May Workshop: Why Does Curriculum Keep Pulling at Me? Many of us who are comfortable with unschooling can still occasionally feel that tug about buying curriculum. Maybe that package would be right for my child? Or maybe they could use some nudges in a particular direction. What’s UP with that?? Why can we be more Read More
This reminds me of The Little Red Hen.…who will help her? She did it herself. So often people wonder how will a child learn to read if he/she has no teacher to teach them? I can only share how MY children learned to read. Three children. Same parents who loved to read. Same home full Read More
“Buy this, and your kids will be smarter!” “Use this, you’ll be more organized!” “Get this series and you will unleash their inner genius!” Or something like that. Ahh… the lure of curriculum. Marketing has targeted our community for some time now. Advertisers realize that while we are an independent lot, we still harbor a Read More
Back in the ’90’s when the internet was still young… We had loaded up our car in San Antonio and we were moving to Alaska. Really. We were. My husband was in the Air Force and we had decided that on this move, we’d make the break with the school system and set out on Read More
Over the years, moms have shared ways to cleverly remove themselves from awkward situations. One of these methods is frequently referred to as, “Pass the Bean Dip.” The saying was circulated a lot on message boards from the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Some attribute the saying to someone named Joanne at The Well-Trained Mind Read More
We don’t live in an unschooling bubble, do we? Our kiddos have to get out there in the community and brush up with people who have no idea what we’re trying to do. And while that’s a good thing, in general, it can be tough when they’re faced with An Interrogator. Maybe it’s Aunt Jeannie Read More
Unschooling is one of those terms that people love or hate. Or at least, the vocal people seem to shout from the far ends of the continuum, and then everyone reacts. It’s been the same arguments for years now. I don’t mind the term at all anymore. I used to avoid it, because I Read More
Unschooled kids learn to write – without all the pressure and frustrations from traditional approaches. Read how this unschooling boy went from hating writing to a degree in Journalism!