Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

Manifesto of Very Early Education (version 1)

I have been "pre-homeschooling" my two boys, H. (almost five years) and E. (seven months).  It has been an interesting journey.  I have picked a few very general principles, which I thought it might help me--and perhaps other parents in similar situations--to write down.  You might…

My response to the CFCC’s FTC complaint about YBCR

[All: here is my letter in support of Robert Titzer and Your Baby Can, in response to this scurrilous complaint by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.  I encourage you to send the FTC similar responses, citing your own personal experience and, if you have it, linking your videos of…

Update on WatchKnow Reader progress (April)

We are hip-deep in the initial building phase of the project.  We've got a demo going (nothing suitable for public consumption yet though) and made a lot of adjustments to the plan.  The whole plan of making an elaborate, complete demo turned out to be well justified; basically, it has turned out…

Chapter books H. and I read

Here is our list (by request), recently updated.  This includes only chapter books and a few others, excluding picture books, most science books, and little-kid storybooks, regardless how thick.  I also didn't include books (except two?) that we didn't finish.  We started and made excellent…

“The Greatest Art and Music”–together

Well, it might not be the greatest, but you'll recognize a lot of standard paintings and classical music.  I've matched them up and these will be used as "interludes" among the slides in the upcoming WatchKnow Reader app.  I had altogether too much fun making these. Suitable for viewing by children…

Update about the Boys – February 2011

It's been a couple months since I updated this blog about what I'm doing with the boys, so here goes--subject by subject. The general method I've followed with H.'s education is unchanged: I read to him at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, we usually do something educational after breakfast and after…

Kid-friendly paintings for Reader “interludes”?

UPDATE: there are a few example "interludes" now here and here. To provide brief "breaks" in the WatchKnow Reader presentations, I'm going to display random artworks & music for a short period. I'm developing a list of the artworks. Here is what I have so far. Any requests?  Obviously,…

Looong interview with me by Dan Schneider in Cosmoetica

Off and on, for the last 2.5 years, I have been answering questions from poet and critic Dan Schneider, who has conducted a series of long, interesting interviews.  My interview, posted a few hours ago, is #27 in the series; Schneider himself gives the interview four stars (out of five).  That…

Draft for comment: early reading survey

The almost complete lack of specific research about very early reading methods has long been bemoaned by those of us interested in the topic.  For many, simply seeing other children, or our own, reading at a surprisingly early age has been enough to convince us that it is possible, and many are…

A common error of school lessons, or, why I’m homeschooling

Here is one reason why I'm homeschooling, and why I would probably never send my children to a school--even most private schools. I was looking over some instructional material recently (something I do often these days).  It was a sample curriculum for teachers, explaining how, in one lesson, they…