I firmly believe that math can and should be learned through life and interest. I’ve written a few posts about that but today I want to discuss a step in the right direction between the way we teach math in schools now and my belief of a more natural way. It’s about the belief that … Continue reading A New Way to Teach Math
I've been thinking a lot about Christmas and the holidays recently. I guess that makes sense. I've grown up celebrating Christmas, but like many others who continue to celebrate this holiday, my family has no religious connections to it. These last few years I've been pondering what Christmas means to me and how I feel … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Christmas
"My kid doesn't have any hobbies or interests, all she likes to do is sit around playing video games/watching TV/doing nothing all day." I hear this kind of thing a lot. Especially prefaced by "We could never unschool because...". I also hear it coming from the kids themselves, "I could never unschool because I'd just … Continue reading The Hobby Hierarchy
In essence, unschooling looks like life. Even still, it can be hard to picture. After all, most people haven't experienced much life when it isn't consumed by work and school. So I wanted to talk some about ways unschoolers choose to fill their days. I want to focus on teenagers, partly because I think it's … Continue reading What do unschoolers do all day?
Title: What do I do Monday? Author: John Holt Stars: (1 = hated it, 2 = didn’t like it, 3 = it was okay, 4 = I liked it, 5 = I loved it) Review: Despite John Holt's fame regarding learning outside of school, my favorite part of this book was its focus on learning in schools. I … Continue reading Book Review: What do I do Monday?
Consensual education (CE) is a model of choice. It's not unschooling, although many unschoolers may also be consensual educators. When you believe in CE you believe that children can choose how they want to learn, and you won't pass judgement no matter what they decide. I have a scenario I'm envisioning. It involves a child who's … Continue reading Consensual Education
Sometimes I fall into a slump. There is nothing that I'm terribly excited about. Nothing that gets me leaping out of bed in the morning. And that's okay. Everyone has natural ebbs and flows in their lives. It's important to let myself drift, playing with ideas, soaking up the sun. Sometimes though, I'm ready for … Continue reading Refocusing