Monday, March 30, 2009

Logrolling unschooler on the radio

SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2009

Evie hits the airwaves
A few weeks ago we were at a log rolling tournament in Oconomowoc. A man from WI Public Radio was there as a field reported for the WBUR (Boston) show "It's Only a Game." He was doing a story on log rolling.

He took a lot of pictures, interviewed some coaches including Evie's. He also asked who they thought he should interview. They all pointed at Evie. She was articulate, funny and expansive. The radio story includes only a snippet of her but you can listen!

It's Only a Game: Logrolling To fast forward to her part hit "Listen to the Show" and drag the progress bar until there are about 8 minutes left of the show. (Embedding just her part proved too taxing for my brain.)

How did a Boston radio show learn about log rolling in WI? Enter Scott's mom! She happened to sit next to the show's host, Bill Littlefield, at a WBUR dinner. They got to talking, she bragged about her granddaughter, he got intrigued, she did an amazing follow-up job and BAM, log rolling makes public radio!


Monday, March 23, 2009

Unschooling Passions

"I've shared some of the wonderful and interesting places that exploring Joseph's and Alyssa's diverse interests have taken them. Are you still worried? Do you still think your child's interest can't possibly take them to so many new and different places? Even if your child's interest is just one TV show, it can open up the world."

by Pam Laricchia, the article "Unschooling Passions" in The Journal of Unschooling and Alternative Education.

Here are two of the graphics from her article which are inspiring and self-explanatory on their own:

click to enlarge

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Endless Summer"

Endless Summer
By Sarah Karnasiewicz

The article isn't new, but I didn't want to lose this quote if it disappears:
"When you buy a curriculum and set your kids down five days a week, except in the summer, all you're doing is playing school at home," says Sandra Dodd, a mother of three unschooled children from Albuquerque, N.M., and an outspoken unschooling advocate. "Most home-schoolers, especially Christian home-schoolers, believe that schools are too liberal and too lax," she explains. "On the other hand, unschoolers believe that schools are too inflexible. Our objections to school are 180 degrees apart from their objections. And so we are not only not on the same team, but school is actually closer to what they're doing than we are."