1. Focus on Learning Instead of Teaching When you notice that you’re thinking about planning lessons, turning interesting movies into “educational experiences,” creating a cute school room in your house – these are all examples that you’re losing touch with the most important focus: The Learner and their learning. What interests them? What brings them 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
Jeena Wolfe shares how her chronic illness helped her slow down and meet her children’s needs.
Learn more about how homeschooled and unschooled teens viewed their experiences. This is the reassurance you’re looking for!
Adolescence can be a tough phase – for the parents and the kids. The transition between childhood and adulthood can go smoothly or can be pretty bumpy, for so many different reasons. It’s not true that all parents of teens will have a rough time, but even the best relationships have one thing in common Read More
The internet is full of tips for parenting younger children. Either they expect that you’ve figured it all out by the time they’re teens, or you’ve just put up the white flag of surrender. Unschooling families tend to prioritize the relationships between parents and children, so hopefully this transition to adulthood can go more smoothly. 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
For years, we’ve heard other parents say, “A house full of teens? Good luck!” And they wander away shaking their head, as if you’ve already lost some battle. True, the teenage years are full of heightened emotions, raging hormones, self-esteem issues, and basically trying to figure out who they are in this world. These are 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
Guest Blogger, Michael Patterson, shares how to weave community service into the lives of children and teens
Years ago, your child was up at 6 a.m., peeling eyelids back, ready for you to help him greet the day. But not so with your teen. Maybe you’ve been up puttering around all morning, fixing yourself some lunch when you notice your teen is still snoozing. What the heck is going on here? It 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!