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Now let me begin this blog with a disclaimer. I’m one of those people who shy away from the soapbox, and I save my “rants” for when Gus-the-Newfoundland has an “accident” on the livingroom rug. But sometimes something so low, comes along that I just cannot keep quiet. And like that pile of you-know-what sitting on the Mowhawk carpet, the book Go the F*** To Sleep stinks.

I mean REALLY..? This is considered funny? Entertainment?  “Pure Genius?”  Now for those of you mumbling into your sleeves “Oh come-on, lighten up.” I put the question. Where does taste leave off and the gag reflex kick in? Evidently anything Samuel L. Jackson (who I adore as an actor) reads aloud is considered good literature. But for god’s sake, would you invite Jules Winnfield to read your kids to sleep? I have experienced this book, seen the Sam Jackson video and watched the commercials ad nauseum. I suppose we’ll see the T shirt on the market soon. And all for one thing–the almighty… ( it rhymes with the bleeped word in its title).  Might I suggest instead, a book,  for all of you “parents who live in the real world.”  It’s called Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. 

Read it–to your kids and maybe… just maybe you’ll find that  those little people you spend so much time trying to avoid can touch your soul instead of getting on your last nerve.   

End of rant.  

Grab today–tomorrow is coming.   Fantastically your, LC 

“Death leaned over my shoulder and said “Live…I’m coming.”

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As a teacher, both public and private, I’ve used a variety of approaches and state guidelines in the classroom. From the day I passed through the doors of the College of Education I was “trained” to deliver a type of curriculum  practiced since the days of Aristotle.  I never questioned it–why would I? It was the way I had learned as a child and of course it is the “only” way to truly educate children–right? One method for all–and all for one.

That may be fine for The Musketeers, but do our children all fit neatly into those square holes society has waiting for them? A few years ago I decided to take my first grader out of the rat race and try the homeschooling scene. I mean I had two degrees in education so it should be a breeze.  Boy was I wrong. One of the first things I did was join a homeschooling group. This was in response to the wall of resistance that sprang up each time I told someone I was considering homeschooling. The “how will she socialize?” question rose up like a great ghoul–overshadowing all of my enthusiastic ideas and best intentions.  So, hence the Mom’s Meet-up at the park each week where I learned quite quickly that my carefully crafted curriculum was not real home-school at all. It was just a homemade version of the mind control practiced in pubic school.  The purists among us warming the bench were “unschooling.”

I must admit here that the term had an ominous ring to it. I mean unschooling–as in “unlearning?” I found myself inching down the bench as I gathered up plastic cups and crayons, flinging them into my tote.  Before I could make my getaway however, a nice young woman who had recently joined our group pressed a book into my reluctant hands. “Here.” She said. “Read this–I think it does a good job explaining the concept.”  The book was entitled The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child’s Classroom.  by Mary Griffith

She was right–it did a very nice job explaining the concept. Now, I’m not saying that I’m a convert. My daughter attends a “virtual” school with a traditional curriculum (some habits die hard). But I can honestly say there are a lot of good thoughts and theories in this neat little book. Check it out on Amazon where you can “See inside the book” for a peek about the world of unschooling. If nothing else it may open your mind to another way to share learning with your children, and maybe learn somethings about yourself in the bargain.

Till next time…enjoy today, tomorrow is where it belongs.  Fantastically yours, LC

 

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