Freedom in Schooling

I want to share something with you guys that’s become a wee bit of an obsession for me: it’s called the Sudbury Model of schooling. For me it all started with this book, Free to Learn by Peter Gray....more

Culture of Creativity

Culture of CreativityNovember 20, 2013 by Zoie at TouchstoneZ...more

#NaBloPoMo Day 27: New to Unschooling?

First, I want to preface this post with the disclaimer that while we are radical/whole life unschoolers, we have been unschoolers since the birth of our son. We have not had to really do the same kind of deschooling that many families coming to unschooling must do when they decide to take their child(ren) out of school in order to embark on their journey of unschooling. With that said, I do know a lot of families who have come to unschooling from very different beginnings and from different institutional/home education paths. And I want to share some of their wisdom with you....more
You are most welcome! I hope you did well on your test. Congratulations on your first day of ...more

10 Thoughts About Home Schooling From an Educator (And Why I'm Still Worried)

As a teacher, I thought homeschooling was for crazy, overcontrolling parents and for religious extremists.  My only exposure to homeschooling had been during childhood through religious fundamentalists in the rural town where I grew up who took some of my friends out of school to concentrate more on Biblical teachings and to limit their exposure to scientific concepts, such as evolution, and to unwholesome influences (like me, I suppose, and my obsession with the movies Footloose and Dirty Dancing)....more

One Little Word - WITH

A Life Full of Days...I wrote this specifically for what makes unschooling work. But in reality, this probably is what makes ALL parenting work......more

I see you over there.....Making That List

I see you over there, you know who you are, making that list of things you simply must accomplish during "school time" tomorrow.  Remember, the Bible tells us in James 4:13-14 that we should not say  tomorrow we will do such and such, or go here or there because we do not know what tomorrow will hold.  I know, this is hard for us "planner by nature" homeschool moms!   I must share with you though, my own experience....more

Why "Required Reading" Needs to be Removed From Our Vocabulary

Forcing children to read before they are ready is guaranteed to remove any joy they might have found had they been allowed to read on their own schedule. 42% of high school and college grads never read another book again once they graduate. That is a tragically high number, and we only have ourselves and our insistence on reading young to blame. ...more
Wow!  Great post!  It caught my attention for two reasons, and I hope these don't sound selfish. ...more

If I Knew Then, What I Know Now

Lifelong LearningParents with children older than mine would look at me when I expressed concerns and say, "Don't worry," or "They'll figure it out." Sometimes they'd tack on, "Just have fun with them." They were so right. And I LOVE that they were! ...more

Unschooling Blog Carnival

Unschooling Blog CarnivalWe're so happy to bring back the Unschooling Blog Carnival. We hope you'll have as much fun reading it as we had putting it together.  Please link to it from your blogs, facebook, email lists. This way we can get the word out and find more wonderful blog posts to share!...more