This is a bit of a different Mindful Monday post; more of a directory than an individual essay. That’s because today is the kickoff of Blogging From A-Z April Challenge season. The #atozchallenge is a month-long annual blog hop that focuses on the alphabet. Participants aim to post each day, excepting Sundays, on any topic that is, in any way, related to the letter of the day.
Although it’s not necessary, many people choose to use a theme. The first year I participated, I didn’t have one, and I floundered, even though I also wrote some posts I’m quite proud of.
Since then, I’ve always chosen a theme. Twice, I’ve written Star Trek fan fiction; once with original interwoven fantasy. Two years ago I explored a travel theme that took many paths, some of them completely unexpected.
I like having a theme, because it allows me to plan far ahead, and develop it over the course of 26 posts – which both gives me a framework to work within, and the freedom to go far wider and deeper.
Overall, it’s a more mindful way to approach the challenge.
So, why unschooling?
When I was considering this year’s theme last summer, there was one that kept teasing at me – something I’ve wanted to write on at length for some time, but couldn’t quite find the way that didn’t sound like I was preaching. While I believe strongly in unschooling, and know the joy and benefits it brings my family, I realize that most parents won’t want to do what we do.
So what is my point? Mostly, I just want to share some slices of a life I love. People are often curious about homeschooling in general and unschooling in specific. There’s also a lot of misconception when some people learn that we live together in partnership with our children.
This series of posts will be peeks and musings into our lives, offered freely for whatever my readers might take from it.
Each entry will begin with a poem. Partly, this is because I love words and wordplay, and I wanted to explore some new types of poetry – and April is also National Poetry Month, which I seem to have always missed because I was doing this challenge and writing a novel for April CampNaNoWriMo.
I used ShadowPoetry’s Invented Forms for most of these posts, so all are experimental. That’s rather the nature of unschooling – experimenting and playing with ideas, and sharing them. So I’ve linked to the description and examples of every type I’ve used.
These poems are the entry portal for the short essays that follow. They give a different perspective on the same theme.
Each essay will be followed by question (or a few). These are meant to encourage mindful conversation and reflection. Sometimes, they’re intended as a suggestion of ways of thinking differently or making changes. Just suggestions, never rules or demands. What you do with them, if anything, is entirely up to you. I offer them freely.
List of posts I’ll add the links and icon for each post as it goes live, to take the guesswork out of following along, or browsing. Clicking the post title or the icon will take you to that letter's post.
April 5: Dabbling, Delving, and Daring Deeply
April 17: Nocturnal Namaste (Mindful Monday post didn't happen).
April 24: Television and Trust (Mindful Monday post once again, didn't happen...)
April 27: Who What Where When Why (and How)
April 28: Xavier and the Xylophonists
April 29: You Never Know
April 30: Zero, Zilch, and Zestiness
Why is this post here on Mindful Monday? Well, I’ll also be drafting a novel in April, so, to conserve a bit of time and creative energy, I’ll be sharing my B, H, N, and T posts here on Mindful Monday throughout April.
So, come visit once, weekly, or daily...whatever you choose, I aim to have content that will inspire thought and nurture change, if you wish to make it. Until then, don’t forget to stop by the Blogging from A-Z Theme Reveal, and Colleen Cheseboro’s A Mindful Journey for more Monday mindfulness!