Category Archive: unschooling

Mar 13

How I Learned to Read: Four Unschooled Kids, Four Stories

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One of the first concerns of those new to the idea of unschooling is one of a basic skill: Reading. How they will learn to read without lessons?  Without phonics?  Without spelling tests and quizzes?  How will they learn to read if you don’t teach them?   Well, some of the beauty of unschooling is that …

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Mar 10

Computers, Technology, and the Language of the Future

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I was at Target the other day (buying a new broom, because my current broom was about a jillion years old and produced far more frustration than it did actual cleaning) and I overheard a conversation between a Target associate and a rather befuddled-looking older gentleman in the electronics department.    In a discussion that …

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Mar 03

Q & A – What Do You Do When The Other Parent Isn’t On Board?

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  Carrie asks, What are your suggestions when the other parent isn’t on board with unschooling and gentle parenting? First, an example of what not to do: Several years ago, my family went to an unschooling conference in San Diego.  We’d been unschooling for many years, but the inspiration and experienced words you hear at …

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Feb 05

“I Feel Like All They Do Is Sit In Front of a Screen”

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A few days ago, I got a message from a new unschooling mom   She had concerns about one of the most common things that trips up new unschoolers:  ”screen time.”  This is a portion of that message, along with my response.   About 6/7 months ago we lifted all restrictions on screen time, in …

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Feb 02

Food, Freedom, and Why I Stopped Using the Phrase, “Clean Eating”

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I love food.  And when I say, “I love food,” I mean I really love food.  I love food so much I spent 500 hours officially studying it so I could earn a nutritional consulting certificate.  And I completely loved, like geeked-out-loved, the nutrition portion of yoga teacher training (talking about food while we ate …

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Jan 29

Unschooling Q & A

Answering a few more questions today, this time all about unschooling! Is there ever a place for curriculum in the early years, or at all? How do you handle extreme criticism from family about unschooling? I’m unschooling in a strict state.  How do I make sure they learn everything they need for the tests? Got …

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Jan 15

Things That Didn’t Happen Today…. (More Unschooling Misconceptions)

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Today was a typical unschooling day. I hesitate to use the word, “typical” (and I use it loosely) because I feel like there’s really no such thing. A typical day would depend on me, it would depend on the kids, it would depend on the season and how active we were wanting to be, it …

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Jan 12

Choosing Joy

I made a little video.  I’ve never made a video like this (and don’t plan to do it again) but I don’t know…. I started thinking about talking about fear, and I kept seeing the words in my head as little blurbs instead of one long written-out thing. I apologize for the unprofessional-looking video, but …

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Dec 07

Q & A – Should I Just Let Her Play?

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  Once upon a time, I decided I’d devote a day of every week to answering some of the many questions I get about unschooling and/or gentle parenting.  And for a few weeks in a row, I even succeeded.  But, well, life happens, and it’s been many many weeks.   I’m excited to bring it …

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Oct 15

Free To Be 2014 – Day Four

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Sunday, like the last day of pretty much any big event, was bittersweet.  There was still flood-related scrambling on Sunday because in addition to losing a couple of rooms that were still soggy, a  miscommunication had meant that a wedding was scheduled and taking place in the majority of our upstairs rooms as well.  Some talks …

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