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”

The art of saying ‘yes’

or, how not to automatically say ‘no’ Saying yes to our children does not come naturally. We live in a culture of saying ‘no’ to our children automatically. Did you know that the average toddler hears the word ‘no’ 400 times a day? It’s almost hard to believe, until you start to pay attention toContinue reading “The art of saying ‘yes’”

I am a part-time unschooler

-Let’s bust this myth- Unschooling is different to school. It is not school. It is the opposite to school. It is an entire working way of living your life without school. You are either unschooling (or working towards unschooling) or you are not unschooling. Unschooling is primarily about two things: Learning and parenting. These areContinue reading “I am a part-time unschooler”

Unschooling is not child-led learning

-Let’s bust this myth- Child-led learning is a common and easy description to use and one that is easy to understand. It is easy to see why unschooling could be described as child-led learning. The difficulty is that is also paints a false picture as it is not entirely true. Unschooling is not child-led learning.Continue reading “Unschooling is not child-led learning”

A week in the garden

It has been a great week for garden activity. The weather has been continuously sunny and we have been able to open up our french doors which allows for free movement between inside and outside. Consequently, the garden is utilised to a much fuller degree. We have a large picnic table and benches on aContinue reading “A week in the garden”