So, I have finished one of my recent new-to-me wonderful books. This one, Unschooling: a Lifestyle of Learning. And wow, I have found a lot of food for thought again.
(E-Prime kind of sticks itself in my head, though, so I'm afraid I may struggle to start talking and typing normally again - yeah, sorry to those who do, but I just see yet another "gentle" communication style that just allows lots of people to get needlessly stressed out about an outside-in perfectionism rather than genuinely considering motivation before the visible. For those of you who haven't met it, E Prime omits the verb "to be" and all its permutations. In the case of this book, it sounds sweetly lyrically simple, and I don't find it terribly annoying. Extending it to real life? No thanks.)
Anyway, um, the actual contents of the book. I have really found this non-preachy and positive, and dwelling lots on real life examples of her own family, and I "got" it. Including lots of stuff that felt like little jabby sticks about what I've been neglecting to do and habits I slip back into too easily etc. I thank the author muchly for this. I picked up just the book I needed to read - don't you love when that happens? :)
Today, Jenna wanted to use the computer. So I looked through some of the suggested online resources, and (understanding that many of you conciously avoid technology for various reasons) I found some real gems to share with those whose children do use technology!
Starfall (learn to read resources)
Poisson Rouge (lots of amazing games of all kinds) Today on this site we did lots of pattern making and matching, some spatial skill games, letter and number recognition, and some French and Chinese!
Totlol (child-safe Youtube interface for a small fee)
So, although I felt very unproductive today (especially given the birthday party we are planning to host on Saturday!) Jenna has been up to a lot of new things. And she read to me all afternoon, since the Starfall stuff so boosted her confidence. *glowy feeling* I know, intellectually, that she may never really feel the need to read to an adult, but right now I am happy to bask in the feeling that she let me in somehow by choosing to do so today.