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MY BLOG MOVED!

Now my blog and my new gorgeous website have merged. Kind of. I may continue to post about family on this blog. But if you’re looking for more writing about learning, unschooling, or my coaching practice, it will be at SuePatterson.com/blog. Also, I’ve been really into making graphics. So I may be sharing them here…

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Gratitude & Your 5 Senses

If you’re creating a new gratitude project, don’t overlook your own five senses: sight smell hearing touch taste Sometimes we’re in our own heads too much, list-making and over-thinking. I invite you to take a deep breath – oh, go wild, and take three! Breathe in and hold for a few seconds, then release. Continue…

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Naysayers at the Holidays

Here we are in the holiday season celebrating with friends and family, some of whom we haven’t seen in a while. While that’s exciting, it can also be a little nerve-wracking. No one can push our buttons like family, right? When your sister asks why your 9-year-old isn’t reading yet or your uncle wants to…

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Gratitude and Journals

The world can bombard us with negatives: frightening news events, inconsiderate people, disappointing interactions. But research is showing that cultivating a sense of gratitude can help us switch our focus and remind us of the good things happening in our life right now. Establishing a daily practice of identifying “What Went Right Today,” and feeling…

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Your Brain on Play

Studies are showing the importance of playing. We’ve read Peter Gray’s fabulous work on the topic. Research is indicating that not only will play lead to more creativity, but it also will help with problem-solving and critical thinking skills. When Michael, now 25, was forced to sit in a classroom all day for Kindergarten and 1st…

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The Curriculum Crutch

“Buy this, and your kids will be smarter!” “Use this, you’ll be more organized!” “Get this series and you will unleash their inner genius!” Or something like that. Ahh… the lure of curriculum. Marketing has targeted our community for some time now. Advertisers realize that while we are an independent lot, we still harbor a lot…

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Our Own Curriculum Wars

Back in the ’90’s when the internet was still young… We had loaded up our car and we were moving to Alaska. Really. We were. My husband was in the Air Force and we had decided that on this move, we’d make the break with the school system and set out on our homeschooling adventure! An…