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Unschooling Article From Education Week

‘Unschooling’ Stresses Curiosity More Than Traditional Academics By Michelle R. Davis As yellow school buses rumble through Nicole Puckett’s Spokane, Wash., neighborhood, her eight children are often asleep in bed. When they wake up, instead of heading to school, they go downstairs to begin another day of “unschooling”, an educational approach that is the subject of much debate among home-schoolers and...

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...

My Five Best Homeschooling Tips

I’ve been a homeschooling (unschooling actually) mama since 2004 and I’ve made some “mistakes” along the way, but I always tried to look at them as a learning experience. When the Pass The Torch blog asked homeschoolers for their best tips, I decided to share five of my best ones. 1. Give yourself some time to deschool. Letting go preconceived notions about school and learning is a gift you can give...

Courier Journal Unschooling Article

‘Unschooling’ popularity grows: Children pursue what interests them As other children are waking up and heading toward the school bus on a Tuesday morning, Adele Schiessle asks her children if they want to spend the day playing on a 6,000-square-foot indoor inflatable play area. Collin, 6, and Amber, 7, agree that would be a pleasant way to start the morning. After they play on the bouncy furniture, they head back...

Speaking With An Unschooled Child

There was a discussion, on one of my unschooling e-mail groups, about how extended family members seem to have a hard time finding something to say to a child, when they can’t ask about school. It’s like the only questions anybody can think of to ask a kid is “What grade are you in?”, “What’s your favorite subject?” and “How are you doing in school?” lol I’ve found...

Being An Unschooling Parent

A large part of being a (successful) unschooling parent is being present and mindful with your children. Being involved in their lives. Because let’s face it, if you’re going to get rid of school, it should be replaced with something. That something should be you. One of the members of an unschooling e-mail list I belong to, wrote that she is having trouble being truly present with her kids. I’d like to...

Opportunites For Learning

**This was originally posted on 4/8/06** I re-read a bit more of Guerrilla Learning by Grace Llewellyn this morning. (You can pick up a copy in our amazon store). She writes about what she considers to be the five “keys” of Guerilla Learning. The first one is opportunity and this is what she has to say. “Read. Write. Talk. Play music. See dance and theater and paintings. Read poetry, write poetry, get poetry...

A Quote That Sums Up Unschooling For Me

I love this quote… Everything you’ve been taught is someone else’s thought… …Go ahead and create your own. I don’t know who to credit it to but if anyone knows please leave a comment. I have it printed out and it’s hanging in my house. Tags: unschool, unschooling, unschooling encouragement, unschooling quotes Related posts Unschooling Interview (13) Why Whole

Five Steps To Unschooling

This article by Joyce Fetteroll was a big help to me when I originally removed my children from school (in 2004, when they were in the 1st, 4th and repeating the 5th grade) and began unschooling. The link to Joyce’s wonderful website and the original article are at the end. Some people understand unschooling as soon as they hear about it. Others wander about in a fog of confusion, wondering how unschoolers can be so...

Unschooling Encouragement

A while back, a member posted to one of the unschooling e-mail lists I belong to, with some questions for unschooling parents, and she was looking for encouragement. Her questions are followed by my answers. I have several questions that I hope someone (many people – I would love to hear lots of opinions) would be willing to answer for me. 1- How old were your children when you took them out of school? I have three kids...