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My Daughter, The Artist

I wanted to share a drawing my daughter did the other day. She gets a lot of enjoyment from drawing and she’s been doing it on and off for a few years. Sometimes she’ll draw a lot, other times she’ll leave it alone for a while while she’s exploring other things. But make no mistake…she’s an artist. Like I wrote in this blog post The Artist In All Of Us, she’s an artist because...

Trusting Your Child

Natural Parenting: Trusting your childby Ela Forest It is natural to have fear for our children’s well-being, but there is no reason not to trust children to know their own limits. Everybody knows their limits much better than those around them. I know exactly how high I can jump, to what shelf I can reach or how big a hammer I can handle, and I don’t put myself in danger. The same goes for children, if we let...

Unschooling My Children

 Originally written in 2006 – updated in 2011    Ron & Andrea over at atypicalhomeschool.net are asking unschoolers to answer these questions for the next Carnival of Unschooling. (A carnival is a collection of related blog posts). Update 2011: The Carnival of Unschooling moved to this blog after a while and was called Unschooling Voices. The carnival has retired but you can read the archives on this...

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (Orlando)

Originally posted June 2009 We recently spent the day checking at the weird and wacky stuff at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium in Orlando. My husband & I had been to the one in Atlantic City, but my kids have never been there. The building was created to look as if it were slipping into a sink hole. There was lots of puzzles and optical illusions, which my daughters really enjoyed. Billy standing...

Meeting Your Child’s Needs

Someone shared Jan Hunt‘s gardener metaphor on an unschooling list a while back and I wanted to share it here for anyone who may not have read it. It’s message is meeting your child’s underlying needs with patience and trust. “Imagine for a moment that you are visiting a plant nursery. You hear a commotion outside, so you investigate. You find a young assistant struggling with a rose bush. He is trying...

A Free Child Is A Happy Child

“There is, of course, this matter of being afraid to give freedom to young children. I believe they have that within themselves which makes it possible for them to meet the world and life and interpret it more nearly aright than can we. They carry with them that inheritance of faith and imagination undimmed; and that tremendous surging desire to know, to see, to feel and to do, which is rarely betrayed. In our desire...

Unschooling Questions

I’ve had this saved for a while in my documents. These were questions someone asked Joyce Fetteroll on an unschooling info list. Can a unschooler go to college? Can a schooler go to college? Not all of them do. Not all of them can. Not all of them want to. I think it’s clearer to state that unschooling doesn’t get in the way of kids going to college. If they feel that college is a good way to explore...