Testing…1-2-3…Testing…

by Cathy Earle “Homeschooling has proven itself to be effective—after all, homeschooled students score much higher on standardized tests than their public-school counterparts!” “Standardized tests don’t measure the important stuff, and don’t do a very good job, even, of measuring the less important stuff!”   Having been in the homeschooling community for more than three Read More

How Hard Will Unschooling Be For You?

For some, unschooling makes perfect sense. Learning what you want, when you want, and staying with it until you’re no longer interested – or something else beckons your curiosity. People who have a natural tendency to want to know more usually fall into unschooling easily. My husband was like this. School had relatively no impact Read More

Deschooling – A Key to Successful Unschooling

Deschooling is a word that’s often tossed about in homeschooling/unschooling circles. But before long, it’s relegated to the back burner when worries about curriculum choices, ACT/SAT tests, or “gaps” appear in the kids’ learning. When people first leave the school system, I think one of the hardest things to do is relax into this new Read More

10 Practical Solutions for Busy Deschooling Moms

The learning curve can be steep as we try to embrace so many new concepts about learning and parenting. But fear not! We have 10 PRACTICAL solutions that can really help your days go more smoothly. And remember, everyone doesn’t always do this perfectly! We have our “off days.” But you dust yourself off, make Read More

10 Tips to Help You Deschool

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

The Curriculum Crutch

“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