Snowflake Bentley And The Case For Self-Directed Learning

“I never went to school until I was fourteen years old. My mother taught me at home. She had been a school-teacher before she married my father, and she instilled in me her love of knowledge and of the finer things of life. She had books, including a set of encyclopedia. I read them all.” … More Snowflake Bentley And The Case For Self-Directed Learning

Let Them Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” ~Fred Rogers

Money, Money, Money, Money*

“I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.” -The Beatles

So there are those moments as a parent when you walk through a store with your kids and they spot some glorious item that is the most amazing thing they have ever ever seen and they MUST have it. And then you begin the dance of how to talk them out of it in some way. Some how you have to convince them that you are leaving the store without this most amazing item ever and it will be okay, despite the quivering lip or raised pitch to their voice. A good friend of mine once told me that for a long time, her kids actually thought that toy stores were more like toy museums, where you go to admire toys but not actually buy them and take them home. Apparently, this magical story worked until a grandparent unlocked the power of buying a toy. It was a good run while it lasted, I suppose. From some time early fall until December 25th I use the excuse “put it on your list” to deter purchasing every random want. And oh does that list grow and grow. I make many attempts to encourage him to think of things to give his loved ones rather than focusing on what he would receive. I also remind him that just because you put something on a want list doesn’t always mean you get it. … More Money, Money, Money, Money*