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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 Allison on November 23, 2011 at 2:01pm

Thank you Mary.  :) 

Comment by Mary on November 23, 2011 at 12:50am

Welcome, I'm so glad to have other aboard!  Beautiful ocean birth, Susanna! 

Allison here's a look at a typical unschooling week at our house.  Unschooling%20Summary.pdf  I had to provide this when I had Shane tested for dyslexia at the school, they asked for my curriculum.  I was a little scared to be opened up to their scrutiny and ready to be on the defensive but they were actually very supportive and one evaluator said keep doing what you're doing.

Here's a definition of unschooling:

Unschooling is a range of educational philosophies and practices centered on allowing children to learn through their natural life experiences, including play, game play, household responsibilities, work experience, and social interaction, rather than through a more traditional school curriculum. There are some who find it controversial.[1] Unschooling encourages exploration of activities, often initiated by the children themselves, facilitated by the adults. Unschooling differs from conventional schooling principally in the thesis that standard curricula and conventional grading methods, as well as other features of traditional schooling, are counterproductive to the goal of maximizing the education of each child.

The term "unschooling" was coined in the 1970s and used by educator John Holt, widely regarded as the "father" of unschooling.[2] While often considered to be a subset of homeschooling, unschoolers may be as philosophically estranged from other homeschoolers as they are from advocates of conventional schooling. While homeschooling has been subject to widespread public debate, little media attention has been given to unschooling in particular. Popular critics of unschooling tend to view it as an extreme educational philosophy, with concerns that unschooled children will lack the social skills, structure, and motivation of their peers, especially in the job market, while proponents of unschooling say exactly the opposite is true: self-directed education in a natural environment makes a child more equipped to handle the "real world."[3]

Comment by Allison on November 22, 2011 at 2:28pm

Hello.  I am a mother of one girl, she will be three in January.  I have had her in two daycares and it seems like more work to unteach the behaviors, so for us it seems like a home teacher would be a great option to fill in the blanks now that she's at home with me.  Thanks for speaking openly and I please continue to do so. :) Can you explain unschooling?  Thanks:)

Comment by Mary on November 13, 2011 at 10:53am

Not the norm is not an exaggeration, now is it?!  That's great that you have a tutor.  I feel like the more adults and other people involved help with variety and stimulation as far as the kids go.  Sometimes I worry that they'll get sick of me!   We have opportunites to be with other homeschoolers a few time a week (and a few unschoolers) so the kids have friends that way.  What does it mean "on the autistic spectrum" if  you don't mind my asking?

Comment by Jules on November 13, 2011 at 10:24am

Hi Mary,

I just got around to reading this as we have been out looking at trains and horses today - it was fun!  I loved reading this though and find your story inspiring.  I am the mother of two sons ages 6 and 4.  My oldest is on the autistic spectrum and my 4 year old is not. :) We have so much fun together right now that it just feels right to have them home with me.  They are pretty vocal about wanting to be home anyway!  I do have a tutor that comes in once a week and that is nice.  She also gives me lots of ideas of things I can do with them.  But I much prefer just being out with them and letting that be our classroom. I've always been drawn to letting learning happen naturally.  It's great to connect with like minded people since my eating and parenting styles are not the norm! lol I look forward to getting to know you better!

Comment by Mary on November 13, 2011 at 3:59am

Hi Jules.  Maybe we can introduce ourselves a bit, I'll start.  A mom of 3, ages 6, 6, and 9.  The 9 year old has dyslexia and it took only a few weeks of kindergarten to figure out it was torture for him.  Been happily unschooling since.  I find the whole unschooling lifestyle to be a true blessing.  When I'm out for my morning walk (before my hubby goes to work) I see the schoolkids waiting for the bus and think how lucky my kids are to be still sleeping!  They get plenty of sleep, good food, learn what they want to learn, when they are ready, enjoy good health and unlimited outdoor time.  The rest of my family is quite ambivalent about homeschooling in general but they see how happy and healthy they are and I guess I have a bit of a forceful peronality, especially when it comes to advocating for my kids, so they don't say much.  I figure when you do radical things, it's great to have as much support as possible and thought 30bad is a great place for radical minds!

 

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