Changing Our Minds by Naomi Fisher

-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”

How do I know that my child is learning?

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?”

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”

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”

FAQ: What does unschooling look like?

-A week in the life- Unschooling looks differently in different families. Each family has its own unique set up, location, income, local possibilities and other contributing factors. What unschooling looks like in our family will most likely not be replicated in your family but I hope you will be encouraged by the variety of activityContinue reading “FAQ: What does unschooling look like?”

FAQ: Am I doing enough?

Busy, busy, busy. The world is so busy. Rushing from work to the gym to social group, finding time to have a hobby and keeping our houses tidy and spotless. Make sure you keep abreast of the latest news, organise the best birthday party and look amazing, all the time. The glorification of busy isContinue reading “FAQ: Am I doing enough?”

Five Steps to Unschooling: Step 3

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 3”

What is the purpose of us playing with our children?

One of the ways in which we can support our children’s interests is by joining them in their games. If that seems like a big divide to cross then you can read more here about how to play with your children. Living an unschooling life is about more than allowing our children to do whatContinue reading “What is the purpose of us playing with our children?”

If my children are playing, what do I do?

We have a role to play in our children’s lives and as we move away from schooling and school like education then we can sometimes be left wondering what our role is. We are no longer required to usher them to school and make sure that they complete their reading journals and home work projectsContinue reading “If my children are playing, what do I do?”