As a native Mississippian, I am very sensitive about racial disparities and racial conflicts. I read slave narratives and learn about the Civil Rights movement from varying vantage points because seeing through the lens of the less-privileged is important as my privilege often clouds my view of difficult situations. I am the first generation in … Continue reading Teaching Love in Spite of Hate: Shameful Race Relations
Last night, I did something I've been dreading. I knew it was vital for my sanity but it had evaded an action plan for several weeks. My concern was kickback and hurt feelings from the kids. I built up a scenario in my head of crying, fussing and arguments. I was wrong. They happily culled … Continue reading culling the toys, big time
Even though I have mixed feelings about Facebook -- hello, Big Brother! -- it is my constant source of information sharing with likeminded people. For that, the good outweighs the bad and I can't help but appreciate the support I give and receive to my online friends. Today was a perfect example within one of … Continue reading Social Media Excerpt: “What if they hate math?”
No matter how far we stray from the mainstream, my kids are just like any other set of siblings. Within any given hour, I witness a broad range of emotions and actions from my three: awe and approval when one child does something especially impressive lots of laughter because they are quick to crack each … Continue reading Siblings: 24 hours a day . . . all day . . . every day
Interest led learning is a common catch phrase in the unschool community. The basics are simple -- your kids' interests dictate what they learn. This "style of learning" seems glaringly obvious to me. If the kids like it, they want to learn more. But, since they are little kids, they need help. Lots of help. … Continue reading Interest Led Learning AKA What we do all day
Written four years ago, this hit the nail on the head about our then-current homeschool status. Or lack of. Or exactly like we like it. I'm not a huge fan of the term "unschooling". It seems irresponsible. Like I don't care what my kids are learning or as though I am not invested … Continue reading The Unschool Journey: A Four Year Throwback
I am a big fan of Dr. Peter Gray. He is a research professor whose educational philosophies align perfectly with mine: let the kids play and they will learn. In my circle of influence, he is wildly popular and with good reason - he trusts kids are designed to learn everything they need to know … Continue reading How unschoolers learn to read according to Dr. Peter Gray.