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Blogging/Podcasting

If We Collaborate Could We Light a Gentle Unschooling Fire?

1 day ago

I’m looking for collaborators. People to work with. Other bloggers and podcasters and vloggers and authors who are passionate about spreading the unschooling message. In a gentle way. Helen Keller said: Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. And Louisa May Alcott said: It takes two flints to make a […]

Blogging/Podcasting

My Unschooling Podcast Adventure

5 days ago

Almost three years ago, I recorded my first podcast. For a few hours, I was very excited about what I’d produced. But then a short time later, I almost deleted the episode. I’m glad I didn’t because I know if I had, I probably wouldn’t have continued on and made 100 episodes. Yes, I have […]

Maths

Real Life Family Unschool Maths

2 weeks ago

A few years ago, when my daughter Sophie was 10, she started to say, “I’m no good at maths. I hate it!” At the time, Sophie was using a formal structured maths course. When she started sighing over her work, I knew that it was time to face an uncomfortable idea and unschool maths. Of […]

Unschooling

A Gradual Approach to Unschooling

2 weeks ago

Maybe you’ve been reading about unschooling and you like the thought of it. Yes, it sounds good. But you’re not sure you can do it. It will take a lot of trust. You’ll have to think about things in a new way. Maybe you’ll need to make a lot of changes. It could feel very […]

English

Unschool Maths and Uncomfortable Ideas

3 weeks ago

Some ideas might make us feel uncomfortable. We push them to the back of our minds, not wanting to consider them. This is how I used to feel about unschooling maths. We used to be unschoolers who unschooled everything except for maths. (Should we really have called ourselves unschoolers?) There were a few reasons I […]

Parenting

When New Ideas Make Us Feel Uncomfortable

3 weeks ago

I’ve had times in my life when other people have presented me with new ideas and I haven’t wanted to know about them. I hear what they’re saying, but I don’t want to consider the ideas too deeply. Why would I do that? Isn’t it good to be challenged, to learn and to grow? Sometimes […]

My Podcasts

Unschooling Imposters and Difficult Days

4 weeks ago

After a few quiet weeks – life has been busy – I’m back with a new podcast, episode 97. It’s called Unschooling Imposters and Difficult Days, but I could have called it Our Weight Loss Adventure! Here’s the podcast summary: This week, I answer the following questions: Why did I feel like an unschooling imposter? Why […]

Music Videos

What Do I Think of School?

4 weeks ago

A friend asked me what I think of school. I decided to write my answer as a blog post. It’s no secret that, as a child, I hated school. It seemed like a waste of time. I had to learn things I wasn’t interested in just to pass exams, and when I’d achieved that, I […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Fitting Facebook, Blogging and Podcasting into a Busy Life

4 weeks ago

I was going to write a post about how I’d decided to delete my Facebook page. This was my answer to freeing up some more time for myself. (You might have heard that I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed recently.) I did actually start such a post several times. Each time, the words wouldn’t flow. […]

Blogging/Podcasting

An Unschooling Imposter

1 month ago

The other day, I posted the following words on my Facebook page: Do you ever have times when you fall apart? You just can’t cope? You question everything you’re doing? I felt like this last week. You see, we’re not a perfect family. In particular, I’m far from the perfect mother I’d like to be. […]

Evernote

An Evernote Workshop (8): Recording the Weather

1 month ago

Do you keep a diary? And if you do, do you write about the weather? I write about the weather all the time: “Today was very hot. It was real bushfire weather. We kept expecting to hear fire truck sirens blaring through the village.” “Today Gemma-Rose saw snow for the very first time. We stood […]

Unschooling

How an Unschooling Life isn’t Perfect and Why That’s Okay

1 month ago

I take a look at my drafts file. I have SEVENTY half-written blog posts! Can I finish any of them? How about this one? I began writing this post some time ago when I was enthusiastically working on my unschooling book. If I publish it, will I feel motivated to continue writing my book? I’m writing […]

Creative Arts

Turning Unschool Learning into Homeschool Records Notes

2 months ago

Why would I want to turn something as unique and wonderful as unschooling into routine homeschool records notes? I wish I could take delight in my daughters’ learning without ever thinking about homeschool records. Unfortunately, that’s not possible. I always have to keep one eye on the records book so that my unschoolers can fulfil the necessary […]

Evernote

An Evernote Workshop (7): 50 Coloured Background Note Templates (to download)

2 months ago

Today, I have something I hope you’re going to like: coloured background templates for Evernote notes! I have made 50 templates for you to download and use in your notebooks. How to download a template Click on a coloured square The link will take you to this screen: Click on VIEW IN EVERNOTE This screen […]