There are many ways for a child to be introduced to new things--coercion doesn't have to be one of them.
As the educational establishment grapples with its sense of identity, some wisdom from Viola Spolin.
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.
Children don’t flourish in a militantly-scheduled school environment, so don’t do it at home, either!
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.
Last month I went to parent-teacher interviews for E—my first ever. When I arrived, the teacher, who just started this year, told me I was her first ever, too. So she, E, and I have something in common. Anyway, I had awaited the interview eagerly so I could measure what the teacher said against the... Continue Reading →
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 →