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Five Wild Turkeys

In my last podcast, I spoke about our typical unschooling day.

Every day we get up early, do our chores as a team, and then say prayers together before getting on with the work of the day. We eat regular meals, sitting around the same table at the same time. At the end of the day, none of us is reluctant to slip into bed and go to sleep. Many nights my two youngest girls are ready to turn out their light by 8.30 pm. And occasionally, I head off to bed even earlier than that

I wonder if I should have told you about our days. You might now think our life is rather ordinary. Perhaps we don't sound much like your idea of a family who has let unschooling spill over into all parts of life. Could we just be pretending to live an amazing unschooling life when we are in fact conventional homeschoolers?

What does a typical unschooling life actually look like? Is it more exciting than the one we're leading? 

I've heard of radical unschoolers staying up to all hours of the night and then sleeping in late the next day. They don't move to anyone’s timetable except their own. They eat what they like when they feel hungry, and not when the clock or someone tells them it’s time for a meal. They listen to the needs of their own bodies and respond accordingly. Yes, they do what they like when they want to, because there are no rules. They are as free as the wind, not constrained by anything,

And our life doesn't look like theirs at all. Or does it?

Four Wild Goats

I don’t think unschooling can be identified by such things as what time a child goes to bed or when and what she eats or even by the kind of activities she is involved with. Unschooling isn’t about doing particular agreed-upon things. It’s about giving children the freedom to choose. 

Do some children choose to get up early? Could they want to say prayers and be part of the chore team? Perhaps they like eating family meals around the table with their siblings and parents. Is it possible they might choose to live what looks like a conventional life?

But why would kids choose to do this? Why would they want to fit in with their family and live on the same timetable? I asked my children this question:

"Because we value our family life."

"Our family life is important to us."

"We like doing things together."

"We want to be part of the team."

"We contribute to the family and want to do things together because we love each other and want to help out." 

"When our life has some rhythm to it we achieve more."

So in many ways, it might seem like we're living a conventional life. But we're not. Appearances are deceiving. We are as free as the wind. 

Why do we live the way we do?

Charlotte: "Because we want to!"

And so we do. Because we can.

Two Wild Unschoolers








"Miss Scarlett did it in the conservatory with the dagger," Gemma-Rose announces to her older sisters.

Miss Scarlett, the conservatory and the dagger: Those words belong to my childhood. Many years ago, I loved playing Cluedo with my own sisters. I hoped I'd be the first person to discover the identity of the murderer. Could I work out how the murder was committed and where?

It's a lot of fun trying to solve a murder. At least it is when the murder is only make-believe. It's not likely a Miss Scarlett is ever going to knock someone over the head with a silver candlestick in the drawing room of an old English house (after passing down the secret passage). We know it's only a game so we're free to enjoy ourselves.

But what if the murder is real? What if someone's mother is poisoned or shot or brutally beaten? That's disturbing.  A real person dies. Should that person's suffering become our entertainment? But what if that murder is an opportunity for science? What if forensics gives us the tools to apprehend, not a pretend Miss Scarlett, but a real murderer?

In this week's podcast, I ponder these questions while sharing some science and maths resources.


I also talk about:

  • My first year as a podcaster: Why did I nearly delete my very first episode? And why is it important I don't worry about the opinions of others?
  • A typical unschooling day: Do our days have rhythm? Or are they wildly unpredictable?
  • Two tips for joyful unschooling: (I offer them, but you are free to reject them!)
  • What we should do if our children reject our strewing

Program Notes


Podcast: 

Lindsay, Caroline and Gerry's What the Faith

Blog posts:


Resources:

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story: You might find episodes on Youtube (Might not be suitable for some children because the segment about DNA testing mentions murders involving rape. Also, the subject of murder in general may be disturbing to younger people.)

Catching History's Criminals: articles on OpenLearn




CSI: Algebra: free download (if you sign up for a free account)

Music:


If you prefer to listen on your iPod you could subscribe to my podcast through iTunes





Thank you for listening!



Some days are difficult. Unexpected things happen, and mistakes are made. Clouds blow in and blot out the usual sunshine of our days, and we feel miserable. We let those mistakes overwhelm us. We get bogged down in woe, unable to move on, not because others fail to forgive us, but because we can't forgive ourselves.

Last week I wrote (in my notebook) a list of my top ten tips for joyful unschooling. I added 'forgive instantly' to this list, not realising that a 'huge' mistake was looming on the horizon. Soon we'd be in the perfect position to put this tip into action.

