The concept of what dyslexia is, is a broad one. Without going into too much depth, here is a quick look at what dyslexia has been like for us. _______________________________ I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at […]

2e Tuesday::Look Ma! No Spelling Lessons!

I have the advantage, being an unschooler, of trying radical things that the rest of the public wouldn’t dream of doing. Like, not having any spelling lessons in our day. At all. Anyone who has spent time with their child working on endless spelling tests, spelling workbooks, spelling drills, and countless spelling induced temper tantrums […]

You Can’t Take ‘Nature’ out of Naturalist.

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” –John Lubbock Spoken like a true naturalist. My Naturalist appreciates the sentiment. I never would have taken this literally except I watched it happen with […]

Child’s Play!

People ask me why my blog is called “Child’s Play” and I’ve never really explained it. And at first, I’m not even sure I understood all the reasons why the phrase resonated with me, I think it was just a reaction to all the people trying to get me to continue to educate my oldest […]

Listening in the quiet moments.

The fog is rolling in here at Huntington Beach. I can’t see the ocean in the moonglow, I can only hear it wash in and out over and over. I love the sound of the waves crashing-I used to have a white noise machine with other settings on it, I’d always use either the ocean […]

What passion driven learning looks like in our house.

The concept of ‘interest led’ or ‘passion driven’ learning is so counterculture to how education is run in public schools, many people don’t understand what it realistically looks like as a form of educating. So, I thought I would share what it looks like in our house, and what a powerful tool it is in […]

2e Tuesday::Dancing With Words.

Don’t you hear it? she asked & I shook my head no & then she started to dance & suddenly there was music everywhere & it went on for a very long time & when I finally found words all I could say was thank you. –storypeople ______________ I’ve had this post in my head […]

2e Tuesday::Jonathan Mooney

Every parent of a 2e or out of the box thinker should know the name Jonathan Mooney. Labeled with ADD, dyslexia and severe learning disabilities, he is, in fact, a 2e Out of the Box Thinker himself and he’s written two books on the subject: Learning Outside The Lines: Two Ivy League Students With Learning […]

2e Tuesday::Attitude Adjustment.

I know this is Wednesday, but technically I started thinking about this post on Tuesday so it still qualifies. I have an acrylic painting that Naturalist made for me when she was 8 and still in school, I keep it right by the stove in my kitchen. It’s a portrait of me, so how could […]

2e Tuesday: The Font’s The Thing!

I had no idea, until I read the Wall Street Journal article (here) that the font Comic Sans was so divisive! That it inspired so much passion (either good or bad) from people! That there is a flickr group dedicated to hating it! That, in fact, there is another group, Ban Comic Sans whose sole […]