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Unschooling My Children

 Originally written in 2006 – updated in 2011    Ron & Andrea over at atypicalhomeschool.net are asking unschoolers to answer these questions for the next Carnival of Unschooling. (A carnival is a collection of related blog posts). Update 2011: The Carnival of Unschooling moved to this blog after a while and was called Unschooling Voices. The carnival has retired but you can read the archives on this...

So You Want to Unschool?

Check out this video series from the lovely Laurie A. Couture. Here’s video one of six. © 2011 An Unschooling Life Tags: Laurie Couture, radical unschooling, unschooling encouragement, what is unschooling, youtube Related posts What Is Unschooling? (5) Unschooling Interview (13) Unschooling Article From Education Week (0) Speaking With An Unschooled Child (15) Opportunites For Learning

Unschooling Is Not Hands Off

Unschooling is not hands off. It’s not enough to leave a child to fend for themselves when it comes to discovering new interests and the world around them. Unschooling parents should look for opportunities to expose their children to to a variety of people, new ideas, the community outside your immediate one and activities that don’t normally come up in your daily life. If your family life is rich and full, there...

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...

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....

20/20: Stupid in America

Update: Sorry! The video was pulled from youtube. I’ll try and ind a replacement. Tags: free thought, homeschoolers, learning, learning without school, limits and rules, natural desire, preconceived notions, public school system, unschooling encouragement Related posts The Animal School (4) Why Whole Life Unschooling? (5) What Is Unschooling? (5) Unschooling My Children (4) My Five Best Ho

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...

The Animal School

This was written by George Reavis, who was an assistant superintendent of the Cincinnati Public Schools. Once upon a time the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of a “new world” so they organized a school. They had adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the...

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...