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Primary School

A Typical Unschooling Day?

6 years ago

Is there really any such thing as a typical unschooling day? Each day can be so different from the one before; each day is a new adventure; each unschooling day has its own delights. That’s one of the wonderful things about living an unschooling life. So perhaps the ‘typical’ unschooling day I described in my […]

Primary School

What Next?

6 years ago

I will admit it: I am stuck. I don’t know what to write about. I created my blog to tell you some stories about our journey to unschooling, and all about Suzie Andres’ books and I feel I have done that. I really enjoyed writing those stories too! And having Suzie visit and everyone comment […]

Unschooling

Always Learning

6 years ago

I have been sitting and thinking about something I said in my last post Time to Unschool… “Sometimes I wish I could go right back to the beginning and do it (homeschooling) all over again properly.” “Properly”? I make it sound like I have got everything worked out and I’m homeschooling perfectly, don’t I? Well, […]

Unschooling

Time to Unschool

6 years ago

Gemma-Rose had a loose front tooth. Every spare moment she had, she could be found, fingers in her mouth, wiggling and twisting and turning that little tooth. Soon it was hanging by a thread. At lunch time, two days ago, it finally fell out after one bite of her sandwich, much to my youngest daughter’s […]

Unschooling

We’re Catholic Unschoolers: Woo! Hoo!

6 years ago

I have learnt so much since I wrote this post. I could delete this story, but I leave it here as a record of our unschooling journey. I wrote, “It wouldn’t take much for us to become unschoolers. Just a little more letting go…” I was writing to the fabulous Leonie, enthusiastic and experienced unschooler. […]

Unschooling

Doing Our Own Thing

6 years ago

When Felicity was about 6 years old and we’d been homeschooling for maybe a year, I met Anna. She lived in a wooden oasis of a house on the top of a hill that led down to the creek and the bush. The house was a warren of fascinating rooms filled with unusual treasures, a […]

Family

Undercover Homeschoolers

7 years ago

When I was a child I loved playing school. Fortunately, I had two younger sisters, and because I was the oldest and the bossiest, I could order them to sit in front of my blackboard and be my students. “Vicky, sit still and pay attention!” I’d say sternly, waving my chalk in front of my […]

Family

Behind That Cream Front Door…

7 years ago

If you take the north road out of town, the back road that climbs past tree studded paddocks where fat black cows graze, and if you continue past the two holiday cottages that jut over the dam, you will eventually come to the road that leads up to the village. Drive up this road of […]