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Time to Unschool (Part 2)
How Registered Homeschoolers Can Unschool
The Most Powerful Motivator of All
Strengthening Family Bonds
One Way My Blog Might Be Useful
On Holiday: History, Geography and Record Keeping
The Angels of Abbey Creek Paper Dolls
The New Mr and Mrs Elvis and Other Extraordinary Week Stories
Mothers and Daughters-in-Law and Love
How I'm Gaining a Sixth Daughter
Chores and Our Typical Unschooling Day
Perhaps I Shouldn't Have Told You about Our Typical Unschooling Day
A Bit of a Murder in Our Typical Unschooling Day
How I Made a 'Huge' Mistake and Was Forgiven
How I Ruined My Chances of Having Thousands of Facebook Fans
Is Unschooling Just Living Life?
Getting a Bit Carried Away with Fotojet
Books, Weddings and Lots of Passion!
Being Part of the Helping Team
Encouraging Kids to Write (and the Youngest Child in the Family)
Popularity, Learning to Read and Shakespeare
Acquiring Bucketfuls of Unschooling Trust
Can We Say We're Unschoolers if We Require Maths?
Learning from My Daughter and Other Unschool Stories
Why Picnics Are (Still) Important
Deciding to be Positive about Homeschool Record Keeping
Starting Unschooling
Why Kids with Families Don't Need Workbooks to Learn Basic Maths
Kids and Computers
Regaining Her Enthusiasm for Learning
A Guided Tour of My New-Look Blog!
From Unschooling to University
Real Life Maths Resources: Some Thoughts and Links
Preparing Our Children for an Unknown Future: Can We Do it?
Elevator Pitches: Unschooling and Faith
When Excitement for Learning Appears to Disappear
Evernote for Home Records: Which Version?
Creativity: Why Classical Music Isn't Enough
What I Think Unschooling is All About: The Podcast
Taking Time Out
Misconceptions: Unschooling Children are Self-Centred and Inconsiderate
Misconceptions: Unschooling Children Will Choose Not to Do Difficult Things
Misconceptions: Unschooling Parents are Lazy
Misconceptions: Unschooling Parents Have to Step Back
Dreams, Talents, Working and Unworking
Wild on the Inside
The Power of a Few Encouraging Words
An Elvis Family Tradition
Changing People's Minds about Unschooling
Maybe We Should Have Listened to the Critics
Funny How Things Change
Using Evernote to Record Unschool Maths
Registering as Homeschoolers Using Evernote Unschool Records
A Successful Evernote Homeschool Registration Visit
Young, Beautiful Avatars & Other Discoveries of My Week
Forcing Kids to Learn and to Eat, and Should We Test Them?
Blog Post Ideas & Other Lurky Week Stories
The Inflated Can of Baked Beans
Our Reluctance to Trust and Other Croaky Thoughts
Time for New Adventures? Maybe? Maybe Not?
Why I Like Empty Weeks & Other Busy Week Stories
Boy Stories
Can Unschooling Be a Christian Thing to Do?
Unschool Maths: Why and How
Why Sophie is Glad I'm Her Mother and Other Dusty Week Stories
Questioning Our Decision to Unschool
If You're Looking for the Perfect Example of Unschooling
Being Honest: Talking about Mistakes and Perfection
An Australian Bush Birthday and Bush Books
(More) Apologies
Protecting Children from Outside Influences
My Head is Overflowing with Ideas, Music, and Lots of Questions!
Keeping Teenagers Safe from the Dangers of the World
Resolutions, Reading, Writing and Coarse Language
Under the Spell of the Australian Bush: Books, a Movie, a Walk
Unschooling Resources: Discoveries of 2014
How Jesus Was Stolen & Other Christmas Tales
The Midnight Mass
Why We Are Rotten Parents and Other Stories
So What's Happening With Facebook and My Blog?
Chores and Kids: What if We Said "Yes"?
Books, Music, Burnout and a Mystery!
Pi and Tea, and Our Dog's Tea Bag Collection
How Much Facebook Does One Woman Need?
How to Talk and Save Lives, and Can I Mention the Weather?
My Old Portmanteau
Losing My Ability...
About Me, About Podcasts, About Adventures!
A Baby's Birth and Death, and Christmas (Again!)
Teenagers. Rules and Rebellion
The Problem with Being an Introverted Blogger
Should a Child Be Given the Freedom to Choose?
Too Short Skirts and Other Stories of My Week
Mothers, Unschooling, and a Lazy Way of Life
How We Unschool Despite Strict Homeschool Regulations
Why Picnics Are Important
Maths and Other Wild and Yummy Stories
Beginnings and Endings, and a Simple Christmas
More About an Unschooling School Teacher Father
Approaching Classic Novels the Other Way Round
