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’”

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”

Unschooling is NOT unparenting

-Let’s bust this myth!- There is a myth that unschooling is akin to unparenting. Maybe it is because they share the same prefix. More likely it is because most parenting styles work on the premise that parents are in charge of children whilst unschooling parents work with their children in partnership. Unschooling as a philosophyContinue reading “Unschooling is NOT unparenting”

FAQ: Is unschooling and Christianity compatable?

We are few in number, those of us who are Christians and unschoolers. It is not a common occurrence. Unschooling goes hand in hand with our faith. We honour our children for the people that they have been made to be. We love our children as we love others. We actively walk in the grace,Continue reading “FAQ: Is unschooling and Christianity compatable?”

FAQ: Is it possible to unschool neuro-divergent children?

Neuro divergent children deserve and are entitled to the same respect and love that any child should have. Our aim is to provide our children with strong relationships and allies in an environment that meets their needs. We walk alongside them and advocate for them, demonstrating inter-personal skills and giving voice to autonomy. We acceptContinue reading “FAQ: Is it possible to unschool neuro-divergent children?”

Supporting their interests

Some of our children’s interests last a life time, they begin playing with lego as soon as they are able to hold blocks and then they never let go. Thirteen years later they are still buying their own lego models and you have over 25 kilos of lego in your house. Those thirteen years haveContinue reading “Supporting their interests”

Living together when everyone is different

Our children are all different. I have four children and they are all different. They have different personalities and different interests and different methods of learning and different peaks and troughs in their days. They have the freedom to follow their own curiosity in their own ways, they have individual preferences in how they interactContinue reading “Living together when everyone is different”

Learning Styles

Common current thinking believes that every person has a preferred learning style, a mode of learning in which they absorb information best. Some say that there are 3 styles or 4 and others say that there are 7 styles or 8 and others say that there are 71 different models. And whilst educators are busyContinue reading “Learning Styles”

Supporting Self-Expression

Our children are born unique. I have four children, born of the same two parents, and they are all different. They look different, they move differently, they express themselves differently and they learn differently. Our lifestyle gives them the freedom to engage with the world around them in their own unique ways and enables usContinue reading “Supporting Self-Expression”

Why we should trust our children

Trusting our children can seem insurmountable. How can we trust children? They are small and make mistakes all the time. They cannot be trusted. The trusting is in the intention. We trust that our children have good intentions. We trust that their mistakes are actual mistakes and not deliberate. We refrain from shame and angerContinue reading “Why we should trust our children”