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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...

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...

The Real World With Unschooling

Written with love by Kimberly Sharpe Slage As an unschooling mother of two girls ages, 11 and 17, I consider myself very fortunate. I have been able to be at home with my children for almost 18 years. I have witnessed every stage of development the girls have experienced. These different experiences have been lived out while traveling and living in so many different places. With my husband working in the hospitality business...

Making Slime

We’ve made slime a few times and this is the best recipe I’ve found so far. It’s very slimy and smooth…. and turns out great! We love squeezing it through our fingers!!  We used neon food coloring so the color was nice and bright! Need: Borax (can bought in the laundry detergent aisle.) White glue (like Elmers) Food coloring Ziploc bags measuring cups and spoons (We have some set aside for projects...

The Unschooling Haircut

While this may sound silly to some, brave to others and completely and outright ridiculous to most, I allowed my 17 year old daughter, at her request, to give me  a hair cut. After all we are unschoolers, we believe in learning freely, experiencing one’s quest and desires openly, in the comfort and love of one’s kitchen. Her vision was supported by mine, her history of the task limited to dolls, but I agreed and told her...

Letting Go Of Food Control

I know that some of you just starting out with unschooling, have a hard time understanding how a child who is able to make their own food choices, will choose healthy foods on their own. The misconception is if you give up food control, they’ll live on cookies and soda. I want to offer a quick glimpse into our lives with something that happened the other day. I went grocery shopping and bought some snacks for my...

The Artist In All Of Us

Is an artist someone who makes money from their art? Someone who has their sculptures in a museum or takes formal classes? What about a child drawing a picture of their house? Or someone painting their first self portrait for the fun of it? They’re all those things…and more. In “What is an artist anyway?”, Tera Leigh has this to say; “Being an artist is about more than just creating...

Homemade Tattoo Paint

*originally posted 6/07* We bought a really fun book that my eight year old found during one of our (many) visits to the library book store (my favorite place to buy and donate pre-loved books) called The Ultimate Book of Kids Concoctions. The first thing she wanted to make was tattoo paint (page 23). Here’s how to do it: 1 TBS Cold Cream 2 TBS Cornstarch 1 TBS Water Food Coloring Mix cold cream and cornstarch together...

A Week In The Life Of Unschoolers

For some people that are unfamiliar with unschooling, or homeschooling for that matter, it’s hard to imagine a life without school. School eats up so much of their time that they find it difficult to understand what their kids would do without it. That’s why those “Day In The Life Of An Unschooler/Homeschooler” posts are so important and we’ve done many here at An Unschooling Life over the...

45 Things I’ve Learned in 45 Years

** This was written two years ago (2008) on my 45th birthday. My 47th birthday is approaching in two weeks and I wanted to revisit this while I continue to update my blog posts after my move from blogger.com.** *~~ Today is my birthday and I’m 45 years old. ~~* I’ve always enjoyed gaining another year under my belt. Even the supposed hard ones, like turning 30 or 40, were welcomed with open arms. I wore each...