Unschooling – Where Everything is Educational

Setting the Educational Bar It’s everywhere we turn. The idea that certain toys are educational, certain experiences are educational, particular places are educational. I have items in my home that supposedly hold more value than others because they have been branded as ‘educational’. They have lists on the side of them that outline the skillsContinue reading “Unschooling – Where Everything is Educational”

Changing Our Minds by Naomi Fisher

-Book Review- I first met Naomi in 2015, the year my eldest child turned 8 years old. We both attended an unschoolers camp during the Spring time with our children, who found each other within the first few hours of arrival, and have been friends ever since. We have spent many collective hours since thenContinue reading “Changing Our Minds by Naomi Fisher”

Untigering by Iris Chen

Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent -Book Review- Iris Chen describes herself as an American born Chinese who somehow ended up with kids who are Chinese born Americans. Her Untigering journey explores how she navigates life and parenting at the intersection of both her Chinese and American identities. Her journey has led her fromContinue reading “Untigering by Iris Chen”

How do I know that my child is learning?

Testing is the norm in schools. Beginning of the year ability tests, end of the week spelling test, end of term assessments, mental maths tests. Tests, tests, tests. And even when there aren’t tests, children are being watched and assessed. Learning is measured and monitored constantly within schools. When our children are living a lifeContinue reading “How do I know that my child is learning?”

The Glorification of Busy

The idea of schedules, for me, conjures up the idea of busy. We are all so busy: There are groups; play dates; food shopping; outdoor activities; at home activities; laundry to do; pets to attend to; special occasions to consider; new experiences to research; library books to return; outings to organise; clothes to sort (whyContinue reading “The Glorification of Busy”

The Surprising Reality of Our Unschooling Rhythm

I think the reality of our days, would surprise you. I think the variety between one day and the next in our house, would surprise you. I think the difference between one year and the following year, would surprise you. The reality of our lives and living according to our own individual rhythms and creatingContinue reading “The Surprising Reality of Our Unschooling Rhythm”

Creating an Unschooling Rhythm

-Not A Schedule- You say potato and I say potato. It doesn’t really work when written down but you get the gist! I say rhythm and you say structure. There is a difference and it is important. A rhythm is the predictability in our day, week, month or year. It is the way that weContinue reading “Creating an Unschooling Rhythm”

Do Unschoolers Plan Anything?

Do unschooler’s need a plan? Can you get a wall schedule or weekly diary? What would you put in it? We often think of unschooling families as ‘relaxed’ in terms of scheduling. The lack of curriculums and classes, homework and clubs, gives the idea that our days should be less hectic. We have a differentContinue reading “Do Unschoolers Plan Anything?”

Children Need Structure

That’s what people say. The purpose of structure is to provide something sure and certain. A sense of safety and security. Something predictable and stable. When everything else around it and within it changes, the foundations stay strong and hold firm. What people mean, when they say that children need structure, is that children needContinue reading “Children Need Structure”