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post #1 of 12
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These are some of the ladies that helped me "get" Unschooling. How it's so much more than just helping your child through those "school years", It's about learning to live life in a more thoughtful way when it comes to everything we do and say. Take note of the websites for more excellent reading.

Enjoy.

Teaching our youngest Homeschoolers by Carol Narigon
http://www.texashomeschoolers.com/te...littleones.htm

Will they ever Read Carol Narigon
http://homeedmag.com/HEM/186/ndaskcarol.html

Five Steps to Unschooling Joyce Kurtak Fetteroll
http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/171.00/jf_art_unsch.html

A gift of Time Sue Smith Heavenrich
http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/185/sotime.html

I am what I am Anne E. Ohman
http://sandradodd.com/special/anne

I live Therefore I learn: Living and Unschooling Life Pam Sorooshian
http://sandradodd.com/pam/ilive
post #2 of 12
Thank you! I really enjoyed the articles.
post #3 of 12
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My pleasure! Post any good articles you may have. I get so much out of them and tend to print and re-read them often.
post #4 of 12
Yes, thank you for posting them! It's taken me all day to finally find time to read them all! :LOL
post #5 of 12
Thank you, we're off to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens tomorrow and my 4 year old is so excited. I love how children get so excited about learning.... me too! :LOL
post #6 of 12
I love all the wisdom found here: Unschooling by Sandra Dodd

Another great source of unschooling info (and vibes) is the Live and Learn Conference, this year in St. Louis. Unschooling is amazing even if you're the only family you know who believes in it... it's POWERFUL when you see it in action with HUNDREDS of unschooling families

diana

Edited because I can't find the link to a picture of my family in Sandra's hottub -- when I find it, I'll post it
post #7 of 12
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Yeah, good articles become quite addicting. I get so much juice from them. Here is more to weed through although there is hardly a bad one in the bunch.


Its Home Ed Magazine's latest

http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/224.html

and past issues.

http://www.homeedmag.com/HEM/issue_index.html

Lunamomma, I'm jealous that you live close to a Botanical Garden. I used to live next to one when I lived in Christchurch, New Zealand and I would wander for hours on end. So fantastic.

Hahamommy, I met Sandra at a New Mexico conference two years back. Wow, did she make an impression. Blunt, crass, but strong in her convictions. She doesn't do it for me as a writer but I have to love what she does for Unschooling.

Unschooling completely took my world, questioned so much of how I thought, helped me to relax as a parent and stop continuing the dysfunctional pattern we pick up from our parents, and helped me to live a life that is so damn enjoyable with my family and kids that I can't thank those Unschooling guru's enough.

P.S. Don't you just love how the words unschooling, unschoolers, unschooled, etc always come up as misspelled in spellchecker? I kinda like that.
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Hahamommy, I met Sandra at a New Mexico conference two years back. Wow, did she make an impression. Blunt, crass, but strong in her convictions. She doesn't do it for me as a writer but I have to love what she does for Unschooling.
I heart Sandra. I know her style doesn't suit everyone though. Which makes me think she and I have more than unschooling in common...

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and helped me to live a life that is so damn enjoyable with my family and kids that I can't thank those Unschooling guru's enough.
Oh same here. The quality of life, and the peace, that unschooling can bring is priceless IMO.

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P.S. Don't you just love how the words unschooling, unschoolers, unschooled, etc always come up as misspelled in spellchecker? I kinda like that.
Yes I totally love it. We're too radical (lol) to be spellchecked dude...
post #9 of 12
What surprised me most about meeting *unschooling gurus* in person was who was incredibly different than their writing style and who was exactly the same as on the page.
Sandra Dodd bowled me over when I first met her, I was more than a bit intimidated... so I warmed up to her kids My kids spent LOTS of time with them at the Live and Learn conference last year and insisted a trip to their house be added to our western road trip itinerary. Sandra and I really connected then, in the planning and in the visit. Her energy is amazing, but you've gotta be braced to handle it.
I thought I would instantly hit it off with Joyce Fetteroll, too, but the spark I imagined just wasn't there...
Anne Ohman, however, is just as she writes -- bright shining, oooozing her love of life, empathetic and inspiring.
Then theres the sub-set of everyday unschooling folk -- those who live it without writing about it, I met hundreds of them... inspired by every single one of them!

Y'all know the best place to meet these folks, their families and many more freaks is in St. Louis this October -- guaranteed fill your life with

diana
post #10 of 12
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Hahamommy, You've met them all!

Man, I live too darn far from any of these conferences to go to them. I wish one would come to the Southwest but fat chance of that ever happening.

Anne O is fantastic. I loved her good words over on unschooling.com and miss them dearly.

Joyce's advice has always been real clear and straight forward which I love. I can see her being a little hard to get chummy with as she and I are worlds apart when it comes to brains. I heard she's a doctor of physics and I get a feeling I would bore her with my limited amount of knowledge (but striving all the time!)

And Sandra, all I can say is she's eccentric as heck. She has unusual techniques of introducing people to the world of Unschooling. I am thankful for all she does for the unschooling scene as far as providing links and info.

Well Haha, maybe next year we will earn enough to fly out but it aint gunna happen this year. We will have to live vicariously through your stories when you come back in Oct. and tell us all about it.
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Man, I live too darn far from any of these conferences to go to them. I wish one would come to the Southwest but fat chance of that ever happening.
Careful what you wish for... While in Albuquerque, Sandra drove me around and showed me what an ideal city for the L&L conference she lives in! Should Florida be cancelled again (we were supposed to be in Pensacola this year, but alas, no beach left -- they're on the schedule for next year should the hurricanes avoid them this fall) we will definitely be on for Autumn '06. Worst case scenario for you, you'll have to wait til '07 for us to be in your backyard

~diana
post #12 of 12
Thanks for this thread! I've only just begun reading, started with Sandra Dodd's website. Wow! This woman speaks to me HUGE LOUD volumes of play and learning. The whole way through the "playing" article I kept saying YES YES YES, THAT'S IT, YES! If someone is listening at the door of the office here, they might mistake what's going on inside.

DS is 4 1/2 and I've been reading for years. It seems the more reading I do on h/s, the more inclined I am to just take each day as it comes and play as much as possible. DS makes it incredibly easy for me to see how learning happens and DH and I have found ourselves newly inspired to research a great many new subjects ourselves. It's wonderfully infectious!

Well, I had better get back at it! Must read more... thanks again!

Regards,
Em
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