Focus and Questions for 2017:What is Your One Thing?

Resolutions, and goals, and habits, oh my! The new year is a fresh slate, which like a blank piece of paper, can be overwhelming or inspiring, or both. Are you grateful for having choices but confused about which choices to make?   Me, too. Over the holidays I read a book called The ONE Thing: The … Read more Focus and Questions for 2017:What is Your One Thing?

Solstice End of Year Reflection: What’s Really Important?

This has been a hard year.

My mom was diagnosed with ALS in February, followed by two feeding tube surgeries, a move back east and rapidly progressing symptoms. One sibling had a bad fall with complications. Another sibling needed a brain surgery and still needs a different surgery.

And yesterday, the longest night of the year, I’d started my year-in-review that often morphs into  me beating myself up about all the things I didn’t accomplish that I intended to, like:

  • only 16 blog posts/28 newsletters instead of 52
  • no speaking gigs
  • just a few books sold and no marketing plan
  • still piles and piles of mama’s files to be gone through
  • my messy, messy house

The list of what didn’t get done, or done well, could go on and on.  

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Review of GoFindIt, an Instant Natural Treasure Hunt Game

 

I love nature and encouraging people of all ages to go outside. Nature is an incredible resource for learning, health, and connection.

I’ve written about how important I think connecting to nature for parenting and learning in several previous posts:

http://www.lisanalbone.com/2015/09/nature-is-a-learning-resource/

http://www.lisanalbone.com/2014/04/dont-forget-to-go-outside/

http://www.lisanalbone.com/2015/08/review-how-to-raise-a-wild-child-by-scott-d-sampson/

Nature is one of the ten happiness helpers to use in creating your happiness action plan http://www.lisanalbone.com/2015/08/what-helps-us-be-happy/

Because of these posts, I learned about a nonprofit organization in the UK, Sensory Trust. Org, that has great programs and resources for creating accessible and engaging outdoor experiences.  

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Are You Growing or Killing Creativity?

It’s been ten years since Sir ken Robinson gave his inciting Ted Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity? Since then his books and talks continue to challenge us to transform education— to value varied talents, build creativity, and help people find their element.

Here are some questions and recommendations with quotes from his book Out of Our Minds, Learning to be Creative

“It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way and you lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the other way and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realize our true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and to act differently towards each other. We must learn to be creative.”  —Sir Ken Robinson

 

How do we support creativity in our kids ? 

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Olympic Learning and Letting Curiosity Lead

When we started homeschooling, even though I’d been a teacher, I remember wondering how in the heck we would manage all the learning I thought we had to do?

When we started moving from homeschooling to unschooling, I still wondered if it would really work to let a learner’s interests and curiosity drive their education.

I was still in the schooling mindset; that learning was somehow separate from life. And that it only “counted” if someone else told you what to do and how to do it and then measured it.

It took awhile for to deschool myself.

And then a wonderful thing happened, I realized we’d always done tons of learning on our own –it just didn’t look like school.  We’d already created an environment with time and space to ask questions and then try to find the answers.

I realized you can allow wondering and curiosity to evolve without having to preplan and control the outcome, and learning will happen.  Amazingly motivation that had gone missing can return.

If it seems hard to imagine, here is a little snapshot of unplanned, natural learning that can happen when you make time for wondering, curiosity, listening, and space. 

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Nurturing Unlabeled Seeds, Allowing Kids to Bloom

Try to see your child as a seed that came in a packet without a label. Your job is to provide the right environment and nutrients and to pull the weeds. You can’t decide what kind of flower you’ll get or in which season it will bloom. I love this quote shared by a mom … Read more Nurturing Unlabeled Seeds, Allowing Kids to Bloom