Oct 30, 2015
Finding the time to write these days/weeks seems totally beyond me, as so many new realities have opened up and I find myself trying to balance within them all.
After the irresponsible (in my opinion) reaction from the prosecutor's office, trying to frighten me, threaten me with removing custody of my daughter "unless I enroll her in a school", without any legal documents or trial, we are still on unknown ground, waiting for the next move.
Sep 28, 2015
One day, people will say, "they use to call it 'dyslexia' way back then, but they didn't know"... The greatest challenge of unschooling our children is to unschool ourselves in the process. It's a task we are faced with every single day, in little "details" that we normally wouldn't even think about. Preferably, if we want to avoid much stress and confusion, we would have been doing this long before we decide to have children. Very few of us do!
A large part of that unschooling process has to do with not being as willing as before to believe everything we read or hear, even if it’s from experts. Life has taught me that there are no authoritative experts that I must bow down to or take any discovery/opinion as a "closed Truth. Asking questions is something we are taught very early on, through experience, to stop making...
Sep 19, 2015
How do I lose myself so, that before I look at the calender I have no idea whatsoever what day/date it is? Even if, yesterday I had seen the date; I said it, wrote it, thought about it, used it. And yet, today it's vanished from my mind. Doesn't the multi-sensory method work? Being a teacher, a learner, a researcher, my mind makes up all sorts of questions that throw me into research, no matter what or how much I think I know.
Just realized that I don't write on this blog that I made anew a few weeks (I think) ago. But, I created all these blogs to have an expression pathway, so that THEY serve me, not I them! And this is what scares me in the school system too. That every day will become the same, that children are required to repeat the same program over and over again, that in the end they end up serving the subjects, the marks, the exams, the teachers, everyone and everything else, except their own self!
Aug 24, 2015
We decided to have a party at the last moment. Not the usual kind...
There were no invitations, no preparations, no formalities and no expectations. But then, there were also no disappointments, no running around or stress, no after-work and no tiredness.
We bought a nice cake, one that she chose, candles, potato chips, paper plates, etc, and went to our neighborhood's playground in the afternoon. She knows most of the kids there, they are her friends; younger, older, boys, girls. We don't have the "school", "class", "gender" categorizations.
Aug 14, 2015
The only thing that changes for us in summer is that we have more outdoors activities due to the weather, than we do in Winter. We enjoy the sunshine, the longer days, nature and more that involve physical activity in "free style" mode.
Yet, we do much of what we normally do too. We read, we research subjects, we write, we watch documentaries, we visit places...we continue to learn. Oh, and we definitely discuss a lot on many subjects, which just seem to pop up so often, concerning everything.
I really sympathize with the schooled children who don't want to see a book in the three-month summer vacation period and loath learning because of schoolwork. For a non-schooled child, it's different...