Unschooling Children, a School Teacher Father, and Tea
Bits and Pieces, Some Hard to Believe
Unschooling Experts, Criticism, and Radical Chore Rosters
Unschooling Interests and Random Word Novels
Bare Foot Unschooling and Comfortable Shoes
Unschool Writing, Essays and a Few Panicky Moments!
Are You a Proper Unschooler?
Squishy? Living in the Unschooling Moment
What I Discovered This Morning & Other Stories of My Week
Exciting Times, Slow Times, and Unschool Holidays
Unschooling Sausages
Five MORE Favourite Read-Aloud Book Series
Getting Older, Admitting One's Age, Lines and Wrinkles!
A Camera, Photography Books and Playing the Ebay Game
Logarithmic Time and Other Old and Inappropriate Stories
Mistakes, a Teenager's Love of Learning and Loose Change!
Adding Children's Books to My Own Personal Reading Pile
Why We Have to Take Risks
Podcasting, Blogging, Books and Lice!
Teenage Daughters, Books, Movies and Love
Homeschool Meetings. Talking and Turkeys
Seven Revealing Facts About Myself
Creating Evernote Reading Notebooks
Five Favourite Read-Aloud Book Series
The Writing Game: No Shortage of Writing Ideas
The Right Kind of Home Improvement
Deciding to Get Rid of Our STUFF!
Some Big News and Not So Big News
Yelling at Maths Games and Other Stories of the Week
From Unschooling to University and Work (Part 2)
Will It All Work Out?
What About My Perfect Homeschooling Success Story?
From Unschooling to University and Work (Part 1)
My Draft Posts File is as Fat as Our Cats, and Other Stories
So Why Do I Blog About Unschooling?
Interviewing Charlotte (16), an Unschooling Teenager
My Fridge Adventure
Pondering Trust
Interviewing Sophie (13), an Unschooling Teenager
Becoming Real Life Maths Detectives
Have You Been Thinking About Visiting Me?
What is it Like to Be an Unschooling Parent?
About Being a Tired Mother
Approaching Maths Backwards
Does Unschooling Work?
The 20 Minute Challenge
How to Have an Unschool Adventure, No Camper Van Needed!
Answering a Strewing Question
Five Minutes on Friday: What is Unschooling?
Unschooling, Strewing and Unplanning
Rainbow Loom, More Rainbow Loom, Yet More Rainbow Loom
Chatting about Passions and Other Stuff
What My Girls Did This Week and How I Recorded These Learning Experiences
Pondering Some Ideas about How to Prepare for a Homeschool Registration Visit
Not Everyone Likes Me
Why I Refuse to be My Child's Worst Nightmare
How Homeschooling Children Can Use Evernote 
A Look Inside Our Evernote Unschooling Records Notebooks
A Perfect Method for Keeping Unschooling Records
Unvlogging: Writing, Video Making, Record Keeping...
Sipping Tea with Friends While Answering Liebster Questions
Becoming a Vlogger: So What Am I Going to Talk About?
Becoming a Vlogger: Can I Do This?
About Writing and Clothes and Camping
About Me, About Being Different
Unschooling and Trust
Watching TV, Playing on the Computer, Doing Nothing Much at All
Encouraging Children So They Get Excited About Learning
Some Thoughts on Unschooling and Experts
When Time and Blogs Are Our Own
Burnt Out
When a Child Wants to Read the Same Book Again and Again
Helping a Child Go Where She Wants to Go
Glimpsing the World Through a Child's Eyes
The Problem with Disguising Maths Practice as Fun
The Reading Out Loud Experiment
REAL LIFE Junk Mail Catalogue MATHS
Why My Unschooler Isn't Going to Learn Any More Maths
A Typical Unschooling Day at Home
Time for Some Strewing
The Curriculum of Life
Team Writing a Fantasy Novel
Engines, Muscles and Spending Time with Dad
Everything is Educational, Even Disney Princesses
Those Weird Unschoolers
When a Child Has a Mental Illness: the Diagnosis
Life after the Convent
More about the Convent Experience
When a Daughter Leaves the Convent
When a Daughter Enters the Convent
When a Parent Makes a Teenager's Life Unnecessarily Difficult
A Musical Interlude
When a Child Has a Mental Illness: the Teenage Years
The Fear of Revealing I Am Far From Perfect
When a Child Has a Mental Illness (Part 1)
Mother, Daughters, Sisters
Facing the Fact We Are an Introverted Family
The Problem with Being a Younger Sister
The Joy of Singing Together
Lots of Interesting Stuff for Children to Do on the Computer
Teenagers are People Too
When Unschooling Spills Over into Parenting
When a Child Can't Cope
The Changing Seasons of the Unschooling Year
How I Removed an Engine from a Car
