Category Archive: Unschooling

Aug
26

10 Things I’ve Learned As An Unschooling Parent

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My family started our unschooling journey 6 years ago when we decided not to put our first born child into Kindergarten. We made the decision without a deep understanding of homeschooling. We wanted to travel with our children and homeschooling seemed to be the right thing to do to support this lifestyle. Since that fateful decision …

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Dec
27

Setting an Intention for 2016

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I’m not one for New Years Resolutions. This is probably because I don’t need to be motivated by an end of another year to make a goal.  I tend to make goals all year long and my goals undoubtably change and morph into new goals as time passes. For the past three years I have …

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May
31

In Defence of Homeschooling

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Homeschooling. The word, in our society, can have negative connotations.  Many people have preconceived ideas on homeschooling and don’t look at it as a healthy and viable option to educate children.  Some people picture homeschooling as something that is done in families who are looking to shelter their children from the outside world. They think …

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Dec
31

The Anxious Traveller

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I am an anxious traveller.  I’m one of those people who stress about pretty much everything. Things that have happened, things that have not happened, things that might happen but probably won’t.  I have always been a worrier from as far back as I can remember. Worry seems to be my natural state. I had …

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Apr
23

The World Is Our Teacher

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I always get the question, “How do you TEACH your children?” I never know how to answer.  I stumble and mumble and feel so inarticulate. I try to explain the philosophy of unschooling but I never do a good job of it.  I don’t think I am convincing anyone.  I try to explain that when …

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Nov
14

How We Educate

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Our children have never been to school. When we started our family we knew that homeschooling would be a part of our lives because it has always been our goal to travel. That was always a given with us but what we did not realize was that we would keep them out of school entirely. …

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May
04

Our Learning Circle

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You’ve heard of a homeschool co-op but what about a Learning Circle?  It is kind of the same idea but with a much nicer name…. At the beginning of this year I was introduced to a group of families that have changed our lives.  They are all unschoolers and life long learners.  Parents that believe …

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Jan
16

Don’t Rush Me, I’m Learning!

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We had a lovely week long vacation in Vancouver. It was so nice to get away!  We did so many cool things that only a big city can provide.  We visited The Vancouver Aquarium, walked in the rain in Stanley Park, witnessed the hustle and bustle of big city living, explored an indoor rainforest, ate …

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Jan
12

Managing Expectations

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We had put a lot of effort into attending a paint splatter party at an art studio.  Since it was over an hours drive from our house we spent the night at Mike’s parents the night before to make the commute easier in the morning.  And the experience didn’t come cheap, around $40 for my …

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Nov
10

Unschooling Reading and Writing

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I was having a conversation with another unschooling mother about teaching our children to read.  She asked me how my oldest son learned all of his letters. At the time I drew a blank.  How did he know all his letters?  I certainly never “taught” them to him in the conventional sense.  We never sat …

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