What and why, planning and effort

This was sent out in 2014, inJust Add Light and Stir and I've brought it here so it can come up on the randomizer. You know. Just another thing for the collection.
When July 24 begins in your time zone, please attempt to refrain from learning. It's just one day.

If you're new to unschooling, you might think this is easy. But if your life has progressed to the point that learning is woven into all your activities and you've learned to see it, this will take some planning and some effort.

School kids get half the year off, if you add up all the weekends and holidays. Before someone accuses unschoolers of not learning, they might want to know we have ONE day off, and here it comes. Good luck.

May good fortune attend you

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It will be Learn Nothing Day somewhere in the world for the next day and a half or two, so do your best, wherever you are! Thanks for playing!

Art by Ang/moo from the UK (on fiverr.com); inscrutable/ambiguous message written by Holly Dodd.

Holly in 2010, same shirt

Holly said the photo I had used yesterday here was not 2008, but was of her when she was staying in Quebec, in 2010. Now that I see them both together, you can see the t-shirt art was fading. :-)

So I've put an older photo with the artwork here: http://learnnothingday.blogspot.com/2014/07/about-logo-for-learn-nothing-day.html

About the Logo for Learn Nothing Day

This is Holly Dodd, the year Learn Nothing Day was new. The little photos below are links.

Here is some information on how the Learn Nothing Day logo was created, written as it was still in progress in 2008. I did the easy hippie part. Holly did the high-tech computer part (in notes from 2008):

I did this with pencil (first layer), Sharpie (traced the best pencil sketch lines on another paper), and then Photoshop Elements (cleaned up the lines some, reshaped some awkward bits).

Then I passed it and a bunch of images on to Holly, who knows how to do things like this:


Holly's computer has been broken for over a week, and I want this art quickly, so she's borrowing Marty's desktop which doesn't do everything so well, but it does have Photoshop Elements 2.0, which is the version she's used to. Marty's new laptop has Photoshop Elements 4.0, but Holly doesn't want to have to learn anything she doesn't know right now. I totally understand that feeling! [2014 note: That old desktop still sits in Marty's old room, now my sewing room. :-) Six years is a long time in computer-age.]

Holly is figuring out which images will go well under what shapes and in what color arrangements. I gave her lots of images and she's going through and choosing what will work on various letter shapes.

The shape of the R, she said, made it more difficult, but she's enjoying the challenge.

I was in watching her resize and then move images around underneath to see that what peeks through the letter is optimal. She showed me one setting that restores the whole images beneath and said I could show you all IF I make clear that it doesn't look like that while she's working on it. She doesn't want anyone to try to learn how from a misleading image, I think. As she's working, all that shows is what's inside the letter, which she has emptied of color (made transparent).

So here's a preview of the art for Learn Nothing Day. When it's finished, you'll be able to print it out to put on your door, or use it small on your calendar or add an icon to your blog or MySpace, if you want. We'll put it on Cafe Press, too, and there will be a contest or two. We're still brainstorming. It's been fun.

Finished image:
Guide to the art used to make the logo

Nicest history and review ever!

Cathy Koetsier's site has a very nice article on Learn Nothing Day:Learn Nothing Day

She has links through the ages (well, back to the beginning, six years ago), which I haven't even managed to do well myself yet! Please read that if you're curious about Learn Nothing Day, or want to see a nice summary.

In reading there on her site, I saw that she has a page on me. After an intro about me (and she has photos, too), Cathy moves (in response to a question someone sent her) toward how Christians can think about whether to take advice from (or buy a book by) someone whose beliefs don't match theirs. That was not easy reading, but interesting to consider. That first photo is me looking at medieval tiles. That was FUN.

Cathy's family has been very sweet to me. Yesterday I was at the Apple store having a one-to-one session about how to use iPhoto with my new phone, my iPad and my computer. The young man was very sweet. In the course of learning how to shift my photos through and among those three devices, I deleted (on purpose) all the photos on my iPad. Then I wanted to practice putting some back. I chose the folder I have had for many years (since before the iPad was invented) of three photos Cathy sent to me of her horses, when I had first written and said I loved her mailing address. It was
Whites Hill
She sent photos, to show me why it was called "Longfields." She invited me to visit!

Their family will move from that place soon, where I've been, to a new home in Norfolk (still the UK). I hope to get to visit Cathy there too, someday. Her children are growing up quickly, and I hope to get back while Kate is still home.

So the only photos on my iPad at the moment are by Cathy Koetsier, from 2009 and 2010. I have looked at these beautiful photos many times.

Let your thoughts wander far and near. Let connections flow. Just don't do it on July 24.

