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’”

The Six Pillars of Unschooling

Tying it all together Here are the six pillars of unschooling on which the unschooling lifestyle is built. Unschooling is most successful when all six of these principles are implemented seamlessly into our daily lives: Unschooling is putting our relationships first. Creating a peaceful household where members are equally valued, where individuals needs are metContinue reading “The Six Pillars of Unschooling”

Living a joy-filled life

You might be forgiven for thinking that our household is without it’s miserable moments. That, dear friends, would be unrealistic. Any household with humans in it is likely to experience moments of discord, either experienced individually or corporately. However, they are moments and how we respond to them effects the general atmosphere and our relationships.Continue reading “Living a joy-filled life”

Unschooling Reading and Maths: Challenging our Fears

Unschooling, in its most basic form, is living a life without school. It challenges us, as adults, to consider what learning looks like without school and whether conventional methods of tuition are necessary for learning to occur. Often our deepest assumptions are challenged when we consider how our children will learn to read or learnContinue reading “Unschooling Reading and Maths: Challenging our Fears”

Loving Ourselves in the Midst of Unschooling

Unschooling focuses on creating a peaceful family environment where learning can flourish. We talk a lot about how to support our children and nurture our relationships. It takes planning and forethought and effort. We pour our energy into facilitating our children’s passions, mediating conversations, playing with them, searching for learning and social opportunities. And ourContinue reading “Loving Ourselves in the Midst of Unschooling”

Deschooling

Deschooling is the process of moving away from the ideas of school and towards a broader definition of what learning is and how it can happen. If your child has been in mainstream education for any length of time, they will need a period of adjustment commonly recognised as one month per year of schoolingContinue reading “Deschooling”

What is true play-based-learning?

Many have tried to define what play really is. Many have tried and many have succeeded in capturing some of the essence of what play is and what it involves. In its most basic form play is purely what children do. They are born with an innate ability to play and they use it asContinue reading “What is true play-based-learning?”

Home made deep learning

The world is our classroom but sometimes our home is our world. It needs to be a place where our children are welcome, and their passions are supported, and new and interesting things are available to them. In this way learning flows through the home. When our children are welcomed into our homes, when theyContinue reading “Home made deep learning”