Death is the Elephant in the Room

Death is a big piece of so many of the contradictions that are inherent in the experience of being human.  Death is the only thing that any of us are absolutely guaranteed, and yet somehow it manages to take us by surprise.  We live our lives and make decisions according to our own values hierarchy.  … Continue reading “Death is the Elephant in the Room”

Boundaries, Continued

Responding to Boundary Violations Our rule about boundaries is not an easy one for the kids to learn.  This is not one of those lessons that you teach once and move on to the next thing.  It is confusing.  It seems contradictory.   Figuring out the nuances takes a lot of work.  Maya is having … Continue reading “Boundaries, Continued”

We Begin with Boundaries

When other kids encounter the way our family works, they sometimes get the impression that our family has absolutely no rules.  And compared to traditional education and discipline practices, it’s kinda true.  The kids do have an unprecedented amount of freedom.  But no rules?  Not exactly.  We do have one rule.  A big one.  And it … Continue reading “We Begin with Boundaries”

Spacefaring Sam: Phases of the Moon

Quick overall reflection:  We’re now three weeks into our ‘space’ unit – 6 days total, usually 4-6 hours of school each day.  During this time, we’ve talked about gravity, the vacuum of space, rocket ships, and the moon.  We’ve followed the plan I initially laid out fairly closely, except that we’re definitely going through it … Continue reading “Spacefaring Sam: Phases of the Moon”