Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; the are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. Charles W. Eliot, Harvard president (1834-1926)Of all the books you have read, which book has been your most constant friend? Your wisest … [Read more...] about Books = counselors, teachers, friends. What are you reading?
In June while driving into San Francisco to meet up with my son and the UnCollege team, I got caught in a huge traffic jam. I fiddled with the radio, finally getting a signal for KQED and began listening to an interview and call in session with Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford dean of freshman … [Read more...] about Review: How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
I’m weepy today. 13 years ago today my father passed away. Dad loved to joke, to dance, to party. To have a good time. To bring home treats. Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, the Twist. My math brain comes from him. Sadness and loss. But of course, there's more to it. Good memories and also … [Read more...] about What’s the Formula for Forgiveness?
What do 75 homeschooled teens say about their lives? Sue Patterson lets us hear their voices in her new book Homeschooled Teens: 75 young people speak about their lives without school. Sue created a survey of 30 questions covering many aspects of the life of a homeschooled teen that we parents - … [Read more...] about Book Review: Homeschooled Teens by Sue Patterson
To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. -Anonymous, Chinese sayingWhat are you reading today? A new friend? Or are you meeting an old one?Does your child love to have the same book read to them … [Read more...] about What are you reading today?
Did you know the average North American child now spends about seven hours a day staring at screens? And only minutes in unstructured play outdoors? Did you know that recent research indicates that lots of time in natural settings seem to lead to enhance cognitive, emotional and social development? … [Read more...] about Nature is a Learning Resource
Here is part three of the how do we help our children be happy, self-directed learners series.How do we transfer the process and ownership of learning to the child?How do we prepare them so they take on managing the aspects of their lives that influence their feeling happy, … [Read more...] about How do you transfer the process and ownership of learning?