So what do you DO if you’re not working your way through a curriculum? I’m so glad you asked! Here are my suggestions…
Join us for the May Workshop: Why do I Keep Wanting Curriculum?
by Issa Waters You’ve heard of unschooling, and you are ready to choose it for your family. You might even have started calling yourselves unschoolers already. But there’s this other word tripping you up. Deschooling. Deschooling is the first step to unschooling. Sadly, it’s often overlooked. Without deschooling parents have a much harder time unschooling. Read More
Pam Sorooshian shares how we can think more creatively about mathematics.
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
All kids can thrive with unschooling. But some PARENTS may have a rougher time embracing it.
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
Reblogged from Mark Manson June 3, 2015 post It was high school. I was 16 and I was pissed off. My English teacher assigned us a creative writing assignment: Write anything about being in high school. Anything. So I wrote a story about a school shooting. Except, in my story once the shooter was cornered by police, instead Read More
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
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
“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
Donna Courreges wrote for the Chart & Compass back in the 1990s. This was one of her essays.