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My Five Best Homeschooling Tips

My Five Best Homeschooling Tips

I’ve been a homeschooling (unschooling actually) mama since 2004 and I’ve made some “mistakes” along the way, but I always tried to look at them as a learning experience. When the Pass The Torch blog asked homeschoolers for their best tips, I decided to share five of my best ones.

1. Give yourself some time to deschool.
Letting go preconceived notions about school and learning is a gift you can give yourself, and your children. My own deschooling is a work in progress and the more I see unschooling first hand, the more I question what I once thought about education and learning.

2. Expect a period of deschooling from your children.
It’s been said that one month per every year of school is common. As I said in a previous post about deschooling, “your child has probably their natural desire to learn squashed and will need time to recover from that. With a parent’s help, they can gain back most, if not all of what they lost and begin to see the world as a place where learning is enjoyable, and all around us”.

3. Let your children feel your energy and passion for life.
Light a fire for learning in yourself and let it burn bright so they see it! What are your interests? Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? Do It! Let them see YOU learning and living life to the fullest. Be curious. Be interested in life.

4. Don’t make the mistake of duplicating at home, what you didn’t like about school.
Sometimes we just automatically repeat the same patterns, without even thinking about it, just because it’s all we know, it’s what we’re used to or it’s what we’ve always done. Replace school with a full and interesting life. The public school system can not compete with that. They can’t even come close.

5. Don’t make cookies to teach math.
Make cookies because they taste good. Smile

*originally posted in 2007*

© 2011 An Unschooling Life

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23 Responses to “My Five Best Homeschooling Tips”

  1. Maria says:

    I love this site! And the 5 tips? Awesome! We have been unschooling since 2001.

  2. Dawn says:

    Great quote about the cookie. What a beautiful, beautiful blog!

    Dawns last blog post..Finished with Anne!

  3. LuAnn says:

    I remember doing a full breakfast as a chem lab once.Razz

    LuAnns last blog post..Mr. Snugglebutt – The Mighty Hunter

  4. Deborah says:

    This article has been included in the 4 February 2008 edition of Mom’s Blogging Carnival

  5. JHS says:

    Thanks for contributing this post to this week’s edition of the Carnival of Family Life, hosted at Confessions of a Novice. The Carnival will be live on Monday, January 28, 2008, so be sure to stop by and check out all of this week’s excellent submissions!

  6. Fairion says:

    Thank you for reminding us how easily it is to replicate the mistakes of the past without ever intending to.

  7. KentuckyGal says:

    Hey feel free to post a link to your blog in the HUMM group on Maya’s Mom. Smile

  8. Joanne says:

    Yes and I think that’s the most difficult part of it all. My girls took to unschooling like a fish to water…me, I’m the one who had all that crap to work out.

  9. piscesgrrl says:

    This a great post! And all I’ll say about math lessons and cookies is that as soon as I try to make something wonderfully fun (baking) about something horribly dull (a lesson), my kids stop wanting to help! The little buggers can sniff an ulterior motive a mile away.

    And that takes us back up to #1, doesn’t it? Deschooling ourselves.

  10. River Plate says:

    Hi.. i agree with the comments before..

    PS: Greetings from argentina!

  11. Joanne says:

    Hi Tracy…yes, I totally agree. Smile

  12. Tracy says:

    LOL. I was once teasing my daughter about eating her cookies. I said, “If I take one of your cookies how many will you have left?” Then I asked if I took two. Then I asked if I took all of them. She said, “You’ll have a tummy ache!” … Now that I think about it, maybe it was M&Ms. But I loved her answer. And that was back before I figured out you are right… there is no need to teach math at all, the math just happens, cookies or no! It’s a small distinction, but a worthy one.

  13. Joanne says:

    Hesheys!! M&M’s!! Now I’m craving chocolate AND cookies. Smile

    Your welcome Kelly-it was fun. Smile

  14. Kelly - PTT says:

    It has been so interesting to hear all the different thoughts on homeschooling. Thanks so much for chiming in for the Homeschool Tips and Advice project!

  15. midwifemom says:

    No save the Hershey bars for fractions and the M&M’s for graphing.
    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/midwifemom/

  16. Joanne says:

    Oh yeah, it goes something like this…if I eat 1/2 the cookies before the kids get home, I’ll have 1/2 to share with them. LOL!!

  17. Brenda says:

    Joanne–there’s fractions in there, right? Surely you can squeeze some math out of the break and bakes? Smile

  18. Joanne says:

    I’m no baker-the closest thing I come to baking cookies is those squares you break apart and throw in the oven. LOL

  19. Alexandra says:

    I can’t get my nine year old son to help me make cookies, but he’ll sure eat them!

    Great tips.

  20. My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving says:

    LOL! I love cookies, but if a math lesson sneaks in, that’s ok too Smile

    ~Leslie

  21. Joanne says:

    LOL…who are we kidding? We make the cookies for ourselves. LOL

  22. Stephanie says:

    Good tips. Except #5 can’t we teach math and get something good to eat?! Smile

  23. Kathy at Brokenhomeschool says:

    Here’s to more cookie making and less math obsessing!

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