Talking with Kids About Boston: The Story Of &%^* and The "Thing"

Once upon a time there was a &%^* who lived in a town called Town that was not too far but not too near from us. He was angry and grumpy and stayed far away from everyone and everything most of his days. Nobody knew him. He stayed hidden away in a place that nobody saw. He kept away from other people on purpose. He had only one plan. He wanted everyone to be mad and grumpy just like him....more
While I understand the motivation behind writing the story (and think it has some very good ... more

Why the Unsupervised Playgroup at Central Park Is a Bad Idea

Lenore Skenazy is making headlines again Skenazye has launched an after school program where children ages 8-18 can be dropped off at Central Park to play with each other. The caveat is that they are under no supervision from an adult. Her premise seems to be that children need to engage in free play, playing outside and playing with other children....more
 @laughingmom  @greenmangoes Maybe I should have said a watch and a cell phone, but kids are ... more

Why the Unsupervised Playgroup at Central Park Is a Bad Idea

Lenore Skenazy is making headlines again Skenazye has launched an after school program where children ages 8-18 can be dropped off at Central Park to play with each other. The caveat is that they are under no supervision from an adult. Her premise seems to be that children need to engage in free play, playing outside and playing with other children....more
And yet, nothing bad happened to those kids for the past two weeks, did it?  Did the pedophiles ... more

"Why Is Rue Black?" Racism and the Hunger Games

The Hunger Games opened this weekend as the third-highest grossing film of all time, behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two, and The Dark Knight....more
Wow, I must be really out of it.  That is so sad.  We were thrilled when we saw the casting for ... more

Why "Required Reading" Needs to be Removed From Our Vocabulary

Forcing children to read before they are ready is guaranteed to remove any joy they might have found had they been allowed to read on their own schedule. 42% of high school and college grads never read another book again once they graduate. That is a tragically high number, and we only have ourselves and our insistence on reading young to blame. ...more
 @Lucy's Reality There are two issues here: first, MorethanMommy is right that exposure ... more

Why "Required Reading" Needs to be Removed From Our Vocabulary

Forcing children to read before they are ready is guaranteed to remove any joy they might have found had they been allowed to read on their own schedule. 42% of high school and college grads never read another book again once they graduate. That is a tragically high number, and we only have ourselves and our insistence on reading young to blame. ...more
 @lowdawgs Thank you for your comment!   I loved hearing from the point of view of someone in ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Open Thread for November NaBloPoMo Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is an open thread for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the comment section below to add your post, and peruse the comment section in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
You can read all my posts at www.green-mangoes.com, including this one from yesterday titled A ... more

CPS Showed Up at My Door: An On-Going Lesson in Consequences

I received a knock on my door this afternoon, and when I answered it I was met by a small, blonde woman who announced that she was from child protective services and she needed to talk to me. If you've never had that experience (and I hope you never have), let me try to describe how it feels. Your heart starts racing. Your mind starts spinning, frantically trying to recall something -- anything -- that could warrant a visit from CPS. I was in full panic mode, but trying my very best to hold it together. Or to at least not pass out....more
Hi Brandi! Wow, so, so sorry you went through that. Really, have people no common sense? I ... more

The Green Mangoes Blog

The Green Mangoes Blog is all about learning through life, not school.   Amy Milstein lives in New York City with her husband and two kids Maya and Ben, neither of whom have ever been to school.   Instead, they are unschoolers, or life learners which is just what it sounds like.   No curriculum, no mandatory lessons, just organic learning through life experiences and following their interests. It's not always easy, but then nothing worthwhile ever is, right?  ...more
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