But WHY?
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by Sandra Dodd
15h ago
Knowing WHY you want to make lunch can make all the rest of it a series of mindful choices. (Unless the "why" is a thoughtless sort of "because the clock hands pointed up".) What and Why? photo by Rosie Moon ___ ..read more
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Improving thought
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by Sandra Dodd
2d ago
Kathy Ward had eight children, and was active in discussions years back. At first she rejected video games, but changed her mind. This is part of something longer: Everyone agreed that [Tetris] was a great game for developing and improving mathematical thinking. The puzzles require some thinking about patterns and ability to recognize and recall geometric designs. Even the little kids enjoy it. I don't know why a parent would love to see a child spend an hour at a time figuring out puzzles like this in a workbook or on paper but be dismayed that the same child was doing this on a computer or ..read more
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Ideas, terminology, and attitudes
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by Sandra Dodd
3d ago
If someone really does want to unschool, it's going to take looking at her own ideas, terminology, and attitudes really closely, to weed out that "what will screw it up" set. SandraDodd.com/screwitup The original quote is here: Archive: "...on TV & junk food" photo by Cátia Maciel ..read more
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Improving thought (TOMORROW!)
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by Sandra Dodd
3d ago
OOPS! Ignore this one. Sorry. It needs a photo to go with the text (which some of you saw in an e-mail and might see again later). Here are some images of birds to mesmerize you for now: label: birds (birds, and quotes, and links) Today's right and proper post: Ideas, terminology, and attitudes ..read more
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Right for your child
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by Sandra Dodd
4d ago
Rather than look at labels that try to pigeonhole people into being this sort of parent or that sort of parent, be the parent that is right for your child in each moment. —Laurie Wolfrum SandraDodd.com/parents photo by Sandra Dodd ..read more
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Freeing and joyful
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by Sandra Dodd
5d ago
When people come here and their messages are like parroted little recordings of things their teachers said, that their grandparents and in-laws say, that they read in an anti-TV book, it seems they need to peel off all the layers of recitation and people-pleasing and try to feel what they feel and decide what's freeing and joyful instead of what will shush their internal voices. That's not easy. SandraDodd.com/voices photo by Denaire Nixon ..read more
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Surrounded by words
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by Sandra Dodd
6d ago
My children learned to read without being taught. If my children were the only children in the history of the world who learned without being taught, it would still be a fact that some children have learned to read without lessons—that a child can learn to read without lessons. But my children are not the only ones. There are many. There were many even before schools existed, though it was harder without being surrounded by talking video games and movies with subtitles and printed boxes all over the kitchen, and signs on every street and building and shelf. Always Learning post, Sandra Dod ..read more
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Portable, cheap, long-lasting
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by Sandra Dodd
6d ago
The really good thing about happiness is that it’s portable. It’s cheap. It doesn’t need a safety deposit box or an inheritance. You can give the same amount to all your kids, and they don’t have to wait until they’re 18 to claim and use it! Think about that. They can have it right now, and start using it, without taking yours away from you. Do kids need to have their own room to store their happiness in? No. Do kids need to wait nine weeks to get a report card that says they’re doing well in happiness? No. Will working really hard now store up happiness they can use later? That’s the going ..read more
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Completely engaged
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by Sandra Dodd
6d ago
Stephanie E. wrote: It came to me the other day that Jason is more engaged then if he were doing puzzles in a book or being read to. When he plays a video game, it is a whole-body experience. I can see his mind working—he is completely engaged. He is constantly strategizing, thinking about the next step, figuring out how to solve the next level, experimenting with options. He is also very active—jumping up and down, yelling, running in to show me his latest accomplishment. —Stephanie E. GameCube and Little Boys photo by Karen James ..read more
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The roots of a belief...
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by Sandra Dodd
1w ago
From my notes for a 2012 conference presentation on "Why Radical Unschooling?": So the history of "radical unschooling" came from someone saying "Well we're not that radical," and me saying "well I am." Radical radical in surfer lingo has to do with extreme. Politically, extreme from a grassROOTs movement. radius radish From the roots to the tips from the roots of hair to the tips or the roots of a tree to the end of each leaf or from the roots of a belief to the end of each action. SandraDodd.com/hsc/radical photo by Sandra Dodd, in Óbidos ..read more
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