The Parental Intelligence Newsletter


8 August 2010


Hi, this is Bob Collier inviting you to 'explore the psychology of happy and successful parenting', connect with bright minds, discover new ideas and sail outside the mainstream for a while without running aground.

All that and more.

In this issue of the Parental Intelligence Newsletter there are links to 32 articles, 2 videos and 10 notices and items of news. As always, I trust you will find in my latest collection of parenting, education and personal development ideas and information from around the internet something that will make a positive difference to your life - and, through you, to the lives of your children.

Please scroll down to pick and choose whatever is of interest and useful to you.

Thank you for being here! I appreciate this opportunity to be of help to you in your parenting adventure and wish you all the happiness and success you would wish yourself.

See you next time!

Bob


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"When it comes to you, only one person has all the answers - and that's YOU; but not the 'you' that's doing the talking!" - Ian White
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FEATURE ARTICLE
 

Real Men Have Feelings Too

On Ian White,  Affectology™ and Af-x® Therapy

Working in a profession that has a lot to do with sensitive emotional issues, and being an active member of a motorcycle club is not a conflict of ideas for Af-x Practitioner, Ian White. He says there's no paradox there, because, as much as they might like to deny it - bury and suppress it - the "real men" of that club, and the scores of policemen, firemen and builders he's worked with, have feelings too!

White jokes that "being an affectologist let loose in a world full of people feels a bit like being Count Dracula in charge of the blood bank." He smiles and sounds flippant, but he's serious about that and says that men in our society are starting to pay dearly for their perceptions that they "can't have emotions. Stand firm. Never give up!"

He says that Dracula knew that everybody has blood coursing through his or her veins, but he lived in a time when not everybody knew that for certain - or, at least, how important it was. Today's affectologist knows that we are all driven by deep - if not invisible - feelings and emotions, but lives in a time when not everybody accepts the importance of that; especially many males in our society.

White talks about Goleman spending his life and career researching 'emotional intelligence.' Damasio spends his life and career researching the effect that feelings have on people - all people! Susan Greenfield researches the 'Secret Life of the Brain;' - emotion, in other words. And long is the list of bestselling books and well-researched papers that support that. These people are not new-age gurus sitting in caves in the Himalayas. They are professors and established neurobiologists and affective neuroscientists devoted to the fact that we are all influenced to lesser and greater degrees by our emotions and feelings - both obvious and hidden. White is one of the new breed of professionals openly talking about the need for recognition and acknowledgement of our 'feeling selves' in the whole range of health, whether mental, physical, behavioural or attitudinal.

White quips that we all know it's not a blokey thing to talk about emotions and feelings - but, men have feelings, too. "Nobody gave men permission to leave the human race. I know that there are a growing number of books that talk about men being from Mars, and women being from Venus, proposing that we're not emotionally and genetically made the same. And those books sell a lot of copies while we all try to figure out why the emotional structure of men and women seems so different. But, at a fundamental level, it's not," he says.

Research has shown that there may in fact be small differences in brain structure between males and females, but certainly those differences are not enough to explain the vast diversity in the way that we as adults view our world, especially our emotional landscape. We know that we all basically, whether male or female, have started our journey in life in identical ways in which we learn emotional responses, and those learnings go to creating our fundamental 'feeling structure' - our recognition of 'who and how' we are in life.

So, what is it that creates such a later-life difference? Psychology has always talked about theories such as operant conditioning, learned conditioning and the like, but the way that men seem to proceed into later life is reliant on what's observed from a simple perspective in early formative years. The messages that boys get are "don't show your feelings;" "be tough;" "don't be a sissy." And these early life 'musts' are very powerful and important to the way that we grow into adults, says White. Boys don't even have to be told these things in words; they merely have to observe the manner in which their fathers deal with their lives, stressed or not. As youngsters, boys don't make rational decisions as to whether their fathers' or older brothers' manner of conduct makes sense or not, they simply adopt those facades as 'the way men are.'

But even that veneer of toughness and resistance against showing emotion is something that's learned on an emotional or feeling level. Ian White courageously says that that feeling is fear, or something like it:- fear of not fitting into our perception of what a 'man' is; not being accepted in our society's 'male warrior and provider' landscape.

