• Homeschool,  Learning,  Parenting,  Self-Directed Learning

    How Pokemon Sealed our Unschooling Fate

    My son was six when Pokemon entered our world. The cute and odd-looking characters quickly became his thing, his focus, the topic he explored in as many ways as possible. For a little while, I was like the Pokemon themselves–using my ‘special powers’ (i.e. my debit card to purchase or not purchase cards each time we entered a Target) and my personal experience points, (a masters degree in Special Education, past work in public schools, and organizing/suggesting curriculum for a private school), to justify why I needed to be in control of what and how he learns. I just knew my skills gave me insight more powerful than my son’s.  How…

  • Homeschool,  Learning,  Self-Directed Learning

    Got Math?

    Mathematics isn’t just about adding and subtracting; it is so much more than that. It is about symbols and patterns, quantities and relationships, structures and space. All of us are constantly ‘doing math’ with our children and like reading, the process of being proficient in math evolves and strengthens as our children grow and develop. Here’s how we have done things up until now. From the time my children could hold a puzzle piece, we were working puzzles together. Over and over again they would place the brightly colored wooden numerals into the correct space-or not. As they played I talked and counted the images on the puzzle too. We…