Carnival of Unschooled Life—October 2010 Edition

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Go to life, not school.

The world around me is very wet with rain, which brings to mind my favorite Shel Silverstein poem, the one Stephanie recited years ago in her creative dramatics class:

Lazy
lazy
lazy
lazy
lazy
lazy
Jane.
She
wants
a
drink
of
water
so
she
waits
and
waits
and
waits
and
waits
and
waits
for
it
to
rain.

While I wait for the rain to stop, please allow me to present this month’s carnival.

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Life at Home

Rana gives us Dad’s doing his part from Free to learn and lovin it. The post is great, but the pictures are even better.

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Out in the World

There’s a place out in the world that I’ve been longing to visit, and I’ll get there one day, soon I hope. It’s the Tenement Museum at 97 Orchard Street in Lower Manhattan. The museum offers guided tours of apartments painstakingly recreated to look as they did when new immigrants to America lived there at the turn of the last century. The Education page on their web site also offers some nifty ways to start a discussion about this fascinating time when the “poor huddled masses” came to our shores, as they still do.

inspirations

Inspirations

Laura Grace Weldon presents How to Make Spiders Your Teachers, Trees Your Guides at Relentless Optimist. “Consider the spider,” is Laura’s request.

From the blog 4 + 2 = 6 comes Hard Lessons to Learn, about “how you never know where the dice may have you land.”

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Dark Nights of the Soul

Cristina at Home Spun Juggling offers Home Spun Comic Strip #527, in which doubt is countered by positive thinking.

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Encounters of the School-y Kind

Last night, our family, and Sylvia and Jim—the wonderful unschooling parents of two tiny wonders who happen to live nearby—had a very dramatic encounter with the school-y world. We attended a screening of the brand new documentary Race to Nowhere. The film’s logo is “The dark side of America’s achievement culture,” and is it ever dark. I’ll be posting a review of the film soon. See it if you can, and encourage your school-y friends and relatives to see it. They may not realize how deeply they are caught up in a system that is potentially damaging to their children’s health.

beginnings Beginnings

One of the cherished books of Stephanie’s early life was Amanda Pig on Her Own. The entire “Amanda Pig” series is excellent, but the four chapters of Amanda Pig on Her Own are, in my opinion, truly beautiful and meaningful for any young child to experience.

passages

Passages

We’re riding the earth.
Non-motion is impossible.
—Lesle Lewis

Miscellaneous

Laura Grace Weldon at Relentless Optimist presents If Jane Goodall Were An Alien.

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My deepest thanks to everyone who contributes and everyone who reads this for supporting The Carnival of Unschooled Life. Words are beams of light. Let’s continue to shine them on the things we believe in.

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The carnival will return on November 1, 2010. Submissions will be due by October 31, 2010.

To contribute a post, please use the carnival submission form.

Live, laugh, play, learn, talk, walk, hug, dance, sing, and shine—until we meet again.

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