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!
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.
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 →
It's been over a month since I wrote about my oldest child starting public school for the first time, going into grade 8, so it's time for a little update on how that's going. The quick summary is this: school is approximately as stupid as I expected, but its been pretty OK anyway. On 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 →