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Snapshot Of An Unschooling Family

Written by Sylvia Toyama I was asked by a friend who is relatively new to the idea of unschooling, “You don’t do any instruction? What do you do?” I replied that we live full lives, with our kids, and that we talk a lot. When asked about math or history, I replied that those topics come up along the way. Then I shared some recent examples of what we talk about and do. That conversation got me thinking, what...

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 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...

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....

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...

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...

Homemade Tattoo Paint

*originally posted 6/07* We bought a really fun book that my eight year old found during one of our (many) visits to the library book store (my favorite place to buy and donate pre-loved books) called The Ultimate Book of Kids Concoctions. The first thing she wanted to make was tattoo paint (page 23). Here’s how to do it: 1 TBS Cold Cream 2 TBS Cornstarch 1 TBS Water Food Coloring Mix cold cream and cornstarch together...

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...

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...