Let’s Go Look it Up

 

“If it is a serious problem with a particular clay body, consider adding some grog to your clay or change clay bodies.”

 

It hit me the other night as I sat in front  of my computer:  man, I’m really weird!  I was happily nodding along, learning more about ceramic glazes than I really needed to know (seriously!  I almost failed chemistry in high school, and this is pure chemistry.)   I read this sentence and it was like reading a sentence in a foreign language that I could understand – pretty cool!

“Hi, my name is Mary, and I have a serious problem with rabbit holes.”  

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Deschooling: What is it, and Why is it Important?

So you’re thinking about homeschooling.  It’s a big step!  It’s a huge choice that feels like you’re jumping out of the box or swimming away from the bait ball.  It’s new, it’s intimidating, and it’s full of annoyingly weird acronyms and labels that you have to decipher any time you join a chat group.

You may have heard this term already: deschooling.  Chances are a veteran homeschooler suggested it – and hopefully they explained what it means.   It’s not to be confused with unschooling; a complete homeschooling philosophy by itself despite being somewhat similar to deschooling.

 

 

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Verbal Stimming (and why it’s ok)

 

 

My son stims.  He used to flap his arms and hands in a more obvious way of stimming, but as he grew older that stopped.  We never told him to stop or discouraged it, he just grew beyond that need.

You might be asking “what is stimming?”  The short answer – it’s a way to provide sensory stimulation in a variety of ways.  The most obvious is hand flapping or jumping and squealing.  Other methods include repetitive hand motions, jiggling a knee up and down, or pacing.   We all stim to some degree, but individuals with sensory issues use stimming as a coping mechanism.

 

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