My Unschooling Book Series (3)
I’m blogging parts of my unschooling book as I edit the draft version.
After I’ve set the tone for the book, I want to introduce myself and my family just in case readers aren’t familiar with my blog or podcast.
It’s time to introduce myself.
You already know I’m Sue Elvis, and that I’m an unschooling blogger and podcaster at Stories of an Unschooling Family. But what else?
Do you know I’m married to a superstar? He’s Andy Elvis. We have eight amazing children. They’re not amazing because they’re our children. All children are amazing. Mine, yours, everyone’s.
My poor children: I used to be their dragon mother. They quickly learnt to back away from my fire-breath whenever I lost the plot. (I lost the plot a lot.) Thankfully, these days, the flames have died down. I’m no longer known by my fiery nickname which just goes to show there’s hope for any hot-headed and overwhelmed parent. But I’m still not perfect. Far from it. But that’s okay. You see, I have children who love me unconditionally. They’re helping me become the person I am meant to be.
Our eldest child is Felicity who was born in 1987. And our youngest is Gemma-Rose who joined our family in 2004. Duncan, Callum, Imogen, Charlotte, Thomas and Sophie fall somewhere in between.
Andy and I live with our at-home children in a village surrounded by the beautiful Australian bush, south of Sydney in the state of New South Wales.
Have our kids ever gone to school? No. Have we always been unschoolers? Unfortunately not. We started off as unschoolers, but I soon got distracted. I led my kids down lots of other pathways before we made our way back to where we began, to the place where we belong.
You’ll find out more about me and my family and our unschooling journey as you read this book. I’m going to share lots of our stories. They will illustrate the principles of unschooling, giving you concrete examples of how unschooling can look when we put them into action. Of course, I’ll be talking about my family. Unschooling might look a bit different in yours.
Amazing Kids and Unconditional Love
I’m also going to talk more about amazing kids and unconditional love and becoming the people we are meant to be while I talk about such things as:
- The principles of unschooling
- Misconceptions and other obstacles to unschooling
- How to begin unschooling
- How to answer our critics and gain confidence
- How to satisfy homeschooling registration requirements while unschooling
- Basic skills: maths, reading and writing
- Learning from life
- Difficult times
- Sharing our values and beliefs with our children
- Parenting and radical unschooling
- And much, much more
As always, I’m only sharing bits and pieces from the unschooling book I’m writing. And the wording of these excerpts might change as I continue to edit the manuscript.
The list of topics that I’ll be discussing in my book might change as well depending on what I include and what I reject as I work on this draft. If there is any particular aspect of unschooling you’d like me to highlight in my book, I hope you’ll let me know!