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Blogging/Podcasting

If We Collaborate Could We Light a Gentle Unschooling Fire?

24 hours 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 […]