In this week's podcast episode:
  • I tell you how I made that 'huge' mistake
  • And how that mistake turned into a story of love, forgiveness and joyful unschooling
  • I also share some previous story updates 
  • And lots of interesting resources!
 

    Program Notes

    Related blog post

    Back from the Dead
     On my son Thomas’ death day, my computer died. I knocked over a wine glass, and the contents flowed out onto the keyboard. There was a hissing sound, the screen flickered and that was that.

    Resources

    Maths 

    The Story of Maths
    You might find links on Youtube
     Numberphile

    Science

    Pain Pus and Poison
    Episode 1 on Youtube: at the time of posting, there are links to the 3 episodes on Youtube
    Associated articles on OpenLearn

    Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tail
    You might find extracts or links to full episodes on Youtube

    Veritasium Youtube channel

    Periodic Videos: Youtube
    Periodic Videos: website

    The Elements by Theodore Gray

    English

    The Young Writers Treehouse

    Music:

     60's Quiz Show by Podington Bear(CC BY-NC 3.0)

    PS:

    I made a couple of small mistakes while making this episode: (I've made a lot of mistakes recently!)
    • I turned Mary Anne Cotton into Anne Cotton.
    • And something went wrong with a tiny section of the audio. Please keep listening. It only lasts for a few seconds!
     And  maybe that original 'huge' mistake wasn't that big a deal after all!




    If you listen to this week's episode... Thank you very much!



    I love Facebook. Got something to share or want to connect with others? Go to Facebook. That's where everything is happening. It's a busy place. And that’s why I hate Facebook.

    Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the information that hits me every time I sign into my account. And I can’t keep up with the hundreds of conversations that occur there each day.

    So a few days ago, I unpublished my Stories of an Unschooling Family Facebook page. I sighed with relief as I hit ‘unpublish’. And then I felt sad. I thought about all the friends I was leaving behind, all those wonderful people who’ve loyally supported me by visiting my page regularly. We’ve had some wonderful conversations together and I’m going to miss chatting.

    As my page became invisible, I had another thought: Is disappearing from Facebook a wise decision? People will tell you that social media is absolutely essential if you want to get your message out there on the Internet.

    So what’s my message? Even though my stories are about me and my family, we're not the message. I'm not blogging to promote myself. The real message is unschooling: I want to share its delights and joys. I wonder if it’s possible to do that without Facebook. Will people continue to hop over to my blog to read my posts? Will they still listen to my podcasts and watch my videos? Or will no Facebook notifications and posts mean fewer followers?

    I guess people will still find me if they are really interested in what I have to say.

    I’ve just had yet another thought: Will my former Facebook followers see this post? Will they discover what happened to me and my page? Perhaps weeks will go by and then one day they’ll say, “We haven’t seen any of Sue’s posts in our feeds for a while. I wonder what happened to her.”

    But in case any of my Facebook friends do come looking for me, I’d like to say, “Thank you so much for liking my page. I really appreciate the support and friendship you've given to me. I hope you'll stay in touch."

    I guess I’ve ruined my chances of having thousands of Facebook fans. No page means no 'likes'. Can I live with that? Let me think about that for a moment... 

    Yes, I can!


    PS: I used to use Facebook to share lots of links to interesting resources. From now on, I'll be sharing my latest resource discoveries here on my blog and also in my podcasts. Please watch out for them!


    Sometimes life gets busy. Too busy. I like empty weeks: five days waiting to be filled with whatever we like. I thought last week was going to be an empty week. But unexpected things happened. We ended up having lots of appointments to attend and errands to do.

    In the course of last week, I walked to and from our village a number of times as I posted and shopped and visited and attended... And as I walked, I chatted with my girls. I share some of those conversations in this week's podcast.

    I also discuss the following questions:
    • Is unschooling just living life?
    • Or is there more to unschooling than that?
    • What if life is too quiet or too busy or there's a crisis?
    • Has unschooling changed as my children have grown older?
    • Did Charlotte (17) give herself a good education?
    • Was she prepared for tertiary learning? 
    • Or should I have supervised the last year or so of her high school years?
    • Am I a proud mother?
    • Is it possible for siblings to successfully teach siblings?
    • And should we push children to develop and use their talents if they are not motivated to do this themselves?
    I also share my latest resource discoveries!

