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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...

The Real World With Unschooling

Written with love by Kimberly Sharpe Slage As an unschooling mother of two girls ages, 11 and 17, I consider myself very fortunate. I have been able to be at home with my children for almost 18 years. I have witnessed every stage of development the girls have experienced. These different experiences have been lived out while traveling and living in so many different places. With my husband working in the hospitality business...

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...

My Daughter, The Writer

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that child is someone today.” - Stacia Tauscher **originally posted in 2006 ** We were hanging out with our homeschooling friends one afternoon and my daughter Jacqueline was sitting on one of the picnic tables, finishing a story (Princess Barbie) she had started a few days before. I was having a conversation with another homeschooling mom and she asked...

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...

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,...