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On Unschooling and Math

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My oldest, Thomas, has just entered sixth grade - at least, according to the public school that oversees our unschooling adventure. The last time he had anything remotely resembling a formal math lesson was when he was five years old, and I was still in my "we're doing things exactly like school, ... More

The Art of the (Im)Possible

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I read an article lately that really resonated with some of my own recent experiences. It had to do with taking our children's dreams seriously, and resisting the temptation to meet those ideas with our own sensible, grown-up feedback. This is easier said than done, I tell you. Thank goodness we get ... More

Hello Again!

Friends, it's been a while, I know. Life has been keeping me busy these days, and what little time there has been for writing has been devoted to two new children's books that are in the works. But tonight, my husband graciously ushered all of the small people out of our home for some good ... More

Silencing the Expert Within

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I'm a trained educator. I hold degrees in general education and special education. I constantly hone my skills through coursework and self-study. But none of this matters. No, it doesn't matter one whit  - not to my children. To them, the number of degrees I've earned is irrelevant. The plethora ... More

Holt: What Makes People Smart

We don't have to make human beings smart. They are born smart. All we have to do is stop doing the things that made them stupid. -John Holt, from How Children Fail ... More

Paley: Reframing “Slow Learners”

{speaking of a child struggling in her class} [he] is not a slow learner. He is a cautious researcher. He takes each new idea and collects data on its application until he is satisfied that he knows every response and reaction it might receive in the outside world. He expects mistakes and wants them ... More

Dr. Markham: Anger as a Diagnostic

The constructive way to handle anger is to limit our expression of it, and when we calm down, to use it diagnostically: what is so wrong in our life that we feel furious, and what do we need to do to change the situation? -Dr. Laura Markham, from Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling ... More

Kohn: Shallow Rewards

The practice of rewarding people conveniently spares us from asking hard questions about why we are asking people to do things that are devoid of interest in the first place. -Alfie Kohn, from Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes ... More