    Program Notes:

    Related blog posts:

    Resources
    I haven't watched all the following episodes so can't comment on their suitability. All I can say is that they might be worth watching!

    At the time of posting, the Youtube links were available. But things come and go on Youtube... We might end up buying these DVD series!

    links on Youtube: 


    The Music of the Primes

    links on Youtube

    Catching History’s Criminals: The Forensics Story
    links on Youtube

    Website:

    Music:






    If you listen to my podcast... Thank you!

    Images: Walking to and from our village.





    The other day I visited my very neglected personal Facebook timeline. Like usual, I didn't have much to say but I did have something I wanted to post: a new Facebook cover. I'd made it using Fotojet, a free online collage maker.


    And then while I was on Facebook, I decided my Stories of an Unschooling Family blog page needed a new cover too. So I headed back to Fotojet and made one. And then I made another and another and another. I got a bit carried away with all the possibilities. There are lots of templates to choose from (over 320) and I couldn't make up my mind which one I liked best.

    In the end, I posted this one::


    But then I changed my mind and uploaded this one instead:

    Last Monday, I wrote my podcast blog post, Books, Weddings and Lots of Passion! When it came time to choose an image to go with my words, I suddenly thought of Fotojet. Could I use one of Fotojet's templates to make something a little out of the ordinary? I found a few photos of my son Callum and his fiancee Casey (they're getting married in 4 weeks' time!) and headed back to Fotojet. A few minutes later, I'd created this collage:

    Wouldn't that make a lovely card if I printed it out? I guess most people do print their Fotojet creations so they can put them into photo albums and scrapbooks, or make them into greetings cards. There are templates for all kinds of occasions: weddings, birth of babies, graduations, thank you cards, birthdays, Father's Days...

    Although I like the idea of printing collages, I'm more likely to create virtual images that need no ink like this Facebook post:



    Or I could make more collages to go with blog posts such as this 3D collage:


    I think that's very eye-catching!

    After I made this balancing cube picture, I discovered I could make a collage without using the ready made templates. I could design my own collage from scratch. So I did. I chose the number and arrangement of my photos. I changed the background colour or pattern of the collages. I added text (lots of different fonts!) and clip art too. I made loads of collages, but I'll just show you a couple of them!



    Using Fotojet is very easy. All I had to do was upload my photos  and then place them in the templates. Photos can be edited while in the collage. There are a number of filters that can be applied to get different looks. I applied the 'impression' filter to the photos in this creation:



    Fotojet is free. You don't even need to sign up for an account to use the software. So take a look!

    And now this post is finished, I guess I should get back to my weekend chores. I was going to do them earlier, but I got a bit carried away with Fotojet!


    PS Sophia from PearlMountain Technology asked me if I'd like to try out Fotojet and then give my opinion. I decided I would because, if I'd stumbled upon Fotojet while browsing for strewing resources, I would probably have told you about it anyway, (especially as it's free!).


    A Guest Blog Post by Suzie Andres


    My family and I are visiting my husband's family in Florida.

    Yesterday my husband surprised me by getting up early (this is vacation!) and asking if I'd like to go with him to Mass (it was a weekday morning; the feast of St. Sixtus the Second and of St. Cajetan, as it turned out).

    As we got into his parent's car, we noticed something on the driver's side mirror, just a few inches away from my husband, but on the outside of the car...it was...a spider of some sort.

    We were soon driving and the spider didn't leave his web or even move. I suppose he clung harder...or actually, I should say, she clung harder....because I was certain it was Charlotte herself!

    For spun into the spider's web were words! The words formed the shape of a white cross - the kind of cross St. Andrew was crucified upon, according to our beautiful tradition. St. Peter asked to be crucified upside down, feeling unworthy to die in the same way as his best friend and Savior. I guess St. Andrew didn't feel worthy to die like his brother! (I bet I'm missing something here - but ah, the Internet - here is what I have found to better explain--)
    One of the most famous symbols, St. Andrew's Cross is shaped like a big X.
    Saint Andrew was martyred by crucifixion at Patras in Achaea in Greece. Because St. Andrew deemed himself unworthy to be crucified on the same type of cross on which Christ had been crucified, he asked to be tied to a Crux decussata or an X shaped cross. Thus the Saltire became known as Saint Andrew's cross. 
    The Scottish flag proudly displays the Cross of St. Andrew. In 832 AD, King Angus MacFergus had a dream the night before a battle, where Andrew appeared to him. During the battle the next day, a saltire or x-shaped cross like that of the St. Andrew's cross appeared on the battlefield giving the Scots encouragement and causing their opponents the Northumbrians to flee the field. Saint Andrew's cross is known as the Saltire and it began to appear not only on the flags but also on the coins and clothing of the Scots. 
    (from St Andrew's Cross)
    So there you are, we were dealing with a Scottish spider. No wonder I'd never seen anything like it! Only it was also a New England spider, clearly a descendant of Charlotte, because from where I sat in the passenger seat, the cross looked like it spelled out words. Add to this that the mirror over which is stretched did a wondrous job of reflecting spider, web, and cross, and you can understand why we were quite enraptured by this wonder of nature.