Leaning North Day

Joyce Fetteroll played around and created this!

on her facebook page, June 24, 2014 (the Bart Simpson day):
If you know what these things have in common, click LIKE. Don't give it away!
A thin grade nylon
A tiny angled horn
A Lady enthroning
A tinny old hanger
A nondrying lathe
A randy Noel night
A dingy north lane
After a few comments, she came back with more!

So after the
- ninth Go Learn Day
there will be
- a longer ninth day
followed by:
- Hog In Lantern Day
- Gonna Lint Her Day
- Leaning North Day
- A Long Thinner Day
- Long Inner Hat Day
- not Henna Girl Day
I wrote "Poor Henna Girls, though! Everyone else is IN!!!"

Joyce cleverly responded: "That's because of the "tardy henna log in". They need to register earlier next year!"

Joyce wasn't through. She added:
Last batch I think! You will need to get this all out of the way in the next 30 days:
Do Learn Anything!

Learn Toy Handing

And also:

One lanyard thing
A lardy neon thing
One dry anal thing
An older anything

And just in general "Learn A Dinghy Ton!" everyday.
(There were *a lot* of anals.) We need some prettier images after that. Like "Organdy Hat Linen". "Ah! Golden Yarn Tin." "Tinny Garden Halo." "Granny Hotline Ad."

(Note to self: To turn the "snow" back on, reset var SNOW_no = to something besides zero. The snow was making iPad screens jump, if scrolled to the bottom of the "page.")

Dick and Jane know.

by artworkking, from the UK, at fiverr.com
I think if you click this you'll get a larger image.
Feel free to print it out and hang it up, or to put it on a t-shirt or bag or something. Share it as much as you want to.

I've come to add the word "poster" so I can find this more easily in the future. Sandra from 2018, needing to find it FROM the future.

Rainbow Lego frame by Elisa and Emilio

Alicia Gonzalez shared this on facebook, and wrote "Elisa and Emilio made this one with the remaining prints I had next to the laptop."

photo and children by Alicia Gonzalez

What they don't know...

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What they don't know won't hurt them.

Learn Nothing Day is intended for unschoolers, not just for anybody.
It will only work for experienced unschoolers, not for just anyone.
What's done is done, and fun is fun!

Bart art by drazzzv, from Bosnia and Herzegovina (and fiverr)

Sweet Little Podcast about Learn Nothing Day

Amy Childs has done a short and beautiful podcast about Learn Nothing Day. Besides my voice and Amy's, you can hear Alex Polkowsky, Hema Bharadwaj, Julie Daniel, and Amy's daughter Kayla.

A couple of links to go with that:
"Try not to learn. Don't try to learn. Those two aren't the same thing but they're close enough for beginners." (from the last paragraph of this 1998 interview: An Interview with Sandra Dodd

Criticism of Learn Nothing Day: http://sandradodd.com/learnnothingday/critics

3-D Lettering!

Hallie Kasiri wrote "For Lego Sandra!"

"Not sure if you can tell, but the tip of the first "a" is a teeny tiny little frog!"

Here's her family in their Lego artistry, and me (by Alicia Gonzalez):

Lego Wheelbarrow

Alicia Gonzalez created this Lego "sculpture" of me, and offered to send it to me. Just this week, though, I had a discussion with my daughter, Holly, about the amount of stuff I will leave for my kids to sort through and clean up when/if I don't clean it out myself. I have moved from collecting things to collecting photos. So I told Alicia that would love to have the photo, and would be honored to reside in effigy in her children's Lego box.

I'm glad to share this with everyone here, and on my wheelbarrow blog too! Thank you, Alicia. It is beautiful, and sweet.

The original, on facebook and here on the wheelbarrow blog.

Oregon TaDAA!

Gwen Montoya created this image and left it on my facebook page captioned "Fun at the Oregon Coast today!"


Magnet and stickers—

(Maybe there will be some more available next year.)

2015 note: There aren't! Maybe next next year.

Learn Nothing Day t-shirts

Years ago, on Kirby and Marty. Playing a video game. Learning nothing.

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Not so long ago, Kai G. at a playground in Keith, Australia:
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Me, then:
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The shirts are still available. The markup is tiny. Once in a while I have enough credit for a mug or a shirt, (I just gave mugs to Alex Polikowsky and Pam Laricchia, for speaking in Rochester, so thanks, people who have bought shirts before.)

OR MAKE YOUR OWN with design art from here:
Make your own magnets, bumper stickers, wallpaper—I don't care. Have fun.

More of Kai that day. You won't see the front of the shirt, but you'll see what he was doing in the photo above:

Roblox, 2008

MD and Alex Polikowsky, 2008

and here are some details of the characters:

Winner in video category of Learn Nothing Day art contest in 2008.
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