So in September I got G, who is ten, a six month tinker crate subscription. Yesterday his monthly box came, and a couple hours later he came to me very upset because he’d accidentally busted the supplied battery set-up. His dad is kind of handy with that stuff so I sent him to see if... Continue Reading →
Unschooled kids get to explore their interests at their leisure—and sometimes, to the benefit of all!
There are many ways for a child to be introduced to new things--coercion doesn't have to be one of them.
As an unschooler with fourteen years of school-free parenting under my belt, I would like to share some comforting ideas with parents. I promise you'll feel less stressed after reading this.
Just came upon G working on this wood burning project. His dad happened upon a magnifying glass on a sunny day last week, and now here we are. They also popped a balloon today, and tried to cook a gummy. Best kind of science!
I love it when someone asks me how I expect a child to learn without being taught and schooled. It's the easiest question because everyone already understands the answer from their own experience! I start by pointing out that kids really learn the same way older people do. They don't need special institutions to do... Continue Reading →
Unschooling allows the freedom to delve immersively into an interest for as many hours and days as they want.
Wednesdays are library day. Every morning we all walk the six blocks so the younger kids can participate in story time, and the older kids can peruse comics (which I now refuse to check out after G wrecked the cover of a $100 manga book) and find chapter books to bring home. After story time... Continue Reading →