Unschooling

Where do you want to get to in life?

While we were making cookies tonight, my daughter shared with me that a friend told her she will get nowhere in life if she continues to watch Anime (Japanese animation) all the time. I told my daughter to ask her friend where does she (the friend) wants to get to in life. My daughter thought it was a funny … Continue reading

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Kaizen (Continuous Improvement)

From the Book:  Kaizen (改善?), Japanese for “improvement”, or “change for the better” refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, and business management…  Kaizen was first implemented in several Japanese businesses after the Second World War, influenced in part by American business and quality management teachers who visited the country. (Wikipedia)  ”The Kaizen approach to … Continue reading

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Doing Nothing

(Translated from an article I wrote many, many years ago which was inspired by reading to my boys A. A. Milne’s Pooh books and by watching them in their own world…) Doing nothing (October 1995) “I like that too,” said Christopher Robin, “but what I like doing best is Nothing.” “How do you do Nothing?” asked Pooh, after … Continue reading

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The big “S” (“but what about socialization?”)

From the book: “I was telling a friend about the book I’m writing about unschooling. She knew I home-schooled my children but we met in a business seminar, and clearly the idea was new to her. I mentioned that my daughter was somewhat of “a social animal”, especially in comparison to me, and the challenges it presented to me. “Oh, yes” she said “did you write … Continue reading

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Being the audience

From the book: “My daughter loves to dance, which naturally leads to some beautifully choreographed dances she will often share with me. She seems to create dances out of thin air. I have seen her dance to songs she likes giving her interpretation to the words and music of the song through her dance moves. But the other day … Continue reading