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Unschool Maths and Uncomfortable Ideas

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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?

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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)

3 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 […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Unschooling Siblings and Other Stories

3 months ago

I started writing this blog post last Friday. This is all I managed to write before I was interrupted: I didn’t make a podcast last week. Some unexpected things happened and so I didn’t find time to sit in front of my mic and record one. I felt a little frustrated because I’d promised to get […]

Blogging/Podcasting

What Do Unschoolers Do All Day?

3 months ago

Years ago, when we first started homeschooling, I used to wonder, “What do unschoolers do all day?” Even though I’d read a few books, I couldn’t find a satisfactory answer to my question. I needed a fly-on-the wall view into the unschooling life. This is why I decided to tell stories about our unschooling life when I […]

Record Keeping

An Evernote Workshop (6): Images and Icons

3 months ago

Have you set up your Evernote notebooks? Perhaps you’ve started exploring, playing around with the options. I wonder if you’ve discovered how to insert images and icons into your notes. Have you thought about what kinds of images you can use to enhance your notebooks? These are the things we’re going to discuss in this […]

Blogging/Podcasting

Our Unschooling Story

3 months ago

Imagine if you visited us. You’d knock at our front door. We’d invite you in. We’d sit around our kitchen table. Sip coffee. Eat chocolate muffins. What would we talk about? Lots of things! You’d tell me about your family. I’d tell you about mine. We’d probably chat about unschooling. Maybe you’d ask about our unschooling […]