I would like to say thank you for the work you have done. Your work has brought me to a new and greater understanding of my relationship with my children. Being with my children has been a personal growth experience as I have had to re-shape much of what I thought I had figured out. It is always a pleasant experience though coming to new understanding, new ways of living, and thinking as a family. Finding more harmony and balance in our relationship as a family. Most importantly my children have an equal and valid voice no matter how young. Their emotions, thoughts, and opinions are always heard and considered. I do the same for my husband and him for me. As a result we are happier as a family. In fact it's because of that , that we are Unschooling. My children were struggling in Homeschool as was I as thier "teacher". So here we are. Relieved as a family to be the owners of our lives.
Yours was the one I was up late reading! :-) I did not think either Kohn or Gatto were unschoolers and I know Gatto can be a bit cynical...still seemed like interesting reads. I'm pretty good at taking what I want and leaving the rest. Thanks for adding me as a friend!
Just got your Big Book of Unschooling in my mailbox yesterday. Also, reading Teach Your Own-Holt and bought two Alfie Kohn books and one Gatto book today. Last night I was up until 12:30pm reading. Wish I could lay the books on my head and just soak up the words while I am sleeping!
Thank you. We live in Harford County Maryland. It is 25 minutes northeast of Baltimore. Despite suburban sprawl, it is still considered a mostly rural county. We are fortunate that every September local farmers alot a few of their fields for sunflowers. They are very gracious and have let us tromp around their property and take pictures. Again, thank you for sharing so much of your life. I really am receiving a lot of encouragement from your book and blog. Keep shining!
Hi again Sandra! Thanks for your detailed answers to my questions in the discussion. I see what you are trying to tell me and I KNOW it is absolutely true. It stroke me when you said that if they want to go to college they will eventually figure out the path of tests and other requirements. Of course! It is so obvious and I did not see it. I will relax and enjoy this wonderful time with my boys, play with them and tell them I love them more often instead of "Don't you want to read a book or something..?" :P
I found you on the web not too long ago, mayby about 4 months. I am in CHILE at this time, and I am starting Homeschooling our 3 boys. After trying and failing to "teach" them anything, I opted to follow a more relaxed way, and ended up reading and embracing unschooling. But since I am just starting I still have fears and anxious moments that tell me I am not doing enough for their education. I thought that I would write to you for some encourgament and some advice. At this time, I need supprt and in Chile, it is hard to find it. THSX!!!
Hi Sandra, hope you and your family are well,I am part of the Edinburgh ebhe group, my name is maryanne I was giving a link to your site which has been very Inspiring and useful to me, Thank you and hope to meet you if or when you come to Edinburgh In the future. I really hope you do,and well done for all the hard work you do helping out many family's around the world ( you deserve a medal) regards maryanne
Thank you for the comment on my blog. You really, really pointed out a few things I should have mentioned. You also helped me emphasize on my irrational aspects--kind of "brought me to my senses." But I guess I'm quite the product of the "mainstream teens" you mentioned. I know, unfortunately. Hey, who says I'm not working on it?
Really, thanks. A worthwhile discussion. I have a hard time dealing with people seemingly angry at when I said, but this one had my interests. I (and the ones commenting) seemed more human talking online, saying whatever is on the mind and not getting a "nod, nod, mhm-hmm" response.
Teresa, Jill Parmer asked me that in last Monday's chat, and I wrote sometihng and saved it. I'll look for that and patch it up and post it on the page with the sound file. I'll leave a note here when I do (probably post it here too, in the forum, so people can comment).
Sandra, I just listened to your piece on the Sandi Schwartz show, and you mentioned the parallels between the women's movement and the homeschooling movement. This is intriguing, and I'd love to know more. Would you be willing to share your thoughts?
I went to your site and so far have read your thoughts on bribery, boredom, checklists, choices, definitions and fighting. It all looks really good to me. This is exactly what I thought radical unschooling was.