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We learn to use language well, spoken or written, only when we use it for a purpose, our purpose, to say something we think is important, to people we want to say it to, or to make something happen that we want to happen.

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What we easily forget, in our passionate twentieth-century love affair with abstract thinking, is that to make an abstraction out of some part of reality we must take some meaning…

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How My Son Advanced An Entire Grade Level In 5 Months By Pulling Him Out of Public School

I remember before I pulled my kids from public school, my son’s kindergarten teacher shared her concern for the fact that my son was borderline obsessive compulsive. 1,091 more words


Unschooled: Playing And Creating A Simple Air Conditioner

When I was researching this new (to me) idea of “unschooling,” what appealed to me the most was the fact that it’s a way to get kids to “learn how to learn.” Rather than teaching them what they should learn and how they should learn it, which is what compulsary schooling does, it gives them the freedom to play, be themselves, and develop problem solving skills by getting out there, making mistakes, and learning to work through the consequences. 300 more words


Little children love the world. That is why they are so good at learning about it. For it is love, not tricks and techniques of thought, that lies at the heart of all true learning.

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John Holt and Teaching Reading

As a human, I’ve always loved reading – well, I guess not always, but most of the time. I feel it is one of the things that can free us from the confines of what others want and/or force us to know about the world. 401 more words

Teach The Willing

What Exactly Is an Unschooler?

Ah…that good old question seems to be popping up again and again lately. What exactly is an unschooler? I realize that I just posted yesterday… 597 more words