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Welcome back to the Unschooling Blog Carnival for March 2012! All month, we've been collecting stories about unschoolers and the animals in their lives. We think you'll enjoy them as much as we have.
But first, how about a little reminder of what we can ALL learn from animals? This little list has been circulating the internet with several variations. We thought we'd share what life might be like if a dog was writing the rules:
Shannon explores Animal Passions with her daughter, Annalise, in this post from her blog An Unfettered Life. She nurtures their shared love of horses, as well as Analise's varied interests; everything from dolphins to gorillas is explored by these animal enthusiasts!
Because her passion for animals is nourished and supported, Annalise has learned a tremendous amount about evolution, genetics, ecosystems, plant life, and the human animal.
This Sandra Dodd blog shares personal and family news as well as chit chat. In Joy and Sorrow, Sandra shares how difficult it is to go through the death of a beloved family pet.
Marty is a wonderful son, and Gudrun was a great dog, and sometimes I get frustrated from having no magical powers to heal or preserve.
Sue Patterson talks about how her daughter and husband went from looking at horses on the way home in Alaska, to learning to ride in California, and ultimately owning a ranch of their own in Texas.Following Their Passions comes from her blog, Lifelong Learning.
She'd climb up so she'd be tall enough to hop onto the bare back of her horse, Dolly. Then she'd ride laps around the house, down the driveway, and around the fence lines. It gave her a confidence that would see her through many of the obstacles she'd face later in life.
Cydney Romano, of Recording the Atoms, tells us about her son, Aiden's love of dogs in A Boy & His Dogs. At 15, Aiden was able to land a job at a doggy day care where he has learned so much more than pet care!
Christine Yablonski chronicles her family's adventures in herUnschooling Life blog. Day 47: The San Diego Wild Animal Park, from their "Cruising America" RV trip, was any baby animal lovers' dream. This part of the San Diego Zoo is the home for their breeding program.
Tim in the Kitchen writes a blog called, Breakfast with Diamonds. He shares thoughts and reflections of life without school. Life Smells Good reminds us of how we can learn from our pets, some as simple as sitting still and breathing deeply.
Christine shares her daughter's fascination with the deadliest animals on earth in Educating Astra. Her post, Live 'n Deadly, describes an exciting day spent on a television show set not too far from their home.
He unrolled a giant snake and stretched it across the stage. He got a nip from a scorpion. He answered the most random questions, got genuinely excited by some of them. This is a guy who really knows about and loves animals. Truly inspiring.
For a brief moment it had been part of her world, and now it was gone. The fact that it was dead the whole time was almost irrelevant.
Sarah McGrath shares practical unschooling tips in her blog, Unschooling Lifestyle. Her 6.5 year old daughter is Having So Much Fun with Bugs, Insects, Spiders, & Entomology!
Tamara blogs as The Rookie Housewife, sharing her life with her babies. As she's just starting out on her parenting and unschooling journey, she makes a list of all things that animals might bring to their lives in the future in Oh the Possibilities!
Cathy Earle writes a blog post every day about either world holidays, historic anniversaries, or famous birthdays in her blog, Every Day is Special.
Today, March 1st, is A Great Day for Animals: The Anniversary of the Creation of the 1s.... Cathy shares info, photos and links about Yellowstone National Park.
Lisa Nielsen, a long-time NY teacher, has recently been blogging about unschooling at The Innovative Educator. Lisa shares a fable written in the 1940's illustrating what's wrong with focusing on the weaknesses instead of the strengths of animals or children in Don't Judge a Fish by it's Ability to Climb a Tree - The Problem wi...
They had adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.
What a great list Meredith - just the perfect thing for me to read on this particular evening. Thank you!