Sandra had really good deals at the hotel where the conference was held for the participants and we were glad to book a room since it was freezing outside. The best part was that we could take a warm bath every day, a luxury we really missed in the last 6 months!
We spent 3 full days at the conference and we had such a great time. The girls kept saying that it felt like an unschooling celebration, and it truly was! There were games, crafts, a table always full of food, lots of discussions and laughter, and wonderful, wonderful families.
Rose Sorooshian panel with Marty, Kirby and Holly Dodd and Rose, Roxana and Roya Sorooshian : unschoolers in jobs and in college classes. A very interesting discussion! Those kids are so awesome!
|:: Pam Sorooshian and her 3 daughters : Rose, Roya and Roxana ::|
|:: Rose Sorooshian led a discussion on Learning from TV and movies and had everybody write all the TV shows they remember watching and then we all wrote on post-it things we learned from each of those shows. Everybody had a blast! ::|
|:: The girls spent a lot of time crafting, knitting, painting and drawing during the talks. Mathilde surprised us all by playing quite a bit with the other kids even if she could not communicate in English with them. Our little social butterfly! ::|
|:: We met wonderful people that could have easily become friends if we did not live so far from each other. Their little Peregrine was such a happy baby! And he was just adorable! ::|
I don't have any good photos of Joyce Fetteroll's talk on the unschooling toolbox, but it was one of my favorite talk. I loved when she said that when they start unschooling, many parents have that idea that unschooled kids read the classics, do science experiment in the kitchen (or build nuclear reactor in the basement) or something that you can tell the grand-parents... not play video game, watch a lot of TV and tell fart jokes!! When this is what happens, they say that their kids are simply not cut off for unschooling... Then she went on to say that when there is ENGAGEMENT (if the child is engaged in something, whatever it is he is doing), important learning is going on.
|:: Sandra Dodd writing about what she learned from TV shows ::|
|:: Sandra Dodd and Pam Sorooshian on Why they do not always answer people's question the way those people expect them to on the discussion list ::|
In her talk, Learning is learning: Unschooling everything, Pam Sorooshian said that thinking about what an 11 yo should know is as ridiculous as thinking about what a 52 yo should know. There is no specific age for specific learning. Here's a good article by Pam on unschooling.
|:: The amazing bunch of grown up unschoolers, the Dodds and the Sorooshians ::|
JF spent two evenings playing card games with other people that attended the conference (Dominion) and I really enjoyed learning to play 5 Crowns with Sandra, Keith (Sandra's husband) and others. It almost felt unreal to me to be here, sitting with Sandra and chatting, playing cards with her, I just felt so lucky! I had the same feeling as when we stayed with Leandre Bergeron (my other unschooling mentor) last summer. It feels really awesome to meet the people you admire!