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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...

Unschooling? How Will They Learn?

It’s a question unschoolers hear relatively often. Grandparents, friends, sometimes neighbors ask “but if they don’t go to school, how will they learn …. to read? … to do math? … about history? What about social skills?” Often, those questions are a reflection of how little the adult asking remembers of what they learned during their own time in school. I’ve sometimes asked why...

Unschooling: The Early Years

Note: I’m so excited to have my pal Stephanie Waldron as a featured writer here at An Unschooling Life. This is her first post here and she write about unschooling when you have young children. I believe that people are born with an innate desire to learn. Look at a baby eager to move, reach, bat a toy, roll over, sit up, babble, crawl, walk, talk etc… They are curious about their world and want to navigate...

Unschooling Is Not…

Quite a few years ago someone looking for unschooling ideas asked this question on the unschooling.com forums (which is no longer there); “What things have you found yourself explaining to others that unschooling is NOT? What commonly accepted notions does unschooling preclude or expose as nonsense?” Here are some of the many answers that were posted; It’s not school. It’s not...

Letting Go – Deschooling For Parents

Most of the unschooling parents today have had to learn to trust and let go of our own “old school” conditioned beliefs on learning. It is very natural for a parent to have some uncertain feelings when allowing their child the freedom to learn and grow in an environment that they themselves never experienced. If we can achieve a level of trust, we as parents can relearn our own love of learning and enjoy this natural...

Unschooling Interview

A few months ago, a student at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism contacted me and asked if they could interview me about unschooling for research they were doing. Here are her questions, and my answers. 1) You address a lot of the day to day in your blog, but what are the biggest hurdles to starting unschooling? For me, it was changing the way I view education, school and learning. Real learning…learning...

CNN Article On Homeschooling

March 2, 2006: Homeschooling grows quickly in United States COLUMBIA, Maryland (Reuters) Elizabeth and Teddy Dean are learning about the Italian scientist Galileo, so they troop into the kitchen, where their mother Lisa starts by reviewing some facts about the Renaissance. Elizabeth, 11, and Teddy, 8, have never gone to school. Their teachers are primarily their parents, which puts them into what is believed to be the...

Horde Of Unschoolers

Wow.com (World of Warcraft) interviewed an unschooling mom, who along with her two children, are involved in the Horde of Unschoolers, at World of Warcraft. In the article, Sarah Spooner, senior admission counselor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, was asked if unschoolers succeed in college and later in life. “These students are really well motivated, have done their homework and done their...

UK Unschooling Article

From The Times September 6, 2007 “Home education serves her better than school would’ Sara Sengenberger lives in Oxford but was brought up and schooled in the US. She delayed formal education for her daughter Catryn, 7, but has found home education suits Catryn so well that she has no plans to send her to school. “I came across a book published in the 1970s by Raymond Moore called Better Late than Early, which...

Deschooling For Parents

In order for homeschooling/unschooling to work for us, I had to go through my own deschooling process, which was more deep rooted and tangled up than my kids deschooling was for them. Because I went to school longer than they had, and knowing the public school system from both as a student and as a parent, it was harder for me to look at education and school a different way than I had before. For those who’ve never...