Category Archive: unschooling

Nov 10

Free to Be 2015

Last year, I devoted four long, detailed posts to the conference… how it went, how I felt about it, what it meant to me. I’m in a different place this year, with different things going on, and different things currently taking my attention.  So, no four part posts, but if you haven’t seen it yet, …

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Oct 21

Before She’s Famous

Tegan, age seven at the time of this writing, wants to be famous when she grows up.  It’s not even that she wants to now that I’m thinking about it.  It’s that she believes, with every fiber of her being, that she will be famous.   Sometimes it’s for singing, sometimes for acting….. and sometimes …

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Jun 01

Unschooling Q & A

I’m back with another video today, answering the question, “What has been the most unexpected joy of unschooling? The most unexpected challenge?”  

Apr 02

Q & A Video: How Do Unschoolers Get Into College?

A new video for you guys, answering a very common question. For more of what I talked about at the end, read this post. Also, my nails are really bright. My daughter picked the color

Mar 13

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


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


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?


  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”

Photo credit:  Mike Cramer

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”


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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