Mont Saint Michel | Day 122 of my 2023 Journal

Once more, we woke up at the beach and joined the early birds running for a cold morning dip. What a wonderful thing to do in the morning, and so much fun with friends. 

Moving on, we spent a good hour in and around BioCoop, while Jesper had a Zoom meeting. We made our morning bowls, prepped the lunch, and organized the van before we drove off to Mont Saint Michel.

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Worldschool pop-up event | Day 120 of my 2023 Journal

The pop-up event has officially started. Twenty-two more families were arriving on top of the 14 already here. We are excited to reunite with old friends and to get to know more like-minded people. It is unique to be around so many people for us, so many on the same page as us.

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Everything Stops | Day 119 of my 2023 Journal

I get to learn over and over to trust the process. Live unfolds beautifully. And that there is no need to panic. Any panic works against the unfolding of things. To be fair, it is not that bad when everything stops for a while. It is a pause—a pause to remember how blessed we are and how much love there is in this universe.

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The Marsh | Day 118 of my 2023 Journal

It is very moist here. Rain comes in and out, grass full of dew in the morning, and the marsh vibrating with a baseline of water. We have been told it comes and goes with the seasons and that the spot of the castle, which is called an island literally, was picked originally by the Vikings because it was so well protected by the unpredictability of the landscape surrounding it.

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Climbing in Caen | Day 116 of my 2023 Journal

To be challenged into a comfort zone is a very healthy thing. When we do things we would normally not do, we discover new elements of our vulnerability and sometimes new strengths. Even in our lifestyle, we seem to fall into habits, and though they might be good, it is always healthy to challenge them, to stop and think about them, to learn new ways, and get new ideas.

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The Bayeux Tapestry and how we absorb | Day 115 of my 2023 Journal

The way history is taught in schools, dripping from a curriculum, emerging from books written for “children” underestimating their intelligence will, for most students, forever be irrelevant. There is no way learning will ever be meaningful if it is not: 1. Voluntary - 2. Makes sense - 3.Is relevant.

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Mama Mia Marathon | Day 113 of my 2023 Journal

It is so lovely to see a group of teenagers not afraid to show up in their nightgown, not afraid to be silly, not afraid to wear a pink unicorn jumpsuit, not afraid to fall asleep during the movie, not afraid to ask “stupid” questions on the plot. It was especially lovely to hear them all sing along to the wonderful Abba songs.

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Playtime | Day 112 of my 2023 Journal

Free play is at the center of Peter Gray's thinking, and I agree very much, especially with the “free” element. Play is this funny adult construction: We call it “play” when children interact with the world in their own free way, and we call it “creative space” or whatever when adults do the same. The looking down upon children's activities soaks through so many layers of adult thinking. Most adults find play a waste of time.

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Happy Birthday to me | Day 111 of my 2023 Journal

On my birthday, honestly, a few days ago, as I was “falling behind,” I did not have to plan anything. The castle stay is already a party, and there is no way my birthday is more important than my children hanging out with their new friends.

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On math and unschooling

Inspired by a walk in Rome with a doctor, mister protege in law

I discussed unschooling with my very well-educated brother-in-law while walking Trastevere, Rome, in the afternoon one spring day. He wondered if a child or young person could understand the consequences of not learning a specific topic. In his case, as a mathematician, he was worried about math.

At the end of the day, this is what most people worry about. One of the ethereal questions for unschoolers is: what about math?

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The deschooling onion | Day 109 of my 2023 Journal

As my parents divorced early in my life and hated each other throughout the rest of their time, my little person became a battlefield. They would always look for the other person in me and come after me if they saw an influence they did not like.

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Well Behaved | Day 108 of my 2023 Journal

Free children just live their lives and can read a room, take care of others, keep themselves clean and healthy, and create good vibes and a meaningful life for themselves and those around them. It is not behaving. It is living.

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The Vikings were here | Day 107 of my 2023 Journal

And as the Vikings left Scandinavia to settle and travel all over, I sometimes feel I never really left my culture. I just built upon old traditions when I became nomadic. Our friends in Catalunia always called us Los Vikingos. Maybe it is not all that wrong.

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