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Unschooling

Time to Unschool

7 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!

7 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

7 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 […]