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Joy in the Pursuit of Proficiency

The following blog post was originally written by Russell Zuckerman, a parent of two students attending Arts & Ideas Sudbury School. It is re-printed with permission from Arts & Ideas Sudbury. I am reprinting it here because the educational assumptions of unschooling are the same as in a Sudbury school, and so are many of […]

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Switching It On

Since the beginning of this blog, most of the posts have been theoretical and philosophical discussions. Owing mainly to the young age of my children, I have had few unschooling stories to share. Well, that’s all starting to change. W is nearing four. He has, of course, been learning his whole life, but examples of […]

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The Dangers of MineCraft and the one thing you should do to prevent problems

A friend of mine, and co-founder of The Open School, wrote the following blog post and I love it. You can find her blog here. If you have boys in the ages of 8 to 14 years old, most likely you have heard of MineCraft. MineCraft is a computer game where you get dropped into […]

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The Power of Puppets

I am sure I’m not the only mother who struggles with a toddler or preschooler who says “no” to everything. “Let’s put your shoes on.” “No!” “Do you want oatmeal for breakfast or eggs?” “No!” (Me placing his stool next to the counter.) “NOOOO!!!!” I’m often completely confounded by his “no”s, and even more often […]

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It’s Not all Academic

Below is a post I wrote for The Open School: I was talking to a 7th grade math teacher the other day and the topic of Minecraft came up. “What’s Minecraft?” she asked. “Umm, really? Don’t you teach 7th grade?” I didn’t meant to be rude, but I was a little shocked she hadn’t heard […]

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Be the Coach, not the Referee

There are a number of parent/child metaphors that I have heard over the years, usually to help understand the world of a child. One interesting one is to think of your child as an alien from another planet. They know nothing of our culture, our language, our rules, or our expectations. So, we must show […]

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The Tortoise and the Hare

Recently I told my son the story of the tortoise and the hare. I think I was hoping he’d see that slowing down is often the best way to get things accomplished. Of course, he’s not quite four, so he just liked whole racing aspect of the story. So, really, that story was for me. […]

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How to Create a Tattletale

My son W has a best friend. We’ll call him E. E and W play one to two times a week together. E’s mom and I trade off watching the other’s children, so the boys see each other a lot. Because they are 4, they are at an age where they don’t need a lot […]

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Is Unschooling Lazy?

I was thinking tonight about the presumption that unschooling is a lazy option for parents, and an easy option for kids. It would seem, the logic goes, that if parents are not preparing a curriculum or forcing their kids to complete homework assignments, they are doing nothing. And, doing nothing, is incredibly easy. As for […]

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Creating Creativity

Recently I asked you about the type of adults we want to create, and I got some great answers. Many of them have been the same as my answers, and some are different.  I want to address education from this point of view because the conversation can get so caught up in the details, the […]

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