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Sleep Freedom: Letting Kids Find Their Own Sleep P...

Editors Note: As Stephanie Waldron points out in this article, it’s important for people (and yes, people includes children), to find their own natural sleep rhythym. As parents we can help our kids with that, instead of forcing a schedule on them. Instead of thinking about how to get kids to sleep,  find ways to guide them towards listening to their bodies. Ever since our kids were born they have made their own sleep...

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...

Unschooling and Electronics

If you limit the time your child can play video games, be on the computer, or watch TV… WHY? I’m aware of many conventional reasons…er…excuses…. Have you ever really thought about it? I know that a lot of parents put limits on their children; it’s pretty typical in mainstream families because they rule and control everything. They use it as punishments and rewards. Many unschoolers that I know...

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...

Living the Unschooling Life

Living and learning is a natural state of being. We live, we learn, it really is that simple. It is complicated by schooling – school interferes with learning. My family has been unschooling for 10 years now, since our oldest was 6. We live our lives without school, we don’t separate life into subjects. Everything is connected, one thing leads to another, and connections are constantly being made in our brains. We...

Unschooling Conferences & Gatherings

Maybe you’ve read about unschooling, talked to some unschooling parents online, asked questions, or read stories. Maybe you don’t know any other unschoolers nearby, and you’d like to meet some unschoolers, or you have a partner who has more questions than you can answer; practical questions like “how do unschooled kids learn math?” or “how do unschooled kids learn to get along with...

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...

50 Ways To Bring Out Your Child’s Best

There’s a lot of good tips in this list, such as #8 (especially the part about involving them), #26 and my favorite #50. 50 Ways to Bring Out Your Child’s Best Written by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. 1. Let your child discover her own interests. Pay attention the activities she chooses. This free-time play can say a lot about where her gifts lie. 2. Expose your child to a broad spectrum of experiences. They may...

Why Whole Life Unschooling?

Note: I’m so happy to have Sylvia Toyama as a featured writer here at An Unschooling Life. In this, her first article, she talks about her family and why they chose whole life unschooling, and what that means. Anyone who has spent any time at all exploring unschooling, likely knows there’s a variety of ways people define unschooling. The labels vary, depending on how far from mainstream methods a family has moved....