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.
The weird thing about unschooling is that the name is kind of terribly misrepresentative--unschooling isn't about school at all. It's about believing that learning happens naturally, all the time, and that if natural learning is fostered, then it continues unrepressed forever. So "unschooling" isn't just a thing that children do in lieu of school. It's... 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 →
If you don't teach your kids to read, will they be illiterate for life? There has been a lot written by other unschoolers addressing this topic. Sandra Dodd has a good little collection of anecdotes here. And Dr. Peter Gray wrote this article on the subject. Here's how it worked for us: My oldest is... Continue Reading →