Following My Mothering Instincts
This is MY Mothering Story
Gemma-Rose (9) Talks about Novel Writing
Another Invitation to Come in and Meet My Family
Reclaiming an Unschooling Sense of Adventure
Encouragement, Example and the Fun of Sharing Passions
Sharing a Few Ideas with My Unschooling High Schooler
Homeschooling in a Crisis
Learning from Life
Why I Am My Children's Number One Fan
Imogen Talks about the Role of Parents in Unschooling
Free Youtube Classical Movies and Mini-Series
How to Have Demanding Children Who Rule the House
Imogen Talks about Unschooling and University
Counting Down to the Biggest Writing Challenge of the Year
Why it''s Not a Good Idea to Read Carefully and Slowly
Bushrangers on Our Local Roads?
Suzie Andres' Unschooling Books
The Problem of Applying Sunscreen to Wet, Sandy Bodies
Do You Know What's at the End of Our Road?
Starring... the Elvis Girls!
Bite-Sized Pieces of Unschool Maths
Enjoying an Unexpected Little Adventure
Interviewing My Children and Other Family Movies
Giving Up My Perfect Start-of-the-Year Plans
Live Life to the Full, Have No Regrets
Memories of an Inexperienced Mother
Confessions of a Former Hot-Tempered Mother
When Worry Gets in the Way of Love
What Do Children Need for a Happy Childhood?
How the Girls and I Take a Weekly Trip Overseas
Aiming for Love Not Perfection
Nothing is More Important than Love
When a Child Has Only One Interest
The Opportunity to Discover, the Freedom to Choose
Guiding My Children Responsibly Without Imposing Rules
Making Children Learn What They Don't Want to Know
Falling in Love the Jane Austen Way
Watching History as it Happened
Excited about Maths
What a Day Without Rules Looks Like
Why I Wanted to Delete My Blogs
Imposing Rules on Children: Is There a Better Way?
Igniting a Child's Love of Learning
How to Get Children to Do Their School Work
Getting Children to Help with the Chores
Restricting Children's Time on the Computer
The 'Risky' Business of Trusting Children
Rules, Responsible Parenting and Radical Unschooling
Unschooling: No Hippie Way of Life Needed
If You're Thinking About Unschooling...
Favourite Books for Girls Aged 7 and Above
Strewing Astonishing Apples on the Wall
Writing, Blogging, Sharing and Enjoying
A Whole Month of Writing Challenges!
Can Catholic Unschoolers Teach Their Children About the Faith?
Sharing Some Thoughts on Children and Writing
Sharing Some Thoughts on Learning to Read
Sharing Some Thoughts on Unschool Maths
Is it Possible to Unschool Part-Time?
How My Daughters Are Organising My Education
Blogging about Unschooling in My Non-Expert Way
A Non-Super Mum's Approach to Creative Arts
With So Much Freedom, Will an Unschooler Choose to be Lazy?
Never-Ending Unschooling
Why Do Some Children Love Writing?
Why it is Essential I Love My Own Ideas
What Happened When I Strewed a Painting on the Wall
Lunch with the Saints
Thinking about Maths Creatively
How to Get Our Children to Trust Us
What if...?
A Real Science Education
An Unschooling Way of High School Science
Passions, Careers and Time
A New Unschooling Year Begins
Imogen's Unschooling Plan to Get into University
From Unschooling to Successful University learning
Paintings, Jigsaws and other Art History Ideas
Breeding like Mice
Chess, Sudoku, and Lazy Summer Days
Encouragement from a Super-Hero Sister
What I Think Unschooling Is All About
My Unschoolers' End-of-the-Year Reports
When Will I Use All This Maths Mum?
What to Do When Strewing is Rejected
Independent Learners. Toast and Heavy Washing Baskets
A Real Maths Learning Moment
The Tricky Problem of Giving a Child Unasked-For Help
How Much Is Enough?
Some Bits and Pieces...
Nurturing Independent Learners
Having the Confidence to Ignore the Opinions of Others
Giving My Unschoolers a Maths Test
How the Girls Are Going to Write Novels in Only One Month
Tired and Cranky and Lacking Enthusiasm
Forcing a Child to Do What He is Afraid to Do
Resolving to Go on More Adventures
Love and Physics
A Better Way to Get into University
Real Maths Running
My Homeschool Records Book
My Unschooling Highschoolers and Writing
An Education at the Museum
Another Unschooling Holiday
Remembering to Trust
A Main Course of Reading Out Loud
How Do You Feel on a Monday Morning?
Some Maths to Share on One of Those Tired Mornings
Comparing Homeschooling Styles: a Child's View

