-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”
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”
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?”
-A day in the life at the House of Wonders- It’s not always relaxed and low energy in our house. If you have been reading the last few posts on the surprising reality of our unschooling rhythm or the glorification of busy, you might be under the impression that everything is continuously gentle and calm.Continue reading “Chaotic Good”
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”
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”
-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 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?”
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”
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’”
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