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[10 Jan 2010 | One Comment | 580 views]

Ever wonder what might happen when an always unschooled kid decides to try school? Will he like it? How will he compare to the public school kids? How will he feel about the experience?
I’ve always wondered that myself. Well, here is a post from a perceptive unschooled teen named Kevin that will give you an answer. He tries out public school for a year, for the 9th grade, and gives us his feedback. I particularly like this quote:
Would I recommend sending a kid to school? Absolutely not. It’s much too …

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[20 Dec 2009 | Comments Off | 205 views]

Just the other day as I sat on the beach with another parent, watching our kids swim, I was asked by the other parent how unschoolers can go to college. Today, I just happened to stumble upon a blog that partially answers that question: Homeschooling and College Scholarships. This is an interesting post about how one family is dealing with getting their kids into college, and has even found ways to qualify for college scholarships. Great info!

reflections, travel »

[16 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments | 200 views]

In no particular order – I worked on this list over a few days…

Maple syrup.  Real, from a tree maple syrup.
Garage sales.  Finding used furniture, appliances, etc is a pain here.  Anytime someone has a moving sale, expats descend upon it like vultures.  You gotta be quick or the pickings are slim.
Dishwashers.  I would rather waste time scratching bug bites than spending 1 hour a day washing dishes.
Cheap cars.  A $500 car in the US costs $3000 in Costa Rica.
Museums.  I’m *really* looking forward …

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[14 Dec 2009 | 2 Comments | 241 views]

Costa Rica has changed me. When we go back to the United States, I don’t think I’ll ever do some things in quite the same way again:

I don’t think I’ll ever feel the need to own a dryer again. In fact, using a dryer would make me feel guilty.
I’ve learned to cook dried beans really well here. I don’t think I can go back to canned. I used to use canned beans all the time in the U.S., but now I even cook chick peas from dried beans.
I wash my …

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[13 Dec 2009 | 5 Comments | 291 views]

I was chatting with a friend and mentioned moving back to the US and his response was ‘I’m so sorry man – too bad it didn’t work out for you.’ I was a bit surprised because I hadn’t thought about it in terms of regret at all – because we have no regrets about our experience.  Another couple of friends, one of whom I’ve known since high school, got it right – 1) we spent a year in paradise and 2) having made it here, we know we can …