Thursday, July 24, 2008

unschooler goes to school for a year

Heidi shares her son Kevin's essay on going to public 9th grade for a year after a life of unschooling.

Thank you Kevin for sharing your thoughts and feelings!!!
It is very helpful to parents to hear from teens who have unschooled.
We are still making education decisions for our children.

Kevin has his own blog. He is a vegetarian/vegan advocate!

What I'm reading:
Homeschooling Our Children Unschooling Ourselves by Alison McKee
from the city library.

Addams Family planted the seed

Watching the Addams Family must have put that homeschool/unschool seed in my brain.

My mother can't understand why I want to homeschool. She says, "You loved school."

NO Mom, I hated school, I was just good at it. I could pass their tests, write their papers and compete with the best of them. All the way through, with the goal of college. I finished college and even earned a Masters. But I never loved school.

I DO LOVE LEARNING. Learning never stops.

OH but by the way, today is "Official Learn NOTHING Day". Sandra Dodd's Website.
Can you do it????

I've already learned a lot by 11 a.m. on the internet!!

So I was learning about, Learn Nothing day and following blog posts. I found Sandy Feet and the Addams Family episode.

Man, "But they've got to go to school. Everyone sends their kids to school."

Gomez Addams, "Ridiculous. Why have children, just to get rid of them? Opposed to the whole nonsense."


Man, "But don't you want them to learn?"

Well if you watch on YouTube this is part 1 of 3.
part 2 shows the kids trying one day at school. Wednesday hated it.
part 3 they are thinking of sending them back.

It is over 8 minutes, but it's fun to watch. I'm off to to request the Adams Family DVDs.
(Right after the Avatar Fire episodes we need to catch up on)

well they don't have adams family at blockbuster but they do at netflix.
If you spell it right, with 2 d's They are there!

I was planning on switching back to Netflix last week but I got preoccupied with the packing for our Family Camp weekend and forgot. Blockbuster billed us for another month.
Now I have some more dvds to add to our list for the rest of this month.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 creating reusable shopping bags

Get together with your friends and form a "pod" to save sea animals from shopping bags.

Read about how Pol Morsman discovered the problem and developed a solution.

Create reusable shopping bags out of old fabric, sheets, comforters.
How about old clothes?

A great service project for the kids. Even if you use them only in your family.
If you make a lot, hand them out as a group at a grocery store. (permission needed?)

They provide downloadable directions -

Thursday, July 17, 2008

a new Iowa baby!

Welcome Elliott Lee!

My cousin Amy and hubby Rick had their 1st blessing!

9 lbs. 2 oz.
19 1/2 inches

Born 7-15-08 at 7:11 am

Sioux City, Iowa

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

the View out my kitchen window

Although I hate doing dishes and they pile up everyday....
I have this beautiful view out my kitchen sink window.


This is late afternoon when the sun is low.
I'll get another picture when the pool is more lit by sunlight.

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