Archive for March, 2010

Bon Voyage!


Well, here are some pictures of Robert and Braden leaving. These are from leaving the school up until the security gates. We would have gotten some from further in, like the plane taking off etc. but as my new friend, Jacob, the 300 lb security guard, explained to me, "Non-Ticketed persons are not allowed beyond the security gates!" Well, I will nurse my bruises.
-Cate










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Busy school days

Inspiration Island at the Procession Studio

Working on costumes

Giant Manatee puppets

Beautiful art everywhere

Heading home with barnacle rock and seagull costumes

Rising Tide Community potluck

Field trip to Orca Books

Orca Books field trip

Procession of the Species is coming up and Rising Tide School students and staff are getting ready to parade.  The Rising Tide tidal pool already has a jellyfish, barnacles, seagulls, waves and an urchin, with more costumes being created each week.  It is lovely to spend time in the community art studio, surrounded by gorgeous artwork and creatures, happily learning to batik and creating costumes out of all kinds of repurposed materials.  All friends of the school are welcome to join the tide pool, just contact one of the staff to coordinate.

We had a great community potluck recently.  3 new students have recently enrolled and it was fun to make connections among new folks and “old-timers.”

The school was recently featured in Olympia Power and Light, a local newspaper.  Click here to read the article and learn more about our unique school!

3 Rising Tide people took a field trip to Orca Books, where we made found poetry in the fiction section and looked through all kinds of interesting books.  We walked around downtown afterwards, enjoying the sun and our conversation, happy to be free to explore this rich community that we live in.


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Ya Gotta Follow Your Dreams

Since Clearwater's beginnings in 1996, we've always had a substantial number of word connoisseurs--people who love playing with words by writing stories, music lyrics, plays on words and studying the origins, nuances and cadence of words. Eight-year-old Mara is a prolific rhymer and song writer. She loves putting together rhythms and unusual rhymes on the fly and comes up with some lovely and fascinating combinations. As she spins delightful phrases, she analyzes which ones make logical sense and relishes the ones that are simply fun to listen to and say.


Here's a song she wrote recently and brought to school, although it is not one of her rhyming compositions. The tune exists in her head and is not yet available in musical notation.

Ya gotta follow your dreams.
Ya gotta do it no matter what.
Even if it's a long shot there.
Ya truly gotta follow it to your dreams.

And This is how you do it.
You can wish upon a shooting star.
But no matter what, you gotta
Work for it.

And this is how I know.
I once wished upon a shooting star.
But I had to work the rest of
the way there.

End of post.

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Democratic Parenting? Free Kids?

Twelve people gathered at the home of Rika and Sarah Alvo for our second monthly discussion meeting.  Many live in the Beach and Riverdale neighbourhoods of Toronto, but we also had folks from North York and even Cambridge! Thank you for joining us and hope the time was worth your while. Everyone seemed to agree that the current public school [...]

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Are your kids happy? Then let them be!

Whatever style of education your kids are receiving right now, whether it’s homeschooling, unschooling, democratic schooling, private school, public school—honestly ask yourself this question: Are they happy? Are they thriving and growing and loving life? If the answer is yes, don’t change a thing.

If you feel compelled to change something for some other reason, such as that they aren’t learning X, Y, or Z, my advice to you is this: open your eyes and appreciate what you’ve got. Your kids are happy and thriving and growing! Why would you want to mess with that?

We have such a preoccupation in our culture with the content of what kids learn. We get constantly distracted from what’s in front of our faces. The key to making good decisions for your kids—and helping them make good decisions—is to pay attention to what’s happening now. Don’t get caught up with the future or the past. Are they happy where they’re at? Then let them be.

What are the prime conditions for learning? Witnessing my own kids, I can tell you that they grow and learn at an amazing rate whenever it’s obvious that they really love life. It’s when they’re experiencing sustained difficulty or discontentment that we start to question the way we’re doing things.

Some kids are happy, but their parents aren’t happy for them. What’s wrong with this picture? Who has a problem—the kids or the parents?

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Are your kids happy? Then let them be!

Whatever style of education your kids are receiving right now, whether it’s homeschooling, unschooling, democratic schooling, private school, public school—honestly ask yourself this question: Are they happy? Are they thriving and growing and loving life? If the answer is yes, don’t change a thing.

If you feel compelled to change something for some other reason, such as that they aren’t learning X, Y, or Z, my advice to you is this: open your eyes and appreciate what you’ve got. Your kids are happy and thriving and growing! Why would you want to mess with that?

We have such a preoccupation in our culture with the content of what kids learn. We get constantly distracted from what’s in front of our faces. The key to making good decisions for your kids—and helping them make good decisions—is to pay attention to what’s happening now. Don’t get caught up with the future or the past. Are they happy where they’re at? Then let them be.

