Reschooling Posts // January 15-21, 2023
January 21, 2023 from Let 'em go Barefoot
His eyes spoke what his heart wanted to shout: “I am so done with this nonsense!” He looked at me as I reread the instructions for his homework assignment. I tried to sound upbeat and positive despite knowing exactly how he felt, but instead of commiserating, I spun a web of platitudes: Let’s make the best of it. You won’t learn anything if you don’t try.
January 20, 2023 from AERO
Review of Deb O’Rourke’s Can This Be School? Fifty Years of Democracy at ALPHA by Chris Mercogliano
Only the quiet children who had spent the morning playing passively were rewarded with gold stars, a five-year-old Deb O’Rourke astutely observed at the end of her very first day of kindergarten. And she wasn’t one of them. Thus began the system’s unwitting creation of a future educational troublemaker and the author of this brilliant new book on democratic schools.
January 20, 2023 from AERO
This is my opportunity to thank you. I am one of 15,000 subscribers, reading you every week with joy. I am so grateful for your work and for the joy you give me sharing it. I wanted to share my parenting and educational story of the past 5 years. I am a mother of four daughters. The middle ones are twins. I got interested in alternative education when my twin daughters began daycare. I think the interest came with the realization that the usual educational path would not suit them.
January 19, 2023 from Let ‘em Go Barefoot
January 19, 2023 from Living Joyfully with Unschooling
Anna, Erika, and I have a wonderful conversation with Nora McDonald. Nora is an unschooling mom of two living in Costa Rica and a member of the Living Joyfully Network. She shares her journey to unschooling as well as two major a-ha moments she’s had in the last year.
January 18, 2023 from Consent-Based Everything
In this episode Fran chats to Nadia Erlendson about creating and running a self-directed, consent-based community of young people in Pai, Thailand. They talk about how consent-based decisions are made, gathering as a group, respecting autonomy in our young people, the ways relationships can control and empower, and much more.
January 18, 2023 from Raising Lifelong Learners
“My child was recently diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety, as well as dyslexia and other learning differences. How do I manage the overwhelm of homeschooling her in a way that is appropriate for her learning needs, without comparison with her neurotypical siblings?”
January 17, 2023 from Untigering
Many of us in the unschooling world talk about how school conditioning has harmed us and affected our relationship to self and others. When it comes to peaceful parenting, our schoolish beliefs can get in the way of our cycle-breaking, healing, and transformation.
January 17, 2023 from Different Learning By Design
My son went in for a neuropsychological evaluation last week. It was his third and my fifth. Before I share the details of how it went, I want to address what it was like in the beginning, when we were first considering the possibility of a diagnosis and the need for an evaluation.
January 17, 2023 from Free Range Kids
Yes — we’ve got for you a simple, straightforward, LONG LIST of activities that don’t require a screen and can actually captivate normally pixilated kids.
It’s over at Let Grow, where, frankly, we reprinted it from a website for teachers. Click here for the ideas and funny commentary by author Terry Heick, even as you’re telling your kids to get their shoes and coats on. (Or not! They can play outside however they like!)
January 17, 2023 from The Unschool Space
Today’s conversation is with Emma Hosfeld from Illinois. Emma lives with her husband and three children, who are 7, 5 and 4. Emma traces the roots of her journey to unschooling back to when she was pregnant and the sense of disempowerment she felt within the medical system, and the choices she then made for a more empowered birth experience.
January 16, 2023 from Live Play Learn
January 16, 2023 from Think Again
When my son was very young, a charity called the Book Trust was giving all babies a bag of books. It was called Book Start. We all got the same books, and fairly quickly the charity shops around where we lived in East London all had a shelf full of copies of those books. In the pack was an illustrated guide for parents, with lots of pictures of parents of all sorts reading to their babies.
January 15, 2023 from Radical Mothering
I recently started a podcast all about consent, and in researching the pod and people I might want to chat with, I realised that the talk about consent on and offline seems to me overwhelmingly about consent around bodily autonomy.
January 13, 2023 from Sage Family
Professor Lebowitz studies and treats childhood and adolescent anxiety at the Yale Child Study Center. His research focuses on the development, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, with special emphasis on family dynamics and the role of parents in these problems.