To make a comparison between male and female styles of emotional management, we could use the example of a male balloon and a female balloon. The female balloon cries, talks about her emotional states, and in so doing, regularly lets air out of the balloon, constantly self-managing; inflating, then deflating. But the male balloon keeps filling up, not letting air out of its neck - a metaphor for dealing with emotional stress - then it keeps inflating until the inevitable happens, and it bursts. And with many males, this can result in excessive anger, drinking binges and unfortunate episodes of violence, not to mention some fairly serious sickness issues.

All this may be obvious, or at least understandable, but White says that in his work, he's concerned the most about those more subtle levels of emotional stress that men seem to experience in modern life. Because the health of human beings - all of us! - is subject to our deeper feelings and emotions, research has shown that blokes are much more likely to contract diseases and conditions like ulcers, stress-related neurological problems, immune conditions like influenza than are women. And as for the issue of depression; women are three times more likely to deal with depressive problems than are their male counterparts for the simple reason that women allow themselves to remember past depression episodes and seek help, while men (because they generally don't want to admit it to themselves) tend to forget past experiences of depression and rate a present experience as a one-off episode. But it builds and builds. A study in all regions of Australia showed that compared with women, men's suicide rate is 'astronomical.' We've all heard the expression of 'bottling up your feelings.' Blokes are good at that, and just because those feelings are not eagerly expressed doesn't mean that they're not doing damage.

The research in White's work has shown that when depressed, or otherwise emotionally confused, women were likely to engage in self-consoling behaviour like over-eating and spending money on themselves. Men coped by being reckless and taking risks, such as drinking and driving fast. But these things don't signify a fundamental difference between the sexes; it is more likely to be the result of men not being conditioned to allow themselves to express their emotional and feeling states in non-aggressive ways. Men have feelings, too, they just express those feelings in different ways, and they often don't recognise those behaviours as being the result of emotion.

In our modern life, males are undergoing great changes. More expectations are placed on them, more pressures to perform, more hours to work to pay the mortgage and more puzzles about our fundamental place in the tribal scheme of things; a tribal scheme that no longer exists. The bottom line is that men are more stressed and confused today than at any other time in history. Demands are great, yet, men are not allowed to show anything other than strength and a certain air of confidence. "It's a mask," says White.

In his work as an affectologist, here and overseas, Ian has seen many men who have been puzzled about their own feelings and low-level emotions that they say they "can't really put their finger on, but there's something going on." The good thing is that many are now wanting to do something about their feelings about their lives and themselves in preference to drowning those emotions at the pub or club. Or worse. Finding out more about these issues is as easy as going to the website www.EmotionsInBalance.com

Firemen, policemen, accountants, doctors; mechanics, bankers, teachers, footballers and bikers all have feelings. Some acknowledge that, others don't. But it's fundamental to the human condition that our health and wellbeing is directly affected by our sense of our emotional selves. Even men. In his Af-x work, clients are discouraged to do the thing that we most expect from therapy - and that is talk about our selves and our lives. Most men respond well to that privacy. If the signs are there, blokes must not be afraid to seek help, because real men have feelings too, and Af-x is the perfect solution for those who prefer to remain silent from a "talking it out" point of view.

And don't let appearances fool you. White has this year returned from a long series of training programs that he conducted in Greece, Holland and Sweden. These programs were as response to invitations from psychologists and psychiatrists in Mental Health Education programs and Psychotherapy academies who have followed the two-decade development path of his revolutionary and ground-breaking approach to the business of emotional restructuring. His "Af-x Program" now enjoys European and American recognition as the perfect choice for men in our culture.


Learn more about Ian White, Affectology and Af-x Therapy here



ARTICLE LINKS


Breast Milk Sugars Give Infants a Protective Coat
by Nicholas Wade, New York Times

A large part of human milk cannot be digested by babies and seems to have a purpose quite different from infant nutrition - that of influencing the composition of the bacteria in the infant's gut.

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Close to you
by Pinky McKay

Attachment parenting or 'AP' as it's often referred to by more devout proponents, is a label that can arouse strong emotions and create  divisions among mothers. For some, it conjures up visions of latter day hippies with bare bottomed babies strapped to their bodies  around the clock and seems too 'out there' to contemplate. For others, it can seem like an ideal that would be lovely but is just too hard to live up to in this space age world with so many demands on mothers and not enough loving arms to share the load.