    When we returned from Mass, the spider was still there, and we had time to examine her and her web at leisure. I came inside and invited my in-laws to come out and examine her. My mother-in-law brought out a magnifying glass and we were even more astounded...

    Our spider was orange with stripes on the legs; she wore a stunning silver bodice; and her head --no, actually that was her abdomen-- well it reconciled me at last to the head of Darth Maul! It was like a jewel encrusted royalty-thing-like-Queen-Elsa-held -- like a mace? Or maybe like a mitre...and studded with jewels, truly--teensy tinsy jewels, but they were jewels as clearly as her bodice was pure silver...

    I told my mother-and-father-in-law that I could find this spider on the Internet, and thus identify her, in 5 seconds. I was wrong! Looking up Florida spiders (that's where we are at the moment, in the southeast corner of the United States), I saw many images on sites that seemed to present exhaustive portraits of the local inhabitants, but nothing like our spider.

    I tried again and typed into Google "Spider with a cross on its web."

    Bingo! St. Andrew's Cross Spider, native to...Australia?


    St Andrews Cross by Cyron, (CC BY 2.0)
    Considering I'd been living in Australia (not really; perhaps we could say I was vacationing there while on my vacation to Florida, but I was considering moving -- as in: to Sue Elvis' blog!), well this was marvelous! Miraculous really!

    Had an Australian spider come all this way just to make me feel at home (in her homeland?) - or perhaps she was doing a house exchange with a native Florida spider who was now weaving a web across some part of an Elvis-mobile?

    Looking more closely at our spider's web, I was slightly disappointed that there were no words in the cross...but the beauty and wonder didn't leave much room for disappointment! And all day, whether we left the car in the driveway or took it out for a spin - that spider stayed settled in her new home! Okay, except when my mother-in-law went out to get the mail...then the spider -- "zoop!" as my m-i-l put it -- zipped down on a thread to the ground! And moments later, when my m-i-l walked up the driveway and again past the car? "Zip!" Somehow just as speedily as she'd dropped, the spider ascended back to the mirror. But the speed with which she did it astonished the observer! How in the world...?

    Or again: where in the world?

    My husband almost burst my bubble when he explained that this spider was most likely not actually from Australia...the wikipedia article he read said that there were maybe several species of spider (all in the same genus) that made a cross or "x" on their webs like this, and they were spread over the world - there was a species in the Philippines, for instance, called the X spider. It seemed that only my punching in "cross on the web" had brought up the St. Andrew's Cross spider in particular...If I'd punched in "x on the web" I'd have gotten the Philipino X spider...

    Ah, but what a spider, no matter where she resides (or visits)! For yes, it turns out she is native to this area (South Florida, USA) too...although I'm not convinced this isn't an Aussie cousin on a vacay to her U.S. cousin...

    My disappointment couldn't last for long. Here is what wikipedia has to say -- that the spider in North America is sometimes called "the zipping spider" (my mother-in-law turns out to be a great naturalist and could have named this species!), and also "the writing spider" because of the similarity of the web stabilimenta (in this case that would be the cross) to writing. So she is descended from Charlotte! And in the Philippines, she is sometimes known as gagambang pari, that is "priest spider," because of the way the spider's body resembles a priest with a mitre!

    Clearly we are talking about a very Catholic and literary spider here; hence her accompanying us to church and then onto Sue's blog...

    Which leads me from spiders to Saints...Did you know that St. Therese was terrified of spiders?

    I think this fear was just something God allowed her to offer up because He really wanted her to be born in her own saintly family. Her parents will be canonized this October during the Synod on the Family

    and she had the joy of living with 3 of her sisters who were also, in the Lisieux convent, Carmelite nuns. Her remaining sister, Leonie, was eventually a Visitation nun at Caen, also in France, and Leonie's cause for canonization has recently begun!

