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Dropout, or burnout

How sad but true; children with BURNOUT! Here is a quote from” Wikipedia regarding a criticism of the school system and its “subjects”:
“many subjects have been taught too early to students and this has helped cause burnout in school children.”

Is it definable?

What is unschooling?

From the horse’s mouth

An interview with an adult unschooler

Convenient and Unquestioned

“The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can’t take you and industry can’t take you.” -John Updike

Is unschooling lonely?

It may be lonely for the parents too. Watch for my post coming soon about my motto.

Free encyclopedia now available!

Just your typical cybercafe

Just your typical cybercafe

What a fantastic unschooling time we live in; information about anything we can think to question at the stroke of a button. Did you know Wikipedia is a not-profit organization? I believe it is one of the most worthy causes out there; it’s free and available to anyuone with access to the internet. From a Morcccan desert internet cafe to a smart phone in Central Park, thanks to Wikimedia Foundation we all have our own personal Encyclopedia. Here is where you can donate: Wikimedia



The last time I was at the dentist, my hygienist said I was developing more extensive gum recession compared to the previous visit. The other day, I ran into a discussion online about the Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling. Apparently, oil pulling can, among other things, help the gums heal. So I am trying it using sesame oil, once a day, and if I can, first thing in the morning. If nothing else, my mouth feels very clean after a oil swish, water wash, tooth brushing, and then water wash again. And it makes me more conscious of what goes in my mouth first thing, so instead of eating and therefore consuming the bacteria that stewed in the night in my mouth, I am spitting it out. I understand that it is scientifically proven that a healthy mouth is linked with general health and longevity, so it makes sense to me.


On a similar oily note, after a drying winter, my skin has become rough. And after some hearty life-experiences, my skin is also showing signs of wisdom! But I quit my addiction to commercial chemical skin products when I became pregnant with my first child 4 years ago. And not having time to research acceptable replacements, i opted out completely. Now that my skin is reflecting my life, I am looking for new ones, but this time without the chemicals. This time I can lick my lips when I wash my face… mmm, olive oil and honey! So far I like! But having been prone to acne before, we will have to see.


By the way, best olive oil in the world. Picked by three generations of the Creanza Family. Creanza Olive Oil


Finding my way by following

So this little one loves the process, but not the product. She wants to make tea but not drink it, or cook an egg but not eat it. And so instead of getting frustrated as I throw out or attempt to consume so much, I’ve decided to channel her energy and desire to do/make/learn. It finally occurred to me to instead of just asking if she was actually planning to eat it what she wanted to make, and instead of saying no because i know she isn’t going to, that I could redirect that towards something productive and thus have a secondary positive lesson in that she could also see her efforts benefiting others. Tonight, I suggested to her that when she doesn’t actually want something but wants to make something, she could say something like, “mummy, can i make a tea for you?” if not this, then I can think of something I need to make that she can actually help with. I wonder, how could this principle apply in other situations in an unschooling life, so that encouragement and learning can continue rather than be shut down? And how can I recognize my mistakes sooner?!

If I build it, will they come?

Having failed to find a local unschooling community, I have decided to initiate one myself. The scary thing is, people are signing up! So thank goodness for this inspirational article to help me on my way to creating my dream community!

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