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You won't know until you try ...
by Jenna Robertson

Some children are natural born risk takers. They seem to start climbing before they crawl, they have no fear of heights, they are happiest when they are pushing themselves to the limit and trying something new. Some children are more conservative by nature. They like to watch before they join in, they are happiest when they are in their comfort zone, they seem to have been born aware of what is "safe" and are quite content staying inside that boundary. Of course most children are a combination of the two: no fear of soccer balls flying at their heads when they play goalie, but unable to sleep alone in a dark room; happy to climb to the top of the tree, but terrified of water; the first one to hold a snake, but reduced to tears when a dog is in the room.

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In Pursuit of Better
by Jeff Sabo

A couple of days ago, there was a thread going around on Facebook that asked about the differences between parenting in an unschooling family vs parenting in a traditional family. This is a very insightful question, I think, because it gets to the heart of what "radical" unschoolers have been saying for years: unschooling can be far more than just an educational alternative.

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Daditude: How the Special Love Fathers Have for Their Children Cannot (And Need Not) be Measured Maternally
by Lu Hanessian

Dads have something within them that they may not realize. An intangible force that's as powerful and as valuable as mother's intuition. Dads don't think of it as Father's Instinct. And new mothers, striving to find their own intuitive voice, aren't likely to define it this way either.

But it's there. It's real. It's curiously overlooked in a culture that focuses on (and markets almost exclusively to) the mother-baby relationship. And its power and potency is as immeasurable as any love on earth.

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It's All About the Relationship
by Rebecca Thompson, M.S.

On our website, it says, "It's All About the Relationship." What does that mean? I can hear you saying, "You know, Rebecca, it can't all be about the relationship. If you could have seen what my child just did, you would understand that sometimes it needs to be about the behavior!"

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Answering Negative Questions Doesn't Need to be a Priority
by Michele James-Parham

When we find that we're going to become parents, whether for the first time or the fourth time, many people will find it necessary (almost as if by some unwritten law) to give us all kinds of advice (especially when we ask them NOT to). This advice can easily be accepted/disregarded with a polite nod and smile or a simple, "Thank you, I'll give it some thought", but what can't be easily shrugged off: Questions.

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What does working *with* kids look like?
by Joe Bower

I am a huge proponent of working with children rather than doing things to them. I abolished rewards and punishments from my teacher repertoire years ago. This has allowed me to further prune my teaching pedagogy while also developing an unconditional love for my daughter.

If awards ceremonies, praise, threats, groundings, grades and spankings are all forms of doing things to children, what does working with kids look like?

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Choices, "Have to" and the Stories We Tell
by Anna M. Brown

Life is filled with choices, from the mundane to the epic. For the most part it's an invisible process. We make decisions on the fly through out the day. Other decisions are made with much deliberation and forethought. The ability to choose is something that empowers us, the knowledge that, no matter what, we have a choice. If a situation is out of our control, we still have the choice of our reaction. This knowledge can permeate our lives and our interactions with others. When keeping in mind that we always have choices, we are able to be present with whatever is occurring around us.

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Lie to Me
by Gal Baras

As a parent, I often wonder how my kids interpret their world. Besides being younger than I am and lacking experience, they have grown up in a period and an environment so different to mine this is worth looking at.

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Incorrect Information From An "Expert"
by Genie Z. Laborde, PhD

I've been collecting tales of experts being wrong for some time, so this is not the first one.  In fact, in each of my seminars I recount a true story about walking down a hotel corridor in Chicago and hearing a voice coming through an open door, "So if someone is looking up to the right, they are lying."  This was a seminar leader teaching a class with incorrect information.  I thought of sticking my head inside the room and yelling, "Do not say that. it's incorrect."  But I didn't.

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Chess Theory
by Bonnie

Life is not a game of chess.

I mean that in a couple of different senses. For one, much to the chagrin of our Vulcan friend up there [Mr. Spock], life is not as clean-cut and logical as a game of chess. Life is big and confusing and messy and unpredictable.

Read more ...

Thank you for that item to Shannon Burton


4 Reasons Advice and Other Solutions Kill Relationships
by Joshua Uebergang aka "Tower of Power"

Orders, better ways of doing things, and simple suggestions - these are solutions you likely send to people, which kills your relationship with them. A solution may appear harmless on the surface, yet in this article I'll dig deep into why your solutions are not only ineffective at changing people, but also killing the emotional lives of people you touch.

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To sit beside
by Joe Bower

The Latin root word for assessment is "assidere" which means to sit beside.

