Apps we like: Toca Lab


I’ve said before that we try to avoid too much screen time.  However, there are some very important technical skills that kids need to have in the world they will enter.  There are also some incredible learning tools out there. One that we have really loved (for all ages!) is Toca Lab.  It’s available for…

What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy.  The joy is, after all, the end of life.  We do not live to eat and make money.  We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life.  That is what life means and what life is for.

Gregory Leigh Mallory

If you had always been free to learn, you would follow your natural tendency to find out as fully as possible about the things that interest you, cars or stars.  We are all born with what they call “love of learning,” but it dives off into an elusive void when we go to school.

Grace Llewelyn

The best thing about unschooling.


I posted recently about what, in my opinion, is the hardest thing about unschooling. Today, I wanted to share a snapshot of the best thing: joyful learning.  Learning that changes and expands horizons.  Learning that sticks. This little 9-year-old wants to build things. Ever since she saw Handy Manny at age 4, she has wanted…

Little children love the world.  That is why they are so good at learning about it.  For it is love, not tricks and techniques of thought, that lies at the heart of all true learning.  Can we bring ourselves to let children learn and grow through that love?

John Holt



“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats Spring is a magical time. Life returns after a long sleep. We took a hike on a little-known trail the other day. Our path led us up the side of the mountain and round a bend, right…

The hardest thing about unschooling.


It’s not other people’s concern and comments over socialization and “keeping up.” It’s not the worry that you’re doing it wrong. It’s not the moments when your kids are bored and trying to figure out what’s next. It’s not the constant work of making sure your kids have what they need to explore their various…

Labeling kids: let them choose their own

This right here is one of the things I love most about unschooling. Strengths are the focus and drive of our lives, not our weaknesses or struggles. Every weakness is a strength in disguise, and I believe that unschooling gives my children the chance to figure that out.

Unschooling and college

Quick read on unschoolers and college.  I’m posting this because this seems to be one of the questions I get most often.  Much more can be found in Peter Gray’s book, Free to Learn.