As the educational establishment grapples with its sense of identity, some wisdom from Viola Spolin.
At a time of year when some parents are overwhelmed with the push to the finish line, I feel particular gratitude for our unschool lifestyle—even with that pesky Alberta spring homeschool visit.
Today was my end of year home visit with my school board facilitator...or learning advisor or whatever technical educationese they're calling them nowadays. Debbie. Debbie came for a visit. And I didn't know she was coming. Not that I shouldn't have known she was coming (double negative. Sorry, I know--confusing. Just read it a couple times I'm... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
On Monday E had a really "unschooling win" kind of day. And by that I mean, as much as we unschool parents may appear to be all chill and confident and laid back about our life choices, like any parent worth their salt we, too, spend the occasional moment panicking that we are ruining our... Continue Reading →
On top of the drama camp, one more thing of note occurred last week. This one's pretty Alberta-specific, full disclosure. Last week I had my initial home visit with my facilitator (the lovely lady who was busily engaged in running a drama camp for a motley crew of whippersnappers by day). So if you're considering unschooling in... Continue Reading →