So... what the hell is going on here?

Read more ...


We Need a Test for That
by Will Richardson

Lately, I've been finding myself wondering if maybe the best strategy for changing education is to join 'em, not fight 'em. I mean, if the only material that we think is important is the stuff that our kids are going to get tested on, well, then let's have MORE tests! (Play along!)

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We spend 80% of our classroom time on the skills needed for 10% of our jobs
by Scott McLeod

"The factory model high school as we now call it was designed in about 1910 or 1920. The idea of that comprehensive high school was to cream off about 5% of the kids for specialized knowledge work. They would go off to college and fill the very small number of jobs that required that kind of thinking. The rest of the kids were supposed to be prepared for the farm, the factory, the mills - for you know, fairly rote kinds of learning. And over time vocational programs were put in place and other kinds of general programs."

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Am I Preparing Students For My Age Or Theirs?
by C.J. Westerberg

We've all been there: conferences where the lights are on the speaker at the front of the room.  We are there - admission either paid for by the institution, company or our own dime - to listen to an expert so we may learn something - to be better at thinking, knowing, doing and being - and to network.

We know we are there for only for a day or two so we will endure the odd sensation of being in a bubble.  If it's a three-day conference, attendees mainly pick and choose and rarely stay through every session back-to-back, unless they are on the conference committee (of course, we have to handle "urgent" business, which is always a convenient excuse to leave that under-water feeling, even when you end up in the outside area, talking with other attendees).

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Is Web-Based Learning the College of the Future?
by Race Bannon

At the Techonomy conference taking place now in Lake Tahoe, California, that focuses on new ways to look at the economic power of innovation, Bill Gates expressed the opinion that within five years the web will provide the means by which anyone who is self-motivated will be able to attain a world-class college education.

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Online learning most successful when bottom up rather than top down
by Judy Breck

A sign of the decline of established education is this response to Texas Governor Rick Perry's call for cost-savings recommendations: students should go off-campus to complete at least ten percent of their degree requirements. An article in Wired Campus describes how online courses could be used to compensate for the inability of universities to deliver in the old analog way.

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Harmful beliefs: How a theory of intelligence can hamper your child's ability to learn
by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.

There are several different conceptions of intelligence.

One theory of intelligence-the theory that we each possess a general information-processing or problem-solving capacity that remains fairly stable throughout our lives-is associated with traditional intelligence or IQ tests (Niesser et al 1996).

But research indicates that many factors contribute to our functioning intelligence. And some of these factors are under our control.

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Searching for India's Hole in the Wall
by Michael Trucano

I recently found myself with a free morning in Delhi, and thought I would make use of the time by searching for a certain rather famous Hole In The Wall.
 
Some quick background
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Thank you for that item to Stephen Downes


Reclaiming Our Freedom to Learn
by Gustavo Esteva

Years ago, we started to observe in villages and barrios, particularly among indigenous peoples, a radical reaction against education and schools. A few of them closed their schools and expelled their teachers. Most of them avoided this type of political confrontation and started instead to just bypass the school, while reclaiming and regenerating the conditions in which people traditionally learned in their own ways.

Read more ...

Thank you for that item to Dagmara Elminowska


Blowing off school is illegal, right? Guess again.
by Jennifer Waddell, KGUN-9 TV

Kids skip out on school.  They're truants, little criminals right?

Not so fast.

There are some kids who never step foot in a school and don't follow home schooling guidelines either.  It's a movement known as "unschooling."   And in Arizona, it appears to be legal.

9 On Your Side
wanted know more about it.  One Tucson area family agreed to talk about their experience with it.

Read more ...


How do Unschooling Parents Know their Children are Learning?
by Jan Hunt

In unschooling, the child's current interests are followed, and the parents act not as teachers but as tutors and resource assistants. This approach is often misunderstood, because it is based on assumptions that are quite different from those implicit in conventional schooling.

Unschoolers are often described by what we do not do; we do not "teach"; we do not impose an arbitrary, artificial curriculum; we do not structure the hours of our "school day". But there are so many things we do ...

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Learning to Read
by Gareth Lewis

I have written the following article in response to requests from readers. It is based upon my experience of teaching my own children at home and of working as a teacher in a wide variety of different situations.

Good teaching involves being sensitive to the needs of every individual child: children should not be pushed into doing things that they do not want to do but should be helped when they do want to do something.

