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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (Orlando)

Originally posted June 2009 We recently spent the day checking at the weird and wacky stuff at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium in Orlando. My husband & I had been to the one in Atlantic City, but my kids have never been there. The building was created to look as if it were slipping into a sink hole. There was lots of puzzles and optical illusions, which my daughters really enjoyed. Billy standing...

Making Slime

We’ve made slime a few times and this is the best recipe I’ve found so far. It’s very slimy and smooth…. and turns out great! We love squeezing it through our fingers!!¬† We used neon food coloring so the color was nice and bright! Need: Borax (can bought in the laundry detergent aisle.) White glue (like Elmers) Food coloring Ziploc bags measuring cups and spoons (We have some set aside for projects...

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....

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...

U-N-S-C-H-O-O-L

U is for all of US because unschooling involves all of us, as a family. It’s not just all about the kids. N is for NOTEBOOKS…both the electronic and the paper kind. They’re both staples in our lives. Shopping lists, notes to each other, writing stories, drawing cartoons, daddy’s ever growing to-do list, phone numbers and much, much more. S is for spyro, star wars, saddle club books, saturday morning...

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...

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...

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...

Florida Museum Of Natural History

This is one of those “day in the life of an unschooler” posts. People that don’t know us well, sometimes ask what we do during the day without school. On this particular day, we visited the Florida Museum of Natural History. These pictures were from a day spent there last year. I realized I never got around to sharing them. Jacqueline likes to take notes when we visit places like this. These next few...

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...