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Is the Internet Addictive or is There Another Reason Why I Waste Time Online?

16 hours ago

I’ve announced I’m leaving Facebook. I could have slipped away quietly. It was tempting to do that. But I wanted to thank my friends for including me in their lives, taking an interest in mine, and being so kind and loving to me and my family over the past few years. Yes, Facebook hasn’t been all […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Disentangling Myself from the Internet

3 days ago

I’m lying in bed. Thoughts are running laps inside my head. Of course, I can’t sleep. I wonder if I should get up and write down what I’m thinking. Write the blog post that wants to be written. But I don’t push back the blankets and head for my computer: It’s cold. Instead, I continue […]

Evernote

How Do I Turn Unschooling Life into Homeschool Records?

6 days ago

Sometimes life is quiet. We can stay at home and relax.  There’s plenty of time to say such things as “Would you like to watch a Shakespeare play with me?” We read books and drink hot chocolate. We write and chat and work on our individual projects. And as we do all this, I add […]

My Videos

What is Unschooling? A Transcript

1 week ago

Hayley from the blog Taking a kinder path transcribed my video What is Unschooling? allowing me to turn that video into a blog post. I’ve made minor changes to the original words so that my points are easier to understand – I never say things in a video or podcast as well as I’d like! – and […]

Parenting

No More Nice, Dead People!

3 weeks ago

This is a guest post by Carolyn Blessington. Late 2012, about when the world was supposed to end and more than two years before my first child was born, I took a class called REALationship 101 with a guy named Steve1.  My boyfriend and I needed help communicating and working out our differences.  So, we […]

My Podcasts

Accepting, Respecting, and Loving Unconditionally: An Unschooler’s Thoughts

3 weeks ago

I’ve been listening to a few of my podcasts and making some notes that I might incorporate into my upcoming unschooling book. Yesterday, I was listening to episode 70: Trust, Respect, and Love Unconditionally. I thought the following extracts might be suitable for publishing as a blog post. My daughter Sophie has some interesting things […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Podcasting Breaks and Unschooling Books

4 weeks ago

This is a very short blog post. All I want to say is: I’m taking a short podcasting break while I work on my unschooling book. If you’d like to hear more about Podcasting Breaks and Unschooling Books, you could listen to this week’s very short podcast, episode 103. I hope you’ll watch out for […]

Unschooling

Miles’ Model Munitions Germination

4 weeks ago

This is a guest post by unschooling teenager Miles Brack. About a month ago, my local home-schooling group held a “winter markets”. Mum suggested that I sell my wooden model guns… Setting up for the markets was a little hard. Seeing as I’d never met the audience I had no idea what to make for […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Ideas for Starting Unschooling

1 month ago

A few posts ago, I was talking about collaboration. Would anyone like to work with me as we try to spread the unschooling message? Could we light a gentle unschooling fire together? I was afraid no one would respond to my invitation, but quite a few people did! You might have noticed the recent guest […]

Unschooling

Watching a Child Learn

1 month ago

This is a guest post written by Elizabeth Johnson. As mothers (and fathers) we are blessed with an incredible privilege: watching our children’s minds unfold to the world around them. I used to take great pleasure from seeing an “A” at the top of my daughter’s spelling tests and would congratulate myself on parenting well […]

Family

The Jeans-Wearing Rule

1 month ago

This is part 2 of a transcript of Episode 102 of my unschooling podcast: Sharing Our Values and Beliefs With Our Unschooled Children. I ended part 1 with the words: “At this point in my podcast, I shared a story, The Jeans-Wearing Rule, from one of my older blogs to illustrate a few of the points […]

Family

A Podcast Transcript: Passing On Our Values and Beliefs to Our Children

1 month ago

This post is a transcript of part of my podcast, Episode 102: Sharing Our Values and Beliefs With Our Unschooled Children. I edited my original words to make them flow better. I reordered some of them, cut out repetitions, and made some small additions so that my thoughts are easier to follow. (Unfortunately, words never fall from […]

Family

Sharing Our Values and Beliefs With Our Unschooled Children

1 month ago

We all have our beliefs. Even if we don’t have a religious faith, we still believe in something. We all have values which shape our lives. Is it okay if we share these beliefs and values with our kids? I’ve heard some unschoolers say that we shouldn’t influence our kids. They should be free to make […]

Unschooling

How I Gave Up and Started Unschooling

1 month ago

A guest post by Venisa McAllister We started with high hopes. When my oldest daughter Sarah was old enough for kindergarten I enrolled her in a program called k-12. They would give us a computer, fun learning materials, and help me turn my daughter into a genius! We started with high hopes. How could it […]