When this principle is followed with young children very few of them experience any difficulty in learning to read. In practical terms it means doing something along the lines of the following ...

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Late Readers
by Gareth Lewis

Everyone knows that the earlier a child learns to read, the better they do at school; parents therefore do everything in their power to ensure that their children learn to read as early as possible -  often before they even start to attend school.

While this may be fine for some children, it is not for others: many children are simply not ready to learn to read when they are four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, or even ten years old.

Read more ...


Reading: Slow and Gentle
Annette MacKay

I homeschool my two boys - always have. They are now nine and twelve (almost thirteen).

My twelve year old son was a late reader. He began catching on to reading at about ten years old.

Reading stories about other late readers really gave me the confidence to hang in there and support my son in a gentle and trusting way. I had many mantras that I would use on myself when the doubts rose up ...

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The conversation that never happens
by Kelly Hogaboom

My children are Nels and Phoenix are six and eight.  They are well-spoken, physically active, able-bodied, happy, early and adept readers, mathematically proficient, (usually) well-"mannered", direct, articulate, and fairly compliant with regards to Authority.  Because in many respects they are pleasing and convenient to other adults in my community they are often assumed to be being raised "right" (by my husband Ralph and I).  This means when friends, acquaintances, and strangers find out they are homeschooled (or unschooled, autodidactic, or life learners to be more accurate) the question of how they're turning out so well despite the <gasp!> lack of structured learning in their life is a subject most grownups ignore with studious precision.

Read more ...

Thank you for that item to Sara McGrath


Whole Life Unschooling: It's For More Than Just Kids
by TheOrganicSister

There are so many definitions to unschooling. You can find them everywhere and they all do a perfectly fine job of explaining unschooling.

And yet, knowing full well how to define unschooling, I'm still not happy explaining it.

Why?

Because most definitions describe unschooling as a movement, a form of education or a belief on how we raise children. Our short answer usually sounds a bit like this
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When Unschooling May Not Work for You
by Rainbow Rivers

Unschooling is certainly not for everyone, only you will be able to determine if it is a right fit for your family. Yet there are several key factors that will clue you in to whether unschooling may or may not work for you and your children. While it is a valid path to learning and lifestyle choices, it simply may not be a good option for you. Unschooling can and does work though, so how do you know if it will work for you or not?

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People are dying!
by Ronit Baras

Really?!

I had this conversation with a friend of mine who is a health fanatic. You may ask yourself what a "health fanatic" is and my answer is that it is someone who is very conscious about health, but so conscious it is not healthy…

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Why antidepressants are simply a confidence trick: A leading psychologist claims taking sugar pills would work just as well
by Professor Irving Kirsch

We spend more than £250 m a year on antidepressants in the UK - and it's a complete waste of money.

Read more ...



VIDEO LINKS


The surprising science of motivation: Dan Pink on TED.com

"From last month's TEDGlobal [July] 2009: Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories - and maybe, a way forward."

Thank you for that item to Alexandra Polikowsky

Watch at ted.com (18 mins 36 secs)


Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

Book review by John Breeding, PhD.

"Robert Whitaker's Anatomy of an Epidemic reveals the damage that can and very often does result from long-term use of psychotropic drugs, and, along with it, the alarming rise in chronic mental illness in this country since such drugs as Thorazine were introduced in the 1950s. ..."

Watch on youtube.com (15 mins 22 secs)



NOTICE BOARD


Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Liberating Parents

A new and different parenting book from Australian NLP Consultant and Life Coach Keith Gilbert.

"... this is what Liberating Parents is all about.  It is training for parents so that you can learn the essential processes for creating, maintaining and enjoying mental and emotional health and wellbeing. And when you have these skills and use them on a daily basis then you become a model for your children of a balanced, creative and free individual… which is exactly what you want for your children!"

My favourite parenting book ever.

Visit Keith Gilbert's Neuro Linguistic Parents website for more information

Join the Liberating Parents group at Facebook


How I Parent

A short and hopefully useful instantly downloadable FREE ebook about how I've parented my own children.

Read more about that here 


Guiding Stars of the New Parenting Movement

Be sure to download your FREE copy of my Guiding Stars of the New Parenting Movement ebooks while you're here if you haven't done so already.

These ebooks are FREE with my compliments and are packed with valuable insights and useful ideas to help you in your parenting adventure.

