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
Are you new to unschooling and you’re not so sure about it? Maybe you’ve heard some of these mischaracterizations about unschooling, and it really makes you hesitant? Or maybe you have family members that aren’t on board, and you hear these myths fairly often? You’ve come to the right place! After 20+ years (yes, my Read More
Is this LEGAL?? Yes! It is! In all 50 states as well as my countries around the world. Learn more about the Legal Requirements Deschooling What is it and is it something I need to do? We have a collection of articles that will help you undo the schoolish notions in your head. Read More Read More
People write a lot about the benefits of letting kids be bored. And while that may give kids the opportunity to figure things out, I tend to want to help them when they are uncomfortable. My family was an average suburban middle class family. In the beginning, my kids went to school just like everyone else. Read More
Let’s put this concept that Unschooling equals Unparenting to rest once and for all. Ok? People have been saying this for decades. And those same people usually have no first-hand knowledge about unschooling. Or perhaps they’ve witnessed one family having a rough time. Let’s try to remember a few things: Do people parent differently? Of course. Do Read More
December is a cozy time of year! Instead of stressing about the holiday gifts and get-togethers, let’s lean into the idea of building a lovely nest for our families. Nest-building can happen any time of the year! And for those who choose to unschool, having a wonderful place to return to may be exactly what Read More
I know. Some of these seem like total blasphemy. That’s because we’ve been sold a bill of goods that simply isn’t true. But these are the facts. And now that you know the truth, how much easier can you and your teenager’s life be? Awesome, right? DIPLOMAS ARE OVERRATED. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need Read More
Structure is another one of those words that gets misused. People say that kids need structure – and then take it too far. Kids don’t need their whole lives structured. There’s no room for curiosity or following an interest if you do that. They don’t need their learning structured for exactly that same reason. It’s 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!
“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
Guest Blogger, Michael Patterson, shares how to weave community service into the lives of children and teens
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