Unschooling and math. We really seem to have some national phobia about it! And the only logical conclusion is that it comes from the way schools teach math. So … Continue reading
We’ve all read enough parenting books to know that comparing children is a bad thing. Maybe we’ve even been the victim of this kind of … Continue reading
Letting go of schoolish ways can sometimes leave families feeling like they have a void. This feeling is often even stronger if this is your first year to … Continue reading
Here we go again…
August is particularly difficult for some families – especially if they’re new to homeschooling/unschooling. Everywhere they look they’re … Continue reading
Sometimes it helps to get really clear what we believe about unschooling. Here’s my list of 25 items that are important in my own personal Unschooler’s Manifesto.
Would you add … Continue reading
These five tips will help you no matter what you face on your homeschooling journey – and beyond, really. Sometimes we can get so caught up in … Continue reading
1 Focus on the Learning instead of the Teaching.
When you notice that you’re thinking about planning lessons, turning interesting movies into “educational experiences,” creating a cute school room in your house – these are all examples that you’re losing touch with the most important focus: The Learner and … Continue reading
I guess I don’t really understand what “deschooling” is. I thought if we took a week of relaxing, we’d be ready to jump into unschooling. I feel like we’re not doing anything educational!
A lot of people have been enjoying their kids throughout the holiday break and are NOT looking forward to sending them back to school. And this isn’t just the parents, … Continue reading
Parents with children older than mine would look at me when I expressed concerns and say, “Don’t worry,” or “They’ll figure it out.” Sometimes they’d tack on, “Just have fun with them.” They were so right. And I LOVE that they were!
Still, I worried about gaps. I worried … Continue reading
Here we are in the holiday season celebrating with friends and family, some of whom we haven’t seen in a while. While that’s exciting, it can also be a little nerve-wracking. No one can push our buttons like family, right?
When … Continue reading
Back in the ’90’s when the internet was still young…
We had loaded up our car and we were moving to Alaska. Really. We were. My husband was in the Air Force and we had decided that on this move, we’d make the break with the school system and set … Continue reading
The internet is full of tips for parenting younger children. Either they expect that you’ve figured it all out by the time they’re teens, or you’ve just put up the white flag of surrender. Unschooling families tend to prioritize the relationships between parents and children, so hopefully this transition to … Continue reading