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”

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”

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?”

Five Steps to Unschooling: Step 5

Welcome to the Five Steps to Unschooling mini series. Here you will find five small things that you can implement in your home as you move towards unschooling. They are in no particular order and I am certain other mini series will follow to give you further ideas of how you can move forward towardsContinue reading “Five Steps to Unschooling: Step 5”

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 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”