The Clay vs The Seed

The ClayA lump of clay has the potential to do or be almost anything, but until the intent, creativity, and pressure of a higher being is applied, it just sits there. Generally it quite willingly gives to that pressure and molds to the shapes desired, but if left to its own devices, it will just sit on the table, inert, with no ideas or motivation or momentum of its own. With the steady and goal-oriented guidance of more intelligent hands, it can be shaped into a thing of beauty and purpose.The Seed...more

Homeshooling, Unschooling, Worldschooling, Online High School, why so many schooling labels?

 I put my first daughter, Teen Kiddo, in preschool when she turned a year and a half, I didn´t really put much thought into it....more

Unschooling: Screen Time

A lot of unschooling families I know (or read about), and a lot of families whose kids attend democratic schools, do not limit screen time for children. We’re one of them. We are a pro-screen family....more

#NaBloPoMo 2014: Day 27: Table Top Games

Table top games have become a serious thing at our house over the last few years. Table top games are important staples in Unschooling homes. ...more

Unschooling Q & A

Lifelong LearningUnschooling Q & AI answer unschooling questions for the Texas Unschoolers’ group each month in their newsletter, TexUns News. I’m including them here at my blog. If you have any questions you’d like me to address, ask away!Q: If I unschool the kids, what will we do about gaps? The curriculum makes sure I don’t miss anything. ~Mom of 3A.The truth is, Mom of 3, everyone has gaps in their learning. There’s no way your curriculum – or any curriculum – can be sure to touch on every piece of knowledge out there. And then, when you add in your child’s attention to the material, and how it might fade if the resources are boring or not what he’s interested in – you will have paid a lot for curriculum that doesn’t do what you were hoping: Avoid gaps.BUT! There’s good news! There’s no finish line, or graduation date – learning is an ongoing process for life. And, honestly, that little phone in your child’s pocket (or it will be in his pocket when he’s older) will answer any question he might have, tiny fact he might have missed, or fill any gap he notices along the way.Q: I don’t really understand what deschooling is. I heard there’s some formula for when it should be completed. ...more

Unschooling Your Spouse

 Having a different parenting style than your spouse is a common problem....more

The Freedom in Not Knowing

I didn’t get into unschooling for the freedom of it, though many people do. I probably hadn’t thought that much about freedom anyway, having taken for granted a whole range of cultural beliefs about how people need structure and order. I was drawn to unschooling because research supported it and I was persuaded from both a logical and intuitive stance that it was a good, probably the best, way for children to learn....more
At 15, I was sent to a school that practiced "self-directed learning", pretty much as a last ...more

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
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