Monthly Archives: October 2010

Going secular for the holidays

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winter solstice

With Halloween upon us and Thanksgiving on the horizon, I find myself looking ahead to the winter holiday season with much excitement. I’m like this every year, but seemingly more-so this year. This will be our second year observing the Winter Solstice rather than the traditional Christmas. Now that we’ve broken away from the ill-fit of the old tradition, I… Read more »

Learning to Say “Yes”

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Now that we’re practicing unschooling, I’ve been consciously making an effort to say yes more often. We’ve done no formal sit-at-the-table school work this week. Basically it feels as though we’re on vacation, enjoying the New England autumn–and working through our screen-obsession. As we adjust to the unschooling lifestyle, I’m keeping in mind that saying “yes” opens the door to… Read more »

Secular Homeschooling Lonely Business in Central Maine

Homeschooling is becoming more mainstream, but secular homeschooling, particularly secular homeschooling without religion, remains a lonely endeavor in central Maine. We live in an area the locals refer to as the Foothills Region, which seems to be a no-man’s land for organizations and groups. On the coast we have the Homeschoolers of Maine, a Christian-based homeschool affiliation meant to include… Read more »

Child-Led Inquiry or Unschooling

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It’s been a long time coming, I think, but our family is finally taking the plunge into unschooling.  Unschooling is also referred to as child-led or interest-led learning.  Basically it is a way of viewing the learning in everything so that you see the educational value of it all.  Let’s face it, learning can happen anytime, anyplace, if only you… Read more »

20% of Plant Species Face Extinction

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Mainly because of population sprawl and habitat loss, scientists say that roughly twenty-percent of the Earth’s plant population is under threat.  This article from DiscoveryNews talks about those threats facing plant species.  In fact, in a recent study which classified some 4000 species, 22 percent were classed as threatened.  This is a scary thought, since the effects of the loss… Read more »