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  1. Dear Sue,

    I accidentally found your blog and absolutely love it! Been reading your entries on My Homeschooling Stories.

    We started homeschooling this year and as you know, with all new beginners, there's lots to learn, especially for the mother. We are slowly moving more towards unstructured approach. It's exciting and scarry at the same time. So, reading your experiences here really help! Thank you very much also for your honesty because it makes me feel that what I'm experiencing is normal. And with God's grace, I can do this very challenging job :).

    1. Wei Yun,

      I am so glad you found my blog! Thank you for stopping and leaving a comment.

      Exciting and scary? I can understand that! Have you read "A Little Way of Homeschooling"? Here's a quote I really love about trusting God and having confidence we can homeschool our children:

      "God will give each of us the time that we need to learn everything He wants us to know; this applies to both ourselves and our children. Why do we expect we must teach it all to our children in our homeschool? And why do we automatically assume that this burden of prospective learning will be painful for them, arduous for us? There is a less frightening way….

      … In the spirit of St Therese, we as Catholics ought to realise that Jesus has set us free. If we believe His words, if we strive to believe Him more and more, we will start by living one day at a time, letting tomorrow take care of itself. Already we will have made progress if we refuse to see the whole future of a child contained in today’s accomplishments, successes and failures…

      …Spend time listening to Him, and let Him tell you what He desires for your family. It may be unschooling… Whatever it is, you will recognise it by the peace it brings to you and your children. Do not settle for anything else."

      Did you see the free giveaway for this book? Perhaps you'd like to enter. I could add your name...

      I hope you'll feel welcome to return and share more of my posts, and stop and discuss... I'm always happy to share my experiences and offer any help.

      God bless!

    2. Hi Sue, yes I would like to enter for the free give away. How do I go about it?

      Believe it or not, I'm actually going through all your entries under Homeschooling stories because I find them SO inspiring! And since you have so highly recommended Suzie Andres book, it's on my must-read book list now :).

      Somehow while reading your posts, I find it very comforting because they speak directly to my concerns, things that I have yet to find answers to, somehow your experiences help bring the message home for me :). Thank you! Your blog is already on my favorite list to visit :).

    3. Wei Yun,

      I feel so honoured that you're reading all my homeschooling stories. Thank you! We are all different as families but it can be good to share and encourage each other along. I guess the details of homeschooling may vary from family to family but we can still share common principles.

      I don't know if you have noticed but most of the links to these stories lead to my other blog, Sue Elvis Writes. The stories are also on this unschooling blog but I need to update the links. I must get around to doing that!

      I guess we all have our concerns about homeschooling. We want to do the best for our children and not risk their education in any way. Perhaps the experience of having homeschooled 4 children all the way from kindy to university entry has given me the confidence I used to lack. I am really enjoying my younger children because I know unschooling works and is the right fit for us. I no longer worry about the little things and just enjoy my girls. I wish I'd been so sure about what I was doing with my older ones! But I don't think any real harm was done during my times of trial and error. Children are resilient!

      I hope you also find the confidence and knowledge to overcome your concerns. I think homeschooling should be enjoyed!

      I'm sorry Wei Yun, but the giveaway is over. I drew the winners a few days ago. I would still recommend Suzie Andres' book though. It's available as a paperback or Kindle book from Amazon.

      Please stop by any time and say hello.

      God bless!


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