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”

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’”

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”