Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Student!

I thought this was cute.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Salina Area Not Back to School Day

When: July 14
Where: Lakewood Park in Salina

There will be lots of fun activities for the kids plus information for new or upcoming homeschoolers about homeschooling and unschooling. Everyone is welcome to come. Kids can play at the park, explore the nature trails and create their own lapbook.

For more details email.

Unschooling Voices Reminder

I'm slow to post the notice, but there is still time to submit entries to the Unschooling Voices July Carnival.

July '07
Two questions again - please remember they're always optional. First, what advice would you have given to yourself early in your unschooling journey? Second, ask your kids to take pictures of their favorite ________ (favorite whatever; person, place, thing, etc). Don't forget to share them on our flickr group.

If you don't have a blog and would like to submit something, feel free to send it to and I will post it here.

Friday, June 22, 2007

How-To DVDs

Our family has long been a fan of Netflix, and this place rents how-to videos on a similar program. It was forwarded to me by a homeschooling family in western Kansas. I've already ordered my first video. There is an amazing selection of how-to programs; everything from home wiring and auto mechanics to computer graphics programs and oil painting. The rental price is generally $9.99 per DVD, but for an introduction to a subject you are interested in it is a lot cheaper than taking a class.

I've made an affiliate, so click the link below to view the selection. Let us know if you find any that you or your kids especially like. It looks to me like there is a little something here for everyone. But teens and adults might especially benefit from some of the videos found here. How-To DVD Rental

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Update on the Rethinking Education Conference

Register by July 14, and get a $20 per person discount.
Also, grandparents can attend free of charge!
This year's featured speaker is John Taylor Gatto.

Rethinking Education Website

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Show and Tell ~ LAHN and TAHN Field Trip


Peeper Horse Ranch & Moon Marble

In April, kids from LAHN (Lawrence) and TAHN (Topeka) traveled to the Kansas City area to tour Peeper Horse Ranch and Moon Marble Company.


"Every kid has a learning style that is going to unlock the world for them; I think some just need to get to push a lot of buttons in the process."
~Ann Vetter

Life is Good: NW Unschooling Conference

It's a long drive, but if you're looking to plan a vacation anyway:

LIFE is Good
NW Unschooling Conference

Red Lion Hotel ~ Vancouver, WA
Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 - 25, 2008
Learning In Freedom Everyday!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Arithmetic is child's play

I found this link at Wendy Priesnitz ~ Challenging Assumptions Weblog.

Press Release from the University of Nottingham.

Children are able to solve approximate addition or subtraction problems involving large numbers even before they have been taught arithmetic, according to a study conducted by researchers from The University of Nottingham and Harvard University.

The study, published in the journal Nature and undertaken at Harvard University, suggests that children do not need to master either the logic of place value or the addition table in order to perform approximate addition and subtraction.

Children's difficulty with learning school arithmetic may stem from the need to produce an exact number when solving problems.

I remember John Holt talking about this in one of his books (one of the early books I read on unschooling). It was timely, for me, as I remember witnessing this kind of innate skill in my oldest. She was probably around three at the time.

I am still impressed with the way my children trust themselves with numbers while I'm still counting on my fingers to "check" what I think I know.

Show and Tell ~ Book Recommendations

I recommend reading ttyl, ttfn and l8r, g8r. It is a series by Lauren Myracle. They are different than other books in that it is told from instant messages and texting. They are about three girls in high school and what happens to them during the three years each book is one year. They are fun books to read and they are hard to put down. I was kind of bugged by the fact that I didn't know what was going on in their school unless they explained it. But I really liked them and have read them several times. My mother has read them as well and enjoyed them too.
NOTE: there is language and sexual content.

Victoria, age 11 (almost 12!)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Show and Tell ~ Website

Evie's website This is Evie's first website. She has put it together using Yahoo PageBuilder, Microsoft FrontPage, and just the very basics of html.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Unschooling Voices #9

The June entries have been posted. This is a good place for browsing some fun unschooling blogs.