Monthly Archives: July 2007

Unschooling Resources

I belong to a Yahoo group called Unschooling Resources and one of the topics of discussion today was about another Yahoo group to which I belong, Unschooling Basics. One member, we’ll call her “Lucy” was advising another to stay as far away from Unschooling Basics as possible. They’re letting their children run wild and watch […]

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Ren - July 31, 2007 - 1:08 pm

Enjoyed reading your comments. I was also scratching my head over why someone would waste time reading at a group they didn’t like. I just unsubscribe myself if it’s not what I need.

Glad you’re willing to hang in and really understand what is being written. I’m certainly not some “perfect” unschooling parent…just someone that believes in doing better every day.:)

whimsigal - July 31, 2007 - 1:22 pm

Thank you for stopping by! Your site, along with Sandra Dodd’s and Danielle Congers, gave me so much inspiration when I was searching for a better way to be with my children.

I am definitely hanging in there and am glad to see that even for someone like you, it’s a day-by-day process.

Stephanie - July 31, 2007 - 7:05 pm

Since I belong to both also (but haven’t read at Resources for about a year) I had to go check stuff out.
Drives me crazy that people would say “unschooling means child led” but that ru means “unparenting”.
For Heaven’s sake.
To me it’s just a natural extension, encouraging my children to be more of whom they are, and extending the respect for them past their “school” moments.

whimsigal - July 31, 2007 - 7:17 pm

Isn’t funny how many times your path crosses with people in the internet world? But for these blogs we write, we may not have ever known each other in spite of being members at some of the same groups!

I like the way you worded that, “a natural extension…extending the respect for them past their “school” moments.” That is a great way to sum up unschooling.

Laura - August 2, 2007 - 4:50 pm

Hallo, I’m an unschooling mum too! I’m not on UB but I’m on the UnschoolingDiscussion list. I love it, and I need it. I agree that it’s a curious thing to have folks who disagree with the philosophy stay on, probably in hopes of changing minds? I joined a local homeschooling egroup in hopes of meeting like-minded folks. Well, HUGE disappointment when one of the first discussions was of all the ritalin-type drugs their kids are on. Eek. But I couldn’t unsub for a while – it was like a train-wreck. I’d try to disagree respectfully but finally realized I was simply in the wrong place.

Best wishes on your unschooling journey! We’ve been following this path for 8 years now and it’s been wonderful.

whimsigal - August 2, 2007 - 6:14 pm

Laura, it’s so nice to hear from someone who has been living this way for 8 years!

I had a similar experience last February when I joined a local homeschooling group which was made up of a lot of unschoolers. Unfortunately, these ladies were of the unschooling = unparenting variety as their children were running around bullying the younger kids in the group and they did nothing. My kids had been so excited to meet some like-minded people but it ended up being a disaster. It’s so disappointing when something seems like it’s going to work out then it doesn’t.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

New things to learn

In addition to having a desire to make their own video games, the boys have suddenly developed an interest in movie-making as well. The idea was inspired by a boy named Ricky on You Tube who has filmed his Mario and Luigi toys on all kinds of adventures. Iain and Ryan have watched these so […]

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Stephanie - July 27, 2007 - 5:12 pm

Hey! Us too!
We actually made a movie yesterday, it’s called Jurassic World, and I had to edit it down to 54 seconds so it would be under 100 meg.
I thought that we could put video into blogger, but it looks like we need to do it through youtube?
ANyway, I can’t get a wireless connection yesterday or today (so I”m on dial-up) and because of that I’m slow and can’t get big files uploaded.
If I make any discoveries, I’ll let you know.
I just use the software that came with s3, it will let me edit and add, but I don’t have time for that right now! (too many other things going on.)
I’ll let you know if I make any great discoveries!

Stephanie - July 28, 2007 - 12:12 am

Maybe your boys are way past this, and already to it, I don’t know, but our children’s museum has this little set up with a few toys, Mr. Potato head, blocks, horses, dinos, cars, etc, and you can put your various things in the scene (with your choice of background) and hit this large button to take a picture, then move things a little, and take anohter pic, and so on, creating animation.
Is this what your boys are doing?
You could certainly do it with a digital camera.
Could probably even find some free software (like on cnet) to put it all together….
just a thought.

whimsigal - July 28, 2007 - 12:55 am

That’s a great idea! Right now we’re focusing on Flash because they really want to do something with Mario and Luigi. I’ve been trying to get them interested in the claymation-style movie but no luck so far.

Maybe we’ll take a trip to the children’s museum next week and see what they have. Perhaps when they see it in action they’ll be more open to it.

Laura - August 2, 2007 - 4:52 pm

Hey cool – I have a boy who’s totally into this sort of thing as well. He’s almost 15 and is already considering careers in both computer programming, animation, and movie-making. The other day i came home to find him and his 16 yr old friend dressed in old halloween costumes and filming in the front yard. Fun stuff!

whimsigal - August 2, 2007 - 6:19 pm

Laura that does sound like fun! It’s great that your son has the freedom to consider his interests and can begin to think about what he’d like to do with them. Not to say that he won’t change his mind but so many kids his age have their time eaten up with school responsibilities that they don’t really get to delve into the things that interest them most.

I look forward to seeing my boys doing that as well. Not rushing, of course! I’m going to savor their childhood while it’s here, but I can already imagine similar activities taking place at our house.

Nice to see you here!