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Why Schools Should be Set Up Like Reality TV Shows

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I have a weakness for reality TV. Not the shows like The Real Housewives or Jersey Shore. I’m talking about the ones where contestants sign up to be on the show in order to win a prize at the end. Whenever I watch Master Chef, or American Idol, or So You Think You Can Dance, [...]

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My Checklist for Signing the Kids Up for Classes

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I’ve become inundated with catalogs -catalogs from the YMCA and surrounding towns. My e-mail is piling high with private classes offerings – circus classes, theater classes, co-op classes, and science and art classes.   I have tons of newsletters from museums, nature centers, churches, libraries, arboretums, children’s museums that are all screaming at me to [...]

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An Invitation to Learning

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Imagine opening up your mailbox and pulling out two invitations. Each invitation is to a party. Each invitation will have food, drinks and entertainment. But each party is very, very different from the other. The first party is to a work function. It calls for formal dress attire and you’ll be talking most of the night with [...]

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Favorite Posts

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Well, it’s been a great three weeks for my family on our East Coast Road trip. We leave New York City this morning and head back for a two day journey home. I’ll have some great carschooling resources to share with you in the next few weeks. Today I’d like to share with you some [...]

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The Power of Curious Minds

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 *This is my family’s 4th day staying in a house near the gorgeous Acadia National Park in Maine. We’ve had an amazing time hiking near the ocean, kayaking, and eating some lobster!  Today we’re going on a boat ride with Diver Ed. Ed takes out small groups of people to get up close to some [...]

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My June Unschooling Activities & Resources

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To all who live in the United States, Happy 4th of July! I hope you all will be having a wonderful day with your family. We’re spending our 4th of July in an unusual way this year. We’re driving to Canada! We’re actually headed out today on a three week road trip. We’ll be staying [...]

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Is Interest-Led Learning Really Child-Led Learning….or Something Else?

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When I first heard the term child-led learning I thought it was wonderful. Letting children take the lead in their learning was a new and exciting concept for me 8 years ago. But in the past few years, that phrase started to bother me. I want my kids to be self-directed learners. I want their [...]

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Why You Shouldn’t Ask Your Kids “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?”

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Have you ever asked your children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question most kids are asked at one time or another. And I think most adults mean well when they ask this question. When we ask that question, we’re really implying that our children aren’t doing anything important [...]

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My May Unschooling Fun & Resources

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What a month! Lots of new games, fun trips to thrift stores and a few places visited. I’m gearing up for the next three months that will be heavy on travel, going places with friends and family, and taking advantage of all the festivals and other fun free programs that take place during the summer [...]

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10 Out-of-the-Ordinary Summer Activities

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Summer is almost here! We have exactly three weeks left until the first official day of summer.  I’m sure you have a lot of great summer fun already planned. You probably have things like swimming, hanging at friends’ houses, parks and beaches on your list. If you’re looking for a few more ideas….  Here are [...]

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