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Sep 27, 2020

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  • You can learn a lot of math through cooking.
  • What about math?
  • Math is everywhere.
  • Homeschooling vs unschooling vs public school
  • Many different styles.
  • You can relax a little bit with homeschooling. Ask your child what they want to learn. More of a family interaction.
  • When you have choices, it totally changes the experiences.
  • How do you know they’re progressing?
  • Black holes - 4th dimension
  • We live in a digital age with lots of social media. It’s never been easier to find your tribe.
  • Our educational approach is really about having experiences.
  • You have to get out of the mindset of being just your age group.
  • How are you adapting with everything being closed? Libraries, etc?
  • advice for a mind shift from being in school to home schooling? Three biggest mind shifts needed.
  • We don’t have a schedule of everything that needs to happen every single day.
  • Children do need structure. It comes from the family, not from following a bell schedule.
  • Children need a lot of sleep.
  • I had a lot of unlearning that I had to do. I always had this idea of children as people.
  • The first thing I did was buy some curriculum.
  • The things they were starting to learn were not coming from the curriculum. They were coming from the things they wanted to learn.
  • How long it took for the mindshift to happen to her kids?
  • Started to read John Holt
  • What if we didn’t buy curriculum?
  • You go as far as your interest goes.
  • You have them in an environment that stimulates some learning.
  • They don’t think of things in a linear school-based fashion.
  • What her favorite tools non tech with kids? The tools of the home. They talk to each other.
  • Socially involved? Finds ways for her kids to interact with other kids outside the home.
  • Recommendations for learning more.
  • How to be a transformative principal? Give kids some free time to learn something on their own. Not every second

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