February, 2013

  1. Why I would do such a thing as homeschool

    *This is a post I wrote years ago, before we ever began unschooling or this blog.  I still think it’s relevant, so I wanted to include it here. People ask me all the time why I am homeschooling. They probably ask you, too. And if they really wanted to know, you could talk to them for the…

  2. A few resources

    The free nature of unschooling means that there is no one set way to do it.  That also means there is no one “textbook” to guide you on your unschooling journey.  There are, however, several resources that have been very inspiring to me and have helped get my mind going in a way that I…

  3. What is unschooling?

    “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 Unschooling.  It sends a…

  4. What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

    George Bernard Shaw

  5. School always appeared to me like a prison, and I could never make up my mind to stay there, when the sunshine was inviting, the sea smooth, and when it was such a joy to run about in the free air, or to paddle around in the water.

    Claude Monet

  6. About me and why we unschool

    I went to public school.  I did great there.  By “great,” I mean that I got terrific grades.  Always.  My 4th grade teacher (wonderful, wonderful woman) made the comment in front of the class that she expected I would get a scholarship to college because of my grades.  Something clicked.  I had a game to…

  7. There’s always something out there

    There’s a path behind our neighborhood.  Like many neighborhood paths these days, it cuts through land that’s been scraped for development, and nothing too natural is left.  It’s a nice little path, but there’s so much construction right now that it’s littered with chunks of cement and random wooden posts and wire.  Plus, right now,…

  8. Free time

    I’m always surprised by what often happens on the days when I am so busy with a project or something, and we don’t have much “structured” time. I always start feeling guilty, because I am not nearly as focused on the girls’ learning. Somehow though, they always seem to emerge into a new topic or…

  9. Water

    One of my girls was really interested recently in the water cycle.  I found this page at the Water Project really useful.  It has a handy little animation and narration about the water cycle, as well as some really fun and simple little activities. It also has a very simple and powerful way to get kids…

  10. The water bubble and life

    This summer, I wanted to make one of the giant water bubbles I saw floating around on Pinterest.  They looked so fun. And it was fun, albeit much more complicated than Pinterest would have me believe. My circumstances made it more complicated that in normally would have been.  We’re in a rental home at the…

  11. They come alive when they’re outside

    One of the most important things I’ve felt since we being unschooling is that I want my children to have a life full of nature.  I want them to learn as naturally as possible. One problem.  We live smack dab in the middle of suburbia.  And though I hope and pray that someday that will…