Today I got the first Life of Fred math book, “Apples”, back from a friend who’d borrowed it, because five-year-old L had asked to start reading them together. I haven’t read them at all since November when I finally noticed I was killing the joy of math in E by pushing it. I think the […]

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5 Year Old Scientist

“Every kid starts out as a natural boorn scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.” -Carl Sagan Last week my 5 year old came in the house with a brown, dry ball of dead hydrangea flowers from last summer. […]

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Everything is Going to be Alright

In all of my love for the unschooling philosophy and lifestyle, I will admit that I have harboured one main anxiety: math. If I’m being honest, it stems from the classic problem of parents wanting to share all their greatest passions with their children—the same root, I’m sure, as my need for my children to know […]

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The word “Unschooling”

I wish their were a better word for the lifestyle we live. Unschooling is the most widely known and used term, but the word has some PROBLEMS. For one thing, it already had a meaning before John Holt used it to describe the educational philosophy we follow and it was NOT GOOD. Check out this […]

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Screen Time

I don’t know. Honestly, I’m just going to start with that. Maybe let out a hearty bewildered sigh. Shake my head. Shrug my shoulders. Seriously. Idk. I’ve seen all the philosophies. I’ve read all the articles; the blog posts; the studies (ok no I haven’t. I’ve read articles about studies though. So); I’ve discussed with other parents, […]

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So, my second son who’s almost eight is figuring out arithmetic and it’s pretty fantastic. Here’s how it looks: Earlier in 2017, this little boy couldn’t count to twenty without getting lost in the teens, but within the last couple of months he has become really fascinated with numbers. I noticed that he began to […]

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Interest-Based Learning

Sometimes unschoolers will describe what they do as “interest-based learning”. It’s a quick, easy to understand phrase that satisfies the casually curious without triggering shock and confusion. It’s not the totality of what makes unschooling…well, unschooling, but it’s accurate that interest-based learning is a key component to the philosophy. I have learned, though, that while […]

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Lonely path?

If you choose not to send your kids to school, one aspect of your success as an unschooling family will be to find a community. In big cities this isn’t a problem. There are tons of homeschooling and unschooling families. But I live in a small town, and while there are a number of homeschooling […]

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Distilled Priorities

So the thing, for me, about unschooling, is that it doesn’t mean applying the same applicator brush to every child. I thought for a while that it did, and maybe I’ll change my mind again on that down the line. But in my current experience, unschooling offers the opportunity to really distill priorities into what […]

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