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Unschooling Math

**originally written in 2008** When my daughter Jacqueline was seven years old, she asked if I could buy some stories that explained math. She was becoming more and more interested in how math fit into her world and had started to take notice of it in movies, TV shows and by watching my husband & I. She had a basic understanding of addition and telling time but she was more interested in math as a whole, not broken down...

Unschooling In The News

**originally posted in 2008** Kathryn Baptista, who heads the Northeast Unschooling Conferenceand Rue Kream, author of Parenting a Free Child: An Unschooled Life, were interviewed for an article on unschooling for The Patriot Ledger in Boston. When DROPOUT isn’t a bad word: Some local teens are thriving by setting their own schedules and learning by doing Anna Finklestein, a 16-year-old Sharon resident, is learning on her...

The Unprocessed Child: Living Without School

The Unprocessed Child is a work of nonfiction about a child raised with no coercion and no curriculum. Laurie Chancey spent her childhood immersing herself in topics of her own choosing. She was never forced to learn something simply because tradition and/or society said it was necessary. No one was looking over her shoulder to make sure she was learning the “proper” subjects. Having never seen a textbook or...

Instead of Education: Ways to Help People Do Thing...

It is common knowledge that our educational system is in dire straights. Children graduate high school without knowing how to read while students are driven to violence by the brutal social climate of school. In “Instead of Education”, John Holt gives us practical, innovative ideas for changing all that. He suggests creative ways to take advantage of the underused facilities we already have. Reading this...

Learning All The Time

This highly opinionated former teacher and original thinker spent the last half of his life challenging widely accepted classroom practices. The author of 10 books that concentrate on early child development and education, Holt is widely considered the father of the modern-day homeschooling movement because he grew to believe that schools stifle the learning process. In this, his final book, compiled by colleagues from...

Valerie Fitzenreiter And Laurie Chancey Interview

Valerie Fitzenreiter is the author of The Unprocessed Child: Living Without School, a book about that she describes as “…how we raised our daughter, Laurie, with attachment parenting and unschooling methods. I discuss issues that concern parents who are considering unschooling their children and offer advice on living a peaceful coexistence with children”. She and her daughter Laurie (who was pursuing her...

Unschooling In The News

*Originally posted 2007* Kids Take School Into Their Own Hands: Some Home-School Families Are Opting for a New Approach to Curriculum; Unschooling BY Claire Scheumann From stock whips to ballet, Dungeons and Dragons to NASA, some Berkeley students say they are studying subjects they would not have access to in a traditional setting by pursuing a new kind of education called “unschooling.” Teaching children at home has a...

Everyday Blessings – The Inner Work of Mindf...

This is my all time favorite parenting book and it completely changed the way I view parenting when I read it in 2005. Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn are parents to three grown children. Jon is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are (another book I highly recommend). So what exactly is mindful parenting? Jon had this to say in an interview, “Mindfulness,...

Anne Ohman: Making Connections

I’ve been reading Anne’s writings and have been a member of her unschooling group for a long time. This excerpt from her Making Connections unschooling conference talk is one of my favorites. Some of you have probably read it, but for those new to unschooling or homeschooling, it may be just what you need. Enjoy! In our unschooling family, learning is nothing that’s separated, categorized, planned, judged,...