UNSCHOOLING What is spring break? My kids are on spring break from homeschool but I'm not. I'm constantly researching and creating (and trashing) new content for my kids to learn (grade 3 & 6). I call this unschooling; I teach them about Black & Indigenous studies, Akimel O'Otham studies, anti-blackness, anti-racism, settler colonialism, zine making as resistance, art, math, and science (ornithology & Akimel O'Otham u'uhig). We go for about 3-4 hours a day Monday through Friday. I'm chronically ill so there's times when we only have school a few times a week which I really feel terrible about (another post on that).
Why unschooling though? My kids have been in public school, charter school and online school, none of which have worked for them. What's real is public and charter schools are straight up anti-black, anti-indigenous, racist and ableist as fuck. I've tried homeschooling my 3rd grader at the end of 2018 but at the time it wasn't for him. But after getting kicked out of our apartment (long story for another time), moving from the city to the rez and having to change schools, we settled on online school which ended up being not even a month before we transitioned to unschooling.
It's a tough go. A lot of the time. Both my children are ADHD and autistic, as am I, so there's days we become so frustrated we can't function. We take lots and lots of breaks. I'm still learning how to navigate all of this so I'll keep you updated on how things go.
MCLOVIN, OUR SUPER HERO DOG
McLovin is the light in the darkness, our super hero dog. And he's our (kinda ours?) 9 year old pitbull boxer mix. Last week he was attacked by either dogs or coyotes and he's a wreck. There's been days we thought he was on the brink of death. Then, he'll act like death isn't at his door and prance around, tail wagging, smiling as usual. Although temporary, we never know how he'll behave. Or, is this permanent? We don't know. We can't take him to the vet because of the cost. And he's not really our dog. He has a gaping wound on the right side of his face near his ear and it stinks like rotting flesh. I've bandaged it the best I can and wrapped a scarf around it because he keeps trying to take it off. I'll let you know what's happening with McLovin on future blog posts and on IG.
The end of this month is the 15th Annual American Indian Disability Summit in Phoenix; this year's theme is "Gathering Native Voices to Address Collective Trauma." Topics include living with mental illness, navigating trauma with cultural empowerment, and human trafficking in Indian Country. I'm registered to attend the one day summit and I can't wait!
I'm the editor of the zine Decolonizing Parenting, a zine by and for queer Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. I've opened submissions for issue 2 which will be about autistic parents with autistic kids. Submission deadline is March 28.