On (failure to write) well-thought posts

December 16, 2015

While my writing was derailed by Anna’s finger getting trapped in a door (almost healed by now) and the busyness of the holiday season (and here Christmas is nothing compared to the suspense of Sinterklaas), the thinking continues. Ideally, I’d like to write a well-research posts full of references to relevant material, but every time […]

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What unschooling and unconferences have in common?

November 11, 2015

It’s a challenge to explain to others what unschooling is about. I often use parallels with unconferences to explain how it works, but I still lack a language to talk about the details. So I start to explore the challenges and develop the language :)

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Right brain to do list

November 9, 2015

In a long and winding way I’ve got to reading stuff on ‘right brain’. A lot of it is still fussy and I’m stuck with sources in three languages this time, but I need a placeholder for the things to dig further: visual-spatial learning – links and how-to visual and spatial as two different things […]

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It comes back

November 7, 2015

A few days ago we talked about polar night and day, and watched videos on relationships between changing seasons, length of the day and position of the Earth in relation to the Sun. Today Anna played with animation software on iPad and came up with a little winter movie. When she came to show it […]

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One game with three kids

October 28, 2015

Playing a 6+ board game with 8, 5 and 3 years old kids is a patience-testing endeavour. We managed for quite a while, but now they have to spend their energy outside of the house (and very conveniently there enough leaves to be cleaned in front of it). This is what I wrote on Facebook. […]

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Playing Lego

October 28, 2015

Alexander was very sad, almost crying as he came down for breakfast. As I found out, it was Lego that didn’t want to cooperate. He couldn’t work out the the plane that he had in mind. We had breakfast, then played math games for quite a while and then he went back to his Lego, […]

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A learning party and what’s next

October 13, 2015

Just a few days ago I celebrated 40, with a nice mix of guests at something that I called a learning party. A learning party is something a bit more than just a party and a bit less than an unconference birthday (thanks, Ton and Elmine for the inspiration!). It’s a party with fun, food […]

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On homeschooling, integration and Dutch

September 16, 2015

While the common view might be that homeschooling is “hiding from the society”, in my case it is pretty much the opposite. It provides me with reasons to learn more about Dutch language and culture, an environment to do so safely and lots of helping hands on the way.

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The magic of connecting the dots

August 22, 2015

What I love the most about facilitating learning is seeing how the eyes light up when kids connect the dots. Like today with dinosaur fossils and archeological excavation we have seen in Veliky Novgorod.

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From butterflies to pie charts

August 18, 2015

This is how learning usually happens in our family: we start at one point and end up somewhere totally different. This time Anna wanted to draw a butterfly and we ended up with making graphs.

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Learning highlights: May 2015

June 1, 2015

TO muziek en theatersport. Maria and puppet show.   *  Museum in the garden.  *  TO judo.  *  Playing superheros. * Digging mierikswortel. Making containers for my tomatoes.  *  Family from Suriname.  *   Playing with flower press. 12 days in Delft and around. New friends and old friends and random interactions. Trams, buses, trains, boats and […]

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On reading

May 29, 2015

You recognise an unschooling house by its space and materials… This time I pick up ‘How children learn’ from a shelf and start reading on reading. Between other things Jonh Holt writes about the complexity of a language that children learn by themselves and how reading compares to it.

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Using Cynefin for learning design?

April 26, 2015

I’d like to play more with using Cynefin framework when designing/facilitating learning experiences, so I’d be very happy with pointers to relevant reading and experiences.

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Holding the space

April 25, 2015

I often find it difficult to pinpoint in traditional terms what exactly I do. As I read about holding space it becomes clear that this is the biggest part of my job in facilitating unschooling.

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