Kitty Letter game in progress

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Thoughtful and sweet

What you think you "have to" do makes you powerless and frustrated. What you choose to do is empowering, and should be done thoughtfully and sweetly.looking up into sunshine through a forest of Australian Tree Fern
photo by Sandra Dodd

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Deciding what to do

Stop doing the thing that stops you from doing what you need to do.
—Sandra Dodd

Prioritize your children.
—Holly Dodd
photo by Ester Siroky

Monday, May 10, 2021

Happy, positive and helpful

Deb Lewis wrote, of Scooby Doo:
Freddy, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scoob genuinely care about each other, trust each other....

They handle tough situations with humor. That might inspire someone to think about the value of a happy and positive attitude.
They help people who need help.
The people who need help ask for it.
These are good things.
—Deb Lewis

In Defense of Cartoons
photo by Janine