    Since Therese's saintly family lived in France, that's where she was dropped, like a heavenly rose, into their midst...and I bet she never ever came across a St. Andrew's Spider there (or a writing spider or a priest spider). Which would explain her fear of spiders not being replaced -- as fear was so famously and happily replaced in almost every other instance in her life -- by love. Perfect love casts out fear, and St. Therese was wedded to Pefect Love, so there was no room for fear. Maybe she did overcome her fear of spiders even on this earth! But surely now in Heaven she sees their beauty...

    I think this must the longest post ever to appear on Sue Elvis' blog -- which is why I think it's best that my place here is in a page of my own, a page I'm planning to maintain more as a webite than a blog. Thank you, Sue, for giving me a page--a room--of my own, and for letting me enter through your main room!

    I've had a love-hate relationship with the Internet, but clearly there is too much beauty in this world for just one person to write about it, and for even the writings of many to be contained only in books. And so I say hoorary for blogs! Hooray for Sue Elvis' dear blog that has welcomed so many and now welcomes me in a special a space where I can in turn welcome my readers. Hooray, in other words, for blogs that have a page that looks like a website and can even direct the reader back to books! And last but not least, hooray for spiders that live in the book of creation and send their observers most joyfully to the "book of the Internet," where one can find the spider she's looking for, if not in 5 seconds, at least in 5 minutes!

    My spider is from Australia, I'm fairly sure of it. I hope she enjoys her vacation as much as I'm enjoying mine. It is nice to imagine that she was in as much wonderment when she saw me, as I have been since I saw her! But even if a spider can't be full of wonder, certainly St. Therese, who showers me with so many roses that I suspect she showered me with a spider we could both love, and clearly St. Andrew, my family's patron saint whom I hardly ever remember is watching over us but who sent me a spider who shares our name, surely these two among many others are in wonderment at God's glories on earth as in heaven -- even if the beautiful spider is unable herself to wonder (which inability is redeemed by her own little way of glorifying God in perfect accord with His plan).

    Pope John Paul II Hybrid Tea Rose by Liz(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
    {These particular roses-from-Therese for us today are John Paul II hybrid tea roses, described by one purveyor as having Exceptional Disease Resistance, Vigorous Growth, and Perfect Bloom Form. But of course! They're straight from Heaven!}

    When I go home soon from Florida to my native California, perhaps my spider will return to her proper home in Australia. (We are departing from an International Airport, after all). Even if she has actually begun her life here, not really on vacation but a genuine Floridian-American, I can't possibly saddle her with the life-long sobriquet "black and yellow garden spider" which is the unimaginative name she is apparently sometimes called in these parts...I may have to look up international flights to NSW, and see if I can wave her off on her long plane ride to stay with the Elvis family there.

    But with what delight will I know, even as my vacation is over, that my stay in Australia has just begun! Spiders...Saints...and so much kindness -- That last would be the kindness of Sue Elvis, and lately her daughter Sophie too! Sue has long included me as a welome visitor on her blog, and now she's set up a room for me all to myself. There will be lots of windows, right up by the ceiling, so that you can climb (or click) back to the many other beautiful pages and rooms in Sue's blog-as-good-as-a-book...And there will also be more magic portals all the way down the page, throughout the length of my new room, we might say -- portals leading to my favorite books and their authors (whom I know will graciously welcome you too, for they are gentle authors, all) and leading to my saints as well--their welcome is the stuff of legends, as well as modern-day miracles.

    Good-bye, dear spider. Good-bye until our next visit, dear in-laws of so much kindness. Good-bye Florida, but hello Australia (and everywhere else in the world thanks to the wonders of the Internet, and thank you Sue and Sophie, for making me feel right at home. My job today is to get you a profile picture for my new page...I'll resist the temptation to let my spider's photo take the place of my own! She's lovely, but in case St. Therese drops by, we may want to keep the roses to make her feel right at home :)

    Oh, and for those who would like to visit while we're emptying boxes and moving in, come on by! You'll have to provide your own cup of tea, but we'll provide a warm welcome. You can always find us by typing "Suzie Andres Sue Elvis" into google (that's what I keep doing!) or click on the handy secret doorway to gain instant accessSuzie Andres 







    Author of
    Homeschooling with Gentleness
    A Little Way of Homeschooling and
    The Paradise Project


    In less than five weeks' time, my son Callum will be marrying Casey. They announced their engagement months ago and it seemed like we had all the time in the world to prepare for the wedding. Then last week we panicked: What are my girls and I going to wear on the big day, and what gift are we going to give the newly married couple?

