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Unschooling, TV And Trust

While clearing out some old files on google docs, I came across this and thought it would be helpful to share it. It was written by the very wise Pam Sorooshian, who helped me when I began unschooling more than she probably realises. Instead of putting our focus on whether or not the kids are watching too much tv, we can put our focus on supporting their interests and offering them lots and lots of possible experiences. If...

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...

Transitioning from Unschooling to College

My name is Autumn Slage and I am 17 years old. My family and I began our Unschooling journey in the Summer of 2006, just as I was starting the 7th grade. Unfortunately, my 7 previous years included: Control, fear and lack of imagination. As you can probably guess, I am talking about the public school system. I could probably take up pages on how the public schools affected my life negatively and mentally on a day to day basis...

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...

Spiritual Parenting

I really enjoy the Spiritual Parenting newsletter by Mimi Doe and have been receiving it for quite some time. The title of the current one is ‘The Love That Listens”. Some of the highlights for me are: ASK… LISTEN… AND LISTEN DEEPER ASK…. Ask your child to make a list of all the things she wants to know more about. You may be very surprised. Follow through on this information and provider her with...

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...

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...

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...