Seasons of a Self-directed Learning Journey

 

To everything (turn, turn, turn)

There is a season (turn, turn, turn)

And a time to every purpose, under heaven….

 

This photo from 4 years ago turned up in my Facebook timeline this morning.

 

Learning to play ukulele, playing and singing with other people, has been a challenging and rewarding self-directed learning project for me. And there have been seasons – when I first started I was excitedly practicing every day and meeting with my mostly homeschool mom friends weekly with our matching blue dolphin ukes. We went to Uke Festivals and workshops. I was so excited I wrote a song and created a photo series I call Dr. Uke says…to show what songs I was working on and how I was feeling. The group was evolving, I started working on the books, and mom’s illness progressed. The season and my learning journey shifted.    Continue reading “Seasons of a Self-directed Learning Journey”

Book Review: Slow Homeschooling by Milva MacDonald

 

 

Slow Homeschooling:Essays About Mindful Homeschooling

This is a small but mighty book.  Just 64 pages, it contains a powerful collection of 23 essays that touch upon a range of issues that parents grapple with as they explore the decision about homeschooling, and more issues that arise once they start on their homeschooling journey.

Take a look at the table of contents:    Continue reading “Book Review: Slow Homeschooling by Milva MacDonald”

Book Review:UnSchoolers by Sophia Sayigh and Milva MacDonald

Did you ever wonder, what do unschoolers really do all day?

Now there’s a novel to give you a glimpse into the complex and wonderful world of unschooling.

I was excited when on of the authors of UnSchoolers reached out to me and asked if I would consider reviewing UnSchoolers.

The first thing I wanted to know was, who are the authors?

Two moms who unschooled their kids.   Continue reading “Book Review:UnSchoolers by Sophia Sayigh and Milva MacDonald”

Exploring Iceland

I love to travel just as much as I love to learn.

When we were unschooling, dreaming about trips, researching and planning, finding ways to be creative with the budget and see more while spending less all added up to learning for and from real life activities that served our family’s goals.

We learned and explored together.

Now that Dale has flown the nest, we still like to dream and discuss trips. We still try to find time to travel and go exploring together even though it might require more creativity than it used to: partial trips, meeting up en route, or negotiating who does what.

Sometimes it gets pretty complicated.    Continue reading “Exploring Iceland”