Sunday, September 28, 2014

Done! Tired.

I should have been reporting as these things happened, but when I wasn't speaking or sleeping, I was touristing. Beautiful things, beautiful places.

The library talk had a full room and they rushed us out suddenly at closing time.

The Common Ground fair had a full (overflowing) tent and no one after us so we stayed late and answered questions.

The potluck in New Hampshire would have had 35 people had not some of them had a flu, and others been afraid of that flu, so I think there were 17 people. It was plenty. :-) The food was good, and the house was great. Thank you, Susan!!

The free Friday-night follow-up offered to those who had attended the library or the fair was mostly attended by people who hadn't been to either one.

The Friday and Saturday "main event" symposium had a light group but attentive—interested and interesting people who brought good snacks and stories, and on Saturday some people cried and I was one of them, but then we kept cheering up and laughing.

We left the church cleaner than we found it, and tomorrow morning Keith and I fly back home!

Thank you for the positive feedback in person and on facebook, and please pass the best ideas on to others through example and advice!

Thanks to all who helped with set-ups and clean-ups, and who smiled at us.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Schedule and directions

I didn't realize I had hidden the directions to the church. They're linked from the "Site" tab now. And the schedule is up, with a bit more detail.

Anyone who has not sent a bio or intro who would like to, please do! To

Wolfrum Family

My husband Jim and our four children live in Camden, ME. We have an aquatic frog named Fred (named after Fred Schneider of the B52's).

Jim is a lighthouse enthusiast and history buff. He enjoys reading history books, visiting lighthouses, and taking photos of them from land, sea and air. During the weekdays, he is a pension administrator for Downeast Pension Services, Incorporated.

I have enjoyed ballet and jazz dancing since childhood and offer local dance and fitness classes. Reading, writing and walking are some of my other favorite activities.

Katie is 17 and has attended public school by choice since the end of eighth grade. She has her driver's permit, is working part time downtown and has been dating her boyfriend and best friend Zac since she was 13.

Keli'i is 13 and enjoys cooking, gaming, programming and is interested in how to create games. He's also passionate about eating vegan and how animals are treated. Li and Makana both like to play the game Werewolf with friends.

Makana is 9 and loves to play with Little Pet Shops, walk our neighbor's dog, read, skype and play Animal Jam and other games with friends.

Kanoa is 5 1/2 and is learning to swim! He loves reading certain favorite books before bed and often asks us to "make it funny!" Mo Willem's Elephant and Piggie series of books are the latest ones that he finds very amusing. He also likes to catch frogs, moths, and chicken eggs, dig up rocks, play Minecraft, play tag and pretend.

Some of the activities that we enjoy in our area are swimming at the lakes and beaches, visiting lighthouses, apple picking, biking, walking, skating and hiking. We continue to enjoy reading favorite stories aloud (right now The Land Of Stories book 3), watching Little House on the Prairie, and have recently discovered how great the Dr. Who shows are!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Robert, Colleen and Robbie Prieto

We are Robert, Colleen, and Robbie Prieto. We live in New Hampshire in a small neighborhood at the edge of the woods. We have a dog (Mo-Pug), two parakeets (Sibley and Peterson), a rabbit (Yoda), and an assortment of fish (Susur the Beta, and his trio of catfish).

Robert is an engineering consultant and Colleen is a grant writer - and we both working part-time, from home. So we get to spend lots of time together as a family, supporting and following Robbie's interests wherever they take us. Lately we enjoy (in no particular order :-)) watching Star Trek and Dr Who, going birding, wandering about in old cemeteries, reading and talking about history and "old things," spending time in the woods, spending time playing Minecraft, gardening, watching Food Network and watching House Hunters, playing Mario and other old and new Nintendo games, exploring places near and far in our state and beyond, and a bunch of other things as well :-)

Colleen loves taking pictures, so she takes lots and lots of them while we're out and about and while we're at home too.

Robert loves cooking, so he does lots of that and keeps us all very well fed.

And Robbie loves - well, he loves so many things. Unschooling has brought us much joy and good times, and we look forward to continuing along this path for many more years to come.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Some feedback on my presentations

New notes this week, two from people who have heard me speak:

Thank you for encouraging me (through your words on Always Learning, your symposiums, the Just Add Light and Stir blog, your visits) to create this wonderfully rich life that is dripping with fun, interesting and challenging opportunities for my children. A life that is so rich, in fact, that it is simply not possible to do everything that comes our way.

If there is one person to thank for the increased number of smiles on faces of people around me, it's you :)

(A comment on someone else's video about me:)
I vividly remember hearing Sandra for the first time at a conference. I remember feeling her passion for her children coming through as she described many aspects of unschooling. I felt so connected to the concept and the process because of my painful memories of school. That day really changed my life! I actually found her afterward and spoke to her because I HAD to thank her for opening my eyes to new possibilities. Thank you Sandra!

To me and the moderators of Always Learning and of Radical Unschooling Info, 2014:
I am writing to state that our lives have been drastically changed, for the better, because of your gracious willingness to stay on topic and share what works. I cannot overstate the effect on our small family, in ways I could have never imagined or predicted. The difference in attitude, patience, peace and general well being is tremendous. I wanted to thank you for continuing to put yourself out there, unfortunately with all the abuse and negativity that often entails, so some of us can improve our lives with the gentle, mindful lifestyle you keep sweetly and patiently explaining :-)

I rarely post since I often find a solution from archives or as I am editing. I do read as much as I have the time thank you, all, for your patience and generosity. It really does make a difference!

That and more feedback are here: