Play is enough without us dictating a purpose. It contains the questions, the experiments, the explorations, the answers. It doesn't need us adults getting involved to make it educational. Play is educational by its very nature. Even when we're not 100% sure what they're learning or what the purpose is. That's ok. If they're playing, they're learning.
This is a short story about community, inspiration, friends and (because it’s me) learning 😊
Every summer there is a week long camp out Guitar Camp. It has been in Manning the last few years and I think it is a wonderful thing. You see, I have never attended. My kids have yet to attend. But we have other family and friends that have. My mother in law @monierob has attended a few years and this summer 2 of my niece’s joined her. Other friends go every year. What I’ve seen from it is the joy and fun in playing. And the confidence. My nieces have been playing by the fire on our camp outs. Other friends have brought their instruments and play along. We all sing. And make “music “💕 And what it has done has created more music. My son has picked his guitar back up that he hasn’t played in a while. He and his sister sit and strum in the living room unprompted. Just passing the time. A friend came over and saw the guitars out and then brought his over. The kids played and jammed. Zahra and Thiery have been creating songs. It continues to grow. And spread...
So my kids will go next year. To spend the week learning and creating more music. I hope this year we continue to encourage all those we know to keep playing. It’s beautiful to hear, and it’s contagious. And yes, it’s natural learning at its best💗
Thanks @raiseofhopebakery for letting us crash at your place and taking us to the pool and beach. Lil Dude says he loves riding bikes the most! I miss you guys already and can't wait to have more a.m. coffee chats and late night conversations soon, si dios quiere 😊
RIME 6. ••Medical students as teachers: hands-on quality improvement education?••
Oleh: Shah, K. dan Kohn, J.
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Metode pembelajaran peer-to-peer mempunyai potensi sebagai model inovasi yang dapat digunakan di berbagai macam fakultas kedokteran, dan dari meetode ini juga dapat dipaparkan lebih awal mengenai Quality Improvement (QI) dan Patient safety (PS).
Gambar : teachthought .
Make learning fun. If one way doesn’t work, try something else! And always remember, what works for one child may not always work for the other(s). That’s okay!! Remembering today what Dory always says from Finding Nemo & Finding Dory, “There’s always another way.” 🐟 🐠 🎣
Does it bother you when your child comes home from school in a bad mood?
How do you interpret it? Is it something that they need to just get over or is it a reasonable reaction to the schooling environment they’re coming from?
In my experience, most adults could care less if their child finds meaning in school.
One of the many reasons I’m trying to start @selfdirectedacademy
Being in the midst of a cocreative process isn’t always easy. When everyone is seeing things through different lenses, it can seem so hard to reach an exciting mutual understanding..and then suddenly things shift..perhaps with the help of a game, a listening outside ear or a key conversation that makes visible the dynamics that are playing out..the group animal comes alive, and the underlying deep motivation that is shared comes to the surface.. .
I love the dance’s of groups and the journey of creative creations..
This will start next Monday! I’m planning a quick chat on the Unschooling Mom2Mom Facebook Page tomorrow to explain more - and I’ll do a quick video over here too. In the meantime, you can sign up for the email reminders and the support materials (why did I NOT want to call them WORKSHEETS?? 😂😂) 🔜 Sign up so you don’t miss out! 💓 ➡️ Here’s the link: www.tiny.cc/NOTbacktoschool And I’ll put it in the bio link too.
The staff at Infinite Languages of Learning are partners in the learning process.
We help guide experiences and discovery by listening to and observing our learners.
Children and teachers are expected to collaborate, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the teacher to identify concepts for further exploration that stems from child interest.
A Self-Directed Dancer~
Yes, research is the start of knowing how to tell a story and should not be taken for granted in something as simple as this document. “Research is about learning which can develop into writing something that may change your life” (Truby, J. The Anatomy of Story). This document was given to me by one of my dance students that will be in 5th grade this year. I never asked her to do a report or turn in any information. I simply mentioned in her free time to read about the world-renowned musician, Sergio Mendes, since she has a choreographed solo to one of his classic hits.
As a dancer, it is important to learn about the music you are performing to. Understanding the history of the songwriter can help add creative depth to a dance. Learning who they are, where they’re born and raised, and why they live and breath music. This all connects you to the music, the dance and advances your learning.
It is obvious that Vanessa is a leading student in the effort she took in turning in this information. She is a young star dancer and is an example of what it means to be a self-directed learner (SDL). You can see her performing in my earlier blog post to Sergio Mendes’s Mas Que Nada.
