Saturday, March 13, 2010

Re: the unknown

Dear Mom,

Yes, We've finished the consonants, except for the review.  I will post this lesson plan all at once on the blog, soon enough. And so now the vowels...  
"The Unknown Land," was actually Ariston's last story for letter 'U'.. a special one I included because I realized the Unknown terrain and power of these vowel lessons we are creating and the respective emotions that we are exploring.. 
The first two stories were "The biggest house in the world," a story about 'acceptance,' the primary emotion of the root chakra and story I made up improv about the monkey trap parable, a lesson to illustrate the pitfalls of 'rigidity,' the shadow emotion of our root chakra.  We had research these ourselves and create these lessons as we go coordinating stories with the emotions as they are connected ... 
Phonically 'U' or uh resonates with the root chakra, low c, and the color red.. planet saturn - this is our first vowel.. we are beginning from the lower and working upwards.  We're also connecting these visually, depicted as the chakra's and a rainbow as well as the musical notes... 
Associative learning is insprational and it matters not if our associations are perfectly correct or conflictual. Our job is to create associations, point at things and inspire... I am enjoying this... Ariston tends towards perfectionism and the monkey trap parable was a fantastic lesson in learning the importance of letting go. (look it up and you'll know what I mean)..

Love always,

On Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 6:45 AM, <> wrote:
Is this a story that you are reading to Ariston and Merrilee?  It's a wonderful story.


What Unschooling is not

We cannot tell you what unschooling is when the point of unschooling is to unleash the individual. Because to nurture self-expression and inspiration and find the unique individual purpose within, is different for everyone.

We cannot tell you what unschooling is going to be for you and your children because unschooling is an individual experience. We can only refer to what unschooling is not. Each individual has a multitude of possibilities and inspirations. It is our role as parents to lend support and guidance so our children can realize their purpose as it comes to them.

This unfolding process can appear through examples and experiences, mentors. As long as you're there in support and as facilitator you offer opportunity to learn via freewill according to inner directive. That 'stewardship,' of our children, is the role as we see it, as parents. We learn as much from our children as we expect them to learn from us.

Unschooling is not instructive but constructive. Unschooling is not curriculum nor assessment based but more about becoming, about faith in natural processes unfolding, rites of certain passage. The best we can do most of the time is get out the way. Unschooling is not a rat-race but self-paced. Unschooling is not competitive but cooperative. Unschooling does not sacrifice the individual for the whole but waters the roots to enjoy the fruits..

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Missing component in Education today

One critical missing component of typical education today is a focus on the development of Emotional Intelligence. You have probably heard of it. It ultimately has to do with the empowerment phase necessary of balanced education. This is opposed as you know to disempowerment. People who are achieved in emotional intelligence can actually put knowledge to work effectively. Those with limited experience in this area accumulate knowledge in the left brain while the right brain gets a headache. Connections become lost due to fragmented understanding. As coursework was taught to them in fragmented ways so goes the confused, undeveloped in emotional development and disempowered not knowing why. By designing the modern-cultural aspects of education devoid of relevant connection with emotional intelligence, modern culture is, by-design neutered. .. Devoid of the tools necessary for its' own empowerment. . Something critical to us all, at such rapidly transitory times.. We must evolve and Adapt. An immediate good first step could be a degree of Unschooling for all teachers with emphasis and inclusion to learning how to bring E.I. to the class.