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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...

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit Schoo...

Customer Review: You won’t find this book on a school library shelf–it’s pure teenage anarchy. With the exception of a forwarding note to parents, this book is written entirely for teenagers, and the first 75 pages explain why school is a waste of time. Grace Llewellyn insists that people learn better when they are self-motivated and not confined by school walls. Instead of homeschooling, which connotes...

How Unschooling Is Changing How We Think Of Learni...

Class dismissed…how the unschooling movement is changing how we think of learning. By Rachel Tennenbaum Imagine waking up on a Monday and driving up to Berkeley to check out a new art gallery opening. That night you play some video games and crack open a book before hitting the hay. Think this sounds like a day off for a college student? It’s actually the school day of a 9-year-old. No, it’s not a fantasy Ferris...

Origami

** originally posted in 2007 ** We picked this origami book up at the library, dug out a pack of paper that we bought on clearance and Billy sat down with the girls to try it out. None of them had ever done it before so they chose an easy one to start with, which happened to be a frog. Billy’s in the black one, Jacqueline’s is green and Shawna’s is blue. They’re trying to see whose frog can hop the...

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...

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,...

Learning Math Concepts Without School

**originally posted in 2007** My nine year old daughter wants to be an astronaut and she’s passionate about astronomy and space. I’ve learned more about the solar system from her than I ever did in in all my years in school. A few months ago, she and my husband (I call them the two space cadets  -lol) were watching Apollo 13 with Tom Hanks and there’s a scene where they were using math concepts to figure...

What Is Unschooling?

Kelly Lovejoy posted this on an unschooling e-mail list a while back. She was answering someone’s question, which was; “Exactly what is unschooling? I thought it was another name for homeschooling”. All poodles are dogs, but not all dogs are poodles. All unschooling is homeschooling, but all homeschooling isn’t unschooling. Unschooling is legally a type of homeschooling. Unschoolers don’t...

U-N-S-C-H-O-O-L

U is for all of US because unschooling involves all of us, as a family. It’s not just all about the kids. N is for NOTEBOOKS…both the electronic and the paper kind. They’re both staples in our lives. Shopping lists, notes to each other, writing stories, drawing cartoons, daddy’s ever growing to-do list, phone numbers and much, much more. S is for spyro, star wars, saddle club books, saturday morning...

John Holt Interview

John Holt was a teacher when he wrote How Children Fail and How Children Learn. He eventually quit teaching and became a speaker and supporter of education reform and went on to write several more books. Deciding that schools could not be reformed, he focused his energies on alternatives to conventional schooling. He founded Growing Without Schooling, America’s first homeschooling magazine and continued writing until...