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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
4:08 pm
UK focussed: Badman's review
I've written a series of posts about it, which are available here. I'd appreciate feedback, because I feel a bit sick now I've finally posted them.
Sunday, April 5th, 2009
8:55 am
From motivationquote
'Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.' --Rodin

'Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.' --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
3:32 pm
Friday, March 6th, 2009
9:55 pm
I am feeling grouchy. But this week I have been thinking about socialisation, with specific reference to the casual unkindness and rudeness my almost-five-year-old encounters among her schoolgoing age-peers.

And what I think is, why am I supposed to think that it's a good thing?
Saturday, October 25th, 2008
1:58 pm
From motivationquote
'A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.' --Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Thursday, October 9th, 2008
9:41 am
From motivationquote
'Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.' --Boris Pasternak

Current Mood: sick
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
8:13 pm
WSJ article about unschooling
Unschooling as portrayed by a deliberately picked, not-so-good example.

There's a long comment discussion after it as well.
Monday, September 29th, 2008
5:02 pm
From motivationquote
'What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.' --Bob Dylan

'It's okay if you mess up. You should give yourself a break.' --Billy Joel

'Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.' --Katherine Mansfield

'The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.' --Allard Lowenstein
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
11:52 pm
OMG it works
After doubt - particularly because my daughter is about to be Of Compulsory School Age, which by law means she must be receiving Full Time Education, however the heck that is defined - as I say, after doubt, and worry, she has finally shown the interest her peers were strongly encouraged (and some nagged, some bullied, some merely required) to show in writing.

It's not much, but it's a start. She chose of her own free will to learn to write her friend's name and her own name today, and she did it, and then she went away and practised on her own. Now I can stay confident as the September round of "But why isn't she in school?" questions comes up.

I would have stayed firm even if she hadn't, but I wanted somewhere to acknowledge that it's much more convenient that she has.

(She was 4 in April. I find it bizarre that I'm anxious about whether or not she is getting rudimentary literacy at this age).
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
8:19 am
From motivationquote
'When I'm not doing something that comes deeply from me, I get bored. When I get bored I get distracted and when I get distracted, I become depressed. It's a natural resistance, and it insures your integrity."' --Maria Irene Fornes
Sunday, April 6th, 2008
12:33 pm
From motivationquote
'Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!' --Og Mandino
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
9:20 am
From motivationquote
'Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.' --Mary MacCracken
Friday, November 23rd, 2007
3:45 pm
From motivationquote
'I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction.' --Ayn Rand
Monday, July 16th, 2007
7:02 pm
Volunteer opportunities for a 9yo?
So I was reading up on state law last night and saw that we can participate in activities at the local school. So I asked ds if he was interested in band, yes. Then I said, ok think about anything else you might want to get involved in over the next few months or so and I will investigate how we can do that. I came back later and he said he wanted to "pick up litter" and "help animals". Ha! I was expecting karate or something. He never fails to surprise me. :)

So, I looked up the humane society - you have to be 16 to volunteer there. Does anyone have any other ideas for us? He really wants to be involved and I want to support him in this.


(x-posted all over)
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
9:21 pm
It's a year since we joined "Education Otherwise" today. I haven't posted since. It's all so very *informal*. Linnea is teaching herself to read, Emer is teaching herself to walk. Linnea has learned a bunch of songs and rhymes, Emer as learned to say "Dada!" and tell me to go to the door to wait for Rob to come home. Linnea has learned to use the toilet, Emer has learned to take her nappy off when it's wet.

Linnea makes excellent banana cake. Oh, and she taught herself to swim as a third birthday gift.
Sunday, June 10th, 2007
10:35 am
Hello! I just joined a bunch of homeschooling communities and so I wanted to introduce myself and my son.

My name is Jessica. I do web design, graphic design, animation, and interactive design full time from home. I have a 9 year old son, Alex, and we will begin homeschooling this year. Our philosophy is very relaxed, leaning strongly towards unschooling.

Alex is really bright, but a little behind socially. He struggled in school, resisting things he didn't find interesting, and finishing the rest in record time. Whenever he was done early or bored (which was almost always) he was up around the room, talking, playing, generally being a kid but not fitting well into the classroom box. Since I started my WAH business earlier this year, I decided now would be a great time to go ahead and give homschooling a shot. I always had thought it would be great, but single motherhood and a corporate job had made it an unrealistic goal at the time.

So here we are. The last year Alex has only been at home for a few hours a day, so this is a real change. I am enjoying it as much as struggling with it, and I suspect that within a couple weeks I will be totally back in the swing of being a "full time mom".

This journal is friends locked, but I have a blogger account where I put all my "learning/education" type posts.

Thursday, May 24th, 2007
8:50 am
Holy unschooling in unexpected places, Batman.

xkcd.com is brilliant. I highly recommend it. It's available on your LJ friends page as xkcd_rss.
Friday, March 16th, 2007
10:34 am

hi, im jes, im 25, married, and have a 5yo daughter.
my husband is in the marine corps, and im a sahm.
i homeschool. we eat mostly organic.
i suppose i practice ap. though i havnt read up on it since andi's infancy, so i dont really have a label for my beliefs/practices.

we are agnostic. and i try to teach my daughter understanding and diversity.

we live in a really small area. where the afformentioned < understanding and diversity > are incredibly hard to come by.

i do somewhat freelance portraiture, along with arts and crafts, and babysit a friends child to contribute to our funds.

me and my daughter are in the icon.
if i left anything out please let me know. and ill fix. or answer questions.
i look forward to getting to know everyone.

< x-posted to random communities i joined >
Thursday, September 14th, 2006
5:20 pm
Free Anti-School System Book
I use to be an evildoer, and now I am free because I resigned from the school system. Hopefully, I can make up for all the evil inherent in my former position and any extra evil I put forth.

I just wrote an expose/critique about the school system. I distribute PDF copies for free. Drop me your email address if you would like a FREE copy.
Saturday, August 26th, 2006
2:39 pm
Cross posted hither and yon, looking for advice
GRRR. My always-unschooled 7.5 year old went to summer camp and got to hear 8 weeks of kids talking about school. Now she wants to go to school and is complaining that she doesn't learn enough. She seems to think she wants to do Book Work, the formal structured kind, and while I'm willing to work with her that way if it's really what she wants, I'm hesitant to spend a lot of money on things that will lose novelty value after a week or so. I know she's totally obcessed with all things Little House, so starting with the Prairie Primer (minus the religious bits, since we're not Christian) might be a fun place to start, if we can find a reasonably priced used copy. But I don't know. I haven't lost faith with unschooling, but it seems like SHE has. I don't know how to make her feel better about it all without turning into a domineering schedule pushing homeschooling mom.
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