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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...

Dealing With Unschooling Criticism

Being an unschooling mom does have it’s moments of absolute frustration on many different levels. Not so much with the belief system that this philosophy of learning does work, and it does, but with the criticism from family members and society as a whole. Although the term homeschooling has been around for a long time, understood and supported by many families, churches, governmental institutions and the...

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 Teenagers

Have you every worried about unschooling your teen? As a parent of a unschooling teen, many questions and concerns can sometimes swirl around in one’s mind. Parents sometimes worry that their child will not be equipped to face the outside world and it’s challenges. But what many parents sometimes forget is that their unschooled teen has already been living in the real world and experiencing real life! The confinement of...

One Family’s Journey To Unschooling

I’m thrilled to welcome my good friend Kim as a writer to An Unschooling Life. She’ll be writing a monthly article on a variety of unschooling topics. In her first article here, she writes about her families journey to unschooling. When my family sat down in 2006 to discuss the possibility of homeschooling the first method of learning we all agreed on was called Natural Learning, Child-led Learning, or better...

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...

Post Tribune Unschooling Article

Alternative form of homeschooling embraces child-directed learning 2007 It’s a Tuesday morning. As children throughout the Region are waking up, packing their bags and heading toward the school bus, Adele Schiessle turns to her children and asks them if they wanted to spend the day playing on a 6,000-square-foot indoor inflatable play area at Jump Central. Collin, 6, and Amber, 7, agree that would be a pleasant way to...

Homeschooling Conversation From The Future

Two women meet at a playground, where their children are swinging and playing ball. The women are sitting on a bench watching. Eventually, they begin to talk. … Woman #1: Hi. My name is Maggie. My kids are the three in red shirts — helps me keep track of them. Woman #2: (Smiles) I’m Terri. Mine are in the pink and yellow shirts. Do you come here a lot? W1: Usually two or three times a week, after we go to...

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...