    In this week's podcast, I begin by telling you a little about our wedding preparations. What has this got to do with unschooling? I guess it shows that unschoolers, although weird and very different , do find people to marry!

    Here's a quick summary of the topics in this week's episode...

    I talk about:
    • our preparations for my son Callum’s wedding
    • my new favourite website that I will still love when I’m a yummy granny!
    • the perfect wedding present I’ve chosen
    • how my family helped me produce a new edition of my children’s novel
    • how unschooling children love to share ideas, talents and their help
    • the new blog page I’ve created for unschooling author Suzie Andres
    • some great free resources that can be found online
    • how wonderful it is watching children involved with their passions
    • my daughter Charlotte’s university experience: how did she get on writing her very first essay?
    Here's...

    the podcast notes


    Books

    New edition of my children's novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek: coming very soon!

    Suzie Andres' books:
    and her newly published novel, The Paradise Project

    Suzie's page here on my blog: Suzie Andres


    Weddings

    Anne's beading site: All Beautiful Catholic Beads

    My new favourite website: Birdsnest


    Lots of Passion!

    Great free resources


    Blog posts


    Sophie's blog

    The Techno Maid

    Podcast





    If you listen... thank you!




    Last night…

    “Thank you, Imogen for helping me today,” I said. “I could never have sorted out my new book cover without your help.”

    Imogen looked up from her computer and said, “That’s okay, Mum! I was happy to help.”

    Then Charlotte wandered into the family room with my husband Andy. “Have you finished your Power Point presentation?” I asked her

    “Nearly,” she replied, and then added, “Thank you, Dad, for showing me how to put it together.”

    “I enjoyed helping,” said Andy. “And thank you for helping me with my school posters.” He held up a huge picture of a lobster reading a book. (A lobster reading a book? He's a year 2 teacher!) “Doesn’t this look good? Charlotte helped me paint it.”

    We all admired Andy’s and Charlotte’s work before I remembered someone else who needed thanking.

    “Thank you for helping with my washing today,” I said to Gemma-Rose. “I was running out of things to wear.”

    Gemma-Rose grinned. “Isn’t it awful when you look in your drawer and all you can see is that one horrible jumper you hate wearing?”

    “Oh yes!” I grinned back. “You’ve saved me from that. I’ve now got plenty of things to wear. Thank you!”

    “We seem to be doing a lot of thanking,” someone observed.

    “Yes,” I agreed. “Everyone did lots of helping today. Except me.”

    “You walked the dog,” said Imogen. “That helped.”

    “But I didn’t even have to hold the leash,” I objected. “You volunteered to come with me and did that."

    I then remembered another helpful volunteer. "Thank you, Sophie, for helping me with the images for Suzie Andres’ new blog page. You didn't get any time to yourself this evening. You probably hoped to get your new blog design up and running. I’m sorry about that.”

    “That’s okay. Plenty of time to do that tomorrow,” said Sophie. “Anyway, you did more work on Suzie’s page than me.”

    “I did do some helping today,” I said. “I helped Suzie Andres.”

    Do you know Suzie? She’s the author of the homeschooling books Homeschooling with Gentleness and A Little Way of Homeschooling. She has also just published her first novel, The Paradise Project. Suzie needs a place on the web, somewhere she can share her books and other treasures, so I invited her to join me here on my blog. And that’s why I’m putting together a page for her.

    The page is ‘under construction’. It's in a bit of a mess at the moment. I need to work on the design (with Sophie’s help) and add additional images and information. But we're hoping the page will look good when it's finished. So please keep watch!


    Do unschooling children like to help each other?

    I used to think if we allowed our children to follow their own interests they’d focus only on themselves. They would go off down their own pathways and never interact or care about anyone else, becoming selfish and self-absorbed. But that’s not true. Unschoolers love sharing their talents, their ideas, their help. 

    I guess we all like to be needed. We all want to feel a valued part of the team.

    I wonder who I'll help today. And who I'll thank this evening.


    Image: This photo was taken by Sophie. Gemma-Rose often helps Sophie out by agreeing to be her model when Sophie wants to practise her photography.

    And Sophie just helped me out: "Do you have a photo I can add to my blog post? You do? Thank you!" 


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