Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Video Game Curriculum?

Video Game Curriculum? The Love to Learn Edition

This is based on a presentation given at a conference in 2012 by Tina Boster, whose biography at the conference's website says

Tina Boster is the mother of three children. She has a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, but she left her teaching career to unschool her children when her oldest son was reprimanded by his teacher for spending too much time reading about ancient Rome. She believes strongly in the philosophy of “Follow the child,” and her personal motto is, “I’m raising kids now; I’ll clean the house later.” She is a life-long learner and self-taught knitter. She is also part of a multigenerational gaming family, and she enjoys playing MMOs with her father, brother, husband, and all three of her children.
The article is one of the best I've seen on video gaming, with a long list of learning principles, and their fulfillment by gaming. Her resources list has sixteen links and no one will need to read them all to be persuaded of her point. After reading her blog post, you might not need to read any of them. :-)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mommy Labs interviews of Sandra Dodd

Two interviews, Part 1 from August 2012, and one new this week and:

Monday, October 08, 2012

Hema Bharadwaj on food choices

Hema's Food Chronicles Part 1

The webpage Hema mentions is SandraDodd.com/food

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Living Joyfully

Pam Laricchia has big news on her Living Joyfully site—a newsletter and an introduction-to-unschooling series.

This can serve as an introduction to people who are interested, or as reassurance to friends or relatives, or as an inspiring refresher for those who are already unschooling!

The direct link is here:  livingjoyfully.ca/newsletter/ but it will be more fun if you go to her main page   and click on it in the center on top.  Look around Pam's site while you're there, and if you want to tell your friends about it, pronounce her name this way:  "La RICK ee a"

Saturday, October 06, 2012

"The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling"

"The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling", by Leo Babauta

Blog post, October 4, 2012, at "zenhabits.net"

The Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling There’s nothing I get asked about more as a parent than unschooling, and nothing I recommend more to other parents.

It’s an educational philosophy that provides for more freedom than any other learning method, and prepares kids for an uncertain and rapidly changing future better than anything else I know. My wife and I unschool four of our kids, and have been for several years.

And yet, as powerful as I believe unschooling to be, I’ve never written about it, because the truth is, I certainly don’t have all the answers. No one does.

The beauty of unschooling is in the search for the answers. If anyone had all the answers, there would be no search. And so what I’d love to teach unschooling parents and kids is that the search is the joy of it all.

But I’m getting ahead of myself: what is unschooling? Why should you do it? How do you do it? What should you read? We’ll talk about all that today.

and he continues....