What are the prime conditions for learning? Witnessing my own kids, I can tell you that they grow and learn at an amazing rate whenever it’s obvious that they really love life. It’s when they’re experiencing sustained difficulty or discontentment that we start to question the way we’re doing things.

Some kids are happy, but their parents aren’t happy for them. What’s wrong with this picture? Who has a problem—the kids or the parents?

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Are your kids happy? Then let them be!

Whatever style of education your kids are receiving right now, whether it’s homeschooling, unschooling, democratic schooling, private school, public school—honestly ask yourself this question: Are they happy? Are they thriving and growing and loving life? If the answer is yes, don’t change a thing.

If you feel compelled to change something for some other reason, such as that they aren’t learning X, Y, or Z, my advice to you is this: open your eyes and appreciate what you’ve got. Your kids are happy and thriving and growing! Why would you want to mess with that?

We have such a preoccupation in our culture with the content of what kids learn. We get constantly distracted from what’s in front of our faces. The key to making good decisions for your kids—and helping them make good decisions—is to pay attention to what’s happening now. Don’t get caught up with the future or the past. Are they happy where they’re at? Then let them be.

What are the prime conditions for learning? Witnessing my own kids, I can tell you that they grow and learn at an amazing rate whenever it’s obvious that they really love life. It’s when they’re experiencing sustained difficulty or discontentment that we start to question the way we’re doing things.

Some kids are happy, but their parents aren’t happy for them. What’s wrong with this picture? Who has a problem—the kids or the parents?

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Are your kids happy? Then let them be!

Whatever style of education your kids are receiving right now, whether it’s homeschooling, unschooling, democratic schooling, private school, public school—honestly ask yourself this question: Are they happy? Are they thriving and growing and loving life? If the answer is yes, don’t change a thing.

If you feel compelled to change something for some other reason, such as that they aren’t learning X, Y, or Z, my advice to you is this: open your eyes and appreciate what you’ve got. Your kids are happy and thriving and growing! Why would you want to mess with that?

We have such a preoccupation in our culture with the content of what kids learn. We get constantly distracted from what’s in front of our faces. The key to making good decisions for your kids—and helping them make good decisions—is to pay attention to what’s happening now. Don’t get caught up with the future or the past. Are they happy where they’re at? Then let them be.

What are the prime conditions for learning? Witnessing my own kids, I can tell you that they grow and learn at an amazing rate whenever it’s obvious that they really love life. It’s when they’re experiencing sustained difficulty or discontentment that we start to question the way we’re doing things.

Some kids are happy, but their parents aren’t happy for them. What’s wrong with this picture? Who has a problem—the kids or the parents?

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Are your kids happy? Then let them be!

Whatever style of education your kids are receiving right now, whether it’s homeschooling, unschooling, democratic schooling, private school, public school—honestly ask yourself this question: Are they happy? Are they thriving and growing and loving life? If the answer is yes, don’t change a thing.

If you feel compelled to change something for some other reason, such as that they aren’t learning X, Y, or Z, my advice to you is this: open your eyes and appreciate what you’ve got. Your kids are happy and thriving and growing! Why would you want to mess with that?

We have such a preoccupation in our culture with the content of what kids learn. We get constantly distracted from what’s in front of our faces. The key to making good decisions for your kids—and helping them make good decisions—is to pay attention to what’s happening now. Don’t get caught up with the future or the past. Are they happy where they’re at? Then let them be.

What are the prime conditions for learning? Witnessing my own kids, I can tell you that they grow and learn at an amazing rate whenever it’s obvious that they really love life. It’s when they’re experiencing sustained difficulty or discontentment that we start to question the way we’re doing things.

Some kids are happy, but their parents aren’t happy for them. What’s wrong with this picture? Who has a problem—the kids or the parents?

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Are your kids happy? Then let them be!

Whatever style of education your kids are receiving right now, whether it’s homeschooling, unschooling, democratic schooling, private school, public school—honestly ask yourself this question: Are they happy? Are they thriving and growing and loving life? If the answer is yes, don’t change a thing.

If you feel compelled to change something for some other reason, such as that they aren’t learning X, Y, or Z, my advice to you is this: open your eyes and appreciate what you’ve got. Your kids are happy and thriving and growing! Why would you want to mess with that?

We have such a preoccupation in our culture with the content of what kids learn. We get constantly distracted from what’s in front of our faces. The key to making good decisions for your kids—and helping them make good decisions—is to pay attention to what’s happening now. Don’t get caught up with the future or the past. Are they happy where they’re at? Then let them be.

What are the prime conditions for learning? Witnessing my own kids, I can tell you that they grow and learn at an amazing rate whenever it’s obvious that they really love life. It’s when they’re experiencing sustained difficulty or discontentment that we start to question the way we’re doing things.

Some kids are happy, but their parents aren’t happy for them. What’s wrong with this picture? Who has a problem—the kids or the parents?

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