Making flexible structures

October 4, 2017
Making flexible structures

What happens if you design and build stuff for your kids’ rooms? They play a family where the parents design and build a room for their kid.

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Life goes on

October 3, 2017

It is always difficult to start writing again after a long period of silence. Like this time.

My mother passed away last year. Next to the emotions there were lots of other things to work out and no desire to write in an open space. But life doesn’t stay still and I’m ready to write again.

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My elephant in the dark

October 23, 2016

A visit from Gabriela, bringing back memories of the golden era of blogging and triggering an exploration of optics uses in medieval paintings, also brings something else. I look back at my own path and wonder how all of my experiences of work and blogging are useful now and what I’m going to do in […]

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What a week

October 16, 2016

When the cold season comes some homeschooling weeks are relatively normal, structured around regular activities in and outside the house. Others, like this one, are getting filled in with all kinds of extras, enough to make me want to crawl under the blanked and hide. A couple of sessions of working on a boat book […]

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Household activities as a part of the curriculum

October 6, 2016

I often say that household work is an important ingredient of our kids’ education. In this post I explain why it is so and how we approach this in practice.

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On homeschooling quality

September 11, 2016

Back home after a half a day talking about homeschooling practices and politics. There was an intervision session for the parents to share and discuss their experiences and, by a coincidence, a call with a discussion of current state of negotiations about the changes in the regulations of home education in the Netherlands. It’s a […]

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PKM for kids?

September 8, 2016

I’ve been thinking in the last few days about a direction to organise my current experiences and thinking about learning. It always have been about an individual in a social space, in a continuum of teams, communities and networks, but at the current iteration the age went from adults to young kids, bringing a lot […]

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A jar full of coins

September 4, 2016

While sorting stuff in the bookcases to be replaced I found a jar full of coins. Giving it to the kids turned into math, construction, cooperation and ice-creams.

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Facilitating unschooling: bridging the gap between interests of a child and external expectations

August 29, 2016

I’m at another iteration of trying to come up with a “theory of unschooling”. In this post I draw parallels between facilitating unschooling and supporting informal learning in an organisation, and then discuss the challenges of aligning interests of a child and external expectations.

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Not back to school insights

August 24, 2016

As everyone around is starting another school year, we do too, in a sense. Reestablishing household routines after traveling, painting shelves to make a new bookcase and trying to wrap free-range learning into a plan for a quality assessment process with Stichting Keurmerk Thuisonderwijs, which brings a few insights to share.

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Seasonal rhytms

August 18, 2016

Seeing how the choices of our kids of what to do and where are changing with the seasons is always amazing.

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Lightning and thunder

April 15, 2016

Nature, physics and math – just because it’s stormy and the delay between lightning and thunder is always amazing.

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Things to write on making

April 9, 2016

I’m longing to write, but the physical reality takes over. Two weeks in Russia with the kids, flu, Easter, laser cutter workshop and spring season in the garden, not to mention the kids, all need their share of attention. So, not to produce yet another unfinished draft I’ll make a quick list of things to […]

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Facilitating informal learning: mindset, lifestyle and paying attention

March 27, 2016

Easter lunch is not about learning, but it serves as a good example to talk about the mindset and the lifestyle that enable learning as part of life. It also helps to see why noticing and articulating informal, embedded and implicit is important.

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