Hernandez, V. (August 2016). Sergio Mendes document. J. Truby. (2007). The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master. Storyteller. Faber & Faber Inc. The United States of America. #dance#learn#selfdirectedlearning#ballet#showbiz#college#middle school
I ordered some silicone baking cups for the kids lunches so I could be able to separate items (making fun lunches has always been a weird thing I love to do 🤣) but the boys wanted to play with them as soon as I opened them. I mean, who wouldn’t? They are bright and super cool to touch. So, we ended up doing our math lesson in these cups. Mr 7 was dividing and didn’t even realize it. #loveit#minerasers
This quote let’s me know that I’m not alone in my fear of doing and becoming. We all have some level of fear, but, like me, we think it’s only us. The biggest struggle for me has been thoughts like, but what if I’m misunderstood, or what if I say something today and then change my perspective on it later, and all of the other incessant mind chatter that we experience. The other major hinderance has been not knowing exactly what I’m being pulled to do. I purposely chose the word pulled because the God in me won’t let me go. I’ve fantasized about how I would change the system or how I can do this for children or that for parents, but I’m still not sure what move to make. I know I have to make one though because I desperately want to live out my life’s purpose and I know it’s connected to me getting started so I can get free from all of the stuff that’s pulling me from my purpose. Again, I’m not sure if the next move, but I atleast know I want to reach a greater audience when my message. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Would you like to see me create a podcast? A blog? A vlog? that would expound more on my message, as it unfolds and becomes more clear to me? These are logical next steps, and I know what I’m leaning, but I would live your feedback. Sent via @planoly #planoly . #kidsvoicesmatter#higherconsciousness#changetheworld#peaceofmind#unschooling#deschool#selfdirectededucation#doingthework#pursuitofhappiness#selfdirectedlearning#tomorrowsaffluencers#richqualityoflife#levelup#pocinsde#gratitude#gratefulchildren
Mandag morgen var en stor dag: Vi fejrede vores første sådan officielle hjemmeskoledag: #notbacktoschool
På morgenbordet lå en lille pakke til hvert hjemmebarn med en periodebog, en mappe, bivoksfarver og blyant.
Og så snakkede vi om sommerferien, tegnede oplevelser fra sommeren og klistrede dem uden på bøgerne og mappen.
Nu har vi så oplevet vores første hjemmeskole-uge. (Og jeg kniber mig i armen over, at noget, jeg har drømt om i mange år er gået i opfyldelse)
Ugen har budt på masser af leg, natur og fællesskab med søskende, venner og skønne familier.
Vi har spist bålsuppe i skoven med hjemmeskole-familier, lavet snobrød og smykker - og ikke mindst set en vinbjergsnegl lægge masser af æg.
Børnene har klatret i træer, leget nøgne i åen og varmet sig ved bålet.
Vi har læst om indianere og kartofler, vi har tegnet og snittet, lavet mad, sunget og danset.
Vi har levet. Bare været. Vi har sovet til 8-9 stykker om morgenen og spist morgenmad lige så længe som vi har haft lyst til det. (Ingvild og Trygve har jo aldrig skullet noget til en bestemt tid. Men sidste år skulle Carla møde 8.10 og hentes 12.20.) Og ja... Carla Jo har en #Eriksminde t-shirt på på sådan en unschooling-dag
The brilliant thing about education these days, something that many people here in Australia are not even aware of, is the huge range of choice available. It’s possible for a child to have an education that is uniquely tailored to their individual needs.
If your child wishes to go to school there are all sorts of options, both public and private, mainstream and alternative. If your child doesn’t want to go to school, or if school simply doesn’t suit their needs, there is home or distance education. Within the bounds of “homeschooling” there is much more choice and freedom than most people realise. Free from the constraints of pinning a child to a particular “year level” or imposing standardised testing on them they can learn at their own pace and in their own way. No need to compare them to their peers. No need to push them to learn something they are not ready for or not interested in. .
Even “the basics” can be learned in a relaxed and fun way that is appropriate to the individual. It’s the pressure to “keep up” that so often gets in the way of this natural process. There is also a pressure to teach children a standard set of skills and knowledge when the reality is that some of that standard set may not be relevant to your child. It may not be useful or necessary for them to understand algebra, to have neat and fast handwriting or to have read a selected range of novels and plays. .
What is brilliant about education these days is that self- directed learning is possible. This means that learning no longer needs to be a struggle. .
