Saturday, September 21, 2019

Learning not to teach

The more a parent thinks that something needs to be taught,
the less faith they'll have that things can be learned.

photo by Karen James

Friday, September 20, 2019

Many little changes

Regret and remorse, about things that can be rectified and improved, are valuable. If a mom sees even a tiny way she might do better, and she tries that out, and her child smiles or relaxes, maybe she could do it again later that day or the next day. From that new position, she might try one more little change.

How many little changes would move someone from stress and frustration to a more relaxed, a more comfortable place? It can be the very same *physical* place—same kitchen, same car, same bedroom—but can the children feel more at ease? More heard or seen or loved?

Thoughts on Changing
photo by Gail Higgins

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Grasp relaxation

Where are your feet? Where are your hands?

Can you do something kind or useful with them? Something gentle and generous?

Where are your thoughts?
Question Platitudes
photo by Ester Siroky

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wet agapanthus

Be interested, and interesting. Be the bearer of minor good news, with a smile.

People in wet climates value dry, sunshiny times. I live in the desert where people LOVE the rare rain.

These differences are special, and good.

Normal or exotic?
photo by Sandra Dodd

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Living, seeing, knowing

Jenny Cyphers wrote:
The proof is in the living! I will keeping on living the life that I'm living, because I KNOW it works, I SEE it. I don't doubt it at all! Other people will have to come to their own epiphany. I really like that word for KNOWing unschooling. I have little epiphanies all the time and on occasion a big one.
—Jenny Cyphers
This writing is what Schuyler referred to in Slowly amazing
photo by Megan Oriah

Monday, September 16, 2019

What "is" isn't all.

Words, ideas, reality... it's fun to rearrange and examine what we see, and claim, and name.

It's good, sometimes, when kids can do "real things"—the things adults do. Useful things, maybe dangerous things. Historical things. Traditional methods, or modern high tech, or what was high tech in the industrial revolution.

Science, history, language, technology, materials, mystery and manufacturing—revel in your knowledge and discoveries! Let life be exciting.

Most things are many things
photo by Sarah Dickinson

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Lovely assistants

Learning is internal. Teachers are lovely assistants at best, and detrimental at worst. "Teaching" is just presentation of material. It doesn't create learning.
photo by Sandra Dodd, out the front window


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