Volume 1 - an introduction to the work of Michael Mendizza, Robin Grille, Laura Ramirez, Jan Hunt, Pam Leo, Pat and Larry Downing, Alfie Kohn, Marc Prensky, Kali Wendorf and Jan Fortune-Wood:

Download it from here  

Volume 2 - an introduction to the work of Aletha Solter, Kim Wildner, Naomi Aldort, John Travis and Meryn Callander, John Breeding, Scott Noelle, Beverley Paine and Alan Wilson

Download it from here


Laurie A. Couture

"Laurie A. Couture is the author of Instead of Medicating and Punishing: Healing the Causes of Our Children's Acting-Out Behavior by Parenting and Educating the Way Nature Intended. ...

Laurie specializes in helping parents heal their children's emotional, behavioral and learning struggles through attachment parenting, natural education and alternatives to psychiatric drugs. She offers supportive parenting coaching and consulting as well as attachment parenting workshops and seminars through LaurieACouture.com."


How Children Learn at Home

"This web site is about our research into how children learn. Our interest in how children learn is different to most research about learning because it is concerned with how children learn at home rather than how children learn in school or in other situations which adults have set up for child learning.  How children learn at home is different to how children learn in school because at home they are free to learn in ways which are not possible or permitted in school.  Our research explores these ways and seeks to understand what it is that children do that enables them to learn rather than what it is that adults can do to help children learn.  Those of us who are parents or who have had close contact with children know that children are very good learners.  How children learn includes techniques such as watching and imitating other people as well as working things out for themselves by wondering and experimenting.  Consolidating and exploring ideas through play is another example of how children learn.  At home, before entering formal education this is how children learn.  Our work is concerned with how children learn in this way after the age of five and how children learn the school subjects (such as reading and writing) in this manner and without formal teaching."

Read more at www.howchildrenlearnathome.co.uk

Thank you for that item to Beverley Paine


Learning to Read Naturally

"Accounts of unschoolers and how their reading developed."

Read more at sandradodd.com/reading


14th International Rethinking Everything Conference

Friday, September 3 - Tuesday, September 7, 2010

At the American Airlines Training & Conference Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

"Founded 17 years ago as the Rethinking Education conference and officially morphing in 2009 to Rethinking Everything, we're setting bright new standards for progressive families ...

At the heart of Rethinking Everything is the awareness that the most important way we can effect positive, enlightened change in the world is by entirely rethinking the nature of childhood and the environments we create to support the THRIVING of children and their families."

Get all the exciting details at www.rethinkingeverything.net/

Rethinking Everything Magazine


First Ever Australian Unschooling Conference Retreat

Friday, September 3 - Tuesday, September 7, 2010

At Tallebudgerra Tourist Park, Tallebudgerra Creek, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

"Come together with other natural learning families for the first ever Unschooling Conference in Australia! Join us for connection, community, support and fun!"

I will be speaking on the Saturday morning, September 4.

Get all the exciting details at www.unschoolingretreat.com


UZOMA Black Unschoolers' Conference

Monday, 7 March - Wednesday, 9 March, 2011

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

"Uzoma is a Nigerian Igbo word which means 'the good path' and reflects the journey that all unschoolers embark upon when they choose this inspired method of education. It is our belief that a society can only experience freedom when its children are loved and respected as free people. Our mission is to help families learn about and share in this journey of becoming free.

The Uzoma Black Unschoolers' Conference (UBUC) was created to be a forum for unschoolers of color to meet together, build friendships, support one another, share resources, learn from experienced unschoolers of all backgrounds, and to discuss relevant issues that affect us in our unique experience."

Find out more at this Facebook page


Rainbow Divas Home Education CAMPFEST 2011

Tuesday 22nd to Sunday 27th March, 2011

Wymah Valley Holiday Park, Bowna (near Albury) NSW, Australia

"Our aim is to create a National, Annual Event in Australia that will meet the needs of ALL Home Schooling Families.  Our Festival is an opportunity to showcase the talent, skills, interests and passions of our Home Schooling Community.

Our intent is to promote and foster the skills, interests and knowledge of our National Home Educating community, and allow the passion of this information to reach as many Home Schoolers as possible.  At its heart, we believe that Home Schooling is a lifestyle, chosen by families for the enrichment of the entire family."

Please visit www.rainbowdivas.com for all the details






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