I was aimlessly scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and the web in general the other day, overwhelmed and underfocused. You ever get that way? 😜⠀
I’ve been letting all. the. things. bog me down. Work, deadlines, house stuff (we’re finishing the attic and adding two rooms up there), and all the homeschool year planning... it’s just too much. 😬⠀
The homeschool year has been getting to me a lot, actually. I want so much for my kids and, while I really and truly embrace a self-directed learning lifestyle and philosophy, when push comes to shove, I still doubt occasionally, and then I want to go back to my classroom teaching roots and organize and plan all the stuff for all the kids. 😏⠀
This time, just before I was ready to run away and hide from the coming year (a high schooler. a middle schooler. a third grader. a kindergartner. let the craziness ensue...), this quote jumped out at me in some random thing I was scanning. 😍⠀
And I stopped. 💕⠀
Have YOU ever thought of it this way? Just like WE were born in a time very different from that of our parents, grandparents, and even the author of this quote, so are our children. 💙⠀
It’s really difficult for me to walk by my oldest, sitting on the computer AGAIN, and not say something about his screen time. Or to see my kids doing any number of things I wouldn’t have chosen to spend my time on. THIS quote reminded me that the reason I didn’t have as much screen time as my teen was because I didn’t have access to what he does. And I learned in other ways. 💻⠀
That teen has taught himself how to use software I’d never even be able to open. He’s created video shorts with amazing special effects. He’s included his siblings in his filming projects. HIS time isn’t MY time. HIS learning style isn’t MY learning style. 🖥⠀
Isn’t amazing that we’re living in a time when our children can learn whatever it is they want to?📚
I’m printing this quote out for myself to remind me (in times of doubt) that I can trust the process of this homeschooling thing because this is my KIDS’ time. And they’re worth trusting. 💕☺️⠀
You’ve got this. 💕💕💕
The closest relationships we build are with people who know when to just listen.
How might your life be different if MOST of the adults just listened to you?
Adults tell kids all the time to listen but how often are we taking our own advice.
If I can give my kids nothing else, my ears may be enough.
Have you ever stopped in awareness to ask yourself if you enjoy your own company or you get antsy to socialize after being alone for a little while?
After becoming a Mom and even more so my divorce, I have encountered many moments which have made me realize one of the #greatestgifts you can experience in life is learning to be alone and liking it! 🙌🏼 it’s so freeing & empowering to like your own company... even when you are with a bunch of kiddos and we use that magic tool while they are doing their thing! ☺️🙏🏼
I know this realization can come with mixed emotions... from being busy busy with the kiddos, multitasking and beyond... sometimes as parents we can’t wait to have that peace and quiet! But then when we are alone for too long we might put to much thought on missing all the noise and buzzyness already! 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️
Its the awareness of this feeling that has taught me to be present and enjoy it all... letting life flow while those thoughts of wanting to change what is happening come through... realizing they are coming from a space of fear or control and they are simply feelings from thoughts that we can learn to let go! 🙏🏼🙏🏼
Having more date nights with this gift!!! ☺️❤️
Finally discovering how to put the puzzle together of all the illness symptoms I have been experiencing for the last 2 years... some that have been unnamed, other times treated ineffectively or misdiagnosed! As Anthony explains in his @medicalmedium book, many typical ways the conventional medical field deals with situations presented!
Getting ready to try the metal #detox smoothie and prepping to make the 28 day detox happen! 🙏🏼🙌🏼
As I keep learning, I will keep sharing hoping to inspire many to join the gift to find your own answers to healing through #mothernature as much as we can! 🙌🏼🙏🏼❤️
Did somebody say Fortnite? DS (right) won his second Fortnite tournament recently. I’m both amazed and intrigued by the things he’s learned as a gamer and it doesn’t hurt that he’s adding to his bank account while playing something he really loves. ✔️🎮💰 “To take children seriously is to value them for who they are right now rather than adults-in-the-making.” ~ Alfie Kohn
My oldest has always been intrigued with baking, which is a love of mine...but I’m not too good at it. 😂. So, I finally let him do a recipe on his own. He did chocolate chip cookies. Swipe right and see the inside of his cookie. 🤣🤣🤣 I may develop a cavity from the amount of chocolate chips he put in there. They are delicious though, LOL.
Just a little 3rd grade going on at the kitchen table today. ☺️ I just enjoy seeing how different each of the boys are. #1 is so into the textbooks and worksheets whereas #2 is not so much at all and he’s more hands on. He grabs every single thing I teach him so much quicker if I show him visually. They did say there will be good and bad days homeschooling. I am enjoying today so much. I couldn’t do this without the Holy Spirit.
Live In The Moment And Make It So Beautiful That It Will Be Worth Remembering! #weareunschoolers 🎥 up on my YouTube Channel “It’s Our DNA”. Link to current VLOG in Bio and this Vlog is titled “Gymnastics At The Beach” 🤸🏼♀️🏝 for those peeps who read this post after more current Vlogs have been uploaded.
Of course, we all homeschool for the children’s sake. But have you discovered any “selfish” reasons that add themselves into the why of your homeschool?
My own spark for learning has been ignited since beginning this home education journey. This month I discovered a bunny nest in our garden. I felt so full of curiosity and wonder that after dinner I ran barefoot through the grass to peek into it each evening like I’m five years old! I was more curious and excited than anyone in my family. I didn’t have this level of genuine joy and wonder with nature even when I was a child! So now, I homeschool for my own education too.
I can probably think of many more “selfish” reasons why I love this way of life, but redeeming my own education and curiosity has been a surprising reward I didn’t expect and wouldn’t want to give up!
Habits, good or bad start like this in your 🧠 if you want to rewire your neural pathways for a happy life and healthy habits then set a goal, pay attention and give yourself positive feedback #neuroplasticity#selfdirectedlearning