Sunday, July 12, 2009

Children 'should sleep with parents until they're five'

by Sian Griffiths, TimesOnline

The article is not new, but it was brought to an unschooling discussion by Marina Deluca-Howard, who had the following comments (and more)

There was an interesting stat in this article on co-sleeping about nursery schools. An English study shows that children's stress level goes up in nursery school. *for more than 90%, cortisol rises when they go to nursery. For 75%, it falls whenever they go home.

Note the article also points to a *neurological study three years ago showed that a child separated from a parent experienced similar brain activity to one in physical pain*

Kind of makes one wonder about all those pre-school/nursery school advocates! Where I live there is a move to start full day kindergarten. I am guessing nobody saw the studies Margot Sunderland, director of education at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, seems to have found!

A collection of unschooling notes and comments on sleep and sleeping:

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

"Grow Thyself," Urban Tulsa Weekly

Grow Thyself

The pupil becomes the teacher as children activate the self-directed form of education called unschooling


I didn't make my kids learn anything," Leslie Moyer explained as she nibbled nonchalantly on a scone.

"Pardon me?"

"Well, I did make suggestions. For example, multiplication tables seem to be the question that always pops up. My son is one class shy of a math degree and he doesn't have his multiplication tables memorized." Her son, Matt, is 22.

This methodology, called "unschooling," is considered perhaps the most radical approach to homeschooling—yet it is one of the fastest, if not the fastest growing concept within alternative education.

and the rest of it