I recently saw a photo series by a professional photographer that showcased homeschooling and it irked me a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, the photos were beautiful! The captions depicted children hunting, exploring nature, scaling ponds, and playing in the mud: unschooling in all its glory. The lighting was perfect, the focus was crisp […]
An Unschooling Approach to Teaching Writing
When people hear the word ‘unschooling’ they sometimes write off the entire conversation. They picture kids playing video games all day long while mom reads a book and that is FAR from the truth. Unschooling, also known as child directed learning, is a form of education where the child is involved in their education. It […]
World Schooling… from Home!
I’m sure you have heard the popular form of education: world schooling. World schooling is essentially a form of homeschooling whereby your children are learning about the world around them through taking trips and traveling the world. While I’m sure we can all agree that this would be the most amazing way to learn about […]
Unschooling Homeschool Style
Are you an unschooler? Whether you took the quiz and know you are, or are interested in learning more information, today we are going to talk a bit about this homeschool style and what it might look like. The primary vision of unschooling is: Child Led Learning. There is radical unschooling and not-so-radical unschooling, which […]
What Homeschooling 5 Kids Really Looks Like
Let’s put aside Pinterest and Facebook, even Instagram! Let’s put aside the bright photographs of smiling children and talk about reality. Homeschooling 4 children with tornado toddler hanging off my legs is far less glamorous than I would have you believe. I wish I had it all together, the perfect children with the perfect curriculum […]
The Day I Abandoned My Workbooks… For Good
I was going crazy! I was losing my patience on a regular basis, fighting with my kids to do their school, and feeling at a complete loss. I was homeschooled growing up! I had a passion for this… why then did I feel like I was failing? Then one day, 4 years into my homeschool […]
A Day in the Life of Unschoolers: Come see What Unschooling Looks like!
This post is all about a single day in the life of my family. We are unschoolers. What is unschooling? Well, definitions can vary, but the common idea is that learning happens naturally. The child will follow their interests and the adults are there to help the child in whatever way that child needs. For […]
Do Unschoolers use Curriculum?
It’s that time of year when many homeschoolers are looking at curriculum for the next year. I, myself have been in that place…worrying over my choice and if it will be a good fit for my child. It can be a stressful place to dwell. I too have purchased the lovely expensive curriculum only to […]
Why we chose to unschool
We have tried many different methods of homeschooling for our son. Workbooks, School at Home, and Classical were utter disasters. Waldorf, and Montessori were improvements but still didn’t quite work as well as hoped. All of these methods of homeschool are wonderful in their own ways. They just weren’t wonderful for my son, because they […]
What is Unschooling?
What is Unschooling? In a nutshell: realizing that an education is not necessarily garnered through traditional means, with an institution trained educator, textbooks, 8-3 in a conventional schoolroom, age-segregating, testing and report cards. It’s a radical notion. Perhaps our educational system doesn’t have education perfected. Is an education a progressive instilling of knowledge bits into […]