Welcome to my life. It's a whirlwind of kids, chaos, pets, people, family, art, and being home (most of the time; I like to get out here and there). We unschool, so the unexpected is, well, expected...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! | Video on TED.com

I love the idea of human potential. It's something that I find really saddening about the way public schools harbor teenagers in walls and seats. HUGE loss of human potential there!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Unschooling is: post #3

Unschooling is finding a way to create happiness. When a kid is down and out in life, and can't see the forest through the trees or the sunny side of life, or they can't see the happy side of the situation and it feels bleak; THAT is when it's a parents job to step in and guide them to the happy side.

Unschooling is helping a kid see the sunshine and the positive side of the bleak situation and helping them get there. It's consciously distracting their path with something light and fun and interesting.

Unschooling is about making their lives a bit comfier, a bit cozier, it's bringing them a nice little snack and a drink of water and cleaning all their bedding so that it smells nice, and cleaning up after their latest project so they don't feel overwhelmed, and putting on nice music or a funny movie, or going on a nice walk somewhere outside in the fresh air.

Unschooling is about listening to a child's woes and not dismissing them and not telling them to "buck up" and then turning around and sprinkling their lives with a bit of niceness and happiness, so that they will just naturally "buck up".

Learning happens better with a happy heart and parents can help with that in large and small ways. Sometimes the little things are bigger than the big things!