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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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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Scaffolding on a slide

April 18, 2015

I posted this on Facebook, but want to have it here, because FB is new email, where knowledge goes to die together with memories, classification and ability to find your own stuff back. *** Anna was scared to go sliding. So those two boys had built a sand ‘dam’ for her to shorten the slide, […]

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Learning to read: full sentences and whole books

April 16, 2015

Witnessing how reading can come without formal instructions is magical. It shows that learning that comes from within can go way beyond our expectations. Especially if we let expectations go and let it unfold while holding the space and giving a hand when needed :)

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Learning highlights: March 2015

April 1, 2015
Learning highlights March 2015

Eventually I’d like to get into portfolios that kids make for themselves, but that is still ahead. So I’d start small with keeping monthly “learning highlights” posts and then see where it gets us.

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Family bias and what to do about it when homeschooling

March 30, 2015

While homeschoolers aim at well rounded education for their kids, it’s often possible to observe what I call “family bias” – traces of parents’ own interests and preferences in learning experiences of their kids. So, what can be done about it?

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Things you learn while homeschooling

February 14, 2015
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You learn a lot while helping your kids to learn 24/7. Those are from my “top 3” list: recognise signal in the noise, focus and take care of yourself.

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Educational innovation: schools vs homeschooling?

February 10, 2015

It’s a pity that with the current educational climate there is often either/or situation where school system and homeschoolers do not want to do much with each other. At the end it is not that important where educational innovations appear as far as all sides are open to learn from it.

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Learning is everywhere

February 7, 2015

Learning doesn’t necessary take a lot of time. It takes a mindset of recognising learning opportunities and going for them. And a bit of practice – of observing, improvising and not making a duty out of play :)

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