Blocking the Slide

Who is the better parent?  The parent following along and playing with their kid at the playground, or the parent sitting on the bench, staring at their phone, more or less ignoring their child while she climbs and plays? My answer is, of course, I have no idea.  There are far too many variables for … Continue reading “Blocking the Slide”

Volcanoes!

While studying education I was taught how important it is that we teach children ideas in a connected way.  Children learn so much better when what their learning is connected to something they already know, and have been thinking about.  Also, it’s best to connect ideas across the different areas of development. If you’re doing … Continue reading “Volcanoes!”

Parenting on Purpose

  Parenting is difficult. Teaching children is difficult.  And our society makes it so much more difficult than it needs to be.  Parents and caregivers use wildly different methods, philosophies, styles, and systems.  Many of these parenting methods flatly oppose one another. It is not possible to make parenting or childcare choices that fit everyone’s … Continue reading “Parenting on Purpose”

Expecting Less, Getting More

Expectations are the enemy of parental happiness This is an idea I’ve come across in various places, and I find it to be absolutely true.  Embracing the concept of unschooling has been a gradual process of letting go of any and all expectations I have about parenting in general, and education in particular.  I still … Continue reading “Expecting Less, Getting More”

Red and Yellow make Pink

Cat has started to grasp the idea of colors mixing and creating new colors, and I’m starting to see it coming out in her play.   It was raining outside today, with no thunder. Cat absolutely loves playing outside in the rain so out we went. Today’s investigations centered primarily around a squeeze bottle.  I have … Continue reading “Red and Yellow make Pink”

Preschool Teacher to Unschooling Parent

I am an educator.  I have been an educator in one way or another for as long as I can remember.  My first ‘real’ job was working as a 911 operator and dispatcher. I became a training officer fairly quickly, and trained new employees almost nonstop.  After 8 years I decided to leave in favor … Continue reading “Preschool Teacher to Unschooling Parent”