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The Unschoolers

A group of families striving to provide an exceptional learning environment for their kids, based on their kids' interests and developmental abilities, and a healthy, fruity lifestyle.

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Any Unschooling Blogs?

Started by Mera/Feather Story. Last reply by Mary Mar 25, 2014. 1 Reply

If you guys have unschooling(or related blogs) please post a link below.Currently my blog doesn't have much about unschooling on it but it will soon.…Continue

Anybody else's kids pining for school? UPDATE

Started by Mary. Last reply by Mary Sep 5, 2013. 2 Replies

I think my daughter is still wanting to go to school. She is 8 and I think she misses mostly the social part, though we do get out a lot and see lots of people, there are not a whole lot of girls in…Continue

The unschooling movement now has its own mag!

Started by Windlord. Last reply by Aime May 31, 2013. 2 Replies

For those interested, I recently found this in my library:Home Education Magazinehttp://homeedmag.com/Continue

Any Unschooling Teens?

Started by Sophia S. Last reply by Andrea Grace May 30, 2013. 6 Replies

I just started unschooling/homeschooling back in march and am in my 3rd year of high school. I'm so worried about college. I want to be able to learn and do whatever I want but I keep thinking about…Continue

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Comment by Mary on July 13, 2015 at 10:25am

What's up unschoolers? My kids, pictured above are now much older (the twins are 10 and their brother 13!). My daughter chose to go to school last year and loves it but I'm still unschooling the boys. The older one, who is dyslexic, studied Chinese, piano, trigonometry, robotics and coding this past year (and still). All in all it works for us best when the kid has a say in what they study. What are your kids' interests?

Comment by Mary on January 26, 2014 at 1:17am

Hi guys, wanted to share my homeschool support blog - www.homeschoolhottub.com

Comment by Mary on May 27, 2013 at 6:29am

Katt, thanks for the ted talks link, that was great!

Comment by Mary on May 27, 2013 at 6:28am

This is the best time to be an unschooler/homeschooler.  At least in this  hemisphere, spring/summer is in the air, we can be outside as much as we want, we're gardening, hiking, looks like this coming Tuesday will be our first beach weather day, yeah?  Not sitting inside a school for 7 hours, that's what we're talking about.......

Comment by Katt on March 30, 2013 at 4:22pm

Hi.. i teach in the public school system,

but i am so for homeschool, unschooling, and this.. :-)

a must watch - School in the clouds..

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html

talks about how education as we know it is obsolete,and has been for a loonngg time. and a new approach.. absolutely amazing...his experiments in India with the children of the slums..

Comment by Mary on February 8, 2013 at 8:02am

Sunshine, I like the feelings poster but what's with the last one "beauty"?  It doesn't seem to belong with the other feelings.

Comment by Mary on January 16, 2013 at 8:33am

As an homeschooler/unschooler I am constantly questioning myself - Am I doing this right; am I screwing my kids up; am I doing enough; how long can I keep this up; etc etc.  I guess it's a good thing to question the status quo and keep trying to improve - maybe that's what education leaders should be doing!

Comment by Mary on October 28, 2012 at 7:34am

This 7-year-old unschooler taught himself piano one day.  He sat for four hours (which is really unlike hime!) and plowed through the Thompson's 1st level.  Hasn't played since but he's taking guitar lessons now.

Comment by HolisticHealthDetective on August 21, 2012 at 8:26am

"The more you can let go of old habits and expectations, the more more enjoyable it becomes."

This is the TRUTH!! Thanks for that insight. = )

I have a new friend I hang out with these days, and she is very tightly wound with her parenting. She spends too much time yelling at her son for playing with dirt, running too far, climbing up on something, etc. She adores him and means well but sorta wears the Strict Mom title as a badge of honor. Meanwhile my daughter plays alongside him and gets into the same stuff he does, but I don't stop her. My friend spends much more time chasing after him, chastising him,  scolding him. Her tone has a sharp edge that caries in public and sounds quite harsh. I don't do any of that and use much less energy and carry a softer tone. Now, maybe she just thinks I'm irresponsible or careless, but it's not true. I'm always alert; I just choose to trust Ana and show her my trust by letting her explore. I hope this might rub off on my friend one day...

But also it's still a constant, on-going review and assessment of old habits for me. I have to check myself a lot. Sometimes I care too much about what other people think and so the pressure's on when I feel that she's "blown it" and need to show people I'm addressing it (like if she hits and pushes a kid or something). That's one of the bigger ones I have to let go of...

But yes, I am enjoying the unschool life very much and the easier *I* become, the easier and more likable it gets! = )

 Tania

Comment by Mary on August 19, 2012 at 4:16am

HolisiticHealthDetective, I enjoyed reading your post.  The part about having to undo what we have learned ourselves is very true.  We have to let go of what we learned about school and parenting while growing up, which isn't always easy.  The more you can let go of old habits and expectations, the more more enjoyable it becomes.

 

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